A refreshing rant from Dr Taylor Marshall, critical that such a heretic would be put in charge of The Blah Blah Synod™. Great!
Since I’m still getting emails insisting that I participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, I cannot but add another rant myself:
With any kind of communication, dialogue, whatever, you have a “sender” and a “receiver,” as in the guy who’s talking and the guy who’s listening, and then the roles are changed up. Easy, right?
But there’s a basic prerequisite for the guys doing this: they have to have identities as a base from which to speak. Vacuity, Styrofoaminess, emptiness… that doesn’t work. It’s like the uselessness of a “man of consensus”, who, in such a creepy manner, stares with glazed eyes at the guy who is talking to him and simply agrees with him regardless of what is said.
Anyone who is sincere backs away. You know what’s going to happen. The condescending listening soon turns into a hissy fit of dictatorial edicts which the tyrannical vacuous guy vomits out on everyone, not because he has any identity from which to speak, but rather he is simply a mouthpiece for whatever is politically correct, you know, to himself.
Heretics have no identities, no basis from which to communicate, dialogue, whatever. They will tell you anything and everything as the great “men of consensus.” You are free to have your opinion as long as it is lockstep, goosestep with the “men of consensus.”
- Same-sex unions? That’s the right side of history, they say.
- Demon idol worship? That’s the right side of history, they say.
- Abortion-tainted “vaccines”? That’s the right side of history, they say.
- The Sacrifice of the Mass? That’s all in the past and so is irrelevant, they say. Such people hide serious problems, and are to have any attempt at dialogue preempted with condescending insults, they say.
- Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire? We don’t know of whom you speak, they say. We are the Way and the Truth and the Life, the saviors of the world, they say.
These guys are so arrogant, so narcissistic. There is a saying they have amongst themselves which they will actually publish in extremely obscure academic journals they are certain no believer will peruse. But I did. I hunted down everything. They just say it right out: what we have done to change the doctrine of the Church cannot be undone. I’ve also heard this spoken by the highest of the powers that be. So arrogant. So narcissistic. But I saw right through what they were doing. All of it. Easy peasy. They aren’t as smart as they think. And they certainly have no power over the Son of the Living God as they think they do.
- “But Father George! Father George! You think you’re so special to absent yourself from The Blah Blah Synod™! Special! Special! Special! Get some humility, Father George!”
Well, I agree with that. I need to be more humble. That’s for sure. But my way of going about this is not to vaunt heresy over against the Son of the Living God. No. My job as a priest is to get my own little hell out of the way of Jesus by prayer and the Sacraments and solidarity with the Lord’s Little Flock, whereby Christ Jesus, the Sovereign High Priest, will exercise His priestly ministry through me. All the doctrine, all the morality, reverence in the Liturgy, pointing to the words not of our own Blah Blah, but to the inspired and inerrant words of the Sacred Scriptures, an occasion by which the Holy Spirit will form us to be one with the Eternal Word of God, now Incarnate.
To sum it up: you cannot reason with a heretic because the heretic has absented himself from reason. If you try to reason out heresy, you will fail: error cannot be made reasonable. That’s why it’s error. If you keep insisting that you’ll be able to understand the reasonableness of heresy, you will become a heretic.
I will not comply.