What Kind of Parent…

…would possibly imagine that a totally bought-and-paid-for corporate creation of the Disney Machine (who is now undergoing the absolutely standard transformation into yet another corporate-creation pop tart so as to funnel her fans on to the Mammon and Venus conveyor belt to absolutely standard American consumerism of musical crap) is “empowering“? Miley Cyrus’ fans are as empowered as the goose who runs to the farmer calling “Dilly dilly!  Come and be killed!” Patti Maguire Armstrong does the autopsy on this nonsense.

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  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Yet again, Tolkien proved a prophet.

  • AquinasMan

    We can go all the way back to Moses warning the Israelites to teach their children about the Law (because it did not come cheaply) and God would ultimately hold them to account for the ramifications if they didn’t.

    Fast forward to today, and I’d say the faith has been generally passed from generation to generation, up until a portion of my fellow Gen Xers, who began short-circuiting the ever important role of bequeathing it to their young. The ramifications are starkly portrayed in this article. Millenials are not fleeing the Church in horror, so much as they just can’t recognize that they’re actually part of it to begin with. When parents fail so tragically in passing along even the basics of the Natural Law (nevermind doctrine), there’s little the Church militant can do except keep witnessing in the face of this adversity with heroic courage and gentility of heart.

    For years my reaction to this dystopian train wreck has been anger. By grace alone, that anger has instead become sorrow for those who “know not what they do”. Whether it started with the abandonment of catechesis in our churches and schools; whether it started with the free love movement, the feminist movement, or the tyranny of relativism; whether it started with parental insincerity in their sacramental promises — I don’t care.

    All I know is, “He came to what was his own,
    but his own people did not accept him.”

    More and more Miley Cyrus’s will come and go. The cultural train left the station long ago. We need to pay heed to Francis’ image of the “field hospital”, and work to bring salvation to whoever will listen..

    (Sorry for the ramble. Carry on…)

    • For years my reaction to this dystopian train wreck has been anger. By grace alone, that anger has instead become sorrow for those who “know not what they do”.

      This is exactly the move that we social conservatives need to make. Our old-fashioned anger was a response to a particular kind of injustice, but these people are now so ignorant that they’re committing their moronic atrocities in a kind of puerile innocence.

    • kmk

      I am an older Gen X and the not passing on the Faith began with our parents (not my parents in particular, but generally, they were the ones who began to divorce and contracept heavily in the late ’60’s-’70’s). You can’t give what you don’t have. (Of course it all begins with our broken humanity in every generation : ) )

      When people are ignorant instead of just hostile, there’s a great opportunity for evangelization. Most Gen-Xers can’t sneer at the nuns who taught them like the Boomer generation because the nuns mostly weren’t there, certainly by their high school years. I was ignorant, or maybe just ignoring what I did know, for awhile when I was young and but by the grace of God there go I. So very grateful for some key people who helped me come to my senses, and hope to do the same for others, however God wants to arrange it.

  • orual’s kindred

    I’ve had someone tell me she considered Britney Spears a good businesswoman.

  • ctd

    It is Patti Maguire Armstrong.

  • Tom Leith

    Hmmmm. Hannah Montana is the totally bought-and-paid-for corporate creation of the Disney Machine: I don’t think Miley Cyrus can quite be blamed on it/them. But whether she may be blamed on Billy Ray Cyrus is another question. The article itself is very good — you’d have to be living under a rock not to know what was about to happen and you’d have to be — inhuman is the only word I can think of — to consider a Miley Cyrus show (called “Bangerz” no less) in any way appropriate for anyone, much less a positive example to one’s young daughter.