Monday, December 27, 2004

This comment on Amy Welborn's blog, which I should hasten to add, she has not endorsed.

What about all those people, many not even Catholics, who show up for baptisms and turn the Mass, between the readings and the Eucharist, into a giant photo-op and video fest. The nerve of them, overperfumed, with large hats, bright lights, and funny accents, jumping from their pews into the aisles, walking all around snapping pictures and taking video, talking and calling out to the little child to "Look this way!" I've even seen some carry the naked baby from the font and lay them on the altar to dress them in their white robes as if we were about to celebrate Eucharist at a changing table! Oh, the indignity of it all! How dare they! Who are these people, and why do they insist on taking over our church for their family events?

I sincerely hope this is a joke, because it's really hard for me to imagine someone with the first clue about the sacrament of Baptism spouting off about it like this, but assuming its not...

This comment has it all -- complaining about a local issue to hundreds or thousands of people throughout the country, devaluing the sacraments ("family events????"), and utter contempt for the other folks worshopping with us each week at Mass.

I sincerely hope the other congregants greeted this new Christian with more warmth and pleasure than is reflected here.

I also can't help but think how confirming this looks to pro-choice folks out there who think that pro-lifers don't care about people once they're born.

I also think it's ironic that this was in a comment about lamenting the replacement of "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays." Before we insist that our public spaces be more friendly to Christianity, maybe we should make our churches more friendly to the newest Christians.

UPDATE: I had contacted the author of the comment, and, thankfully, it was meant as a parody of another poster's expressed frustration with the Christmas and Easter crowd. That's a relief!
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