I agree, certainly, that we must guard our hearts carefully against presumption, but we needn’t suppose in doing so that metaphysics and esoterism are themselves presumptuous. There is of course such a thing as intellectual pride, but there is also such a thing as anti-intellectual pride. Humility doesn’t mean pretending we don’t see what we do.

It’s unclear, even after numerous conversations with His Grace, whether Archbishop C. can’t see that there must be M?y? in divinis, or whether—ex officio—he has simply decided not to talk about it for fear of scandalizing the bhaktic faithful. Either way, it remains the case that a God who freely chooses to do what He might not have done must be the relatively absolute self-determination of a God who is necessarily all He does and necessarily does all He is, in the ever-present Now of eternity.

It has rightly been said that “Metaphysics cannot be taught to everyone, but if it could be there would be no atheists”. Let us add: there would also be no fideists.