"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

David Gray's Perspective On The Papacy



Have ever been in a crisis or utterly chaotic situation and the person in charge wanted to do everything BUT focus all of his or her energies in dealing with immediate crisis? If you have, then you’ve bore witness to what it looks like when a Beta Male is in charge.

DAVID L. GRAY12/30/2015

Whether we receive it through nature or through nurturing, each of us has a personality that has its own particular traits, which happen to be common traits shared by other intelligent beings. Within this framework of personality traits comes the classifications of Alphas, Betas, and Omegas, to which I have been addressing through a Catholic perspective since 2012 in my articles, ‘What is an Alpha Male, and Why was Jesus the Epitome of All Alpha Males,’ and ‘Pope Francis, Barack Obama, and the Rise of the Beta Male‘.

I am not intentionally writing a series of articles on this subject, inasmuch as it is an idea that I do enjoy sharing and have been interested in exploring since I was an undergrad. The person responsible, now a notable Chicago politician, for choosing the candidates to pledge his fraternity, of which I was in that small group, said we were his experiment to see what it would look like if a bunch of ‘ones’ as he called us (meaning Alpha Males) pledged his fraternity. I didn’t know what he meant back then. I just thought he was a lunatic, but later I came to appreciate and respect his madness.

As I wrote in the latter article, “For the first time in the history of the world, the leader of Christians in the world, and leader of the most powerful/influential government in the world are Beta Males.” I then went on to list the five common traits that Beta Males like Francis and Obama can never hide; that is, (1) Their desperate need to be liked; (2) Their hatred of Alpha males (e.g. Raymond Cardinal Burke and Vladimir Putin), (3) Their insecurity and cliquish nature (e.g. surrounding themselves with people who agree with them), (4) Their inability to lead, and (5) Their machiavellian plots to get their way.

The observation I have to offer in this article in regards to Francis and Obama goes along perfectly with the fourth constant in identifying a Beta Male; their complete inability to lead a sheep out of a maze that has no dead ends.

The Alpha and the Beta who You Work/Live With

Beta Males are wonderful multitaskers, but absolute failures in crisis management. Why? Because multitasking allows you to have many opportunities at success; opportunities to boost your self esteem and feel accomplished. This is why Beta Males are the best at things that involve doing several different little things at once; such as many IT (information technology) jobs, cooking, nurturing multiple children at once (stay-at-home dads), parish pastor, politician, and many management fields. A Beta is the guy or gal who you can trust to deftly negotiate large and complex tasks and operations.

In contrast, Alpha Males run into crisis and chaotic situations, because that is where they thrive. They love just thinking about one thing and handling just that one thing. That is when they are in their zone, when they have just one task or mission to accomplish, and they won’t quit until it is completely done. It’s in their blood to take charge of a situation and rally other people around a common cause. This is why Alpha Males usually make bad husbands because their job or hobby takes all of their attention. They are really good fighters and hunters. In football they usually make for better position coaches than they do head coach. Alpha Males can be pretty good quarterbacks and point guards, but they are more than likely to be linemen and centers, because it allows them to focus all of their energies on one task (tackle, block). And Alpha is the guy or gal who you can trust to focus all of their energies to get a job done to complete satisfaction.

Beta Males Run from Crisis Situations

Have ever been in a crisis or utterly chaotic situation and the person in charge wanted to do everything BUT focus all of his or her energies in dealing with immediate crisis? If you have, then you’ve bore witness to what it looks like when a Beta Male is in charge.

In fact, we’ve witnessed that in 2015 when the Church was being seriously pressed on by Satan and the world was being pressed on by Islamic Terrorists, all Pope Francis and Barack Obama wanted to talk about was Climate Change. In 2015 the world needed the Church to speak clearly on the meaning of family and on the value and sanctity of life, but Pope Francis and his gang wanted to talk about communion for people living in sin and new ways to not tell the truth about homosexual acts. In 2015 people were pouring through the southern border, Islamic terrorists were committing jihad all over the world and Barack Obama was intent on not calling Islamic terrorists Islamic terrorists and congratulating everyone and their momma who decided they were ‘gay’.

Don’t misunderstand me, Beta Males do see the crisis, but they are afraid to focus all of their energies on it because they are afraid of failure on all levels, but most especially any type of monumental failure. Again, Betas need people to like and appreciate them and they need Alphas to respect them, and they believe that if the fail big, no will like them and Alphas will see them for who they are.


Hopefully 2016 will be the last year we have two Beta Males sitting in the most influential and powerful positions in the world. The only thing worse than a leader who can do something, but does everything but something, is leader who can do something, but does absolutely nothing.

About the AuthorDavid L. Gray
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