Our Lady of Babel? The Strange Saga of Archbishop Gomez Continues
“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind – peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children's future.” ~ President George H.W. Bush, Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union, January 29, 1991
One-World Government: As Old as Babel
Throughout Holy Scripture, there are a number of wicked civilizations that have very pronounced and defined characteristics. In Genesis 11, for example, we hear of the famous tower of Babel:
“And the earth was of one tongue, and of the same speech. And when they removed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Sennaar, and dwelt in it. And each one said to his neighbor: Come, let us make brick, and bake them with fire. And they had brick instead of stones, and slime instead of mortar. And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven: and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.” (Gen. 11:1-4)
This passage, which has inspired innumerable works of art and literature, even in our own day, is one of the most famous in all of the Bible. It is clear that the human community chose to unite itself in one body to form a mega-city constructed with a high level of technology. Moreover, it is clear that the human community is not only one political community, but one culture speaking the same language.
In fact, when Almighty God descended to the Babel, He observed that the “children of Adam” had formed “one people, and all have one tongue,” and that such a monolithic political structure would only impel the humans to further pride. As a response, the Lord God came down and “scattered” the human community in diverse bodies separated by land mass and culture.
The lesson of the Tower of Babel occurs just one chapter after Moses had explained how the various tribes of humans had their descent from the three sons of Noah. The scattering of the children of Adam from Babel, as well as the detail given in Genesis 10 to the immense variety of humans, clearly indicates that the multitude of human cultures and peoples is not only a “nice” or even natural thing; it is something positively willed by God.
For the vast majority of human history, including Church history, such a diverse body of political and cultural units across the face of the earth was perceived as part of God’s plan for the human race. In fact, the figures who strove for a unified world government in which religions, cultures, and races would be syncretized were heretics like Frederick II of Sicily (1194-1260), the Epicurean Islamo-phile, who once starved a man to death inside a barrel to see if his soul would visibly fly out when he died—for his part, Dante placed Emperor Frederick among the heretics in Canto 10 of the Inferno.
As he demonstrates in Chapter 2 of Book 1 of the De regno, St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the largest human community was a province, which, itself was composed of cities united for political purposes.
It was only with Enlightenment thinkers like Immanuel Kant that such ideas as world government became mainstream. Indeed, in the work of 20th-century globalist thinkers like Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Kant’s ideas were paired with the notion that all the tribes of humans must be coerced to breed amongst themselves in order to dissolve their unique identities, which would hasten the progress of world government.
What is worse, popes since John XXIII have openly advocated for increasing financial and political syncretizing at a global scale. Similarly, many (if not most) of the world’s bishops have also advocated for a new tower of Babel, arguing that Western countries must accept tens of millions of immigrants, whatever the cost.
Enter Archbishop Gomez
One of the most outspoken clerics in favor of large-scale immigration into the United States is Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. Like Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Gomez was initially marketed as a Novus Order conservative, a “JPII Generation” bishop who would clean up the heresy, sexual deviancy, and financial chicanery of bishops from the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin era. However, like so many conservative clerics and lay Catholic celebrities who were going to bring about John Paul II’s “New Advent” and “New Springtime of Evangelization,” Archbishop Gomez has been a tremendous disappointment.
One of the many Bernardin-era policies that Archbishop Gomez has in fact augmented is the support of de facto open borders. However, until recently, Archbishop Gomez had seemed to present the boiler plate USCCB line that, in theory, America has a right to protect her borders, but, in reality, anyone should be allowed in the door.
However, First Things has recently published another of His Excellency’s speeches, and this one is just as odd as the previous—if not more so.
As he did in “A New Story for a New America,” Archbishop Gomez presents a number of pious and noble stories for the reader’s edification in “Mary, Foundress of America”. We hear of the miraculous story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the gift of her image to the holy Juan Diego. We are reminded that the Mother of God, who appeared to Juan Diego as a mestizo, showing her love for the people of Mexico who trace their roots to both Europe and the native soil of the Americas, is the Mother of all people and, moreover, that all Catholics in the New World are united under her protection.
But then things get weird.
“Seamless Garment” Back in Style
Taking his cue from the “seamless garment” sophistry of Cardinal Bernardin, as well as the social conservative bag of tricks of Catholic neocons, Archbishop Gomez attempts to smuggle in an argument, not only for open borders, but for the creation of a strange new amalgamation of the American continents.
Luring in his patriotic and pious First Things reader, His Excellency notes that America “is no longer Christian” and is facing a “spiritual crisis.” Although mentioning euthanasia by name, he is very clever in his treatment of the “pro-life” issue, stating that Our Lady wants us to build a “shrine” in the “Americas” “that celebrates and welcomes every life, no matter how weak or burdensome.” He is clearly attempting to kill two birds with one stone here by weaving abortion together with illegal immigration.
Catholics are without a doubt called to defend unborn human life; however, contrary to His Excellency’s (one must admit, very clever and duplicitously framed) suggestion, Catholics are not required to “welcome” every person who wants to come into their country regardless of the “burden” placed on that country’s common good.
Bizarre and Dangerous Notions
Yet, despite these Bernardin-esque attempts to conflate infanticide with immigration enforcement, “Mary, Foundress of America” contains some very bizarre phrasing that sounds like something from a George Soros-funded think tank.
First of all, throughout “Mary, Foundress of America” Archbishop Gomez speaks of the Americas as if they are one political and cultural reality. Despite decades of efforts to merge America, Canada, and Mexico via NAFTA and unrestricted immigration, North America is still a very diverse place in which even small regions of its countries contain a rich and unique culture and history.
Moreover, His Excellency’s comment that the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe “is the story of America” because it is about “the encounter of cultures, European and indigenous” is not only inaccurate but insulting to the Native Indian peoples.
While it may be true that in some Latin American and Caribbean countries there was an amalgamation of indigenous and European (as well as African) people, the experience of the United States, and, to a lesser degree, Canada, was much different.
The conquest of North America by (Masonic) English Protestants and those immigrants who assimilated into WASP culture can only be described as a victory in a genocidal war among Europeans and the various warring Native tribes that once roamed from Alaska to Texas.
This “encounter” between peoples led to the virtual destruction of an entire race of humans.
This is not to indulgence in self-loathing or the neurotic cultural guilt with which so many Westerners are afflicted. Rather, it is to demonstrate that the encounter between alien cultures and peoples on a large scale usually produces horrific and cataclysmic results.
Exploiting the Church for Globalist Purposes
Archbishop Gomez, however, seems to think that this political unification of indigenous people and Europeans, which although having taken place in what would become Mexico, is “the crucial moment in the history of the United States”.
Moreover, this cultural and ethnic amalgamation, strangely, is part of the “Church’s purpose,” which as Archbishop states later, after a discussion of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s ethnic features, is to be “the vanguard of a new humanity, a new civilization, one family of God drawn from every race and every nation and every language.”
This description of the Church as a vessel for ushering in a “new humanity” and a “new civilization” sounds like something from the New Age movement or a United Nations white paper arguing for open borders.
To be clear, what His Excellency is describing is no less than the building of a new Tower of Babel-like political “civilization” composed of “new” humans who are drawn from every nation and language.
Why would the Archbishop of Los Angeles use such a strange description of the Church’s mission, which has always been to save souls and unite the children of Adam in the one Mystical Body of Christ, not one political body made of “new” humans?
From Genesis to Apocalypse
If the true vision of the Church is to be found at Pentecost, when many diverse peoples hear the word of God and convert, where else in the Bible (outside of the Tower of Babel) is Archbishop José Gomez’s new civilization for a new humanity compressed together into one political body?
In the Book of the Apocalypse (aka Revelation), Chapter 13, we learn of a beast that comes out of the sea and is given “power…over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation…” This beast seems to rule over all peoples in a new civilization that has replaced the old Christian one. Moreover, the beast introduces a new religion, the worship of himself, and, as St. John writes, “all that dwell upon the earth adored him…” (Apoc. 13:7, 8).
The revived Babel in which the tribes and cultures of men are forced into one political unit, adopting a new religion, has always been seen as a diabolical phenomenon that presages the End Times. Hence, it is not the mission of the Church to unite the peoples of the world into one political body.
Regarding Archbishop Gomez and his strange notions, the problem is not that he is a New Ager or is actively trying to bring about the reign of the Anti-Christ.
He (probably) isn’t.
The key issue is that the conservative revival of the Church after John Paul II never happened, for the new conservative bishops, priests, and laymen drank from the same humanistic, liberal, and dangerously innovative waters of Vatican II.
Archbishop Gomez honestly seems to think that it is God’s will that the nations of the world form one political unit and that a new humanity will be born from this union. He even seems to think that the Church has an important role to play in ushering in this New World Order.
As is evidenced by the Cardinal McCarrick scandals, there are many, many more dark secrets in the Church in America, and anyone who has placed his hope in the “conservative” American episcopacy is going to be in for a rude awakening.