Let us start the year with a clearly “insensitive”, “homophobic” Monthy Python video.
I can see our Prime Minister and his Prime Girlfriend taking this seriously, and praising it as an example of the new times….
Hat tip to Linen on the Hedgerow
Read here on the National Catholic Register about the vote of the US Congress regarding the ban of the celebration of so-called same-sex marriages in naval bases on the ground that it violate the federal Defence of Marriage Act.
This amendment removes (for the time being) the possibility that a military chaplain may find himself threatened in his religious liberty (because, say, obliged to either perform the “ceremony” or find a substitute for its celebration) and the resulting predictable exodus of military chaplains (Catholics, but not only) from the US Navy. In addition, it reinforces the federal law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The US Congress has now a republican majority of course, but this vote is said to have been bipartisan.
The battle against the modern parody of reality called “same-sex marriage” has just begun; if the Christians in the US wake up and smell the coffee, it can have only one outcome.
For the moment though, and at least in the US Navy, “Loretta” will have to wait.
This article appeared on the “Anti-Catholic Atheist”, aka “The Independent”. It deals with the widely publicised decision of the Archbishop of Melbourne to ban pop songs from…. Catholic funerals. I repeat the key words again: pop songs, Catholic funerals.
I must admit that I was blissfully unaware of the following facts:
1) That there are people who really have the effrontery to play pop songs at a funeral.
2) That it is even necessary that an Archbishop puts an end to all this.
I obviously knew that there were people who consider a funeral a “celebration” of the life of the deceased, in an obvious protestantisation of Catholicism that ignores Purgatory and tries to remove Hell. But I thought it was meant purely symbolically, as the attitude with which the relatives of the deceased approach the Funeral Mass.
What I didn’t know is that such “celebrations” would include football club songs and the like. Football songs? In Church? At a funeral?
Apparently, it got really extreme in Australia as the most popular songs played at funerals were, according to Australian funeral directors: “Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”, AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, the Monty Python ditty “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, from The Wizard of Oz.” I hope that such songs were never allowed at least in Catholic funerals, but I am afraid to ask……
More amusing is the attitude of the local “Independent” Atheist In Charge, Mssss. Kathy Marks, who had to explain to his readers what sacredness is and failed miserably.
Mssss. Marks does reports the Archbishop’s statement, so that his readers have at least a hint of what it is about, but the good woman insists on finding a trendy Catholic priest and letting him tell how oh bad and oh insensitive this decision is.
Our trendy chap of choice, called Father Maguire and he thinks that the decision is
“a bit insensitive to local sensibilities, and a reversal of grassroots Catholic rituals”
I’d like to know what a “grassroot” Catholic ritual is. Perhaps someone can help. I thought rituals had to be reverent, and that was that. The idea of the “sensitivities” is also funny, as if the Church should let the faithful decide how to do a funeral. Fr Maguire even hints at disobedience, saying that
“he would have to struggle to balance the needs of mourners against the law laid down by the church”.
“Balance”? He has to obey, hasn’t he?
Not satisfied, our chap (obviously on a highway to Hell of his own) tells us that:
“Around 10 per cent of Catholics will feel more comfortable with these sanitised rituals, but the other 90 per cent want these rituals to reflect their lives.”
It is bad enough that an obviously secular journalist can think that it be “insensitive” not to allow people to sing pop songs in a church at a funeral, as you never know what these journos have smoked in their youth; but that a Catholic Priest would make an ass of himself to such an extent is truly a sign of the times.
Still, always look on the bright side of life: the action of the Archbishop shows that these monstrosities are slowly dying. The sooner, the better.