Sunday, March 23, 2008

Blood and Guts

CHICAGO — Six Iraq war protesters disrupted an Easter Mass on Sunday, shouting and squirting fake blood on themselves and parishioners in a packed auditorium.
Three men and three women startled the crowd during Cardinal Francis George's homily, yelling “Even the Pope calls for peace” as they were removed from the Mass by security guards and ushers.
One Mass attendee, Mike Wainscott of Chicago, yelled at the anti-war protesters.
“Are you happy with yourselves?” he said. “There were kids in there. You scared little kids with your selfish act. Are you happy now?”
The group, which calls itself Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War, said in a statement after the arrests that they targeted the Holy Name Cathedral on Easter to reach a large audience, including Chicago's most prominent Catholic citizens and the press, which usually covers the services.

so i saw this reported on tv just now and to say that i am conflicted about this group's actions is an understatement.
i agree with what the catholic girls against the war stands for and i certainly agree that those that were in attendance at this easter mass had the right to celebrate the ascension of christ into heaven w/o a demonstration. BUT: what is more important: reverence for a man (in this case THE man) who if he were here on earth would more than likely support some hell raising over the pomp and circumstance of a mass in his honor? i'm betting that christ, the ultimate revolutionary is smiling right now thinking about this demo in chicago.
btw, though i certainly have re-affirmed my catholic beliefs of late and gone back to attending services and praying on a regular basis (as i said in a post yesterday, prayer calms me, makes me humble, forces me to examine my life...which is a good thing), i have not decided to enter the priesthood or anything like that. i've just become more spiritual yet i'm still firmly rooted in the worldly.
easter weekend with my uncle was as usual, primo: great convo, great food, great liquor: all of it seasoned with the kind, sweet manner of uncle michael and his huge heart.
today, i listened to:
save it for later (the english beat), shame (m2w), closer than close (rosie gaines), rise (samantha jones), love ressurection (alison moyet), my piano (hot chip), gypsy woman (crystal waters), i puritani (sutherland and duval)...

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