The triple crisis of COVID-19, civil unrest, and economic disaster is now shaking the West’s spiritual and material foundations and the world. This is no ordinary crisis since it questions our time-worn certainties, changes our daily lives, and restricts Church freedom. In the face of this crisis, many are stunned and wonder what went wrong. Where is the West headed? Is it possible to avoid the approaching chaos?
Amidst the West’s great peril, as lay Catholics who have long defended Christian civilisation against the errors of communism and socialism, Irish Society for Christian Civilisation and its autonomous sister organisations on five continents offer their analysis of the danger and their message of hopeful restoration.
I. The Current Situation
The current crisis manifests itself in multiple ways. However, all of them present a unity of purpose that aims to destroy Western Christian civilisation’s remaining structures. We might divide them into three major categories.
1. A Health Crisis That Impacts all Aspects of Life
The world is dealing with a viral epidemic whose origin and spread point suspiciously to China. This virus has affected, above all, the Christian nations of Europe and the Americas, in both its serious health risks and the profound economic, social, and psychological impact of the draconian health and lockdown measures.
The so-called new normal is also affecting the lives of hundreds of millions by restricting freedom of movement, interrupting work and education, banning or limiting gatherings and cultural events, and, finally, restricting access to Sunday Mass and the Sacraments.
People are told to get used to a world of sadness, isolation, and subconsumerism controlled by technocrats, not unlike the dystopian nightmare in George Orwell’s 1984 novel.
2. The Pandemic Exposed Structural Weaknesses in our Globalised World
With massive political, social, cultural, and psychological consequences, a serious economic crisis knocks at the door. World-class analysts predict it will be much worse than the Great Depression that started in 1929.
The pandemic revealed the West’s monumental economic dependence—the rotten fruit of the reckless offshoring of its manufacturing base, above all, to China.
The result is a great political weakness in the West. It finds itself much degraded in a “multipolar” world in which Communist China is taking on the role of a dragon. Many authors denounce the gradual and inevitable decline of the West’s political, military, and diplomatic power on the international stage. The world, as we knew it, seems to be ending.
3. Unrest Further Weakens the West
The West is weakened by focal points of unrest that have arisen simultaneously worldwide as if triggered by a common direction. These points include:
a) An imported evil is uncontrolled immigration, which favors the formation of foreign enclaves within nations. Many newcomers (especially Muslim migrants) refuse integration and assimilation, which creates a de facto internal separatism. This turns the West into a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural “open space” without a common identity or purpose.
b) Another focal point is the rise of identity politics and leftist ideologies that seek to wipe away all remnants and structures of the Christian past—these social “deconstructionist” ideals target capitalist bourgeois society. Many leftists have taken advantage of racial and cultural differences to promote class struggle through street violence and urban destruction. The rioting promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States is a typical example.