Quotations from Chairman
“Time is greater than space”
and other Philosophical Absurdities
is greater than space”
mantra appears to be quite compelling to Francis:
he includes it in his First Encyclical Lumen Fidei, his second,
Laudato Si, and in its latest iteration within Amoris Laetitia
— all deeply defective and ultimately superficial documents.
The slogan — for that is
the greatest intellectual charity we can ascribe it — is, in two words,
intellectual nonsense. It does not even attain to being called
spurious, for spurious statements can still be logical — albeit
untrue — statements: however shabby their integrity they are comprehensible:
they can be understood — and because they can be understood they can
be logically examined — and discredited. Nevertheless, they are, at
the very least, plausible statements.
I wish to be unsparingly clear:
the mantra, “Time is greater than space”, or “Time
is always much greater than space” (you choose the magnitude)
is a conjunction of pleasantly arranged words that possess what can
be called the pathos of meaning — without possessing any substance.
That is to say, it “sounds nice” and appears “profound”
— but only for a millisecond and beyond that only to minds incapable
of parsing words into something logically consistent. It would appear
that Francis is convinced that the more he utters it, the more credibility
it will somehow acquire; that if he says it often enough it will become
logical. It certainly appears to be the case for at least
one deacon who, through profusion of words, adds not a whit of clarity
to the argument. “our
Holy Father is a process-starter and not a space-dominator”.
Indeed. It is not helpful to the assessment of the mentality of Catholics
to have official nonsense carefully explained by reiterating the nonsense
verbatim — to clarify what cannot attain to clarity.
Sounds “Cool” to
This is not to say that it is without merit: it “sounds
cool” and, as I had said, “very profound”. In fact you can utter
it, too! That is essential to the Slogan: anyone can utter
it — and sound “cool and profound” … until the deeply embarrassing moment
when he is asked to explain it. What results is evidence of a
clouded mind radicated in ideology — not theology. If you nevertheless
subscribe to slogans as principles to live by, then Chairman
Francis is your man. Do you wish to add to your repertoire? Here are
others, courtesy of Francis:
“Space hardens processes”
“a first principle for progress in building a
people: time is greater than space.”
“spaces and power are preferred to time and processes”
“Time governs spaces ... What we need, then, is to
give priority to actions which generate new processes in society
and engage other persons and groups who can develop them to the
point where they bear fruit in significant historical events.
is greater than space … this does not preclude various ways
of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain
consequences from it.
At last we arrive at Francis’s ultimate goal; a goal
he strives for through sloganeering because it is not attainable through
reason and not subject to logic. It is an open effort, not just to
mitigate, but to abolish doctrine as fixed and immutable
— in other words as intractable to Francis’s will. Francis
increasingly appears to want sovereign, absolute, and discretionary
control over doctrine, dogma, and ultimately, Sacred Scripture itself.
This is delusional.
It cannot happen because God will not let it happen —
and somehow Francis fails to recognize this. Every reign ends. Every
Roman sovereign who has descended into dictator has succumbed; Commodus,
Nero, Domitian — the lesser who make themselves greater.
Now, if you say the sort of things that Francis does,
you will definitely cause some people to deem you quite bright — and
others to question your sanity. The point is this: you have caused them
to try to sort out what cannot possibly be logically indexed. You have
presented them with, what in philosophy, is called a “surd”: something
not susceptible to reason, logic, and understanding. You have given
them a bone to chew on. Nothing more.
The marrow of the bone? There is none. It is vacant.
In fact, as utterly vacant as the consistent absence
of reason and logic in the chaotic verbal episodes of Francis — especially
at an altitude of 35,000 feet.
Doctrine and Dogma will not change because they
cannot change — despite the desperate efforts
of Francis to subvert them.
It is of the scope
and competence of a Catholic pope to address things of far greater —
and lasting —significance than space and time — such as eternity!
Good heavens, man, read your job description!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
for the Boston Catholic Journal
February 1, 2018
For Space and Time in rational discourse