Demagogues of Despair, please be advised…

Matthew 16 – “18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not PREVAIL against it. 19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

The Greek word for prevail in this famous passage is κατισχύω (katischuo), and means “to overpower or get the upper hand”.

All orthodox Catholics accept Our Lord’s words here, and yet it has become fashionable for some time now to honor His promise in the breach by saying that “the Church [or the Roman See] has been hijacked.” Well, as they used to say on the old Laugh-In, “Very interesting… but stupid.”

Here is one standard definition of the word “hijack”:

“To seize control of (a moving vehicle [such as an ark]) by use of force, especially in order to reach an alternate destination.”

Thus, we might just as easily render the Lord’s promise as, “Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not HIJACK it.”

Do with these facts what you will. But please, let us do away with the Demagoguery of Despair, if for no other reason than that despair is a mortal sin.

P.S. For extra points, let us ponder whether or not the liturgy falls under those astounding provisos in verse 19, and if not, why not.


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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9 Responses to Demagogues of Despair, please be advised…

  1. Vatican 1 infallibly taught that the See of Peter- and it alone – would preserve the truth and not fall into error but there is no promise the rest of the Church will not go to Hell.

    And, M.J. does not feel despair (even though he, admittedly, flirts with sedevacanatism now and then) but great anger at what the modernists and their new faith has gone to my Church.

    Who’n’hell do those arrogant bast ds think they are changing my church – it i just as much mine as it is theirs

  2. Indeed. Let the shadowy bastids die in their craftiness! And I flirt with the same, but we all gots t’get along somehow.

  3. Dear B.C. M.J. can not dismiss the possibility that The Holy Ghost has had a part to play in the online synaxis of Catholic Traditionalists (if only as a consolation for what has been allowed to happen in our Church) where one can make contact with the like-minded and support and learn from each other and pray for each other and their families.

    M.J. regularly prays for several yards and their famiies of the finds them men of high character and quality christians…

    Of course, we trads exist in a valley of tears but at least the tears can be used to move us along the narrow road of salvation. And if one is not weeping at what is happening, one is a fool..

  4. M.J. regularly prays for several trads and their families and he finds them men of high character and quality christians…

    Man o man, my software program is bathetic – it routinely makes changes in my typing that make no sense

  5. “it routinely makes changes in _____ that make no sense”

    Sounds like a pope I know.

  6. c matt says:

    So how does “won’t hijack” sit with 2 Thessolonians 2:4 (man of iniquity sitting in the temple of God)?


    Vatican 1 teaches infallibly that the See of Peter will never fail

  8. c matt says:

    Fantastic resource MJY, Thanks!

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