Sunday, November 26, 2006

Mission Statements, Vision Statements, Statements For The Sake of The Statement
Sounds more like a bunch of social workers

I recently read somewhere that the Catholic Church is drowning in syrup. I also read somewhere that the definition of Political Correctness is the ability to pick up a turd by the clean end (where did I read that again?).

So I decided to choose three different parishes at random to see what words of wisdom they might have on their homepage that might catch my gimlet eye.

The first is the parish closest to where I live. The second is the old home parish of a friend of mine. The last is the home parish of the Catholic school I attended as a child.

What general feeling/impression did you get as you read some of their well thought through comments?

Immaculate Conception, Wilmington, NC We live Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel, by celebrating the Eucharist, by nourishing our faith and by loving and serving all God's people.

St. Mary's, East Islip, LINY Centered in the Word of God and the gift of Jesus in our midst... a welcoming community which proclaims through word and action the dignity of every person.

St. Charles Borromeo, San Diego, CA Our mission is to provide a place of welcome and refreshment to all who cross our threshold, a sense of family belonging for those who remain, and the challenge of discipleship to all who believe in the saving power of Christ.

OK, you've all had a chance to read an example of their pearls of wisdom. Here's the impression I got.
1. I'm not sure who gets top billing.... God, or the "community'.
2. They're big on "luv". Hmmm... interesting title for an encyclical ~ Deus Luv Est.
3. I'm confused. When God is mentioned, is He God our Lord and Master, or God My Big Buddy in the Sky?
4. Shouldn't the Salvation of Souls be mentioned someplace?

I equate this "mission statement" drivel to the outlandish homosexual drag queens that come out of the woodwork every so often. They're so over the top in their garishness, no thinking individual could ever confuse their antics with anything even remotely resembling real femininity.

And "faith communities" like the above mentioned are so over the top in their being neck-deep in sickening sweet sentimentality, no thinking Catholic could ever take their saccharine-laced faux-theology serious. If anyone ever went to Mass there, they'd be diabetic before you could say "culturally aware".


Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

Just reading that makes me want an insulin shot.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

A CAtholic Church near my parent's house has on its outdoor billboard thingy: "A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart." Talk about insipid!

9:59 PM  
Blogger IR said...

after I take over the world--I will ban parish mission statements upon pain of pain.

Seriously, how does one get so confused that they think a parish needs a mission statement?

I due believe the chatecism and the code of canon law adress this adaquatly

10:11 PM  
Blogger gabdandie said...

I hope you take over the world soon. Get rid of 'em please!

4:16 PM  

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