is greater than space
other Philosophical Absurdities
A Clouded Mind
“Time 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,
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 profoundly arranged words that possess what can be called
merely the impression 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.
“Cool” to me!
is 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. What results is evidence of a clouded mind
radicated in ideology — not theology. 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
first principle for progress in building a people: time is greater
and power are preferred to time and processes”
governs spaces ...
time is greater than space …
are troubling because they are indicative of a deeply troubled mind;
a mind that can no longer differentiate between the logical and the
At last 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
It cannot 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 — the lesser who make
Now, 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.
The marrow of the bone?
There is none. It is empty.
In fact, 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 subvert them.
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 eternity.
Good heavens, man, read
your job description!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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