What Happens When The Church Goes AWOL.

Some time ago, I stumbled upon an old documentary on Youtube which I found, 43 years after it was made, fascinating to watch. I have fished it back and link to it above.

The issues are the same we have today: a godless existence makes one completely focused on oneself; the “spiritual” search which then begins rapidly becomes, as it must always be when God is out of the equation, a mad rush towards total selfishness and, possibly, self-destruction.

The background is a wealthy, extremely scenic, apparently idyllic county just north of San Francisco. Lots of money; lots of divorces; lots of alcoholism; lots of shrinks; lots of suicides.

Several stories are illustrated here: from the milder case of search of a spiritual meaning to one’s life, which the church clearly cannot convey anymore, to much harder cases of self-devouring self-centredness. From the Chicago couple with the wannabe cuck dad to the rich women looking for semi-erotic (for a woman, probably fully-erotic) sensual “all-selfish” experience, to the tragic case of the wealthy (obviously, divorced) mother of four ridiculed by her own children for her teenage rebellion and total lack of motherhood and responsibility, we see all the spectrum of behaviours that are adopted when one’s life becomes disconnected from God. I know, connecting one with God should be the job of the Church; a job at which the Church has now been failing tragically for many decades.

The mother of four is, if you ask me, the most tragic example of this mad rush to egotistic self-satisfaction, but I’d say the rot is widespread. Still, the mother of four who doesn’t want to be a mother anymore (a shocking thinking, totally alien to Italians, where a mother of 100 still mothers her daughter of 75 like it’s the most normal thing in the world, because it actually is) was, to me, the shocker and real eye-opener.

The theory of the documentary is that this wealthy but shallow, rudderless, hippy-infested region in 1978 could become Middle America in a not too distant future. 43 years later, it is fair to say that whilst the extreme cases still look extreme, and the self-absorbed behaviour still looks self-absorbed, we can clearly detect from the obviously critical tones of the documentary presenter that the same mentality that seemed destructive to him in 1978 has many elements of “normality” in 2021; a year when, no doubt, such a documentary would doubtlessly include some same-sex, revolting “couple” of sort. No, in some respects it has not become as bad as the presented feared (family values are still strong in the sane part of America); but yes, in other respects it has become much worse than it was in 1978, when a lot of adults and young parents still had some sense transmitted to them by their own ancestors.

I suggest you find the time to watch, and to reflect on what happens when the Church goes AWOL.

Posted on November 21, 2021, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks Mundabor. Here’s a timely article on the Church going AWOL;
    November 21, 2021
    COVID-19 and the Smoke of Satan
    By Michael C. Hurley
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/11/covid19_and_the_smoke_of_satan.html

  2. The Church did not go AWOL, it just became much smaller as foretold 2Thessalonians chapter 2 DouayRhemsBible
    Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, [4] Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God. [5] Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    [3] “A revolt”: This revolt, or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church; which has, in part, happened already, by means of Mahomet, Luther, &c., and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist.

  3. Yep: when you reject God as your supreme authority, it turns out that you can’t actually do without a supreme authority, so you end up bowing to something totally inferior in His place.

  4. I agree, the Church went AWOL, itself went “Marin” with V2. I cannot imagine “not wanting to be a mother anymore”. What is more important, more fulfilling, more lasting? What is more important than your children, except God? The people who came of age in those days, having lost their faith (if they had any to begin with), are self absorbed. When my children were young, their retired grandparents moved away to live for themselves, travel, live in their “dream homes”, unencumbered by any family demands. They would make short visits (usually en route to a casino), and regale us with their adventures, and how we needed to travel to this or that place where they had gone, completely forgetting that work, children and attendant obligations make that impossible. My mother once confided how sad she was that my brother was “stuck babysitting those kids” (her great grandkids). She could not understand that he WANTED to have a close relationship with his grandchildren and care for them. I have many times overheard older people say “I raised mine, now they can raise theirs, ha, ha, we’re moving to Florida”, and words to that effect. So, so shallow and sad. The search for self is an emptiness, the “God hole” that they are trying to fill with hedonism, navel-gazing and self-worship. The idea of being massaged by a stranger has always creeped me out. No thanks!

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