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There’s alot of dark and twisted stuff going on, Mk. II April 11, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, Society.

I don’t often report on local-interest items from outside the Dallas area.  I tend to focus on diocesan events or things that are of interest to Catholics here – that is, applicable to all Catholics, more or less.  But a friend, Cori H., sent me a link about a bar in Maryland – that state that was originally founded as a refuge for Catholics persecuted in England, and is named for our Blessed Mother – that has made blasphemy against the Catholic Faith its cache.  The bar is called “Ale Mary’s,” and they use sacred objects like chalices and ciboriums for serving food and drink, they use a monstrance as a decoration, and have regular nights where they have people dress up as priests and religious and get drunk and cavort about. 

A bar in Fells Point, Maryland called Ale Mary’s is coming under fire for not only making a mockery of Catholicism, but for using actual church items such as chalices for serving beer, a monstrance for “decoration” and holy water dishes for candy.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the bar is owned by Tom and Mary Rivers who claim they were raised Catholic and say they mean no offense to Catholics. [“Raised” Catholics……..what are they now?] Even though the name of their bar is a play on the “Hail Mary,” they decorate with photos of nuns, post their draft list on a hymn board, serve items such as Father Luies Grilled Wings, and feature a “chalice” club where patrons can have their beer served in a chalice, they claim it’s all in fun.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the religious items used on the premises were donated by their own customers.  [Perhaps some items were.  But some evidence in the article makes me think that’s not entirely true – the bar was decorated with religious artifacts before customers began making these “donations,” if they ever have. Even if they are donated, so what?  That doesn’t mean you have to make matters worse by using them.]

“It‘s all in fun and it’s not like we’re out picking these things up. Our customers are bringing these things to us,” Tom Rivers told The Blaze. “It’s great publicity. I wish I would have thought of this myself.”

He claims that his wife and sister in law are named Mary, and that they were all brought up in Catholic homes. “(I)t just seemed to fit,” he said. “It was cool.” [Thus, the state of catechesis today.  An apparently former Catholic thinks it is fun to blaspheme and use sacred objects for profane uses.  Such is against Church law, actually.]

Not everyone agrees that mocking a religion is “cool.” A group known as “500,000 Against Ale Mary’s” has started a Facebook campaign meant to encourage people to protest the bar and the blasphemy it’s promoting.  [You might consider joining that Facebook group if you are opposed to such casual disregard for the Faith]

“This group has been formed to protest, and make known, the deeply offensive and blasphemous use of sacred objects used in the Catholic Church in Her most profound rituals and liturgies by the bar Ale Mary,” organizers say on their Facebook page.

………Referring to the protestors as “nut balls,” Tom Rivers says he can’t believe anyone could have a problem with what he’s doing.

Which just goes to show how far Mr. Rivers is from understanding the Faith, or the importance it does and should hold in people’s lives.  But such is the nature of many in this country and around the world today, that they can’t even fathom how religion could have any meaning in anyone’s life, except, perhaps, as an occasional Sunday accessory.  And so, he can’t imagine how schleping beer in a chalice that once contained Our Lord’s Blood, the Blood He shed for the forgiveness of our sins, could be offensive. 

I pray for his conversion, and that catechesis will be radically reformed in this country and around the world to instill the Faith in all Catholics, so that foolishness like this will be unthinkable. 

BTW, if you go to the Facebook group, you can see photos of people drinking from the chalices dressed like priests and nuns, and people apparently getting drunk in what looks like a confessional, etc.  The entire layout of the place is meant to belittle and lampoon the Faith.


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