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Like a Pack of Starving Rats…

“Like a pack of starving Rats…descending on a wounded bird.”

 A recent incident which I had the [mis]fortune of witnessing this past week called to mind how Christians, especially some Roman Catholics, so easily lapse into a self-righteous, hypocritical, cannibal feeding frenzy when given half the chance. I was able to witness firsthand how a group of allegedly educated Christians, the majority of whom were Roman Catholics, led by a Roman Catholic religious, can turn into an inquisitorial mob at the drop of a hat.

It was a witch burning!

 Mind you, an emotionally flooded midlife woman, a milquetoast pastor-in-training, and an inquisitional female religious (= a nun) with a tendency to incite and prooftext were just some of the volatile ingredients of this witches’ brew, but to have witnessed how a situation can be initially misused and then lapse completely out of control was baffling, to say the very least. All that could come to mind is some of the historical research I’ve done on the Inquisition, on the Protestant heretic trials in Geneva under Calvin, of the mob scenes in the Stoning of Soraya M. No matter what the religion, the education level, the status of human beings, the beast is alive and well within.

(The entire scenario reminded me of a passage in Birds without Wings, “But there was no one with any authority, and the plebians were of the sort that enjoyed a spectacle, paticularly when someone cleverer or more fortunate than themselves was degraded.” (“The Humiliation of Levon the Armenian,” p. 145))

Ironically, there were about twelve Christians, all of whom are in some form of ministry, who eagerly took up their verbal and non-verbal stones and cast them wildly at a single individual, while they chanted “disgraceful,” “inappropriate,” “offensive,” “Christian values,” “How could you?” “Prick!” Urged on by a would-be-moderator who, far from maintaining professional neutrality, actually fueled the flames by making unfounded remarks and observations, while those in the mob had no idea what she was talking about, much less whether the statements made by the emotion-flooded woman were factual or the product of her flooding emotions and histrionics–Who cares!–but they availed themselves greedily of the factoids to justify their aspersions and judgments.

(Interestingly, before the inquisitorial proceedings began, the mobsters required oaths of secrecy–that’s why I can’t provide more details–dirty deeds have to be kept confidential, don’t you know?)

So that’s what Christianity is all about. Silly me! I must have missed something in my formation and training.

The whole scene reminisced of some really poignant words I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I recently read a wonderful historical novel by Louis de Bernières, “Birds Without Wings,” and in that book I found some wonderful wisdom and worthwhile observations. Let me share a couple of quotes here, quotes that came to mind while I was experiencing the “stoning” last week.

As the narrator describes a group of Sufi dervishes arriving with clashing symbols, bells, chants, and the reaction of the character Mustafa:

“He divines clearly the advance symptoms of spiritual and philosophical immaturity, he smells a repellent backwardness, a radical irrationality and credulity which is only just beneath the surface, and he is increasingly convinced that it is Islam that is holding his people back, locking them behind the door that separated the medieval from the modern age. He will never understand why it is that so many of them actually like to be there, locked behind that door, enwombed within their tiny horizon, perpetually consoled and reassured by their tendentious but unchanging certainties.” (“Mustafa Kemal (3),” p. 39)

He could just as easily be describing Chrisitanity, the pastoral centers, with those words. And Bernières, through his narrator, reflecting on the evils done by the pious of all religions, but especially the licentious scrupulous piety he observes among Christians and Muslims, writes:

“… so many nominal Christians throughout history, took no notice whatsoever of the key parable of Jesus Christ himself, which taught that you shall love your neighbour as you love yourself, and even those that you have despised and hated are your neighbours. This never made any difference to Christians, since the primary epiphenomena of any religion’s foundation are the production and flourishment of hypocrisy, megalomania and psychopathy, and the first casualties of a religion’s establishment are the intentions of its founders. One can imagine Jesus and Mohammed glumly comparing notes in paradise, scratching their heads and bemoaning their vain expense of effort and suffering, which resulted only in the construction of two monumental whited sepulchers.” (“The Humiliation,” p. 143)

Christians, particularly those who feel that they are so righteous, should during this Lenten season, a time when they stand on their soapboxes with their heads anointed with ashes, and talk the talk so eloquently of self-examination, preparation, reconciliation, etc., should ponder the narrator’s words that ring so very true still today, right here in the midst of the pastors and the divines.

You don't need to change anything! Just learn to listen!

It’s almost laughable when I reflect on that evening last week and what I saw and heard. “Christian values?” Like the ones I was experiencing? “Truth?” Like the truth coming from those androgynous façades, painted expressions, the clichéed histrionic drama, and the vacuous heads and hearts? “Love?” If that was your Christian love at work, let’s try some hate, couldn’t be more vitriolic or strident, or more painful or humiliating!

I’ve written already several pieces on hypocrisy on this blog and since then nothing’s happened to change my mind. The more one looks below the idiotic grins and beyond the sorrowful grimaces, the personalized private piety, the uglier the ugliness gets beneath. It doesn’t take much to scrape away the patina and see the corruption, like scraping way the wax from a corpse’s face to see the decay beneath.

Sign of the Feminazi

Yes, it might appear that the Church is rotting from within. The symptoms: when our emasculated male clergy fawn to feminist-sexists and fail to correct their heretical and errant views on women’s roles in the Church. When the female religious disparagingly refer to “Those men in Rome,” forgetting their own diaphanous vows and casual opportunist commitments to their Church (when it’s convenient). When we include in our theology seminars required books by renegade feminist theologians who want to perform transgender surgery on God because He’s too male (Lunatics!) Or the pitifully ignorant or scandalously scrupulous pious or outright evil parish lay and ordained ministers instructing the gullible, vulnerable old and young, even thrust upon the grieving and dying (! ) [See my articles Chaplain Wuss, Interfaith-Denial of Faith? and Interfaith & Supervision?] with their half-baked theologies and well-done hypocrisies. It’s shameful to see.

Yes, it’s true, as Paul VI preached in 1972, «da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio» (“through some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God”).

Yes, indeed, dear feminist religious, “Those men in Rome!” Indeed! And those eunichs sitting next to you!

But some of those “men in Rome” do make some sense–as much as it sticks in your anatine craws–, and it’s worth repeating here: According to the Vatican Information Service (Vatican City, 2 March 2012) this year’s meditations during the Lenten spiritual retreat of the Holy Father and the Roman Curia are being guided by Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, who is focusing on the theme of “the communion of Christians with God”. According to the cardinal “We must walk in the light. In other words, we must choose to abandon sin” and let the Truth transform our lives via a journey of conversion. Understanding God as truth is particularly important for people “who have no awareness of their own sins, for people who have lost the sense of sin because they no longer pose themselves the problem of God”, and for people who do no longer possess moral criteria and confuse good and evil. This tendency is related to “religious indifference which affirms that all religious are alike but which, in reality, is seeking a lax morality.”

The cardinal continued, “To live in truth is to live according to the Beatitudes. It means repudiating the lies of our words and actions. It means rejecting the hypocrisy which impels us to appear other than as we are”. The Church too must combat lies and deceit, both within herself and in the world, and struggle “so that the truth of Christ’s Gospel may be known and lived.”

Prayer Fasting Charity

So my dear “Christian” brothers and sisters who have made the name of God as pedestrian as the word “hotdog,” try to keep in mind that it’s not what you say, it’s how you live. Wearing out the name of God does not make you divine. That might be a good Lenten meditation for some of you.

Look in your Lenten mirror. What's reflected?


Schizoid American Catholics Faced with an Election

I’ve just read Matt Taibbi’s article  “Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins” that appeared in the online Rolling Stone. In a general way, he hits the nail on the head but how many Americans actually absorb what he is saying? (Read or download the article at Iowa_ The Meaningless Sideshow Begins _ Matt Taibbi _ Rolling Stone.) But it raises some critical thoughts and an opportunity for some self-assessment at this critical time.

This is a lemming.

Whatever else they may claim to be American Catholics are 21st century Americans—with all their grandstanding, loud laughter, cynicism, their hypocrisy, greed, materialism, and constant whining—and, ignorant as they are, they can and will contribute to the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in the United States.

But there is always hope but only if we reflect on teachings like those of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and become (note I did not write remain) “morally coherent.”  Most readers will not, and are not expected to relate to that phrase but it is used in a magisterial instruction promulgated in 2002 entitled a “Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life.” Most Catholics have never heard of the document, I know, and most clergy have remained ignorant of its content and teaching as well. But note, like so many obscurely written, limitedly published, and esoterically contrived, the document was directed to (note the order and know why you know nothing about it) “the Bishops of the Catholic Church and, in a particular way, to Catholic politicians and all lay members of the faithful called to participate in the political life of democratic societies.”

 The document’s teaching informs us about the “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” sections pertaining to the political participation of Catholics. (read or download the relevant sections Compendium 565-574 or browse the entire document at Compendium). While the teachers of the Church while (or is it “wile”) away the centuries in their ivory and marble towers, and the bishops are busy obeying their consultant minions and closing parishes, who can say the hierarchy is not clear on the duty to vote in a manner which is morally coherent; it’s the voting Catholic public who has not read Catholic teaching nor even heard of their duty to be and to vote in a morally coherent way. Here is an excerpt:

 “The social doctrine of the Church is not an intrusion into the government of individual countries. It is a question of the lay Catholic’s duty to be morally coherent, found within one’s conscience, which is one and indivisible. ‘There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual life’, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular’ life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity.

 “In fact, every area of the lay faithful’s lives, as different as they are, enters into the plan of God, who desires that these very areas be the ‘places in time’ where the love of Christ is revealed and realized for both the glory of the Father and service of …”

 Reading that excerpt I look around myself and wonder where all the schizophrenics have come from? Who deinstitutionalized, turned loose all of these split-brains? Where’s the thorazine?

 Has anyone heard Pope Benedict XVI excoriating the “Dictatorship of Relativism” in the West. The American, and especially the American Roman Catholic culture drunkenly stumbles along, sucking and glugging on a flask filled with the intoxicating false notion of “freedom,” a freedom to lie, mislead, and steal; a freedom according to some people a “right” to kill the innocent; a freedom divorced from moral teaching and standards to guide human choices and govern our inherently depraved behavior, and the freedom to be schizoid, hypocrites, to be “good” Catholics and go through the motions, adept at talking the talk, and so inept at living the Gospel. When there is a wholesale effort to deny or to obscure or obfuscate the existence of anything objectively or ineffably true, that very something that can be known by each and every one of us and can provide the basis of our life in real communion in this country and on this planet, then there is no real freedom. Instead, we navigate perilously towards, if we’re not already on the brink of anarchy and apathy.

 In an August 2011 Catholic Online article, Keith Fornier writes that “Catholics are not one more “interest group” which can be polled, pandered to and bought. Our social obligation is to promote the true common good, not just use the slogan to sound “catholic” [sic] as happened in the last political cycle. ‘Morally Coherent’ Catholics can – and must – change this Nation, for the Common Good.”

Were it only as idyllic and naïve as the lunatic takeover depicted in the film “King of Hearts!” Regrettably, it’s a darker, more sinister bunch of lunatics whom we have let loose and have taken over.

The bishops have either been emasculated by the liberals and the feminazi faction, have been backed into a corner by the secularists, or have made themselves irrelevant, and I  don’t believe that American Catholics have the guts to be authentic Catholics and to do their duty in working towards setting things right; íf they are anything at all, they are wimpering Catholics in name only; hence most are and remain CINOs, Cathlicks.

Please see our related post Rape of the Catholic Conscience.

 See Schizoid Catholics for another entertaining diatribe on the Catholic form of schizophrenia.

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