Venerable Fulton J. Sheen spoke prophetically in a 1947 radio address of a coming era when religious principles would cease to inspire social, political and economic life. He predicted a future when man would forget his obligations to God imposed for his and the world’s benefit. A time when religious faith, informed by man’s intellect, would be replaced by faith only in himself, a religion without God. We are witnessing the fulfillment of that prophecy in our day. Believing himself free and self-governing, man chooses to be enslaved to his unchecked passions and disordered thinking. This dystopia of chaos is present now.
In a spiritual classic published in 1937, “The Holy Spirit”, Father Edward Leen acknowledges that even at that time, “society is almost wholly de-Christianized…(man’s) system of thought…his tastes and his judgments …as an individual or as a social being…is…corrupted by the prevailing errors.” In that same radio address, Archbishop Sheen continues “(t)he battle lines are already being clearly drawn and the basic issues are no longer in doubt. From now on men will divide themselves into two religions-understood again as surrender to an absolute. The conflict of the future is between the absolute who is the God-man and the absolute which is the man God; the God Who became man and the man who makes himself god; brothers in Christ and comrades in anti-Christ.” The enemy’s mission is rooting out the remnants of Christian faith.
It is notable that as the percentage of Americans who belong to a church decreases (47% compared to 71% in 1975) news of social, political and moral disorder increases. The percentage of American adults identifying as Christian is 65%, a decrease of 12% over the past decade. Christianity’s influence over America’s cultural, political life and moral life, despite flashes of moral rectitude, as when state governments attempt to restrict abortion, is arguably at its lowest point. As Christianity and especially Catholicism steadily lose adherents moral disintegration accelerates. Child killing, the breakup of the family, pornography, disordered ideologies of sex and gender (and their practices), and substance abuse and addictions give evidence for the ebbing (and ending) of Christian-based morality. It is as though the gates of hell have opened yet wider, scattering seeds yielding an overabundance of iniquitous fruits: darkened intellects, sensuality, effeminacy and malice. An illustration is a recent case of an irrational judicial overreach where a Canadian judge issued an arrest warrant for a father whose “crime” was calling his biologically female child his daughter, thus referring to her by the “wrong” pronoun.