Monday, July 29, 2013

Boogie-Woogie Bishops

What else do you call this disgraceful behavior?  These are bishops, Successors to the Apostles.  Instead of being the shepherds that they're called to be at all times, they act as sheep "going along with the flow".  One of the boogie-sessions is happening right before they are to offer the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.  What will we see next? Conga lines?  The macarena?  The alley-cat?  Here's a novel suggestion.  How about they act like grown-ups and leave Romper Room behind?

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  1. A little harsh I think. This was not in the middle of Mass! It was a YOUTH event. I think your comments are over the top. Ease up a little why dontcha? Lets concentrate on the really big things that matter instead of things that only make you look bad. Don't you think our Lord ever danced with his Mother at the wedding in Cana? Dancing, last time I checked - is not something that we as Catholics are admonished against.

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    1. You're admonishing me not to "look bad"? What about our clergy looking bad? After all, they stand as "alter Christi" - and a bishop is a successor of the Apostles, having received the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. They represent the Church and her teaching authority. The office of a priest is one of great gravity, for he administers the sacraments. Dancing may not be a sin per se (barring the immoral types), but should all things be considered advantageous simply because they aren't forbidden under pain of sin? No - particularly for a cleric. As far as thinking that Our Lord danced with his Mother, the answer is no; and why should I think otherwise?

      I realize this was a "youth" event. What difference does that make? Not a whit.

      St Joseph Cafasso, a priest whom St John Bosco regarded as mentor, gave addresses to fellow priests. These were compiled in a book called "The Priest: The Man of God". The third conference on priestly modesty touches on matters that I think are relevant to what happened a few days ago. I'll quote just one snippet: "a quiet and tranquil countenance, eyes cast down, a pleasing and candid appearance, the head firm and quiet, a dignified deportment, a grave and natural walk, clean but simple dress will all have the effect of a sharp reproof for frivolous, inconstant worldly men given to the pleasures of life."

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  2. It is pretty evident that we were not given the context of the "dance." I find that I have mixed feelings about this, but Michael Voris has a good point. They DO look foolish, and those who refused to comply did not.
    I certainly was relieved to know that this was not performed before, during, or after Mass because that would simply be wrong. If nothing else, Michael has once again reminded us to keep our eye on the ball when representing God on this earth. A very good debate.
    Tess208

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  3. My goodness. You are so judgmental. I will pray that the Lord softens your heart and teaches you how to curb your tongue.

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    1. My goodness! Isn't the statement "you are so judgmental" itself judgmental? And of course your opinion of my heart needing "softening" is another example of your own (dare I say it?) judgmentalism. At any rate I welcome your prayers and be assured of mine for you.

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