A new kind of “Motu Proprio”?

I’m pickin’ up good vibrationsShe’s giving me the excitations (oom bop bop)I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (good vibrations, oom bop bop)She’s giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (oom bop bop)She’s giving me the excitations (excitations, oom bop bop)I’m pickin’ up good vibrations (oom bop bop)She’s giving me the excitations (excitations)

If you are wondering what this is all about, it seems that Francis has asked non-believers of the French organization Leaders pour la Paix to send “good vibes” in lieu of prayers.  HERE on LifeSite, which article takes a rather dim view of this request.

Perhaps those vibes could come in “New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo”!

One of my interlocutors remarked:

I didn’t get a Jesuitical education. What exactly is the theological status of a vibe?

LifeSite’s story explained what these “vibes” might be.

Dear readers… don’t send any vibes.  Donations and Christmas cards are welcome, however, along with items on my wish list.

Na na na na na, na na naNa na na na na, na na na (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)Do do do do do, do do do (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)Do do do do do, do do do (bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)


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  1. Dan says:

    This is not the first time he has made this request, apparently there is no difference between prayer, thoughts or vibes. just so we all feel included and happy in our heads.

  2. jpmanning70 says:

    It’s one thing to meet people where they are. It’s another thing to leave them there when they’re in a dangerous place. Perhaps people don’t know how to pray… but then why not teach them? It’s like the institutional Church has given up on spreading the Gospel and saving souls and wants to be just another NGO with a vague mission statement.

  3. teomatteo says:

    Who is Steam.
    Na Na Hey Hey good bye!

  4. Lurker 59 says:

    It seems to me that encouraging and accepting the prayers of pagans that are directed to entities other than the True God is a good way to get possessed. It at least shows a whole lot of casual indifference, impiety, and attitude that one thinks God isn’t so much a person, who might have considerations on such things, but rather a general good buzz. It also indicates a misunderstanding of one’s job — that a bishop is not just to pray for others but to instruct others how to pray.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    According to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the product of the uncertainties in Energy and Time is greater than or equal to h/4*pi, where h is Planck’s constant. Since the frequency of the vibration (vibe) is given in inverse seconds, time and frequency are related by the uncertainty relationship: ?E=h?f. Obviously, the vibes can only be measured to within a certain window, otherwise, the “energy” of the vibes becomes undefined. At those tolerances, these vibes just become vain repetitions.

    So, the vibes should be short, but not too short. I am not aware of a corresponding Uncertainty Principle for prayer, although, I suppose it could be considered synonymous with scruples.

    The Chicken

  6. jason in kc says:

    The Borg Collective, connected via a subspace matrix of some fashion, was able to literally send each other good vibes whereby to heal/repair damaged units. I don’t know how that applies here, but it’s something.

  7. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    “How do you do, fellow kids. I too am a hip fellow.”

    The Cringe-O-Meter is off the charts.

  8. Credoh says:

    A vibration is the result of an oscillation. Perhaps he’s appealling to oscillating Catholics.

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    In case anyone was wondering, the Italian was “buone onde,” and the French was “bonnes ondes”. So it’s basically “good waves”, good vibrations.


    OTOH, on St. Nicholas’ Day, I received the gift of finding out that my eyes had healed enough to require no further treatment that day from my doctor. So no matter how stupid things get on Earth, our brothers and sisters in Heaven are still on the job, and doing God’s bidding.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:

    What one could say is that, even if one does not pray because one is an atheist, one could still have goodwill towards the Pope, the Catholic Church, etc. as an ally in various good causes such as peace. And goodwill is not useless, spiritually; those who are not against us are for us, as Jesus taught.

    But… yeah, anything less cringy would have been better.

  11. monstrance says:

    Part and parcel of the felt banners and guitars.

  12. Kathleen10 says:

    Suburbanbanshee, excellent! I’m happy for you.
    Chicken, you have a good brain.
    Brian Wilson = Musical Genius
    All others here and Fr. Z., Merry Christmas in advance!

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