Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spadaro: Clever, or just another toadying mouthpiece ?

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The hoopla over the Antonio Spadaro, SJ article about American perceptions of religion and politics has me scratching my head.  I'm trying to figure out whether or not he is being clever in his observations or merely writing with very little knowledge (certainly a not surprising reality among Vatican big mouths these awful days).

He would indeed be clever if he pointed out some uncomfortable truths about so-called US "fundamentalism", which is undoubtedly true (to a point) due to the Puritan/Bible-thumping ignorance which is the flawed background of the creation of the US nation and is a mentality that has influenced far too many Catholics who really should know better.  Many of these Catholics have unwisely leaped to the defense of the US system merely because it was attacked by a moral wretch like Spadaro and in so doing have weakened their intellectual position.  That is what I mean about Spadaro being "clever"; he walked some people right into a trap by making them defend what cannot be defended, namely the exceptionalist attitude which infects too many Americans.  You don't have to defend the indefensible, our US system, while pointing out the errors and idiocies of the Spadaros of the world. Better that we keep a clear head and not extol the supposed virtues of America when it is attacked, often rightly, for its bad actions, particularly manifest today.  (Is it really necessary to point out that a nation that extols child murder and sex perversion may not be to the liking of God?)

My advice is to treat the infamous Spadaro screed with the derision and laughter it deserves and resist the attempt to defend what he calls US "fundamentalism".  He's a cagey little character and knows which buttons to push to get the reactions he wants.

Don't fall for it.

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