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As the post-enlightenment, post revolution sector of French society decays and the post neo-Modernist disease metastasizes across the various social strata, some of the walking un-dead are still in a position to hurl insults at that part of society that is not doing all that badly.
And just as our Unholy Father Francis, the bishop of Rome likes to hurl insults at his adversaries, it would appear that a similar reaction of the secular ZOMBIES of the ancien regime is likewise the order of the day.
Below is a post that I found on the Polish website Christiana Polonia (see here) with a reference link to the Catholic New Agency post (see here). I am republishing the CNA post, who is asking the question:
Why France’s ‘Zombie Catholics’ are so powerful
… for your information.
Aside, since the below information just adds to that contained in an earlier post titled: The Church’s Eldest Daughter In The Wile E. Coyote Pontificate… (Updated) (see here), consider this an extension of that thread.
Back to the matter at hand.
One observation is in order before we go to the post itself. If we just examine the material evidence from the history of the elected presidents of the French 5th Republic, we find the following is the case:
A casual glance will indicate that even in the later years, let’s say… post-1968 French “moment of madness”, there were only two socialist presidents while there were four moderately conservative to conservative presidents. With respect to time in office, Francois Mitterrand (1981 – 1995) spent by far the longest time in office. This was due to a seven year presidential term during his two tenures. The next socialist president that was elected into the Palais de l’Elysée was the current occupant after a seventeen year hiatus.
Now one way to read the hapless Hollande’s victory over Sarkozy in 2012 was that the French decided to make le changement pour le changement. (change for the sake of change). If you recall, he won in a close election, vanquishing Nicolas Sarkozy and all the baggage that Sarkozy acquired from being too close to Bush II. So if it wasn’t for this “situation”, there would have only been ONE SOCIALIST French President since 1968.
Yet 5 years later, and another EPIC FAILED NEO-MODERNIST EXPERIMENT™ has forced the dimwitted Hollande to not seek a second term. Yet what is of greater importance is to OBSERVE the state of France that is being left in the wake of the Hollande fiasco.
What we are seeing is a resurgent Catholic electorate coming out of the shadows. This electorate is comprised of individuals who would fall into the category of “lapsed Catholics”, those abandoned by that other EPIC FAILED NEO-MODERNIST EXPERIMENT™ known on this blog as “the spirit of Vatican II”. Even though the EVIDENCE is overwhelming that this electorate have abandoned the post-conciliar NUChurch sect, yet it now appears that they did not abandon Catholicism per se. Or at least that Catholicism that is known through “natural light of human reason from the things that are made”. (see here)
And in times like these, with the latest Mohammedan invasion deep into the European heartland, this Catholic electorate is re-emerging from the shadows and has become a formidable force in the upcoming French Presidential election.
And it is this PHENOMENON that is allowing a presidential candidate, such as Francois Fillon, a staunchly right-winged politician whose chances seemed slim when the primaries began is now in line to become the…”presidential candidate of a MAINLINE French political party.
And this has left the
dinosaurs ZOMBIES of the Ancein Regime hapless to combat the tide of Catholic RATIONALISM that is spreading deep into the French electorate. The position that these secular ZOMBIES have found themselves in, is a situation where they will have to vote for a staunchly conservative MAINLINE party Catholic or a NATIONALIST conservative non-MAINLINE Catholic, i.e. Marine Le Pen.
So keeping in mind this CONTEXT, please read the below post and… ENJOY!
Why France’s ‘Zombie Catholics’ are so powerful
.- It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S.
And now it’s happening in France.
A staunchly right-winged politician whose chances seemed slim when the primaries began is now in line to become the next President of France.
François Fillon, former prime minister of France and a faithful Catholic, has pulled ahead in the Republican party, shocking pundits and political commentators throughout the country and beating out the moderate former Prime Minister Alain Juppé by a wide margin.
His Catholicism is such a strong part of his character that a headline in the newspaper Libération proclaimed: “Help, Jesus has returned!”
With an active faith and conservative values, Fillon has promised to preserve traditional family values and to uphold France’s Catholic roots, and holds traditional views about marriage and abortion, though he has said he does not plan to overturn the 1975 law that legalized abortion.
“I will put the family at the heart of all public politics,” Fillon promised in a recent rally.
The family was “certainly not a place for dangerous social experimentation”, he said, referring to recently adapted adoption rights for same-sex couples.
To understand his success in a country where numbers of churchgoers have plummeted, experts point to the cultural Catholics of France – geniously dubbed les zombies catholiques (the zombie Catholics) by sociologists Emmanuel Todd and Hervé Le Bras. In their book Le mystère français, Todd and Le Bras explain that “Catholicism seems to have attained a kind of life after death. But since it is a question of a this-worldly life, we will define it as ‘zombie Catholicism.’”
Once one of the most Catholic countries in Europe, France has seen a steady decline in churchgoers over the years, with only 15 percent of the country’s 41.6 million Catholics who are considered regular or even occasional churchgoers today.
But there are still pockets in France where the social values of Catholicism have remained strong despite waning church numbers – explaining, at least in part, the success of Fillon.
“Zombie Catholics share certain symptoms: Not only do they hail from regions where resistance was greatest to the French Revolution, but they also have taken advantage of the benefits that flowed from that seismic event,” Zaretsky wrote.
“Highly educated and meritocratic, they also privilege a traditional ordering of professional and domestic duties between husbands and wives; strong attachment to social, community, and family activities; and a general wariness over the role of the state in private and community affairs, including ‘free schools’ (Catholic private schools).”
Fillon shares most of these characteristics, and was able to harness his appeal to the zombie Catholics for political gain.
Robert Zaretsky writes in Foreign Policy Magazine that Fillon has “never made any secret of his beliefs.” He hails from a deeply Catholic part of France, and goes on retreat every year.
Fillon recalls his Catholic upbringing fondly in his campaign book Faire (“To Make”), and explains how the Catholic worldview has shaped who he is as a person: “I was raised in this tradition, and I have kept this faith.”
Voters in regions considered zombie Catholic strongholds, such as the western regions of the Vendée and Brittany, turned out in strong numbers for Fillon. Areas considered more liberal – southern regions, Paris and other large cities – had lower turnout numbers overall in the primaries.
Whether his popularity and appeal will hold long enough to win him the office remains to be seen. He will run against Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, and the Socialist nominee, which will be chosen in January. Incumbent president François Hollande of the Socialist Party declined to run for another term.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on April 23, 2017. Should no candidate win an outright majority, a second vote between the top two candidates will be held on May 7.