Saturday, July 22, 2006

Foot In Mouth Disease Strikes Again

Or.... Stupid Is As Stupid Does

“Ignatius Press, one of the world's largest Roman Catholic publishing houses, has boycotted any work by Charlotte Church, and is pulling all the CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs and VHS tapes featuring her off its racks after the singer called German-born Pope Benedict XVI a 'Nazi'.

Also raising the hackles of the US-based publishing house the pilot of Church's forthcoming eight-part Channel 4 television chat show where she is seen not only dressed up as a nun pretending to hallucinate while eating communion wafers imprinted with Ecstasy smiling faces, but also smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary to reveal a can of cider inside.”

Well, here we have another example of a celebrity determined to take themselves into the gutter. Take a look at her picture if you go to read the whole story as posted on the website of The Daily Mail. Charlotte Church's picture is there as you will see. A very pretty young woman. Which just goes to prove an old saying here as true. “Beauty is only skin deep, but, ugly is to the bone”. Ugly. That is exactly what your words and actions have made you, Charlotte. Ugly to the bone? Nah. In your case, this goes to the soul. Didn't just stop at the bone.

One wonders, what happens to make these celebrities do and say the things they do, particularly against God and the Church. Do they get so caught up in their own perception of their popularity they think they can say or do whatever they want? Is their career taking a downward spiral and they do and say the things they do to try to resurrect that career? Or is it just a matter of not caring what anyone thinks of them, not even God? Maybe, it's all of the above.

Anyway, one has to shake their head and wonder about such statements, and all the “whys” that goes along with them. We can only hope and pray that they will see the error they have made before it's too late for them. Which makes me think of a true story.

Back around 1968 or 1969, I was in junior high school in the 8th grade at the ripe old age of 13 or somewhere thereabouts. There were lots of people getting publicity back then, who kept insisting that God was dead. There was a young girl in my class. A beautiful girl with long red hair and big blue eyes. She was complaining about some event in her life, I don't recall exactly what it was now, and another girl in our class suggested she pray about it. Her reply was, “oh there is no God. God is dead.” Now, it's one thing to hear people repeating this on the news, but, it was a shock to hear someone say that in a small southern city in 1968 or so. The girl who had suggested she pray said to her, “oh Susie (not her real name), I'd be scared to death to think that, let alone say it.” “Susie” wasn't fazed one bit, and repeated her statement. Five or six years later, “Susie” was an expectant young mother who had just been married a few short months, when her husband lost control of their car one night, and she was killed. He walked away unhurt.

Coincidence? Maybe. Punishment? I don't know, because I can't pretend to be able to speak for God. I do know, that this young woman never set foot inside a Church until the day of her funeral.

All I can say is, one should not take God lightly. No matter who they are, or what their station in life.

I am also proud to say, that Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, the company who's products we promote on our blogs, is also dropping items from Charlotte Church.

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