Bin-Laden Accuses Pope

From the stalwart Chronicles of Atlantis, another fine Girardian exploration of current events.

I wonder whether there’s a distinction between the accusatory gesture that seeks to blame, expiate one’s own sins, and create a frenzy, on the one hand, and a truthful statement that, by articulation, identifies perpetrators or liars.   Perhaps here the concept of chivalry applies. Chronicles of Atlantis often suggests a recovered chivalry is necessary to address radical Islam by combining strength and charity.  Are those the right words?

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One Response to “Bin-Laden Accuses Pope”

  1. Athos Says:

    Thanks for the nice citation. Strength and charity — I like it. In such a heightened state of scandal (in such a time of sacrificial preparation, in Girardian parlance) it is difficult not to find oneself caught up in the frenzy of accusations – sometimes as a finger-pointer, sometimes as a potential victim – in dizzying successions of enantiodromia.

    Part of the motive in engaging in such behavior is sheer survival: trying to avoid being the one caught without a chair when the music (or accusation) stops shifting. This is what we see “in the meantime” (I couldn’t resist) that your posts give snapshots of so well.

    One of my most heart-felt presuppositions is that the spirit of the biblical faiths — Judaism and Christianity — gives an alternative to this mindless, shifting, satanic blame-game. Of course, not perfectly; and there both of these faiths have strong traditions of grounding themselves in self-reflection, admission of sin, remorse, repentance, forgiveness, and renewal of a covenantal relationship with a merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, self-revealing God. With this component, one need not engage in the human funny business of primitive Sacred default chimera.

    And, it seems to me, that it is here that a Catholic chivalry needs to be renewed and attempted. (Forgive me if there is a Jewish counterpart I am overlooking.) This behavior does not see a perpetrator of violence as a “mimetic rival or double,” but a fallible sinner like oneself — “there but for the grace of God go I” — who must be halted, even if great force must be used:

    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

    Best, Athos

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