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Righteous Anger?

Posted by james0235 on April 6, 2008

A Simple Sinner has posted an interesting video over at Per Christum:

A Simple Sinner writes:

I am frankly amazed he was allowed to go on that long. At my parish he would have been…. escorted.

He has the comments closed on this one (quite understandably) so I thought I would post my thoughts here.

I am inclined to agree with A Simple Sinner. I am far from a violent person but I would say that if I ever saw something like this at Mass I would most likely ask him very politely to leave and if that didn’t work I would escort my fist into his face, escort his face into the ground, and then escort him outside to wait for the police to escort him to jail. I personally feel that doing this would fall under the category Righteous Anger. But, I would certainly like to hear if anyone disagrees.

And note: A Simple Sinner’s post was titled “Pray For This Man’s Conversion”. That is an excellent idea.

4 Responses to “Righteous Anger?”

  1. David said

    I think the congregation showed remarkable restraint and probably saintly composure. Me? I’d have knocked his teeth down his throat and tossed his fanny out the door.

  2. timglass said

    I think I would be inclined to beat the snot out of that guy myself, but would escort him out the door and then try to combat his misunderstanding of the Church. I’m sure everyone in the congregation realizes the priest dosen’t “save their souls” as this misinformed man screams out. He was the only one who thought that. What a goob!

    If you go to fight your “enemey” shouldn’t you know something about them?

    And yes…we need to pray for this man and the many, many more that are out there just like him.

  3. james0235 said


    I am reminded of a story told about St. Nicholas. Some dispute it. But, I like to believe that it is true:

    The arch-heretic, Arius, had taught that Christ is neither equal to nor of one substance with the Father, but merely an intermediary between God and man. To crush this heresy, Emperor Constantine summoned the bishops into solemn conclave in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325. At this council the Catholic party prevailed over the heretics and Arius was condemned. The story goes that Nicholas was present at the council and was so incensed by the heretic’s arrogance that he struck him, for which reason he was expelled by the council fathers.

  4. james0235 said


    Of course, your way is the best way. If I ever encountered this at Mass I would try to escort him out the door. But, I am worried that I might not try hard enough before resorting to force. 🙂

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