In 1946 Pope Pius XII visited the United States and addressed the United States Catechetical Congress held in Boston,
with these words,
"The sin of the century is the
Ten years later a book was published by The Westminster Press entitled: "Situation Ethics: the new Morality" by Joseph Fletcher. His theory "situational ethics" refuses to accept an absolute standard of morality...He is a forefather of abortion, euthansia, eugenics, and cloning... in our culture today. In other words, selfish motives are the trend of the day. (Joseph Fletcher's theory will be explained in separate article.)
Pope Pius XII's prophetic words are so true today in horrendous clarity... there is no conscience anymore--everything goes... AND if one stands up for what is morally right, we are shut down as bigots, moralists who want to 'control people'...moral decline is heralded as 'truth'... God is replaced by selfishness and the "ME".. What I want, what is good for ME...
By the 60's this all fell to complete gutter talk, actions and lifestyles... with sexual freedom coming to the forefront with the birth control pill--and then, as Pope Paul VI prophesied, the great sin of abortion.
It was like the proverbial snowball gaining strength and momentum the further down the moral highway it goes --- leading to destruction -- hell is the outcome. How many souls have been lost to hell? Only God knows how many have found themselves in hell because of their loose morals and following the trend of 'anything goes.'
Check the numbers of those contracting sexual diseases--even the seniors have gotten into the act (I guess they are the 1960 liberal reformers of anything goes)...
A recent article on Gawker.com exposed that according to a recent New York Times op-ed from Ezekiel J. Emanuel, studies find that STDs are rising in communities of single senior citizens.
Did we know it would happen to the extent that it is today? How many of us just said oh it will blow over... or, there is nothing we can do about it. We had been warned by many in the Church from Pope Pius XII, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and even now by Pope Francis.
“To recommend political and economic panaceas for the world problem of dehumanized forgotten man, is like recommending face powder for jaundice, or an alcohol rub for cancer. It is not our bodies that are ill; the soul of civilization is sick. The world is in a state of moral sin and it needs absolution.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (The Cross and the Crisis)
It seems to be a runaway train that is heading for a bridge collapse. How can we stop this? Can we?
I don't want my grandchildren and future generations believing that immoral behavior is 'okay'.. I guess we all must fight this through our family teachings, through church and prayer. Can we fight this and win?
What do you think?
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