Catholicism's Abject Failure
In the last three decades, Catholicism has effectively abandoned the United States, and has set its sights firmly on the Third World. This policy of giving up on the world's most powerful nation is one that is wholly incoherent with the extensive potential for the spread of Catholicism in English speaking North America. Instead of using the American population as a symbol of how Catholicism can act as a bulwark against the constant erosion of ethics and faith, the Vatican has washed its hands of those strange, materialistic heathens across the water.
I have not made a secret of my disapproval of the current Pope. He was precisely what Catholicism did not need after the galvanizing grandeur of Pope John Paul II. As a dyed in the wool curia bureaucrat, he lacks any ability to inspire adherence to the traditional values and policies which seem alien to 21st century technological humans. Catholicism needed a youthful, vigorous, great orator, leader, and motivator: We got a gray, addled, octogenarian accountant.
The factor which provokes the greatest sadness is the indisputable fact that the conventional beliefs of the Catholic Church most certainly fit the standard of "the world's only salvation," and not speaking from a theological basis but strictly from an ethical one.
I have no interest in entering into a debate about whether Catholicism is a more or less valid religion than Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, or Buddhism. The only way to prove that argument is within one's own heart. I have my own very firm theological belief system and although many have tried, no one has ever shaken one iota of that fervent dedication at any time during my long life.
The factor to consider in this discussion is purely ethical: In that analysis, the Catholic Church is 100% right and the vast majority of the rest of the world is 100% wrong.
I feel like I've spent at least the last couple of decades trying to evangelize chastity at an orgy. Younger individuals who do not have first hand understanding of what life was like before it became "cool" to be sexually promiscuous and revel in the vandalistic implosion of the traditional family cannot possibly comprehend just how profoundly they have sunk into the depths of depravity.
I truly do weep for this generation. They think that they have achieved mastery over the world, instead they have nothing.
They pride themselves in their technological mastery of instantaneous, rich communication while they have become insular, lonely, hermetic, stultified and detached.
They think that they have found the key to happiness while they exist in a deluded dimension of synthetic electronic adrenalin rushes and materialistic hallucinations.
They believe that they have evolved past the rules which have governed human society since the dawn of history, instead they exist in woeful, miserable, pitiful anarchy.
They have accepted that pervasive mercantilism and individualistic hedonism is the proper way of life, when instead it is by far the most unnatural, aberrant, anomalous, and outright deviant lifestyle imaginable.