Wednesday, November 02, 2005

2 Fun

We're still laughing hard over here at the success of the online Halloween costume, but, things need to get back to normal. For one, I don't need Diane [token papist on the PP Ombudsman Committee] threatening me with vats of boiling oil or upside-down crucifixions.

What was the point of the whole Pedantic Papist schtick? The answer was merely to have some pointed fun by creating an amalgamation of some of the more obnoxious internet RC's that I've seen. Oh, I suppose getting Diane's goat was a secondary goal too. But, if she knows me as well as she thinks, she already knew that.

An anonymous commentator below made the claim that I was demeaning Catholics. In one sense, the schtick was over the top, but, in an example of art imitating life, the spirit or gist of the arguments that I was using tongue-in-cheek have been put forth to me with a straight face by real, living, breathing Roman Catholics.

For example:

(1) I've piled on the "Jesus used Peter's boat" line. However, this is put forth with a straight face as evidence [when taken with many other such silly lines of argumentation] that scripture supports the RC Papacy.

(2) The argument about honoring one's mother and father, Mary being the mother of Jesus, etc, has been put forth in one of my old Scott Hahn audiotapes.

(3) My Obadiah post is a caricature of the excessive typologizing and allegorizing of parts of the OT used to make RC arguments.

(4) The exegesis arguments given below about "church" meaning the RCC and "tradition" meaning "The RC view of Tradition" are quite ubiquitous when internet RC's want to play gotcha! prooftexting games from the NT.

(5) The accusations that (i) Luther was a smelly German and (ii) Calvin surfed for internet porn were also goofball caricatures, but I've seen equally silly arguments against sola scriptura and various Protestant positions based on attacks on Luther's or Calvin's faults, as if these have any logical connection with exegesis.

(6) I couldn't resist the deliberately self-contradictory statements on "unity." Readers probably know the stock-in-trade RC polemic that goes roughly along these lines: Protestants have [insert large number] of anarchistic denominations here, whereas there is but one RCC. We're more united; the divisions are all sola scriptura's fault. At the same time, any pointing out of the divisions in Rome are parried away with scholastic distinctions or cries of "that's not really Catholic!" by people who, to the best of my knowledge, have no real institutional standing with Rome other than that they have appointed themselves to be Mother Hen for Mother Church.

(7) The woe-is-me three-hankie I'm-a-victim mentality is out there as well, put forth by the various narcissists in the Romosphere who, like the leftists who walk around the universities, see themselves as oppressed victims whenever their publicly posted positions are examined. That had to be poked at as well, which is why I called my readers anti-Catholics and bigots during the schtick session.

So if anybody thinks I've demeaned Rome, such people need to realize that there is a whole lotta truth in my caricatures in the previous threads. Just as I roll my eyes and groan at Willow Creek, Megachurchery, Evangelical nonsense, etc, one hopes that the readers here who are RC will be discouraged that there are actual living, breathing people who presume to speak for Rome with such poor argumentation. But that's just me.

In my thirties, I'm probably too old to wear a costume and not have people wonder about me, so, the online costume was the best I could do on short notice.

So, anyway, life is back to normal at least in the blogalicious sense. The party hats, streamers, and candy have been put away, and I won't be insulting Frank, Jonathan Moorhead, Hays, and the Jibbster with any more hit-n-run comments in their comboxes. Romper Room is done, at least for now. Readers are free to insult, hurl invective, etc at yours truly. I have no grounds for objection to that!


Blogger steve said...

It was over-the-top in the same sense that a political cartoonist or stand-up comic is over-the-top. Remember the SNL parodies of the Clintons, of the presidential debates, of Jim and Tammy Fae? And that's even before we get to Monty-Python type satire. Loosen up, folks.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:07:00 PM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

I did not have bloggerelations with that Roman Catholic.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:25:00 PM  
Blogger Joe L. said...

I, for one, loved the Papi parody. The humor was classic. Since I am unable to parlay my humor onto my blog, I truly appreciate folks like you (and Turk, Hays, Pyro, Jibbs) who have that uncanny ability to write humor. I have good comic timing, but only in live action. Blog humor? Not with me.

So, please, continue with the humor. We Americans are too sensitive for own good… Satire is a lost art.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Diane said...

I did enjoy most of your spoofs and took the Papi posts in the manner in which they were written. I didn't even complain when you attributed some really absurd email to me. However, I believe that some of the lines that you were using could apply equally to many Protestants that I've met.

For example, haven't you met the ones who send large sums to the 700 Club (or whatever the latest tele-evangelists fad is)? They seem to place more faith in their minister's infallibility than most RCs do in the Pope's.

I also highly doubt that those people read the Bible in the same sense that you do (and they probably read it a lot less than many of my RC friends).

So, since I did find some of those posts funny, why not do the same to some of the over-the-top Protestant ideas (and apologists)?

Thursday, November 03, 2005 3:11:00 PM  

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