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*Image: The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (from the Unicorn Tapestries), c. 1495–1505 [The MET Cloisters, New York]

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, April 3, 2020

David Carlin is a professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.

David CarlinViewed from the outside it seems that when a revolution sweeps a country – for instance, the French Jacobin Revolution, the Russian Communist Revolution, the German Nazi Revolution – nearly everybody in the country is on board. Enthusiasm for the revolution is almost universal.

But this isn’t so.  In the cases just mentioned, great multitudes of Frenchmen, Russians, and Germans were not on board.  They hated what was happening.  For the most part, though, they were intimidated by the party of the revolution, a party in control of the police, the army, the mob, and all the organs of propaganda.  The anti-revolution party was unorganized and lacking in both resources and leadership.

When the modern sexual revolution swept America in the 1960s and 1970s, American Catholicism, it seems to me, missed a golden opportunity.  (I myself didn’t realize this at the time.  Far from it.  Only in retrospect, as I became much older and a little bit wiser, did I come to this realization.)  ….

Read more here:   https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2020/04/03/a-golden-opportunity-lost/