Monday, 15 July 2013

Another Exclusive Catholic Gerald Interview with 'Enemy' of the Church

'Misunderstood, decent all-round chap': Satan
Following in the line of exclusive interviews with personalities who are perceived to be 'enemies' of the Catholic Church, this week The Catholic Gerald concludes its interviews with Gerald writer Ned Jest engaging in a frank discussion with the Devil.

Ned: "There's certainly been a great deal of controversy surrounding your involvement in public life, the life of the Church and almost everything since time began. Firstly, how are you doing, Satan?"

Satan: "Hi Ned, yes, I'm just great. Good thanks. Perfect. Fantastic. Couldn't be better, thanks. On top of the world. If I felt any better than this, I'd be God."

Ned: "You seem remarkably pleased with yourself."

Satan: "This is me being humble."

Ned: "Great. Right. Er. Well, this is a remarkable day in Catholic journalism, I think we can all agree, and this interview rounds up a series of interviews with people who are thought to be 'enemies' of the Church. Would you count yourself as fitting that bill?"

Satan: "No, no not at all and I certainly wouldn't say that these people you've interviewed are 'enemies' of the Church either. They are, after all, my disciples. For a long time now, people have thought I was an 'enemy' of the Church, but they just don't understand me. I want to help the Church. It needs, you know, to get with the 21st century and there are many now inside the Church, as well as outside, who agree with me. Modernisation - that is the key for a good Catholic Church in this century - one that doesn't offer any language that may offend anyone. People are tired of being offended. They need hope - not language that pushes them away. We have to help people and share. It's all about love."

Ned: "But the Church is about Jesus, isn't it?"

Satan: "Wasn't it Jesus's teaching to be nice and never say anything offensive? I think it was. He told people not to judge. Bishops are really good at doing this, especially in your country, with a few exceptions. Ecumenism too - by which I mean bringing people into an umbrella religion in which everyone can agree - that's really important to me, though, of course, it need not be under the Catholic Church. I want to bring all people together. I get such a bad press, but I do a lot of great work in the Church for the sake of the kingdom. I'm not just involved in the production of Hollywood films, you know! I have workers who work in different aspects of the Church's life and mission. Bishops, priests and cardinals who maybe don't tell people about sin and salvation, Confession and the Eucharist, living well and dying a holy death, but do tell people about other good things, being nice, sharing with others - as well as nuns who just let it all hang out. Have you heard of a group called 'Call to Action'?"

Ned: "That was your doing?"

Satan: "Of course! My work inside the Church is even more important to me than my work outside of the Church in people's personal lives, in the media, Government, politics, the social sciences and various lobbying groups at an international, national and local level. Obviously, I want to help a lot of people outside the Church, but inside the Church, really changing it - change that we can believe in - that's my big thing at the moment. It's really quite an obsession for me. It's what really keeps me awake."

Ned: "They say you never sleep."

Satan: "Well, you know. No rest for the wicked!"

Ned: "Oh, go on with you, you old rascal! But some critics of your influence in the Church suggest that what you really want to do is crush the Church, you know, because its a threat to your mission. They say you are bad - "Evil" - the very essense of evil itself. All you want to do is drag souls to Hell for all eternity out of your hatred for God."

St Michael and a Demon sharing banter
Satan: "Look, everyone has their critics and I know that my work in the Church is not going to be appreciated by everyone, but the Church needs to recognise that the tide is turning and that modernity is against it. You might say to me, promoting homosexuality, artificial contraception, euthanasia, abortion, all manner of so called 'sins' is 'wrong', but what is 'wrong'? This whole concept of 'wrong' and 'right' needs to be reassessed and I think the Church needs to look at this one again."

Ned: "Yes, but the Church's teachings are 'infallible' and revealed by Almighty God. They cannot be changed because they are from God."

Satan: "What is right for one person is not always right for all. What is wrong for one person is not always wrong for all. There are always important exceptions and I think we all know that Jesus did not like people who stuck to 'rules'. He always condemned the Pharisees. Isn't it wrong that a woman can't assert her reproductive rights? Isn't it wrong that a man and a man can't share a love together in marriage? Isn't it wrong that when a person is terribly ill that they cannot make a choice - a free choice - to end their own life to end suffering or that of someone else who is suffering? These are all questions that the Church has an outdated answer to. It has to change. I know my time is short, but I'm going to do all I can to convince those inside and outside the Church that my way is the right way."

Ned: "But what about Hell. Isn't it true that you want to drag souls to Hell forever and separate them from God eternally?"

Satan: "Ned, Ned, Ned. Trust me, if there was a Hell and people's souls were there, wouldn't that mean that God isn't love after all? Didn't St John say 'God is love'? Are you going to tell me that God would send any of his children to Hell, or even his angels? I'm good, God is good, we are all on the same page, all fighting for justice and peace on Earth."

Ned: "But I've been told by others to say a prayer to St Michael the Archangel after I've met you and before because they say you shouldn't talk to the Devil. Some people say its dangerous."

Satan: "Oh, he an I are good friends, I wouldn't say that prayer if I were you. That stuff is just fable. We all get along. We're all angels, right?"

David Cameron: Working for the 'programme'
Ned: "Interesting. Tell me more about your work in Government because, for instance, there are some laws that could lead to the Church being persecuted in this country - like 'gay marriage', for example. If it is true that you want to 'help' the Church, then why are you influencing people to adopt laws that run contrary to the Church's teaching?"

Satan: "Well, obviously I'm working hard through different agencies to bring the World into a new system of morality and Government that will work for the people and bring people freedom. I've always been into freedom ever since I first had that first dispute with Almighty God. Don't worry - that all turned out okay. We're talking again now. Governments are starting to realise that love is love and men and women love people of the different sex and some love people of the same gender. They're realising that people have evolved to love people of the same-sex. Love and freedom - that's my message. This is obviously the same as Jesus's message. People have to have the freedom to love who they want to love and the freedom to love them in marriage or not. I've got a lot of supporters on this and slowly but surely Governments are working in concert to get with the programme."

Ned: "But what about those who cannot go along with the 'programme'?

Satan: "Look, you can't please everyone. There will always be some people who resist a new Order - a new way of looking at things, a new vision, a bold vision of love and freedom. Above all, there will always be some people who resist the idea of equality. What I'm bringing to the world is equality. We all deserve to be equal."

Ned: "I'm sorry, I hate to persist with this, but what about those who disagree with your big idea?"

The Devil on the Latin Mass: 'Not my cup of tea'
Satan: "Don't worry, Ed and tell your readers, 'don't worry'. Hey, Ed, its me! I'm a nice guy, remember! You might hear some 'stories' of some people who haven't understood the new vision of marriage or who have an outdated idea of what its all about - love, life, marriage, freedom, equality, liberty - all these are issues that are going through changes and redefinitions. I'm a reasonable kind of guy. Ultimately, I'm working on a global plan for transformation and I want the UN to play a big role in it."

Ned: "The UN?"

Satan: "The UN is about peace, justice and harmony, right? What better a global organisation to enforce a new era of equality and peace? I think we can all agree to disagree on certain matters and I think its really unlikely that the changes in law won't go incredibly smoothly. Remember, you still have equality laws in your country and in an equal world all people of different views - their views - even if they are cherished views that are really important to them - will be respected. It's all about human rights, see, everyone living side by side, happy and in peace."

Ned: "Just one last question. Do you like the Latin Mass?"

Satan: "It's not really my cup of tea to be honest. I prefer Mass to be a celebration of the Church community. Can a Church community celebrate the Last Supper and enjoy the meal with Jesus if he is not facing the congregation? I don't think so. That said, liturgy isn't my strong point and you know what Jesus said about 'rules'. All those Vestments. What a get up! Does Jesus like such things? I really doubt it, not the poor humble man of Nazareth! Do you really want all that Latin back? I mean, it doesn't make sense!"

Ned: "Well, I think we're going to have to draw this interview to a close. Obviously there is loads more we could talk about but that concludes our series of interviews with 'enemies' of the Catholic Church. This was a great idea by the editorial team to give free and unbiased column inches to disciples of Antichrist and to top it all off with an interview with their leader is really the icing on the cake. Thanks, Satan."

Satan: "Thank you, Ned. Before I go I'd just like to take the opportunity to tell your readers: Don't forget to subscribe to The Tablet for just £86 per year. The Tablet: For all your weekly Catholic news and opinion needs..."


Martina Katholik said...

Regarding the interview with the Stonewall chief executive:

"(...) As for the Homosexual Movement in the United States, up until the late 1960s, it remained largely an underground leftist affair organized by such men as Marxist Henry Hay. It was a loosely organized, fringe network congregating in major port cities such as San Francisco and New York and was, in the public eye, mainly associated with avant garde occupations and sexual libertines. Its political clout, financial resources, and influence on American sexual mores were very limited.

JV – And then came Stonewall?

RE – Yes, and then came the Stonewall Inn riots of June 1969 which, we are told, became the “flash point” of the Homosexual Liberation Movement worldwide. Seemingly overnight, “gay” leaders spontaneously organized themselves into a well-oiled political machine; they staged press conferences in major cities which were covered by the world media, millions of dollars flowed into the movement’s heretofore empty coffers, and leading public figures decried the injustices allegedly suffered by homosexuals. What had been traditionally viewed as a vice to be suppressed by government became a virtue and a civil right to be protected and advanced by the State.

JV – I take it you don’t buy this official version of Stonewall?

RE – Not for one moment. Events of this magnitude take careful planning and coordination and a great deal of money. They do not occur by spontaneous combustion. The Homosexual Revolution, like any revolution worth its salt, started at the top, with the wealthy and powerful, and not with a group of disgruntled clientele of transvestites, homosexuals, and young male hustlers who frequented the small Greenwich Village bar and who were later joined by sympathetic residents in a violent melee with local police.

JV – Do you have any evidence to back up your claim?

RE – Yes. I have, for example, the statement of Dr. Richard Day, a former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood-World Population and a Rockefeller protégée, who, just months before Stonewall publicly stated that “homosexuals will be given permission to be homosexual.”

JV – Permission from whom?

RE – From the elite of the “New World System. (...)”

umblepie said...

A brilliantly caricatured post,I felt myself cringing as I read it.I then read the article in the Catholic Herald and see exactly where you are coming from. 'Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil'

Andrew said...

If the Herald's been infiltrated by Telegraph 'Catholics' like Ed W...sorry, 'Ned Jest', well, you know the game is up*.

"Of course! My work inside the Church is even more important to me than my work outside of the Church..."


*I was under the impression that Damian Thompson was ousted from the Catholic Herald for reasons obvious. His wikipedia entry suggests he's still on the board there. Perhaps that explains its current editorial policy?

Mummymayhem said...

I know what you are referring to. Cemented my decision to cancel my Herald subscription.

Mummymayhem said...

My Herald subscription cancelled thanks to the interview with the stonewall chap. Not helped by Fr Rolheiser and some other people. Catholic times stopped long ago.Now only get Catholic and Mass Of Ages.

Supertradmum said...

Nice, I mean, no, not nice. Cool, no, I mean hot. Wish it could be an insert in every church bulletin in every Catholic Church in England, Scotland and Wales. One obvious omission-The Bitter Pill aka, The Tablet. You will have to do another interview and ask about "Catholic publishing".

Nicolas Bellord said...

Brilliant and thank you.

There is a very serious issue here.
Reading the article in the CH I noted various statements by Summerskill which just went unanswered by Ed West. In particular his version of what happened to the adoption societies goes unchallenged. Summerskill is no fool and many may be persuaded by what he says. The CH is doing the church a disservice in my view. I will not be cancelling my subscription but am concerned about where it is going - particular in view of another problem I have with them about not covering a particular scandal in the Church - but that is another story!

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