Skip to comments.Sydney Archbishop Cautions Against ‘Safe Spaces’ and ‘Trigger Warnings’
Posted on 12/25/2019 4:53:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher warned against the dangers of identity politics in his Christmas morning homily, suggesting that todays snowflakes risk falling victims to a toxic narcissism.
As desires change, we can revise our bodies surgically or our beliefs ideologically, the archbishop said. But reducing ourselves to our tastes or to a single attribute risks neglecting other important things about us.
Amidst celebrity adulation and identity politics, narcissism is now endemic. Too much focus on identity can be distorting, he warned.
Preaching to a standing room-only crowd of some 2,000 Catholics at St. Marys Cathedral Wednesday morning, Fisher said that the modern era of liquid personality and self-generated identities runs counter to peoples true identities before God.
Some of our I.D. comes from family, nation and culture, he said. But modernity prefers self-generated identities. Much of it is said to be about what we identify with.
Sometimes its just code for self-indulgence, Fisher declared. We humor our preferences with the excuse its who we are. No need to abide by laws of faith and reason, or to compromise to the needs of others.
Safe spaces and trigger warnings coddle our fragile egos, he added.
Much of the archbishops homily seemed aimed at modern theories of gender identity, which propose that a persons sexual identity is fluid rather than biologically anchored and that sexual orientation is the defining attribute of personal identity.
Fisher said there were forces seeking to marginalize the Christian identity in particular, which require a recommitment to the faith from believers.
If we are confused about values and vocation, well be disinclined to plan or commit. Disengaged from family, Church and society, we fall easy prey to isolation or extremism, he said.
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