See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, September 30, 2011

What do Barbara Nicolosi and Michael Voris have in common?



They blame the baby boomers for just about everything...
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And apparently can't wait for them to die off.  Nice.
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Save the Boomers, save the World.  (Sounds like a potential Cafe Press line to me.)
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The Boomers' exit from cultural influence creates a two-sided pastoral challenge for the 21st-century Church.
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First is the effect on the gargantuan Boomer generation of a lifetime of listening almost exclusively to their own voices.
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As an institution charged with saving souls, the Church's urgent outreach to fading Boomers must encourage them to face and take responsibility for the mistakes they have made. If they would be saved, the Boomer Generation must be guided into repentance for the way they self-righteously sacrificed all others as they fled from the simple heroism of adult human life. The rigid eradication of tradition, the gross materialism, the unbridled license, the embarrassing promiscuity -- all always accompanied by shrill distortion and denial -- have left our society disconnected, bloated, poorly educated, unable to trust, and simmering in resentment. I see many of my Millennial Generation students clamoring to set back the clock to a day before the Sixties, when there were grown-ups.
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The Church's secondary, but equally urgent pastoral challenge, is with the younger generations. Do not think me flippant in suggesting that pastors and teachers of the faith must quickly provide substantive, moral reasons for GenXers not to euthanize the Boomers; for them, the Entitled Generation will quickly morph into the Expensive Generation as they and Millennials are bent low under the weight of social programs that were strapped on their backs without their consent. - Save the Boomers, Save the World, Barbara Nicolosi Harrington
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Get it in your head
Hollywood is dead
Hollywood is dead
Hollywood is dead

15 comments:

  1. Yep, it's all us ee-vil Baby Boomers' fault!
    Did aliens get into Barbara Nicolosi's brain, or something? This piece totally does not sound like her. I feel like saying, "Speak for yourself, babe, most of us weren't at Woodstock!"
    I don't have time to watch the Voris thing, have to get ready for work (actually I never have time to watch Voris things).

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  2. Once again, it's the old "they're dying off but not soon enough" message. Out of the lips of the super-Christian, self appointed shaggy, sheep-dog of the Church, newly minted Knight of St. Michael. And you wonder why the bishops won't support him? Ace

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  3. "Protestantizing" the Catholic Church??

    Yeah--I'm guilty of that....but that's because I was Protestant for much of my life...when I crossed the Tiber I didn't do a total brain dump...but in alot of ways Protestant churches are MORE STRICT than Catholic churches..

    We CAN combine the best of both worlds...like how about having Sunday School for Adults on Sunday, and NO MASS during Sunday School time?? Part of keeping adults smart about the church is having classes available at times they can attend.

    yeah..you're spinning me up :)

    Michael here I think is taking an indirect jab at JPII, who was Pope during much of this time....if things were so bad why didn't he reing in his Bishops and Cardinals??

    Just a thought.... Sara

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  4. He'll jab at anyone so long as it earns dollas.

    Je$su$ $ave$, indeed.

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  5. Thom, Voris ain't my style, either, but why assume he's becoming personally wealthy?

    I think his supporters and friends are sincere when they say Mr. Voris is not any better off in worldly terms for what he's doing.

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  6. I didn't say he's wealthy. But he will say what he needs to say to keep his business afloat. It's gospel gone capitalism. Very Protestant, when one looks at popular port evangelists.

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  7. P'raps, but then again, why keep his business afloat, except that he sees his business as the salvation of souls?

    Again, I am not saying this is necessarily the case, though I do believe he thinks this, and I believe he has dome good, whatever his flaws - at least more good than I have done.

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  8. Quoting an old pentecostal pastor of mine, "You can be sincere, but sincerely wrong."

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  9. Anonymous7:18 PM

    Perhaps I should apologize for being born in 1946, wearing my grey hair short, etc. How uncharitable these people are! Don't they realize that sooner or later (and much sooner than they think!) they themselves will be 50 or (gasp! the horror!) 60!! And at the end, we'll all face the same fate and the same judgement. For the record, even though I'm an only child, nothing was handed to me on a silver platter. In fact, I was born in the Canadian province of Newfoundland - a far cry at that time from where my husband was born, on Long Island, NY. My parents were faithful Catholics, good people, hard workers, and the "Boomers" described by Voris and Nicolosi sound like a bunch of aliens. I NEVER knew people like that at home, although I have met some since moving to Quebec - and they still seem like aliens! Sorry for the length of this post, but Voris and Nicolosi really pissed me off (sorry for that, too - going all St. Jerome here) with their sweeping generalizations. Years ago, as a university debater, I was told that such things are unacceptable in debating. Well, IMO, they're unacceptable everywhere - especially when Christians are talking about other Christians. Just to spite Voris and Nicolosi, I'm going to do my best (with God's help) to live till 100!

    Chloesmom

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  10. I'm trying really, really hard to be nice - so I can't say too much... But thanks y'all for saying it for me.

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  11. I am also just trying to be nice. I'm not a Voris groupie, and I think he comes off as a jerk sometimes, but I also don't want to go reading things into him that are not there.

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  12. Mercury, I don't think anyone has said anything here that isn't true.

    BTW, Terry- this is me being nice. My skin is crawling.

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  13. Chris in Maryland12:35 AM

    It is an absolute fact that Barb N has utter disdain and resentment for people in the "Bommer" generation. It is also a fact that the generation right after the boomers were educated to assign and analyze people as groups according to their generation, and to ascribe virtues and vices accordingly. Think of Tom Brokaw's book and eternal book tour on the topic, and the book "Generations" by Strauss and Howe also comes to mind. It's painful, in a number of ways...some painful truth. But with Barb N also, a feeling of being despised, and written off as a completely dispensible group.

    As for Voris, I like him, warts and all. He's talking about hard truths...it has to be done...

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  14. It's clear Voris was talking, not about all baby boomers, but only those who made it their aim to destroy the faith in the 70s. Faithful Catholics of the same generation are excluded.

    Thom--I once considered formation in the Secular Franciscan Order. I have a great love for St. Francis and St. Clare. I am, therefore, profoundly disappointed that one of their sons is so uncharitably maligning a fellow brother in Christ. I've seen you say many unkind things about Voris here and elsewhere. I don't know what else to say except that I'm sorry you feel that way, and I hope one day you'll see what a goodhearted and generous soul he is.

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  15. Christine, I'm not sure how you can see any Christ in his "videos." All I see is.. him.

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