This post won’t be all that well-thought-out. Maybe entertaining in a spot or two, though?
Several times in this space, I have commented critically on the “Kansas Monks”–those associated with Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Although I have a fond feeling for Atchison in general, having spent three important years of my life there and having made some good friends (a few of whom I’ve kept!) I have no fond feelings for monks — these or any other — or what they stand for.
Once, I wrote that I would not write about the “Kansas Monks” ever again on this blog, but I am reneging. I figure that repeatedly ignored requests that they take me off their fundraising, propagandizing mailing list will be seen to justify at least this one coming-out-of-hiding on my part.
A few months back, I couldn’t resist saving a page out of their most recent magazine. A sidebar shows pics of six monks (I guess that’s the umbrella term; four are labeled “father,” and another two are called “abbot”), along with blurbs about what each of them does with the internet as part of monkish “ministry.”
- A monk named Miller has 4,200 Facebook friends. Bully for him. That’s sad, because it probably means he’s got a following of college students who’ve crossed his path and had wool pulled over their eyes.
- One named Senecal “gathers prayer requests” via the monks’ website. Any specific criticism of this one runs a high risk of my impugning his motives, so I’ll merely confess and move on.
- The coup? A monk named Habiger “spreads the news of natural family planning via an e-mail newsletter.” And what a gospel is that! And what an (pardon me while I grab my tongue with a forceps and shove it irrevocably into my cheek) amazingly credible witness to a Pope-induced, biblically sound limitation!
In other words, gimmeabreak. How is a monk going to talk about anything that has to do with sex? At best, he’s a disingenuous, meddling homiletician with a concocted, a-biblical message he’s passing off, by virtue of his cloth, as biblical.
I have to wonder, further on #3 above, whether the whole Pope-against-contraception thing got started — presumably overtly in about 1930, but whenever — because he and all his henchmen realized that they needed to try to ensure continuous re-population so that they could maintain whatever degree of hold they had on the world.
Cynical? Sad? But maybe true?
For those interested, here are links to a few of the posts that dealt with these monk
eys in the past.