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Detroit, Michigan is home to some of the highest murder rates in the nation, the largest Muslim population in the United States, the biggest Masonic temple in the world, one of the most violent urban revolts in the 20th century, and two satanic temples.
How has it become such a magnet for evil? If we believe that "we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness" — if we believe that underlying all world events and social phenomena is a spiritual reality — then we must acknowledge that those tasked with guarding the spiritual fortress have fallen asleep, or in some cases have even welcomed the enemy in.
There is no single force on earth that can successfully do battle with and vanquish Satan and his minions than the Catholic Church, established by Our Lord to teach and act authoritatively in His name. It is the Catholic Church blessed with the lifegiving sacraments of baptism, penance and the Holy Eucharist to restore us to grace and fortify us in the struggle. It is the Catholic Church that gives us the sacraments of Holy Orders to bestow on priests the power to bless, to absolve, to confect the Holy Eucharist and bring us Christ in the Flesh. And it is the Catholic Church that gives us Our Lady, with power to crush the serpent underfoot and cast the enemy into Hell.
But if our very leaders in the Church — those charged with shepherding souls, guarding the sheepfold and beating back the wolves — fall asleep, or if they themselves open up the gate to let the predators in, then spiritual ruin results — and that is what Detroit has seen over the last few decades. Cardinal John Dearden, one of the most influential prelates of the 20th century, oversaw the destruction of the Faith in his archdiocese for more than 20 years, was first president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now the USCCB), and set in motion a network of liberal, gay-friendly, faithless bishops and priests who would carry on his legacy of dissent in Detroit and around the country for decades to come.
Watch the panel discuss this topic in "The Download—The Ruins of Detroit."