Holy cannoli! Father Rationalization sure has set the bar pretty low for Tommy. But, to be fair, the priest hasn't heard Tommy's sins yet. Hold on to your cassock, Father, this is going to be good.
People make mistakes, Tommy. That's why they put erasers on pencils.
“Gee your priestliness,you mean the more mistakes I make the more I’ll learn and grow? Cool!!”This priest needs to be reported to the bishop of the diocese immediately!
Today's Boldface Haiku is titled"Sin Is Weakness Leaving The Body".Not. Define.None perfect.Mistakes learn.Grow.
Where did this priest study? Worth University?
I got nuthin' today. This weeks-long self-flagellation has bored the snark right out of me.-- Scottie McW.
Father Rationalization is saying nothing different than what Mary or Dr Sweatervest says. What's the point?Can we check in with Dawn in Beautiful Italy? Pleeezzze??
Oh brother, will someone pull the plug on this? Like Sandi Ego said, Father Therapist is doing nothing but giving the same bad advice that Mary or Dr. Sweatervest Therapist would give. Give Tommy his penance and send him on his way already.If I was Fr. Therapist, my penance would be for Tommy to cut that greasy blonde mop of his.
How great would it be if Father Squarejaw pulled a Mission:Impossible stunt and ripped off his facemask to reveal it's been Mary Worth all along?
Father Anonymous is Tommy, minus the blond wig. Karen Moy is getting all psychological on us.
@KitKat: Recent addition to the Red Sox, Steve Pearce, must've been inspired by your three home run comment yesterday.
Catholic who goes to confession twice a month here, in a confessional, on my knees, sometimes behind the screen and sometimes face to face. I think traditional confessionals - and I teach 2nd graders preparing for it, and use the terms "reconciliation" and "confession" interchangeably - are more common in the East. Hadn't checked in for a few days, and just read the comments. Tommy is straying into spiritual direction in addition to confession, not a bad thing if it's been years since he went. But in general, in confession, you "tell the sin, not the story." Time for Tommy to make an appointment for spiritual direction. I appreciate Father Feelgood's sharing of our merciful God with Tommy, but at some point will he challenge Tommy to make better choices? Stay tuned...
What if Tommy decides to become a priest himself? He'd never have t stock shelves again!
Saturday @mrvy, thanks for your thoughtful post yesterday. And “ Father Feelgood” is a perfect name for this priest. That was inspired!A job and a girl he loves? Tommy barely knows Brandy, who has many unresolved issues of her own. Also, the employment bar for Tommy is awfully low.
I don't know but that priest looks an awful lot like Ted Miller to me. I think Ted was so undone by Mary's rejection that he decided to dye his hair, join the priesthood, and now volunteers to hear confessions because listening to everyone elses transgressions makes him feel less like a slimeball.
Well said, Scottie McW...Today’s MW and this plot line have finally done it to me; I’m googling old ‘Calvin and Hobbes’, ‘Goofus and Gallant’ and ‘Nancy‘. I’ll check back after Labor Day, but I can’t take any more. At minimum to respect truth in packaging laws, the strip should be renamed ‘Tommie Beedie’. Sheesh.
SATURDAYAw, thanks for your kind words, KitKat. Can Father please absolve Tommy of his sins, so we can move on? I feel awkward with this breaking of the seal of Confession. It's exhausting.
I feel so weighted down by the day after day droning and whining of Tommy in the confessional, that I think my snark is broken. I’m dreading the Sunday Summary. (When is Father going to break away so he can say Mass?) I would like to see Tommy translated back to St. Joseph’s in about 1954. Msgr. Kotheimer would pitch him out of the confessional with a whopping great penance to be completed under the baleful stare of Sister Mary Robert. (Sort of like the Dread Pirate Roberts, only way, way, scarier.)
Like you fauxprof, I’m tired of Tommy and his endless crying. We’ve had three weeks of Tommy whining to himself and a week of him whining to Father Platitudes. He needs to dispatch Tommy with some Hail Mary’s or the 9:00 mass will never be said.
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