Posts Tagged ‘Humor’

Higgs Boson Humour…

Posted: July 10, 2012 in News
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Did anyone else see The Simpsons on Channel 4 tonight? The episode was entitled Father, Son and Holy Guest Star and involved Bart being sent to a Catholic school, St Jerome’s, where he begins his conversion to Catholicism, taking Homer with him!

Father Sean (Liam Neeson) makes Catholicism “cool” to Bart by quoting Eminem and showing him a graphic novel about the saints.

Homer also decides to convert to Catholicism after a marathon session in the confessional booth, leaving Marge worried that she will be in Protestant heaven alone.

Maybe some Catholics could find offence with small elements of the episode (perhaps the family planning leaflet Homer passes Marge entitled Plop til you drop, stereotypes, blanket-tossing Jesus… but he seemed to be having fun and Catholic heaven looked far more fun than Protestant heaven, where they are playing croquet !). 

However overall, I found it to be a positive portrayal of our religion; Bart praying the rosary (and offering to pray it with his Mum), Bart announcing “Catholics Rock!”, his Latin at dinner “In nomine Patris…”. In favour of ecumenism, Bart notes that it is stupid that all the different forms of Christianity are feuding.

On the whole, the episode showed Catholicism in a positive light, which was a nice surprise on prime-time UK TV! It was a well-written episode with plenty of humor. Apparently, some of the writers on the show are Catholic, so here’s hoping for a few more episode’s like this!

Frank Skinner, 50-something,  is well known as being Brum’s best loved comedian and singer of England’s Euro 96 anthem “3 Lions“, rather than his Catholic faith. However, I recently came accross an article published in the Times back in March 2010.  It begins…

I’m a Roman Catholic and I go to church every Sunday. Towards the end of Mass, there’s a thing called the Sign of Peace. We all shake hands with everyone in shaking distance and say “peace be with you”. Last Sunday the priest told us to drop the handshaking element to show our solidarity with Wayne Bridge.

I’ve always liked the guy, but I like him even more now for his honesty and outspokeness. Mixed with a lil’ Skinner comedy, of course. While he may not be popular amongst Traditionalists for saying that The wheat has been separated from the chaff. We get quality, not quantity, in the churches and the chaff can enjoy a nice lie-in. That’s just as well, because there’ll be little opportunity for slumber when they’ve got a demon’s pitchfork up their arse, you gotta give Skinner Brownie points for telling it how it is. His article surely strikes a chord with many parishioners and ‘regular Catholics’ in the pews on a Sunday. He admits he has prayed loads for his friends, most of them atheists. And not told them. Yey! I pray for my friends too. They’re nearly all atheists. And I don’t tell them either!

Concluding his musings, he comments he is enjoying this current dose of persecution. It’s definitely good for the soul.

Well done, Frank, for sticking up for the Catholic faith and sharing the some positives of it with the nation!

Read the full article here.

For more Frank Skinner reading, check out My Church is not a safe haven for bigots, also published in the Times.

Daily Telegraph – 11th August

Posted: August 11, 2010 in News
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11th August 2010, on the front page of UK broadsheet newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reference to Marain Shrine Lourdes is used to poke fun after recent news stories where a baker, a dance teacher, junkies (addiction made them unfit to work),  and even a stripper have been revealed to be claiming incapacity benefit.

At least there is a reference to the Catholic church on the front page of a national newspaper, which isn’t the subject of negative connotations!