Francis, apparently, isn’t the Only Weasel in the Amazon
an Amazonian woman breast-feeding
a weasel ... while inattentive to her own child. The analogy
could not be more apposite ... or more clear.
not entirely “the Amazonian Face”, this photograph standing
in front of the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina
in Rome — and within it — may be very appropriately called the
Poster-Weasel of the Amazon Synod. This is not merely the depiction
of a woman in an incomprehensibly primitive and behaviorally regressive
society — for women, by and large, in any culture, any civilization,
any minimally-construed society do not breast-feed wildlife, let
alone large rodents. It is an analogy for Francis as the
proto-naturalist of the papacy for whom God is an aside to nature.
Nature — not God
— is our teacher and the enchiridion of all things moral. We
must delve into nature in its myriad facets as a sorcerer
delves into alchemy, seeking to extract a wisdom wiser than God,
a narrative closer to man than his Creator. It is perhaps possible
(Photoshop aside) that such things happen and are considered as
normal as copulating with an animal. In the dark corners of the
world and the most perverse recesses of the human psyche such things
possibly happen. But, thankfully, they are not normative,
let alone paradigmatic. We recoil in disgust from this image.
This is the
result of Francis’s pathological obsession with nature-in-any-form-or-state-other-than-recognizably-human;
an obsession that is integral to an ideology which
cannot be reconciled with any coherent concept of civilization
— an epithet in Francis’s lexicon — let alone Catholicism
(even if it is nominally somewhere in his job-description).
It is the exaltation of nature (The Amazonian Face
— or Breast, as the case may be) to the exclusion of grace, and
quite possibly sanity. It is the child — not the weasel —
that belongs on his mother's breast, deserves her attention, needs
her nourishment — but she is as careless of the child entrusted
to her as Francis is of Catholics entrusted to him.
The poster above is
the emblematic reductio ad absurdam of Francis’s pontificate
— a pontificate that must be understood as the ineluctable Post-Catholicism
of the Post-Conciliar (Vatican II) Church: a descent into
madness. The abjuration of God and the capitulation to the World
seldom ends in anything less than madness — except (and much to
the point) in eschatological terms, where the result is something
far worse and lasting.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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