Quebec: The Crisis Of The West

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Submitted by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Quebec, like the entire West, is facing an existential demographic and religious crisis.
  • Quebec's death spiral is explicitly linked with the calls for increased immigration. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who put an end to the military campaign against the Islamic State, just called on Muslim migrants to come to his country.
  • Resistance to Quebec's dramatic collapse of Christianity does not necessarily require a new embrace of an old Catholicism, but it certainly does need a sane rediscovery of what a Western democracy should be. That includes an appreciation of Western identity and Judeo-Christian values -- everything Trudeau's government and much of Europe apparently refuse to accept.
  • Welcome to Quebec, with its flavor of an old French province, with its beautiful landscapes, where streets are named after Catholic saints, and where a gunman just murdered six people in a local mosque.

Violence can be the consequence of societal convulsions, as in the 2011 massacre on Norway's island of Utoya, in a country that prided itself of being ultra-secularized, and part of the global "good society". Quebec, also, like the entire West, is facing an existential demographic and religious crisis.

George Weigel, writing in the American publication, First Things recently called Quebec "Catholicism's Empty Quarter". "There is no more religiously arid place," he wrote, "between the North Pole and Tierra del Fuego; there may be no more religiously arid place on the planet".

Sandro Magister, one of Italy's most prominent journalists on Catholic affairs, wrote, "while Rome talks, Quebec has already been lost".

Quebec's Catholic buildings are empty; the clergy is aging. Today, inside the Church of Saint-Jude in Montreal, personal fitness trainers take the place of Catholic priests. The Théatre Paradoxe in Montreal now sits where the church of Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours was before it shut. The former Christian nave is now used for concerts and conferences, while Christian hymns on Sundays are replaced by disco shows.


The Church of Saint-Jude in Montreal is today the "Saint-Jude spa" for "wellness worshippers," complete with personal trainers, trendy cocktail parties and custom-built crucifix-shaped benches in the changing rooms. (Image source: Montreal.TV video screenshot)

The Catholic Diocese of Montreal sold 50 churches and other religious buildings in the last 15 years. On May 24, 2015, the last Mass was celebrated in the famous Church of St. John the Baptist, dedicated to the patron of French Canadians. The Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec, Gaetan Proulx, said that "half of the churches in Quebec" will close in the next ten years.

In Denys Arcand's film "The Barbarian Invasions," there is a moment when a Catholic priest surveys the worthless religious art kitsch with which his diocese is burdened, to point to the irrelevance. The old priest says:

"Quebec used to be as Catholic as Spain or Ireland; everyone believed. At a precise moment, during the year 1966 in fact, the churches suddenly emptied in a matter of months. A strange phenomenon that no one has ever been able to explain".

"Man without history, without culture, without country, without family and without civilization is not free: he is naked and condemned to despair", writes Quebec's philosopher, Mathieu Bock-Côté.

The state of Catholicism in Quebec today is indeed desperate. In 1966, there were 8,800 priests; today there are 2,600, most of whom are elderly; many live in nursing homes. In 1945, weekly mass was attended by 90% of the Catholic population; today it is 4%. Hundreds of Christian communities have simply disappeared.

The Quebec Council of the Religious Heritage has reported that in 2014 alone, a record 72 churches closed. The situation is even worse in the Archdiocese of Montreal. From 257 parishes in 1966, there were 250 in 2000, and in 2013 only 169 parishes. Christianity seemed at the risk of extinction; the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, launched a moratorium on the sale of the churches.

While Quebec's authorities used an aggressive secularism as a tool to advance multiculturalism, Quebec witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of young Muslim men who joined the Islamic State. Terror attacks were committed by converts to Islam -- people who rejected Canadian relativism to embrace Islamist fanaticism. "Quebec's secularist fundamentalism has gone so far as to impose on all state and private schools -- the first instance of its kind in the world -- an obligatory course on 'ethics and religious culture'", Sandro Magister wrote.

An academic report concluded:

"Canadian census data shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country, and that although most of the Muslim population growth is related to Muslim birth rates and migration, since 2001 the Muslim population has also increased as a result of religious conversions by non-Muslim Canadians".

Quebec's demographic decline is also telling. The birth rate has fallen from an average of four children per couple to just 1.6 -- well below what demographers call the "replacement rate". Quebec was unique compared to developed nations in the intensity and speed with which total fertility rates dropped.

Quebec's death spiral is explicitly linked with the calls for increased immigration. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who put an end to the military campaign against the Islamic State, just called on Muslim migrants to come to his country.

According to demographers, the province of Quebec alone needs between 70,000 and 80,000 immigrants a year to compensate for its low birth rate. But to compensate for a demographic fall, what happens when one of the most famous Catholic territories in the world undergoes such a cultural and religious revolution?

Resistance to Quebec's dramatic collapse does not necessarily require a new embrace of an old Catholicism, but it certainly does need a sane rediscovery of what a Western democracy should be. That includes also the appreciation of the Western identity and Judeo-Christian values -- everything that Trudeau's government and much of Europe apparently refuse to accept. Half of Trudeau's ministers were not sworn in with a religious oath. They refused even to say "so help me God".

Quebec's motto is: "Je me souviens": I remember. But what, exactly? In "Catholicism's empty quarter", will the winner be Islam?

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rbsx's picture

Did the fuckwit author actually say "Christian hymns on Sundays are replaced by disco shows." Disco? Fucking for reals?

PS. No one in Canada cares about Quebec, all they do is suck financial resources. If we could have it our way we'd lop the country off at the eastern border of Ontario. 

Leveraged Algorithm's picture

This Muslim shit is coming to a neighborhood near you soon.... Keep all your goats and camels secure....

J S Bach's picture

"That includes also the appreciation of the Western identity and Judeo-Christian values -- everything that Trudeau's government and much of Europe apparently refuse to accept."

Sorry, Charlie... you almost had it.  I think you can guess what I'm going to type... Yes... a simple deletion of one word will make this a true statement.

"That includes also the appreciation of the Western identity and Christian values -- everything that Trudeau's government and much of Europe apparently refuse to accept."

In fact, it is the addition of that other word, which forms the oxymoron and is the reason for the West's decline.  That tiny sect - with all of its collective war-mongering and gatekeeping - has almost single-handedly written, produced and directed the horrific movie which we all now star in.  Remove IT - verbally and actually - and you're on the road to reclamation.

jaxville's picture

  You hit the nail square on the head.  There is a powerful driving force behind the spread of Islam into Christian communities.  That force has nothing to do with Muslims. 

Canadien françcais's picture

Your point is questionable in that chrisrianityincludes and teaches the entire judaic tradition. Therefore anything christian can be considered juedo-christian. In contrast, islam contains no christian or judaic text or any other, and destroys them. I thinks that it is worth mentioning that christianity continues judaism, although it thouroughly transforms it.

canisdirus's picture

Islam and Mormonism are both theoretically offshoots of christianity. Islam was created by a questionable "prophet" based heavily on Judaism and the culture of his nomadic tribe. Mormonism has a very similar history. They both twist it quite spectactularly, but they are technically based on it.

Many have twisted the teachings of Christ for their own filthy ends, so it's nothing new. The problem is that these groups often enshrine the basest of human mentalities that were rejected hundreds (if not thousands) of years ago.

Canadien françcais's picture

Your point is questionable in that chrisrianityincludes and teaches the entire judaic tradition. Therefore anything christian can be considered juedo-christian. In contrast, islam contains no christian or judaic text or any other, and destroys them. I thinks that it is worth mentioning that christianity continues judaism, although it thouroughly transforms it.

Mareka's picture

Going to need an 2nd wall along the north border.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Yeah, well you might want to keep your goats and camels secure but what about your children. The big stories today are the California arrest of hundreds of "traffickers" and rescue of 30? children but biggest of all is from Australia where 7% of Catholic priests and "brothers" have been identified as child molesters. What is shocking is not the numbers but the 20 centuries of silence of the Church hierarchy and public officials that have allowed or abetted this disgusting abuse of helpless innocents. This is a monstrous crime equal to mass genocide in its depravity.  Holy Roman Church??? -give me a break!

Its always the same, don't look at my tribe, look at the other tribe's depravity. Attack and destroy the other tribe, never look inward to destroy the depraved in our own group.  It is always a small minority of all groups that pray on others, it is not the whole group.

Kayman's picture

And the Catholic priest wonders why the churches emptied out?  Maybe parents stopped sending their children to lying pedophiles.

In Islam, all they have to say is, "it is written in the Koran" and all is well.  

AlexCharting's picture

Christianity is self-destructing. I ditched it long ago, and began to read Urantia Papers instead... the latter actually deals with the importance of eugenics.

CCanuck's picture

You could cut it off at the eastern border of Sudury for all I care. Southern Ontario is socialist shithole too!

CrabbyR's picture

Just Toronto and Guelph...The rest of southern ontario is pretty much like out west, excluding B.C.

Duc888's picture

 

 

I love Gaspe.  I vacation there at least once a year.

sagramore's picture

Gaspe and Acadia are hidden gems.

Quebec is a great place to live if you speak French and want to take advantage of the increased personality rights.  Mont Tremblant is popular because papparazzi are actually illegal.  They actually do a pretty good job, better than any other part of Canada, at civic nationalism.  See

http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/en/droits-de-la-personne/responsabilites-employeu...

The article also completely misses the Quiet Revolution and everyone forgets that outside of Gatineau, Quebec City and Montreal, minorites are negligable. 

DosZap's picture

Enjoy it for as long as you can with, the vast majority of Canuck's clueless and unarmed, they are next in line to be ISLAMICIZED.Your women will be raped, the men will be powerless cucks over a tribal culture raised in religious extremism, and war, unarmed they  are officially dead as a nation.The only way to save it is get rid of your leaders, and GO CANADA ONLY, or be a Muslim stronghold forever.Looks like Trump will be building another wall.

Falling Down's picture

Between the darkies from Haiti and other shit holes I've seen at rest areas along the 401, heading east towards Quebec, and the Mooslims, I predict it'll take 10 years, maybe 15 tops, for them to supplant the white population in that province. The same could be said for Buffalo, NY, and other Northern "refugee cities". 

Even if whites are aomehow still the majority in 30 years, the turd worlders will have the power. The gibsmedat nonsense will strangle Quebec and regions in the U.S. around the Great Lakes 

 

 

 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Well, there's always places like Sudbury, Timmins, Smooth Rock Falls, or Sault Ste. Marie to escape to. Or Winnipeg, or Churchill, if you're really desperate.

Sad, really.

CCanuck's picture

Lots of great places west of Sudbury all the way to the westside of the rockies. Although there is increased levels of immigrants, it pales in comparison to Greater Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver areas.

mvsjcl's picture

Or Windsor. God knows, you can't shake a stick around here without hitting a Muslimite.

Fudomyo's picture

Buffalo was finished 30 years ago. I had family who lived there, built their homes there, and then were the last white people in their neighborhoods in the 80's. When they had to go to the hospital, their homes were broken into. My aunt at 85 was going to the corner store and was robbed and thrown in a dumpster. They were mercilessly attacked because they were old, vulnerable, and white. And no matter any nice things they did for their neighbors, no one watched out for them, they were surrounded by predators. It was a really nice family area before then. When they finally died no one would buy their homes, so they were put in the section 8 housing program. Of course they're completely trashed now. It's hard to have compassion when you see the level of savagery and violence that goes on in these places up close.

avenriv's picture

weren't they robbed by Judeo-Christians ?

 

True Blue's picture

The startling demographic shift the author all but ignored is because in the 1980's the Quebecois movement was gaining momentum toward the secession of Quebec to form its own nation. The gov't solution was to import a new demographic, just as they left our borders wide open for the same purpose; politico-demographic conquest.

ebear's picture

Which raises an important point, guy.

--> The absence of the language issue in this guy's article.

The decline of Quebec, to a large degree, is the result of a political agenda to "protect" the language, which started decades ago.  That, plus the various failed attempts to separate, had the effect of causing major employers to relocate, mainly to Ontario, basically ending Montreal's leadership in finance and manufacturing.  It's been downhill ever since.

As for immigration....

European French won't move to Quebec, so that leaves Carribean and African sources as their sole choice for french speaking immigrants.  Not exactly first tier candidates, nor are they likely to vote separatist. For them, Quebec is a backdoor into Canada. Nothing more.

Then there's the Quebec Diaspora.  A lot of young people leave Quebec for other parts of Canada or abroad, either to find work, or to escape the stifling social atmosphere.  These are mainly descendants of the original settlers, so a hollowing out of the culture basically, to be replaced by people who speak french (poorly) but have no connection to the history of the place.

As for abandoning the Catholic Church, that's about the only thing they got right in the last 50 years.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Canada has had nothing but shitty PMs, since Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

At least he had thf balls to tell the Americans to "take a hike" now and then.  Plus he got rid of that crap Imperial System of Measurements, and brought in the SI system. Which made Canada more respected in the world: progressive and not a US poodle.

Closet homo Steven Harper and Baby Trudeau are horrible.

mvsjcl's picture

Trudeau the Elder wasn't no saint either, Capt. He's the one who sold Canada to the Bankers.

Crash N. Burn's picture

"Canada has had nothing but shitty PMs, since Pierre Elliot Trudeau."

Really? The banksters stooge (or fuckin idiot) who "gifted" the power of money creation to Canada's banks? Are you daft or do you just enjoy your debt slavery?

He was also the weasel who, during the separitist problems, advised English-speaking Quebecers "Don't expect me (a French Canadian) to defend your rights!"

 Trudeau was a piece of shit, just like his kid.

squid's picture

Ahhh no.

It STARTED with PET and went down from there.

Stephen Harper was a nice break but h never got the parliamentary majority he really needed to do anything. So now he's gone and we have JT.

 

And Canada is fucked.....which is why I left.

 

Squid

Dr. Bonzo's picture

According to demographers, the province of Quebec alone needs between 70,000 and 80,000 immigrants a year to compensate for its low birth rate.

Riiiiight. Perpetual growth. And the societies where these warm bodies are plucked from? What about their "growth?" Huh? You fucking dumb cattle. Here's a better idea: junk your old economic models and innovate a new economics. You fucking dumb twats. Oh right, we're just gonna prove that actually the secret to our previous model was basically Ponzi Economics. Keep feeding assholes into the machine, and presto.... growth.

These contemptible retards are going to end up costing us our civilization. Do us all a favor and go suck on the wrong end of a gun barrel.

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

They think any warm bodies are good for tax revenue. LOL, NOT hardly, you got welfare recipiants and good citizens.  BIG FUCKEN DIFFERENCE.

Twee Surgeon's picture

They think nothing of the sort. They are trying to eliminate the Caucasian race. If they want money they will just print it, they own the banks, the printing press, the Legal system, military, police and Press. Clear and Obvious. Any questions ?

flapdoodle's picture

Indeed. The end goal is a two caste system. A mestizo amalgam race of debt slaves consuming Hollywood Jewish values lorded over by Chosen Elite. The Muslims are just stoopid tools mean to accelerate the destruction of traditional Western culture and will be thrown to the curb once they complete their mission.

onthesquare's picture

Catholic priest like young warm bodies.  Could petofile priests have anything to do with the demise of the catholic church world wide?  History shows us that christianity has done some nasty things over the centuries.

Mareka's picture

Population decline is always presented as an unthinkable disaster.
It's only a disaster for governments who what to keep a Ponzi scheme rolling.

It would be a boon to the citizens of any country to not have to compete for all resources with an ever increasing supply of people.

Unlike many systems where volume drives down cost per unit,
The cost of government and infrastructure per person increases with the population.

Think tax rates in California & New Jersey vs Tennessee and South Carolina.

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

so wait, facing a nigger crisis, they are calling for more immigration. LOL

Twee Surgeon's picture

Trudeau is a ski instructor, part time. Those are the kind of qualifications that take an ambitious man, far, in Lefty world.

The_Dude's picture

Progressivism is a mental disorder. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Which has only one RX:  Apply the motto of Daleks (Dr. Who).

"X ter me n8!  X ter me n8!"

But, fear not.  Soon the Invaders will doing it for us.

Kaeako's picture

When the Romans tired of their gods, they got Christianity. When we tired of Christianity, we got consumerism.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

We either adapt and develop a superior and more durable worldview (and institutionalized customs), or we'll be taken over by swarming vermin.

What the usurious Parasites haven't taken (cause we let them), the goat shagging sand jockeys will.

BruntFCA's picture

It would behove us to replace old Christian virtues of Love, Compassion and Forgiveness, with the classical virtues of

Courage

Widom

Temperance

Forget Judeo - Christianity think Hellenistic Christianity just drop most of the so called Christian part

DaveA's picture

Quebec has more government employees than California, despite having only one-fifth the population. Along the highway you see signs, in French only, to "Watch out for deer!" with a credit to the Provincial Department of Deer-Warning Signs. In bathrooms you see detailed instructions on proper hand-washing techniques, in French only, provided by the Provincial Department of Hand-Washing Signs. People from other provinces tell me this isn't a problem because the federal government pays for it all. With money that just appears out of thin air, I suppose.

giggler321's picture

no other jobs, who's gonna employ all those over graduated populous?

 

Wasn't it the Haper gov that deleted all those 280K immigrant files to stop them entering or even being assessed for Canada (after taking their application fees)? tick

sushi's picture

Quebec is constantly agitating for provincial control of Federal programs. The reason given is that there are cultural differences between English and French Canada and these can only be maintained if Quebec manages its own Income Tax Department.

The real reason for moving programs from Ottawa to Quebec City has nothing to do with protecting French culture and everything to do with creating employment in Quebec City fot the sons and daughters of the well connected who would otherwise be unemployed and forced to move west in search of work.

The tax department is all IT and number crunching and the cost to Quebec of maintaining its own unique IT installation is extremely high. Total Factor Productivity continues its downward spiral while Quebec keeps demanding an increase in the $10 billion in anual transfers from English Canada (Read Alberta and the oil industry) while at the same time refusing to allow the reverse flow of an existing pipeline to give Alberta oil access to European markets.

Quebec is totally fucked and as long as people like Turdeau keep getting elected, so is Canada.