The Irish saved Catholicism from the chaos of the collapse of Roman civilization caused by the invasion of Europe by barbarian hordes, Father Seán Connolly argued Thursday in the Catholic World Report.
President Joe Biden, who often touts both his Irish heritage and his Catholicism, appears to be causing a further collapse of Western civilization with his downright anti-Catholic views on issues such as abortion and gender ideology.
An Irish writer is fed up with his antics.
“President Joe Biden’s self-delusion appears to be boundless,” Dublin-born journalist and fiction writer Ruth Dudley Edwards said in a commentary piece for the UK on Tuesday. Telegraph.
Although the article – headlined ‘Joe Biden must be the world’s worst Catholic’ – was published days before St. Patrick’s Day, Edwards clearly had the Irish holiday in mind.
When Biden “looks in the mirror,” she wrote, “he apparently sees a straight Irish Catholic faithful to the historic values of his deeply rooted religious identity.”
Edwards wasn’t finished – far from it.
“He is, in fact, an appalling Catholic which publicly flouts the most precious teachings of the church and is about as authentically Irish as a leprechaun hat in a St. Patrick’s Day parade,” she continued.
Nobody knows what Biden sees in the mirror when he looks at himself, but it certainly isn’t the reality. Self-reflection isn’t one of his strengths, judging by his propensity for telling stories about his past.
Remember his story of being in the top half of his law school? In reality, Biden lied about his school record. He later had to admit he graduated 76th in a class of 85, as reported FoxNews.
And then there’s the story of Biden being a trucker on the road. FAKE.
And then there is – too bad. If you start tracking down Biden’s lies, you’ll find yourself accompanying him down the road to perdition.
Edwards conceded that the US president has “perfect right to believe whatever he wants” – even if he is delusional. She also admitted that many Americans agree with Biden’s views — what it says about their mental health is another matter — and many of them will also claim to be Catholic.
But that’s not what upsets her.
“What stays in the throat,” Edwards wrote, “is her willingness to use her Irish Catholic identity to restore his image while apparently knowing nothing of either.
For example, she pointed out that Biden “is a warrior for parents’ right to approve.”gender affirmation transitional medical care ‘for their children’, even though even Pope Francis – who is far too liberal for conservative and traditional Catholics – ‘has rejected the idea of teaching children that ‘everyone can choose their own sex’ “.
Edwards wrote that Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois “reminds his flock that the church ‘teaches that the removal or destruction of healthy sexual and reproductive organs is a type of mutilation and inherently wrong.’
“Yet Biden has shown no interest in addressing Catholic education,” she said. “It focuses on appeasing Democratic progressives by taking on Republican politicians like Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whose administration says medical treatment for transitioning children may be a form of child abuse.”
Edwards noted that the president also denounced another GOP governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida, for banning “kindergarten gender identity classes to howls of outrage from progressives, and since then he has acted to restrict puberty blockershormones and surgeries for minors.
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Who is Joe Biden? It’s hard to say. He embodies a politician who goes in all directions. It’s a walking, talking cartoon.
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It’s safe to say that Biden will shift from left to center — at least in his words — as the 2024 presidential election nears. There are too many voters bristling against allowing late abortions and cut up children who have been confused about their gender. But, as the saying goes, “saying is not doing”.
That’s why DeSantis and Abbott are popular governors. They choose to live in reality rather than a progressive fantasy turned nightmare. They do their best to thwart the progressive attempt to undermine the Western way of life.
“Rome fell because of an interior, social or spiritual weakness; or Rome fell because of outside pressure – the barbarian hordes,” Connolly argued. “What we can say with confidence is that Rome fell gradually and for many decades the Romans barely noticed what was happening.”
Sound familiar? It should. It seems too many Americans are tripping over Joe Biden. They refuse to think about what is happening around them. They dread self-reflection. When they look in the mirror, they see what they want to see, not what’s really there.
St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated on Friday, has played a key role in tending to light in a time of darkness.
“When Patrick was laying the foundations of the Irish Church,” Connolly wrote, “no one could have foreseen the vital role she would play soon after her death in preserving the light of faith and learning in middle of Europe’s Dark Ages”.
St. Patrick was a former Celtic slave brought to Ireland from Roman-era Britain. The church Patrick founded in Ireland, according to Connolly, “had three distinct characteristics: it was Celtic, monastic and missionary.”
Connolly drew his testimony primarily from by Thomas Cahill “How the Irish Saved Western Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role, from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe.” In the 1995 book, the late historian wrote that Ireland “is unique in religious history for being the only country into which Christianity was introduced without bloodshed”.
“Unlike the conventional ‘red martyrdom’ through the blood of many saints, the Irish have developed a ‘green martyrdom’ spirituality of asceticism,” Connolly wrote on Thursday. “The Irish Church quickly produced an unprecedented number of monks and missionaries.”
Another way of looking at it is that Catholicism blended almost seamlessly with Celtic spirituality. At one time, Ireland was naturally devout.
I highly doubt Biden knows anything about Ireland’s role in keeping the light of faith alive. He doesn’t know much about Catholic teachings, so why would he?
Edwards pointed out one thing about Biden’s commonalities with modern Ireland. “At least on this topic,” she wrote, “Biden is in touch with his distant Irish roots. In 2015, Ireland passed a gender recognition law almost as extreme as the one that just knocked down Nicholas Sturgeon.”
The fact that Ireland is not at all what it used to be could be a sign that the West is on the verge of collapse. It is no longer devout. Because of this, he goes against his own nature. How is Ireland, so is the West? Let’s hope not.
Biden is playing his part in the decline. As a modern-day Nero, rather than fiddling while Rome burns, the President looks in the mirror and dreams of the days when he was a truck driver or first in his class. The only class he could top is Deception.
Edwards seems to think so. At the end of her comment, she wrote, “It’s part of a pattern: he talks everything and doesn’t walk.”
Isn’t that the truth.
This article originally appeared on The Western newspaper.