There are people who say we should never be disrespectful of anyone’s faith. But, what if their beliefs seem just plain nuts to you? What if someone claims Joe Blow is the Messiah?
Frankly, I’m disrespectful of ideas that seem nuts to me. There are a lot of them right around me and I see them in the news regularly.
Recently there was a presentation by a local Catholic priest at a weekly NDSU seminar. The priest’s talk was about the training in exorcism. The talk went into a serious discussion of demons, how to recognize demons and how to remove them.
The host of the seminar told me the couple dozen people present were stunned. There was not much reaction during the discussion period because, the host thought, people just wanted to say, “Father, that is weird.” But, no one would just say something so blunt.
Weirdness is well established in the Catholic Church. Another one I read about this morning was a policy of the Vatican about “sightings” of the Virgin Mary.
There are thousands of sightings of the Virgin Mary each year. Local priests are directed to do a “serious investigation” of each one, disregarding those where there is mental illness or someone is profiteering. Others, apparently, are to be considered real sightings.
I am disrespectful of exorcism and sightings of the Virgin Mary. Any institution that assigns paid staff to do this stuff should be ashamed.