March 24, 2020

A Hearty "Thank You!" to the USDA



A weekend shopping trip to my local Sams Club and Walmart was my first since the onset of the Chinese Virus. As I gazed upon row after row of empty shelves that formerly held toilet paper, eggs, pizzas and hand sanitizer, I was reminded of why I live in such a great country. 

There are many unsung heroes in the present health crisis in which we find ourselves intimately involved. Medical professionals, researchers, first responders, and many others on the front line all deserve a round of applause for their untiring efforts to ensure the safety of the citizens of this great country (though I am sure they'd rather have a solid two weeks off about now). However, no one entity deserves a wider round of applause than our very own USDAa group of true, unsung heroes, who work tirelessly and in broad daylight so all the world takes notice of them. 

No, no. Not this USDA, that does its work largely behind the scenes. Then of whom I am talking?

Why... The United Society of Dumb Asses, of course. 

You've no doubt seen the members of the USDA first hand at your local stores as:


  • they rush to grab that cart in the parking lot from the elderly couple on Social Security who are just doing their monthly shopping; 
  • you experience their frenzied clubbing of other shoppers to get to the toilet paper aisle to ensure their own personal ass-hygiene remains unaffected (for an upper respiratory malady, no less);
  • you cringe as they flash-mob the egg cooler to claw to that last Medium Grade A carton with 3 broken eggs;
  • finally, you see (although the terror of it will live with you for decades to come), whilst clutching your loved ones tightly to your chest, the feral, frenzied look of their blood red eyes as they fight each other to get to that last 4 bottles of hand sanitizer.  

Like I said...dumb asses. 

These people have so screwed up the supply chain for the ordinary citizen that it is almost criminal. They have taken Slinky Dog (from Toy Story) who, in normal times, simply stretched in a controlled manner with the ebb and flow of normal supply & demand but who is, now, kinked-up, stretched out and almost unusable as a re-supply chain, all because of the Dumb Asses reckless and thoughtless abandonment to their emotions. 

Feral? Check. Crazed? Check.  Emetophobic? Check. 

You Tube sometimes makes famous an exceptional person or group; but it also makes infamous the unexceptional, the idiotic and the selfish. And it is to this latter group that the Dumb Asses belong. I'm guessing they have some innate need to shed their synthetic skins and reveal their true self; it is unfortunate that they most always choose to do so at the expense of their neighbors, the greater good and - in this case - an entire country. 

The Dumb Asses have shown to the world that the USA is not exceptional, nor magnanimous and certainly not charitable. They've shown instead that America is just a fourth-world country, full of vain, selfish and bipolar citizens who thinks their own emetophobia deserve self-medication before all others. 

There is no known help available for the Dumb Asses, sadly. No medical study is extant that is trying to help these hapless souls, though I'm sure that someday, somewhere, an obscure medical professional will have a Dr. Salk moment and perfect the vaccine that will rid the USA - and the World - of all Dumb Asses. And if there is any poetic justice in the world, the only side affect to the cure will be permanent splotches on the cheek in the form of the letters "D" & "A". 

But at least we won't run short of toilet paper and hand sanitizer again. And that's worth a little old side-effect, isn't it?


 


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March 3, 2020

Novena for the Release of Cardinal George Pell

From Deacon Nick Donelly's Twitter page. Click on his Twitter link below for the prayer. Ed.


 — Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) March 2, 2020


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February 8, 2020

Fr. Emil Kapaun's Upcoming Heroic Virtue Vote in Rome

Photo Credit

Bishop Carl Kemme reports in the current Wichita diocese newspaper, The Catholic Advance, that on March 10, 2020 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will officially vote on the heroic virtue of Fr Emil Kapaun. If passed, it then goes to Pope Francis and a recommendation that Fr Kapaun be declared "Venerable", which then begins the thorough study of the submitted miracle attributed to Fr. Kapaun's intercession. 

He asks for prayers that all goes well and that Fr. Kapaun's cause advances. Deus Vult!

See also: 


The Most Highly Decorated Chaplain in U.S. Military History

President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Father Emil Kapaun


Fr. Kapaun Resources Page: numerous links to personal letters, homilies and newsletters.



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February 1, 2020

Commentary on Priestly Celibacy and a Decision To Be Made

I have maintained that BerGOGlio is Pope, though my feelings have always demanded otherwise. But I'm not Catholic because of my feelings, but because of my Baptism. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.

Numerous times I've found my self wanting to turn my back on Rome, much as She has done to me. The pain is sometimes too great and, much like a cuckolded husband, I've yearned to find the comfort and solace that I once felt with Her. But then I realize it is not Rome, but the Romans who have turned. Rome Herself is still standing, proud and strong, but sadly has been lately covered in so much slime it is hard to see the beauty that lies beneath. But still, I have always been able - through Grace, no doubt - to reject that cuckolded feeling and retain my attachment and allegiance to earthly Rome, and its earthly head as well. That, however, may yet come to an end.

Should BerGOGlio do the unthinkable and end priestly celibacy, no matter how little of an inroad is allowed, the crossroad that I keep fearing might finally be upon me. Not that I plan on reneging on the Baptismal vows spoken by my Godparents on my behalf, but of calling BerGOGlio the true Vicar of Christ and head of His visible church. No true head of Our Lord's Church on Earth would attempt to remove a foundation stone of Catholicism - and the Priesthood - as celibacy. As Ann Barnhardt correctly wrote:

"The rule from DAY ONE was that married men who were ordained had to observe PERFECT, PERPETUAL CONTINENCE. They could never have sex with their wives again. Because, to be a priest and offer the Holy Sacrifice is to be mystically espoused to the Church, and to Christ Himself. The Mass is a nuptial act."

We have been inundated with an actively  homosexual hierarchy - are we now about to be inundated with an actively heterosexual married clergy? And what would happen if a married priest and his wife divorce? What will happen to any children? Will we see a single-parent priest trying to balance his priestly duties with that of a single parent trying to get his kids to soccer, school plays and proms? Will we now have, in addition to lay readers and lay EMHC's, lay Nanny's to watch the priests toddlers while he goes to "work" each Sunday morning? And which Soul will he choose to save if both of these calls come at once: his teenage son's to come pick him up lest he has to drive home drunk from a party, or, the nurse's telling him a dying, fallen away Catholic is on their death-bed and has asked for a priest? Which Soul is more important to him as a Father? Which Soul is more important to him as a Priest? Which Soul would he choose to save? Which Soul would YOU choose to save??

Perhaps the above scenarios would never happen. Perhaps the Hierarchy has already plans in place to assist a married priest in conflict between his clerical and secular duties and responsibilities. Perhaps I am playing the naive fool. Perhaps my lack of a S.T.B. or S.T.L. is telling. Perhaps...perhaps...

Should BerGOGlio actually promulgate approval of married clergy, it may well be the straw that breaks this camels back of acknowledging him as the true head of Christ's Church on earth. He has already made himself a demi-god with Amoris Laetita; now he will try to advance to full-god status by totally redefining the priesthood established by Our Lord Jesus Christ. And that, to me, is the act of a very, very proud man who has no fear of his Lord; King and Creator. 

When - IF - priestly celibacy is rescinded, it may well also be the day when I can no longer look upon BerGOGlio as Pope. 

Pray, Lord, stop this evil bastard, lest we all perish. 


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A Child's Unconditional Love

[This article first appeared at Catholic365.com. Publishing requirements limited the number of photos allowed per article, so I here re-post my original article with the missing photos included. I urge my readers to frequent Catholic 365 for additional Catholic commentary on various subjects of importance to the Catholic world. Ed]


Sculpture to mothers who have lost babies through abortion, created by art student Martin Hudáček of Slovakia. (LINK)

In this month of the 47th anniversary of Roe V Wade, it bears us to remember the children - some 60,069,971 since 1973 - that have been denied the right to life. A life that even animals themselves seem to enjoy in modern society, replete with laws that protect them from being harmed or killed. It has become de rigueur in modern society to champion the cause of animals, to ensure that the homeless or abused are found, cared for and put up for adoption. And well they should have such protections, for even they are created by God.

It is repugnant, however, to know that a baby, created in the image and likeness of God and while still in the womb, does not enjoy the same privilege to life as mere animals. What does that say about our modern society where animals - and even criminals - have more rights than a preborn child? Has society sunk so low that we value brute animals and criminals over that of an unborn child?

Regardless, and although many preborn children have been denied this right to life, my newest niece & nephew - Molly & Christian - were not. 

Molly J. (used by permission)
Christian I. (used by permission)

These two beautiful children's parents chose life and to them and to all Parents and Mothers who choose life, I say: 

Thank you and may God Bless you!

To those children denied their lives, denied the right to love, to smile and to repose in the arms of a loving Mother, I offer to and for them: 

A Child's Unconditional Love

Silent voices, heard by none; Yet, that cry!
They are frightened, unloved and alone.
Until their Angel Guardians carry them Home.

Into the hands of their Father,
with tenderness, are they placed;
The pains of death now overtaken by Grace.

Tenderness and Joy, with their eyes they do see,
In the face of their Savior: Love,
Love! that should have been Thee!

Now only He can behold them full grown,
And return them His gift:
Their lives, that were stole;

By the one who was made, to bring them to life.
But, willingly, did forfeit that God-given right.
'Can you forgive?' each child shall be asked,

'This creature, this woman, this One I did task?'
'Oh, Yes, Dearest Savior! There can be no other,
That ever will we Love, for:

She Is Our Mother!'

(© 2019 David Heath)



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January 24, 2020

REPOST: Abortion, Roe v Wade and the Nuclear Family

I wanted to write something - anything - to coincide with the National Right to Life March in Washington DC being held today. Whilst perusing past posts for inspiration, I came across this post written 5 years ago around the same time as the 2015 March for Life. For some, equating abortion and divorce might be an unbalanced comparison and could even provoke anger. But for nuclear families aborted through no-fault divorce and with the complicit approval of the Catholic Church, it is not so. The sucking noise of the instrument of abortion and the silent scream of a living, breathing innocent child being torn apart is no less horrific and heartrending than the sucking noise of the instrument of divorce and the not-always-silent scream of a living, breathing child being torn from its nuclear family. The common denominator of both - selfishness - is all too easily seen; that the Catholic Church is complicit and actively participates in the abortions of Catholic, nuclear families is unconscionable. 

Although much of my personal life has changed over the past 5 years, the validity and importance of what follows has not. And rather than link to the past post, I've simply chosen to copy and paste it here. Ed

                                  
Abortion, Roe v Wade and the Nuclear Family

I'm setting here finishing my coffee at 4:30 A.M. and I want to write something really profound, that will be getting a thousand hits per day, that will quell the rising tide of Catholics and divorce. But what I will probably write is just a mediocre rambling of a former spouse and extant Dad, lamenting the fact of his family's live abortion. Not to take away from the pure evil that is the Roe v Wade abortion, but the fact remains there is very little difference between that kind and the other kind - the abortion of the live, nuclear family via No Fault Divorce. Both are predicated upon the same thing - the killing of the innocent, the destroyer of human lives and the decimation and death of a family of Souls, conceived in Love, but ended in apparent hate.

I have never been one to paint a pretty picture of divorce. Far from it. For all my ineptitude in writing, I've always tried to paint its ugliness - its every bit as ugly as Roe v Wade - despite modern society's selfish need to paint it differently. The bloodless letting of innocent blood doesn't make it any easier to swallow. The remorse and sorrow at the ending of innocent lives isn't any easier to bear. The perennial guilt of a parent over their frailty that may have contributed to a family's destruction is no less real. Yes, the abortion of a live, breathing, smiling, loving and animated family is no less easier to bear than that of an innocent child in the womb. Both have been willingly slain for selfish motives. Period.


Catholic parents do not know - or do not care to know - the landscape of the road that stretches before them when they divorce. As I've written before, Charity is the first Virtue that, by necessity, flies away, as it cannot stomach the gross injustice that is to be thrust upon the innocent. That is not to say that Hope and Faith don't also fly away - in most cases they do. But as Charity is the greatest of the three, it's understandable that it carries the graver weight. Is it not a truth that Our Lord, whose life was as much about Charity as it was about Love, is not grievously offended by either form of abortion?


I cannot begin to describe the myriad of emotions that envelop one post-divorce. I can tell you that it took at least two years for the winds to stop buffeting mine, and another two before I could handle the almost daily emotional surprises that come:


  • setting in Church as tears well in your eyes because you miss your family - and your spouse.
  • working at your desk when the flood of emotions dilute your environment as you set and think, but for divorce, your child would not be seeing a psychiatrist.
  • the dread you feel at knowing the future pain and sorrow your estranged children will endure because they still refuse to see the Love that was always there, but has repeatedly been called into question by a parent.
  • the almost daily need to beg - BEG - for Divine assistance for the Graces needed to not fail your children, yourself, your marriage vows, and yes, even your former spouse.

Today, there will be no National Right To Marriage Marches in Washington, DC - or even here in downtown Saint Marys, KS. There will be no well-known celebrity speakers or politicians speaking of the horrors of divorce and the assault upon the innocent. There will be no Catholic Bishop, Cardinal or Pope, lamenting the deep slide into the lethargic anarchy that is divorce. There will be no call for 1,969 minutes of silence, in recognition of the year the first No Fault divorce law went live.

 No, this day will pass with Roe v Wade's silent sister walking along side those who courageously march to defend innocent lives lost through a vacuum tube, unknowing of the almost as great a tragedy that occurs with the judges gavel. I mean not to take away from the horror and injustice of the Roe V Wade abortions that litter this great - and supposedly Christian country - but simply seek to remind others of this silent sister's existence that is equally as horrifying and unjust. 

Abortion - whether that of Roe v Wade or of divorce - is a travesty of law that needs to be stricken from the books. Both have nothing to do with "inalienable rights" and have everything to do with "unbridled passions", for no person - no REASONABLE person - could ever stoop to such evil as abortion, within the womb or without. The Catholic Church teaches that "passions must be ruled by reason" as so stated in the section on Moral Conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is, unfortunately, not much heeded nowadays.

 It is a tragedy in itself that so much confusion currently reigns within the Church over moral certitudes that have in the past 4 or 5 decades been called into question and that are now just part of a Catholic menu from which you can choose to follow. God's law does not change. The Ten Commandments that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai are the same ones that are extant even to this day. No man - whether Pope, Bishop or Cardinal; whether priest, parent or judge - can change them. God is not mocked, as St. Paul says. Furthermore, Deuteronomy states "...And my wrath shall be kindled against them in that day: and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured: all evils and afflictions shall find them, so that they shall say in that day: In truth it is because God is not with me, that these evils have found me."

Are you not cringing at the mere thought these words paint in your mind?

The child in the womb silently screams in supplication for the defense of its life, but no one seemingly hears. The children of divorce do no less, and no one seemingly hears them either, especially the Catholic Church and Her Bishops. Divorce is implicitly accepted as a valid termination of a Sacramental Marriage, simply because it is required as prelude to an annulment proceeding - the needs of the many are forsaken for the desires of the one. In that, both abortion and divorce are eerily similar.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade, as you pray for the 57 million-and-counting abortions in this country alone, remember also to pray for those who have been aborted through No Fault Divorce: the innocent and abandoned who truly want nothing more than the return to the family womb.

It is their inherent and God-given right to desire that, no less so than the right of the unborn children to live a life outside the womb.


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January 6, 2020

IT'S WAR! WAR!! WAR!!!




I thought that since the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate is wringing their hands over the sure fact we are - or soon will be - involved in The Final World War III with Iran, that I would take a few minutes and produce the news headline as they would like to see it printed. Hopefully, the LA Times won't send the FBI shock troops to my front door - their Glock 19's, Uzi's and M-9's drawn - for making use of their archival photo as it fit so perfectly. Ed.


Now, for my opinion piece on what's going on:

There be will be no all out "war" with Iran. If they shoot a missile at US troops, the US will shoot 2 to 4 in return (NB: I wrote the preceding sentence in my draft of this post before President Trump Tweeted this). Iran may have 35 targets planned, but Trump has said that he has 52, which means he probably has closer to 75, all of which are,undoubtedly, focused on Iran's ability to wage war. What this means is that in a war of attrition, Iran loses. There is no possibility Iran would ever come out on top, and especially so with Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief of the US Military. Besides, Iran has domestic trouble at home; there is documented unrest in their own backyard. They cannot afford a war with the US as they would have, in fact, a two-front war. And no one nation has won a war while fighting on two fronts, as Germany found out in WWII. To pay attention to only the one, leaves the other wide-open for exploitation.


So...Iran is a screamer, albeit a dangerous one, and should be handled with clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose. But in the end, a screamer is all they will remain.

Trump's handling of the current situation is correct. Speaking to Iran with the aforementioned clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose ensures that Iran will have gotten the message. Whether or not they understand it is another matter entirely. Even if they do understand, they may still attack with their rockets and terrorist androids. Casualties may yet be had on both sides, though I pray it never gets to that point. I have one son currently in the Marines, and three more of age able to be called up, so I have a vested interest in wanting true peace maintained but NOT "a peace for our time" as Neville Chamberlain, the English appeaser & Prime Minister said in 1938. There is a difference in the two that, sadly, many of the above Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate fail to grasp.

Now, obviously, I am no geopolitical aficionado and most definitely am not on the NSC, sitting beside Donald Trump's right ear. All I have is what I read of the situation, think on the broader picture and try to understand who we have for a President. Who we have and what we have is a man and President who will act to defend this Country and its military to the best of his abilities, and not be a 21st Century Neville Chamberlain. Despite being hobbled by inner-circle anarchists and external enemies from before his election, he has done an amazing job.

My stated views and opinions might be so far off the mark as to laugh me right into internet obscurity. No matter...I've tried to use my God-given common sense and intellect to make sense of what I see and hear. Whether I am ultimately proved naively wrong or presciently correct, at least I've kept my wits and did not lose control of the broader picture and allowed my emotions to drive my thoughts, words and actions.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate.




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January 5, 2020

SSPX: The Catholic Church in Decline in the Western World

More sobering statistical evidence of the post-Vatican II aggiornamento from the SSPX. My original post  on this subject can be found hereEd.




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If the number of Catholic faithful has increased in absolute value as shown by the last survey published by the Fides agency (see DICI n ° 390, November 2019), the analysis of local situations remains alarming for Christianity, especially in Western countries.

In the United States

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. published this fall, reveals that Christians of all faiths have dropped from 78% of the population in 2007 to 65% in 2019. At the same time, those who declare themselves to be atheists, agnostics, or without religion went from 16% to 26%. Christians who reported attending mass or some other service at least once a month dropped from 54% to 45%. While those who reported having done so only a few times in a year or never, except for weddings and funerals, increased from 45% to 54%.

This fall in religious practice equally affects men as well as women, whites as well as blacks and Hispanics, and those with a degree as well as those with little education.

It is especially the age and the political tendencies that show a big difference. Those born in the 80s and early 90s as well as those who vote for the Democratic Party are the American demographic that has experienced the biggest drop in the practice of religion.

Among American citizens of Hispanic origin, Catholics were in the majority ten years ago, with 57%. Today, they are less than half, or 47%.

The region where the decrease of American Catholics is most pronounced is in the northeast where they have gone from 36% to 27% of the population over the past 10 years.

In Argentina

According to a study published by the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of the Republic of Argentina (Conicet), the number of Catholics in Pope Francis’ home country fell by 13% between 2008 and 2019. The study carried out on a representative sample of 2,421 people specifies that 62.9% of the 45 million Argentines consider themselves Catholic. They represented 76.5% of the population in 2008.The people who indicated not having a religion currently constitute 18.9% of the population, as opposed to 11.3% in 2008. 

The Conicet study emphasizes that the number of faithful in Evangelical Churches has risen from 9% to 15.3 % in 11 years.

The study finds that “the hopes aroused by the election of Pope Francis in March 2013 have not been fulfilled.” 82% of those polled confirmed that the election had “had no impact on their religiosity,” and only 8% said it had “reinforced their religious beliefs.” According to the authors of the study, the figure of Pope Francis is “not a unifying factor,” but rather one of division in his own country. If more than a quarter of those polled (27.4%) consider that the Holy Father is a “world authority” in “denouncing situations of injustice on the planet,” a similar number (27%) of his compatriots thinks that the sovereign pontiff is “too involved in politics” and that “it disrupted his spiritual responsibilities.”

The Conicet study also illustrates a great generational rupture. Thus, among residents aged 65 and over, the proportion of Catholics remains quite high (81.5%). But it drops to 52.5% among people aged 18 to 29, and mediates at 57.4% among people between 30 and 44 years old. The “without religion” category has thus increased by 25% among young people aged 19 to 29.

Research also reveals regional disparities. There is a greater presence of those who identify as being “without religion” in the region of Buenos Aires, the capital, where the share of Catholics is one of the lowest in the country (56.8%). For the authors of the study, this decline is explained by the “secularization effect” which affects the capital in particular.

In Italy

Catholics are also on the decline in Italy, as shown by the latest IPSOS survey published in November 2019. The number of practicing Catholics—those who attend religious services at least once a week—has dropped from 21% to 14% of the population in 10 years.

In contrast, the number of those who define themselves as non-believers has almost doubled, from 14% to 27% of Italians, with higher peaks among young people—46% of 18 to 24 year-olds and 39% of 25 to 34 years old—and this among the most active and educated strata, especially in the north of the country.

In the European elections in spring 2019, the most restrictive political movement on the issue of immigration, the Northern League, was the party most supported by practicing Catholics, both the regulars with 32.7%, and the occasional with 38.4%, as opposed to 18.9% among non-believers.

“Even if the Church and the Pope have explicitly and vigorously expressed themselves in favor of a policy of open reception...” of the migrants, “the feeling that prevails even among the most assiduous Catholics is to support more restrictive policies,” said the survey.

In Switzerland

In Switzerland, the Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology (SPI) published, on November 26, 2019, the results of ecclesial statistics for 2018. It notes a significant increase in the number of those leaving the Church: 25,366 in 2018, i.e., 25% more than the 20,014 recorded in 2017.

The investigation also reveals behavioral changes on the part of Church members. Since the 1990s, there has been a drop in the number of Catholic marriages. In the past five years, it has declined 20%. In 2018, only 3,200 unions were celebrated in the Church. Since 2013, the number of baptisms in self-defined Catholic families has decreased in Switzerland by 11%. The diocese of Basel (62% of Catholic families) and the diocese of Sion (65%) fall within this estimate, unlike the dioceses of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg where the decrease phenomenon is even more widespread, since only one child in two, born into a family of Catholic origin, was baptized in 2018.

However, the number of those entering the Catholic Church increased in 2018, reports the Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology. However, it does not specify whether it this due to the number of baptisms or the reintegration of members into the Church.
Sociological Analysis

“Leaving churches is a fundamental phenomenon throughout the western region,” said Jörg Stolz, professor of sociology of religions at the University of Lausanne. “At one time, it was thought that the United States was the exception, but the latest data confirms that the situation is the same as in Europe or Australia.”

The academic notes that the typical profile of the person who comes out of the Church is “a young person, with an urban lifestyle, who does not feel a particular link with religion”: a category of the population that tends to grow in western countries. “These people usually decide to leave the institution following a trigger. It may be when they realize that they are paying church taxes, when they feel at odds with a moral point, or when a scandal breaks out.”

According to the sociologist, “the Churches are already doing a lot” to improve their “offerings,” to make themselves more attractive and closer to people. “But there are serious trends linked to secularization. We have already observed since the 19th century that each generation is a little less religious than the previous one. It is likely to continue.”

Jörg Stolz notes that this is essentially a problem of identification: people no longer feel linked to a religious community. “Ultimately, the disaffiliation is only a concretization of the already effective state of distancing from religion,” he concluded.—Such is the concrete consequence of the indifferentism and secularism of modern societies which have thrown God out of social and political life.



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