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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE MOVIE "SPOTLIGHT"



Father Joseph Ratzinger AKA Pope Benedict XVI in 1969: "The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning."




The female reporter in the excellent movie Spotlight briefly interviewes an accused former
priest named Father Panquin.  Panquin calmly admits everything he was accused of.  The
depicted aging priest claims he got no pleasure from multiple molestations.  Before he
was stopped from talking further he matter of factly and mechanically mentions that he
was also raped when young.  And what does that scene and this topic have to do with anything?

Why was this scene specifically included in the movie?  What was being said?  Was it merely
dramatic Hollywood provocation describing an unofficial method of recruitment?  The Church's
molestation syndrome certainly went beyond the availability of stimulant drugs like pot, meth
amphetamines and cocaine.  Beyond suppressed sexuality and dumb occult-like mechanical
methods of recruiting future priests.

The Catholic Church as everyone knows reached unprecedented ricihes in post emigrant
America.  Enter a self-imposed karmic wheel that included reporters, lawyers and the
institution itself at all levels.

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis is still very formidable as it should be.  Pope Francis
has reported that his will be a short rein due to health problems.  The previous Pope, Pope
Benedict, was acting as Pope long before his formal election.  Conservatives are unfortunately
still very much still in control.

I had a talk with a dying priest, Father Philip around 2009.  In response to my then feeble
questions about the Knights of Columbus he said the following regarding real world
methods used by the bagmen of the Catholic Church, the people who make the real
estate deals and magically come up with large sums when needed.  Here was his response
as a veteran priest: "They have their own agenda that is not part of any religion."  Was
this priest talk to pacify me?

Some weeks later in one of his last sermons this priest sounded very much in control saying,
"watch out for those who value piety over people."  IOW, watch out for ultra-orthodox
regardless of faith or ideology.  Islamic or Christian.  Pius X, Pastor John Hagee or
Messianic Zionists.  The latter two seem to be enjoying a political ideological merger
of convenience.

Conservative defenders to the death of the Catholic Church haven't seen their day come
and go with the emergence of Pope Francis.  Just the opposite.  As always they see
themselves as being vindicated and redeemed.  Conservatives in the U.S. now count
themselves as among the persecuted.  Persecuted by whom?  They are persecuted and
offended by everything including the so-called "homosexual agenda" and what is said
to be the resulting workplace discrimination in academia and elsewhere.  No one
should have to endure Rod Dreher and his sufferings in the old Pat Buchanan rag that
tried and failed to revive itself, The American Conservative.

In summery, public ridicule and persecution, real or imagined, has always been seen 
by the religious as a badge of honor.  The Church isn't the only one operating in this mode.  
In other sections I go into my views on institutions and religious celebrities who in my view 
deliberately invite public ridicule.  The Church has done the same.  It sees and feeds 
into geopolitical events that are said to resemble that which occurred before WWI and II. 

Women and minorities both racial and sexual are having their deserved day in and
out of the media.  In my view media outlets like the Huffington Post go beyond
caricature into the void when it comes to reporting on transgender Cait Jenner
Room 101 gender bending politics.  Clickbait political identity sensationalists of
the right or left won't miss my readership.  HuffPo political ravings are only a vague
description of the real world or real world politics.  At the same time they're head
and shoulders preferable to their right wing counterparts in the fear and doom
always at war lock and load NRA cliché departments.

In times of mixed gender and abortion cultural upheaval, extreme reactionaries have
taken control of of the U.S. Congress and at the same time do everything but stand
on their heads in attempts to portray themselves as being among the religious and
ideologically oppressed from all sides not in Syria or Iraq but in this country.

Imagine a President Trump or ANY Republican POTUS leading a Republican
Congressional majority and appointing now Sen. Ted Cruz to fill a SCOTUS spot?
We don't have to imagine.  Hillary Clinton was the only one who could upset this
impossible to conceive right wing winner-take-all political scenario.  She would
also endure non-stop comittee and impeachment hearings and possible political
blackmail by Republican majorities.  Trump isn't Hitler, he's Republican.

Someone like the right wing Bishop Fellay (great name) of Canada probably longs 
for the 1940's and 50's with the world digging out of WWII when people like him 
and the infamous Father Coughlin ran the (radio) show.  He and the Church would
routinely get away with neurosis passing for truth. 

The Bishop probably remembers 1955 like it was yesterday 
longing for a "good old 
fashion" Old Testament devastation in dropping the big one and start over for that 
time honored reborn renewal. 

Fellay, like Mel Gibson, probably invites public ridicule.  Maybe he, like so many 
right wing extremists, longs for a drugged up Air Force Missileer (as recently happened) 
or drunken Russian pressing the red button "doing God's will" upstaging the Iranians 
and giving Islamists and Christian fundamentalists everywhere their final hair trigger
bombs away" Dr. Strangelove moment of eschatological release.  It makes no difference
if you actually believe what you say, just keep repeating repeating and do what you're told.
Do what you're told.  Do what you're.... even if you don't have to be told.  It would be funny
if the unpossible turned out true.  That they're all taking on assigned roles and are all
the same post human gestalt entity.  Truly terrifying.  Thank goodness that's one thing
"we", don't have to worry about.  What a relief.  And guess what?  Mel Gibson is
back and approaching Hollywood respectability in an era of seemingly manufactured
Trump reality.  There's hope for all of us.


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