Friday, July 18, 2008


I've said it before and I'll proabably be tiresome and say it again some time: WYD is mostly silly. However, there are moments when it's almost worth the time and money. Tonight Rocky is watching the Holy Father celebrate Mass in Oz on EWTN. It's beautiful.

If they would just drop the dumb stuff--- the rapping priests, the lousy fake pop music, and the carnival atmosphere. And for pity's sake, no more semi nude locals in loincloths in front of the pope!

I was reading a book last night, it's the memoir of a Bennedictine monk who spent a year with the Copts of Egypt. He went to a dinner at the home of Pope Shenouda (the Copts call their leader, pope) and was astonished. There were about 5000 people there. Most were teens and 20 somethings. They politely asked Shenouda questions and he answered them. That's it. No dancers, no singers, no jugglers. They didn't need to be entertained. That struck me. Later the monk was having dinner at the home of the American ambassador. The ambassador's wife was Catholic and asked him about the Copts. The monk told her that he thought the Copts did a much better job teaching their youth than we Catholics do. The ambassador's wife was offended but when I watch the WYD photos I have to agree with the young monk.

A cranky thought about the Anglo-Caths has crossed my mind. Guys, if you are really serious don't wait for negotiations with Rome, don't wait for your "bishop" to make up his mind. Do what my husband and millions of others have done. Get up, get dressed and walk into the nearest Catholic church. Ask to be recieved. Endure the wretched RCIA and be confirmed.


Anonymous said...

Agreed. I just pray that WYD never comes to North Texas.

a thorn in the pew said...

You are honest and funny.
When I saw the closing Mass for WYD, my thought was "don't give the SSPX amunition with the topless priests" Everyone has their own "crazy relative", I suppose topless priests and dancing are our "crazy relatives". My culture in Kentucky revolves around horses but we don't ride one up the conter of church holding the gospel. 'Nuff said.

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

As usual, your common sense observations cut to the quick.

Coffee Catholic said...

WYD deffinately needs to be replaced with something far more sacred and serious!

Ahhh...RCIA. I remember the torture!! That needs to be replaced with something far more sacred and serious as well!!!

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

WYD does need to be replaced, I absolutely agree with your observations.

Have no worries about RCIA, It will be solid if you have the mis-fortune of having me as teacher/evil dictator who will teach everything Catholic that some places forget.

Le Saint Chapelet said...

Dymphna, I love your blog, sister. It's 1:52 AM and I need to stop reading it because I am the mother of an 18 month old who needs to get some sleep (That's me I'm talking about.) I love me some Father Stan Fortuna -- I get a kick outta his dreamy, Bronx patois about the mystical connection between B16 and JPII -- but, my rule is, if it shakes or shimmies and it's wearing feathers, it better not be holding the Gospels. Sorry! No offense to our lovely, devoted African and Oceanian priests, one of whom offers beautiful masses at the church I attend now. And don't get me started on RCIA. I hear it's better than eternal damnation, but not much!