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The General Pace Affair

by Christopher A. Ferrara

General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brought the whole world of political correctness down on his head when he defended the military’s policy of excluding known homosexuals by observing: “I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts.”

Under fire, Pace retreated to the extent of stating: “I should have focused more on my support of the policy and less on my personal moral views.” Although he did not apologize for his remark, Pace reduced it to the level of a “personal moral view,” which by implication does not reflect any objectively binding moral truth.

Pace’s many defenders likewise stood up, not for the objective truth as such, but only for Pace’s right to express his “personal opinion”. For example, Kansas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback declared: “We should not expect someone as qualified, accomplished and articulate as General Pace to lack personal views on important moral issues. In fact, we should expect that anyone entrusted with such great responsibility will have strong moral views.”

Here we have a prime example of how Western man has allowed himself to be subjected to the Dogma of Pluralism that is the great legacy of “the Enlightenment.” According to the Dogma, all beliefs concerning faith and morals are only matters of personal opinion — except for the belief that all beliefs concerning faith and morals are matters of personal opinion.

That belief is accepted as universally true and binding. But of course that belief is itself a proposition of faith and morals: namely, that it is not possible for man to know the truth with certainty in matters of faith and morals. But if that were the case, then how would man know that even this statement of uncertainty is true?

The modern pluralist State is founded on a self-contradictory absurdity: that we know that the truth about faith and morals is unknowable. This absurdity is really a religious dogma in disguise, as the attorney Kenneth Craycraft has shown so brilliantly in his book The American Myth of Religious Freedom. The dogma, as Craycraft explains, is otherwise known as John Locke’s Law of Toleration, to which all religions in pluralist society must submit if they are to be tolerated by the State.

In America, as in all the other pluralist States of the post-Christian West, there is no true religious liberty. That is, there is no liberty for the objective truth in matters of faith and morals to become the law of the land, as it was in Christendom for more than a thousand years. For Catholics especially, there is only the illusory “freedom,” as Louis Veuillot put it, “to be sufficiently nothing to live in peace with the rest of the world …” — a peace that is actually an abject surrender to evil.

A civilization in which the immorality of homosexual acts becomes a mere “personal opinion” is a civilization that is finished, because it no longer has any foundation in the natural law and the revealed Word of God. Only a miracle can save the West now.

But precisely such a miracle is what Our Lady of Fatima promised at Fatima, once Russia is consecrated. Then we shall see, as the Italian intellectual Antonio Socci has described it, “an extraordinary change of the world, an overthrow of the mentality dominating modernity, probably following dramatic events for humanity.” This is what Our Lady means by Her prophecy “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”