“Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.” –G.K. Chesterton
Nothing reveals G.K. Chesterton’s apparently Devoutly Catholic Faith more than his above description of “reason”.
I am writing about this exceptionally colorful Catholic for no other reason than that he was a Catholic polemicist.
A belligerently devout disciple of The Vatican.
Branding reason as inevitably “brute force”, Chesterton concludes, in the next sentence of the above quote, that this “necessarily” violent man, the Man of Reason, who is, apparently by force of reason, driven to be violent?
“We”… you, I and Chesterton, I presume… “can do nothing to his (an unreasonable man’s) head but hit it.”
“We”, the reasoning “men of violence”.
I believe the “heart” of Chesterton’s highly “violent” idea of “reason” is his intensely fervent and highly advertised faith in Catholicism… and hyperbole.
G.K. Chesterton, however… and on a personal note… was not a frequently dropped name out of the mouths of the Jesuit priests who taught me their Catholic idea of “reason” for four years at the University of Detroit High School.
I learned more about Chesterton at the intensely secular, Ivy League college of Dartmouth than I did from “The Society of Jesus”.
According to even the ordinarily conservative Wikipedia, Chesterton was not only into the occult at a very early age, he was rumored to be repetitively anti-Semitic.
Hmmm… I am grateful that the Jesuits did not hold him up as a grand example of Catholicism.
Chesterton was an openly declared opponent
of Adolf Hitler
German National Socialism!
As an additional description of his intellect, Chesterton was a philosophic opponent of both Progressivism and Conservatism.
Therefore, in my enjoyably presumptuous opinion, he left himself no other possible resting place than in his seemingly flawless vision of Rome, the Vatican, its Popes and, of course, the entire History of The Catholic Church.
I am an eternally lapsed Catholic.
Doubly eternal in my lapsed condition now, ever since the present Pope Francis declared that there can be no other definition of Christ other than that outlined in massively conflicting detail by the Catholic Popes.
That some of those details vary from Pope to Pope? Particularly within the pronouncements of this formerly Jesuit but now present Pope Francis?
“The Koran”, according to Pope Francis, “and the Holy Bible are the same!“
Beyond that, His Holiness Pope Francis has also declared that Islam is “a peaceful religion”.
This, of course, is when faith in the Catholic Church must leave Chesterton’s “violence of reason” and enter into an insanity I’ve been rejecting for many years: complete faith in the Pope’s “infallibility”.
Even a cursory reading of the Koran will defy Pope Francis’ description of Islam as a religion of peace.
Add onto that the headlines created by the several arms of what is politely called “Radical Islam”: Isis, Taliban, Boko Haram, Hamas, Al Qaeda and Al Shabab?
You certainly don’t, I must say, have a religion of peace.
“Reason”, in the face of such insanity fed us by the Pope of the Catholic Church, must unavoidably resort to at least some form of inevitable disillusion and obligatory Catholic heresy.
The Pope’s profound identification with Islam has proven to be a most disturbing seal of approval upon the outrageous, open-door immigration policies that have swept Europe.
An invasion that has brought with it violence, rape, cultural destruction, political upheaval and an increasing contempt, hate and sheer loathing for Western Civilization.
Pope Francis, formerly a Liberation Theologian from South America, doesn’t seem to be too perturbed about the drastic changes this invasion will bring to Europe.
“Islam is a peaceful religion.”
Christ merely said, “Turn the other cheek.”
He never called the sworn and proven enemies of Christianity a “peaceful religion”.
My Lord did not define Islam’s rape, murder and rioting as “peaceful”.
“Forgive and forget!”
I must forgive and move on.
But I will never forget the Church and her Pope’s shameless selling of pure falsehood.
That opinion, of course, makes me a heretic.
Why? I read Christ’s teachings “as pleases me” and Pope Francis says, “You cannot use Church Doctrine as you please.”
Then I am no longer a member of the Catholic Church.
Despite four years with the Jesuits, the Vatican is, I am divinely happy to say, a lost city to me.