The Hidden Face of the United Nations
by Michel Schooyans,
translated by Rev. John H. Miller, C.S.C.
(St. Louis: Central Bureau, 2001)
The Social Justice Review, under the leadership of Fr. Miller, has publicized and promoted the English translations of Fr. Schooyans' books among the English-speaking public. Of all of Schooyans' books this one may be the most important. [In our secularized culture] ethical and legal norms have objective validity only to the extent that they are achieved by means of ongoing dialogue and a consensus process. Since consensus, not truth, is the goal in such a society, this impacts on our language. In the past abortion was illegal; today it is "right." [The same holds true of homosexuality, same-sex unions, radical feminism, etc.] Schooyans opens our minds to these same issues as they function within the global horizon of the UN. He has done a masterful job of listing the agenda of the incessant meetings orchestrated by the UN. These are often strongly influenced by well financed nongovernmental agencies (lobbies), such as the very active International Planned Parenthood Federation based in London. Not unlike Communism, this world organization is trying to mutilate the nature of man and the family by subordinating them to "things", i.e., ideological objectives. Under the guise of promoting world peace and development, the UN is attempting to absorb the prerogatives of the nation-state. It is Schooyans' thesis that the imperialism of Marxism has been taken over by the UN and its secular ideologists. In this situation, the Church, as the custodian of religious and authentic human values, must bestir herself and assume her traditional role in the world as a "Sign of Contradiction."
John F. Kobler, C.P.
In 1936, Hilaire Belloc wrote, "The future is not decided by a public vote; it is decided by the growth of ideas." The idea that man lives in a meaningless world without any moral truth has been promoted under the guise of "tolerance," and a powerful elite in the UN, wearing the mask of tolerance and consensus, has accepted it. Man's dignity and rights have evaporated as he has become a cog in the world machine. Fr. Schooyans, in brilliant style, removes that mask.
John B. Shea, M.D.
The turmoil and tumult [within the UN] is no surprise to Fr. Schooyans, for truth does not appear to be the operative basis for consensus. He understands and shows only too well how the UN today regards the rights of man as products of negotiation since, in its supreme moral and epistemological agnosticism, the UN does not believe it possible to know "the truth about man and his values." Truth falls victim under the axe of the consensus. But the UN's blind eye to the truth of things does not imbue it with a sense of humility. Rather its agnosticism does not inhibit but emboldens. The UN charges ahead on the dubious strength of an arbitrary and highly fallible consensus. Hence, its intolerance of the Church that is concerned about truth, and the family that is a democratic institution founded on love. Schooyans' book brings the "hidden face" of the UN into light and exposes it as "tyrannical." As is his metier, Schooyans pulls no punches: he knows what is at stake and makes it unmistakably clear: "Attention! You are in the process of installing a new religion totally secularized and paganized. You are trying to put in place a magisterium that claims to produce and impose Unique Thought. You are busy with your inquisitorial tribunals to prosecute those who are regarded as 'politically incorrect'."
Donald DeMarco, Ph.D.
University of St. Jerome
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