Liberation Unless You Are Unborn or Cuban

 

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Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report has an interesting post on a liberation theologian:

 

 

Former Catholic priest and liberation theologian Mike Rivage-Seul, who directed Berea College’s Peace and Social Justice Studies Program until his retirement, wrote a poem of sorts about his reaction to Americans standing up and cheering the homecoming of a Marine from Iraq.

In it, he compared the U.S. military to the Nazi S.S. and to the Roman persecutors of Christ. He also called them names like “robo-grunts” and then said we should be kind and merciful to all. Go figure.

Here it is:

Two weeks ago/ Between innings/ Of a Cubs-Pirates game/ At Wrigley Field/ They celebrated a Marine from Iraq — A local boy/ Who emerged from the Cubs’ dugout/ Waving/ To a hero’s welcome/ From a crowd on its feet/ Cheering/ Between swigs of PBR/ As if the poor kid had hit/ A game-winning dinger.

Reluctantly I stood up with the rest./ I now regret my applause./ I should have remembered shaved-headed/ Brain-washed innocents/ Kicking in front doors/ Profaning the sacred portals/ Of everyman’s castle,/ Petrifying children/ Calling their parents “mother f_ _kers”/ And binding tender wrists/ With plastic handcuffs./ To rid the world of evil.

Pitiful lobotomized innocents,/ They are/ Driven to slaughter by poverty/ And debt/ To Haditha, Fallujah, Abu Grahib,/ To weddings transformed in a flash and bang/ Into funerals/ Leaving mourners shocked and awed — “Collateral Murder,”/ By what King called/ The world’s “greatest purveyor of violence”/ And the Sandinista hymn identified as / “The enemy of mankind.”

I should have remembered/ Iraq (and Afghanistan btw)/ Were wars of choice, Of aggression,/ “The supreme international crime.”

Why did I not recall Zechariah? / And the peace-making Messiah / Christians claim he prophesied./ The prophet’s Promised One would be/ Gentle and meek/ Riding an ass/ Rather than a war horse

Or Humvee/ And banishing chariots, cross-bows/ And drones raining hell-fire/ From the skies./ His kingdom disarmed/ Would encompass the entire world./ Refusing to call/ Any of God’s “little ones” (To use our military’s terms of art) “Rag-heads” or “Desert ni_ ggers” / Paul called such imperial hate-speech “flesh.” /(Judging by appearances like skin color, nationality, religion)

“Live according to Christ’s Spirit,” Paul urged. (Compassion for all, works of mercy) No room for door-kickers there.

I should have remembered Jesus And his yoke./ So good and light/ He said Compared with The heavy burdens The Roman War-makers Laid on their subjects Who kicked in Nazareth’s doors And called parents like Joseph and Mary “Mother f_cking Jews.”

Their imperial generals were “learned” and “wise” In the ways of the world But they piled crushing burdens On the shoulders Of those “little ones”

Jesus preferred — In places far from the imperial center/ Like Palestine (or Iraq today)./ Victims there might be out of sight And mind/ For those enjoying bread, circuses/ Cubs and Pirates, But not for the All Parent Described by the Psalmist today

As gracious, merciful, slow to anger, hugely kind, benevolent to all, compassionate, faithful, holy, and lifting up (rather than crushing) those who have fallen under the weight of the burdens Jesus decries.

I should have asked, If following that Messiah If worshipping that All Parent Allowed standing and applauding A robo-grunt returned From a war Where over a million civilians have been slaughtered To rid the world of violence.

(In 1942 would I have joined the crowd Applauding an S.S. “hero” in a Munich stadium Just back from the front –or Auschwitz? Or a pilot who had bombed Pearl Harbor At a “Wrigley Field” in Tokyo?)

No: I should have had the courage To remain seated. And so should we all Instead of

Celebrating the military/ Waving flags on the 4th of July/ Paying war taxes/ And wondering with Fox newscasters What makes America great?

Intrigued by this outburst of jejune  far leftism, I wondered what else I could find out about this gentleman.  Well, it will come as absolutely no surprise that he is a pro-abort:

Embracing children like the one Jesus held doesn’t mean legally restricting abortions beyond Roe v. Wade. Neither does it mean “tough love,” nor forcing impoverished mothers to bring their children to term and then telling them “You’re on your own.” Rather, embracing poor children – truly being pro-life – means creating a welcoming atmosphere that receives children as we would receive the Jesus who identifies with them in today’s gospel. Yes, it suggests supporting those “Big Government” programs that work so well elsewhere.

Remember all of that when you hear your pastor’s sermon on abortion this Sunday.

He is also a fan of Castro and has this hilarious statement in one of his pro-Castro screeds:

Cuban Democracy: Cuba has a parliamentary system with no political parties, which are seen as divisive. The Communist party is not an electoral organization; it sponsors no candidates. Rather it is the depository of the ideals of the Cuban revolution. In the Cuban form of democracy, elections are held at the municipal, provincial and national levels. At the national level, “Mass Organizations” (five federations of (1) workers, (2) women, (3) small farmers, (4) students, and (5) Committees for the Defense of the Revolution) nominate candidates. (Mass organizations are like 5 political parties sharing commitment to cooperation rather than competition.) All the organizations enjoy equal representation in the Cuban parliament. Forty-seven percent of the delegates there are women. The National Assembly (parliament) elects a Council of State, which then elects a president and vice-president. According to frequent independent polls, well over 80% of the Cuban population supports this system.

Then he had this to say about Pope Francis immediately after his election:

No, the real reason Francis I should resign is because of what he did about the von Wernich case. Von Wernich was a police chaplain during the Dirty War. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for aiding and abetting the military in the kidnapping, torture and murder of prisoners during the brutal dictatorship of the Argentine military.

According to the New York Times, while von Wernich was being investigated for his actions, and while Bergoglio was head of the Argentine Bishops Conference, the priest was transferred to Chile under an assumed name. There, on Bergoglio’s watch, he served in a parish until his arrest, conviction and imprisonment for the crimes just mentioned. And von Wernich has never been defrocked, nor has any apology been issued by Bergoglio. In fact, the former police chaplain has been allowed to carry on as a priest while in prison.

Now imagine our reaction if von Wernich had been a pedophile. And imagine if Bergoglio had done exactly what he did in the case of this serial kidnaper, murderer and torturer — transferred a criminal to another parish while attempting to conceal his identity. The whole world would be outraged and would demand the pope’s resignation. He would be completely discredited. And yet, a serial kidnapper, torturer and murderer is infinitely more dangerous than a serial pedophile.

The point is that we have exemplified in the case of the new pope the very same syndrome that has been universally descried in cases of pedophilia. It is the same syndrome that plagued the tenure of Benedict XVI and that possibly evoked his own resignation. It’s the Old Boys protecting their own.

As I said, I’m not discouraged by all of this. Instead, my faith in the Holy Spirit has been renewed. Her ways are strange indeed. The papacy is crumbling before our eyes. But it may be the death necessary before resurrection.

It would be easy to write this gentleman off as just another crackpot, but then I noticed that he and his wife are listed as a resource on the website of the Lexington Diocese:

Peggy and Mike are active member of St. Clare in Berea.  They would be a great contact for anyone interested in activism or in learning more about social justice in the Third World.Peggy and Mike Rivage-Seul are professors at Berea College who lead a life dedicated to social justice issue and education. Mike directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Berea and Peggy chairs the Women’s Studies program. Both are research associates at the Center for Global Justice. They have spent a great deal of time in Latin America working with such issues. Their book, A Kinder and Gentler Tyranny: Illusions of a New World Order, provides a fascinating, if troubling, look at the way First World policies affect Third World nations.  A must read for anyone interested in social justice issues, the book is availible on amazon.com or can be checked out from either the Lexington Theological Seminary’s or Berea College’s library.

When it comes to many of the powers that be within the Church, one can spit on any number of Church teachings as long as one is on the left politically.  Liberation theology is the mechanism by which far leftists can be embraced by the professional Catholics who staff the Church bureaucracy and who frequently lean pretty far left themselves.

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Brevity is the soul of wit.

    He could have said it in eight monosyllabic (so that even a liberal could understand) words, “I have a lump of $#!+ for brains.”

  2. That man is a certifiable lunatic. He embraces hatred of the United States, abortion, Castro worship….a prime example of Lenin’s useful idiots. The West has never been short of them since Lenin took power. They have infiltrated academia, politics, entertainment and the Church.

    Think about it – how often do we ever hear a priest speak out against repression of Catholics in China, Cuba, the Middle East, etc?

  3. “As I said, I’m not discouraged by all of this. Instead, my faith in the Holy Spirit has been renewed. Her ways are strange indeed.”
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    “HER WAYS…”?and Rivage- Seul taught for 36 years that God is a woman? and Peggy Rivage-Seul chairs a Women’s program? Run, Run like hell.

  4. There’s so many of these older weirdoes lurking on faculties and parishes and rectories around the country– people who just quit learning and thinking 30 or 40 years ago. I don’t know how these pendulum swings work, but there’s a whole number of young kids now who are so libertarian that they are liberal.
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    People just have to learn how to think. I mean people don’t seem to know how to process information. We should have classes in logic in our schools.

  5. Anzlyne said: “People just have to learn how to think. I mean people don’t seem to know how to process information. We should have classes in logic in our schools.”

    Human logic is not what is wrong with these people. Their spiritual condition (the condition of their heart/inner spirit) is the problem.

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD–Isaiah 55:8

    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

    A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

  6. Also, when I think of the absolute denial of reality by these folks I also think if Rimans 1

    21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…

    And then verse 28 with the “reprobate” or “debased” mind reference–

    “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind”

    My understanding of a reprobate mind is a mind that cannot take 2 + 2 and get it to equal 4 in a moral sense. The reprobate mind will give a person a total of 3 or 5, but never the correct answer of 4. That is why it is pointless to reason with such a person. The reasoning in their mind is not coming from their human logic–it is coming from the hardened spiritual condition of their heart.

  7. You are correct Barbara! There were plenty of intellectual idiots in the nazi regime for example. Phd’s, doctors and lawyers who participated in the carrying out of the Solution.

  8. “My understanding of a reprobate mind is a mind that cannot take 2 + 2 and get it to equal 4 in a moral sense. The reprobate mind will give a person a total of 3 or 5, but never the correct answer of 4.”
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    To hide their moral corruption, 2+2 = 5 in Common Core curriculum is being imposed on every school, public and private to hide the immorality at every level in government.

  9. Anzlyne said: “You are correct Barbara! There were plenty of intellectual idiots in the nazi regime for example. Phd’s, doctors and lawyers who participated in the carrying out of the Solution.”

    I truly wish we were able to fix such problems with a simple logic class. It sure would make life simpler. *very long, sad sigh*

    I often think about the story of Elijah & the Prophets of Baal. If logic solved the problem, when God sent fire down and consumed Elijah’s sacrifice, everyone present would have worshipped the Israelite God for the rest of their life. That didn’t happen.

  10. Mary De Voe said: “To hide their moral corruption, 2+2 = 5 in Common Core curriculum is being imposed on every school, public and private to hide the immorality at every level in government.”

    You are correct. *another long, sad sigh*

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