Laudato Si: The New Age Kindergarten
From the official text of Laudato Si. Emphases mine.
83. The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things. Here we can add yet another argument for rejecting every tyrannical and irresponsible domination of human beings over other creatures. The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.
Chris Ferrara has written an excellent piece about this and other pearls of LS. I invite you to visit the page and absorb the wisdom therein contained. I will, here, limit myself to some considerations of my own about the paragraph above.
If this is Christianity, no one informed me of this up to now. I never knew that it is my duty to lead cats and dogs (and rats, and flies, and spiders) back to their Creator. I thought that God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. That I would be called to lead Mickey Mouse, Felix The Cat, Gus and Jaq, and Pluto “toward a common point of arrival, which is God” was frankly nowhere. The Baltimore Catechism must be seriously deficient.
Now, your average Patheos blogger might at this point wax lyrical about his new discovery that by not squashing spiders he is growing spiritually to a new dimension of oh so elevated spirituality in which Arachnophobia (or Insectophobia, or any other Phobia) has no place at all. But to me, this is no Christianity. A cow is there to give me a good steak. A forest is there to give me oxygen and fuel. We do not abuse Creation, but we certainly use it; and this creation is there for us to make good use of it, not to be led by us to a sort of Plant And Insect Nirvana.
No, this does not seem Christianity to me. Rather, this seems an attempt to let Christianity go beyond the message of Christ, in a kind of New Age Kindergarten where you can be taught that, at the end of a long path of self-discovery, there is a happy ending for every fly and every spider. The sacred cows cannot be very far away, and note that the Hindus do not eat their meat.
There are evident echos of Teilhard de Chardin here, and of his strange ideas of permanent cosmic evolution tending towards that strange and ever blasphemous sounding Omega Point; the end of the journey where, after having abandoned Christianity, every freaking faggot Jesuit can de facto put whatever he wants. To those who want to delve in such heresies from a completely orthodox point of view I suggest the reading of One Hundred Years Of Modernism.
It seems to me even more alarming than that. If cats and dogs (and flies and spiders) are all moving towards “a common point of arrival, which is God”, what is the special value of Baptism, or of belonging to the Christian religion? If the cat reaches his Feline Heaven, and the spider his arachno-nirvana, isn’t the human the more so destined to his paradise, irrespective of whether he was baptised or not? And if this is not the case, is not the unavoidable consequence that the salvation or damnation of the human will be decided, to a great extent, by the degree in which he has helped his fellow trees and spiders reach self-consciousness, by being oh so delicate with the latter and by hugging the former all the time?
There is nothing here of Christianity. The Last Four Things cannot have any reasonable place in it. A complete reversal of the very concept of sin must be implied in this logic. In Francis’ Kindergarten, a joyous enviro-friendly humanity leads cats and dogs (and flies, and spiders) to their spiritual fulfillment whilst “respecting” sister Co2. It is a warped view of Christianity by which not Christ, but some further “evolution” of His message is the culmination, and the animal kingdom is promised a paradise of sort so we can all feel “inclusive” looking at the forest.
Even in V II times, teilhard de Chardin’s strange and more than vaguely blasphemous fantasy theology was still condemned by the Church, if still in 1962
A decree of the Holy Office dated 30 June, under the authority of Pope John XXIII warned that “… it is obvious that in philosophical and theological matters, the said works [Teilhard’s] are replete with ambiguities or rather with serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine. That is why … the Rev. Fathers of the Holy Office urge all Ordinaries, Superiors, and Rectors … to effectively protect, especially the minds of the young, against the dangers of the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and his followers”. (AAS, 6 August 1962).
The feeble mind of Jorge Bergoglio has not been protected from, or was rather already too corrupt not to embrace, the serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine.
Now, someone might say that I am taking a paragraph in isolation and ignoring the context, in which Francis even does us the favour of mentioning Christ a couple of times. But this is exactly what we must do. No Pope will ever write an encyclical entirely devoted to espousing heretical thinking. What will happen is that – like every Modernist – he will publish texts in which the errors or outright heresies are mixed with the orthodoxy. We must, therefore, expose this pernicious ideology irrespective of what else there might be in this encyclical which might happen to be right.
Heaven, Francis is the Pope! He is supposed to publish only 100% orthodox texts! If Francis dishes us a plate containing excrements, we can’t pick the strawberries out of it and declare ourselves satisfied!