moral decadence of the west will surely
lead to the collapse of its societies.
And with Obama allowing open homosexuality
in the military, its military strength
will be seriously undermined, hastening
its conquest by its enemies.
had it right. Most important is marriage
and family, which makes for a strong
and stable society, which makes for
a prosperous nation.
The real enemy, Satan, knows how to
destroy the world, but targeting family
the West’s decline caused by 'contagion
Institute of Human
recent Radio Maria interview with Prof.
Roberto de Mattei, Vice President of
Italy’s National Research Council,
has attracted considerable attention
for his comments on homosexuality and
the fall of Ancient Rome. Benjamin Harnwell,
Chairman on the Dignitatis Humanae Institute,
has issued the following statement with
reference to the widespread calls for
Prof. de Mattei to resign:
reason for the decline and fall of Rome
is not academic: the greatest empire
the world had ever known was defeated
by barbarians, plunging Europe into
the centuries-long Dark Ages.
in our times, Western
Civilisation faces a crisis of confidence:
collapsing demographics, impossible
welfare commitments, governments across
the globe crippled by unserviceable
debt – to name but a few mortal
challenges we face.
just as the Romans were attacked by
barbarians, so our way of life is threatened
by random acts of terrorism.
idea that this great civilisation could
fall to a force that, at any other time,
it could have easily defeated has captivated
historians for hundreds of years. For
Edward Gibbon and (Nobel Laureate) Theodore
collapse was largely due to moral decadence.
de Mattei has undoubtedly been provocative
with his words, and even unnecessarily
hurtful in the way he made his point.
But is his basic argument really so
different in essence from that given
by Cicero? In
approximately 50 BC, the Roman senator
first principle of society consists
in the marriage tie, the next in children,
the next in a family within one roof,
where everything is in common. This
society gives rise to the city, and
is, as it were, the nursery of the commonwealth."
was later assassinated as an “Enemy
of the State”. Calling for de
Mattei to resign would surely have the
same effect: to silence a voice whose
message is essential to our survival
as a culture and as a civilisation.”
wishing to enter the debate as to the
precise cause of the fall of Rome, the
Dignitatis Humanae Institute very strongly
our contemporary age, in its strategic
undermining of the traditional family,
is hollowing out one of the pillars
of Western Society. And if this continues,
the West will surely go the way of Rome,
one and a half thousand years ago.
to me to live is Christ, and to die is
gain." (Phil 1:21)