Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Silent Compliant Majority

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150 years later, during the French Revolution, pitched battles were fought outside the Hôtel de Ville, dramatically captured in this painting by Jean Victor Schnetz.

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Feb 01, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln.  …

Universities pay historians to research, understand, and explain revolutions in order to help us comprehend our present circumstances. Most social upheavals—such as the 1789 French Revolution and the 1917 Bolshevik seizure of power—are top-down. Revolutionary regimes always count on the servile obedience of their subjects.

Occasionally a single episode illustrates an entire revolution. A male swimmer pretends to be a female and breaks records in swimming competitions. An anonymous young lady on the swim team musters the courage to complain. A man disguised as a female swimmer is shocking, but the complicity of university officials—and the fear that silences dissent—are far more disturbing. Is the cross-dressing male the poster boy for modern American revolutionaries? Or is the cowering anonymous young lady a more accurate image? …

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