Mac Haters, Meet Anti-Catholics
A few days ago, Andrew Sullivan described Apple Stores as having the “innovation and beauty” that a “renewed Christianity would muster in its churches, if it hadn’t collapsed in a welter of dogma and politics.” As a fellow Mac enthusiast and liberal Roman Catholic, I couldn’t agree more.
I was amused this morning by this Dish reader’s reply, which sought to deny Apple’s status as a “secular Church.” To my mind, at least, the reader’s criticisms only strengthened Sullivan’s point. I mean, the analogy is a bit ridiculous to begin with — but let’s run with it. Suppose I substitute words like “the Catholic Church” and “Roman Catholics” each time the Dish reader uses “Apple” and “Apple users,” and vice versa. What results is (with a few edits) as follows:
You disappoint me with your praise for the Catholic Church. If anything, the Church seeks to brainwash . . . Apple products are designed to bring a sense of warmth and spirituality and mysticism; the Catholic Church is sterile and smug. Catholic Churches look like a room out of the Death Star more than an Apple Store or a place I would want to worship.
What galls me the most about the Catholic Church is their slogan — “A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience.” This is as Orwellian as it gets, considering that customization is the enemy of all things Roman Catholic.
They want complete control over all religious believers at all times. If you need God, you can only get him from The Catholic Church . . . I come back to the evil empire again because it truly is what The Catholic Church most resembles.
What’s worse about the slogan is that I’ve never encountered such groupthink as I do with Roman Catholics. Everything The Church teaches about faith and morals is infallible. No questions asked. When you suggest there might be some issues such as pedophilia, you are completely shot down. Criticism is not allowed in the house of Benedict XVI (as proven by its recent attempts to censor any and all critics).
Finally, we get to the worst of it: Roman Catholics tend to think that the Church cares about them. They think of the Church as their friend, far more than just an organization that wants their money.