Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, Giotto
What a hoot! Huh?
They say he joked while being roasted alive and told the executioners they could turn him over because he was done on that side. Maybe.
That stuff works for religious people when they want to make light of otherwise serious situations. Cardinal Dolan likes a good joke - so does Fr. James Martin S.J. and Stephen Colbert. Oh hell, who doesn't? Dolan and Martin and Colbert have a show coming up, don't they? So cool! “This is just what the Catholic Church needs,” said Martin, who has been on “The Colbert Report” so many times that he is called the official chaplain of the Emmy-winning news parody program. “Being joyful does not mean that you overlook suffering or pain or even scandal.”
Oh man! I can't wait. And I think Dolan even invited Obama and the Mormon guy to a big dinner, or is it a roast? (Canned laughter!)
Back-slapping, rib-nudging, good humor - works for me too.
Bring back those nuns playing baseball in their habits, and cigar chomping, cocktail swilling prelates, 1950's Deborah Kerr Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison kind of American Catholicism any day!
Lighten up folks!
What? I'm being positive.