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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

God or the Girl?

I was really hoping Conor would comment on this new reality TV show on A&E before I could get to it. See, unlike him, I'm still a practicing Christian and would hate to incur the wrath of the Almighty for disrespecting the Catholic Church during holy week. But I couldn't resist.

Basically, "God or the Girl" follows four young men with a calling to the priesthood who must decide whether to enter the seminary or not.

If that's the case, shouldn't it be called "God or the Boy"? Hah!

Ok, I admit, that was the lazy joke to make. But bear with me here - I've got a ton of work to do these days and scant time for creativity.

Anyway, according to the article, the series was created by Darryl Silver, Stephen David and David Eilenberg. If I were to guess, I would say that they're not Catholic.


  • You and that low hanging fruit, Aziz! (I know, I know, it's awwwfully tasty)! But listen, I have some experience! My sister and cousin both go to St. Vincent's College (better known for its Steeler's Training camp but apparently there's some good, old fashion "Jesuit Learnin'" of the persuasion with which you're no doubt familiar, you little Hoya! In any case, both relatives have had encounters of the seminary kind. Deeply, deeply religious, my sister's freshman boyfriend contemplated breaking up with her because he was conflicted "about his calling to the seminary." Not to let anyone get one over on the family, my male cousin, who has a girlfriend, nonetheless has the stated intent of "pursuing the seminary." (As far as I know he's not interested in small boys but I assume that will change). JUST KIDDING! (This is the point where my family follows the links, reads the comment, and gets really upset with me). Anyway, over Christmas when I saw the cousin in question's Mom, I said, "Well, why the girlfriend?" And I guess the view of the church is that young men ought to at least experiment with dating before making the chaste commitment lest they suddenly wake up like a wife who was a virgin on her wedding night, wondering if someone else might have been better. Of course, my aunt didn't use these words precisely, but I nonetheless thought it seemed very permissive and quite unlike the Catholic church I knew as a child. In fact, I thought about it and it seemed quite the positive step at first, until I thought: WHAT IF YOU WERE THE GIRL? I mean, in this day and age, women get dumped for lots of reasons.

    It's not you, it's me of course being the main reason, but there's also:

    I'd rather BE a woman than DATE a woman (and it's subset) I'm gay and I've been repressing it all along, and

    I've fallen in love with another woman. But seriously, how do you compete with

    Body and Blood, shed for you?

    Aziz, do you want to go to Confession together later after your post and my comments? Meet at St. Matthew's at 6? OK, sweet.

    By Blogger red storm, at 11:31 AM  

  • Red Storm,

    Ironically, Johnny Shades and I know a priest very, very well who broke up with this long term gf on Valentine's Day by telling her that he'd gotten "the call."

    I imagine that pretty much sucked.

    Luckily, she was mature enough to have him say the wedding of her and her non-touched-by-an-angel husband... and, he also said my wedding... so tell your sis to watch out when V-Day rolls around next year!!!

    By Blogger Chico's Bail Bonds, at 3:31 PM  

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