parasite: noun1.an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.2.a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.3.(in ancient Greece) a person who received free meals in return for amusing or impudent conversation, flattering remarks, etc.—dictionary.com
1530s, "a hanger-on, a toady, person who lives on others," from Middle French parasite (16c.) or directly from Latin parasitus "toady, sponger," and directly from Greek parasitos "one who lives at another's expense, person who eats at the table of another," from noun use of an adjective meaning "feeding beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + sitos "food," of unknown origin. Scientific meaning "animal or plant that lives on others" is first recorded 1640s (implied in parasitical).—Online Etymological Dictionary.
A Catholic is a public Christian living his or her personal faith in Jesus Christ at home and in the public square. A Catholic is called to holiness in Jesus Christ. A Catholic is in communion with Jesus and the one true Church that He Himself founded.
If any single characteristic dominates the mindset and ideology of such people it is fear. They have built themselves a hobbit-hole of seclusion (hobbits... "really are amazing creatures...", and are remarkably resistant to evil!), a bunker of protection against the outside world (In the middle ages these hobbit-holes were known as monasteries, the same Benedictine monasteries that rescued civilization from the tyranny of the dark-minded politically correct elitists of that day and age). Nor can this simply be blamed on their age because some of the fiercest and cruellest of them are fairly young (Yep, there are a few sharp-tongued young whippersnappers out there armed with smart phones!). The fear is a result of their socialization, their mingling of church and state and their desire for a cause in an era they see as corrupt and immoral (If an intruder breaks into your house, it's reasonable to be fearful and to anticipate certain outcomes and to act to protect oneself and one's family. Yes, Mr. Coren, much of Canadian society is morally bankrupt. Only an ostrich would stick his head in the proverbial sand of the 'I'm OK, you're OK' logic of the rainbow sophists).I don’t see that corruption and immorality (neither does he see his own hypocrisy). I see the same challenges, the same greatness and the same brokenness that has always been. But here’s the paradox: while Canada may be less explicitly Christian than ever before, it has arguably become in its sense of equality, fairness and downright decency more Christian than ever (That is, if by "Christian" Mr. Coren means the status quo that demands orthodox Christians accept as dogma certain secular policies that are morally untenable. Are we more Christian when we flip morality on its head and refer to a sin as a virtue?). Perhaps that’s why my new friends are so angry with me, with Canada and with pretty much everything (Mr. Coren's attempt to make himself the paragon of virtue aside for the moment, his attempt to deflect criticism of his misrepresentation of himself while working for Catholic groups is beneath the intelligence of his critics who, having called him out on his misbehaviour, are justified in their righteous indignation when anyone attempts to obfuscate and to impose destructive social policies while hiding their evil agenda behind a veneer of social justice).—www.thestar.com
Let me stress here that this is not about Christian orthodoxy (The fact he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth is stressing me out!). I know orthodox Christians, evangelical as well as Catholic, who are self-denying and saintly. (Here it comes... Messiah Coren Superstar). Historically it was such people who battled against slavery, racism and exploitation, who worked for a welfare state, public medicine, shorter working hours and peace. (Bingo!) I myself am orthodox in my faith (Mr. Coren rejects Catholic teaching about human sexuality) and it was precisely because of and not in spite of my Christian beliefs that I felt the invincible (Yikes! - there goes the invincible ignorance defence!) need to change. Christianity is a permanent revolution, a constant questioning of what is around us and who we are (One might argue that Christianity is keeping Christ's commandments—If you love me, you will keep my commandments [John 14:15; 15:10].).The pain of another is personal pain, we are our neighbour, we exist and live in a collective of grace and to exclude any other person is to exclude God (... and if someone excludes himself from communion with Holy Mother Church by sinning, e.g., by luring someone into their sin, what then?). It’s a message that should positively bleed from our very soul. It’s when orthodoxy melts into paranoia and reaction and when it adopts a political face that we see problems (One wonders if Michael Coren can truly understand the irony or contradiction in his statement). To my shame I was sometimes guilty of that, part of a group that revels in pious outrage and constant failure (As mentioned in a previous post, Coren will have to jettison any semblance of orthodoxy lest he offend his new hosts. It seems that prediction has come true. He now characterizes his former apologetic as 'pious outrage'. Ya gotta love the neck snapping speed with which he has denied his former constituents. Oh, and btw—Mr. Coren did a whole lot more than being "sometimes guilty". He made a whole television career out of his lust for controversy. It should not come as any big surprise that Mr. Coren is attempting to absolve himself from his protracted foray into partisanship. Self absolution is to be expected from the liberal-religionist.).—ibid.
was fired from three regular columns in Catholic magazines, had a dozen speeches cancelled and was then subjected to a repugnant storm of tweets, Facebook comments, emails, newspaper articles and radio broadcasts(.)—ibid.