I can’t believe your last comment

I can’t believe your last comment

Bloggers clerical and lay can attract pedantic and unwanted attention. It’s not all that different to the sort of attention priests encounter in the parish from aggrieved faithful.

Even the saintly Curé of Ars was frequently confronted by parishioners demanding he reform his ways. His typical response included a gracious apology and a plea for prayers for his conversion. But bystanders who knew Vianney well noticed that at such times, he often wrung his hands until his knuckles were white – a sign, they said, that his patience was tested, and he was making every effort not to reply with a reasoned explanation and a curt dismissal.

Fr James Martin has supplied us with the digital equivalent!  He does a good job satirizing the provocative and often willful misinterpretations some commenters attach to blog posts. Here’s a sample:

Me:   I love Jesus.

Father Martin, with all due respect, I don’t mean to be critical, particularly to a priest, but I am compelled to point out that in your most recent post, you didn’t say “Jesus Christ.”  As you know, Christ, from the Greek word Christos, meaning the Anointed One (years ago, all Jesuits understood Greek, but perhaps no longer), is the nomenclature that Holy Mother Church uses to signify Our Lord’s divinity. Father, do you somehow not believe in the divinity of Our Blessed Lord?

And on it goes, to hilarious effect.

(I hasten to add that my personal experience is quite different. I’ve received the odd comment which misrepresents me, or personally attacks me, but I have found in every case that if I send a personal email with a conciliatory tone, differences are quickly resolved.)

9 Comments

  1. Jack
    Apr 16, 2012

    Fr John, I decided that I’d visit your blog, and was disgusted to find the first lines were
    “Bloggers clerical and lay can attract pedantic and unwanted attention. It’s not all that different to the sort of attention priests encounter in the parish from aggrieved faithful. ”
    Are you trying to say that priests don’t want to help the aggrieved faithful? I’ll pray for you Fr John!!!
    ;)

    • Fr John
      Apr 16, 2012

      Boy. I really asked for these latest comments, didn’t I? Ha ha.

    • Anne
      Apr 16, 2012

      Jack I didnt read anything like that. Are we reading the same page.? and its nice that you are going to pray for Fr John. Im sure he can use all prayers he can get because of the “aggrived” parishioners (lol)

      Ps Fr John, why is it that I have to tupe my name email etc everytime I do a post? dont you like me anymore? am aggrieved now you must know that Okay?

      • Fr John
        Apr 16, 2012

        I’m starting to get confused. I don’t know what’s satire and what’s serious anymore!

        I think, Anne, your technical question relates to your browser cookies. I’m sure that after a few more entries, your browser will remember your details.

      • Anne
        Apr 16, 2012

        Are you de confused yet Father John? aggrieved simply means somone who has a gripe with someone else about somebody else and somewhere else and they bring it in to the church and father then just has to sneeze and the aggrieved one gets offended because they were offended in the first place with somone else from somewhere else. Now are you clear on that? Have I helped in deconfusing you? OKay. good.
        those darn cookies still taste funny

      • Damla
        Jun 11, 2012

        nadeus ne zr9 9 like nul i ne ostavil etot kemmont =)a voobwe pri9tno takoe slywat ot rodiny gde men9 sei4as net(((jdu vyhoda filma v internete =)

  2. Anne
    Apr 16, 2012

    Its all good Father John, both the satire and serious but those darn cookies are still doing their deed. Horrible stubborn cookies.

  3. McCormack
    Apr 16, 2012

    I lol’d.

    • Anne
      Apr 16, 2012

      not loud enough McCormack I didnt hear you.
      You can do better than that surely. (lol) lol) lol. lol.