Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic nominee to the federal circuit court, was grilled about her Catholic faith by U.S. Senators last Wednesday at her confirmation hearing.  Specifically Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California democrat, stole the anti-Catholic show with her comments, which reveal the only the mind, but the soul of popular secular America. It’s not the anti-Catholicism we should focus on, but what’s behind it.

“The dogma lives loudly within you”

Anti-Catholic bigotry in the United States is nothing new. In fact it’s part of our history. So let’s not focus too much on that facet of Sen. Feinstein’s disgusting display. Look beyond the obvious.  Sen. Feinstein uses the word “dogma”, which I’d say is more of a technical term than she may realize, but what she’s really talking about is overall Catholic teaching.

“And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”

Professor Amy Coney Barrett
Professor Amy Coney Barrett – Distinguished Notre Damme law professor, and judicial nominee for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Sen. Feinstein’s anti-Catholic bigotry is more about a godless secular agenda than about anti-Catholicism. It’s an agenda that masquerades as being pro-human and therefor pro-law (or pro-human-rights) but what it’s really about is an agenda to enshrine the god of the self.  We saw that in Eden. We’re seeing it again now.   The Truth must be pushed away, and pushed out of the culture so that there needn’t be any accountability to it.  Selfish or disordered desires must be enshrined in law, so that the law can be the new authority over Truth—laws which are made by man, and are not necessarily guided by objective Truth, which comes from God.  For this to happen, the culture has to become ever more anti-Catholic because Catholicism is the voice of unwavering Truth. That’s what we really see here—not simply anti-Catholicism, but anti-Truth.

“…the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years.”

She’s obviously talking about abortion “rights” and “gay marriage rights”.  I’m sure she isn’t talking about slavery, which large number of people fought for, and which the supreme court upheld, while the Catholic Church had officially banned it long before the Civil War.  The point I’m making here is that the courts are not the guardian of Truth. The Church is. The courts in this country get it wrong all the time. Not just on slavery, but also on segregation, inter-raced marriages, and more.  Feinstein and company represent a movement in America—and in the world—that attacks the Church because they are bent on abandoning Truth in favor of disordered desire.

“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,”

Indeed, law and dogma are two different things. Dogma is based on truth, while law isn’t necessarily. Dogma is the establishment, and law is the execution of its defense, enforcement, and enactment.  Dogma results from an exploration of Truth. Law results from human interpretation, often detached from any accountability to Truth.  In a perfect world the law and the Truth live in harmony, but that is not the world we live in. Far from it.  In the modern West we have moved away from Truth, and have fallen into a deep moral coma.  We have abandoned reality because we prefer to live in a world of fantasy, where anyone can marry anyone, where people have a human right to kill unborn children so that parents can live as they wish, where children are a burden and the family is an oppressive institution, where gender is fluid, evil is good,  Catholicism is evil, and those who are formed by the holy faith are oppressive, backwards, and full of hate.  Is this the era of the French Revolution all over again?

I think Amy Coney Barrett should be proud that her work shows “the dogma is alive within her”. If I were sitting there, and that statement were addressed to me, I’d thank the good senator for such a compliment.  Maybe Sen. Feinstein and the rest of the world need a reminder of exactly what it means when the Catholic faith is alive in people, in contrast to what it’s like when godless secularism is alive in people.  Follow Catholicism to its perfected conclusion, and you get the Saints.  Follow secularism to its conclusions, and you get the likes of Stalin.