L’Osservatore Romano celebrates Gramsci

L’Osservatore Romano celebrates Gramsci

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Church Revolution in Pictures
Tradition in Action
Posted April 30, 2017

On April 27, 2017, L’Osservatore Romano, the daily newspaper of the Holy See, dedicated a large space to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of communist Antonio Gramsci.

With a prestigious portrait of Gramsci on its page 1 – above and below first row – and almost all of page 5 dedicated to him – second row – the article goes on to quote various comments on religion made by the Italian theorist of Communism.

Although Gramsci did not have any sympathy for religion and only analyzed it to devise how to replace it with communist propaganda, the Vatican’s organ is drunk with joy over the fact that the communist was obliged to recognize that religion – and especially the Catholic Church – have a great influence on the people.

Tired of praising Luther along with other Protestant heretics, homosexual film directors like Pasolini and revolutionary modern artists like Picasso, now L’Osservatore Romano is paying homage to communist intellectuals.

Let us await the day when the Pope’s newspaper will re-commence its mission of spreading the Catholic Faith…

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2 comments on “L’Osservatore Romano celebrates Gramsci



  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! L’Osservatore Romano, the daily newspaper of the Holy See, dedicating a large space to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of communist Antonio Gramsci…analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” in order to avoid being accused of



    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Of course, Gramsci is an important intellectual figure in modern Italian culture.



    Captain Kirk: But won’t this create scandal for Catholics?



    Spock: While that is possible, you may not be taking into consideration the significance and importance of ecumenical dialogue with International Communism and Marxism in the modernist dialectic of the Spirit of Vatican II, Jim. The Church in the modern world must engage in dialogue for the New Evangelization in modernity.



    Captain Kirk: Modernity?

    Küng Fu: Modernism the Legend Continues





    Master Po: What is troubling you, Grasshopper?



    Kwai Chang: I am confused, Master.



    Master Po: What confusion is disturbing your mind in this postmodern age of Angst, self-estrangement, and Cartesian dualism which the Masters call the Kali Yuga?



    Kwai Chang: Is this ecumenical dialogue with Communism and Marxism in the modernist dialectic another Zen koan, Master?



    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, it is very rare for an African elephant to go Disco dancing in the style of John Travolta through the eye of a needle, but a tortoise must always look both ways before crossing a busy road even when it is raining lightly on a chilly day.
    Perhaps in time you will snatch the pebble from my hand, but I am not yet finished playing Zen mind games with you.



    Kwai Chang: Is a modernist Pope wearing a clown nose part of those Zen mind games, Master?





    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening. Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a former, semi-recovering Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of removing logic and reason from religion, let me suggest that this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories…



    Captain Kirk: What about it, Spock? Is a modernist Pope from Argentina wearing a clown nose while L’Osservatore Romano honors a Communist intellectual part of those Zen mind games?



    Spock: Possibly, Captain. I will have to consult the ship’s computer for a complete analysis of this problem.



    Doctor Strangelove: Ja, ja. I vuz going to say zat!



    Hans Küng: We should have a debate on the topic!





    Mr. Roarke: Tattoo, would you wear a clown nose if you were being recruited as a useful idiot for Communists?

    Tattoo: I’m not sure, Boss. I have never given it that much thought.



    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Of course, Antonia Gramsci has had great influence on modern culture. Let’s not forget the Frankfurt School influence in our colleges.



    Ron Burgundy: And in some unusual areas of modern culture you might not expect…



    Ted Baxter: Antonio Gramsci? Does he have an Enneagram number too?





    For Mary Richards, a childless single career woman in 1970s Minneapolis, washing her Ford Mustang while wearing a Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt, as Glenn Frey and the Eagles crooned “Take It Easy” on her 8-track tape player, debates on Antonio Gramsci, Frankfurt School social theory, the mysteries of Zen, and the progressive modernist obsession with climate change and Enneagram numbers were far from her mind…



    Walker Percy: Everybody get a stiff drink!



    Kierkegaard: As long as we get back to a discussion of Angst at some point that should be fine.



    Carol Brady: Mike, I don’t want to interrupt such interesting reading, but I’ve been meaning to tell you that I went off the Pill….





  2. Spock: It is possible, Captain, that clowning, as part of the modernist New Evangelization, and Zen mind games are in fact related.



    Captain Kirk: So this would explain the papal clownery along the spectrum of the modernist dialectic from Maritain, Karl Rahner, and Teilhard de Chardin down to the current ecumenical dialogue about mercy, the New Evangelization, Amoris Laetitia, and who am I to judge?





    Spock: Possibly, Captain. Of course, it’s all theoretical. As the Dutch historian of modern cultural history from Leiden University Johan Huizinga has explored in Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture, it is possible that Pope Francis is playing with us when he engages in clowning and similar behavior.



    Master Po: What is troubling you, Grasshopper?



    Kwai Chang: I am confused by this talk of the Pope playing with us, Master.



    Master Po: How does this trouble and confuse you, Grasshopper?



    Kwai Chang: Is it possible that he does not wish to be seen as hiding his joy, Master?
    And that by wearing a clown nose the Holy Father can be seen to be manifesting an infusion of the Holy Spirit of divine joy as one of the charismatic gifts?



    Walker Percy: I was waiting for someone to get around to that point….

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