Last week Western leaders convened to commemorate the 75th anniversary of “D-Day,” the Allied invasion of the Normandy coastline which began the bloody and destructive struggle to “liberate” Europe from Nazi domination. Not only were there solemn speeches given in honor of the men who were slaughtered at Normandy and across the battlefields of Europe, but the speeches reinforced the idea that WWII was the “good war,” and the millions of lives lost and the mass destruction that occurred, although lamentable, was necessary.
None of those who spoke, however, understood that WWII and the preceding world conflagration known as the “Great War” were the final death knell of the Christian social order which began at the Divinely-inspired victory by the Emperor Constantine over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge which soon led to the recognition and legalization of Christianity by the Edict of Milan in 313. World War II ushered in the complete triumph of secularism built upon and carried forth by the liberal nation state one of whose ideological building blocs has been religious liberty and pluralism. Not only were all religions, faiths, creeds, sects, and beliefs given equal standing, but the Deistic principle of “Separation of Church & State” would become a ruling feature of every Western governing and law-making body.
While the victorious nations of World War II celebrated D-Day, Catholics should only look upon such with distain and take no solace or pride in their historical relevance. The wars were fought not for the interests of Christ the King, or His Church, nor to spread Roman Catholicism, but instead were power struggles between the different forms of democratic collectivism. There was no talk of returning the world to a Christian social order. Moreover, the wars opened the door to Cultural Marxism which paved the way for immorality and depravity which are now commonplace throughout the world.
President Trump’s speech at the Normandy commemoration accurately expressed what the war was about:
We are gathered here on freedom’s altar. . . .
On these shores, on these bluffs, on this
day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their
blood – and thousands sacrificed their lives –
for their brothers, for their countries and for
the survival of liberty.*
The question which must be asked is: why did Catholics at the time participate in the mass human slaughter and destruction which had nothing to do with the Kingship of Christ?
For American Catholics, the answer is simple: the “American Catholic Church” had, from its inception, come to support and actually encourage the national secular state created by the leading minds of the so called “Enlightenment.” In fact, Catholics took part in the “framing” of the nation’s Constitution, a document whose foundation is, in part, built on the heretical notion of “religious freedom” and “toleration” and one which makes no reference to the Blessed Trinity or Christ’s Church. Moreover, often times American Catholics ignored, looked the other way, or actively supported the United States’ efforts to expunge Catholicism from the Western Hemisphere.
Most Catholic intellectuals, be they of the liberal variant or conservative/revisionist types have also interpreted the Second World War in secular terms. Patrick Buchanan in his study, Churchill, Hitler, and ‘The Unnecessary War:’ How Britain Lost its Empire and the West Lost the World, laments that the war was a geo-political disaster especially for Great Britain who lost an empire, thousands of men which led to its current demographic nightmare, and the impoverishment of its populace for generations. The US, too, although victorious and unscathed territorially, would see the expansion of the federal government in nearly all sectors of domestic life and would become the world’s policeman with a vast and burdensome global empire.
Why would a Catholic like Buchanan and others bewail the loss of Protestant England’s overseas possessions? Such a mindset is dominant among Catholic thinkers who, like the Church in which they belong, have long since given up their mission to evangelize and convert all nations to the One True Faith.
For a Catholic, the West was not “lost” by the decision of the 20th century liberal democratic powers to engage in a senseless, horrific cataclysm, but instead, was lost when Northern Europe and England chose to follow the diabolical “teachings” of the likes of Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and Henry VIII which split Christendom and led ultimately to its decline and destruction. The sundering of Christendom is at the root of the social, economic, and political crisis that the modern world suffers from. World War II was the consequence of Western man turning away from Almighty God in the mistaken belief that he could rule himself peacefully without Divine assistance.
While D-Day may be commemorated as a landmark of modern history, it should be seen as a grim reminder of just how far the world has deviated from a Catholic social order – the only order conducive for earthly peace and heavenly attainment.
*Tom Howell, Jr., and Dave Boyer, “Trump Extols Bravery of WWII Veterans.” The Washington Times, 7 June 2019, A1.
posted by editors/6-10-’19