Not a lot of time for me today. I'm just going to throw this up there because I've been harping on this sort of thing here recently. So James Carville, plays theologian, sociologist and all around expert and authority on ecclesiology and explains the American Catholic Church for us. Behold the Rajin' Cajun...
Msgr Charles Pope of the Washington Diocese has a very helpful post that points out and corrects the false distinctions that Carville makes. But you know, this stuff really isn't that complex. I assume Carville is a pretty bright guy, so...what are we left to conclude? The first commenter on the Monsignor's post probably has it nailed:
"Despite living in the most intellectually advanced and with the most widely educated populace in history it is even more so the most intellectually dishonest as well."
I'd quibble with "most intellectually advanced" but "most widely educated" is verifiable. Certainly the frenzy of intellectual dishonesty that we are witness to these days seems to be at the level you only see in histories that closes precedes a flood of tyranny and bold power grabs that catch a populace by surprise.
The patron of this blog wrote about this sort of craziness a couple of decades ago.
"You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing." - Walker Percy.
I wonder if Dr. Percy would be surprised at the level at which we've amped up the insanity in these 21st century United States?