Monday, May 01, 2006

And you wonder why no one comes to church

B16 yesterday used his Regina Caeli message to "warn" the faithful against "pseudo-histories" about Christ's resurrection, presumably in response to The Da Vinci Code's coming cinematic debut. I hate to tell you guys this, but every time you make a big deal about this movie, it's projected revenues grow by another $10 million. I'm going to die laughing when it grosses more than that other pseudo-historical work of fiction, The Passion of the Christ.

Enough with the negativity. Maybe people would be more interested in Catholicism if we weren't constantly lamenting this or that element of the surrounding culture. No one likes self-styled martyrs. Unfortunately, the "prophets of doom" that Pope John XXIII lamented when he opened the Second Vatican Council are running the show.

So cheer up, Papa Ratzi. The gospel is supposed to be good news.

And John XXIII, pray for us!


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