Friday, September 10, 2010

Pastorbation and Jhiad Joe

"Pastorbation" is my name for the activities of the showmen clergy who would rather pull stunts that provoke others rather than offer a public example of how to conduct one's life as a Christian. Pastorbation is just disguised narcissism pretending an act of love.

The Rev. Terry Jones is such a "pastor." His "church's" "burn the Koran day" does not lift up Christ. This, of course, does not justify any retaliation against the "church" by those who are offended by Jones' pastorbation, and neither does it relieve the offended from making irresponsible threats and fomenting violence. Pastorbation is bad, but it does not excuse the acts of Jhiad Joe.


Tim Lacy said...

First-time commenter/silent follower: Would you include Archbishop Chaput on this list? I hope so. Or is it that one man's show is another man's voice in the wilderness? - TL

Neil Parille said...

Say what you want about these arguments, I think they show that what Pastor Jones is doing isn't a "stunt." I assume Pastor Jones believes that Islam is a false religion and burning the Koran drives this point home. In other words, his act is principled and not an attempt to create a media circus.

I'd have to know a lot more about John Paul II to call his kissing the Koran and the Assisi events "stunts."

Incidentally, you use scare quotes when referring to Pastor Jones and his church. As a Catholic I assume you agree with church teaching that protestant ministers aren't real ministers and their churches aren't real churches. Do you use scare quotes when referring to Hippie "Archbishop" Rowan Williams and the Anglican "Church"?


RM said...

Spot on Frank. Good post.

Tim: Why? Why should Chaput be on the Pastobater List?

RM said...

John said...

Great post. As for Mr. Parille's comments, yes he does have to learn much more before he can legitmately comment on JPII.

Tim Lacy said...

RM asks me why Chaput should be on the Pastorbater list.

Well, he is convinced that his commentary represents the feelings of the universal Church. He also inserts his voice into political discussions about practice and compromise---complicating efforts to govern the country amicably. And his political voice is decidedly not non-partisan: he fallaciously bundles abortion ideals with other practical, worldly political issues (e.g. scope of government, labor).

In sum, I am convinced that Chaput wants to be heard and to win more than he cares about sustaining the voice of the Church over the long term in the United States. Anyone who favors the short term is prone to overstatements (e.g. stunts) rather than offering a public example of how to conduct one's life as a Catholic in America. - TL