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When did we lose the Culture War in America?

February 17, 2012

What does it say about a culture when it acceptable to commit adultery as long as you own up to it? Does anybody ever wonder why there is such controversy and push-back against gay marriage when no one has the backbone to stand up for the tenets of traditional marriage?

Huffington Post reports on a PBS documentary that examines the Clinton/Lewinski scandal and all the ensuing developments that resulted.

Is it possible that the white house scandal served to further remove American culture from its foundational cultural principles, or were we already there and it just provided light on an issue that no one was/is willing to admit to?

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3 Comments
  1. patriotsoul permalink
    February 18, 2012 8:11 am

    • patriotsoul permalink
      February 18, 2012 8:13 am

      I meant that to be just a link….

  2. February 19, 2012 6:52 am

    As much as I appreciate the efforts to counter the devolution of our culture, it began long before Clinton.
    EVERYTHING that has happened to today’s society was foretold with astonishing accuracy by a Papal encyclical titled, “Humanae Vitae,” which includes what Pope Paul VI wrote about artificial birth control:

    “Careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone.”

    Here is a layman’s explanation:

    “Here are a few reasons why the Church teaches against contraceptives:

    1. Marriage = Unity + Procreation

    In “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI wrote, “The Church, nevertheless, in urging men to the observance of the precepts of the natural law, which it interprets by its constant doctrine, teaches that each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life.”

    “This particular doctrine, often expounded by the magisterium of the Church, is based on the inseparable connection, established by God, which man on his own initiative may not break, between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act.

    “The reason is that the fundamental nature of the marriage act, while uniting husband and wife in the closest intimacy, also renders them capable of generating new life — and this as a result of laws written into the actual nature of man and of woman. And if each of these essential qualities, the unitive and the procreative, is preserved, the use of marriage fully retains its sense of true mutual love and its ordination to the supreme responsibility of parenthood to which man is called.” (No. 11 and 12)

    2. The birth control pill is an abortifacient

    While the Church repeatedly has noted that the birth control pill has the ability to act as an abortifacient, members of the medical community also have spoken to that reality.

    As an abortifacient, the pill has the ability to prevent a human embryo from implanting in a uterus. Yes, that means it’s an abortion.

    3. Contraceptives do not solve our problems

    In the secular world, it’s been touted time and time again that contraception will lower unintended pregnancies, reduce abortions and even benefit marriages.

    Wrong.

    In fact it’s done just the opposite, as Pope Paul VI warned:

    “Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.”

    He went on to say that any man who “grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.”

    A 2011 Guttmacher Institute fact sheet states that nearly half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended. Four in 10 of those are terminated through abortion. And 54 percent of women who have had abortions had used contraception during the month they became pregnant.

    Paul VI sure told us so, didn’t he?”

    Yes, he did.
    Now the question is, will we listen?

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