Daily Archives: November 3, 2015
I read around of people who claim that they have become better Christians after their conversion. Good for them. But let us enlarge the issue and pose the question: do Catholics, in general, behave better than other Christians?
No, is the short answer. They most certainly don't. I wouldn't bet my pint, but I would say the contrary is the case.
My take is that, historically – say: before the XX Century – your average Puritan, Calvinist, or Presbyterian led a noticeably more (rigidly) Christian life than your average Catholics. Whilst I wasn't there, I seem to understand this from history, from reading novels, and from observing the unavoidable consequence of rigid Protestantism, coherently lived.
The young John Henry Newman was shocked, when he visited Rome as a young rising star in the fake Anglican mini-firmament, of the immorality he found there. If you think the Victorians were rigid, just imagine how England under the rule of Cromwell must have been. If you think that Christian rigidity is a value in itself, Calvin's Basel must look to you like earthly paradise.
No, I do not think Catholics are better Christians. I think they are smarter ones.
A Catholic knows that he sits on the Barque of Peter. He is aware of his sinfulness, but he knows that to throw himself overboard means almost certain death in the perilous, tempestuous sea of concupiscence out there. He may be a bad swimmer, but he is on the barque. The barque will, if he does not stage a mutiny and does what is required, still save him from hell, imperfections and all.
The Calvinist, or the Puritan were, in my eyes, on average far better swimmers. Rigidly trained, and proficient in the sport. Tough guys, able to face the waves of concupiscence with an energy the average chap on the Barque could not even fathom.
But you see, this tough Calvinist guys weren't nearly as smart as their naughty Catholic counterparts.
They were there out in the cold sea,swimming like crazy, dealing with the cold, dangerous waves all their lives, stupidly relying on their own swimming ability to get to the shore. Fools! Who knows how many have perished, who snubbed or insulted the barque! Who knows how many of the others have reached the shore safely who were not only very bad swimmers, but even lousy crew members!
Catholics aren't the better Christians. They are the smarter ones. They do not refuse God's vessel, and therefore can hope of reaching the shore even knowing what lousy swimmers they are, and how fast they would drown if the barque weren't there to ferry them to the all-important destination: purgatory.
Forget all the “Joy of Being a Catholic” rhetoric. Forget all that emotional fluffy stuff.
We are Catholics because we know the sea out there is darn cold, and would swallow us whole. We know better than to try to get to the other shore alone. We are, if we are smart, positively terrified by it.
Pity those rigid Calvinists and Presbyterians, no matter how good swimmers they are. How many, how many of them will perish!
I for myself will stay on the barque.
I might be a lousy swimmer. But I prefer to be a smart guy.
Why do you call it Sacrilegegate?
Because of this interview.
But you do not believe Scalfari, surely?
Of course I do. And so should you, too. Already in the past Scalfari has been accused of being gaga, but he most certainly isn’t, and his gaga interviews with the Pope, or articles written after talking to him, have been published by the Vatican and/or have been never corrected by Francis.
Has Father Lombardi not stated the interview is not reliable?
Not really. Lombardi has timidly meowed that Scalfari is not reliable. He has not dared to deny the Pope has said what Scalfari reports. Besides, Lombardi is the last one to know what happened, and Francis truly does not give a fig for what he says.
Do you want to say the Pope is a heretic?
Of course I do. I wonder how you cannot see it by now, unless because of a firm will to be blind to reality and impervious to reason. The man is unofficially heretical all the time. He is the prince of heretics.
But why does he not proclaim heresy officially?
Because he is afraid of losing his job. Unemployment is a tough business in Argentina, and as a defrocked ex-priest with a colossal history of failures he would be rather unemployable. The Holy Ghost could also strike him dead before he does it, though I doubt he himself has this concern.
OK, I get this. But why does he not shut up, then?
Because he is a heretic, and hates the Church and Her Sacraments. He will spread heretical slogans as much as he can. He is also getting his petty revenge against the bishops who do not allow him to do what he would like to do. He is also the Pope, so he knows he will enjoy a great degree of protection and goodwill until he crosses the line of formal heresy; which he will, rather probably, never do.
How can you be so sure?
Oh, I am not sure, at all! You can never know what a petty old man can do! He will, in fact, do whatever he thinks he will get away with! I merely trust he is afraid of this step, or the Holy Ghost will strike him dead first.
Could there not be some genial master plan behind?
No, there couldn’t. The Church isn’t such that you fool her by being cunning. Heresy will always be revealed, and you will never fool (real) Catholics. Francis is just an astonishingly incompetent old ass throwing the toys out of the pram in the only way he is still allowed to: off-the-cuff homilies and unrecorded interviews. The man does everything that a perfect idiot would do, because he is just that.
Do you think Satan has an ally in him?
Satan certainly won the jackpot with him, but I think the man is an atheist, so he does not believe in hell, at all. Or else he is sold to Satan all right. Most certainly he does not side with Christ.
But would Satan’s man not be smarter than that?
Il diavolo fa le pentole, ma non i coperchi. Even when God allows Satan to have his own pope, He does not allow him to have a very smart one. In this we see Providence at work.
What shall we do now?
We call the heresy out. We call the man a heretic and an enemy of Christ. We destroy his own standing and his papacy utterly and completely. We mock and ridicule him all the time. We call him an ass, an idiot and an evil man. We put his papacy in the tritatutto (look what it means).