Stupid Press, Stupid People: Non-Reporting the March for Life | Crisis Magazine

Stupid Press, Stupid People: Non-Reporting the March for Life

by Anthony Esolen

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When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, the novel describing a dystopia of mass stupidity and surveillance, he wasn’t making a prediction.  He was describing what he actually saw in England.  His protagonist, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth, whose enterprise is to engage in massive lying, altering history by sending documents down the Memory Hole, where they will be lost forever.  One of his colleagues, Syme, is a linguist with a passionate love for Newspeak, the official language of the regime.  The purpose of Newspeak is to deracinate language so badly that crimethought, the doubleplusungood rebellion of mind against the regime, will be impossible.  No one will be able to think of crimes, because nobody will be able to think.

Orwell modeled his Ministry of Truth after the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he worked.

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Bishops urged to imitate St. Thomas More in mandate fight :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 20, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has held up the 16th century’s Saint Thomas More as a model of courage for bishops in the face of the federal contraception mandate.

America‘s Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice,” he wrote in a Dec. 19 column for The Witherspoon Institute.

“Their current resolve risks unraveling unless they reaffirm their opposition to the mandate forcefully and as a united body. The past can be a useful teacher. One of its lessons is this: The passage of time can invite confusion and doubt – and both work against courage.”

St. Thomas More, a leading politician of his day, lived at the time of the Anglican schism, when King Henry VIII made himself head of the Church in England. English bishops protested the move at first, but with time all but one, Saint John Fisher, acquiesced to the move.

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L’Osservatore Romano, Catholicism at the root of English identity

In the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, not far from St Peter’s Basilica, is preserved an image of the ‘Madonna of Ine’, the gift of an eighth century king of England who founded a Saxon hostel, ancestor of the English hospice in Rome which this year celebrates its 650th anniversary. The image is early testimony to an English Catholic tradition that was to flower in the Middle Ages in art, literature and music, marking the intellectual and geographical landscape of England with Cathedrals, Universities and Abbeys, and connecting it firmly to the traditions of the Western Church.

Another image in Rome, in the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in the Via di Monserrato, depicts student priests being tortured and executed for their Catholic faith. No details are spared, but in case of doubt the image is annotated with names, dates, and method of execution. This is the other side of the English Catholic tradition; exclusion, persecution – and ultimately martyrdom.

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Political Correctness Reaches New Low in UK | Crisis Magazine

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In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Love promoted nothing but hatred and the Ministry of Truth spread nothing but lies. Although totalitarianism of the kind described and analyzed by Orwell has all but disappeared from the face of the earth, give or take a country or two, totalitarianism of another, softer kind is marching its slow way through the institutions. In the name of diversity and tolerance, it enforces uniformity and bigotry: and there is no vice as insidious as that which, in the search for power, takes itself for virtue.

In England, this degeneration has gone further than almost anywhere else in the western world. In the northern town of Rotherham recently a perfectly decent couple who fostered children in need of care and attention had their foster-children removed from them because they were members of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, which was deemed by the local council, controlled by the Labour Party, to be racist. There were no allegations that they couple had maltreated any children; indeed, to all appearances they were exemplary foster parents (of children of non-British background, incidentally). Their only “crime” was to hold the “wrong” opinions.

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Anglican vote fails to reassure conservatives

WASHINGTON – Despite the decision of laity in the Church of England to reject the ordination of females as bishops, conservatives view the church as a failing organization.

Since the rejection last Wednesday, liberal observers in the Church of England, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have felt defeated. However, many conservative Anglican voices are equally negative.

According to Father Michael Harkness, a conservative Anglican priest in Lynchburg, Va., the Church of England is going the way of its sister American Episcopal Church, “drifting from her catholic and apostolic roots.”

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