Dawkins’ Rage and WYD

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If I were Richard Dawkins I’d be hopping mad too. This article explains that he is fed up with the power of the Catholic Church and wants to organize a protest. What I love about these atheist-secularist protests is that they are so lame.

The Catholic Church mounts World Youth Day and over a million young people from around the world turn up to be public about their love for the Catholic Church. You know that million represent another ten million who would love to be there. They are young. They are positive. They are smart. They are energetic, and they are joyful. Watch the video of Antonio–a boy “born deaf and near death” for a shining example of what it means to be young, to be Catholic and to be pro-life.

In contrast have a look at your usual atheist-secularist gathering. They’re old. They’re dull. They’re negative. They’re tired and most of all they’re angry. The more they organize their graying, baying crowds of worn out sexually exhausted has beens the better. They make our World Youth Day crowds look like the future. Which they are.

This makes me laugh out loud with joy, for Richard Dawkins in his impotent rage is now raining on his own parade. He is increasingly marginalized as a shrill and incoherent shadow of his former self. Once an eminent scientist his public persona is now of the wild eyed extremist–the sort of irrational atheist who would gladly suppress religion in the name of ‘freedom’, close church schools in the interests of education, and forbid religious education and enforce atheist indoctrination in the name of ‘freedom of thought’.

In the meantime the strength of religion in our society strengthens. The Catholic faith is alive. It is young. In the developing world Catholicism along with other brands of Christianity is vibrant, supernatural, dynamic and socially involved. Every statistic and demographic reveals that rather than dying out, Christianity is on the cusp of a new spiritual crusade.

Call me triumphalist if you like, but Dawkins and his atheist cohorts are no threat. They represent the last gasps of angry old men in a nursing home who feel like life has cheated them, and viewing them in this way will help us with the proper response. We need to treat them like that grumpy old uncle in the nursing home who smells pissy, has egg yolk on his shirt front and does nothing but grouse about the other patients. You smile, take him a Christmas present, remember his birthday and treat him kindly.

In other words, we wish them all the best. If we have faith we have a great gift which gives us everything. Without faith their lives are empty. So we pray for their joyful conversion one day and await with hope the enlightenment in their hearts and minds that only the Holy Spirit can bring.

Viva Christo Rey!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13231650642817577660 Carol S.

    I saw the photos of the protesters abusing the young people at WYD. Those wonderful young Catholics were so brave, they started praying the rosary. You are right Father, these angry aethiests are incredibly sad(see it in some of my family)and need our prayers. Faith is such a priceless gift!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14807873592896092136 Anthony S. Layne

    Bl. John Paul dropped a very powerful seed in fertile ground when he started the World Youth Day. Dawkins is right to be upset: Catholic Christianity is a very vibrant carrier of hope, joy and love, which atheism can never hope to match.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07564546155986482730 Matthew M

    There's a Christian program on one of the evangelical networks called "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist", how true!Hopefully those prayers will have a positive effect.Prof. Dawkins needs to retire to the Moors.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13453839789288993467 Alli R

    Amen, spot on, and any other Brittish understatement of praise. It fills me with hope to know that the Holy Spirit moves so strongly within our youth. I have 2 cousins (16 and 17 yrs old) who worked at any and every (legal)task and fundraiser for 2 years in order to be able to attend. Their faith is strong and their outlook for the future is not jaded or cynical. The light of Christ shines out of them. Their faith is contagious.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10933595806027908264 jpelham

    Note, with sadness for the hidden pain surely suffered early, that it is at root more bitterness than anger, and bitterness more conspicuous in the writings of C. Hitchens, but all bitterness just the same.