Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Ideological Clash in Washington

The March for Life is a soul-stirring sight,
some admitting abortion is only a horrible result of moral decay.
The Women's March descended on Washington for the third time this weekend.  The event drew smaller numbers as its liberal leaders ironically face accusations of bigotry and corruption.

Only a day before, much larger crowds marched down the same street at the forty-sixth annual March for Life.

The feminist movement markets itself as a magic remedy for the ills of mankind.  Feminists believe that if we destroy "oppressive" and "toxic" masculinity we will reach the utopia.  They narcissistically think the answer to the world's problems is within themselves.  "And the Serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.  For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat therof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Gen 1:4-5) 

On the other side, Catholics defend the smallest victims of feminism.  The March for Life is a soul-stirring sight.  The streets are filled with half a million people outraged at the slaughter of innocent babies, some admitting abortion is only a horrible result of moral decay.

The feminist movement markets itself as a magic remedy for
the ills of mankind.
It seems impossible for these two movements to mesh.  But mingled in the ranks of pro-life marchers are signs that declare, "Feminists for life" and "Feminists for Nonviolent Choices".

Here is an ideological clash!  Feminism profoundly contradicts Christianity.  We forget that Eve, consumed with pride, participated in the Fall of man.  She ate the apple and gave it to her husband.  Yet we refuse women equality in this one essential thing: her fallen nature, tendency to sin and consequential dependence on the protection of the family and the Church.

All mankind is inherently dependent, even more so after the Fall"To the woman also He said...thou shall be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee." (Gen. 1:16)  But dependence is rejected.  Feminism removes women from the home, encouraging both men and women to recklessly disobey more of God's commands.  Concupiscence is indulged.  The magnitude of social disorder is tremendous.  Instead of embracing the Church, the clergy, the nobility, the elites and the fathers of families as channels of God's benevolence and mainstays of our dignity, we seek to topple them.  Pride and rebellion threaten all sacred institutions.

All mankind is inherently dependent, even more so after the Fall.
We must counter this anarchical revolution which challenges the very essence of nature.  We risk loosing not only the light of grace which spiritually enlightens man but also the temporal guidance of order.  Without psychological grounding in metaphysical truths, the structures of civilization are crumbling into dysfunctional remnants.

We are living in a social, political and spiritual clash which threatens to usher us into a world of chaos.  Will we return to order and to God?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him: and without Him was made nothing that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.  He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.  That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.  Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-14)


  1. Colette, I recently read an article on LifeSiteNews that you may be interested in. It's centers around these feminists for life and the connection between the Sexual Revolution and the Feminist movement. I'll link it here:

    I also should note that even atheists support life in the womb. They simply defend it on a natural level of course. The right to defend life is not a solely Christian endeavor, but a human one. Each one of us has Natural Law written on our hearts, Christian or not.

    I'm not supporting feminism by any means. However, I do believe that we must first protect life before we fix the rest of society's problems. Part of apologetics is acknowledging the common ground that stands between the two parties. And we need to fully understand where our enemies's convictions lie in order to refute them effectively and charitably.

    Catherine Hawthorn

    1. You could argue though that abortion is a result of feminism, removing women from the home and telling them they have the right to live a promiscuous lifestyle and conceive children out of wedlock. In that sense, abortion in all it's horror IS a consequence and will never be "fixed" without a broader return to Christian principles.

      Feminism is about the equality of the sexes. However, the Church teaches that we are equal in dignity and worth, but not in nature. Without God, people cannot simply "respect life" because they don't have the right order of the family: man, woman and child. Famous feminists like Simone de Beauvior in her book "The Second Sex" reject the idea of marriage and motherhood as bondage. Margaret Sanger's famous philosophy "Every child is a wanted child" is favorable to our ability to bear children but certainly not to those children themselves.


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