Fr. Barron on Blasphemy

+10 to Fr. Barron for incorporating Dylan’s recent comments regarding irreverence in an interview for Christmas in the Heart.

My two cents: blasphemy in this day and age is boring. Any attempt to provoke prompts a huge yawn from yours truly.

4 Responses to Fr. Barron on Blasphemy

  • Richard says:

    You yawn a lot.

  • I fashion myself as a Shakespearean jester-type. When everyone goes crazy around him, the jester just rolls his eyes.

  • Richard says:

    You’d look smashing in motley. I think I even know some vestments that would work.

  • Greg says:

    I utterly despise the stupidity and banality of the commercial.

    And I am a Protestant and therefore my reverence for the mass rests on foundations other than the Catholic one.

    And yet I think the most pervasive blasphemy to be the assignment of reality, and therefore ultimate reality, to physical objects and their properties. For if the serious regard reality as physical objects and natural forces, then the place for the solemn and Sacred is displaced.

    Naturally, we can think it funny to replace the Host with a pizza, because at least we feel certain that the pizza is real.

    Satan is the ape of God, said Augustine, and we see this inversion here.

    A profane object, the pizza, replaces a Sacred object. Reality is assigned to a counterfeit. For when materialism replaces the Sacred, materialism pays the Sacred the compliment of taking its role.

    Simone Weil wrote:
    “Everything is oriented towards utility, which nobody thinks of defining; public opinion reigns supreme, in the village of scientists as in great nations. It is as though we had returned to the age of Protagoras and the Sophists, the age when the art of persuasion — whose modern equivalent is the advertising slogans, publicity, propaganda meetings, the press, the cinema, and radio — took the place of thought and controlled the fate of cities and accomplished coups d’etat.”

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