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By Frank S. Farello, M.A., M.I. (Militia Immaculata)
In the mid-60s when the baby boomer generation ushered in an era of extraordinary and sweeping worldwide social changes, the most egregious error they made was tossing God and religion to the wayside along with the bathwater.
The prevailing thinking back then was if anything smacked of being old — or worse, ancient — it was anathema to the utopian future they envisioned for all humankind. Even the April 8, 1966 issue of TIME magazine asked, "Is God Dead?" And, the vast multitude of the 60s and 70s youth — especially in America — replied, "Yes, God is dead!"
Over the past 50-plus years, the world has suffered the consequences of applying that false assumption to every aspect of human life.
As a result, the 60s revolution has wrought a catalog of social changes best summarized by Jeffrey T. Kuhner, who, in a Jan. 20, 2011 article for The Washington Times commented thusly on America's increasingly declining moral order:
Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged — their innocence lost forever — because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly.
Kuhner's laundry list of horrors concluded with the statement that "America has become the new Babylon." It confirmed that America's former post-WWII role as the pre-eminent leader in devising a better future for humanity had, since the early 1960s, morphed into that of the Pied Piper leading every nation on the planet into an evil, wicked and immoral downward spiral as the new direction for the human race.
Though it was once thought impossible for any nation to surpass the depravity of ancient Babylon, America has more than succeeded in proving otherwise.
We find an in-depth analysis of the underpinnings of the collapse of the world moral order in Revolution and Counter-Revolution by the great Catholic thinker and influential author Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. His treatise helps us understand that the 60s revolution was only a part of the third prong of a burgeoning move toward worldwide atheism that emerged from the decay of morality that began in the Middle Ages.
The first prong to surface was what de Oliveira calls the "Pseudo-Reformation," which implanted "the spirit of doubt, religious liberalism and ecclesiastical egalitarianism in the different sects it produced."
Next came the French Revolution, which "was the triumph of egalitarianism in ... the religious field in the form of atheism, speciously labeled as secularism; and the political field through the false maxim that all inequality is an injustice, all authority a danger, and freedom the supreme good."
Finally, communism transposed both the above into the socioeconomic field.
What materialized in the 1960s was the ability of advancements in communication to spread these coalescing revolutionary ideas across our country and the rest of the world as quickly as the newswires could transmit them.
Virtually overnight, the wildfire of these radical ideas resulted in social and political chaos across the globe and have continued unabated to this day. The revolution emerging so long ago from the decay of morality in the Middle Ages has now overwhelmed every human institution in its path — even those in the Catholic Church.
But just as de Oliveira predicted, a counterrevolution would someday arise that would not be "a mere recitation of the evil deeds of the revolution in the past, but an effort to bar its course in the present."
Today, we see the beginnings of that counterrevolution in many young people, who have grown up with Kuhner's laundry list of horrors as everyday occurrences in their young lives, whether actual personal experiences or part of the daily distorted programs used to "entertain" them.
Here are a few recent examples:
These examples are part of a growing trend where the leaders of the counterrevolution are found among those most affected by the growing evils spreading across the earth: the young.
We have also seen huge increases in young people across the planet attending the Latin Mass, while attendance at Novus Ordo Masses continues to plummet. And, while Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned, several news reports stated that crowds containing thousands of young people — many on their knees — openly sang traditional Catholic hymns and prayed the Rosary.
As is always the case, the future belongs to the young, and apparently, today's youth are unwilling to accept a future which contains rampant atheism and the continued evils of unbridled debauchery.
Young people in the 1960s flocked together to further the precepts of the revolution in the hope of achieving a drug-fueled, commune-based, free love, atheistic, utopian future for humankind steeped in immorality, self-gratification and anti-authority.
However, today's young people, so sick of the descent that human society has taken into the clutches of a satanic based dystopia for humanity, are mobilizing to further the precepts of the counterrevolution. Apparently, there is hope for our future. Apparently, there is a Catholic Spring burgeoning on the horizon.
God bless all the young people who have had the courage to stand up against evil and for God and His Catholic Church. We pray more will follow in their footsteps and return our world to the beauty of God's loving creation. Simply put: Know God; know peace — no God; no peace!