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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 06, 2004

Jesuit pastor and dancer Fr. Robert VerEecke is part of a discussion of pop culture and the Catholic Church:

I just did a dance piece called "Melodrama." I dance it with another dancer, who's Jesus, and I'm a priest. And the first part is my commentary on going to the Gibson "Passion" and looking away most of the time, and trying to figure out why. Then I segue into other images of Jesus we need to see, for example a comic Jesus. Jesus and I go into a duet to "Make 'Em Laugh" from "Singin' in the Rain," doing all this kind of Three Stooges movement, slipping on banana peels, walking into walls. I bring this up because someone who is Catholic and who heard about the piece was very upset, even hearing that I would do something that could possibly be offensive to Catholic sensibilities, whatever that means.

...So my very being belies what people think. I like the fact that it's jarring for people, because it allows you to enter into a conversation about "What is this Catholic experience and expression?" And particularly something like dance, which is so physical, so embodied.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 09, 2004 1:07 AM ET USA

    Another nut in the Vatican II "Fruit" Salad.

  • Posted by: Gertrude - Jun. 07, 2004 11:35 PM ET USA

    I'm trying to hold my lunch down, the lavender brigade stirkes again. Definitely one of those times we have to laugh so we don't cry. Combine that with pryaer, and we might do some good.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2004 9:41 PM ET USA

    Obviously this priest dancer could well be the next General of the Society of Jesus. Can they get any crazier?

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jun. 07, 2004 5:44 PM ET USA

    How many tears has our Beloved Jesus shed because of this priest??

  • Posted by: frjimc - Jun. 07, 2004 2:18 PM ET USA

    This disgusting man(?) did his best to derail my candidacy for the priesthood because on Pentecost Sunday, after prancing down the main aisle in leotards under his chasuble, along with other maypole dancers, his homily dealt with the Holy Spirit as "she" and I had the guts to speak with him privately about it. He's the smoke of Satan, and he needs to be unseated as pastor there; he's done as much as anybody to ruin the possibility of vocations coming out of Boston College.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Jun. 06, 2004 11:11 PM ET USA

    Hello, I'm Fr. VerEcke, your presider and prancer. Today we're going to do a little thing I call Melo-liturgy. In the first part I'll dance with an altar boy and give my commentary on the gospel. It won't be long because I haven't read it. Next I'll dance as Jesus would if he were a Democrat. It won't offend any Catholic sensibilities, whatever those are.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2004 10:46 PM ET USA

    Does this poor fool have any idea who Jesus actually is?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 06, 2004 6:35 PM ET USA

    A bishop in the making, for sure.

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