0001 The presentation under consideration appears in a book, titled A Voice In the Wilderness: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano On the Church, America, and the World, edited by Brian M. McCall and published in 2021 by Angelico Press, in Brooklyn NY. The article is located at the end of Part II on pages 251 through 274. It is a transcript of a speech given to the Catholic Identity Conference on October 24, 2020. A video can be found on Remnant TV.
0002 The presentation is of interest as a follow-up to the June 2022 blog, Looking at Peter Redpath’s Essay (2000) “The Homeschool Renaissance”. It complements the professional path taken by Dr. Redpath, who now promotes online courses, teaching “uncommon” common sense.
0003 Indeed, Vigano’s talk can only be described as “uncommon”, in the same way that Redpath’s essay, published 20 years earlier, is uncommon. Plus, Vigano’s talk expresses common sense in the same way that Redpath’s essay does.
0004 Here is the difficulty.
How does one portray a turn of events that makes no sense?
0005 Redpath portrays the history of Italian humanists, who jettison logic at the very start of their movement, and who end up subjugated to the deterministic (and incomplete) logic of empirio-schematics.
Perhaps, the European humanists did not see it coming.
A little mathematical and mechanical logic can overthrow no logic at all.
0006 Vigano fixes on the political stagehands behind the theatrics of Vatican II, who embed themselves in the matrix of positional authority in the traditional Church as the drama of the Novus Ordo unfolds into a lurid parody of historic Catholicism.
Perhaps, the participants of the Council of Vatican II did not see it coming.
A little political intrigue can overthrow the realm.
0007 No, it does not make sense.
0008 How can one make something that does not make sense make sense?
Obviously, the word, “sense”, has two implications. The first implication is that it is sensible. The second implication is that it impacts our five senses. That is, it is sensical. Sensible is not the same as sensical.
Something that does not make sense is not sensible.
Something that one cannot see, hear, taste, smell and touch is not sensical.
0009 Here is the trick.
Through diagrams of triadic relations, something that is not sensible may become sensical.
0009 So, my examination transforms into a question, asking, “How can I associate features of Vigano’s argument to empty slots in purely relational triadic structures, such as the category-based nested form?”
That is my task.
0010 The following blogs rely on the three works listed below. Each displays the synthetic process of association and implication. Once I associate features of Vigano’s speech to elements in a category-based nested form, I consider the implications.
0011 The three works are available at smashwords and other e-book venues. Search for the author, Razie Mah, along with the title.
A Primer on the Category-Based Nested Form
A Primer on Sensible and Social Construction
How to Define the Word “Religion”
0012 Vigano’s presentation breaks into eleven sections. Each is covered by a blog. Then, a conclusion suggests other applications of Charles Peirce’s synthetic logic.