Sunday, September 18, 2005

A Lesson in Suffering

Thanks to a reader who sent this along. I hadn't seen it of yet, but I can feel a BIG discussion coming on..... From the Austin American-Statesman:

Words were not enough for the Rev. Arthur Michalka to impress upon his parishioners the pain Jesus suffered during crucifixion.So on Wednesday, during evening Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Corn Hill, he called about 15 children to come forward so he could prick their palms with an unsterilized pin.

"What I was trying to teach them is that suffering is a part of life," said Michalka, 78, on Friday.

But the Catholic Diocese of Austin and the parents of one child who was pricked did not think it a prudent lesson. The diocese is conducting an investigation into the incident, though doctors say the risk of exposure to disease is probably low.

"What were you thinking?" said Debbie Sybert, a Jarrell resident whose 11-year-old daughter, Amanda, was pricked during Mass. "Apparently our father has lost his mind."

I'd have to agree. This is just weird. There are so many ways to bring kids in to the liturgical experience and impart some significance of it, the readings, whatever, to them on their level. Pricking their palms is not one of them.



Blogger Jeff said...

I wonder if there WILL be a big discussion. I think everyone will agree that the pastor shoudna done it. Perhaps the only divergence will be in the strengthe of feeling against him.

18/9/05 15:42  
Blogger Fungulo said...

No bis duscussion, Rocco. But I think EVERYONE will agree there were several silly little pricks and one REALLY BIG STUPID PRICK

18/9/05 19:38  

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