It is wrong to speak ill of the dead, or so we are told. How dare we acknowledge behaviour which led to misery and death?
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.—Romans 3:23
Universalist ditties such as "She was such a trooper, such a nice person... we'll see her in the afterlife!" are so self congratulatory and so indiscriminately flaccid toward justice that such an attitude, while arrogant, is atrociously and egregiously ignorant. The values by which citizens of the movie and music industries measure the merit of their deceased peers are, for example, so tragically bland they are offensive to anyone who values honesty and the truth about the human condition. Surely death, or its approach, is not merely an opportunity to be nice nor to draw attention to one's own asinine Tweets—George Takei's, for one—and thereby draw attention to oneself.
The entertainment industry coughs up nervous testimonies preoccupied with blessing their members' misbehaviour and tragic lives. Such is the nature of the confused community of Grammy, Emmy and Oscar hugging human beings who, if they just stopped trying so hard to please themselves, might just find true solidarity with others and find much needed healing.
The Gray Lady, once proud herald of true news, is dead. The New York Times will be remember for a long slow decline into irrelevance as its editorials became little more than cheap tabloid repeats of trite pieces by even cheaper tabloids. "What will I line by rabbit cage with now?"—11 year old Missy Takyn.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.—Matthew 3:12Father Longenecker identifies the virus of universalism, a heresy and faux-mercy used to obscure honest reflection and weaken appropriate personal accountability that is plaguing Western thinking.
What is universalism? The belief that "everyone will eventually be saved no matter what." Semi-universalism is "we hope and believe that everyone will be saved no matter what." In other words, semi- universalism is universalism for those who don't have the guts to be universalists.
Universalism is a heresy because it is a half truth. Christ did die for all, but the universalist only holds on to that part of the truth. He denies the other half of the full truth, that not everyone will accept that grace and therefore some will go to hell.
It is a sentimentalist heresy because it is based not on clear thinking or logic or the authority of Church teaching or the catechism or the Sacred Scriptures, for there is no support anywhere for universalism in the Catholic faith. Instead it is based on people's longing to be nice and 'not hurt anyone's feelings' and the syrupy sentiment that, "God is too loving to send anyone to hell."
The effects of universalism on the church are catastrophic. It's not real hard to understand. People aren't dumb. If everyone is going to be saved, then why bother to go to church? If everyone is going to be saved there is no such thing as mortal sin. If everyone is going to be saved there is no need for evangelism. If everyone is going to be saved there is no need to feed the hungry, become a priest, build the church and become a saint.
Of all the various Hydra heads of modernism, universalism is probably the most insidious and diabolical and destructive of them all. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's sweetness and light and sentimentality and underneath it's poison.—Fr. D. Longenecker.When we appear before the judgement seat of God, the Lord's "ear" will not be swayed by the gushing Tweets of those who think they can canonize a peer and demand that the universe, the Force or some Hollywood deity will bless him or her because (s)he did a few nice things while otherwise living as a reprobate and fornicator indifferent to the commandments of Jesus Christ.
Niceness is not a ticket to a front row seat in heaven.
If we believe that we are "in this life together" to help each other, if we believe that solidarity with our fellow human beings matters, we had best be real with each other this side of eternity lest we fabricate an illusion which traps us in endless misery, a hell of our own making.
In charity, Catholics are obliged to propose to others that, if they value their eternal souls, they should be wary of falling under the sway of the same or similar forces which dragged down a celebrity into a pit of despair. A truly caring person would propose to the weak the remedy to help them avoid being ensnared by the temptations which can cause someone to spiral even further downward and to seek false comforts.
Hollywood forges ponderous chains.