Thursday, October 20, 2016

What Do Santa Claus and the Chemical Imbalance Have in Common?

Before settling my brain for a long winter’s nap tonight, I happened to glance at my email. I noticed that my email newsletter from Mad in America was at the top of my inbox and displayed in the main panel. This would not have normally been a problem, but I accidentally had a four hour nap this afternoon rather than a twenty minute nap and I noticed this at the top of the Mad in America email: “What Do Santa Claus and the Chemical Imbalance Have in Common?”

This is a rather well written article by Dr. Tim Carey, PhD, which I highly recommend reading. Nonetheless, I take serious issue with Dr. Carey’s suggestion that Santa Claus is as mythical as the theory that mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances. Santa Claus, or as Eastern Christians refer to him, Our father among the saints Nicholas of Myra, Wonder-worker, is a good example of a bishop who “sav[ed] the innocent from death” and defended the Christian Faith against heresy. A favourite story of mine, for those who don’t know, is of Bishop Nicholas pulling the proto-heretic Arius by the beard off of the chair he was standing on to address the council of bishops gathered at Nicea in 325 A.D. and struck him on the face for proclaiming such a damnable heresy. The theory of chemical imbalances causing mental illnesses is also a damnable heresy, or rather, depends on two heresies condemned by two Catholic Ecumenical Councils.

The suggestion that the human psyche (i.e. the intellectual soul) is merely a physical network of chemical reactions is based in the materialistic heresy condemned in the canons of Session III of First Vatican Council published on April 24, 1870. Since this particular aspect of the materialistic heresy deals with the immaterial soul, it implies that the human psyche will die with the material body, that is to say “that the intellectual soul is mortal,” which was condemned in Session VIII of the Fifth Lateran Council in the bull Apostolici Regiminis, published December 19, 1513.

“[T]he Western bio-medical perspective” in which Dr. Carey states “[t]he chemical imbalance idea is firmly rooted,” not only has no scientific support, it relies on two heresies condemned by the Catholic Church. As such, all Catholic bishops who have moral authority over any Catholic hospitals are within their right to ban any practices based on these pseudo-scientific theories just as they ban abortions from such facilities. Since so-called “therapies” resulting from these pseudo-scientific theories cause a reduction in life expectancy and other physical and emotional harm, Catholic bishops with moral authority over Catholic hospitals are obligated to follow the example of Santa Claus in “saving the innocent from death.” Both science and dogma support the banning of these practices from Catholic hospitals.

Although the language in the following text from the Fifth Lateran Council may seem antiquated to modern readers, they should be interpreted as fight’n words:
Since in our days (and we painfully bring this up) the sower of cockle, ancient enemy of the human race, has dared to disseminate and advance in the field of the Lord a number of pernicious errors, always rejected by the faithful, especially concerning the nature of the rational soul, namely, that it is mortal, or one in all men, and some rashly philosophizing affirmed that this is true at least according to philosophy, in our desire to offer suitable remedies against a plague of this kind, with the approval of this holy Council, we condemn and reject all who assert that the intellectual soul is mortal, or is one in all men, and those who cast doubt on these truths, since it [the soul] is not only truly in itself and essentially the form of the human body, as was defined in the canon of Pope CLEMENT V our predecessor of happy memory published in the (general) Council of VIENNE [n. 481] but it is also multiple according to the multitude of bodies into which it is infused, multiplied, and to be multiplied.… And since truth never contradicts truth, we declare [see n. 1797] every assertion contrary to the truth of illumined faith to be altogether false; and, that it may not be permitted to dogmatize otherwise, we strictly forbid it, and we decree that all who adhere to errors of this kind are to be shunned and to be punished as detestable and abominable infidels who disseminate most damnable heresies and who weaken the Catholic faith. [Henry Denziger, The Sources of Catholic Dogma, trans. Roy Deferrari (Fitzwilliam, NH: Loreto Publications, 2007), #738]


  1. Thanks for posting the link at >madinamerica<. Hey, I was born & raised Protestant, and as an adult I have been greatly enriched by the Mahayana Buddhism of the Dalai Lama. I don't have to agree with R.C. doctrine & dogma to live a happy, peaceful, agreeable life with you and your fellow Catholics. just don't expect ME to believe that "Holy Trinity", and "transubstantiation" horseradish! Happy Friday! (Of course I believe in God. Buddhism is non-theistic, but it is NOT "atheistic"!....Look for Thich Nhat Hanh's "Jesus & Buddha as Brothers".

  2. Forced conversion to Catholicism is impossible; thus, the history of the Teutonic Knights, for example, makes the Roman Church look pretty bad. The goal of Catholicism, Roman or otherwise, is not a happy, peaceful, agreeable life, as it usually involves a great deal of suffering, persecution, and rejection. The goal of Catholicism is to truly love everyone regardless of religious or political disagreements, which the above mentioned history of the Teutonic Knights seems to completely contradict.

    Regardless of anyones religious affiliation or lack there of, the dogmatic documents mentioned in this blog post could be used to put political/moral pressure on Catholic bishop to greatly reform psych wards in Catholic hospitals by banning all forms of somatic harm. This would be much like banning the use of the sword and military might in attempting to convert others to Catholicism.

    As for you enlightenment via Buddhism, you may enjoy this humorist post I wrote last year:

    Peace be with you.