Manchester: Why Were Some Victims Children?

Out of the 59 victims hospitalized by the recent ISIS attack, 12 were children under the age of 16. Many of the 22 who died were also children. Quoting from CBS:

People who saw Saffie Roussos at the concert Monday night say the 8-year-old was wearing an Ariana Grande T-shirt when she died.

Why were so many victims children? My question is not a musing over why ISIS would murder such innocent souls, we know the depth of their barbarism is bottomless. My question is for the West; mainly Europe. Doesn’t it strike most people (who have a basic idea of what most pop music is like) as kinda shocking such young people, children, would be at an Ariana Grande arena-sized concert, adorned in the respective swag? To be sure, no one could possibly expect attending such a concert might increase the chances of falling victim to such a crime against humanity. The blame is put squarely on the people following this subhuman ideology.

when you import immigrants at any real scale from jihadist regions, then you will import the cultural, religious, and political views that incubate jihad. Jihadist ideas flow not from soil but from people, and when you import people you import their ideas.

The point is that Western culture seems to be unraveling…quickly. There are many signs of this. The explosive speed of the moral decadence paired with the widespread self-sterilization (declining population) of Millennials makes European countries ripe for what what is happening to them. On top of that, the stranglehold politically correct language has over society prevents any serious ideas on how to stop the plague of jihad from being honestly discussed, much less implemented.

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Crippled by political correctness: this is an actual response by local police following the slaughter of children.

Most young adults in Europe are not becoming parents, this isn’t news (unfortunately), but those who are have little interest in actually parenting it seems. Take a look at the lyrics to one of Ariana Grande’s featured songs on her current Dangerous Woman tour and ponder what kind of parent pays money to allow their pre-teen daughter to idolize such an artist. The song is “Side-to-Side” and is about, according to the Nickelodeon alum herself, about having so much sex that she can’t walk straight anymore. The rest of this post is NSFW:

I’ve been here all night (Ariana)
I’ve been here all day (Nicki Minaj)
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side
(Let them hoes know)

I’m talkin’ to ya
See you standing over there with your body
Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (‘Bout nothin’)
I’m comin’ at ya
‘Cause I know you got a bad reputation
Doesn’t matter, ’cause you give me temptation
And we don’t gotta think ’bout nothin’ (‘Bout nothin’)

These friends keep talkin’ way too much
Say I should give you up
Can’t hear them no, ’cause I

I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side
I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)

Been tryna hide it
Baby what’s it gonna hurt if they don’t know?
Makin’ everybody think that we solo
Just as long as you know you got me (You got me)
And boy I got ya
‘Cause tonight I’m making deals with the devil
And I know it’s gonna get me in trouble
Just as long as you know you got me

These friends keep talkin’ way too much
Say I should give you up
Can’t hear them no, ’cause

I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)
I’ve been here all night
(Been here all night, baby)
I’ve been here all day
(Been here all day, baby)
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)

This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna menage I got a tricycle

All these bitches, flows is my mini-me
Body smoking, so they call me young Nicki chimney
Rappers in they feelings cause they feelin’ me
Uh, I-I give zero fucks and I got zero chill in me
Kissing me, copped the blue box that say Tiffany
Curry with the shot, just tell ’em to call me Stephanie
Gun pop and I make my gum pop
I’m the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop

These friends keep talkin’ way too much
Say I should give him up
Can’t hear them no, ’cause I

I’ve been here all night
I’ve been here all day
And boy, got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)
I’ve been here all night
(Been here all night baby)
I’ve been here all day
(Been here all day baby)
Boy, got me walkin’ side to side (Side to side)

This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna menage I got a tricycle

The West’s current weakness isn’t only rooted in the decay of moral pillars it too is simply weak in numbers; both of these compromised foundations is closely associated with the destruction of authentic Catholicism which much of Europe is, architecturally, philosophically, and culturally, built on. Quoting parts from George Weigel’s recent piece, Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide:

(1) Europe is committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself in what British historian Niall Ferguson has called “the greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death in the fourteenth century.

(2) This unwillingness to create the future in the most elemental sense, by creating new generations, is at the root of many of Europe’s problems, including its difficulties assimilating immigrants and its fiscal distress.

(3) When an entire continent—healthier, wealthier, and more secure than ever before—deliberately chooses sterility, the most basic cause for that must lie in the realm of the human spirit, in a certain souring about the very mystery of being. 

The members of the American commentariat most attuned to this plague of Euro-childlessness tend to discuss its impacts in terms of the rapidly growing Muslim population in Europe…But for a Catholic, Europe’s demographic winter bespeaks, first and foremost, a colossal evangelical failure. Acknowledging that also sheds light on the contemporary Catholic situation in Europe.

In recent years, the Catholic Lite Brigade has reasserted itself in western Europe and in the counsels of the world Church. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite—as displayed in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and elsewhere—does not have something to do with Europe’s demographic meltdown. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite is not at least partially responsible, not only for Europe’s self-chosen sterility, but for Europe’s rapidly accelerating embrace of euthanasia. It is time to ask why Catholic Lite has been such an abysmal failure in forming public moral cultures in which self-gift, not self-aggrandizement, is the touchstone of human aspiration.

…the continued embrace of Catholic Lite by too many western European Catholic leaders and intellectuals bodes ill for a European Catholicism that can inspire Europe to reject demographic suicide and rediscover the joy of creating the future through having children. 

Catholics, parents, citizens of good will, step up to the plate and live lives which seek beauty, goodness, and truth. Live counter-culturally because the culture of death wants to destroy your culture, family, and community. I’ll leave it at that. ☩


Our Lady of Fatima, please console the families of these victims by drawing them closer to the hearts of you and Jesus.

St. John Bosco, intercede for all the western nations facing the terror of ISIS.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the souls of the departed, that they may find peace in eternal life.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. . .

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An Unfortunate Graph

A recent Gallup poll highlights Americans’ current opinions on the moral acceptability of various practices. I’ll let the graph speak for itself after adding only two points

  1. 22% of Americans are registered Catholics and 71% of Americans are considered Christian…
  2. The order below is no coincidence. Widespread acceptance of artificial birth control paved the way for the two runners-up (as predicted by Bl. Paul VI, Humanae Vitae). In turn, widespread divorce and promiscuity promotes instability within society which leads to more risky or unfortunate practices.

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Moderating the Bunnies and Eggs of Easter

With Easter approaching, it’s hard to avoid the only reason secular culture seems to celebrate the day: A creepy Easter Bunny and egg hunts. How weird. How lame.

These are fun traditions for kiddos growing up in America but the real meaning of the extremely important reason for Easter is more easily suppressed than, say, Santa and the meaning of Christmas. I’d argue fewer people, especially children, understand the reason for Easter than the reason for Christmas (although I’m sure the latter is dismal as well).

Image result for easter bunny protestant memePart of the reason for this is that today’s parents and adults are less reluctant to discuss the meaning of Christmas than Easter. Jesus being born is far less radical and outrageous sounding than Jesus resurrecting from the dead for us. Many millennial parents in today’s purely rationalistic, politically correct, and spiritually suppressed culture blush at the mention of such extravagant and miraculous claims. Better for them to fit in with today’s beige understanding of Christianity and not be seen as a “fundamentalist”. I mean, that’s kinda “extremest“, right?

This is why I am suggesting a firm effort by Catholic families to better moderate the Easter season’s connection to eating candy; finding eggs; and talking about a big, ugly, creepy, protestant bunny. It’s fun and festive to take part in these secular and cultural activities surrounding holidays–Santa Claus and his reindeer, trick-or-treating, and Easter baskets–but we must not let these largely empty secular customs suffocate the important reasons behind these holidays. If Christians continue trying to be polite and bashful, it will continue to happen. These are OUR holidays, don’t concede them! It’s exactly what the Enemy wants…just ask Screwtape.

The balance between secular celebration and truth/Christian understanding needs to be re-calibrated. Let’s start doing that now. Otherwise popular, anti-Christian culture will continue to devour truth, beauty, meaning, and Christ within our society until there’s hardly anything good left. ☩

Bishop Barron’s recent YouTube interview

Bishop Robert Barron, best known for his social media influence and Catholicism series, sat down for an extended interview with a YouTuber known as The Rubin Report. I had never heard of this YouTube station before but a simple glance of it shows that the gentleman seems to interview a wide range of people from all backgrounds and ideologies geared at displaying unique perspectives of others.

In the interview, Dave Rubin asks the bishop about a wide range of questions that I’d imagine most non-Catholics (and even many actual Catholics) have but would never have the opportunity or courage to ask someone able to properly answer. For anyone not familiar with Bishop Barron, he is philosophy scholar and well versed in metaphysics. He was a professor at Mundelein for years (along with Scott Hahn) before moving to Los Angeles recently. His intellectual musings have always struck a chord with me, especially since I came to the faith through my intellect rather than my heart. This, too, is how Bishop Barron describes his transformation into a serious candidate for the priesthood during the first part of this interview: “the fire going from the head to the heart”. Once he laid out the groundwork for how rational it is for there to be a God (the incontingent reason behind the contingent universe as he puts it), mainly through Aquinas’ theory of causation, the rest followed for him. Beyond him discussing how he came to God, the two discuss topics such as the priest sex scandal, abortion, pornography, and more.

Some have given him flak for his perceived soft answer on the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States. I disagree with how many of his detractors are portraying it, especially since he followed up with a post on his website making clear what he meant. Anyway, here’s the videos. Share with people you think would find them interesting.

I think the Church would be well suited if more priests and laypeople were able to articulate arguments as thoroughly and as joyfully as Bishop Barron. ☩

Advent, like Lent, is a Time of Abstinence and Prayer

The Advent season seems to be lost among many Christians, especially with the dominance of popular culture’s emphasis on December-long Christmas celebrating, ending immediately on December 26. Many Catholics have also lost sight of the season, especially with many parishes downplaying, if not ignoring, the penitential nature of the season. The truth is Advent is a time of preparation where we ready ourselves for the coming of Christ on Christmas.

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This means practicing self-denial and taking up prayer to properly orient our souls towards the most monumental day in history, the day God became man among us. So it’s a good practice to, like Lent, give something up, take up prayer, and to do acts of charity while enjoying all the season’s traditions we cherish (both secular and Christian).

I think it would serve the Church in America well if the bishops sought to reemphasize the nature of the Advent season. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) even points this out on their website:

Changing customs, especially in connection with preparation for Christmas, have diminished popular appreciation of the Advent season. Something of a holiday mood of Christmas appears now to be anticipated in the days of the Advent season. As a result, this season has unfortunately lost in great measure the role of penitential preparation for Christmas that it once had.

and, when discussing Advent wreaths:

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

So, let’s be joyful this Advent and make proper preparations for the real reason for the season, the Feast of the Nativity. That way we can celebrate all 12 days of the Christmastide properly and not be burnt out on December 26! ☩