The credentialed and religious hospitals
In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have more babies. In Arizona, a nun was excommunicated and the hospital where she works was expelled from the church after 116 years for allowing doctors to terminate a pregnancy to save a woman's life. At the same time, some doctors and other health professionals have faced disciplinary action for refusing to perform procedures or provide medications that go against their religious beliefs.
Should Catholic hospitals be able to restrict doctors from performing common and legal medical practices? Do such restrictions unfairly impinge on the rights of non-Catholic patients and doctors, particularly those in rural or underserved areas where alternative hospitals are not readily available?
America has a serious problem. Those that feel qualified to be our rulers, those credentialed in the right places, have decided that traditional morality must go, but many continue to cling to these worn out notions. Those who worked, if not hard at least successfully, to gain degrees, diplomas, and placement often find their decisions ignored by those without the proper degrees, diplomas and placement.
The Credentialed don't know much about history and cannot think critically, but they have learned the catechism of the Credentialed Class. Their credentialing programs may have been weak on the history of ideas, but it was strong on self-esteem and so the Credentialed are confident in their righteousness in ways that religious fundamentalists can only envy.
Sadly, there still exist institutions, especially the Catholic Church and other religious groups that insist on denying the dogmas of the Credentialed. This dangerous situation can only be ended if these institutions are brought into line. Christians may have started the Western idea of hospitals and have founded many of them, but they must not be allowed to run them based on their own ideas.
Here are five dogmas imbedded in the credentialing process that some Americans, like Catholic bishops with their philosophy training and global vision, missed or stubbornly refuse to obey. I present it to them in the hopes that they avoid social conflict by learning the catechism they have so far avoided. Bishops must be encouraged not to think about these ideas, but to attempt to catch them the way undergraduates at our credentialing institutions caught them: as the residue of notions drifting through the "right" films, You-Tube videos, and general education lectures.
Four dogmas of Credentialism
I. Dogma on the American Founding: The only fact relevant to today about the founding of America was that it had nothing to do with Christianity.
The Founders present a problem: the Credentialed use what they produced, the United States, but the Credentialed don't like the Founders. Because the Founders were wrong about some things, slavery mostly, the Credentialed feel they were obviously wrong about everything . . . with the exception of Christianity.
One thing the Founders got right was that they were either not Christian or did not work inside Christian assumptions in the Founding, even though almost the entire population at the time was in fact Christian. The Founders can, therefore, be safely ignored except when they are quoted by Christians.
II. Dogma on religious institutions: Religious institutions are only good when they agree with the ideas of the Credentialed and so avoid hate and divisiveness.
Some religious institutions do things the Credentialed applaud. Two-thirds of America lacks proper credentials and in these rural and urban areas only government workers and the Church dares go.
The government workers are paid to do so and the Church does so out of love. The government workers, despite their credentials, have proven shockingly ineffective for now and so the vague sense of guilt about the plight of the un-Credentialed continues.
Sadly, unlike the government workers, the pastors, priests and nuns are not credentialed and so sometimes have the wrong ideas. This is hateful and causes division in the help given to the un-Credentialed.
It is less important that the religious are actually educating and healing, than that they attempt to educate and heal in the Credentialed manner. For example, Catholic schools are better for poor children in the sense of "education," but only at the cost of denying the assumptions of our time. If Catholic hospitals will not kill the unborn, they certainly should not be allowed to go about healing them.
The Credentialed see looming theocracy if tax money is taken from religious people and then given to religious people who use it as they see fit. Tax money must be taken from religious people and used as the Credentialed see fit. This will protect liberty.
III. Dogma on morality: The old immorality is really moral and will work out this time because of "science."
Morality is fundamentally about the good life and the good life is about entertainment. If an action is entertaining, then it is good unless it "hurts" (does not entertain) someone else. "Hurt" only counts if the immediate and the long term health of the culture does not count. The Credentialed know that if a thing is the case then it should be the case. They wish to do a thing and so it must be good to do it.
In the past, people wanted to do what we wish to do, but they did not have our technology. Technology will protect our souls against all harm.
IV. Dogma on the proper place for power: Power should be moved into institutions run by the Credentialed.
There are two dangers to the Credentialed society. Voting is dangerous, since often the people with the proper credentials do not win. Real decisions must be shifted then to government agencies and courts where credentials count more than votes.
Families, churches, and social clubs are also dangerous because affection and love often count more than credentials. Natural aristocracies form that can act as a check to the power of the Credentialed. People listen to their parents, because they love their parents even if their parents lack proper credentials. Moral feelings such as piety, reverence, and patriotism are rarely entertaining and difficult to turn into revenue generating programs. They must be ignored.
Aristocracy should be based on credentialing and not marriage, love, or tradition.
Application of the dogma to Catholic institutions
I for one welcome the coming of our new Credentialed Overlords and hope they remember my cooperation with their agenda when it comes to deciding my end of life care in their Credentialed Hospitals.
The Credentialed began in the mid-20th century by asking the rest of America to respect diversity of opinion. This was essentially because most Americans would have rejected the ideas of the Credentialed. Now enough of us have been cowed or persuaded to adopt the dogma of the Credentialed that "diversity of opinion" may have outlived its usefulness.
As a result, the time has come in some areas, such as sexual morality, for the discussion to cease. Catholic hospitals must adopt the ideas of the Credentialed or risk their credentials. If they lack the proper credentials, the healing must stop. Catholic schools must change, because then, even if they become as ineffective as government schools, they will at least be credentialed.
Of course, some reactionaries might attempt to resist these changes. They might talk of "healing" and "education," but those fixated on "results" over "process" will fail. Those with the credentials to predict the future say they will fail and their track record in areas such as the economy makes me confident in their credentialed guesses.
John Mark Reynolds
January 27, 2011; 3:45 PM ET
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