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.