What Is Truth?

Father William Breslin is the pastor of a parish in Boulder Colorado
which has a parish school. He recently forbade the enrollment at the
school of a child whose parents are two lesbians. The reasons he did so he enumerates in a posting to his blog “The Heart of the Matter”

Several news accounts have told of demonstrations at the church, and
critical comments about Father Breslin and his decision. The usual
reasons for the demonstrations and criticisms are adduced as if they
were proof of Father Breslin’s cold-heartedness and lack of love and
tolerance for little children and people who are “different”.

Much of the same kind of things are said today about any person who does not conform to what is the, to coin a word, “oprahtic” approach to the Truth; that is that Truth is not one. Truth has become a malleable, changeable and most accommodating thing. What is true, what is Truth, these days can only and always be what makes everyone feel good. It is, then, the perfect melding of Truth and Good. Is it not?  Plato’s question is answered about the True and the Good, at last.  And, so has Pilate’s question been answered.  Unity is neat.  Isn’t it?  Truth is good, and good is what makes you “feel good”.

It follows then, that since what the poor Father Breslin has done
is not making several people feel good about themselves, or him, he
should stop doing it.  Thus people demonstrate in front of the church and give out with statements to inquiring reporters that they are ashamed of Father Breslin and his attitude.

In the same way, if a certain man in Palestine many years ago had stopped upsetting people, making them feel bad about themselves and what they were doing that made them feel good (and true); had stopped doing what he did and saying what he said, the world would no doubt be a happier place.  One need only look at what has happened since to adduce the truth of that.  One need, indeed, only look at what Father Breslin has done.

Don’t you think?  Well, Father Breslin’s boss, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, Charles Chaput, doesn’t think.  Or, rather, he thinks as does Father Breslin thinks.  What can one expect from a fellow who also calls abortion and euthanasia wrong.

A friend, who teaches at a large university, said that this was my welcome to the 21st Century.  He made a passing reference to St. Thomas Aquinas who, he said, explained at length way back in the 13th century why we should not go down this road.  But, Aquinas is dead.  As proof of that fact is a little clip I saw today from some quiz show wherein a contestant is asked which European Country is Budapest the capital of.  The conversation between the contestant and the host is an example of an oprahtic search for the truth; an Oprahtic Dialogue if you will.  You can watch it here.

Did you watch the video?  Then you will know that  the poor soul it features is ignorant of her ignorance, but happy.  And, this is good.  Her ignorance is, for her, truth.   That her ignorance amuses a vast number of people, making them happy, is also good and true.  Everyone feels good.  Lewis Carroll could have done no better.  I’ll warrant she never attended the kind of school where one might find a Father Breslin in charge.  Is trua mor.

Pray for Father Breslin, his Archbishop and Truth.


6 responses to “What Is Truth?

  1. thank you, Peter. I will pray and send Father a note on his blog. +M, joan

    • Thank you, Joan. I suspect that Father Breslin needs the prayers (who of us does not) and would welcome the note of support and affirmation I am sure you will send. Let your friends know, too, that they may send him a note of support and prayer.

      Selfishly, may I ask that you mention in your note to Father where you read of his “problem” with the Truth?


  2. Something tells me that Fr. Breslin’s decision really wasn’t as difficult or agonizing as he makes it out. It was simply this: Does he want to obey “Archdiocesan policy” (and honor his vow of obedience to his Bishop) or; Does he want to interpret the Catholic faith (and Christian scripture) based on his own human experience of God). If I were in his shoes (especially given the reputation of Archbishop Chaput) I would make exactly the same decision. And it wouldn’t involve a lot of hand-wrigner. A no-brainer so to speak.

    Does this have to do with how many truths can dance on the head of pin? I think it’s far less theological / philosophical than that. The more interesting story – in my humble opinion – is why a couple of lesbians wanted to educate their child in a Catholic school in the first place? What’s gotten into them? Are they trying to “prove” some point or just set the Diocese up for a good dollop of negative PR?? Oh, jeez!*#?! There I go again doing the rash judgment schtick! Oh, well! Confessions 4PM on Saturday. See you then.

    • Hello, Mike. Were I in the good priest’s place, and aware of the “penumbrae” surrounding this whole issue, I think I might have sat with it for a few moments or two; perhaps with a bit of the gargle, more likely before the Tabernacle. I think that Father knew exactly what was going to happen when he made the decision he made…the only right one that I can see. In a sense, he is doing what he was ordained to do, act “in persona Christi.”

      I also believe that the lovely couple, the people in whose care the child is, knew with a fair degree of certainty what would eventuate when they chose to use the child as a tool in their campaign to erase the stigma attached to the way they live. I think they reasoned that it was a win-win situation for them. Either the “church” caves a little more to pressures to compromise truth until it ceases to exist, or it doesn’t and a cry of intolerance, hardness of heart and Pharisaical hypocrisy is raised against it, with perhaps a nice and juicy lawsuit, too.

      I believe that the Denver Archdiocese recently won a victory of sorts in the Colorado state legislature, turning back a move to legalize homosexual marriage, or some other assault on morality and good sense. The “game is afoot” and a little child is nothing more to some people than a weapon; an IED if you will. Poor kid that “parents” should think so little of children.

  3. I am pleased that Father Breslin did the right thing. But it is a sad commentary on our culture, or lack of it, that having standards and telling the truth is now controversial. How many Father Breslins and Archbishop Chaputs
    do we have left in The Church? It seems like we have a lot more of the Father Pfleger types here in California.

    A cogent analysis, Peter.

    • Thank you, Kevin. I imagine that there are quite a few. At least I hope there are. The reason for my hope is found in a number of the younger (I’m talking in their forties) fellows I’ve met, and in the students in places like Ave Maria.

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