Is the neoreactionary / alt-right worldview compatible with the Church teaching? I find its tenets despicable, but many of them claim to be Catholics.
Their cult of machismo doesn’t look much like Jesus-like meekness, and their praise of ethnic identity isn’t compatible with the universal nature of Catholicism. They also appeal to evolutionary psychology, how can one reconcile that with immortal soul?
I’m not sure I know what these terms mean, or wish to know.
You have just given at least two reasons to ignore such people. Yes, ignore. To arguing with such people wouldn’t be productive and may be spiritually harmful to you.
I said two reasons because I haven’t totally discounted evolutionary psychology. If evolution is the means by which God created the human brain and predisposed it to faith, hope, and love, then praise be given!
I shouldn’t be surprised, however, if some people are posing it against faith, that is, molding evolutionary psychology and conflating it with atheistic ideas to suit their purpose.
Reminds me of an old aphorism: Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it (credited, in a slightly different form, to George Bernard Shaw). Also part of it brings to mind: Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
It just occurred to me to wonder why two of my favorite sayings involve pigs…
What do you mean by Alt Right? I live in a country with a centre right president, that the media thinks is far right, for whatever reason. Is there an alt left? Because the mainstream left doesn’t even consider being called “socialist” as an insult anymore. You need to define what you mean when you ask these questions. Like the debate moderator that thinks Afro-Cubans are White supremacists, if you don’t tell us what you mean, it makes it very hard to answer.
To me this is one of the differences between being a Christian and being a Catholic. I can’t look at someone and tell if they’re a Catholic, but I can tell if they’re a Christian.
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
For me, I don’t care whether someone is a Catholic, or a Muslim, or a Jew, or an agnostic, or an atheist, if they love their neighbor then I will gladly count them as a Christian. To me, the world has more than enough Catholics, what it needs is more Christians.
There’s no barrier to Catholics being Christians, just as there’s no barrier to Muslims loving their neighbor. But as for the fruits of the Catholic Church, with that one I’d have to totally disagree. I don’t think that you can love one person while persecuting another and still be considered Christian.
And you think that the Catholic Church hasn’t been guilty of worse?
Of course I’m not going to give them a pass, but neither will I give your beloved Catholic Church a pass either.
This is a difficult question. Life, isn’t fair. It isn’t kind. It isn’t really all that forgiving, and sometimes people are required to make choices, between that which their very souls wish that they didn’t have to do, and that which their love compels them to do. I can’t always judge the hearts of others by one act, but rather it’s the totality of what a person does that speaks to whether they’re a Christian.