Bear in mind, this is not a personal attack. The fisking attached to this post is a critique of the ideas promoted by an individual. The purpose of said critique is to clarify that one can put one's soul in terrible danger by embracing soul-destroying ideologies that lead one away from the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ. Ideas, all ideas, are fair game for criticism. If people choose to make their person and feelings the basis of their argument, then they should not be surprised when they are confused by a criticism of their ideas which appears to them to be a criticism of their person when, in fact, it is not.
N., former priest, social worker, labour leader and head of the Land Conservancy of B.C., has died in Victoria.
N. will be remembered as a champion of social justice and as a man unafraid to reinvent himself to follow his callings, say those who knew him. (Why trust in Jesus Christ to save one from sin when you can merely reinvent yourself? Re-fashioning God in one's own imagined image and self absolution are hallmarks of the "Me-Spirituality" generation.)
N. died in hospice care at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Friday through the medically assisted dying program. (That's the euphemism for state sanctioned assisted suicide. May the Lord have mercy on his soul.)
After breaking his back in a car accident in 2015, N. discovered he had a rare, terminal blood disease. In the weeks before his death, he participated in the Living Well, Dying Well program through the Centre for Earth and Spirit, a charity he helped found dedicated to Earth-based spirituality and awareness. (Comfy names for organizations that, unfortunately, lead people into a culture of death, i.e., spiritual death and despair cleverly disguised. Faithful Catholics need to avoid the mistakes of their troubled brethren who, perhaps unaware of the dangers, cause immense damage to the faith of others by fabricating myths which distract from the revealed Truth of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers to those who trust in Him.)
N. was born on Dec. 20, 1938, in New York City, where he grew up. He moved to Canada in 1969 and worked for 15 years as a social worker with the Victoria Family and Children’s Service.
Before N. moved to Canada, he was an ordained Catholic priest, theology teacher and civil-rights advocate. He obtained a master’s degree in theology from St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C., where he joined Reverend Martin Luther King in silent vigil during national debates around the Civil Rights Act. (Riding on the coattails of MLK? Righteous by association?)
N. became disillusioned with the church when it changed direction from the progressive approach under Pope John XXIII. (That would be Pope Saint John XXIII, a man whose love of Tradition is often discarded by progressives who, eager to find justification for their hijacking of the Council, remade Pope St John XXIII in their own fallen image. Fr. N., at least, had the integrity to leave the priesthood when so many of his ideological brethren remained and damaged the Church with their wayward "theology".) He left the priesthood to pursue other spiritual paths aligned with his values, ('Nuff said.) a journey he details in the 2011 book The Priest Who Left His Religion in Pursuit of Cosmic Spirituality (A wannabe Matthew Fox?). He continued to write about his spiritual journey and the dying process on his website blog.
In a 2015 post, he wrote: “The deeper we look, the greater is our consciousness of our unity with each other and with every other being … . Conscious energy that we associate with the essence of personality is not destroyed or assimilated, just as other forms of energy are not newly created or destroyed … I have drawn great personal strength from knowing that my conscious energy will persist beyond the moment of my death.” (The question is, how will that "conscious energy" exist? More to the point, to what state will his soul now be permanently be oriented? Hell or heaven?)—TCMay the Lord grant to him a swift and merciful judgement; may he rest in peace.