Archdiocese of Washington) The time for happy-clappy and light-hearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while t understand that what used to work no longer works. Let me get more specific.
Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for republicans and Democrats to lay aside the hatch and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were dived about lesser things like how much o the budget should got to defense and to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.
But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to roast and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is okay to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as a form of love, and that.e LGBTQIA…etc (I=intersexual A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.
Now the St. Patrick’s Parade will become of parade of disorder, chaos and fake unity. Frankly, lets be honest, St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgrace of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors him.
Now it is about to become absurdity in NYC with the “parade” devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the Faith St. Patrick preached.
It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Parade, and the Al Smith Dinner and all other sorts of ‘catholic’ traditions that have been stolen by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches on their knees on St. Patrick’s day an pray in reparation for the foolishness to end for this confused world to return to its senses. Lets do adoration and pray unceasingly the rosary and divine mercy chaplet for this poor old world.
But don’t go to the parade and stay away from Al Smith Dinners and all that “old school” stuff that hangs on in a darkened world. Re. St Patrick’s day, it is time to stop wearing the green and take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the stupidity, frivolity and drunkenness that St Patty’s day has become, we need penance now, not foolishness and parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity and make money off of us. We are being played and we for (and are?) fools.
End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all compromised events like them. Enough now, back to Church, wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.
For the sake of your sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
How say you?
- Time to End the St. Patricks Parade and the Al Smith Dinners?
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