Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Clowns

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Jun 07, 2003

Your posting on clowns interests me, Leila.

I had never thought much about the subject at all. I think I was at the circus once in my life. Clowns were not on my radar (Barnum & Bailey, I mean; USCCB is another matter). It was only after ordination that I discovered that there are people who have visceral reactions to clowns.

Several parishioners told me of the reactions of their children to clowns, and several adults shared their own reactions: they found clowns dark, malevolent, sinister. I was very surprised, but this is obviously deeply felt by some folks. I know folks who swear that clown ministry is very effective with certain situations, like handicapped kids. I don't know enough about it to judge.

Then, I once stopped in for a faculty meeting in the school of my former parish, and to my stunned surprise found the vice principal and the secretary all done up in costumes sharing with the teachers their insights into "clown ministry." The one, Sr Cathy, had taken the clown name 'Twinkles," the other "Bunny." They were, um, somewhat inhibited after I took my seat, I fear, and seemed apprehensive about my reaction, but I confined myself to saying, "Uh, Sister Cathy, weren't you one Sister Charles Borromeo?" 'Yes," "Ah Then Sister Cathy. Now your Twinkles..."

At least her clown suit was distinctive dress.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,841 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,158.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17