Sunday, May 1, 2016
The Psychology of This
Back when I first started hearing about him, I had two intelligent and devout Catholics from separate parts of the U.S say to me at separate times, "I don't believe Charlie, but I want to!"
Why would anybody want to believe this garbage?
Perhaps what we see in Donald Trump and Michael Voris is part of the answer. People don't care if demagogues are consistent or honest or anything in particular. They want to cheer for them. They want to see them "stick it to the man". They're mad at mainstream politicians and so they flock to Trump, regardless of his personal integrity as a human being because he feeds and stokes their anger and mollifies their frustration. They're mad at the bishops, so they subscribe to Voris. "Here's somebody sticking it to the bishops!" - and the rage porn flows. The fact that Trump has no core beliefs or that Voris attacks people like Mark Shea and me when we criticize the likes of Fr. Corapi, implying that we're part of a great shadowy conspiracy of "professional Catholics"; or the fact that so much of what Voris is peddling is paranoia of one sort or another - none of that matters.
This is not about truth.
This is about finding a hero - or a villain - who makes you feel good and who gives your less than glamorous Christian existence a little verve and focus.
Those of us who think that the truth will matter to True Believers are fooling ourselves. This is because this is not about True Belief - it's about anger and frustration finding some sort of false solution.