The Catholic Church is still under a state of siege in our contemporary world. This altercation is taking place every single day on various levels such as You-Tube, the secular press with anti-Catholic messages broadcast all over the world. Recently, the comedianatrix Sarah Silverman has taken derogatory aim with her cynical brand of entertainment at the Catholic Church and its global works of charity. Most of all, her attempt at humor deliberately makes fun of the humanitarian efforts of the Churchâ€™s worldwide goal of feeding the hungry. In a recent You Tube monologue, Ms. Silverman suggested the solution to end world hunger resides with the sale of the Vatican, along with some of its assets.
For the record, the holdings of the Vatican include artistic masterpieces that the Catholic Church holds, â€œin trust,â€ for the entire global community. The Catholic Church is perhaps the largest and the oldest organized charitable institutions the world has ever known. Millions and millions of people have benefited from the Churchâ€™s charitable activities since the Last Supper. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries are just the beginning of the social and humanitarian contributions the Church has made to the human family in the pursuit of world peace and the end to the worldâ€™s physical and spiritual hunger. This Catholic author is deeply offended by satirical hurtful and angry comedy against our Church, our Pope and our global desire for global harmony.
Of course, anti-Catholic rhetoric is commonplace in the world of comedy, pseudo-journalism and popular jokes. The commonality of the negative comments reveals an underlying anger that runs just under the superficial surface of secular society. In the 19th century, the anti-Catholic anger was obvious in the riots of the Know-Nothings, Catholics were suspected of dual alliances that would conflict with the emerging American republic. Violence, discrimination and segregation were often very prominent in our United States when Catholics were blamed for nearly all of our American maladies s from unemployment, to overpopulation and even espionage.
The comedic venue often uses satire and parody to make contemporary topicsâ€¦funny. However there is nothing funny about denigration of Catholics and their beliefs through forms of social networking and global communications media. Catholics everywhere need to take notice of the blatant anti-Catholic sentiments that are all around us in our modern world. Even more importantly, as a faithful Church and the People of God, we need to boycott any group regardless of their professions that pronounce derogatory comments regarding our Catholic faith. Thankfully, established groups like The Catholic League watches for the injustices and slanderous comments made against our Church, our Clergy and our Faithful People. This author suggests in addition to lauding the works of the Catholic League and similar organizations, we need to adopt an apologetic tactic of defending the Catholic faith.
Quite frequently, we think the notions of adversarial components against our faith are relegated to the past. Untrue! Catholic adversaries are all around us and we need to be mindful that these groups are persecuting our faith and lifestyle on a daily basis. The predominant, â€œCulture of secularism & materialism,â€ is a constant bombardment on the institution of Catholic religious beliefs. The accepted norm is simply this: Catholic bashing is a fair practice!
Our Catholic publications, our pastors and all of the Catholic people need to take a stand that isolates theologically insensitive commentaries from people like Ms.Silverman. Donâ€™t attend events that are antithetical to our sacred beliefs, our precepts and Catholic rituals. Donâ€™t buy products manufactured by factories in countries that violate human rights and freedom of worship! Donâ€™t pass on insensitive jokes that poke fun at out Pope, our clergy or our beliefs. Of course as alwaysâ€¦pray for conversion of all these people that linguistically persecute our faith. The Catholic Church will continue to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty and provide solace for the suffering. Most importantly our actions as a faithful people and as an ancient institution will include prayer for all of those that persecute us because that is exactly what Jesus our Lord told us to do!
Pray for the victory of peace and charity over the influences of anti-Catholic secular condemnations of our faith, history and our sacred rituals!
Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com & http://nothing-left-unsaid.blogspot.com . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at http://graysferrygrapevine.blogspot.com . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin, Pewsitter.com, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal.