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Information Overload and the Memory Hole
The past few months in the U.S. and abroad have flown by at almost supersonic speeds. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because of the incredible number of developments in world politics and religion, coupled with the overwhelming tidal wave of information inundating us in our media-saturated world. According to Quora, a popular Q&A website, the average daily edition of The New York Times is around 150,000 words. It’s twice that number on Sundays. Now, if you can read 300 words per minute and don’t need to eat, drink, get up to stretch, etc., you could finish that Sunday newspaper in roughly 16.7 hours. It would take 2.7 days to read all The New York Times papers published in a week. Now, add to that every other newspaper, television show, talk radio show, news blog, Twitter, and books coming out every week, and it becomes immediately clear how serious our hyperactive, gluttonous information consumption problem is.
The sheer volume and frequency of distractions, dings, updates, notifications and disruptions in the modern world has literally re-wired our brains and given rise to the phenomenon of the “Memory Hole”. The Memory Hole is defined as “an imaginary place where inconvenient or unpleasant information is put and quickly forgotten.”
Some things over the past few months that have been thrown down the Memory Hole include:
•An incident at YouTube, where a woman (resettled in the U.S. as a refugee), disgruntled with YouTube’s practices of limiting the reach of certain posts, shot and wounded 3 YouTube staffers before killing herself.
•The detention of Brittany Pettibone, a young Traditional Catholic and Identitarian activist, along with Martin Sellner; and a few days later, the detention and interrogation of Lauren Southern under the “Article 7 Terrorism Act” in the United Kingdom for handing out satirical flyers that said “Allah is a gay god,” which is tantamount to the enforcement of Islamic blasphemy laws in the U.K.
•The rise of the #120db movement in Europe, started by victims of rape (some as young as 11 and 12 years old) who have been assaulted by migrants. This issue barely even made a blip on the radar in the States, no doubt, because the narrative has been deemed “Islamophobic” and thus counter-productive to the leftist push for migrant resettlement.
And last but not least, of course, the Pope’s scandalous comments to Italian reporter Eugenio Scalfari – now dubbed “HellGate” – have likewise been thrown down the Memory Hole, after about 24 hours of discussion in the mainstream media. All of these stories are going to be critical to understanding and framing our discussion on some comments made in the Pope’s latest “Apostolic Exhortation” (whatever that means, these days) Gaudete et Exultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.
Hell Does Exist, But Only for People Like Me
There is obviously a truckload of problems with this new exhortation (Christopher Ferrara recently exposed a number of them), but there are two paragraphs, in particular, that caught my eye (and raised my blood pressure to dangerous levels): Paragraphs 102 and 115.
Only two weeks have gone by since Pope Francis “allegedly” (I use this term quite loosely, in light of certain evidence) stated that Hell doesn’t exist, and that the souls of the damned just “disappear” and dissolve into oblivion. And now, apparently by some new “revelation” (from the infamous “God of Surprises”), Pope Francis has reversed course, deciding that Hell does exist, but only for people like me (a traditionalist, “neo-Pelagian”, “xenophobic”, “hate-filled” “Islamophobe”). Here is the applicable paragraph from Gaudete et Exultate:
115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped… The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jam. 3:6).
If people like Chris Ferrara, Steve Skojec, Matt Gaspers, etc. are going to Hell for speaking the truth, at least I’ll be in good company.
Of particular interest is the phrase “unacceptable in public discourse,” which is tantamount to saying “politically incorrect speech.” Political Correctness is, of course, a Marxist tool, a defensive measure, and the counterpart to Critical Theory, the offensive tool of Cultural Marxism. Both of these tools – Political Correctness and Critical Theory – were developed by rabid anti-Catholics at the behest of Vladimir Lenin, under the watchful eye of György Lukács and the Frankfurt School of Marxist philosophers.
The kind of speech Pope Francis believes is “unacceptable in public discourse” includes things like “Allah is a gay god,” “Europe should not become Islamic,” “Muslim rape and grooming gangs are a problem,” and of course, “The Pope is promoting heresy”. Mind you, we have professors running around the country like Dr. Tat siong Benny Liew, the Chair of New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts (a Jesuit School), who actively claims that Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, was a "gay, genderfluid drag king who…" (the rest is too obscene to reprint). I mean, I cringe even just retyping that grotesque headline from Pink News. And yet, the Pope remains silent on Professor Liew, not to mention on the notorious heretic and homosexualist Fr. James Martin, S.J.
So, are Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern going to Hell for essentially taking the same headline and running a social experiment on the streets of London, replacing Jesus with Allah? In Pope Francis’ world, definitely. It’s interesting to note that this trio was only able to conduct their experiment for a few minutes before Muslims on the streets of London became so irate that the police told Southern to shut down their booth and pack up their materials; otherwise, their safety could not be guaranteed. On the first Easter Sunday, the Apostles were in hiding for “fear of the Jews” (John 20:19). Today, we are being told to hide for fear of the Muslims.
The Migrant Crisis
Returning to the Pope’s exhortation, the migrant crisis is specifically mentioned in paragraph 102:
102. We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when He tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome Him (cf. Matt. 25:35)? Saint Benedict did so readily, and though it might have “complicated” the life of his monks, he ordered that all guests who knocked at the monastery door be welcomed “like Christ”, with a gesture of veneration; the poor and pilgrims were to be met with “the greatest care and solicitude”.
This paragraph, for me, is one of the most offensive and ignorant things the Pope has ever stated, and yes, for me this surpasses “HellGate”.
By some incredibly false line of reasoning, the Pope tries to draw an equivalence between ending abortion and accepting migrants in our Western countries to the point of “veneration”. This is something any sane Catholic must reject out of hand, as the sin of abortion (i.e. murder) cries to Heaven for vengeance, whereas the national defense of a country against foreign invaders (with whom Catholics have been at war for over a millennia) is not only a right but a duty of civil authorities. Protecting our sons and daughters from rape gangs (whose members, at least in the U.K., overwhelmingly share Middle-Eastern/migrant backgrounds) is not an act of hatred or violence, but an act of love for our children. If rejecting such migrants would mean a substantial drop in these and other heinous crimes (e.g. murders, stabbings, acid attacks, bombings), it seems a “no-brainer” to keep them out. These things are not minor “complications” in any way comparable to the “complications” the monks at St. Benedict’s monastery had to deal with.
When we allow these Muslim migrants into our Western countries, we are inviting not our “brothers and sisters” (as the Pope would have us believe), but an invading force of anti-Christian hoards, who worship a false “god” (ultimately, the devil – see Psalm 95:5) and ever more rapidly erode the Christian roots of our already decaying cultures.
To say that Jesus “demands of us” a warm reception and veneration of these Islamic migrants (whose stated goal is to turn Europe into a caliphate) is tantamount to blasphemy.
We must reject these suicidal notions of “tolerance” being propagated by the radical Left, including even the current Pope. We must defend our divinely revealed Catholic Faith. We must protect our countries from being subdued by these foreign invaders. And finally, we must not forget that a good defense requires a strong offense, which means once again Christianizing our countries and actively fighting for the Social Kingship of Christ in all of our affairs.
Do not allow this self-described “revolutionary” Pope to continue aiding in the brainwashing of our real Christian brothers and sisters, and do not be afraid to take a stand for God and Country. Failure to do so will result in Western Civilization itself being thrown down the Memory Hole.