Friday, November 19, 2010

I have a question

I was looking at the parish Advent schedule of our old parish, St. Matthew's Cathedral and saw that December 1 is the World AIDS day Mass. The AIDS Mass has been the starting event of Advent for over a decade and nobody seems to know why. And why do we have an AIDS Mass at all? Why not a Diarrhea Day Mass? I'm not being sarcastic. About a million people die from diarrhea every year. Better yet, why don't we have a Malaria Day Mass? Millions of little African children and adults have died after the West banned DDT, in response to Rachel Carson's shaky grasp of science. And what about diabetes and cancer? Are these diseases not horrible? Is the suffering involved somehow unimportant? Why is AIDS alone worthy of a special Mass?

6 comments:

Charlotte said...

Never heard of that before. Glad we don't have that around here.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

This is news to me too. I've never been in a parish that celebrated that Mass. What's your parish and who's your pastor? Sounds like something you'd find at a loony tune parish like Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington that had the former pastor, Fr. James Healey who came out in the Washington Post a few weeks before he died of AIDS.

Dymphna said...

It's the shedule from our old parish, St. Matthews in DC. We're happy in Virginia but we still have a lot of ties to the old place.e

R J said...

I can't say for certain, since I've never been in a parish that has this particular horror, but maybe a special commemoration for AIDS has something to do with the - ahem - sexual minority whose leading activists have called the shots in the Church (as well as elsewhere) since the 1980s at least ...

Michael Fumento's book THE MYTH OF HETEROSEXUAL AIDS, though published a while back, is well worth examining still. Anyone who reads it will be qualified to rebut the lunatic claims which have been made for ages about how heterosexual AIDS is devastating Africa. (Clue: nearly all African heterosexual deaths attributed to AIDS are in fact from dysentery, cholera, typhoid, etc., etc., when not from hetero anal intercourse. But it's not chic to demand endless public baksheesh for stamping out dysentery, so the kleptocratic governments scream blue murder about how AIDS is doing the damage. Fumento has more details than I can do justice to here.)

Dymphna said...

RJ, I think you're right. St. Matt's is very gay friendly. The parish is so big and serves so many different groups that you don't notice it at first.

Lola said...

I think the Malaria Memorial Mass would be a perfect mass to bring awareness to the sadness and loss millions suffer.

I saw a PBS Frontline (I think) report on malaria and one of the little children flimed died at five and that brought me to my knees. We don't consider this tradgedy enough.