The Death of the Self-Hating West

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by Fr. George Rutler  •  •  July 25, 2020   

Capitulation to progressives is suicide

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As a psychosis, "self-mutilation syndrome" is rooted in self-loathing and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Whole cultures can be afflicted with a similar compulsion to injure themselves. Nowadays, it is called a "cancel culture." To topple statues and burn churches is a metaphor for self-loathing rather than reason.

Jean-Baptiste Carrier's "revolutionary baptisms" at Nantes

In their modern aesthetic recklessness, nations begin to disdain what Matthew Arnold called "the best which has been thought and said." Even people who do not read much still can see much, and they can see that destruction of great buildings is the grammar of self-mutilation.

There was a sigh of relief when the French government announced that the cathedral of Paris would be restored exactly as it had been. But you need only look at some recent architectural horrors (like the Centre Pompidou) to appreciate that the preservation of Notre Dame was a close call.

Consider Le Corbusier's 1925 Plan Voisin — which sought to swap the edifices of central Paris with buildings that looked like refrigerators — as an aid to envision the fabric of a society without a soul.

The burning of the Nantes Cathedral was reported with practically no mention of the winter of 1793–1794, when over 14,000 Catholic counterrevolutionaries were slaughtered in that region.

Jean-Baptiste Carrier, a sadistic officer of the French Revolution, mocked his own name by drowning more than 4,000 priests, nuns, mothers and infants in boats designed for what he called "revolutionary baptisms."

At the same time, another Jean-Baptiste, Gobel, was made archbishop of Paris in place of Antoine de Juigné, provided he "take the knee" to the revolution.

We are now in a spiritual combat as monumental as World War II.

All atheistic revolutionaries kill their fomenters: Just as the architect of the Reign of Terror (Robespierre) was guillotined by his Terror, so were Carrier and Gobel.

Lt. Gen. Patton pins Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe

In a kind of cultural doppelganger today, writers for our most "liberal" periodicals are being fired for not being pure enough for the anarchists who have made their moral impurity into a religion.

Since the late 1960s, disciples of Le Corbusier (along with other liturgical "wreckovaters") denuded churches as arrogantly as the cults of theanthropy in the French Revolution.

Convents subscribing to ephemeral "renewal" have now become nursing homes for women who once thought that labyrinths could be stairways to Heaven.

We are now in a spiritual combat as monumental as World War II.

In 1944, when the Nazis demanded that the Americans surrender during the Battle of the Bulge, Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe replied, "Nuts!" The vernacularism was unfamiliar to the Germans, and so another message was sent: Du kannst zum Teufel gehen — "You can go to the Devil."

No victory is secured by kneeling to the enemy. Those who do will be the next in line for the guillotine.

The Holy Church has the best translation for "Nuts" when proclaimed in defiance of the Anti-Christ: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty."

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