The very definition of cognitive dissonance

From Erik Richtsteig on Facethingy:

The very definition of cognitive dissonance. (And very creepy as well.)

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  1. SaintsSQPNcom says:

    an it’s-a-small-world scapular is so spiritually uplifting.

  2. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    More of “it’s all about us” liturgy. Will the children brought up on this drivel ever recover?

  3. jflare says:

    These look reminiscent of the outermost..thingie..that a priest might wear for Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Trouble is, the section in the center looks like it belongs on a man’s cute suit tie, not a garment for Mass.
    ..Sorry y’all, my server training (mid-80’s or so) was rather scanty on rather many details, so I still can’t name a cincture from an alb from a scapular from a..thingie. Nor from a robe, if there is any such thing in vestments for Mass.
    All I remember wearing for Mass as a server was a white robe of sorts that we put on over our head–and over our regular clothing–as well as a chord. I think we had some sort of pair of ropes, one red, one white, thought it’s been long enough, I don’t remember for sure. Maybe we only had one red one. *sigh*
    I watch our servers at my current parish and dread even thinking about trying to do what they do. I never learned most of that.

  4. Wiktor says:

    Looks photoshopped to me.

  5. pmullane says:

    Parvus mundus post eius

  6. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    ” Will the children brought up on this drivel ever recover?” Not somebody’s idea in a child-size for playing Mass in?

  7. acmeaviator says:

    ” Will the children brought up on this drivel ever recover?” – I was raised in a felt banner lovin, guitar band, clown nose wearing Church only to turn out as a Scapular wearing, daily mass going Catholic with a beautiful antique wooden diptych of Jesus and Mary next to my 1962 Missal and St. Pius X prayer card on my desk at work. Matthew Lickona in “Swimming with Scapulars” correctly pointed out that even as children we can recognize when we are being led astray. The key is not to despair – but to live out our lives as representative of what it means to be Catholic.

  8. mpmaron says:

    @acmeaviator : Amen brother.

  9. marypatricia says:

    I think Wiktor is right. The same scene has simply been elongated to fit into the right hand view.

  10. Mr. Screwtape says:

    But does it come in a Solemn set?

  11. FoolishThomist says:

    Don’t worry. It’s photoshopped. (View the larger image and notice the pixel-perfect lines and the difference in image quality between the background and the fluffy-feel-goody addon.)

  12. Muv says:

    Definitely faked. The definition at the edge of the central panels is too sharp to correspond with the lack of focus on the main image, and the gold braid around the neck edge of the chasuble disappears under the jolly children.

    Where are these children cut out from? It looks like a frontispiece for an encyclopaedia for children aged 4-7.

  13. Faith says:

    I tried to post a picture of a small chasuble I saw in the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, MA. But I did blog about it: The shape is common, my Vietnamese parish priest tells me, in Asia. Western chasubles use more material. Also, Asian men tend to be smaller.

  14. benedetta says:

    acmeaviator, Well said!!

  15. JesusFreak84 says:

    Photoshop, alternately killing or renewing my faith in humanity. If I ever saw a priest actually wearing this, I can neither confirm nor deny that I may chuck my missal and breviary at him… <_<;;;

  16. Charles E Flynn says:

    The image would be even worse with Disney or Warner Brothers cartoon characters.

  17. Nicholas says:

    THIS IS TOTALLY FAKE, it should be blue, not white. (Sarcasm)

    Also, I see this all the time at my school.

  18. Nicholas says:

    Mr. Screwtape,

    Why, of course it does!

  19. benedetta says:

    If priests who routinely say weekday Mass in liturgical underwear, sans chasuble, were to come out with this, well, it wouldn’t be my favorite but remembering the chasuble in some instances would be a step up.

  20. majuscule says:

    I was thinking womyn (wanna be) priest…

  21. NBW says:

    At first I thought they were bibs! This chasuble is well suited for the modernist’s Mass: the celebration of man, not God. So sad.

  22. Suburbanbanshee says:

    For those unfamiliar with it, there’s some US vestment maker out there that makes OF chasubles with the little kid pattern in a strip down the front. A lot of them disappeared from use after the whole pedophile scandal broke, but a lot of them are still being used.

    The point, I suppose, is that the same people who are against elaborate embroidery or print patterns on chasubles are totally okay with this particular elaborate print. No to flowers and crosses or Biblical scenes, yes to little child-doll figures.

    However, I imagine that with all the new sorts of 3D printing, it should soon be possible to design really nice prints and machine embroidery.

  23. Charlotte Allen says:

    Well, at least it’s a Roman chasuble–just kidding!

  24. Gerard Plourde says:

    The arguments for it being a photoshop are pretty compelling. While the graphic might be something that could barely conceivably be worn at a children’s Mass in the OF (I personally have trouble imagining it in even the most way-out OF parish), the fiddleback precludes it from being an OF choice. There is certainly no way that this could ever be seen in an EF parish. I could see a mashup such as this being marketed to the Episcopalians.

  25. Fr. Erik Richtsteig says:

    Of course it is photo-shopped. (I didn’t make it, BTW.) But the creepy truth remains.

  26. SaintJude6 says:

    I don’t think it would have to be photo-shopped. The priest at our old Novus Ordo parish still has vestments with the multi-culti children fabric. Looks like it should come with a guitar.

  27. magister63 says:

    One may still purchase a chasuble and accessories with this “Children of the World” theme. Here is a link if you are interested!

  28. Gerard Plourde says:


    Thanks for the links. So a variation of this thing does exist. The chasuble shown is not a fiddleback, though, supporting the position that the one Fr. Z encountered on Facebook is probably a photoshop. Interesting that the Aquinas and More site doesn’t have any reviews posted. The McKay site seems to market it as part of a “Child Funeral” package. That seems to me to be a recognition that it’s got a very limited (if not non-existent) niche.

  29. FrAnt says:

    I buy you beautiful vestments and you hang them on wire hangers. WHAT ARE WIRE HANGERS DOING IN THIS SACRISTY ? CHRISTINA I SAID NO WIRE HANGERS.

  30. priests wife says:

    hahaha FrAnt!

  31. Vecchio di Londra says:

    Those might be appropriate vestments if we had a Feast of St Coca Cola
    (For those who recall the 1970s film ad…:-)

    Just thinking, the Introit could be ‘cibavit eos de adipe frumenti et de petra mellis saturavit eos’
    And the Gospel – hm, obviously would have to be John 2:1-11…

  32. Supertradmum says:

    I have seen worse. Peace symbol on vestments….and worse…

  33. HeatherPA says:

    At least it isn’t rainbow festooned.

    (Which are chausables that are actually used in some Masses, not a photoshop, so help us, God.)

  34. Grateful to be Catholic says:


    Thank you for the encouragement! Sometimes at daily Mass the school children are brought in and I cringe through the whole thing. They are taught “songs,” not hymns, and indeed they are not hymns, just ditties with hand-waving. The whole emphasis seems to be on the parts they will play, always busy, moving around, hardly noticing what is happening on the altar. I suppose you are right and they figure out that they have been given the mess of porridge, but I pray they will discover the real thing. 

  35. MouseTemplar says:

    Well..there’s a Detroit Free Press photo a while back of a priest saying Mass in a Detroit Pistons logo garment thingey. Parishioners knew their pastor was a big fan and had it made for him.


  36. jflare says:

    DETROIT PISTONS thingey???? really????
    I remember attending Mass at my folk’s parish a few years ago and growing annoyed when the pastor made several references to the Nebraska football coach, but I don’t think he wore anything of Cornhusker gear for Mass.
    …And I thought I had it bad…..

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