Here we were thinking Pope Francis' assembly of 'leaders' at the Vatican could not possibly outdo their freak show of projecting images of primates and elephants upon the Mystical Body of Christ in St. Peter's Square.
But alas, they rose to the challenge earlier this week with what is described as 'an extraordinary tribute' to David Bowie.
The Holy Father's newspaper caricatured Bowie as 'never banal despite his excesses'.
Is that what the Holy See is calling man-whoring now? 'Excesses'?
What does the announcement from the Holy Father's staff mean?
Drugging oneself and sleeping with men and women is 'not banal'?
The Holy Father's leadership team wants to give children the message that turning to any sexual orifice when aroused is nothing more than a little indulgence.
Look--I was a fan of Bowie's earlier stuff - when he was a little weird and his music creative, but when his theatrics turned vulgar and disgusting, the sight of him grossed me out - even as an immature 20-year-old.
God rest his soul.
But it stands to reason that it is inappropriate, not to mention irresponsible, for the Vicar of Christ's staff to reinvent years of selling sexual depravity, godlessness and the occult as the equivalent of indulging in a banana split.
And is it me or is this statement creepy:
But it said that aside from such "excesses," Bowie's legacy "is one of a sort of personal sobriety, expressed even in his dry, almost thread-like body."
I'm trying to reconcile what they are implying about the sobriety of the bunch of dried up fatsos at the Vatican.
An outstanding summary of the Vatican's tribute to Bowie at Crisis from Fr. Rutler - "A Misplaced Grief".
I won't even cite anything from the article because of the riches in every paragraph. Mandatory reading!
The'Vatican tribute' focused on the lyrics to the song "Major Tom".
I think the below Bowie lyrics are more appropriate - don't you?
Oh babies just you shut your mouth.
UPDATE--It should be noted that the Cardinal suggesting to children that the Vatican is now ok with drugging oneself into oblivion and having orgies with men and women is Cardinal Ravasi.
The ideas in Cardinal Ravasi's head were so appealing to Pope Francis that he appointed him to as the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
This is the culture is ramming into the souls of the people we love, into our families, homes and world.