I have received probably three dozen emails over the past two days tipping me off to “a new priest video” or asking me to please post the video, or demanding to know why I have not yet posted it, as is my duty as a Catholic blogger.
But I don’t want to mischaracterize the emails. Most people are very nice, and they just want to make sure I am aware of this new video that advocates for the priesthood.
Well, I am aware of it, but I haven’t posted it here for a very simple reason. I don’t much like it. It clocks in at over three minutes, I find it overlong; it feels unending. Moreover, I find the thing a trifle too-something (call it proud, call it triumphalist, but I’m not sure I mean either of those words, just something that’s not doing it for me — defensive, maybe?). Even worse, it strikes me as being a bit short on joy.
It’s just not to my taste, that’s all. A few months ago I was asked to preview a film that I really wanted to like, because it celebrates Mass and the Eucharist, but it was so poorly done, I just couldn’t like it. I couldn’t bring myself to say that I did, or to recommend it to others simply because there aren’t enough such films out there and “something is better than nothing.” Particularly when the issue matters, sometimes nothing is better than something that doesn’t really do it justice. I guess that’s how I feel about this video. I think I’d be doing a disservice to both the well-intentioned filmmakers, and to the church, by effusively praising something that I really didn’t think met the need.
By all means see what you think; you might love it, but I much-prefer this one from 2009, which manages to be short, pointed and very joyful indeed: