you can let us beat you with a steel pipe
-- OR, you can watch this video to its conclusion.
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Posted by: sparch -
Dec. 21, 2009 2:18 PM ET USA
I will take the steel pipe with nails on the end. It would be like those during the mideviel years where people flogged themselves, they were flogging themselves for penance for the state of the world they lived in. The penance involved here is watching the play acting trying to beleive it is relevent
Posted by: rpp -
Dec. 20, 2009 4:12 AM ET USA
You are so cruel to make us watch this. What is next with them, pentagrams? I am certain that the "In the name of the creator, redeemer and sanctifier" (lower case intentional) crowd will not see the problem. However, I can take comfort that nearly all of them are elderly.
Posted by: Theotokos328 -
Dec. 19, 2009 9:51 PM ET USA
It reminds me of the scene in Titanic at the end when the ship was sinking you had people playing music to keep the others getting off the boat distracted; well keep singing sisters while others avoid the sinking ships that are your congregations!
Posted by: Japheth -
Dec. 19, 2009 8:26 PM ET USA
The video is a heck of an argument against women priests.
Posted by: bugbyte1243319 -
Dec. 19, 2009 7:37 PM ET USA
Okay, I'll take the pipe. Maybe I'll stuff it with shredded wimples and smoke it! I kept waiting for a giant spider to drop from the ceiling, or the crocheted mothership to land.
Posted by: Steve214 -
Dec. 19, 2009 1:59 PM ET USA
I couldn't stand it all through. And yet, I would prefer not to be beaten with a steel pipe either. Go figure.
Posted by: Miss Cathy -
Dec. 19, 2009 4:05 AM ET USA
They don't need an Apostolic Visitation, they got silly string!!!!!
Posted by: RC -
Dec. 18, 2009 11:06 PM ET USA
At the end -- at around 8 min 15 sec or so -- the sisters did something different. They sang a pair of songs in French and Latin, from the community's original heritage. Now, the fact that this international gathering could sing these together is a more believable expression of unity than some contrived "ritual".
Posted by: Wild Bill -
Dec. 18, 2009 10:15 PM ET USA
Why, oh why, didn't I just take the pipe?
Posted by: Chestertonian -
Dec. 18, 2009 9:11 PM ET USA
Oh glory, I've seen this used in bad Confirmation programs and lame retreats. It's supposed to be a 'bonding' exercise--sort of like the Geico ad where the exec wants to fall backward and have the gecko catch him. It's all about building trust and community. (Gack!) These ladies are definitely stuck in the 70's--and edging toward 70 as an average age, since this won't help them recruit new blood.
Posted by: adamah -
Dec. 18, 2009 8:23 PM ET USA
The pipe! Hit me with the steel pipe! Oh, PLEASE HIT ME WITH THE STEEL PIPE.....REALLY HARD!
Posted by: Sophia -
Dec. 18, 2009 8:20 PM ET USA
They look pathetically undignified, and glum besides. If it's neither reverent, nor beautiful, nor fun, why are they doing it at all? I fear it's because they are docile, and someone told them they should. OTOH, they don't seem to be worshipping the goddess Sophia. Honestly, I have seen far worse.
Posted by: islandpastries1867 -
Dec. 18, 2009 7:41 PM ET USA
Okay, okay, I'll send a check, but please, no mas!! :)
Posted by: TheJournalist64 -
Dec. 18, 2009 7:40 PM ET USA
Lord, have mercy on us. How can these women participate in such drivel without bursting into laughter at the absurdity?
Posted by: Paladin -
Dec. 18, 2009 6:35 PM ET USA
I watched to the conclusion. I have no idea what they were doing.
Posted by: jmoore20082145 -
Dec. 18, 2009 5:35 PM ET USA
Yech! Definitely, the steel pipe for me! How low can they go?????
Posted by: Gil125 -
Dec. 18, 2009 5:25 PM ET USA
Now, what intelligent young woman, fervent in her love of Christ and the Blessed Virgin, wouldn't be irresistably attracted to these people and their ancient ritual? How can there be any shortage of vocations to the religious life? It must be the work of Satan.
Posted by: phil L -
Dec. 18, 2009 5:00 PM ET USA
Steel pipe for me, too, thanks. And you wonder why the Vatican is investigating the health of American women's religious communities?
Posted by: DrJazz -
Dec. 18, 2009 4:54 PM ET USA
I watched the first 45 seconds or so . . . mark down one for the steel pipe beating. In fact, I might just grab the nearest piece of metal and start self-inflicting right now . . . Any chance we can get the Church to impose a drug-testing model similar to MLB? You know, first positive test result = 50 Mother Angelica reruns; second positive test result = 100 laps around the convent; third positive test result = excommunication. These sisters just _have_ to be smoking a lot of _something_.