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Lot happening folks, and I am getting ready to go on an extended vacation. Extended in my case means more than a long weekend. But I digress… The reason I am mentioning this is that I will be posting sporadically, at least until the 20th of August.
However, before I take off, I have posted some links in the right hand margin that can be viewed during my absence. These links should provide you dear reader, with a daily “fix” of reason, logic and objective reality, if the need arises.
Today’s post therefore, will be my last post before I leave. And I will leave off with what I think is the most important OCCURRENCE to have taken place since the beginning of the Francis bishopric of Rome.
Is this hyperbole?
But you dear reader will have to make up your mind for yourselves.
So here goes…
A few days ago, an article appeared written by our friend “Fr.” Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro and a co-conspirator, a Presbyterian named Marcelo Figueroa, titled Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism. The article can be read here.
Moreover, a most excellent (or as a post-modernist can say: “excellentest”) response came from another favorite of this blog, in a positive sense this time, Maureen Mullarkey, titled In God They Don’t Trust: Anti-American Syllabus in Vatican journal. This article can be read here.
And finally, to understand why the two above mentioned articles constitute an OCCURRENCE being the most important since the start of the Francis bishopric of Rome, two concepts need to be understood.
The first of these concepts is one that your humble blogger explained in the post titled NUChurch Shocked… Shocked That Francis Lies…, namely the Overton Window. Here is that passage:
The Overton Window, also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept…. The term is derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960–2003), a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy….
Devers refines the definition:
The Overton Window is a concept in political sociology referring to the range of acceptable opinions that can be held by respectable people. “Respectable” of course means that the subject can be integrated with polite society. Respectability is a strong precondition on the ability to have open influence in the mainstream.
The second concept that needs to be understood here is that of the post- Modernist NARRATIVE. In a post titled The Soap Bubble Papacy™ : The Battle Is In Your Mind – Francis’ Gaslighting we explained that:
FAKE NEWS ≠ FALSE NEWS
An example from the POLITICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium can be seen here:
Guess which one the FAKE NEWS MEDIA is focusing on?
Back to the subject at hand.
“Fake news” is in essence any news that contradicts or questions an “official” NARRATIVE. And the reason that real news is lethal to the post-Modernist is that it “corrupts” their FAKE NARRATIVE(S), i.e. it “corrupts” their corrupt information. Here is how the process works:
Just to sum up what we have defined above, what we are dealing with is information that is injected into the public domain that is CORRUPTED (FAKE NEWS / FrancisCoprophagia). The CORRUPTION is intended to create a FAKE NARRATIVE (Gas-lighting). The most likely explanation for why this FAKE NARRATIVE is created is to allow individuals/entities to act on this FAKE NARRATIVE. In other words, this FAKE NARRATIVE allows these individuals to act when they otherwise would not be able to act. I.e. it provides them with justification.
By understanding the above, we can now deconstruct the Spadaro/Figueroa article and the Mullarkey response. So here are some observations:
First, notice the emotional tone of the Spadaro/Figueroa article. The emotions, negative in this case, were no doubt brought about first by their observation that a “great deal” of the discussions in... let’s call it the affairs of the Catholic Church, (specifically in the blogo-sphere) are taking place outside of the FrancisChurch Overton Window.
In other words, the discussion i corrupting their NARRATIVE.
How to we know this?
In the last paragraph, the authors tell us outright that this is the case. Here is that passage:
This is why Francis is carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear. There is a need to fight against the manipulation of this season of anxiety and insecurity.
What the above tells us, the initiated, is that TeamFrancis think in terms of NARRATIVES and counter-NARRATIVES. Therefore Francis, through his proxies is admitting that he is in fact a post-Modernist.
This is HISTORIC!
By extension, the significance of the above is that now Francis’ proxies have provided us with confirmation of the PROPER and CORRECT framework through which we can read Francis.
And it’s not Benedict, but rather Derrida.
But I digress…
And as my long time readers know, what defines a post-Modernist is a person who sees the world in terms of fractioned special interest (identity) groups, who in turn produce their foundational NARRATIVES, which then battle it out in a Hobbesian battlefield of identity groups. These identity groups do not dialogue, because the post-Modernists don’t believe in dialogue. Therefore, it is just one big struggle for POWER and the winning identity group, with their winning NARRATIVE, takes it all.
As for the rest of the unlucky identity groups and their NARRATIVES, they are subjugated. Hmmm…. where have I read that before? Why yes, here.
But just in case you dear readers need a refresher, here is Dr. Jordan Peterson to explain the post-Modernist mindset:
Now for the Mullarkey response. What is of critical significance in the Mullarkey response is that she names post-Modernism and by extension the Francis post-Modernists for what they are, and she names them in the third paragraph. Here is that passage:
On exhibit in this chosen opener is the post-modern denial of the existence of objective reality. The past’s own utterances are not steadfast. The truth of them, like that of any text, is unfixed, determined by current ideological needs.
What we see therefore is that Mullarkey understands the foundational “philosophy” read ideology upon which the Francis proxies Spadaro/Figueroa constructed their document and criticises that document in its proper CONTEXT.
On a more general note, the significance of this OCCURRENCE is that the Mullarkey response is an example (the first that I have come across) where individual Catholic authors are beginning to use the proper philosophical/ideological “template” through which Francis must be read and understood.
If the above is more than just an isolate incident of a Catholic writer using the post-Modernist “template” to understand and explain the “product” produced by TeamFrancis, and other writers begin to reference the post-Modernist underlying ideology of this pseudo-intellectual gibberish, we will obtain a powerful weapon to counteract this rubbish and re-orient the collective Catholic thought process onto a footing based in OBJECTIVE REALITY.
And this in turn will be lethal not only for TeamFrancis and FrancisCurch in general, but also lethal to the post-concicliar sect that has taken over the Bride of Christ during this “new springtime of the ‘spirit’ of Vatican II”.
Leaving off before my vacation, I will end with another Jordan Peterson video on post-Modernism.