by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
The purpose of human language is to communicate truth.
This is saying which is agreed upon by nearly every member of humanity. But we often forget how profound its implications are.
Saint Thomas says, that the truth of which we speak here, is the right relation between the human mind and reality as it is. The discovery of truth, then, is the discovery of the right way to understand the reality which is around us or inside us.
But we often forget the other word in this universal definition of human language: communicate. “Communicate” is word which comes from the Latin verb meaning “to build up together” or to “to share gifts with one another”. In the definition of human language we see the profound social aspect of speaking and its goals on the level of society: sharing and the promotion of the perfection of one another. The communication of truth therefore is the fulfillment of the inherent goals both of communication and of truth.
What I have just written could be called the philosophical or anthropological principles of human language. Not just of any one particular human language, but of all human language.
The other tongue
An individual human language is also called a “tongue” from the fact that each language requires for its proper enunciation a way of enunciation which is habitual and requires the tongue which speaks it to adapt accordingly.
But there is another sense of the word, “tongue”, which I want to employ here: this is the sense in which the word means not one kind of human speech, but an entire different philosophy or definition of human language.
Because just as human language according to its natural or proper definition is a set of spoken sounds, which can be recorded in written forms, for the sake of communicating truth, so, if one changes the final purpose of human language, one, as it were, gives birth to an entirely different tongue, on account its altered purpose.
And such a tongue exists. And it has a name, not from its human author, but analogously from the first being which used communication for another purpose: Satan.
Satanic language is a system of communication for the purpose of sharing falsehood, and not for building up or the sharing of gifts, but for tearing down and theft and robbery, and ultimately for murder. As Christ said of its author: “Who was a liar and a murderer from the beginning” (cf. John chapter 8: read this whole chapter to see both Tongues at work)
This other tongue, since it is not creative except of deception — as it has no other reason for being — uses the words of human language and creates new words which serve to hide the lie under the appearance of truth. We can easily recognize these lying words, because of their novelty, and not just any novelty, but a novelty used to overthrow the words which have been used from the beginning.
Every tongue gives birth to its own Culture
Now it is a fact of reality and a truth of anthropology that every unique tongue gives rise to unique culture. This is because the language according to which we speak is the default form for our way of thinking and perceiving. And hence every language gives birth to its own culture: every language, not only in the sense of modes of human speech, but also in the sense of which I speak here, of the two purposes of speech.
The summit and perfection, the culmination and fulfillment of every language finds itself and its salvation in Christ, and in particular, in the preaching of the Gospel, the good news, which is the greatest gift we can share verbally and the greatest truth we can communicate.
The characteristic of a human language which is thus baptized is that it means what it says and says what it means, and both in the most profound way. We see this in Sacred Scripture, where though the Hebrew Language was chosen by God to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah, it speaks in vagaries and in a dark and obscure manner, quite unlike the Koine Greek which the Apostles sanctified for the preaching of the Gospel, which reveals clearly and openly the Salvation which comes from the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of the Father. Shadow passes to light, figure and prophecy to reality and fulfillment.
This is true even on the historical level. Because in very many such cultures, it was the preaching of the Gospel which gave rise to the historical forms of their human languages or at least fixed them in written form as a monument to the ages, and provided a millennial bridge from one generation to the next for the preservation of meaning and signification. We can see this especially in the Latin language, which once understood can grasp the meaning of what writers from the 5th century before Christ to the 19th century after the birth of Christ are saying. We see this especially in languages which had their birth or genesis after the preaching of the Gospel, as for example, English, a language which in its present form knew not disbelief until disbelief was introduced from another land.
The tongue of Satan also gives rise to its own culture. We can see this in the way those who oppose the Gospel have ever acted: denying the plain meaning of words, denying that words have meaning, denying that words mean things different than other words. This attack on human language is a necessary technique of that Tongue which serves to break down the other by the employment of deception.
This technique gave rise to a false and misleading way of reading the Old Testament, so as to convince all who read it to deny that Christ was its fulfillment. It created an entire commentary on the Old Testament filled with vain and false tales and strange and novel doctrines which aimed all with that same purpose. This way of denying Scripture gave birth to a sect in which attacking the good and attacking Christianity was a practiced habit of mind and speech.
All peoples, however, who abandon Jesus Christ and all groups who reject Him, must follow in the same path, because you cannot reject Incarnate Truth without attacking the truth incarnate in every word and speech or thought of mind.
Thus we see this Other Tongue in action in the errors of Nominalism (the philosophical position which says that words do not name anything real), Modernism (the theological heresy which holds that everything in religion comes from sentiment, not God) and the global push for a new form of humanity, divorced from reality and wantonly joined to unnatural falsehoods.
This war of two tongues is most evident in the fight to defend the life of children in the womb and at birth. The entire maniacal and diabolic industry of death and genocide makes its every move on the turn of the meaning of an old word or the invention of a new word to conceal their murderous intent.
Another recent example of this war is the recent study by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, in which the destruction of Sodom is insisted to be a punishment for a lack of hospitality not for a lack of chastity. Still another, is seen in the verbal gymnastics used to insist that Benedict resignation were valid or conformable to the Code of Canon Law also gives rise to entirely new words (Bennyvacantism) used to conceal lies and entirely new ways of reading Canon Law (munus = ministerium), Catholic Doctrine (infallibility does not prevent a heretical pope), or the Bible (the Gates will not prevail means they can succeed some times), which are invented solely for one purpose, to deny the truth.
The war between Satan and Saint Michael the Archangel began with a war of communication with entirely two different tongues. The war of cultures among men also has its source in a war of Two Tongues. I hope, therefore, that this post enables you to discern these Two Tongues and these Two Cultures better. Of them Saint Augustine wrote eloquently in his Book on the City of God, in which he spoke of Two cities: one founded on the love of God unto the contempt of all other things, and the other founded upon the love of self unto the contempt of God.
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This reminds me of the first time I felt I was in the presence of evil – the first day of a ‘Criticism and Theory of Literature’ course when the professor said the premise would be that there is no absolute truth, nor any one way to interpret any text. We were supposed to just play along even though the premise was itself treated like an absolute truth.
Would you include ‘dialogue’ in all of the above pure truth? I would! I think the Chinese have a name for dialogue … something like paper teeth. ‘m not going to listen to the head apostate any longer. Who needs to be injected with word puzzles and confusion. He WANTS to confuse us with his twisted language. Prayer and sacrifice … talking to ones’ guardian angel … all these things will shoo away the confusion which comes our way daily. Thanks for a great article. God Bless you Brother.
Dear Fortitudo and Mary Anne,
Marxists have develope the Other Tongue to the level of a science. They use critique and dialogue to mask their objectives.
This is an excellent analysis, brother – Satan’s tongue has been dominant for so long now that most people have no clue they’re living in his culture and that the world is tightly in his grip. I think this is part of why genuinely rational people are finally waking up more and more to this, it’s gotten so bad that there’s no way to “rationalize” it anymore. It would seem that voices like yours and, e.g., E Michael Jones with his concept of “Logos” are suddenly finding a surge in followers as people wake up.
If I may: a few days ago I asked you about Fr. Luigi Villa, and you responded to that, thank you. I wanted to ask what you think of his apparent account that Cardinal Siri was elected pope, not only in 1958, but again in 1963 and even 1978, but each time was somehow “compelled” to not accept:
Seems almost ridiculous on the face of it; but with each passing day, the ridiculous becomes increasingly believable!
I think the evidence is not sufficient. You see, when a man receives the majority of votes, but not the number sufficient to be elected, it happens that the remainder are wont to know if he really wants to be elected or not. The question, for the sake of propriety is not asked before hand, lest it appear to be a violation of the non canvassing. So at that point there can be discussion and debate and the one with the most votes can decide not to continue on or not. But this discussion can include complaints and dire predictions. And if the Cardinal at this point in time gave in and withdrew his candidacy or even did so before the votes reached sufficient numbers, that is his free decision, and it is not against the rules, even if he was coerced to withdraw. But the evidence does seem sufficient to say that he did withdraw his candidacy in at least one of these conclaves, and regretted doing so for the rest of his life, and maybe was punished with blindness for the moral failure. Because, if we have good intentions and are preprared to do God’s will, we should never refuse an office whereby evil can be defeated and overcome. And there is such an office in the Office of Saint Peter.
Thanks Br. Alexis for a quick overview of the uses of language to conceal rather than reveal. Vatican II was a perfect example. It is full of murky double talk, sentimental flights into the wonders of Man, the ongoing shading of historic Catholic truth.
It seems to me that Vatican II used the Hegelian triad of thesis, antithesis, synthesis to nullify Catholic theology carefully wrapping it up as Pastoral teaching, never supplying precise doctrinal definitions so the meaning would be clear.
Now we have “Pope” Francis as the apotheosis of that devilish approach to thinking which twists Catholic doctrine from truth to error.
Michael, I think your assessment of Vatican II is right on the mark.
Excellent post. Satan wants to distort the
truth of words because as St John says,
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Brother Alexis—Merry Christmas and happy St Stephens day. Thanks for your reflection on the connection between thought, language and reality.
“A liar and a murderer from the beginning,” is a phrase of Our Lord that has always struck me. And I agree with you, that this vivid description of Satan holds the key to understanding his minions, chief of whom right now is Antipope Bergoglio.
Cardinal Bergoglio and his minions—who were accurately labeled the Homosexual Network Strangling the Church by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò—are liars and murderers of souls. This is a crucial point to bear in mind, and a telling similarity with their master, the Devil.
“Devil“ itself is a word derived from forked tongue as our American Indians would say, literally two-tongued, or di-abolos.
Rejoice Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, Thou alone hast destroyed all heresies throughout the world. Beginning at Christmas !!
Dear Brother Bugnolo, Please consider submitting this to a traditional Catholic Journal for publication. Truly it is that good. Truly it is what many people need to read. Thanks for all your good words which cast light into dark corners.
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