During the course of the Mass, Fr. Scalia gave an excellent and timely homily on Holy Michael the Archangel, and how he, along with Our Lady, will be our patrons in the battles against relativism and Islam.
Now, I'm as much opposed to relativism as anyone, and I also am concerned with Islam moving into the void that suicidal so-called Christians are leaving for others who do have children and uphold their religion to fill. But if there's a connection between the scourge of relativism in the West and Islam, I'm afraid someone will have to point that out to me. On the other hand, I would be glad to point out to Fr. Scalia that the transmitter of relativism in the West for centuries has been that tradition which his father, Antonin is so enamored by, the Talmudic tradition of Judaism.
It's also curious to see Fr. Scalia, in a rather suspect revisionist twist, make St. Michael to be a warrior against Islam. I recall that Leo XIII's prayer to St. Michael calls him to do battle against:
... principalities and powers, rulers of darkness in this world ... most crafty enemies [who] have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered ... (Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, Pope Leo XIII 1888, Raccolta 1933)
Quite plainly, it's not Islam that Leo XIII addresses here. Leo XIII was crystal clear as to who the enemy is, as anyone who has read his many encyclicals against Judeo-Masonry and the perpetual condemnation of Talmud and Kabbalah in his Index Expurgatorius is aware.
Any reader of this blog will know that it is not Imams, crypto-Muslims or philo-Muslims who've laid their hands on the possessions of the Church, raising their throne of abominable impiety in the Holy Place itself.
Now, there most certainly is a battle being waged against Islam led by such characters as Wurmser, Ledeen, Perle, Podhoretz, Netanyahu, Cheney, and Bush, but are we to believe that this battle is being fought for the reign of Christ the King and that St. Michael is aiding it, as Fr. Scalia suggests?
Who would stand to benefit from Fr. Paul Scalia's creative account of who St. Michael's temporal enemies are?
Frankly, I've had enough of this neocon, crusader nonsense. If any so-called Catholic is stupid enough to buy into this garbage, I can't stop them from going along with it, but I'll be damned if I'll let them get away with calling it Catholic.