Anne Rice and the travesty of Christianity.
If there was any need to persuade ourselves that the perception of Christianity is fading away in large parts of the Christian world, the writer Anne Rice and many bloggers around have given us another convincing example.
Some days ago, Ms. Rice decided that she is “quitting Christianity in the name of Christ”. Please don’t laugh. Her lines are amusing, so I do not want to deprive you of this little diversion:
Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”
At school we would have been asked: “what does the author want to say?”. She wants to say that she is so superior to all those people commonly called Christians; that she will not accept to be in their company anymore; that she is so good that in her eyes Christians are an “infamous group”; that by accusing them of being “quarrelsome, hostile and disputatious” she is not showing all these qualities herself; that her conscience is so pure that it will not allow her to do anything else. Poor lamb. I feel like crying.
This would be enough to let you understand the abyss of self-delusional, home-made, fantasy Christianity some people want to live in. But it gets better. Try this:
In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
We learn here that Jesus was clearly in favour of homosexual activism; a feminist; a supporter of contraception; obviously “democratic” and, in general, perfectly aligned with the lady’s thinking. How unfortunate that those quarrelsome Christians never understood Christ!
Ms. Rice was – or said she was – a Catholic. Not being illiterate (she is a writer after all) she had to know some ten years ago, when she came back to Catholicism, what the Church’s position on a lot of things she doesn’t like is. She can’t say she didn’t know. She can’t say she took ten years to better reflect. She must, on the contrary, admit that her conversion was a fake one from day one and what has now become intolerable is its obvious hypocrisy.
Let us reflect, though: perhaps has the lady some private, personal agenda to let her conclude that “Christianity is wrong”? Maybe has she, say, a homosexual son? A homo activist, perchance? Could it be that the lady “opts out” of Christianity just because her Church forces her to look his son’s perversion and road to perdition in the face?
Much easier, then, to take refuge in a cosy self-made “mummy knows best”-Christianity, happily adapted to all the errors, heresies and outright abominations which the lady happily supports either because they are, alas, in the family or because they match a system of values totally antithetical to the message of Jesus, but nevertheless defended in His name. What a shamelessness, and what a blasphemy.
Not more persuasive is the other remark, that Christians be “quarrelsome”. Of course they are. The idea of a Christianity of the past in which all lived a wonderful life of mutual love shows that the lady not only doesn’t know her history, but hasn’t even read the Acts of the Apostles or many of the Letters! This is a fantasy world, opposed to today’s life merely to avoid reality. The reality is that Christ demanded that his faithful take the sword and this is what they have – imperfectly, of course – done since.
Not more encouraging are many of the reactions on the blogosphere. “What has become of Christianity”, they ask themselves as if Christianity had ever been pro-homos, feminist, democratic and all the other things which would have made it acceptable to Ms. Rice. One can vividly imagine all these people supporting contraception, abortion, sodomy, priestesses and what not sighing at the thought of the lost innocence of the first Christians, and feeling so good….
Without any doubt, the recovery of proper catechesis is the first step to the recovery of Christianity in the West.