Putting the Soul
back in Psychology!
Response to Catholic Answer's apologist Trent Horn, "Fr. Ripperger, Harry Potter, and Healthy Skepticism" 9/5/2019
Here is the quote from this audio and it's transcript by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers:
"Then there's things in the middle that require prudence. Some people can watch R-rated movies, for example, with sex, drugs, and violence and swear words, and be fine. Other people cannot, so they have to avoid that. That's fine. Each of us has to understand the limits we have in making a prudential judgment about what's best for our souls. I'm not going to berate somebody who won't watch an R-rated movie because I may be able to handle it and he can't, and that's fine."
As shown in context of this audio/transcript, these beliefs presented by Trent Horn are morally evil. It is a rationalization of sin and ignorance of Catholic Moral Theology for anyone to believe that they or anyone else can "be fine" and "can handle", and/or believes it "prudential judgment" to "watch R-rated movies" as defined as "with sex, drugs, and violence and swear words".
This is the only piece of media that I have ever interacted with by Trent Horn. I imagine Trent Horn has taught a lot of good Catholic apologetics in order to be allowed to work for Catholic Answers and be publicly well known. I also want to acknowledge the decades of good and important work that Catholic Answers has been doing regarding the evangelization and teaching of the Catholic Faith and I can believe this to be a major oversight on their part rather than immorality that they directly condone.
As of today, March 28, 2022, almost a year later, I have still received no response from Trent Horn, and his immoral teaching is still online being promoted by Catholic Answers publicly. This immorality has been taught and promoted by Trent Horn and Catholic Answers since September, 5th, 2019.
On April, 2, 2021, being the only means possible I could find across the internet, by which to contact Trent Horn, I sent the following message posted below to this prominent public Catholic apologist on his website http://www.trenthorn.com/contact/. I have to this day, not received any response. The following message was successfully sent and reception confirmed:
Dear Mr. Horn:
By Divine Providence I recently encountered your podcast transcript on "Fr. Ripperger, Harry Potter, and Healthy Skepticism" from September 2019. I was impressed with and appreciated reading your explanations on healthy skepticism. I took serious note that you said you were lacking persuasive or compelling reasons from Fr. Chad Ripperger (an acquaintance of mine) for why Harry Potter media is a problem.
I'm glad that you said, "I'm willing to listen like, "Hey, if there's something here that makes me think, hey, Harry Potter is bad news for Catholics, I want to hear it,"
Therefore I would like to share my persuasive and compelling reasons that I originally wrote in 2009, and edited and published on my blog in 2018, which you can read here:
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the article.
Debunk Harry Potter Madness in 2 Minutes
As we are imperfect sinners, know you are on my sacrifice list for the extremely morally harmful opinion you gave to your large audience, which blinds your perspectives and attitudes on the entertainment media subject: "Some people can watch R-rated movies, for example, with sex, drugs, and violence and swear words, and be fine."
There is no canonized saint, much less Jesus Christ Himself, who would believe and agree that watching sin for entertainment, especially watching mortal sin as entertainment, is "fine" for "some people". Nor does Christ want anyone watching, listening to, or reading R-rated media, much less making them.
If you have humility and believe in the fraternal correction we are all called to by Jesus Christ, I highly recommend that you daily ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to show you how you are harming yourself by types of media that you interact with, which media He doesn't want you interacting with, and all the lies that you believe about the media that you choose to interact with...for your sake and the sake of those who listen to you speak.
For as you rightly said, "But at the end of the day, if someone says something that is misleading, ambiguous, or false, and people believe that to detrimental ends, then I feel I have a duty in good conscience to say something."
In the Love of Christ,
L. Katherine Miller de Vences
September 28, 2023: No response and podcast still promoted by Catholic Answers and Trent Horn.