The Haunted Heaven: Chapter Twenty-Eight: Simone Weil
By Michael Moriarty
Certain Catholic principles can be immensely comforting. One, "we are all born in sin!"
Two, Rome has never officially condoned abortion.
The two millennium-long embarrassments within the Catholic Church, however, are too well-known to even harp on. The two-faced nature of the Catholic Church became self-evident when a woman, whom Rome had once burned at the stake, Joan of Arc, was made a saint.
"We are all born in sin" … and despite claims to the contrary, we and our holy institutions, despite baptism, confirmation and Holy Roman empires, remain in sin.
This all explains why the most saintly intellect of the Twentieth Century for me was Simone Weil. And Rome has yet to acknowledge her importance.
She never became a Catholic, thinking that she might convert more people to Catholicism by remaining outside the Church.
I also believe she would never have endured the ideological hypocrisies involved when the Church circles her wagons to protect her own, rather than clean house.
Simone Weil certainly hooked me and several others, dragging us, at least for a time, into the Fishing Boats of Rome. She has haunted my Haunted Heaven since Chapter Seventeen and its tribute to my stepmother, Marisa Pavane.
A recently printed chapter of Haunted Heaven stated unequivocally that the only major institution left to combat the increasingly Marxist New World Order is the Catholic Church. The main distinction between the two empires is their opposing stands on abortion. Otherwise they are both distinctly similar herds that, at least in America, vote Democrat.
I was a Democrat in the same way Simone Weil had been a Marxist.
I, however, had been trained, while ironically not a Catholic, in high school by the Jesuits.
She, on the other hand, had been converted to Catholicism by three mystical experiences of her own, clearly outlined in the brief but incisive Wikipedia biography.
I, however, have chosen to "lapse" and, like Weil, remain outside the Catholic Church. My distance from Rome stems from the impossibility for me to become a priest. It's either all or nothing and I am still too great a fantasizing libertine to qualify even as a priory's janitor.
Now that push has indeed come to shove, and the American Catholic Church is now split from within over abortion, I feel quite reassured in my relation to the Catholic Church as one of a respectfully profound distance as well as a profoundly distant respect.
As for the Catholic community? As the best of Catholics might pity me and many others among them might remain contempt-filled hypocrites, I reflect upon Simone Weil.
We are all born in sin yet, with the momentary flashes of God's lightning-like presence in our lives, we hobble our way to some, mildly improved understanding of Christ's sacrifice. The depth of His humility and obedience to God.
The Church has yet to recognize Simone Weil for the sacredness she did, indeed, live within.
Then again, how long did it take before France's other saint, Joan of Lorraine, received her due?
And who played St. Joan both on stage and on film?
The actress, Ingrid Bergman, who was denounced by many in America.
Ingrid Bergman and Simone Weil?
An America with Bergman's and Weil's brand of integrity, honesty and courage wouldn't be in the spiritually schizophrenic fix that the United States and American Catholics find themselves in now. Between Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi, Vice-President of the United States and former Speaker of the House, American Catholics and Catholicism have been officially given role models that publicly defy the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and the centuries-long, pro-life tradition of the Church.
What Abraham Lincoln said about America may very well be repeated about the Catholic Church: If She dies, it won't be by a foreign power. It will be by suicide.
America is not dead yet but is, indeed, dying because of the Roe v Wade decision 38 years ago. There is no longer the American "inalienable right to life".
The same Leftist attack on the United States from within the Democratic Party is the same Leftist attack on the Catholic Church from within largely Democrat American Catholicism, i.e. Biden and Pelosi.
With a hidden Civil War going on within the United States and the Catholic Church, my positions outside America and the Catholic Church seem sanest, despite the New World Order's friends and colleagues, George Soros' and Media Matters' efforts to paint me as the crazed one. Such "Pied Pipers" lead their followers right off a cliff of lies.
Simone Weil made it clear she would rather starve to death than follow similarly enlightened despots off their suicidal cliffs of hypocrisy, the very selective brands of spiritual righteousness that reek of corruption when held up to the light of God's sun. All she wanted to do was leave wartime England for France and join the Resistance. The "enlightened despots" of Britain wouldn't allow her to.
The accounts of her death and the reasons for it are varied. Lack of nourishment is certainly one of the most indisputable. The most moving, however, was that of Weil's first English biographer, Richard Rees.
So did Christ.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.