At some point, Conservatives are going to have to stop thrashing one another for speaking the truth, no matter how uncomfortable or how unpopular it may be. Many on the Right are joining Senator Kennedy in his rebuke of statements reiterated by his fellow Senator Rick Santorum.
Captain's Quarters supports the repudiation of Santorum by Kennedy,
Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania Senator has a habit of talking without thinking about the consequences of his rhetoric...
...It is unfair in the extreme of Santorum to blame the scandals on the community of Boston, a community that indeed was victimized by the pedophiliacs and those who hid their crimes. Santorum's remarks attempt to turn the blame away from the criminals and onto the victims. Those remarks were wrong three years ago, and he should have known better than to repeat them now. His spokesman, Robert Traynham, should also have known better than to keep digging the hole by blaming Harvard University for the sins of the Catholic priests and other clergy.
Ed refers to this statement by the Senator in reference to the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, as reported by the Washington Post...
"Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture," Santorum wrote in a July 12, 2002 article for the Web site Catholic Online. "When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."
Asked by the Boston Globe this week whether he stood by his remark, Santorum said he did. "I was just saying that there's an attitude that is very open to sexual freedom that is more predominant" in Boston, the Globe quoted him as saying Tuesday.
Michelle Malkin agrees with Ed and a growing list of others following Senator Ted Kennedy who expressed his outrage from the floor of the Senate,
"Boston-bashing might be in vogue with some Republicans, but Rick Santorum's statements are beyond the pale."
Pardon me if I am simply not convinced by Kennedy's supposed indignation since every thing Republicans do from legislate to urinate is 'beyond the pale' in his eyes.
But, beyond that, myopically citing the statistics to refute Santorum's point, the critics ignore the real crux of his statement.
It was Cardinal Ratzinger himself who warned of the dangers of relativism just prior to his election as Pope Benedikt XVI.
"... from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today's standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires. "
What is after all, at the heart of such abuses as transpired throughout the American Catholic church if not the complete forfeiture any reciprocal recognition of respect for humanity to the base tendencies of pure self-absorbed desire? And what mechanism allows a person to abandon the traditions of decency inherent to humans after 2 million years of physical evolution, and 2000 years of cultural evolution, if not the modern revolution of rationalized debauchery. And what has been the catalyst for the modern wave of subhuman degeneracy if not the surrender of discrimination to tolerance without judgment.
Principles it is now said, are subject only to the preference of the beholder. Morals are a personal issue to be divined and defined by idiosyncratic preference... or cultural charlattans. Ethics are irrelevant in light of subjective morals. And thus you have a culture of moral relativism that is dependent only on the shrewdness of its advocates, the lewdness of its high priests, and the fetid imaginations of its population, to be rendered with definition accordingly. And so, when some monstrous cleric of post modernity desires to devour your children to feed its stygian hunger, his is the only justification required for the forfeiture of their existence to his fetish.
Now, I ask you, which of the two political parties in this country supports this new cultural redefinition? It is, afterall, this same relativist pathology that is responsible in some small part, for the lifetime appointment of Ted Kennedy as Massachusetts's Senator... a man whose character is so fetid, that it requires the amnesia of older voters and the select stupidity of younger ones to attribute an ounce of virtue or contribute a grain of respect to a historic drunk who has yet to atone for negligent manslaughter. And it is centered in Boston, every bit as much as New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Austin, LA, San Fransisco, Portland, Seattle.
I'm just getting started...
What I am discussing and Santorum is suggesting, is that we take a direct look at the menace of evil. Yes evil! Not the evil of Hollywood fiction where unseen demons rise from a mystic inferno to inhabit a young girl for the sole purpose of hurling obsecenities and green goo. Human evil is a real, horrifying, stinking, dark, cold malevolence; the kind that can slice a man's head from his neck in front of a camera, rape and bury a young girl alive, kidnap and devour its neighbor's children, stone a man nearly to death in an urban intersection, systematically gun down its classmates, or abuse the trust of the innocent in order to satisfy it's lustful perversions. This evil resides in the depths of men concealed like Pandora's sprites by the heavy lid of the manifest ethos of Western Civilization springing from one golden rule and ten great commandments. Undermined by the modern hubris of surreal little minds professing nothing to be anything, asserting that 'God is dead... therefore I am,' the lid was lifted and the vices unleashed to unravel the ancient fabric of humanity. Virtue became a question, while evil remained a given... ignored, defended, and celebrated in the guise of progressive humanism and the 'natural' affinity.
This evil is far from inherent to the Catholic Church or it's teachings. The Church was simply too archaic a dinosaur to react quickly and effectively to subdue evil's modern menace in time to prevent the damage of a crisis so abhorrent as to be nearly inconceivable. Sadly, it is the one institution that should have been best suited to the task. But, the nature of bureaucracies is to destroy the very institutions that breed them. For that negligence, The Church can be said to be supremely guilty. But, no less guilty is it than the communities that assemble solely for the protection of the existence of one another, and supremely for the protection of its children... and have failed miserably.
The people of the progressive community of Seattle-Tacoma are every bit as guilty as Rome and Boston. They enabled a monster like Joseph Edward Duncan III for decades; refusing to acknowledge the persistence of his unreformable malevolence. After an infernal cycle of predation and incarceration he was again released to finally stalk an Idaho family. Inevitably, he killed all but one surviving young girl. With little Shasta Groen, Mr. Duncan shared his peculiar vision of a hell far beyond her or our imagination.
The same progressive culture of relativism existed in Madrid, Spain and Leeds, England and even Lodi, California albeit with far more deadly potential. It preaches a self-loathing of Western Civilization, congruent with a celebration of unmitigated diversity that enables evil to thrive and execute its devastating perversions. Negligent in the maintenance of objective standards of decency, these communities are supremely guilty of the very evil that they foster.
Do you hear me fellow Conservatives? You who have built your own ivory soap boxes from which you now denounce assertions of truth for their political folly. I submit to you that any community that fails to manifest the standards of civilization is guilty of enabling evil.