While Catholics labor to bear honest witness to the Faith, Bob Sungenis and Rick Delano have managed to take their lunatic boutique obsession with geocentric idiocy and create a national splash of scorn for the Church by the venerable technique of Lying for Jesus.
Then, poor Kate Mulgrew likewise announces:
“I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew”
Delano releases a long, self-aggrandizing statement, the core of which is to lie that because these people were tricked into signing release statements they were therefore not lied into believing the film was about something besides geocentrist quackery. But of course, the reality is that absolutely no serious person would have been roped into this bunk without being lied and tricked into it. It will be interesting to see if any of the other people lied into participating will come forward too.
Now Slate, NPR, TIME, Daily Kos and various other outlets have picked up the story and used it for this week’s 15 minute hate themed “Why Christians are Lying Morons”. In this case, there is no reply except, “Guilty as charged”. Good job, guys. And all for a movie that will probably never see the inside of a theatre (unless Delano and Sungenis get their relatives to rent one out for the night). Quite the vanity project.
Oh, and for extra fun, Sungenis’ writings about the Holocaust (Summary: “It never happened and besides the Jews deserved it”) are also coming to light along with the geocentrism idiocy and lies. Happily, at least the Daily Kos had the integrity to note that Sungenis’ bishop had ordered him to stop using “Catholic” in the name of his website. So there is some recognition that these clowns don’t speak for the Church. But they still drag the name of Christ into disrepute. I hope that sooner or later the suckers who invested in this project realize what fools they’ve been and demand their money back. But the people who go for this junk tend to hail from among the Reactionaries who see themselves as The Greatest Catholics of All Time and therefore chalk up their epic failures of discernment to Shadowy Forces Arrayed Against Them such as Jews and Modernists and Neo-Catholics. Never to themselves.
“For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4