Saturday, March 22, 2008

Removed

I've come to the conclusion that poking fun at some "professional liturgists" in such a way was distasteful and thus I've removed the video. Please note, the original post was not addressed to any laity or priests in my diocese in particular. (Apparently more than a couple of people are reading the blog from the diocese I belong to and I don't want to lead anybody into making false judgments or thinking I'm picking on them.)

13 comments:

Double D said...

I'm a bit sad to see him mocking those who give true praise to God. When was the last time the joy of God filled you in such a way that you were moved to praise Him with song or dance?

Civis said...

They say humor is the juxtaposition of two unexpected ideas.

I’ll say this for Steven Colbert: at least he gets it.

Unfortunately, some people don’t see anything out of place about flabby babyboomers having a choreographed mid-life-spaz-attack in the middle of Mass.

The real question is, what do we do about it?

I say we bring back the liturgical sniper.

Double D said...

Colbert is funny but he is also distasteful. I've seen him about a half dozen times and this is the third time he has made fun of Christ in some manner.

Jared said...

From the following link you can watch SC's interview with Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, which is designed to protect Catholicism from the contemporary bigots (to steal a word BD likes to use). If anyone would call SC out on Anti-Catholicism (or anti-christianity in general) it would be them. I haven't heard anything from the CL on SC. Maybe the CL got the juxtaposition. Perhaps CL doesn't know about it.

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=366

I know of two interviews BD did with SC.

"When was the last time the joy of God filled you in such a way that you were moved to praise Him with song or dance?" If the question is directed to me and if you're serious.

Answer: This morning. The Rev. Mon. picked some good ones: one was a Beethoven melody with lyrics by Wesley; the other was a traditional hymn tranlated by none other than John Mason Neale, the great Anglican song translator and writer from the 19th. Ah, the traditional hymms.

Anonymous said...

Not that this actually means anything, but Stephen Colbert is a Catholic and teaches Sunday school (I guess there are parishes that offer Sunday school, or maybe that was just shorthand.) He may have been making fun of Protestants -- not that that is very nice, my Protestant friends.

God bless, Maureen

Anonymous said...

BTW, I read that in Rolling Stone, so it's got to be true.

Maureen Martin

Anonymous said...

....but double d has a point...when King David danced without any clothes on, out of joy for God, and his wife mocked him, God didn't seem to be really pleased about it. So, there is a place for showing joy to God in unorthodox ways...

however...as Jared and Civis said, is mass really the place for that type of unbridled joy?

Personally, I rarely experience joy in mass, bridled or unbridled, so I think I am OK.

Maureen Martin

Civis said...

Maureen,

What's a funny girl like you doing in a somber place like this?

Double D said...

Maureen's blog is funny without being irreverent. Think about her past posts. She pokes fun at songs that are not sacred, taking Jesus out of Christianity, and the abundance of annulments. Very refreshing after seeing humor that makes fun of believers.

Civis said...

Well, as you know, I'm kind of biased in this regard, but it does not take a lot of creativity to mock, or in Maureen's lovely expression "milk a sacred cow".

You're right, Maureen is funnier, more creative, and if you find her writing offensive it's often a clue to take a look at yourself.

I hate her! I wish I had her gift for writing and satire.

Civis said...

Jared,

Well, I don't have any problem criticizing "professional liturgists" who make a mockerly out of the highest form of prayer. I also don't think I am in bad taste to criticize them. In fact, I think it is high time a few people had the brass to say the emperor has no clothes.

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Alex said...

Jared, I did not see the video you obviously posted so I really can't comment on that but I was really curious on why you are apologizing? I think I have read each one of these posts 2 times to see what I missed but there is nothing of the sort that makes one believe that an apology is warranted. Can you clarify why the apology?