So, this image has been pointed out on numerous national blogs at this point, including the Huffington Post and Gawker. The reason it’s funny is not the “naughty” humor aspect, it’s the invincibly clueless attitude of the church. It’s not so much “tee hee” funny as “oh wow, do these people have an invisible force field that prevents reality from seeping in to their worldview?” funny.
What’s even better is to see this willful ignorance demonstrated again and again and again in the indignant comments.
“Yeah,that’s the Bishop ordaining a priest. The Church may not recognize irony, but you evidently don’t recognize a common (and ancient) ceremony that is fairly well-known to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.”
“What they did not think is that self-righteous non-believers would use it as an opportunity to make fun of something that all Catholics recognize as holy and sacred. Yes, the Church hierarchy has made some terrible mistakes but I expect more from HuffPo than to make fun of a sacrament which has been part of Church tradition for centures. Shame on HuffPo.”
“Well, such traditional ceremonial as this has historically been treated with a degree of sober solemnity (alliteration much?) Anyways, I’ve been following this cover story along in its various incarnations over the web, and aside from the… shall we say… ill timing of the image, it’s shown to me that many people have no understanding of, or misconceptions about such ceremony and what it means for believers presently, and culture historically. I would encourage the curious to look up info regarding the nature of what must seem to many to be a stuffy and arcane ritual… it is understandings of such ritual however that leads to greater senses of understanding, and ultimately more cultural diversity.”
“yet another blogger who would rather mock religion than understand it.”
Wow. Just… wow. It takes real cojones to portray yourself as a victim when it was your organization’s commitment to fostering pedophiles that created the basis of this attributional bias. Actually, it doesn’t take cojones, it takes sociopathy. Is it just my imagination, or do all Catholics have antisocial personality disorder?