On Dante, Margaret Sanger, and Naming Names

I surely saw, and it still seems I see,
a trunk without a head that walked just like
the others in that melancholy herd;
it carried by the hair its severed head,
which swayed within its hand just like a lantern;
and that head looked at us and said: “Ah me!”
Out of itself it made itself a lamp,
and they were two in one and one in two;
how that can be, He knows who so decrees.
When it was just below the bridge, it lifted
its arm together with its head, so that
its words might be more near us, words that said:
“Now you can see atrocious punishment,
you who, still breathing, go to view the dead:
see if there’s any pain as great as this.
And so that you may carry news of me,
know that I am Bertran de Born, the one
who gave bad counsel to the fledgling king.
I made the son and father enemies:
Achitophel with his malicious urgings
did not do worse with Absalom and David.
Because I severed those so joined, I carry —
alas — my brain dissevered from its source,
which is within my trunk. And thus, in me
one sees the law of counter-penalty.”

– Dante, Inferno, canto XXVIII (118-142)

Dantes_Inferno_Canto_28_Dante named names. He knew that King Henry II believed that Bertran de Born fomented a rebellion led by Henry the Young King, and so Dante placed de Born in the eighth circle of Hell, because he was a sower of schism, and thus in Dante’s version of Eternity he was separated from his own head and forced to carry it around like a lantern.

Our perception of justice is limited to what is possible here on earth. Dante understood this; in the Inferno, Dante’s vision of justice extended beyond the temporal, and reminded readers — particularly the elites of his time — that justice awaited those who escaped it in life. Today, we are inoculated by systems that dispense justice for the strong while never quite pouring out in equal measure for the weak. As belief in God dissipates within secular society, despair over perceived injustices will increase.

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was 1. a racist; 2. a eugenist; and 3. a Nazi sympathizer. Her vision of a well-ordered society provided the means to do away with undesirable populations — the poor, the disabled, various ethnic groups (primarily, in her time, black people). She agreed with the notion of justice for the strong, and little protection for the others. She didn’t mind the idea of a system based upon utter lies so long as it achieved her diabolical aims.

In the ninth pouch of Dante’s eighth circle, justice in life is no match for “…unerring Justice, the minister of the High Lord, [who] punishes the falsifiers she had registered.” (Canto XXIX, 54-57).

Now we find out that Sanger was also a supporter of euthanasia (no surprise; after all, euthanasia is just another natural and reasonable consequence of items 1 through 3), which to her mind would have fit into the same “justice only for the strong” mentality that is so opposed to God’s own Love.

It says a lot about the Planned Parenthood of today that it continues to honor Margaret Sanger’s legacy. Planned Parenthood does not distance itself from Ms. Sanger’s positions because it agrees with them.

In fact, in many ways, Planned Parenthood expressly perpetuates Sanger’s vision, by — for example — locating the majority of its abortion death houses in the poorer neighborhoods populated by minorities. 92% of pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood get an abortion. More than half of all black babies in New York are aborted. More than half of all pregnancies in San Francisco end in abortion. These things are crimes against true Justice.

Regarding schism, there is a “Catholic” politician who recently accepted an award conferred by Planned Parenthood in honor of Margaret Sanger. In her acceptance speech, she called her fellow Catholics “dumb”, but she didn’t mean all Catholics, just the ones who actually defend and support the Church’s moral teachings, and not the ones who call themselves “Catholic” but actually promote the teachings of Big Death Corp. and secretly worship at the altar of Moloch.

Perhaps Ms. “Catholic” politician isn’t dumb, but if she were, at least she’d have that going for her when she is called to account by our Lord. As it is, neither her wits nor her money nor her influential friends nor her power nor her position of privilege nor her rosary blessed by the pope will hold sway on Judgment Day.

The Inferno is just one man’s — albeit creative — vision of Hell. Dante’s judgment and placement of various individuals did not have the effect of actually condemning them. The names that appear on the pages of his work do not constitute a roster of souls in damnation. But there is a greater spiritual truth embedded in Inferno: God’s justice is a reality. If Dante can be blamed for anything in his treatment of the subject, it is that we must not condemn, but rather pray for God’s mercy.

God loves Ms. “Catholic” politician (and others like her). If we are truly His disciples, so must we, which means that we must pray for their conversion of heart, rather than succumb to the temptation to re-write Inferno with a contemporary cast of characters. Thanks to Dante, we already have all the warning we need.


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