Faith And Language, Part II
The second part of the reflections originated by the truly beautiful article appeared on the “Remnant” is to do with the way a sound Catholic reacts to the danger represented by a heretical Pope: by destroying his reputation. This cannot, realistically, be done with polite remarks. Too much is the clout of the white cassock for that, however unworthily worn. Besides, I have never noticed the need to treat evil, mortal enemies with white gloves.
No. A sound Catholic will know that this papacy must be crushed; and he will realise that this can only happen with brutal criticism, and utter mockery.
This is what was always done in the past, and it was done because it works. Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Charlie Chaplin were recruited in the service of opposing Nazism. They certainly damaged Nazism, in the eyes of millions, more than any comprehensive, well-structured criticism oozing polite, erudite expressions that you can bother to imagine. If you want to destroy your enemy, it is not enough to politely criticise him: you must expose his evil with great forcefulness even as you ridicule him.
Ridicule works. Father Celatus does this very well, too, coining the beautiful expression Pope on a rope. Again, do not think that this is casual, or the fruit of momentary anger. Righteous anger is supposed to do more than expressing our displeasure. Righteous anger is supposed to cause damage. The heretic is supposed to have the mark of ridicule stamped upon him, for him to carry it to the grave and be remembered by it.
Pope on a rope. Boy, this is beautiful.
Pope on a rope. Evil Clown. Pope Dope. These things work. They work, in fact, infinitely better than many an effeminate blog post expressing “surprise” at the “strange” expressions of the oh so holy father; for whom, however, we must at all times all have the strongest affection blablabla.
I must come back here to a point made in the other post: the way you express yourself without says a lot about your priorities within. Father Celatus coins this wonderful “Pope on a rope” expression because to him Christ comes before the modern religion of “politeness”. His priorities have become language, his language has given witness about his priorities.
We must look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves where our priorities lie: the approval of very tepid but very polite Catholics, or the approval of Christ who, if you haven't noticed, often expressed himself in absolutely brutal terms; if you have forgotten it – probably because your NO priest never mentions the fact – I suggest you give the Gospels a good read again. I say Christ comes first, politeness is way back, Francis is not even on the radar screen.
Brutal language impresses itself in the mind of the listener far more effectively than veiled allusions. Ridicule is an extremely powerful instrument to fight evil.
An evil Pope – any evil Pope; Francis may be only the first of a long series – has deserved all the brutal language, and all the ridicule, we are able to throw at him.