Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us
Father McDonald, I disagree respectfully with the notion that the topic at hand is laughable.Given the violence of football...given that playing football games on Sundays involves servile labor of not only the teams involved, but workers at NFL stadiums, nearby restaurants and sports bars......and given 2187 of the CCC:"Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day. "With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities."===============================================================================Pax.Mark Thomas
Mark, did you read it? They addressed that concern and how to approach the situation with Catholic ethics.
Trite...trite, trite, trite.
There's reasons to not watch the Super Bowl but violence is not one of them. This article speaks of the dangers of NFL but I prefer college, still a collision sport but "violent" is not a word I would use. Quentin Terentino is violent. Professional football and all professional sports are an occupation but the pay is excessive. It may simply be a matter of capitalism and pay for excellence in that field but the excesses are to the extreme and I feel unnecessary. It is just entertainment and the best actors get paid in a comparable manner. However athletes pay are so excessive that puts them in another stratosphere as far as perception of importance. There is nothing important about Tom Brady or Uma Thurman for that matter. If the world should fall apart tomorrow will be looking for doctors and leaders not athletes and actors. Having said all that I believe football players make great leaders and great generals but I don't think we need celebrate them to the tune of $100 million a year.
When we choose violent behavior among men as our "entertainment," we have a problem. Do we want it? Do the crowds go wild with every bench- clearing brawl...?
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