Daily Archives: March 12, 2018
Five Years tomorrow, and even the professional pessimists could hardly have imagined such an aggressively anti-Catholic Pontificate from one who is, hands down, the most disgraceful, heretical, clearly atheist, church-hater Pope in History.
However, the dominant trait of this Pontificate is, if you ask me, the stupidity of the man.
Atheist he may be. A Church-hater, too (Many Jesuits, possibly almost all of them, very probably are). Perhaps a closeted homo. Certainly a hard line socialist. But what remains, in my eyes, as the most dominant trait of this Pontificate is the explosive mixture of ignorance, arrogance and stupidity that became its mark from the start.
This (initially) shocking aspect of this Pontificate is also the most encouraging one for those who care for Catholicism.
Too arrogant to admit he is doing all wrong, too ignorant to grasp the historic resilience of Catholicism, and far too stupid to go about his work of destruction with any subtlety, Francis has long been the worst enemy of his War on Catholicism. Five Years later you must be a homo, a commie or an atheist to like him. Francis has “six-pound-note” written so large on his forehead, that he is now an embarrassment for the most hardened Pollyannas.
Five years of unspeakable arrogance, ignorance and stupidity later, the game is up. The sheep understand that this is a wolf, not a shepherd. Francis’ project has utterly and completely failed, in that he will “lead astray” only those who were determined to get lost anyway. No-one with some Catholic goodness in his heart will ever by deceived by this old, lewd nincompoop.
This is the only silver lining of the present situation: a jackass is, undoubtedly, Pope.
But at least all the world can see it.
I remember as a child your typical Italian home. There were in those times pictures of loved ones in entrances and bedrooms, and they were of small, normal dimensions. It is not only that it would have been very expensive to have bigger ones, rather that it would have been considered wrong and excessively self-centred to put oneself so much on the spot.
Things are changing rapidly now. The availability of new technologies and the disappearance of religious feeling and practice leads to people literally staging their own overweight self, for their visitors to admire what wonderful snowflakes they are. I have seen places with life size pictures of the owner and their daughter (yes, I am thinking what you are thinking), and the same faces were on mugs in the kitchen and on cushions in the living room. Digital Photo technology is the nirvana of the “Me”-society.
Not one book in sight, of course. Nowadays, people educate themselves on Instagram.
What is initially surprising is that the owners of such places would think that their narcissism would be exposed by their very own home decoration. This is obviously not the case. My take is that this kind of thinking, (the old putting a human being in its place in the context of things), is foreign to the Atheist Society. For the “Me”- generation, every individual is a luminous pagan god, and it is only normal that others would worship him when their enter the temple where he resides.
The difference with what I was accustomed to see some, say, 50 years ago is staggering. It is not a “regional culture” phenomenon. I would say it is an epochal movement, a tectonic shift away from Christianity and into a society deprived of religious sentiment and going down slowly – or rapidly, depending on your historical perspective – as it celebrates the cult of itself.
Life-size portraits dominate the room. Not a book or crucifix in sight.
This will be more and more the standard of European homes in this rapidly decaying XXI Century.