12/31/2019

The Paleoconservative Eminence? Cardinal Sarah On Identity, Nationality, & Roots

"“Globalized humanity, without borders, is a hell.” So Robert Cardinal Sarah bluntly informs Nicholas Diat in The Day Is Now Far Spent. “The standardization of ways of life is the cancer of the postmodern world. Men become unwitting members of a great planetary herd, that does not think, does not protest, and allows itself to be guided toward a future that does not belong to it.” Grim words, to be sure, but also curiously heartening for lay Catholic defenders of national identity and sovereignty, who have been marginalized for some time now. After being systematically ignored and even misrepresented, in some cases even by our own pastors, it is a welcome relief to find that one of the foremost ecclesial champions of prayerful silence and traditional liturgy has openly and frankly acknowledged the validity of our concerns.

In this context, I can’t help pointing out how recent book reviews have conveniently overlooked the cardinal’s opposition to globalization, even though said opposition is unambiguous and pertains to an issue lying at the very heart of burning controversies in America, continental Europe, and Britain. This is to say nothing of Cardinal Sarah’s really politically-incorrect positions. I.e., he condemns the West’s “unheard-of arrogance” toward the Kremlin; he supports the Visegrad Four countries against the technocrats of the European Union; he expresses sympathy for the gilets-jaunes. “Why should American democracy be exported to the four corners of the world?” he demands, before going on to tell the Western powers that it “is absurd to impose the same rules on all countries,” and that in any event he respects “the family policy of Russia more than that of Great Britain, Canada, or France.” Even if it is true that the American government “tried to bring freedom to the Syrians,” the fact is that “today the country resembles an expanse of ruins . . . Without Russia’s intervention, an Islamist regime would have ended up winning the day. The Christians of that country owe their survival to Moscow.” Let us repeat His Eminence’s very last statement, just so readers who yearn for Cold War II make no mistake about where he is coming from: The Christians of that country owe their survival to Moscow."