The Catholic Defender: The Walking Dead

Posted by John Benko - October 11th, 2013

(Editors Note) This weekend (October 10, 2013) is “The Walking Dead” marathon on AMC, Sunday evening (October 13) begins the 4th season.

If your watching this, take the zombies and replace them with the terrible effects of sin and this really makes the show very interesting.

This may not be the organizers intent, but, it helps make us see the terrible effects of sin…

Very few contemporary shows do I like to follow, but this one I can’t help but get behind. !!!

I have not been one to get motivated or interested in modern Television shows, but every now and then I surprise myself.

Especially shows that are fairly recent.

When I was deployed in Iraq early February 2009, a couple of my Soldiers introduced me to the first season of 24.

With that first season I was hooked, by the end of the deployment, I had watched all the season episodes and finished the final series in 2010.

My wife recently introduced this new series, “The Walking Dead”, something that began in 2010.

I remember the show coming on television, but I didn’t pay it no mind.

Family members introduced this to my wife, Gigi, when she was in Washington helping them move.

I spent today watching the first 18 episodes and I must say that I was captivated with the story, the suspense, the action.

As I watched the show, I began to see what I thought was a constant satire to what is taking place in America and the civilized world.

Do I really believe in zombies? No, not at all, though people high on meth can certainly act like they are zombies.

As I watched one episode after another, it was fun keeping up with the main characters, the good and the bad.

The zombies played an interesting roll, the condition reminds you of a post nuclear Holocaust. People are disconnected, lost is the ability to move about without the constant danger.

If you would trade out the zombies for the major conditions taking place in our society today, it is really wild.

Consider the threat of the zombies, it is constant, it is universal, it is obvious.

Look at the growth and acceptance of sin today, because societies have been tolerating sin, now it is being accepted.

The worst case scenarios are the terrible human tragic events such as the shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon, and Fort Hood Texas. These are some the most notable ones.

The condition of sin affects everyone, that is the problem associated with having a fallen nature.  The crowds asked St. John the Baptist, “What then should we do”? When a society restricts the work of God, then evil will increase and the terrible tragedies will continue to intensify and worsen. 

In the United States, there is a violent crime taking place every 22-23 seconds. That is nearly 4,000 to 5,000 per day.

I have had close relatives murdered and can certainly identify with this tragedy. Violence of this magnitude transcends gender and economic conditions. It is a great evil.

According to The National Women’s Study, 683,000 forcible rapes occur every year; which equals 56,916 per month; 1,871 per day; 78 per hour; and 1.3 per minute {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}

There was a 20% increase in rapes, and a 33.3 percent increase in sexual assaults in 1999 (National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.)

An estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime (National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.)

In the United States today, there are about 1.3 to 1.5 million abortions each year. This is about 3,562 abortions each day, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

I’ve not even considered Sexually Transmitted Disease, alcohol and drug use, car accidents, or divorce and their consequences.

Consider the current Administration’s war on the Catholic Faith? The attack on freedom and liberty?

The Progressive positions are a real threat to liberty and many young people are losing their religion.

It is becoming more clear and obvious that the United States of America is not the same Nation I grew up in.

The war on Christmas, the war on Christianity, sometimes it can feel like the Obama Administration are like the zombies because of the danger to the soul of America.

The Virgin Mary warns the Children of Fatima and the world on July 1917 that if men did not return to the Catholic Church there would be worse wars, the Church would suffer much, the Holy Father would have much to suffer, the good would be martyred.

The Godless would attack our liberties and rights in following our holy Faith.

As I contemplated on the episodes one after another, “The Walking Dead”, I was enjoying the storyline, but I couldn’t help but see the reality of how invisible these “zombies” really are.

I compare this with the story of Dracula, notice the use of the crucifix, holy water, the evil of the vampire. This too has satire to the real evils confronting us today.

There is so much talk about how the world has changed and continues to change. In truth, we see modern politics simply repackaging Paganism, Socialism, Marxism, and Atheism.

St. Paul exclaimed, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ”.

It is important that you do not get bit by this as a result of the sinful condition or you could transform into one of these “zombies”.


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