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17 October 2012

Absolutely Maddening

So you read a book assigned for class.  You come across a reference in it involving a foreign language (let's say, Latin).  The book quotes an "expert" explaining the true meaning of the word.  The "real" meaning of this word sheds light on an entire misunderstanding perpetrated by a whole bunch of Catholics in positions of authority about a certain topic.

Let's say you know about ten cents worth of Latin.  You recognize the root of the word and begin to get suspicious.  So you look it up.  And you realize that the "expert" is only telling half the story.  You really want to send an email to someone, anyone, pointing out that what's been perpetrated here is a lie.  You want to send the publisher an email, written completely in Latin, pointing out their error.  You see, what's been found here is the insidious type of lie, the type that is repeated often enough until it's considered truth.  Why does it get repeated?  Because an "expert" said it, because it allegedly makes bishops look foolish, because it's beating the Church - aha! - at its own game, translating Latin more correctly.

But this sort of thing is so common that you could spend all your time writing emails regarding it all day, just getting depressed about the slow slide into the abyss being made by the Catholic Intellectual Project.  Thus, instead of writing all these emails, you pen a blog post like this, make a mental note to never trust the author or his so-called "expert" again and recommit yourself to learning Latin and Greek so as to not be beholden to "experts."

That's exactly what you do.