Western culture has been under attack since its inception. From the 300 Spartans at the Hot Gates, to Lenin, Marx, and the Cold War, this is nothing new. There are dark forces roaming the world that would usurp the sacred role of transcendence at the heart of the Western tradition.
Catholicism, a defining institution of Western culture, suffers the same threat. The faithful are required to protect and promote the fount of baptismal water that opens the way to salvation. It is our sacred duty. To carry out that duty, it is necessary to know what we are up against.
Many of the Church’s current troubles are self-inflicted. Take Vatican II’s Gaudium Et Spes as one example. The Pastoral Constitution opens with, “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.” This is a poetic way to begin. It is also problematic. As Bishop Barron put it, “Who positions whom here? In a word, is ‘the world’ setting the agenda for the Church, or vice versa?’