Recently-Deceased and Totally-Depraved Rock Star David Bowie Needs Prayers For Repose, Not Sentimental Reverie and Vatican Lionizing
Most people are aware that David Bowie died today after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. For several decades he was a rock star of some renown – and notoriety. I first want to express condolences to his family and friends and offer prayers for the repose of his soul. What will now follow is not so much directed at his memory as it is directed towards those who are inappropriately lionizing him. Even that must be narrowed down a bit, for while we might expect such adulation to come from those who are caught up on rock culture – with its attendant depravity – I’m aghast to see it coming from those who are otherwise faithful Catholics.
My facebook wall was awash with posts mourning his passing. Some said that his music “was part of their youth”. Yes, some offered an “RIP” or some prayers, but I only saw one post questioning the adulation being heaped upon Bowie. Some – even priests – praised his talent and quoted his songs. Others remarked that he was a “pioneer”. That he was. He was one of the first to glamorize the “androgynous look”, bordering on cross-dressing. He admitted he was bisexual. Some of his performances included the simulation of sexual acts. My fellow Catholics (you know who you are!), how does this escape you?
Change-Agent Of Evil
It does seem at times that while faithful Catholics can be very sober and vigilant, there is often a strange “disconnect” when it comes to figures in sports and/or entertainment. Why is that? Is it because they want the emotions caused by these “stars” so much that they’ll allow the “stars” a “pass” when it comes to their immoral lives and proclivities? What is it? I don’t get how good people can be so inconsistent as to turn a blind eye towards entertainment idols when they would never do so for other “ordinary” people.
Even the Vatican got swept up in the worldly group-think. Cardinal Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, put out a tweet lauding Bowie and quoting from one of his songs. I would say that I’m surprised but I’m not. Given that this is the same office that spewed forth the “bimbo video” and its “bsdm display”, we can say that Ravasi is simply being typical. Still, it’s a disgrace to see a Prince of the Church lolly-gagging with silliness while so many truly pressing issues need to be addressed by the Church. One could have hoped that the Cardinal might have offered prayers for the repose of Bowie’s soul; alas, that did not happen.