Hat tip to one of our fine Irish viewers, Fergus Russell, for this amusing story.
It transpires that some dimwit named Joe Coleman, who thinks of himself as “a visionary of our Blessed Mother and a spiritual healer under the energy of the Holy Spirit” — which is an awfully big mouthful to say in lieu of simply “kook” — predicted that there would be yet another vision of Mary at a shrine called Knock, a name that is simply begging for jokes. Naturally, thousands of fellow dimwits showed up for this. When nothing happened, Coleman made yet another prediction. Mary, who must have remembered a pressing last-minute appointment to appear in a tamale somewhere last time, has rescheduled for this coming Saturday. Naturally, thousands more dimwits are again expected to turn up, “learning” not exactly being a skill of your garden variety religious dimwit.
Funny enough as all this is, what’s funnier is the huffy reaction from the local clergy. The Archbishop of Tuam, one Michael Neary, complains, “Unfortunately, recent events at the Shrine…risk misleading God’s people and undermining faith. For this reason such events are to be regretted rather than encouraged.”
And of course, it takes an atheist to put all this in its proper perspective, as Liam Meehan does in a letter to the Irish Times.
I’m a little confused that the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, is discouraging people from gathering at Knock to witness apparitions which he believes “risk misleading God’s people and undermining faith”.
This is the same “faith” that believes that a cosmic Jew who was his own father by a virgin can enable you to live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh, drink his blood and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from something invisible called your soul that is present because a woman made from a rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat an apple from a magical tree.
Har! That’s beautiful enough to memorize, Liam. Hope you don’t run afoul of those dadburn Irish blasphemy laws or anything!