Wednesday, November 5, 2014

internecine

No, that's not a reference to the Synod on the Family.  Rather two broader, certainly not necessarily "religious" debates going on that indicate that, well, things are rough all over.

First, LGBTQ activists turn out to be a cannibalistic species.  Readers of this blog and/or blogs quoted here or of like-mindset might be more accustomed to phrases like "Gaystapo" or other complaints about the LGBTQ movement.  <<Note:  I don't employ that language here>>  Folks, it might be worse within than over here on our side.  Part I:  an openly bisexual man gets smeared for discussing more traditional parenting arrangements. Part II:  a feminist, raised by a lesbian, asserts an incovenient truth:  divorce hurts women, period.  That a few divorces stem from gay men discovered their sexual orientation can't cover this up;  women still get hurt.  That message wasn't very popular, either.  The main character within Part II contributes her own piece here.

The interesting point with all this, says this outsider, is the ferocity, speed, and viciousness with which LGBTQ voices turn on each other.  And, apparently lacking some sense of the virtue of charity, the gloves come off quickly.  Have LBGTQ people been bullied?  Yes, of course--but notice how quickly the same tactic gets used within the walls of the community itself.

SECOND, how about Gamergate, y'all???  How real is this?  Mention "Gamergate" to any standard undergraduate classroom and watch the eyes light up, regardless of demographic within the 18-30 age group.  They know about it.  And it indicates a similar level of willingness to engage in brutal and shameless tactics of humiliation and degradation.

In both cases, probably more so with Gamergate, the theological conversationalists seem remote, unconcerned, or more likely, unaware.  The response, if there is one at all, might tend towards "dialogue."  Evangelization demands we "dialogue" with these others in order to reach them better.

*crickets*

The call to evangelization remains intact and inclusive.  We are all called to do it.  However, I do wonder about the current default method.  Are these groups that accept or even recognize "dialogue"? Such romanticized notions of everybody getting along, respecting differences and yet all progressing towards Truth, seem exhausted and ill-equipped.

 Prayer, of course, is the first step--even if they don't join us (and they probably won't).  But then...how might the Church encounter, engage, and eventually convert those who not resort to, but seem to thrill in using, such harsh tactics?  ISIS is not the only group delighting in the use of bloody spectacle and brutal suppression.  We need a new mix of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Josemaria Escriva--a spirituality to moves outward to engage and convert yet peacefully so, that creates a presence in the world yet retreats for prayer and regeneration to emerge anew to call the worldly powers back to the Gospel.  This very well could involve a very real martyrdom--either of the body or of the spirit or at least of one's online presence.

And even then, salvation is a mystery known ultimately to God.


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