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Saturday, April 26, 2003

Time to Get the Motrin.


FROM: Dale Price, Catholic from the United States

TO: Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher for the Papal Household

RE: Your Good Friday homily

I would like to suggest that, in the future, you probably shouldn't cite the Atheist Kumbaya to make a point about war and peace. After all, the first argument the song makes is that religion is a primary factor leading to war. In fact, it asks the listener to imagine there's no religion--two stanzas before the "living life in peace" part you cited.


And I really don't think the Western world needs the concept of "living for today" expounded any further, do you?

All in all, a most, um...peculiar...choice for a Good Friday homily. Besides, it's more than a little dated, with a strong whiff of disintegrating Birkenstocks, Haight-Ashbury and vinyl albums. Permit me to offer a substitute selection from the pen of Dave Mustaine, recorded during my youth: Peace Sells, But Who's Buying? Certainly more theologically acceptable, and as a bonus the artist is now an acknowledged evangelical Christian. Just a thought. Granted, the musical style takes some getting used to, but if you are merely citing lyrics, that shouldn't be a problem.

Thank you for your time.

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