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I don't got rhythm

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 08, 2009

Warning: For immature audiences only

You probably should not watch this video if you have a sensitive stomach. Send the children away; they might get nightmares.

But if you're brave enough to watch, you'll notice something immediately about the priests shown making a spectacle of themselves:

The Temptations they're not.

Notice the awkward movements: lunging and yet paradoxically restricted. Notice the intense self-consciousness, displayed in a variety of ways ranging from giggly enthusiasm to anomic isolation. Notice that the shrugs and spasms bear no discernible relation to the rhythm of the music. And don't play the quality of the audio recording, because they aren't in sync with each other, either.

When it comes to music and dance, these men don't have a clue what they're doing.

Which is OK, actually, because they're not professional entertainers (whatever they might think).

What's truly depressing-- and just as obvious from the video-- is that these men are equally clueless about the Catholic liturgy.

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Oct. 14, 2009 1:28 PM ET USA

    My little boy said to me, "That's not Mass, why are they doing that?" Despite being exposed to some incredibly dreadful liturgical music, he immediately recognized this for what it was, a hopeless clutch of disoriented priests embarassing themselves to some really awful French music.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Oct. 09, 2009 4:10 PM ET USA

    Anselm makes a good point and we need to know more about what this was about. It could be grotesque or it could be clergy dancing for love of the Lord. Doesn't the Bible say "Sing unto the Lord a new song? Praise him with the tymbral and dance?" This certainly appears to be unorthodox behavior, but we just need to know more about what's going on. It's not something I think I would enjoy see, but on the other hand, more needs to be known. Certainly, it doesn't appear to be Mass-appropriate music.

  • Posted by: Wild Bill - Oct. 09, 2009 11:31 AM ET USA

    Let's see... Alb, check...cincture, check...stole, check...neckerchief, oh yeah. We make up the music; we make up the rubrics. why not the vestments, too?

  • Posted by: euripides - Oct. 08, 2009 11:43 PM ET USA

    I know this group! They are: The Fruits of the Second Vatican Council.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 08, 2009 10:46 PM ET USA

    The North American Jesuit Martyrs did not die so that French prelates could bird dance for Gaia. How do you say "man up!" in French?

  • Posted by: Anselm - Oct. 08, 2009 7:28 PM ET USA

    Question is, was it a Mass. Yes, they are in vestments, yes it is an altar, but was it during a Mass? After? Before? At least this time we got a link to the site, however, the site does not provide any information about what was going on. Hopefully, it was not a Mass. At least it isn't a clown Mass. That would put me in counseling!

  • Posted by: kman - Oct. 08, 2009 1:59 PM ET USA

    Notice the evil stare on the last frame at 1:04. Creepy.

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