Pope Jumps the Shark
Yahoo! News – Pope Says Sundays for God, Not Sports
Pope John Paul on Friday said Sunday should be a day for God, not for secular diversions like entertainment and sports.
“When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of ‘weekend’ dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people stay locked within a horizon so narrow that they can no longer see the heavens,” the pontiff said in a speech to Australian bishops.
John Paul criticized the “culture of the ‘here and now,'” urging Church leaders to “lead men and women from the shadows of moral confusion and ambiguous thinking.”
The 83-year-old pope also encouraged Christians, especially young people, to remain faithful to Sunday Mass, saying the secular culture was undermining family life.
Now, this is just going too far. Catholic homilies are pretty repetitive, after all: The same liturgy and a cookie, basically. On the other hand, those precious sixteen weeks of NFL Sundays, plus the postseason, provides some of the best family entertainment around. And the snacks are better.