Thursday, June 5, 2014

"But My Dear, We're We're Not Dining Together, We're Together Dining"

Far be it from the Bear to give advice on extramarital affairs, but the Vatican has an idea. (You'd be surprised what sort of search-engine riff-raff a blog written by a Bear pulls in, so perhaps someone may find the tip useful.)

Next time your spouse surprises you during an assignation with your lover, calmly state, "Why, hello, my dear. I just want you to know we're not dining together, we are together dining."

Then, while dodging a blow aimed at your head, explain further.

"It's an important distinction, because it turns something suspect, like me having a cozy dinner at an expensive restaurant with an attractive member of the opposite sex fifteen years my junior, into a completely innocent occasion."

If you've managed to get all that out before being knocked to the canvas, you should consider a career as a professional boxer. 

Or a spot on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. According to them, when you see the Pope praying in the vicinity of Moslems or Jews who happen to be praying, too, not to worry. These are occasions where the pope and persons of other faiths have come "together for prayer, but not prayer together."

Got that? Because it's very, very important.

Because who are you going to believe? Your lying eyes or the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue?


  1. I don't think the analogy holds. When I say my rosary tonight, i'm sure there will be someone somewhere praying to Allah. Clearly, we're not praying together.

    If some newfangled device were to bring us right next to each other during said prayers, we still would not be praying together. We'd be praying next to each other.

    1. If you invite someone to pray to Allah next to you in front of your awesome home shrine you have been inspired to make, and you stand next to him and pray, too (for this is what the analogy goes to, Willard) do you still think the analogy doesn't hold?

      It would sure look like you were praying together. Now the Church apparently feels the need to distinguish between "praying together," and "together praying," because it understands that this creates scandal and vitiates evangelization. The question is, is this a distinction without a difference? Does their explanation satisfy, or is it more interreligious flim-flammery as we have become accustom to in the V2 Church?

  2. You make a good point because there is the invitation to pray. Nevertheless, a muslim and a jew are not going to be saying the Lord's prayer or the Ave Maria so I think the Vatican is right to point out the distinction between praying together and together praying. And, after all, isn't clarification of the Pope's words and actions the very things we've all been asking for?

    1. I agree that it is good to hear from the Church on this topic, even if from the Curia.

  3. It does seem the schedule is trying to present this event as separate (but equal?).


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