Quotations from Chairman
“Time is greater than space”
and other Philosophical Nonsense
is greater than space”
mantra appears to be quite compelling to Francis:
he includes it in his First Encyclical Lumen Fidei, his second,
Laudato Si, and in its latest iteration within Amoris Laetitia
— all deeply defective and ultimately superficial documents.
The slogan — for that is
the greatest intellectual charity we can ascribe it — is, in two words,
intellectual nonsense. It does not even attain to being called
spurious, for spurious statements can still be logical —
albeit untrue — statements: however shabby their integrity they are comprehensible:
they can be understood — and because they can be understood they can
be logically examined — and discredited. Nevertheless, they are, at
the very least, plausible statements.
I wish to be unsparingly
clear: the mantra, “Time is greater than space”, or
“Time is always much greater than space” (you choose the magnitude)
is a conjunction of pleasantly arranged words that possess what can
be called the pathos of meaning — without possessing any substance.
That is to say, it “sounds nice” and appears “profound”
but only for a millisecond and beyond that only to minds incapable of
parsing words into something logically consistent. It would appear that
Francis is convinced that the more he utters it, the more credibility
it will somehow acquire; that if he says it often enough it will become
logical. It certainly appears to be the case for at least
one deacon who, through profusion of words, adds not a whit of clarity
to the argument. “our
Holy Father is a process-starter and not a space-dominator”.
Indeed. It is not helpful to the assessment of the mentality of Catholics
to have official nonsense carefully explained by reiterating the nonsense
verbatim — to clarify what cannot attain to clarity.
Sounds “Cool” to
not to say that it is without merit: it “sounds cool” and, as I had
said, “very profound”. In fact you can utter it, too! That
is essential to the Slogan: anyone can utter it — and sound
“cool and profound” … until the deeply embarrassing moment when he is
asked to explain it. If you nevertheless subscribe to slogans
as principles to live by, then Chairman Francis is your man. Do
you wish to add to your repertoire? Here are others, courtesy of Francis:
“Space hardens processes”
“a first principle for progress in building a people:
time is greater than space.”
“spaces and power are preferred to time and processes”
“Time governs spaces ... What we need, then, is to give priority
to actions which generate new processes in society and engage other
persons and groups who can develop them to the point where
they bear fruit in significant historical events.
“Since “time is greater
than space … this does not preclude various ways of interpreting
some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from
we arrive at Francis’s ultimate goal; a goal he strives for through
sloganeering because it is not attainable through reason and not subject
to logic. It is an open effort, not just to mitigate, but
to abolish doctrine as fixed and immutable — in other words
as intractable to Francis’s will. Francis increasingly
appears to want sovereign, absolute, and discretionary control over
doctrine, dogma, and ultimately, Sacred Scripture itself. This is delusional.
happen because God will not let it happen — and somehow Francis fails
to recognize this. Every reign ends. Every Roman sovereign who has descended
into dictator has succumbed; Commodus, Nero, Domitian — and others —
the lesser who make themselves greater.
if you say the sort of things that Francis does, you will definitely cause
some people to deem you quite
bright — and others to question your sanity. The point is this: you
have caused them to try to sort out what cannot possibly be logically
indexed. You have presented them with, what in philosophy, is called
a “surd”: something not susceptible to reason, logic, and understanding.
You have given them a bone to chew on. Nothing more.
of the bone? There is none. It is vacant.
as utterly vacant as the consistent absence of reason and logic
in the chaotic verbal episodes of Francis — especially at an altitude
of 35,000 feet.
Doctrine and Dogma will not change because they cannot
change — despite the desperate efforts of Francis to
It is of the
scope and competence of a Catholic pope to address things of far
greater — and lasting —significance than space and time — such as
Good heavens, man, read your job
for the Boston Catholic Journal
February 1, 2018
Space and Time in rational discourse see: