More From The Cult of Celebrity

I see David Gibson’s piece on Father Frank, freed. Entertaining, if not informative, are the comments. Including:

Yes, we need Father Corapi back, and now Father (Groeschel) as well back on EWTN to be running full speed ahead!!!!!!!!!

I guess Bishop Zurek has learned his lesson well. Endure a few months of anger from some political pro-lifers, witness a Vatican clap on the back for the crusader, then jettison the dude like when you find a chip of a shell in that mouthful of Oysters Rockefeller.

Are there any Catholics left in Dinesh D’Souza’s court? What do you think about his explanation on post-Catholic post-marriage relationship ventures?

I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced, even though in a state of separation and in divorce proceedings.  Obviously I would not have introduced Denise as my fiancé at a Christian apologetics conference if I had thought or known I was doing  something wrong. But as a result of all this, and to avoid even the appearance  of impropriety, Denise and I have decided to suspend our engagement.

Okay. In some Christian circles it is considered wrong to be married after being divorced. It can be considered a breach of propriety to appear at the same early morning hour with one’s love interest, even with separate sleeping arrangements.

Do celebrities like this think they get a pass on relationship proprieties or on obedience to a bishop just because they have a Big Cause that needs winning? We’ve had nine previous presidential elections since Roe v Wade, and despite the GOP winning five of those, we’re still not really pedalling back on abortion to the political pro-lifers’ standards. Every movie needs a 1000% return on investment, too. The money has to keep rolling in somehow. Part of the blindness of the cult of celebrity is that one grows to believe the rules are made for other people, not oneself. No profit is too big. No number of fetuses is too small.

It shows the value of surrounding yourself with upright, trusty, and sound people who can disagree with you and call youout when you need a reality check.

This certainly isn’t to say that I or other liberals haven’t transgressed in the area of propriety and moral behavior. The difference is that I don’t make a living calling out my ideological opposites as bad people because of what they do. Their comboxes are very amusing, especially during a moral stumble. Let’s just say that orthodoxy is absolutely no guarantee of virtue.

Now … I need to add a few Republicans to my parish’s liturgy commission.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to More From The Cult of Celebrity

  1. crystal says:

    Ugh – I’ve just been reading about Dinesh D’Souza and his girl friend, who was apparently also married while they were going out … http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/big-love-king-s-college-dsouzas-mistress-was-also-married

    I find his explanation unbelievable.

  2. Charles says:

    Yes, yes….it seems we can almost set our watches by the intervals between singing “Another one bites the dust.” It is a body blow to the gut of a “civil society” when someone of D’Souza’s formidable (sp?) intellect and public persona of impeccability suddenly pulls his own deflate plug. One would expect such from a Newt or a Jesse Sr. (and Lord help him, Jr.) I think the rose colored lenses left the scene with King and the Kennedy’s, and the “Damn the glass house, I need to get the scoop before the other guy” ethos came on with Gary Hart. Downhill ever since.
    And unless we remember that Christians all live in glass houses, we risk sliding more towards that edge of self-condemnation by even publicly engaging in the circuses of self-corruption, whether championed by Chris Matthews or Rush Limbaugh, or Fr. Coughlin of old and Corapi.
    God help us.

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