August 11, 2005


Pop culture heroes help recruit priests (Julia Duin, August 11, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

An edgy poster showing a somber Catholic priest in full black cassock and sunglasses posed like "The Matrix" star Keanu Reeves is proving so popular that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has snapped up 5,000 of them. [...]

The poster's creator, the Rev. Jonathan Meyer, 28, associate director of youth ministries for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, says pop culture is the key to attracting young men to an occupation that has gotten bad press.

"If we can get high-school youth to hang a picture of a priest in their room, that's huge in helping young men to answer the call to the priesthood," the cleric said. "Anyone who is a 'Matrix' guru looks at the picture and automatically gets it."

Crucifix in hand, Father Meyer posed for the poster, rated R for "restricted to those radically in love with Jesus Christ." Running time is "all eternity," and its title reads, "The Catholic priesthood: The answer is out there ... and it's calling you."

The Church has never minded using Gnosticism for its own purposes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 9:50 AM

For readers puzzled by OJ's remark, please look here.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 11, 2005 10:12 AM

With Platonism as well.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 11, 2005 10:23 AM

From a practicing Gnostic for the past five years, great comment OJ. Now if they would just start getting every one to read The Gospel of Thomas we would be set.

Posted by: BJW at August 11, 2005 10:56 AM

Please let us know the secret password to avoid the Aeons and get into heaven once you learn it.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at August 11, 2005 11:36 AM

Who can remember passwords?

Posted by: David Cohen at August 11, 2005 12:32 PM

Be still and know. Fear not.

Posted by: BJW at August 11, 2005 1:48 PM

Before Y'all go marching into the future with "advanced knowledge", you could try to attain the capabilities of your ancestors.

Posted by: Ptah at August 13, 2005 5:37 PM