You Are Wrong to Criticize a Dancing Priest
Dear Mr. Hester,
We are aware of your long standing traditionalist position and we are grateful for the erudite book reviews you wrote on Dr. Marian Horvat"s book Catholic Manual of Civility and on Mrs. Judy Mead’s and Dr. Horvat’s book Courtesy Calls Again.
During the years we have received many of your interesting correspondences, most of which we have posted on the TIA website.
It is surprising that you, being a regular reader of our site, have not noticed the constant criticism we make of Popes, Bishops, priests, monks and nuns dancing. These critiques are all over our website and quite easy to find when, for instance, you place the word “dancing” in our search engine. The rationale for our opposition to this progressivist bad custom can be found in many of those postings.
Why, only now, did you become upset and censure us? It is a point that probably could be explained by a long repressed objection that exploded now when we criticized one of your acquaintances, the dancing Fr. Frankie Mulgrew.
You lectured us like we were schoolboys for having “the wrong end of the stick.” So, you, as "the strongest traditionalist" tell us that we are “astonishingly biased” for thinking that a priest should not dance in public and that it is not prima facie evidence that he is wrong when he makes monkeyshines to the wide audience of the internet in a performance alongside a sensual belly-shaking young woman.
The fact that you do not see anything morally wrong in that performance shows us that you still have some points in which you pay tribute to the progressivist customs and mentality as they already existed in a considerable part of the clergy and religious orders during the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Soon afterward, during and after the Council, these tendencies became an avalanche of relaxed habits and bad morality. Today, we all are witnessing the sad result of that general apostasy.
The stick with which you measure these topics does not seem to be as Catholic as you suppose.
Although in principle we can comprehend that Don Bosco did acrobatics to attract children and that some Salesians could imitate him, when you generalize those exceptions and apply them to all the clergy and religious orders, you are paying tribute to Progressivism, to the Conciliar Revolution.
If Fr. Mulgrew was correct in his circus-like performance, then what would be wrong with wearing a clownish red nose as Pope Francis did? What would be wrong with dancing to rock as John Paul II did in Australia? We suppose that you would approve such actions since both Popes were dressed in full cassock and not just wearing their collars... Why should Bishops not dance as they ridiculously did in Rio? Why should contemplative nuns not dance and clap?
So, applying the criterion you used to criticize us, you cannot fail from approving all these excesses. You seem to consider every action appropriate so long as you receive from a priest some good counsels in the confessional, kindly visits when you happen to be in the hospital and he still wears some remnants of the proper clerical garb.
Another point difficult to believe is that we need to offer prima facie proof to an Englishman showing that Fr. Mulgrew is favoring immigration when he performed in that video whose theme was mercy. Here are the reasons:
- You live in the U.K. which registered 3.2 million legal immigrants in 2015, more than 500,000 illegal immigrants and about 117,000 refugees; in a country that just exited the European Union because it can no longer bear the weight of this immigration.
- We have the Year of Mercy that finished some weeks ago. Who benefited from this period in which the entire Church deliriously preached mercy? More than anyone else, it was the illegal immigrants. Pope Francis multiplied his gestures sending the message that his greatest goal during this time was to favor illegal immigrants or refugees. Please, check the pictures below.
- In this context, it is obvious that the song of Fr. Mulgrew's repeating ad nauseam that we have to have mercy was part of this campaign.
- To not make the connection of these three points and see the larger picture in your own country seems to reveal a remarkable lack of perspective.
You can be sure to count on our prayers for this.
TIA correspondence desk
From the top first row, Maundy Thursday 2016; second and third rows, June 20, 2016
Posted December 13, 2016