Pope recommends “Lord of the World”…

as he warns of “adolescent progressivism” and says that secular laws protect people who make “human sacrifices“.

This from the pope whom the Reactionaries were telling us would be a liberal “horror”.

Moral: Discernment-free Adolescent Reactionaries are not good judges of such matters. 

What is striking about Reactionaries is that they are the only subculture I know more self-absorbed, thin-skinned, and narcissistic than pelvic-obsessed progressive Baby Boomers. They’re peas in a pod.

  • ivan_the_mad

    Happily, Msgr. Benson’s book is freely available through sites such as Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive. I read Lord of the World shortly after A Canticle for Leibowitz at the urging of my high school’s librarian; it certainly fired my youthful imagination!

    This pope continues to endear himself to me, which of course isn’t necessary but is certainly quite grand. I’ll also burgle his phrase “the globalization of hegemonic uniformity”.

  • Andy

    Pope Francis continues to challenge each and every one of us – conservative, liberal, progressive, reactionary – whatever the label. He is living the idea that being a Catholic is being counter-cultural – he has given me much pause to think and to examine my life and for that I am thankful, though pained by what I see. I find my self drawn to his vision in many ways, though he doesn’t need it from me. I look forward to reading over the Christmas break Lord of the World.

  • Charles Ryder

    “Lord of the World” is not without its difficulties. Father Percy Franklin, the “hero” of
    the story tells us approvingly that the Pope, John XXIV, has reinstituted capital punishment in Rome which is the last bastion that the Church controls in the new world order. Besides murder, adultery, idolatry and apostasy are capital offenses. Now, John XXIV is presented as a good and holy pontiff. However, his views on capital punishment (and one assumes Benson’s as well) do not align with JPII’s or Benedict’s.

    “Then he had restored Capital Punishment, with as much serene gravity as that with which he had made himself the derision of the civilised world in other matters, saying that though human life was holy, human virtue was more holy still; and he had added to the crime of murder, the crimes of adultery, idolatry and apostasy, for which this punishment was theoretically sanctioned.”

    Lord of the World
    Book II – The Encounter
    Chapter II

    Section III

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      though human life was holy, human virtue was more holy still

      Man, what a fascinating sentence.

      • Charles Ryder

        Indeed it is. In fact, it is intoxicating. But herein lies the danger of being smitten with such sentiment. For many, this is an orthodox point of view. But sometimes our zeal for orthodoxy can be just another carnal aesthetic — like an appreciation for fine wine or great art. But it may not always reflect the heart of the Lord. I’m with JPII and Benedict on capital punishment. And even in the tiny loophole that some say JPII left, apostasy and adultery would never, never, never be a cause for capital punishment.