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What One Reporter Learned By Dressing as a Priest for a Day

What One Reporter Learned By Dressing as a Priest for a Day

For some reason, a couple secular magazines we would not encourage our listeners to read have had some interesting Catholicism-themed articles lately. First there was GQ‘s profile on Stephen Colbert where he quoted the Baltimore Catechism and gave a beautiful witness on the Catholic view of gratitude and suffering. And now Esquire magazine has an article titled, “What Happened When I Dressed Like a Priest.” 

The author of the article wanted to see how uniforms affect the daily lives of those who wear them, so he dressed like a priest, a security guard, a mechanic, and a doctor for one day each. He did not pretend to be a priest, and would let people know that he was not a priest if he interacted with them, but he did get a sense of what it was like to walk around in a cassock. And it was not as easy as it seems.

The reporter immediately noticed how visible he was and how much he stood out in the crowd:

People had been staring at me for twenty-three blocks. One hour in the uniform and I knew this much: On a bright summer’s day, in a sprawling city, a priest in a cassock is a thing to behold. People draw out their eye contact with a priest. They give nods or bow just a smidge. Or they stare. Openly. Respectfully. Distantly. When walking in pairs, men wind up their cheeriest selves to blurt out suddenly, “Good morning, Father.” …

Sweeping the city with the hem of my cassock hither and yon was more like being a beautiful woman than it was representing myself as a celibate guy who lives in a two-room apartment in Hyde Park. I’m telling you: People lingered in their gaze, without lust. I was a fascination, looked at fondly so many times that fondness itself seemed the currency of the world to me. It made me like the world better.

He also got a sense of the immediate connection that many people feel when they encounter a priest:

Generally, when you wear a uniform, no one will touch you. Except the priest. People will touch a priest. On the wrist mostly. It happened to me twelve times, just a tap in the middle of a conversation. An assertion of connection, an acknowledgment of some commonality I could not fathom. Weirdly, the priest’s outfit was the most physically demanding uniform to wear. All day with the hugging, and the kneeling to speak to children, and the leaning in for the selfies.

And he experienced the responsibility that priests have toward those in need, and how emotional that experience can be.

All day long, I was faced with homeless men, homeless families, crouched in the street. Sometimes they reached up to me, touched my wrist. Twice I was asked for a blessing that I could not give. Not in the way they wanted. I started wishing that I were capable of performing a service for the world. And I found I could not do nothing. The uniform comes with some responsibility; otherwise, it is just a party costume. I started kneeling down, holding out a ten-dollar bill, and saying, “I’m not a priest. But I feel you.” And I couldn’t do it once without doing it a couple dozen times. Chicago is a big city, with a lot of souls stuck in its doorways. It still makes me sadder than I could have imagined.

Overall, the reporter got a glimpse into what it was like to wear a priest’s “uniform,” and it was not as easy as he expected. He admitted:

It’s easy to put on a cassock. And it’s really not easy to wear one at all.

For more, read the full article.

Bullied Chicago Girl Asked to Sing for Pope Francis

Bullied Chicago Girl Asked to Sing for Pope Francis

From The Telegraph:

Pope Francis spoke by satellite from the Vatican City to audiences in three US cities on Monday, ahead of his upcoming trip to the US.

He spoke with people in Chicago, Los Angeles and McAllen, Texas, in the virtual town hall meeting broadcast by ABC News.

In Chicago, 17-year-old girl Valerie Herrera wept as she told Francis she’d been bullied because of a rare skin condition and had turned to music for comfort.

In English, he told the high school senior that he would like to hear her sing.

When she hesitated, he told her to “be courageous.”

Herrera sang in Spanish, and the Pope smiled and thanked her.

Here is the video with Valerie Herrera’s moment starting at the 2:30 mark:

Planned Parenthood Videos

Planned Parenthood Videos

Since mid-July, The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting and selling of organs from aborted babies. The Center for Medical Progress has released one video each week, and says there are 12 total in the series. These undercover videos have started a national discussion and have resulted in several state investigations into Planned Parenthood.

To make it easy for you to find, we have compiled the videos that have already been released, and we’ll post the new ones on this page as they are released.

Let us all pray for the sanctity of human life.

September 1st Video

August 25th Video

August 19th Video

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July 20th Video

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July 14th Video

The full and unedited footage uploaded on July 14th