Friday, February 14, 2020

Father Visitor tells a joke about the president

Last Saturday Rocky and I went to  Mass and were "treated" to the spectacle of  the guest priest telling a joke about an assassination  attempt on the president.  I think the priest misjudged the room. Yes he was in  DC and most of  the  people  in  the  pews were government workers who will still be voting Democrat five years after they're  dead  but there was a sound in the church of decent people  gasping in surprise.

After the dismissal  Rocky asked if I was going to say something  to Father Visitor or to the pastor who was completely blindsided by the joke, poor man.  I said "no," and bolted for the door. Fr. Visitor is supposed to be here for three weeks. I really hope he's not celebrating this week.

9 comments:

Susan Matthiesen said...

I always make a comment to a "Father Visitor" if he's out of line. No arguments...just a simple comment as I glide by shaking his hand. And I ALWAYS ask his name...his LAST name. "Father Visitor" always wants to say, "Oh, it's Fr Jim" to which I reply, "...and your last name is...?...Fr Jim what?" About that time he gets nervous. I try to make sure to know who he is, what parish, what diocese etc.

Squiggyberkley said...

Because of the large influx of priests and religious getting continuing education whether its in canon law, theology, or other disciplines or a sabatical in the Archdiocese of Washington- one never knows what can pass through the doors and take the pastor's place. Many priests are in residence in the area and so pay their way by taking the pastor or other priest's place. No need to get nervous and cower in front of the laity unless there is a violation of morals or ethics or mass done incorrectly. The last of which is rather rare. What a spoiled world some of us live in where Mass is so plentiful and one can quibble about jokes and pit one form of the Mass against the other!

Anita Moore said...

How revolting. But I think George Neumayr is right when he asserts that, if you confront a priest (peacefully, respectfully) about something he said during Mass that was heretical or otherwise off, you decrease the odds that he’ll do it again. They are so bold because they are used to getting no pushback. If they get pushback, it makes them think twice about repeating their performance.

Squiggyberkley said...
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Squiggyberkley said...

A. Moore, if you do so, than be actually correct as to what the facts are before throwing around terms like heretical- "or otherwise" in defense of "Orthodoxy" or "traditional" which have a very loose metric. If your spiritual needs are not being met and the parish is not to your image- go elsewhere if this is appropriate. Priests need not respond to push back from the laity as this leads to congregationalism. The Catholic Church is hierarchical. I get faulted for my "prayer for judgmental laity", but it has served as a rather good examination of conscience in light of the constant criticism of priests on this site and "prayer for bad priests" when clergy are constantly being used as punching bags for the laity. The some that misbehave is not the all nor the majority!

Dymphna said...

Fr. Visitor may still be at the priory but he was not the celebrant this week. I was very wary when we walked to our pew and felt duch relief when I saw the pastor instead.

Dymphna said...

Such relief....

Trg said...

Squiggyberkley name reminds me of Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley TV show.

Squiggyberkley said...

And Trg of reminds me of the many gadfly laity found on many reactionary blogs and in churches that always use "we" and "us"when trying to foist their non theological views and love to strike out at others not of their ilk under the guise of false piety and "defenders of the true faith/church" and then are amazed when others respond to their trolls.....