I started off the discussion by asking "Why are people so fascinated by priests and religious who engage in "dancing with the stars" antics that are, at best, ancillary to their sacred vocations? Just asking..." I heard a number of responses.
- "Their joyful witness is something that the world is incredibly hungry for". No. A tap-dance routine, no matter how happily done, will not satisfy the world's hunger. They need to hear the truths of our faith preached to them in a straight-forward fashion. They need the Holy Mass. They need the Sacrament of Penance. "Joyful witness" to what? Jesus Christ, or their dancing talents?
- "So many don't think of them (priests) as normal human beings". That begs the question of what we consider a "normal human being" to be. The way I've understood it is that a human being is created in the image and likeness of God and that image and likeness is manifested through man's intellect and will. Period. I suspect that our concept of "being human" has been dumbed down by the secular culture - and deliberately so over these past few decades. Our de facto belief (as a superficial culture) seems to equate "human" as "clown". Unfortunately faithful Catholics are acquiescing to this degradation in attempts to "win people over". In reality, we bow to lies and that will only lead to ultimate futility. Should we not be teaching our young and those with whom we come in contact the real dignity that comes with being human?
Last year I had occasion to write about this false-joy mindset that is in actuality a focus on silliness. I and some others had spoken out against it and were lambasted by those who wanted to remain in la-la land. Here it is, for what it's worth.
Let's pray for these two priests, that their ministries (meaning at the altar, in the pulpits and confessionals, etc) be fruitful and that they continue to draw closer to Our Lord.