Head on over to One Peter Five to read part two of an essay series I’m working on: “The Modern Crisis of Authority and the Abiding Prowess of the Papacy, Part II“.
Here’s an excerpt:
The mark of authority is ordered stability, while, by contrast, charismatic dynamism produces relentless motion and change, driven by “a sudden [tragicomic]yearning to be attractive to all”. As Orwell warns, “the decline of a language … is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form.” As G. K. Chesterton similarly warned in 1922, “Evil always takes advantage of ambiguity.” Thus did Pope Paul VI declare, “The least inexactitude, the smallest lapse, in the mouth of a Pope is intolerable.”