Onion: “Pope To Identify With Catholic Youth By Giving Up On Catholicism”

Will Sommers. He kept his head.

Henry VIII had Will Sommers, the court jester, who got away with saying things to Henry that would have made anyone else who said them “shorter by a head.”

In present-day America, we have jesters from every point on the political compass vying for our laughs. Unfortunately, a good number of these people are soooo political and their humor is soooo mean that it’s only funny in a nasty, gotcha sort of way. The power of good humor is its pretense-stripping honesty. But a lot of today’s politically-motivated humor is as dishonest as most campaign ads.

Humor can show us truths that are right in front of us but that we don’t see, probably because they are right in front of us. If it’s well done, it can do this in a way that illuminates and edifies. If it’s powered by malice, it can simply hurt.

Every so often a bit of humor comes along that illuminates a current reality and gives us a laugh along with it. That’s satire, and satire is what The Onion dishes up in its latest offering on the Holy Father, titled “Pope To Identify With Catholic Youth By Giving Up On Catholicism.”

The attitudes this bit of spoofery points out regularly show up in Public Catholic’s comboxes. That may be why I found it so funny. First Things put this Onion piece on their site, and I’m going to link to it here:

Onion: “Pope To Identify With Catholic Youth By Giving Up On Catholicism”

And, oh yes Bill S, this one’s for you.

  • http://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com neenergyobserver

    It’s a good one, all right :-)

  • http://www.rosariesforlife.com Dave

    I’m not sure they give up on Catholicism, as much as they never knew what it was in the first place. That’s our fault.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I think it’s partly our fault. But there is an ocean of indoctrination out there in every area of life — music, movies, books, school, the trendy patois, all of which is working against parents who want to raise their children to be Christians. THAT may be our fault, because it’s our money that supports these things. If every Christian stopped going to the movies, cancelled the cable, took their kids out of the schools, refused to read the books and would not sit still while someone attacks our faith, it would get a lot tougher for the Church and Christ haters to carry the day the way they have been doing for the past 50 years. I’m guilty of all these things, too, btw. I think most of us are. Maybe it’s time we changed.

  • Bill S

    Kids today are taught to question everything, as well they should. Telling them to accept something on faith is counter-intuitive to them. The Pope would do well to drop his ridiculous opposition to birth control and same sex marriage. Kids can see right through hypocrisy. You can’t be protecting homosexual pedophiles while telling gays that they can’t marry or couples that they can’t use contraceptives. Our youth won’t accept double standards.

  • Bill S

    I apologize for that post. I was doing it while watching a replay of the Monday Night Football game and wasn’t considering how aggressive I was being toward the Church. I don’t hate the Church but I see a lot of need for change.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Well … you did sound a little bit short of a sense of humor. It’s probably good you aren’t on the field. :-)

  • Bill S

    Thank you Rebecca. My attitude is getting me nowhere. You are very intelligent and successful. I on the other hand am a troll. I enjoy your blog and I should do less talking and more listening. I learn something new every day.

  • Vernon Kuznia

    Have you seen http://www.eyeofthetiber.com? It’s a bit like a Catholic version of The Onion.