Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oh. My. Goodness.


This, ah, person, is a Jesuit.

(No points will be docked for not watching all 6+ minutes of it.)

13 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

He's wearing more lipstick than I do...

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

And in more interesting places than you do.

df said...

Watching that I just became a Catholic again

Anonymous said...

If he becomes tired of the priesthood he may have a future as a Siamese mime in a road production of "The King and I." I think it would work in the "Little Eva and Simon of Legree" number.
Linda

BillyHW said...

Has anyone ever asked the Jesuits if they'd like to become Christians?

I think it would be really nice if, like, the pope did that some time.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

DF,

so glad I could help.

Fr. David Streit, SVD - Rome said...

The post has the label:
"Novusordoism isn't Catholicism"

This is not about 'Novus Ordo'. It is about 'culture', INDIAN CULTURE, ... a culture that has a very long history of telling sacred stories through the medium of sacred dance in sacred places.

As a Westerner, I myself do not understand and therefore cannot appreciate the meaning of this Indian sacred dance., but I find the mocking tone of both the post and the comments particularly troubling.

As a missionary living with Indian confreres who have studied Indian classical music and dance, I know that the Indians who witness this dance -- and for whom it was intended -- ARE in a position to understand and appreciate what I as a Westerner cannot.

Such dance, even by priests -- yes, even Jesuits -- is an important tool for evangelization in India.

To judge the dance or the dancer by looking solely through our Western eyes and the filter of our own American culture is to totally misunderstand and misrepresent what one is seeing.

To go further and condemn the dance or the dancer, or even worse to mock him and what he is doing because we do not understand the cultural language being used is very bad indeed and unworthy of Christians.

The most we can say is: "I don't understand this. Maybe I need to do some reading on the Church in India and how it seeks to express Gospel truths in the language of an overwhelmingly Hindu culture". That would be an honest reaction.

BillyHW said...

Oh Father, I don't think you understand. We're not mocking him. We're mocking you.

HJMW said...

Now now Billy. Enough of that.

Fr. I think you may simply have stumbled across the wrong blog. Mocking the ridiculous things that are going on in the Church and the world is the purpose of the blog. Not everyone is constitutionally capable of getting the joke.

I'd suggest surfing elsewhere from now on.

HJMW

Anonymous said...

Father Strait, perhaps you don't know enough about Indian culture to recognize that the gentleman is wearing lady's clothing. - Karen

Anonymous said...

What you all evidently are oblivious to is that this Jesuit is performing a "sacred dance" in honor of the pagan Hindu god SHIVA.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Not oblivious, no. That's why it's a scandal. That's why I blogged it.

I know it's hard but try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

"Not oblivious, no. That's why it's a scandal. That's why I blogged it.

"I know it's hard but try to keep up."

Not so hard.

You didn't mention the pagan god much less anyone else here.

Religious performing exotic "liturgical dance" is old hat. But pagan "liturgical dance???"

After all, St. Francis Xavier no doubt utilized it as "an important tool for evangelization in India."