Ubiquitous and relentless self-promoter Massimo “Beans” Faggioli has eructed yet another oh-so clever tweet:
Like Orientalism, Catholic Ad Orientalism assumes a certain role of Western civilization in global Christianity
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) November 18, 2018
I haven’t paid much attention to Beans lately. His twitter feed is on the “second page”, as it were, of Tweetdeck, and I have to scroll to the right to see it. I haven’t missed much, since most of his tweets are an incessant stream of “Me! Me!”.
But this tweet was brought to my attention by an Eastern Catholic who is Indian. He found the tweet offensive, and rightly so.
While I admit that I am not sure what’s going on in that quip – frankly, he might just be playing with words in order to make connections where they don’t belong – it does seem to cast a shadow over things Eastern.
Who can untangle this?