One of the best moments in the history of The Simpsons was the mock Super Bowl commercial in “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday.” The script runs:
A lone blue automobile drives down a deserted road. When it reaches a tiny two-pump gas station, a man steps out. Seeing no one else around, he beeps his horn. The door to the station pops open; three minimally-clothed young women step out as ZZ Top’s “Legs” plays, sans vocals. After a bit of posing and wiggling, they go to work cleaning and gassing up his car, until the man notices a cross hanging around the neck of the blonde.
A voice-over says, “The Catholic Church. We’ve made a few . . . changes.”
Marge, Lisa, and Maggie sit on the couch, watching all of this on TV. “These Super Bowl commercials are weird,” Lisa concludes.
I could not find the clip anywhere, but you can watch it by fastforwarding through the full (rather disappointing) episode here (at minute 15:08).
It’s riotously funny! Sadly, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League did not appreciate the point and attacked the show for anti-Roman bigotry. Yet, only the “Buddy Christ” and the “Catholicism Wow!” campaign from Dogma come close in paroding the embarrassing ridiculousness of “progressive Catholicism” in popular culture.
Unfortunately, these Age of Aquarius Latins will not allow art to trump nature; their own actions top any imagined fictional exaggeration. On WDTPRS, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf comments upon the rampant liturgical and theological chaos in the Roman communion. I am no stranger to such aberrations. I grew up hearing painfully horrid music at mass, from bastardized Simon & Garfunkel tunes worded with religious text to taped singing stopped mid note on an old cassette player. I have witnessed numerous abuses that bordered on blasphemy and heresy (even from Rome’s perspective). Just last year, my father told me that his parish sang “Hosanna” from Jesus Christ Superstar as the entrance hymn at mass on Palm Sunday. Hey, J.C., J.C., you’re alright by me, but some songs don’t belong in the liturgy.
Nonetheless, even I, jaded as I am by the postconciliar asylum, found the following clip on WDTPRS horrifying—yet hilarious.
Not even Kevin Smith could make that up! It is as if the video were an explantory exposition to The Simpsons’ provided abstract . . .
The Catholic Church—we’ve made a few changes.