Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Which one of these is not like the others?

Now that Christmas card season is done, I thought I'd catch up on some of the Catholic news I've been missing.

Apparently the Vatican has a MySpace page? Well, I suppose once you've jumped on YouTube, all the other social media can't be far behind. But I read that one of the songs on the Vatican playlist is by Tupac Shakur? I had to double-check, because that sure sounds like a Curt Jester April Fool's prank.

But sure enough, it's there. And over at Catholic Sensibility, I see that some Paulist Father thinks it's an excellent choice for Advent: "I can’t help but think that Shakur’s song makes a fine Advent anthem. This holiday season is all about change and renewal. That grasshopper-eating prophet of repentance, John the Baptist, takes center stage in the liturgical readings, exhorting his followers to make way for a new day."

Um, yeah. What's next - will they add "Creeping Death" by Metallica, which sings about the Passover (believe it or not)?

Try as they might, too often when the Church tries to "be relevant" it just comes off as a little...lame.

Link: http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/vatican-music-page-includes-tupac/


Chris Fitzpatrick said...

My understanding is that the Vatican did not create that site, nor did it pick the Tupac song. I could be wrong, but that's the interpretation I've read.

Paul Nichols said...

I don't know that much about it myself, College.

Notice I didn't cast aspersions on the Vatican, just the Churchman who thinks it's a good idea. And I'm sure he's not alone.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to point out that Edward Beck is a Passionist, not a Paulist.

Paul Nichols said...

Thanks for the clarification, Anonymous. I have no idea on him other than what I saw on the linked blog.

Somehow I don't think someone from the SSPX would be endorsing a rap song for it's "message".

It's another example of the Vatican II types trying to "fit in" with the world, rather than trying to convert it.

Just sayin'....

Ashley said...

I cannot remember exactly, but it is either Metallica or Megadeth who has a Priest with thim on tour, because one of the memebers is Catholic...One of my metalhead friends told me this...So do not know if it is true.

Paul Nichols said...

A Priest on tour with them? That's an interesting concept.