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The Pope Hates Rock and Roll!

Forget gay marriage, women priests, abortion and euthanasia. Here's the real reason why you should all FEAR THE POPE!

In a small volume published in 2000 called The Spirit of the Liturgy, itself an expansion of an essay Ratzinger wrote in 1986, the future pope argued," 'Rock'... is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals, it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe."

Rock Snobs parses that as the Pope not liking rock festivals, with their fancy lights and what not. I think they are missing the point. It's obvious that the Pope is a rock snob. He digs the indie music. Think about it. He wouldn't be caught dead at Kiss concert. But I bet you any amount of communion wafers that he'd be up front and center at a Jack Johnson show. No lights, no real noise and certainly no emotional shock.

Besides, who does the big lights extravaganza anymore? Rush, Foghat...now those were bands that knew how to work the lasers. These kids today, they're all about the stripped down sets and mosh pits and grabbing the breasts of female crowd surfers.

Ok, so I can see where his Popeness gets the whole noise and ecstacy thing from. But as far as sinking beneath the elemental force of the universe? He's got it all wrong. No one I know ever melted into the ground and sunk to the fiery pits of hell at a rock show (except that one time at a Grateful Dead concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, but I still to this day insist the dude just got some bad mescaline). Hell, I've been in the middle of an undulating, worshipping, affected Satanic goth crowd for a Type O Negative show and if no one was struck by lightning during Christian Woman, then either God doesn't care or he's just not listening. Either way, the Pope needs to get out more. "Special lighting effects" is soooo 1979.

I wonder when we can expect a volume on backmasking. Dee Snider is the devil!

Update: The thought just occurred to me that the Pope, being German, might have accidently stumbled upon a Rammstein show. In which case (having been to three of those myself), I can sort of understand why he might have these feelings. Must have been the penis thing.

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People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects.

This is a good description of one of our worship services. Something tells me Benedict has never been to the Holy Roller sections of the Bible Belt.

He's probably talking more about German Death Metal like that in xXx. They're still big on lights and smoke AND noise.

Man, is he talking about Christian rock, too? Because if I have to burn my Stryper album's I'm gonna be super pissed.

Because if I have to burn my Stryper album's I'm gonna be super pissed.

Dude. I can't believe you didn't burn them already. And to think, I almost voted for you for Pope.

Pfft, Rammstein. You want good, clean fun? Go to a Gwar concert.

I saw Rammstein for the music, not the freak show aspect. Not that I'm dissing Gwar, because I wouldn't do that, but your pfft was dismissive and derisive and I just kicked a puppy because you made me mad. Happy now?

Happy now?

Yes. rubs hands evily

I like Rammstein. It's just that when you've seen one head-mounted flamethrower, you've seen them all.

Dude. I can't believe you didn't burn them already.

I tried once, but I kept getting struck by lighting (or maybe is was my Mom, she didn't like me playing with fire).

And to think, I almost voted for you for Pope.

Dang, I think I only lost by one vote.

Too many of the Ramones are dead. He cannot be beaten.

The Pope does not like rock.

Coincidentally, neither does my Mom.

Yes, but what is the Ratman's position on emo and cutting?

The Vatican would never engage in anything as crass as a stage show. :P

Rox, the Pope said, I believe :

Actresses Angelina Jolie and Christina Ricci did it. So did Courtney Love and the late Princess Diana. On the Internet, there are scores of websites (with titles such as "Blood Red," "Razor Blade Kisses" and "The Cutting World") featuring "famous self-injurers," photos of teenagers' self-inflicted wounds and descriptions of their techniques. The destructive practice has been depicted in films targeting young girls and teens (such as "Thirteen"). There is even a new genre of music -- "emo" -- associated with promoting the cutting culture.

baaaaaahahahahahaa.

M, maybe you are taking Il Papa a little too literally. When he writes:
" ...the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe."
maybe that just his way of saying they get down.

Really, you should avoid judging him until you ask him if he is a Red Sox fan.

Considering his Hitler Youth background Skrewdriver would be more appropriate...surely.

Grr. I can't track this back for some reason.

Pope make JimK mad. JimK want smash pope. JimK SMAAAASH.

Oh, and Stryper ROCKS! Kind of. In a "what the hell were we thinking" sort of a way. Kind of like remembering that I owned a Winger album at some point in my life.

Great, now I want to kill myself. ;)

Dude...he's the freakin' POPE!!!

What the hell did you expect?

Here is what is cracking me up...

what do people expect from a pope? The church, in general, is based on the belief that as the world changes and becomes more liberal that it should hold its ground and keep its positions as it.

Basically, just because someone jumps off a bridge...then it becomes popular to do so, someone creates a TV network all about why it is cool and promoting jumping off a bridge, etc. etc...doesn't mean that jumping off a bridge is a smart thing to do.

Hey guys? Tongue. Cheek.

Ah, nevermind.

Wow. 78-year-old man not into rock 'n' roll. Die. Of. Shock.

I think the whole damn world has lost its sense of humor.

I think the whole damn world has lost its sense of humor.

Well, perhaps not the whole damn world.

C:

What do people expect from a pope?

I expect a Pope to be a leader for the Church and reach out to the young people...even it means throwing a few back and having deep philosophical discussions while stoned off his keister.

I also expect a Pope to be familiar with the body of music that came out of Norway in the 90s. No Pope who hasn't heard of Emperor, Mayhem, or Burzum isn't really fit to lead the Catholic Church.

Of course, I have been told that my expectations are too high. I just answer back that I expect quality.

I finally figured what it is about the new Pope that creeps me out.