Friday, January 4, 2013

here we go

Forget the Mayans, the revolutionary suicides, the Marxist workers' paradise, Ragnarok, William Miller....forget them all.

THIS is how the world ends.

Uh, let me get this straight:  one of the Women's ordination groups rewrote the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" so the chorus now sings "Ordain a lady" and filmed a video at a Washington DC Episcopal Church.

I would say "Heads exploding in 5...4...3..." but actually this guy might have the best response (especially at :20).

Mark Shea and Rod Dreher, among others, have already considered the weighty argument advanced and find themselves without response.  ;)

Of course they have responses!  Dreher's introduced me to a new word:  "hathos" (something academic culture seems to foster exponentially).  Shea's comment about nihilism and power might cut even deeper than maybe he's willing to admit.  Forget the lip-synching.  Such YouTube videos might be the only tangible power such women's ordination groups actually possess.  They get us to laugh about the subject.  And not much else.

The folks who already believe the Catholic Church should ordain women will find their conviction reaffirmed to the tune of one of 2012's pop hits.

Makes me wonder if the next pro-women's ordination video will use Psy's "Gangnam Style."  Hey, it was even bigger than "Call me maybe"!

But really, is this going to leave the Vatican, the USCCB, or the local parish quaking?  No.  They might giggle once or twice, but nothing more. All of us, though, will move on to the next youtube sensation.  Sic transit mundi...

The video was, by WOC's own admission, shot at one of the churches the song accuses of "schmoozing" Catholic women into leaving the Church. So in other words, the entire operation exists outside the Roman Catholic Church...but that's precisely where they seek ordination.  Given what John Paul II said in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis  this video seeks something like the squared circle.   Furthermore, digging deeper underneath the schlock and winking, did you catch the lines "Where do you think the Church is going?" and "We want our church back!"

Here's my gripe:  this is at least guilty of historical inaccuracy.  It was never "theirs" to begin with.  We belong to the Church...because we belong to GOD.  (who, yes, they're right, does call us...but to all sorts of vocations)  Like Mark Shea, this is a power argument--and just because power sings a catchy pop tune doesn't make it any more right or theologically accurate.  Further, this "we're ahead of the curve" arrogance that presumes openly that some "know" the Church's trajectory commits the very sin they accuse the Church's Magisterium:  baldy shaping the context of events so that only their perspective appears rational and real.

Quite frankly, anything that smacks too much of "join us or get lost" reminds me junior-high peer pressure.  Now that's power--social and individual--in its most unvarnished, undiluted form.  Isn't the Church supposed save us from that?  Why would I want to join a group that suggests conformity through ridicule?

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