There is an interesting interview by Jonathan Merritt (RNS) with Earl Smith, a protestant prison chaplain, at the Catholic Register entitled Q&A with Charles Manson’s prison chaplain.
May 23, 2015 (Number sequencing added by Catholic Sacristan for organizational purposes)
Merritt: Tell us about your relationship with Charles Manson. What was your assessment of his spiritual state?
Smith: After each conversation I had with Charles Manson, I went away in awe of (1) his ability to capture a moment and claim it as his. Charles Manson was exactly what he sought to be. Charles wanted people to see him, hear his name and fear him. The problem is that Charles is (2) a little person who sees his height in terms of emotional and psychological dominance. Psychological warfare was his means of survival. (3) He once told me: “This is my world, and I decide when you do what you do. The trees, the stars, the grass, they all belong to me.” Charles was interested in the manipulation of people for the sole purpose of seeing if he could manipulate them.
The lords of many modern social-political (sexual, gender, identity) theories make themselves, even more than their sophistic theories, the measure of all things. When someone comes along who defies and opposes their shaky worldview by affirming the dignity of man, for starters, they demonize that person they cannot argue into submission. They see people of faith, for example, as the enemy.
I am the wheat of God. I must be ground by the teeth of wild beasts to become the pure bread of Christ.
Christ is the yeast of the bread of the martyrs. The martyr saints allow us to see the Bread of Heaven, for they themselves have allowed themselves to be yeasted by Christ. He, by the power of His Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, raises them up to witness to the Gospel in this life and raises them up to eternal beatitude in the next.
Many online commentators are suffering heat for merely capturing and displaying the wicked statements of worldly priests and other badly behaving "Catholics" who, abetting the adoption of worldly theories, rush to litigate in a feeble attempt to suppress speech which exposes their theological and pastoral malfeasance.
Manson as captured by Earl Smith
In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it.”—G.K. Chesterton.
Like Charles Manson, the proponents of contemporary relativistic socio-political sexual theor/y/ies possess
1) the ability to capture a moment and claim it as (theirs).
Few can deny the success with which groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the like have co-opted the conversation and redefined language to make vice appear as virtue. These culture of death groups have co-opted social institutions, e.g., public schools and universities, to their advantage. A generation or more of public teachers (and many teachers in Catholic schools) have been almost fully indoctrinated into the new social norm: freedom = freedom from (responsibility and authority). The new found "freedom" is merely hedonism wrapped up in an annoying sense of entitlement, and it is slavery not authentic freedom. The colourful flag bearers of this contemporary form of slavery thirst for power, and specifically exploit the will against the intellect to dominate and profit from that domination.
Like Charles Manson, the proponents of contemporary relativistic socio-political sexual theor/y/ies are
2) little (people) who see (their) height in terms of emotional and psychological dominance. Psychological warfare (is their) means of survival.
Certain political sexual movements have made the claim that their only goal is to achieve equality under the law. That goal as stated misrepresents the actions being taken in various high courts to marginalize rational dissent by those seeking to establish a new status quo. Institutions and individuals who want to live the Faith in public, a faith which requires the conservation of traditional marriage, for example, are routinely threatened by groups that demand not only acceptance but approval of lifestyles which people of faith cannot in good conscience embrace. Thus, the inalienable right to freedom of conscience is a threat to those who want to impose their sexual and gender ideologies on the majority. The great irony, of course, is that the call for tolerance is being used to marginalize people who do not share irrational ideologies being foisted upon them in the name of tolerance. The intolerance of the tolerant minority merely mocks justice and authentic freedom.
The degree to which certain groups attempt to bully others into submitting to a political agenda that promotes sexual licence, for example, is a measure of the insecurity of those who seek to dominate others purely by force. Instead of using reason to persuade, the gender ideologues demand that the state and courts coerce others into conformity. Little do the exponents of certain sexual and gender political theories realize that they are marginalizing inalienable rights and contributing to a deeper descent into fascism.
(3) “This is (our) world, and (we) decide when you do what you do. The trees, the stars, the grass, they all belong to (us).”
Most modern relativistic theories inhibit relationships inter-human and human-divine. The rupture between man and God is not news. However, even though the news is well know, modern man has yet to recover the meaning of the sin/redemption narrative found in Genesis and throughout Holy Scripture.
Modern man is at war with himself and thus he is at war with nature. Relativists miss the icon—or is it more accurate to say 'idol'—of man's fall. The natural order, that is creation, is damaged.
Contrary to the charge typically levelled at religionists, i.e., that the Christian religion is about the domination of creation, the secular religionist is guilty by far of a faulty stewardship because his nature is fallen and he doesn't realize he is projecting his brokeness out into the natural world. Point of fact, the rupture between man and nature is man's doing.
Man's alienation from himself and the natural order is symptomatic of a fundamental rupture or disassociation created by sin. Is it any wonder that the secularist, bereft of a supernatural orientation, is prone to an exaggerated humanism which places man in tension with the environment? Christians respond that it is precisely because of man's sin that man is alienated from God and the natural world which God created good (Genesis 1, 2 and 3).
Is it not also curious that those who attack Catholics and other religionists claim that religion is the root of all environmental evil? They set up the straw man that human beings are overpopulating the planet and raping and polluting the environment to feed, clothe and entertain themselves. Rid the planet of human beings; problem solved, at least according to the anti-humanist mindset. Perhaps the advocates of population control and euthanasia should volunteer to be the first to leave the planet if they are so concerned that their presence is hurting the earth.
The heralds of the overpopulation apocalypse, however, are rarely eager to acknowledge responsibility for their own actions which constitute a threat to the environment and human well being, but they are willing to lie to protect themselves and to indict the innocent and to tell people of faith what to do and when to do it. They behave like the violent Agent Smith in the Matrix series. Smith, an anti-christ of sorts, demanded that "This is my world. My world!" He turned everyone into copies of himself. That's the way evil works. Evil can only survive by tempting others into evil. Otherwise, evil is sterile.
Evil has no being. Evil is a parasite. Christ overcomes the parasite by taking it (sin) in and destroying it by his death. Because He is God, He rises from the dead.
Neo overcame the man of sin when the evil Smith tried to make him into another copy. The Matrix isn't a perfect story from a Christian perspective, but the writers did get right to some extent the idea that Christ takes on sin and destroys it.
Now is the judgment of the world; now will the prince of the world be cast out.—St. John 12:31
I will no longer speak much with you, for the prince of the world is coming, and in me he has nothing. But He comes that the world may know that I love the Father and that I do as the Father has commended me.—St. John 14:30-31
I speak the truth to you; it is expedient for you that I depart. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go I will send Him to you and when He has come He will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment; of sin, because they do not believe in me; of justice, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; and of judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged.—St. John 16:7-11.