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1/ It came to me very clearly while writing about the #consistentethic and #Catholics this morning.

The consistent ethic, on one view, sought to join what we might call 'sexual morality' to 'social morality,' our concern abt #abortion to other issues.
2/ Bernardin hoped a call for consistency would bring together these strands of what the #CatholicChurch teaches us.

The divisions that would thwart him already existed in 1983 when he proposed the consistent ethic. But there would be other problems.
3/ Following the cues offered by JP2's curia (to a lesser degree JP2 himself), US #Catholic bishops went a different way emphasizing sexual morality & #abortion as a preeminent priority while claiming the consistent ethic unpersuasively & keeping social morality in the backseat.
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I am not a #Christian; my friend Chara (who writes at @KrisAtLarge) is Catholic—albeit a heretical one—but I am no "believer". as I've said, I tend to leave religion to others.

all the same, it's tough *not* to have opinions about #Christianity—we're inundated with it.

in the United States especially, right-wing politics—which infallibly promotes an extremist and hyperpoliticized form of #Christianity—pours enormous effort and money into publicizing #Christian political demands.

@GOP politics and Bible-bashing are practically the same.

in fact, it seems like *all* public spokespersons for Christianity in the U.S. are political figures. #Christian @GOP politicians and activists and corporate executives proudly proclaim their purpose in public office to be the promotion of "Jesus" and "faith" and "values".

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there's a legalistic definition of "sanity" that runs something like, "sanity is when a human being can tell right from wrong".

in other words, "sanity" in this legalistic view is equated with *morality*. to be "insane", by this rule, is to be incapable of moral behavior.

there's many reasons why I myself detest this equation of sanity with morality—in general, the demands of Western "criminal justice" have exerted an insidious corrupting influence upon #psychology and #psychiatry, warping them into tools for oppression and incarceration.

but the chief problem with "sanity = morality" is that it's absurd and contradictory. one may be insane and still moral; one may be sane and immoral.

and it's *this phenomenon* I wish to discuss here: the sane, immoral person. the @dalepartridge, the @MattWalshBlog.

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there's a famous novel that amounts to a scathing indictment of reactionary #Christian values. those values are shown to be incompatible with a free and happy society. instead they lead to grinding toil, squalor, surveillance, and violent punishment for trivial heresies.

I refer of course to George Orwell's novel "1984", in which #Christianity plays a fascinating role. it's not *absent*, even though the leaden tyranny of "Big Brother" is nominally atheistic. in "1984", Christianity creeps round the edges—and it's a tool for the oppressors.

let's start with Carrington, the undercover "Thought Police" officer who tricks first Winston Smith, then Julia, with his imitation of a dotty curio-shop owner.

Carrington plays his part superbly. probably he's genuinely fond of his junk store, even though it's a "prop".

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oh right. I was going to say something about "God"—the being whom right-wing Christians seem to worship, the "God" who seems like so much *smaller* a thing than a truly omnipotent Creator—and how He's a demonstrably loyal friend to authoritarians and bloodstained tyrants.

#Christianity was permanently warped by its growth medium—the authoritarian and bureaucratic structures of Roman rule. Rome was a harsh and brutal state; "Western civilization", #Christian civilization, continues to imitate the tyrannical Roman model to this very day.

not once has "the West" ever lost its fondness for rule by absolute monarchy. right-wing blowhards like @DouthatNYT and @MattWalshBlog reflexively fall at the feet of every military strongman or corporate dictator or @GOP politician in whom they sense Great Man potential.

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okay, time to wind down.

incidentally we've been watching the 2006 documentary film "Jesus Camp" intermittently today. we've only watched forty minutes so far; it's upsetting material. right-wing #Christianity is an upsetting thing to deal with; just ask the *victims*.

@dalepartridge, whom I've given special attention this day (the feast day of St. Agnes—but that's just a coincidence; also it's #NationalHuggingDay) might be attempting to console himself with imagining that I'm a mere vengeful *victim* of right-wing Christianity. I'm not.

I'm an apostate #Catholic whose personal experience of Catholicism was in fact rather mild and not without its positive qualities...though there was also a lot of sadness and disappointment. I wanted to reach out to God. I reached out and felt...a void. mournful emptiness.

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(1/23) This thread is mainly addressed to my #German followers, but it could also be interesting for those who always wanted to know how Germany could become the most culturally leftist country on the European continent. Accordingly, this thread is a #political #commentary by me.
(2/23) It is about the historical personality of the first post-war chancellor, Konrad Adeneauer. I also would like to finally dispel a myth that still plagues German conservatives, by which I do not mean recationaries, but all those who do not want to destroy their own country.
(3/23) This myth is the myth of the "good old", #50s and #60s, #CDU (Christian Democratic Party) and the question of what role a post-war #Germany could have played if #Adenauer and his party had not made completely wrong decisions about essential political directions.
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Busting a myth promoted by #Catholic missionaries about Bharatnatyam.
British seized the temples and called Bharat Natyam dancers as "temple prostitutes".
A small thread today busting the secular, catholic and colonial narrative. Image
In 1910 British Government banned the performance of Bharat Natyam in the temples as an assault on the indigenous culture and push for mass conversions into Christianity.
The supposed reason for banning was the effort of a missionary organization which started anti dance movement in 1892. As per the petition made by the missionaries, Bharatnatyam is " debased erotic culture of slavery to idols and priests." Image
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#Catholic Saint Thread, 6th January; André of Montreal, born Alfred Bessette, Saint André of Montreal was revered for his miraculous healings. Illness followed André throughout his life, such that he was once rejected from the Congregation of the Holy Cross due to his frailty.
1/ At the insistence of the Archbishop at the time, he was later accepted, taking the name Brother André. The greatest focus of Andrés work in the church was to care for the sick and he quickly became known for his miraculous oil healings.
2/ André was deeply devoted to Saint Joseph and would often recommend prayer to Saint Joseph to those who came to him for healing. His popularity as a healer grew over time, to the point that he received tens of thousands of letters each year from those seeking cures.
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incidentally, this issue to which I allude in my little analysis of one of Jordan Peterson's diagrams—this issue of where Daughters are supposed to come from, if there's only one Father who only wants a Son—is central to the fundamental *absurdity* of #Christian monism.

the scheme is oversimplified to the point of inanity—so fixedly insistent upon the primacy of masculinity to the point that there's *no room* for more than token representation of femininity, as one sees with reactionary expulsion of the Blessed Mary from #Christian canon.

even the #Catholic Church, the Church of the @Pontifex, would rather not that Catholics talked too loudly about the Blessed Mary. they've guiltily permitted some folk worship of Mary, in various aspects—otherwise their dour, manly faith would have had little mass appeal.

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THREAD; John Nepomucene Neumann. Born in Europe to German/Czech parents, John Nepomucene was named after the patron saint of Bohemia and was destined to enter the church. #Catholic
1/ The Austro-Hungarian government suspended ordinations, however, so in 1836, John emigrated to the United States in order to undertake missionary work.
2/ He was ordained within three weeks of arriving Manhattan and joined the Redemptorist Order - the first American priest to do so - in 1842, meanwhile preaching to fellow immigrants in New York State, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
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Thursday, January 5th, 2023.

In Memoriam, Pope Emeritus #BenedettoXVI #BenedictXVI.

#Catholic #Christianity ✝️🛐☦️…
Psalms 23:1-3 (KJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

✝️☦️ #PopeBenedictXVI #BenedettoXVI #Catholic
Psalms 23:4-5(KJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod & thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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THREAD; Elizabeth Ann Seton, Widow & founder - Patron Saint of Catholic schools, seafarers, widows, loss of a child or parent, Shreveport; Louisiana and the State of Maryland.

How many of American #Catholic Twitter know about Elizabeth Ann Seton?
1/ Elizabeth Ann Seton, regarded as creator of the US Catholic parochial school system, Elizabeth Ann Seton is the earliest born of the American saints. Elizabeth was raised in a wealthy Episcopalian family, and married a merchant when she was 20, raising five children.
2/ She became involved in charitable social work and set up the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows and Children in 1797 but her husband suddenly became bankrupt and then she herself was widowed.
Read 5 tweets's the interesting thing about @MattWalshBlog's fascɪstic desire to want armed government thugs doing crimes against anyone who doesn't meet up with Walsh's (or @bindelj's) rigorous standards in "biologically correct" clothing and deportment. it's a fascinating thing.
it's this: @MattWalshBlog is an admitted paedophıle. oh, he wouldn't put it to himself in *exactly* such terms, but he's been a stout defender of #Catholic priestly paedophılia, he's defended other known paedophıles like @joshduggar, and he talks eagerly of impregnating children.
@MattWalshBlog KNOWS that he's exactly the sort of person whom he spends his public career making noise about: he's someone who wants to have sex with children.

and he thinks he has an answer to this problem, a *cure*—institute violent government punishment of "perverts".
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1/ I am alert to the insistent appropriation of "ideology" as a sort of tell here. It signals a lack of confidence that I think insidiously nags #Catholic bishops on #gender identity questions. It poses them with a problem. Spare me a moment to say why.…
2/ It comes to this—the science is becoming quite clear that #gender is understood best as 2 clusters of characteristics we draw from, not a strict binary. We often draw characterictics from both clusters even if one clearly predominates.
3/ This view is supported in multiple peer-reviewed studies by reputable scientists in reputable publications. Gender is part chromosomal and part in utero hormonal, and this has consequences for our development: it is part of how we become who we are.
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1/19 “The most brutal crimes are committed by #Chechens. Inhuman cruelty is not a Russian tradition". The leader of the #Vatican Jorge Mario Bergoglio (aka Francis, aka #Pope of Rome) made a statement shocking in its falsity and abomination.
2/19 In an interview with #America Magazine, the Jesuit announced that, it turns out, "the most brutal crimes in #Ukraine are committed by #Chechens and Buryats, because inhuman cruelty is not a #Russian tradition."
3/19 At the same time, the #Catholic priest explained his unwillingness to directly accuse #Russia of invading #Ukraine by the fact that it is "already clear." And he tries "not to specify, so as not to offend ... It is not necessary that I put the name and surname."
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1)#M23 is accusing the Congolese government of gathering the Tutsi in Masisi area at parishes & hospitals!It means #Rwanda is letting everyone know that it's Congo that gathered the Tutsi there.Then later if they are massacred they will blame the govt and say they had planned it! Image
2)Prior to the 1994 genocide,Kagame's RPF already alerted the Tutsi that something bad was about to happen & that the safest place was to be at catholic churches!Later it was actually discovered it was a way to easily kill them in masses using their inflitrates in #Interahamwe!
3)It was important so that they can #revenge on the #catholic church and tarnish them because they played a role in the fall of the 1959 #monarch. Another thing was to #divide the church and weaken it. The #unity among Christians was threat their #satanic regime!
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As a follow-up to my article on the #WorldCup2022 for @PillarCatholic, a couple of notes on religious aspects of this tournament.…
1. This is the first time the World Cup is being played in a Muslim country, and only the second outside of the traditionally Christian world. The first was South Korea & Japan in 2002.
2. 2002 also marked the furthest a traditionally Muslim country ever progressed in the World Cup, with #Turkey placing 3rd, after beating South Korea in a very exciting game.
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To comprehend fully the gross folly into which our US bishops have led the #Catholic Church, sit on the Feast of #ChristTheKing in a mostly empty sanctuary listening to the embarrassingly flowery language of the 2011 Roman Missal.

The absurd collision of the...
...triumphally sacral vernacular with so many empty pews, the energy level that rivals chair aerobics at Casa Tranquila while we 'glory in obedience to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe,' is a lot of dissonance to process.

This is a result of choices, mostly...
...choices like the Missal that stepped back from renewing the #Catholic church after #Vatican2 and deliberately took the church out of our lived experience (except when it's time to remember our true King insists we vote GOP).

We have clarified that we should refrain from...
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Judiciary Sold its Soul! Adv Mihir Desai, #LiveLaw's @manuvichar arranged seminar to intimidate Judges for refusing bail to #DelhiRiots accused, still SC refused to grant contempt of court permission to #LRO!
Now Adv Desai secured bail to #Naxal Teltumbade @KirenRijiju +
Adv Mihir Desai who along with #LiveLaw's @manuvichar openly threatened judges n courts for not granting bail to #DelhiRiots accused Jihadis is also defending nationwide #Pentecostal Church run pe*dophilic Se*x racket at Bombay HC; isn't it shocking? Whom paid his costly fees? +
Another dreaded Naxal Gautam Navlakha granted bail on medical ground; interestingly medical report was prepared by doctor of Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai who is Navlakha's brother-in-law; when @NIA_India consul pointed it out, court abused NIA n refused to stay bail! @gemsofcourts +
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Any super wealthy feminists out there who want to help @AOC due this deranged, lying #Catholic #ManchildinAMiter for defamation? She did not say this. The #VaticanCrimeSyndicate has a lot of money! #ChristoFascism #Misogyny @Pontifex
2/This Roman Catholic prelate has not only defined a member of congress; he has also used his pulpit to electioneer, which is a violation of US Tax law. > Image
3/Please report his malfeasance.…
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1/ Here is an #ElectionDay thread about #Catholics and #democracy. You should read it all but here is the TLDR headline: Catholics have done our part to bring US politics to this point, and we need to fix it.

Let's begin with a long view.
2/ The #CatholicChurch spent 1900 years avoiding #democracy, quite comfortable with empire and monarchy. The closest the church ever got was the Council of Basel (1431-1449) that followed something like democratic procedure to challenge papal supremacy, suggested a conciliar...
3/ ...approach to the governance of the church. It did not succeed.

A century earlier Marsiglio of Padua had praised ideas very close to popular sovereignty & he remained "the accursed Marsiglio" into the 19th century.

Very little in Catholicism has pointed to #democracy.
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1/ I've responded 2x today to #Catholics whose shared premise seems to be that outward performance & practice is a good measure of the #CatholicChurch's success.

And I think this pathology sits deep in the church—

2/ 'If people fulfill their obligation & show up, the #CatholicChurch is successful.'

I think this approach to inner spiritual conversion as a factory production problem needs serious, sustained attention.

So much of our #Catholic life is built to produce this attitude.
3/ All the incentives & structures of diocesan churches point that way—Oct counts, collection totals, school headcounts, etc. are perceived measures of vitality.

They're not.

They leave wholly unconsidered the question of whether #Catholics are converted by the Gospel.
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(1/9) Since I have read the last few days some discussions:
I always like to remember that the #Catholic Church has damaged my country for the last 1200 years at a stretch. For me, as a #German, Martin #Luther and Lutheran #Protestantism is a piece of #liberation for my country.
(2/9) Why I don't like the Catholic Church that much in return:

I. Walk to Canossa, destruction of earliest German central state efforts
II. Beheading of Conradin, destruction of German imperial nobility
III. Delegitimization of the Teutonic Knights and their eastern settlement
IV. Trade in indulgences: monetary gain in northern Europe to finance the cultural flowering of Italy
V. Catholic Italianization of the southern German-speaking area, pushing back the German-speaking area from Verona to the Salurn Pass
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