Wash up, time to eat! My latest at OnePeterFive.com – @OnePeterFive

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.”

Happy reading.


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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5 Responses to Wash up, time to eat! My latest at OnePeterFive.com – @OnePeterFive

  1. Murray says:

    I really enjoyed this article. It rises above the (necessary but wearisome) genre of simply analyzing the steady stream of malapapalisms in order to provide a very helpful historical context. As you point out, Francis is just the culmination–Pray, let him be the culmination!–of some much longer-term trends.

  2. Branch says:

    Just curious, and I don’t mean to derail this post, if you have come to any conclusions regarding the newest Doctor of the Church, Gregory of Narek.

  3. Yes, I have, and a substantive post is on deck to address that issue. Thanks for asking! Remind me again if I get sidetracked and leave you hanging.

  4. Branch says:

    I saw on Twitter that your son was baptized yesterday. God bless him! Is your post on Gregory of Narek still forthcoming? Also, what is your take on Divine Mercy Sunday?

  5. Thank you! Yes, that piece and one other about the death penalty are still in the hopper. I’m sorry for the extremely slow rate of production here, but with a newborn and two other infants, etc., it’s pretty hard to focus. 😉

    I have ambivalent feelings about the Divine Mercy Chaplet as such. I’d prefer to discuss it by email, since even I know some things are not fit for a blog heheh. fidescogitactio @ gmail . com

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