~ ITEM: Binks Vs. Coren Part I; and here’s Binks Vs. Coren Part II
~ PICTURE A HOWLING dark night, with someone teetering on the lip of a black and echoing chasm, buffetted by the winds this way and that. I’ve been there, spiritually.
Thus, I have a certain sympathy for those who have no steps left, except to turn back, or plunge; and I’d rather be a last-minute rescuer at Hell’s Gate than a comfy bum in the pew, confident of my own righteousness. While there’s life, there’s hope: 23rd hour 59th minute 59th second chances? Please God, yes!
So, with apologies to my various Popish friends who have no use and wish to hear nothing further from or about Michael Coren, the following is the final word from Binks on the matter.
Once More, Mr. Coren
Whatever Michael Coren has been going through in his life– a sad peregrination hither and yon, from no church to one church to another church, then away, then back, then off again– is partly God’s business, but also the business of attentive Christians concerned for souls, and for how things can be represented in the media.
The Toronto Star & National Post seem to quote Coren approvingly for leaving “The Church Of Nasty”, identified as particularly the Roman Catholic Church, or any Christian or Church which does not agree with him & the Toronto media about progressivism Über classical Judaeo-Christianity.
Two recent articles bring to bear on Coren’s situation (and depiction thereof) that fine, calm, wise Catholicism which seems to go along with accepting the whole enchilada, as opposed to sniffing and picking endlessly at the buffet.
Article The First
Amongst the gems of Fr. De Souza’s article, the Catholic journalist and priest writes:
“Coren, despite his aggressively polemical style in print, radio and TV, constantly complains that people say mean things on the Internet. That too does happen. Most columnists deal with it without public whingeing, as Coren puts it, about “the Church of Nasty.” Coren has been calling people names and disparaging their motives for decades. He doesn’t like it when it happens to him. That he is able to denounce the speck in the comment threads while ignoring the beam in his own prodigious output is noteworthy, but not news.”
Hypocrisy, that most human and easily ignored sin, is (in the Greek sense) derived from the large masks which were worn in Greek and later Roman dramatic performances, such masks showing who the actor was supposed to be playing, and magnifying the voice through the large shaped mouth on the mask. Look at me!
The hypocrite is playing a part, and expecting people to mistake the part for the real person. I’m a great supporter of hypocrisy, if the choice is between that (which at least back-handedly recognizes right and wrong), versus simply pretending there is no right & wrong, no sin or guilt to worry about anyway.
The most doomed kind of hypocrites don’t even know any more that they are hypocrites: this kind, as Jesus points out repeatedly, present a false self not only to God and others, but most of all to themselves– and then attack others for precisely that sin. I’m not sure if Michael Coren is self-blinded in this sense, but there are signs of it, as De Souza notes above. And as this Tweet indicates:
Quoth The Savior
Then there’s that Bible thing, about trouble & faith. Jesus says:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33
“And if the world hates you, know that it hated me before you.”Jn 15:18
“Blessed are you whenever they revile you and persecute you and they say every evil word against you for my sake, in falsehood. Then rejoice and triumph, because your reward is great in Heaven, for just so they persecuted The Prophets who were before you.”Mt. 5:11-12
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous….”Mt. 5:44-45.
So– might want to cut back on the snark & finger-pointing and seeming self-pity waah about “Church Of Nasty”, Michael, if you truly believe you are in the right. (1) Worry about your own sins, (2) Mind your own business, (3) “reviling back” is a human, but not a Christian choice: “love your enemies.. pray for them” is the Christian way. “Martyrs suffer + I’m suffering = therefore, I must be a martyr” is bad logic, and worse religion.
I’m serious. Big articles trumpeting you in the national dailies may get you attention, but you may have “had your reward”, and very much missed the point. (Matthew 6:5).
And why are some people so mad? Really?
Simply put, in marital terms, you betrayed and divorced and denounced them, publicly, after pretending for the past year or more that your were still deeply in love. Now, you are yelling and mocking and all whiny from the rooftops, and going on about your horrible wrecked marriage to anybody who will listen. Get it?
What The Second Article Says
Tom Hoopes, writing on Aleteia.org, still has hope. He writes:
“Coren need not fear. The Church’s sexual morality does not denigrate human love, it protects its nobility. But in addition to what Dante can teach about sex is what he can teach about writing.
Coren, I can only guess, is tempted by the sin that every political or religious writer is tempted by — the sin of writing to increase something in my life (money, fame, social media shares, pride) instead of writing to increase something in my reader’s life (understanding, love, conviction, joy).
The sin is both more universal and more banal in the blogosphere than it was in 14th-century Florence.
Ironically, Coren and Dreher both started out as spirited defenders of the truths of the Catholic Church — and ended up inadvertently championing relativism.”
Look Around You, Dude
Any one of us can be dumb as a box of rocks, or lost in the middle of a dark wood, or not see the obvious consequences of our choices. I’d like to remind author Coren that whatever his current motivations, he is in fact rejecting the moral, Biblical, and spiritual basis and actual beliefs of C.S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and J.R.R. Tolkien— about all of whom he wrote approving books, in a different frame of mind, and presumably in good faith at the time. Never mind ignoring Jesus, the Church Fathers, St. Augustine, Dante, St. Thomas Aquinas.. it’s a long list for “The Church Of Nasty” membership.
To consider who is on his side now in the morally relativist, liberal Christian, and progressive social engineering crowd he has adopted as his own, versus the Church Of Nasty? Sad to say, but it’s most definitely not the side of the hobbits, the Men of the West, the elves, and free folk everywhere.
Part of Michael Coren knows this, I believe, or I at least hope so. May that part be a crack in his interior walls through which the living God may pluck him from doom, for the day is far spent, the night is a hand, and death comes whispering for many of us unsuspected, unheard, unprepared for, sooner than we thought.
In Catholic terms, there’s a world of difference being the last one into heaven’s gates, Purgatory, versus stepping over that dark cliff-edge into perpetual screaming darkness. ~
So Saith The Binks
P.S. Just like the other two, I will be tweeting a link to this to Mr. Coren. If he chooses to regard it as insulting, or extremist nastiness from the right-wing blogosphere, well, that’s his choice, isn’t it?
“[T]he right to criticize other people’s religions or systems of belief is a two way street. He is certainly entitled to criticize mine; but I am equally entitled to criticize his. Surely no one should need reminding of that.”
~ SO.. CANADIAN talking-head and one-time Sun-TV commentator Michael Coren has loudly and gracelessly left the Roman Catholic Church, choosing instead the waffling, numerically dying, and (officially) militantly progressive Anglican Church of Canada. So… those Titanic deck chairs– they comfy?
This, he says, all because it’s for the children he hearts teh gays.
Enter The Unicorns
Well, some gays. Sadly, and exactly like the Toronto-centric Anglican Crutch of Canadia, Mr. Coren is only paying attention to the noisiest and most institutionally aggressive segment of the homosexual movement, and choosing to ignore, slight, and pretend that any other position towards gay people or about gay people simply cannot and does not exist.
I’m talking about friends and colleagues of mine, namely the former gay, celibate gay, and non-leftist gay communities. They are not unicorns, but they are a true– and ignored, mocked, and maligned– minority.
Proof Of Same
At Angrycan General Synods in 2004 and 2007 (big national meeting thing), some very courageous ex-gays and celibate gays politely wrote a letter and tried to speak up and represent that the gay community itself was not monolithic, and nor should the “Same-Sex Marriage Or Bust” bandwagon be the only ones acknowledged, or heard by Canadian Anglicans. The aggressively polite establishment in robes would have none of it, or them.
You know, cuz if you ever dare oppose teh gay, you are Westboro Baptists, and have the dumb. And probably a case of the evils.
To add churchly jackboot to injury, by voting down a 2007 motion to recognize them, the Anglican Mafia Church gave a big thermonuclear “F*ck You!” to actual ‘listening’, dialogue’, and the all-important ‘diversity & inclusiveness’ so dear to the hearts of true leftard bullies social justice warriors everywhere.
Thus, our noble talking head Michael Coren is joining a church which knee-jerkily excludes, deliberately discriminates against, and nastily ignores the actual voices of actual Anglicans (and other all Christians, and God & Jesus) who actually have something important to say which may go against the all-holy Spirit Of The Age and the gay ‘born that way’ fascism which dominates all discussions in the media and culture– but Michael just doesn’t want to hear that, any more than he wanted to hear many of those same brave people from within the Roman Catholic Church itself.
So, Michael: to avoid personal ‘hypocrisy’, you secretly left Catholicism to publicly join a hypocritical political cult denomination which doesn’t even want to know it’s being terribly hypocritical– a kind of Double Super-Secret Hyper-Hypocrisy.
Ironically, sometime freespeecher Coren, in the great culture-war of our times over religious freedom and free speech, has just aligned himself with the silencers, the bullies, the speech-code brigade and their collaborationist religious sympathizers and minions within the Anglican and United Church of Canada. That they are Anglican, and so very polite and orderly and dignified about it, just means there’s a velvet glove on the steel claw.
Well done, then. Stick that in your culturally fashionable moral grandstanding, sir, and smoke it. I’m sure God is well-pleased.
Because He’s Betterer Than You
Social Justice Warriorism– churchy or otherwise– isn’t actually about facts, people, reality, consequences, and details. It’s a morality tale, about some people being better than the stupid and/ or evil ones, who dare disagree with The Message. The SJWs are better than. More gooder. Righteous, even. So shut up, they explained. Capital “H” Hypocrisy with huge fecking bells on.
La la la, I Can’t Hear You So You Don’t Exist is no more admirable than shouting down, insulting, social media blocking, and misrepresenting a reasonable opposition to same-sex marriage. Yes, Michael, that’s you— and you did precisely that to me and a round dozen of people trying to ask you questions and to clarify your position on FaceBook a while back.
So ex-evangelical, ex-Roman Catholic, and likely some day ex-Anglican Michael Coren can go ahead and cheerfully dislocate his shoulder by vigorous back-patting himself, but reality– and people– ain’t so simple. ~
~ Saith Teh Binks
P.S. Michael, just FYI, for converts/ reverts/ deverts/ steeple-chasers it is considered Very Bad Form to go about slagging your previous ecclesiastical home. Give it 2-3 years, then comment, mmkay?
P.P.S. It’s also kinda skeezy to go about as a Very Public Popish– speaking and writing and getting money and bylines and attention for same– whilst secretly going to Anglican services for over a year. You buttered your bread, now lie in it, saith Teh Binks.
I have had a series of rather sharp exchanges on Twitter this evening with Michael Coren. I had praised him on Facebook for having the integrity to leave the Catholic Church when he decided he could not believe her teachings. At the same time, I noted that the particular type of Anglican church he was likely joining was among those now on on the path to the third form of “atheism” identified by Plato in his great work *The Laws*. (I explained that “atheism” there does not mean denial of the *existence* of a deity or deities.) Mr. Coren, who freely criticized the Catholic Church upon leaving it, seems to be offended that I would equally freely criticize liberal Anglicanism. But the right to criticize other people’s religions or systems of belief is a two way street. He is certainly entitled to criticize mine; but I am equally entitled to criticize his. Surely no one should need reminding of that.
I should note, by the way, that most Anglicans in the world are definitely NOT on the path to Plato’s third form of “atheism.” On the contrary, their conception of God is the morally demanding God of the Bible. Their teachings on marriage and sexual morality are fully in line with the biblical and natural law understandings. That is true, I believe, in all the places where Anglicanism is growing, rather than declining, and especially in the places where it is growing fastest. Perhaps I should note that liberal Catholicism is in no better shape than liberal Anglicanism (theologically and in terms of growth). The same is true, I believe, for the liberal Protestant churches.
Yeah, I’ve been thinking of apostatizing and joining the other side of the War, denouncing Christ and His holy Church, joining the chorus of hate against it and claiming victim status.
I mean, srsly, imagine the payback! Big fat media contracts, appearances on Oprah. Book deals. A reality show all my own! Woot!
But, having listened to the pathetic notorious self-promoter Michael Coren making an idiot of himself doing this, I find I don’t have the stomach for it.
But hey, good on him for being willing to look like a completely disingenuous and calculating moral huckster and shill for the left… for money and notoriety.
I tip my hat. I really do.
Via FaceBook, by Gerry Hunter
You never hear of the Courage Apostolate in the media, because it falsely, and it seems deliberately, presents an organization called Dignity as being a Catholic organization of people with same sex attraction. The media ignores, and now Coren has ignored and slighted, the members of this apostolate, and have chosen to have no part of something that moved Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, a physician and therapist with extensive historic experience with same-sex attraction, to write:
“I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have met many people who have emerged from the gay life. When I see the personal difficulties they have squarely faced, the sheer courage they have displayed not only in facing these difficulties but also in confronting a culture that uses every possible means to deny the validity of their values, goals, and experiences, I truly stand back in wonder… It is these people –former homosexuals and those who are still struggling, all across America and aboard –who stand for me as a model of everything good and possible in a world that takes the human heart, and the God of that heart, seriously. In my various explorations within the worlds of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry, I have simply never before seen such profound healing.”
Catholic teaching concerning the virtue of Chastity is the same for everyone, no exceptions. And the healing available to everyone who placed their lives under Christ, and embraces, with his help, that virtue, is also the same for everyone. The names of the SSA organizations around map out an interesting route Coren has followed. He has abandoned Courage. He has sought a false Dignity by moving to an organization that promotes a false and deceptive Integrity. Meantime, in full accord with Dr. Satinover’s observation, the Courage Apostolate remains one of the finest fruits of Catholic faith in struggle and action, with Mr. Coren’s de facto denial of their existence not diminishing that one iota.