The Rise Of The Bastard

In times past, the son of an adulterous relationship was called a “bastard”. Unpleasant as this was for the young person in question, the custom had an obvious social control function: very simply, it made it much less than desirable to be born a bastard.

Was the bastard “guilty” of his parent’s sin? No, he wasn’t. They had sinned, not him, if we exclude the original sin which affects us all. But the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons, and the bastard will have to accept this like everyone else. The sin of the parents created a disadvantageous situation for the son. It had to be so, if Christian family had to be protected. 

The bastard was also – in many Countries, like Italy – either excluded or partially excluded from the inheritance. Was this fair? It certainly was it in consideration of the higher interests at stake. It was so, because the need to protect the Christian vision of society was considered more important than the private drama of the poor boy or girl, however unfortunate his own situation.

Now, in this as in the other matters just discussed (the son of the scandalous adulterers) the attitude changed when the priorities changed. When God’s rules were the priority, there was no discussion about these matters. But when the West began to de-Christianise, suddenly the destiny of the illegitimate son was seen as “cruel”.

Lose sight for the priorities, and all the rest will crumble.

As Christianity retreated from First Priority to Great Embarrassment, the rules had to change. The child is illegitimate, but he must be made a legitimately illegitimate child. He will share equally in the inheritance, thus compromising the patrimonial integrity of the family and taking away the idea that it… pays to be born in a proper family. He must also not be called “cruel” names, thus obliterating the sin and placing another huge bomb under the stool of Christian society. The rise of the bastard (around half of the children currently born in the UK as I write this) is largely the result of the decline of Christianity.

All this PC thinking hides a de facto Paganism, in which Christian rules are seen as an impediment. When Christianity is seen as cruel, the rules must be bent to accommodate them to the new religion: inclusiveness; at this point, Christian values can be stuffed. They are the impediment. Popes and other Kasperites will run to invent a new vocabulary of fluffy heresy to persuade us of what no generation of Christians ever believed. 

At some point, is it a surprise that these new Pagans will see it as “cruel” that the adulterers and the open fags do not receive communion?

Lose sight of your priorities, and everything else will crumble.


Posted on June 24, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Under the Old Covenant, the mamzer (bastard) was not even allowed to be a member of the congregation of Israel. From everything I’ve read, the mamzer was the offspring of a forbidden union. The forbidden unions were adulterous ones, where one or both pardners were married, incest, or one of the pardners was a member of an ethnic group, (Canaanite, Moabite, Ammonite, Amalekite) that God put under his ban. Under the New Covenant, the bastard can be a legitimate child of God, even if he’s one after the flesh. BTW, most bastard children years ago were given up for adoption, so the stigma of bastardy wouldn’t cling to them. It’s a shame that practice isn’t in place today.

  2. You make the objective case regarding sex and parenthood outside marriage – which is bad for all. This is not to be confused (as our modernist, relativist conditioning lends to) with the goodness or otherwise of a person whose mother and father are not married vis-a-vis a person whose mother and father are married. Sadly, I had my son outside of marriage. My son is a committed Catholic, seeking increasing virtue – may God protect and guide him.

    • Yes, the individual person can be the best of all. God works in mysterious ways, and teaches us to see a son of God in every child. Also – and it seems to be your case, and you son’s case – Providence arranges for good to come out of bad. What a wonderful God God is!
      But the facts remain, and those who can’t cope with the facts pay the consequence as a society.
      May God protect and guide your son and yourself, one thousand times.

  3. Among the canonised saints whose mothe and father were not married to each other was St Martin de Porres.

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