Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trumping the papacy

The problem for Pope Francis, post-Trump, is that the president inadvertently spilled an awful lot of bluntness and honesty into our water supply, and a lot of people have been drinking pretty heavily from it. So when the Pope goes about openly trying to cut connection with traditional church teaching - indirect and roundabout, lest he go too far and provoke the Holy Spirit to throw him off a balcony courtesy of a zealous underling - there's far less of an urge to excuse the whole thing.

"Oh, we just don't understand the Pope."

"It's the media! The media isn't reporting him accurately! They want us to believe he's a heretic!"

"It's not HIM. It's his advisers! Ohhh, that Kasper. That Marx!"

Yeah, I know the feeling, I understand the motions people feel they need to go through. And I know the sigh of relief many - and I mean many - otherwise traditionalist-leaning Catholics will feel when he finally kicks it. "Oh, he's dead? Requiem in terra pax, and FUCK him." is going to echo off quite a few walls when the time comes and the burden of loyalty is lifted from them with regards to this particular blight.

But for many of us, the blessing of this new moment of sincerity in communication ('toxicity' as it's called in the mainstream) makes it hard for us not to say what we damn well think. And I suspect many a Catholic, and a cleric, bemoan this state of affairs. Life was easier when cuckservatism was the name of the game, and a demanding left could be pacified by sacrifices from the timid right.

But when both left and right growl and throw punches, what's a coward to do?


Perilanda said...

I do anticipate a 'trumpening' of the Catholic Church, which will likely happen soon after Pope Francis is out of office. Feser's stuff is going mainstream (Ignatius press), and I've seen more and more books over the last decade offering the 'redpill' on the Crusades and Inquisition. I sense that 'Catholic triumphalism' is preparing to make a long-overdue comeback.

In the course of reading a book called "Do We Need God to Be Good" (recommended by Vox), I noticed the author quoting a highly perceptive passage from Mein Kampf: "The greatness of every mighty organization embodying an idea in this world lies in the religious fanaticism and intolerance with which, fanatically convinced of its own right, it intolerantly imposes its will against all others...The greatness of Christianity did not lie in attempted negotiations for compromise with any similar philosophical opinions in the ancient world, but in its inexorable fanaticism in preaching and fighting for its own doctrine."

As a student of ecclesial history, I can vouch for the truth of this characterization. Christianity spread rapidly through and beyond Europe on account of the bold, manly, and tireless efforts of missionaries who were "fanatically convinced" of the truth of their Faith. Did St. Boniface 'dialogue' with the pagan Germans? No, he said in essence "Your beliefs are false," and took an ax to Thor's Oak. Can you imagine any of our contemporary Churchman doing something similar? Cardinal Cupich perhaps?

'Triumphalist' Catholicism stems directly from an unshakable conviction of the truth of the Faith. MCCGA.

Crude said...

It could be. I don't like to be triumphant in advance, but there's definitely some good signs. The fact that Ed's book (and others', unrelated to this) are spreading is a good sign.

Perilanda said...

"and others', unrelated to this"

I was actually talking with a friend who works for a Catholic news organization about Vox's book 'SJWs Always Lie.' He told me that a priest in Rome (of what order, I cannot say, so as not to hint at identity) was a big fan of SJWsAL and was recommending it to other brother priests!

As in this example, I sense a lot of the "spreading" is happening below the radar.

Wesley C. said...

I think the Young Pope is basically a harbinger of all this. When Pope Francis, dies, as many Vatican watchers actually predict, the next pope will be a traditionalist that will be even more traditionalist than either Pope Benedict or Saint John Paul II.

But I do have one small qualm about this Francis criticism. He may be unintentionally toeing the line between orthodoxy and heresy with his official magisterial endorsement of an unnaceptable interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, but he is still an old guy with good intentions (which pave the way to Hell), he isn't intentionally trying to destroy everything orthodoxy holds dear, and his humility and simplicity and emphasis on pastoral mercy are things that are good-in-themselves properly speaking, at least when used in good hands.