Operation Swordfish
#1


You know how the disgruntled members and former members (those "survivors of Catholic schools," ahem) of the Church act like babies who purposefully stay in Italian restaurants and demand Thai food? "Change this!" and "Change that!"  "change everything, and we're not leaving, in spite of the fact that the Episcopalians are right down the road, offering evertthing we want! Waaah! Waaah! Waahh!"?

How's about we Catholics do the same thing? Why don't we join pro-abortion groups, radical feminist groups, the LGBT groups that kvetch about and protest our Church, et. al., and whine, throw tantrums, petition their leaders, spread Catholic propaganda among their members, and metaphorically -- or maybe literally -- spit on everything they stand for?

The general strategy is to show them up for the hypocrites they are.

As to tactics, well, there are so many options! For ex., like Sinead O'Connor ripping up a photograph of John Paul II (may God have mercy on him for his weakness) on SNL, we could join whichever group, take their literature, head to the front of the room hosting their group meeting, and tear it to shreds, afterward holding up a fist ('cause it looks kewl, man). While claiming rights to membership, we could hold protests, interrupt their meetings --- maybe riff on firefighters' advice and engaging in a new maneuvre -- "Stop, Drop, and Pray the Rosary" while someone's giving a lecture! If they try to kick us out, we can then set up websites complaining about how non-inclusive and bigoted they are, holding press conferences -- or at least issuing press releases, since the media types are unlikely to show up.  We could emulate what Pussy Riot did and start singing Gregorian chant in the places they meet -- or better yet, made-up songs that mock their "values" (unlike Pussy Riot's offerings, our made-up songs would be consist of tasty jams, too). Since liberals are so fair and so into "justice" and all, they should flock to our aid if we were to get arrested for it! When they elect leaders and don't include any of our people, we could protest that. Double points for us if our people in that particular group consist of a) women, b) Catholic homosexuals, c) African American (or outside the U.S.A., black) Catholics, or d) Hispanic Catholics. We could blame their "hate" on the minority status of our folks and make the group in question look really bad!

What do you think? Any more ideas?




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#2
The Anglicans who did that petitioned the Vatican and the result is Anglicanorum Coetibus.
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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedi...us_en.html
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#3
(08-16-2013, 01:15 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: You know how the disgruntled members and former members (those "survivors of Catholic schools," ahem) of the Church act like babies who purposefully stay in Italian restaurants and demand Thai food? "Change this!" and "Change that!"  "change everything, and we're not leaving, in spite of the fact that the Episcopalians are right down the road, offering evertthing we want! Waaah! Waaah! Waahh!"?

How's about we Catholics do the same thing? Why don't we join pro-abortion groups, radical feminist groups, the LGBT groups that kvetch about and protest our Church, et. al., and whine, throw tantrums, petition their leaders, spread Catholic propaganda among their members, and metaphorically -- or maybe literally -- spit on everything they stand for?

The general strategy is to show them up for the hypocrites they are.

As to tactics, well, there are so many options! For ex., like Sinead O'Connor ripping up a photograph of John Paul II (may God have mercy on him for his weakness) on SNL, we could join whichever group, take their literature, head to the front of the room hosting their group meeting, and tear it to shreds, afterward holding up a fist ('cause it looks kewl, man). While claiming rights to membership, we could hold protests, interrupt their meetings --- maybe riff on firefighters' advice and engaging in a new maneuvre -- "Stop, Drop, and Pray the Rosary" while someone's giving a lecture! If they try to kick us out, we can then set up websites complaining about how non-inclusive and bigoted they are, holding press conferences -- or at least issuing press releases, since the media types are unlikely to show up.  We could emulate what Pussy Riot did and start singing Gregorian chant in the places they meet -- or better yet, made-up songs that mock their "values" (unlike Pussy Riot's offerings, our made-up songs would be consist of tasty jams, too). Since liberals are so fair and so into "justice" and all, they should flock to our aid if we were to get arrested for it! When they elect leaders and don't include any of our people, we could protest that. Double points for us if our people in that particular group consist of a) women, b) Catholic homosexuals, c) African American (or outside the U.S.A., black) Catholics, or d) Hispanic Catholics. We could blame their "hate" on the minority status of our folks and make the group in question look really bad!

What do you think? Any more ideas?

The lefties are not programmed for counter insurgency, they do very poorly at it, they could implode, lol. Ezra Levant is a Conservative Journalist in Canada who loathes the anti-everything professional protesters and routinely attends demonstrations and liberal anarchist events just to ask pragmatic questions.  The results are always similar... The irony in being told to just leave continually... Here's a small sample from just today ...


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#4

Well, I'm just overwhelmed by the responses this idea got! I think it has merit! Especially if we film all of the protests and acts of defiance and make them famous on Youtube! Come on, guys! It even has a cool name -- Operation Swordfish! Get it? Fishies -- with swords? And putting "Operation" in front of a word makes it UBER-COOL! They even did it with the word "Paperclip," for crying out loud! Swordfishes are so much cooler than paperclips!

I'm thinking that the traditional Catholic "movement" needs a dose of 60s'style Merry Pranksterism. Wikipedia (ptuh) has this to say about the "Merry Pranksters":

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Quote: On June 17, 1964, Kesey and 13 Merry Pranksters boarded "Further" at Kesey's ranch in La Honda, California, and set off eastward. Kesey wanted to see what would happen when hallucinogenic-inspired spontaneity confronted what he saw as the banality and conformity of American society. One author has suggested that the bus trip reversed the historic American westward movement of the centuries.
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Now, imagine doing that in reverse! A bus painted all crazy, but with sacred images on it. We pull into towns and out jump -- a handful of parents with their 7 kids per couple, maybe a priest or three, some friars, some sisters, some single Catholics, all setting out to confront what we see as "the banality and conformity of American society" to a life-killing, sterile way of existing that gives no temporal hope for the future of the world, no ethereal  hope in a world to come! We fight the culture of death, the killing of sex through porn, the political correctness that is destroying our intellects, modern aesthetics that mock the very idea of beauty!

And we could drop acid along the way! OK, forget that part... We could drink decent wine and beer along the way, all while consuming lovely fromages and chunks of baguette! "Tune in, Turn on, Cut it Out" could be our motto!

Imagine pulling into some very Protestant Southern town on St. Joseph's Day and livelying up the place with St. Joseph's Tables, a procession, and Italian dancing! It'd be like the movie "Chocolat" -- but this time, with Catholics as the heroes! It'd be like "Babette's Feast"!

Picture this:  It's St. John's Eve. In some small town in America, things go on as usual. People are staring at televisions while their teenagers text their friends. The little kids of the town are bickering with each other in between staring at whatever screens have their attention. Crickets chirp, ignored. Then, here comes the crazily-painted bus o' Catlicks, who proceed to the nearest park, light a huge bonfire, burn our worn-out sacramentals while walking around the fire, and pray, and feast and sing -- without a screen in sight! They would want to be like us. They'd ask us questions and, armed with our "FishEaters Wham, Bam, Thank-You Ma'am" conversion booklets, we answer them. They'd convert en masse!

I have a feeling no one likes this idea...
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#5
The reason it didn't get a response is because we're not the ruling class nor the majority. It's a losing proposition that won't work. Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) group has already been there & done that. I don't know if they are exclusively Catholic; may have some fundamentalist Protestant members too. Watch their Youtube videos. They go to universities with signs that merely say, "one man one woman is marriage" and "T.F.P." and they get attacked, property destroyed, and even go to jail as haters. Our police won't always defend them. Nice idea, though.

:shrug:
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#6
If we had the do-re-mi, taking over Detroit would be a better statement. Headline: "Catholics return to Detroit and bring civilization with them."

tim
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(08-17-2013, 09:55 AM)lauermar Wrote: The reason it didn't get a response is because we're not the ruling class nor the majority. It's a losing proposition that won't work. Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) group has already been there & done that. I don't know if they are exclusively Catholic; may have some fundamentalist Protestant members too. Watch their Youtube videos. They go to universities with signs that merely say, "one man one woman is marriage" and "T.F.P." and they get attacked, property destroyed, and even go to jail as haters. Our police won't always defend them. Nice idea, though.

:shrug:

They're not doing it right. I'm not talking about showing up in suits and ties and primly holding signs that practically beg to have tomatoes lobbed at them. I'm talking about infiltrating these people, posing as them, and using massive amounts of HUMOR, sarcasm, and THEATER to show them up.

AND I'm talking about a crazy-cool Partridge Family bus that goes around the country showing people what a life of joy, meaning, knowing the peace of Christ, family, and all the other real things looks like. Or at least could look like. I don't think TFP went around in a bus, doing a Catholic version of the Merry Pranksters. And if they did, I'm guessing they didn't really "get" the humor and theater aspects that are needed to capture the imaginations of the young people out there. We are the counter-culture now. But we're not just "counter" to be "counter"; we've got the eternal Truth on our side. Plus some incredibly wonderful holidays that are begging for a theatrical treatment. We could bring back the old medieval morality plays, and do it all splendiferously!

Eh, I like this idea, even though I'm only half-serious because I have no bus and no money to make such a thing happen. But if I did ---- well, why not? I could well go for it if I had like-minded folks around who "get" my vision. And could tolerate my smoking on the bus :P


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#8
we got a dream, we go travelin' together, we spread a little lovin' and we'll keep movin' on.

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(08-17-2013, 10:15 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: Eh, I like this idea, even though I'm only half-serious because I have no bus and no money to make such a thing happen. But if I did ---- well, why not? I could well go for it if I had like-minded folks around who "get" my vision. And could tolerate my smoking on the bus :P

Well, when you win the lottery and buy the bus, be sure to swing by and pick me up! I'll bring a six pack and a pack of smokes! :)
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#10
That's seating for three, me, Jo, and Vox in the smoking section, phleeze !



tim
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