The world and its worldly way of interpreting reality is getting stranger by the hour. Consider. Jeremy Irons is acknowledged by most movie and theatre lovers to be one of the greatest living actors.  He endorsed Green Party candidate Caroline Lucas in 2015; his best man was the Openly Gay [tm] Christopher Biggins; and his big break came with Brideshead Revisited, the 1981 English TV miniseries with homoerotic undertones. A reasonable observer would say Mr Irons’ political views reflect a man of the Left.

Fine.

So why can’t this brilliant actor (his performance in Reversal of Fortune, in 1991, earned him the Best Actor Academy Award) catch a break when speaking his mind? When asked about “gay marriage” in a 2013 interview on HuffPost Live (which was supposed to be about his role in The Borgias series on Showtime), Mr. Irons asked rhetorically whether refining marriage might lead to a father and son marrying for the sake of avoiding inheritance taxes.

It’s an excellent question, actually.

The logic is inexorable. Redefining marriage away from the one-man-one-woman-with-openness-to-children leads to precisely such questions. Mr. Irons didn’t say it with hatred or judgement or advocacy one way or the other. He simply posed the question as a thought experiment.

Doesn’t matter.

He got hammered in the press and was called all manner of bad names (like homophobic) for his troubles. And, as inevitable as night following day, thanks to the ritual shaming that attends expressing views labelled as heterodox, Mr. Irons was induced to walk them back. Which he did. Sort of.

Then in an INTERVIEW in The Guardian a few days ago, ostensively to talk about his role as Alfred in the new Batman/Superman (or is it Superman/Batman?) movie, he again veered, as they say, off-script, and uttered the following:

“Our society is based on a Christian structure. If you take those religious tenets away, then anything goes and it will become terrible – and you usually get into trouble.”

(Can’t you see his manager off camera? Uh oh — Where are you going with this, Jeremy? What are you doing?)

Just warming up.

“Take abortion,” he continued. “I believe women should be allowed to make the decision, but I also think the church is right to say it’s a sin…Because sin is actions that harm us. Lying harms us…Abortion harms a woman. It’s a tremendous mental attack, and physical, sometimes. But we seem to get that muddled. In a way, thank God the Catholic Church does say we won’t allow it, because otherwise nobody’s saying that it’s a sin.”

Before you get to excited, he quickly mentioned his pro-choice bona fides. (“I believe women should be allowed to make the decision,” he averred).

Too little, too late. Celebrities must offer obeisance to Moloch, as they must promote and exalt the redefinition of marriage. Today’s public figures touch these particular third rails at their peril — even if the majority of their fans agree with them as is the case with Jeremy Irons.

Here’s a short sample of the online insult slinging: moron; patronizing as f***; stupid fart bag; surprisingly off-base; totally insensitive.

If this is how our culture of decay deals with low-information celebrities who stray from the politically correct slogans of the new orthodoxy, are Christians to expect better?

(I could be misreading or projecting, but I get the sense Jeremy Irons would love to go full Catholic. I’m fixing to contact his publicist for an interview. Stay tuned.)

In the spirit of the Easter Season, I know you’ll enjoy this rollicking podcast conversation with Rilene Simpson. Here is the link to the INTERVIEW on Catholic Answers Focus.

For 25 years, Rilene was in a long-term lesbian relationship, fully identified as Born Gay [tm] and all the rest. Her story of love lost/love regained is told in the documentary film Desire of the Everlasting Hills, along with Daniel Mattson and Paul Darrow (both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing).

Rilene’s journey is filled with heartache, but even more filled with the peace and joy that comes from falling in love with Christ and the chastity He makes possible.

She’s also a hoot.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Be a saint; what else is there?

Patrick