Saturday, May 11, 2013
History and the Catholic Church
I recently read an article on CNN about the former dictator in Guatemala who was convicted of a genocide perpetrated on the local Mayan population towards the end of the 36-year civil war in the country during the Reagan administration. The problem? 83% of the country is Mayan, and they were not just in the guerrilla armies, they were fighting for the government as well.
I love the medieval era, and Christendom. There is something to behold in the standard set by the knight. I personally have concluded that humans were most free in feudal society, and that society, with its safety net of the Church's priests and religious orders, was best provided from the fall of Rome until the Protestant Revolt.
That being said, I think the most necessary book of history right now is an exhaustive study of the Soviet and other Communist regimes, Nazism, World War 2, and the Cold War. In short, a historical study which would dwarf Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson and would require three or four lifetimes. We must find out the truth of what occurred in every country from 1917 to 1991, and break it down. Then, the facts must be scrutinized keeping in mind that history revolves around the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps the daunting level of the tasks should suggest to us that the twentieth century truly was Satan's last chance to destroy the world and lead all souls to Hell. It perhaps is so uncertain, so rooted in lies and falsehoods that the Truth of some matters is reserved to God alone, because when the lies and falsehoods are whipped up one last time by the (perhaps fourth or fifth) Anti-Christ at the End Times, God will have given us faith to know and believe in Him, and the gift of wisdom to recognize the total evil of Communist and other totalitarian/authoritarian regimes which are a direct strike upon God, the author of life and the Truth fully found in and protected by the Catholic Church.