Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gómez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Thursday that a globalist elite has emerged that seeks to “erase the Christian roots of society.” They are using movements promoting “social justice” and “cultural cancellation,” which he called “pseudo-religions” that pose as a “dangerous substitute” for true religion.
During a video message sent to a meeting of the Congress of Catholics and Public Life in Madrid on Nov. 4, 2021, the Archbishop denounced this elite. They have no interest in religion and no interest in the traditions and culture of the nations they are trying to influence to establish what he called “a global civilization ultimately.”
“Church institutions and Christian-owned businesses are increasingly challenged and harassed,” the Archbishop declared and said that this group comprises corporations, governments, universities, media, and cultural and professional institutions.
Regarding the “new social movements and ideologies,” they were “seeded and prepared for many years in universities and cultural institutions,” he said but accelerated their influences in 2020 after the assassination of George Floyd.
“Whatever we call these movements—’social justice, wokeness, identity politics, intersectionality, successor ideology’—they claim to offer what religion provides,'” the Archbishop said.
The architects of this movement seek to replace “Christian story with what we might call the “woke” story or the ‘social justice’ story,'” he added.
While Gomez did not mention any of these movements directly, he said many of those who support these new movements “are motivated by noble intentions.” They intend to contribute to lessening real human suffering. Still, he suggested that the movements have a misleading narrative that they offer to wage a battle for political and cultural power in the name of creating an “equitable society.”
“Of course, we all want to build a society that provides equality, freedom, and dignity for every person. But we can only build a just society on the foundation of the truth about God and human nature,” the Archbishop said.
“Today’s critical theories and ideologies are profoundly atheistic. They deny the soul, the spiritual, transcendent dimension of human nature; or they think that it is irrelevant to human happiness.” He explained that they instead “reduce what it means to be human to essentially physical qualities,” mentioning skin color, notions of gender, ethnicity, and social position.
Gomez indicated the importance of the active role the church must play in the face of these new movements. However, according to him, the commitment should not be “in social or political terms,” but should be taken “as dangerous substitutes for true religion.”
“In denying God, these new movements have lost the truth about the human person. This explains their extremism, and their harsh, uncompromising, and unforgiving approach to politics,” the Archbishop added.