Another amusing video on choosing a new Pope (this one is from funny Lutherans)

And its from Lutherans … who are more Catholic than readers of the National Schismatic Reporter!  They are certainly much funnier.

Funny Lutherans!  Gotta get my head around that.

But they sure nailed it.

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  1. Dr. Edward Peters says:


  2. inexcels says:

    That was fantastic.

  3. Bea says:

    Fr. Z?
    At our expense?
    It’s to cry for.

  4. Bea: C’mon, lighten up. They nailed that 20-something liberal who thinks she has an opinion as well as the Church’s proper response. Yep, funny. Yep, at our expense. No big deal this time. Besides, Catholics are right about doctrine and morals and we know it. I am comfortable in my right-ness.

    I won’t be debating this with you, by the way.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    To be a Catholic is to have a sense of humour. It comes with being a sinner and a child of God, I think.

  6. wmeyer says:

    Very funny. But I still like the first video better.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    FR. Z., just caught your note about funny Lutherans and getting your head around that. Having lived in Minneapolis for almost all of my twenties, and coming from a family of wit (Czech side mostly), I had to adapt to the serious atmosphere of the Lutheran culture. Well, they do have Prairie Home Companion, if that is still going….Lake Wobegon had both Catholics and Lutherans in the town, if I remember one detail– sharing such things as sheep in the Nativity Plays, making them “ecumenical”…..

  8. mamajen says:

    “No. No. No.” LOL

  9. Hans says:

    Funny, and not at our expense so much that of those Catholics who don’t know or care anything about Catholic doctrine but want to change it.

  10. StJude says:


  11. Gaetano says:

    Brilliant. I’m also glad to see that (some) Lutherans also understand our plight.

  12. Robert_H says:


    And @Supertradmum: yes, PHC is still on the air. Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility is the Catholic parish in town.

  13. Lori Pieper says:

    See, I told you it was funny!

    I have to admit that the first time through I didn’t notice the final title that said “but seriously, Catholics are wrong about 35,000 other things.” But oh well . . . . . . . these filmmakers got the 170,000 things right. Right?

  14. Supertradmum says:

    Robert_H, saw the show live on the banks of Lake Harriet in 1976, and listened to it for years. Had most of the books. I think I heard at one time that the real life brother of Garrison Keillor is a minister. GK is very liberal, or was last time I heard him in about 2010. I like this video better than the other one, which was cute but this one is funny. G’nite

  15. Lori Pieper says:

    These Lutherans have some other very funny videos — don’t miss the one about “The World’s Greatest Conspiracy Ever.” It’s a great answer to those who think the apostles dreamed up the Resurrection. Just follow the video link to their YouTube channel.

  16. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Hans: Exactly.

  17. MouseTemplar says:

    So. Dang. FUNNY!
    Thanks for the laugh ;]

  18. catholicmidwest says:

    Even the Lutherans get it. And it’s funny! How did that happen?

    NB: I used to be a Lutheran. ROFLOL

  19. MacBride says:

    Way too funny..and true. BTW, I love Prairie Home Companion…still on NPR in my parts.

  20. Subdeacon Joseph says:

    I really needed this TODAY. It made me smile.

  21. Therese says:

    At least we can still laugh about this. Can you say “Lutheran ordinariate”? (One of our subscribers is a female Lutheran seminary student, by the way. I’m not sure what it means. ;-)

    I foolishly watched our local evening news today for the weather report and was subjected (briefly) to some ugly speculation on intrigue in the Vatican. Like dogs on a scent, the newsmongers have caught a whiff of scandal. No more TV for me until this is all over.

  22. contrarian says:


    Really well-written. Nailed it.



  23. RichardC says:

    Not funny. I gave up youtube for Lent.

  24. Medjugorje Man 07 says:

    So right on!

  25. APX says:

    Maybe it’ll show up on Gloria TV or Google Video.

  26. anna 6 says:

    Thanks…I loved that!

    I used to like Prairie Home Companion too until I read some nasty stuff that Garrison Keillor said about our man, Benedict. After that I found it hard to laugh at his formerly charming story telling.

  27. JARay says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t speak gabbled American. I could not tell a word the “student” was saying. I gather that most of you found it funny. I suppose that it takes all sorts!

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  29. Fern says:

    Just too funny!!! It is also sad because this is the attitude of not only too many women but also the attitude of too many of our clergy. Clergy reading this, I sincerely hope that you all have not adopted the error of changing words in the liturgy to feminist lingo! May God be with Pope Benedict XVI.

  30. Scott W. says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t speak gabbled American. I could not tell a word the “student” was saying. I gather that most of you found it funny. I suppose that it takes all sorts!

    I was going to recommend trying the CC function, but it doesn’t work with the computer-generated voices.

    But just as a sample:

    “Question number two: Like most devout Catholic women who don’t go to Mass and don’t believe anything the Church says, I use birth control because babies are a lot of work and my boyfriend and I totally need to re-tile our master bathroom. That’s cool with you guys, right?”

    Oulette: “No.”
    Turkson: “No.”
    Scola: “No.”

    “You guys are lame.”

    It’s a good satire of the phenomenon of mainstream media scraping the bottom of the barrel for dissident Catholics to put in the spotlight whenever Catholic issues become newsworthy.

  31. Peter Rother says:

    “Please shut your mouth before the Angel of Death destroys us all!” Priceless. This gets funnier every time I watch it. Fortunately, my children are being formed in a strong Catholic school and even the younger ones “got it.”

  32. pelerin says:

    I have to agree with JARay – I could not understand a word of it!

  33. Southern Catholic says:

    It’s funny, although I would have liked to see them use real voices instead of the computer generated ones. That way it could be more understandable. It was good none the less/

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  35. Gail F says:

    “Will the Catholic Church’s war on women never end???”” HA HA HA that was fantastic.

  36. PurdueGuy says:

    Few points from G.K. Chesterton:

    1. “Seriousness is not a virtue. It would be a heresy, but a much more sensible heresy, to say that seriousness is a vice. It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one’s self gravely, because it is the easiest thing to do. It is much easier to write a good TIMES leading article than a good joke in PUNCH. For solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.

    2. Numbers of clergymen have from time to time reproached me for making jokes about religion; and they have almost always invoked the authority of that very sensible commandment which says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” Of course, I pointed out that I was not in any conceivable sense taking the name in vain. To take a thing and make a joke out of it is not to take it in vain. It is, on the contrary, to take it and use it for an uncommonly good object. To use a thing in vain means to use it without use. But a joke may be exceedingly useful; it may contain the whole earthly sense, not to mention the whole heavenly sense, of a situation. And those who find in the Bible the commandment can find in the Bible any number of the jokes. In the same book in which God’s name is fenced from being taken in vain, God himself overwhelms Job with a torrent of terrible levities. The same book which says that God’s name must not be taken vainly, talks easily and carelessly about God laughing and God winking.

    3. “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”

  37. Fr_Sotelo says:

    My favorite is the line that she has gone to Mass almost 7 times in her life, or something like that.

  38. The Masked Chicken says:

    Chesterton is an excellent writer, but he is a mediocre humor scholar. Humor has a moral dimension exactly aligned with the virtue of hope. Just as one can hope for good or evil (a disordered good), one can apply humor in ways that can cure or kill. One can tell both positive and negative jokes about religion, so, the ability to joke about it says nothing, except that it is a linguistic object. When he writes that seriousness is not a virtue, perhaps he never read the Rule of St. Benedict:

    53. Not to love much talking.
    54. Not to speak useless words or words that move to laughter.
    55. Not to love much or boisterous laughter.

    Or, perhaps he never read, 1 Peter 5:8 (Douay-Rheims)
    Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.

    Or, perhaps he never read: Luke 6:25
    Woe to you that are filled: for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh: for you shall mourn and weep.

    I am not a kill-joy. I make far too many jokes during the day. What I am saying is that Chesterton’s analysis is far too superficial to act as any kind of moral analysis of humor.

    Humor can be used to cure or to kill, to exalt the Lord or take his name in vain. It can be used to support a religion or to tear it down. What determines the moral condition of a joke is the moral goal of the hope continued in it.

    I know…way to ruin a cool video (which is pretty morally supportive of Catholicism, so a good use of humor, or, more specifically, satire), but there is very little written on the theology of humor (I hope to write an article some day, sigh) and Chesterton just doesn’t cut it.

    The Chicken

  39. Imrahil says:

    Dear @Chicken,

    well I guess the Rule of St. Benedict, No. 53, 54 second part, and depending on one’s definition of “boisterous” and “too much” also No. 55, are for monks.

    As to the words of Our Lord, I find it quite convincing to suppose that he was talking about the mockeries of the unjust against the humble/just etc. As you say, “humor” can be used to tear down also. Yet I’m putting this in inverted commas, not for moralizing, but because according to my own feelings it then generally fails to succeed even as humor. It is just not funny. Because the secret of humor is affection.

    I’m with Chesterton on this. (Not supposing that his sayings, especially as quoted, should not be put be twisted, agreed with here, disagreed with there, etc., if one does endeavor to treat the subject scientifically. I do, however, suppose that they’re right as far as the general idea goes and deserve no moral rebuke.)

    Nevertheless, I do hope to read that article once you have finished it.

  40. maryh says:

    @Scott W.
    Would you please do the other questions and responses of the student as well. I couldn’t understand most of what she said either.

    I did get the “almost 7 Masses” in the introduction, and completely understood the continuous “No, no, no” answers to all the questions.

    Also, what did he say her degree was in?

  41. Art says:

    @maryh, JARay and others who had difficulty:

    A recent college graduate, Kelly earned a BA in Advanced Feng-Shui Marketing. A self-described way-devoted super-Catholic, Kelly has attended mass almost 7 times. Therefore, making her opinions on the theological direction of the Catholic church entirely valid and perfectly worthy of public attention.

    Question #1: Since I have absolutely no interest in knowing the scriptural and historical reasons for the male only priesthood, and since my Religious Worldviews in the Feminist Paradigm professor told me that, like, five of the apostles were totally women, I think the Catholic Church is finally ready for women priests. You guys agree, right?

    Question #2: (See Scott W)

    Question #3: I like the aesthetics of the Catholic Church but don’t like its theology. I support no-fault divorce, abortion rights, gay marriage, gender-neutral language, and think that it’s mean to criticize Islam. I couldn’t be more of a liberal episcopalian if Katherine Jefferts-Schiori formed me from the dust from the ground, and yet I still inexplicably identify myself as a Catholic.

    Cardinal Ouellet: Is there a question coming any time soon?

    Kelly: Unless you want to be elected bishop of mysogyny, don’t interrupt me! My question is this: even though my utter indifference towards the church that perfectly represents my theology clearly reveals that there’s no way that I’ll ever come back to the Catholic faith, you guys will still cast aside your vows to be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church unto death and approve 2000 years of tradition in a pathetic attempt to woo me, right?

    Question #4: My favourite TV show is “Glee”…

    Cardinal Ouellet: Oh, sweet mercy, no!
    Cardinal Turkson: Stop!
    Cardinal Scola: Please shut your mouth before the Angel of Death destroys us all!

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  43. jlw509 says:

    Interesting that I’m not the only one: I couldn’t make out a single word the chirpy yet strangely affectless female was saying. Right out of my auditory range. Transcript, anyone? Or at least a précis? – Though I can kinda guess….

  44. jlw509 says:

    Oh! Got it! Thanks xxxooo! She said just what I thought she’d say, and I was only running on 2% brain capacity!

  45. Scott W. says:

    Thanks Art. You saved me a lot of typing.

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  47. JARay says:

    Many thanks for the translations. The “video” now makes more sense but I still don’t find it funny.

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