Diocese of Albany sponsors Friday “Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns”

It’s like the land of OZ up there in Albany. Or some sort of strange, hippie time-warp.

This from The Evangelist, the diocesan newspaper of Albany:

And for good measure, the clowns are having another “Way of the Cross” reunion next Friday at St Stephen’s Church.

What is it about clowns and liberal liturgical abusers?!

UPDATE: An AmP reader wrote me, “The sad part is that these normally¬†politically-correct types totally ignore the fact that coulrophobia is real!”

Ph/t: the poor suffering soul in the Albany diocese who notified me about this sacrilege.



  • blandina

    It is curious, isn’t it, the whole infusion of liturgy with, clowns of all things. It’s one thing to dream it up, and it’s another to green-light such an idea, especially at a moment when people’s needs for the sacred are great given our fast-paced technological times. It isn’t the Stations or the Way of the Cross just because some pastor, ministry or parish says it is, apparently. What it really is, caveat emptor to those who seriously consider attending, is a performance. That you would possibly recognize the Passion narrative somewhere within it is beside the point. There is Mel Gibson’s Passion and then there is the Clowns’ Passion. Just because a group of people wants to dress up and tell the story of the Passion from a clown perspective doesn’t mean in and of itself that it ought to then be presented as liturgical prayer or worship. Just because the Vatican hasn’t officially pronounced “there shall be no clown liturgies” doesn’t then mean that one can conclude that it is fine, ok, good, desirable, appropriate, fabulous, edifying, helpful, encouraging. And it doesn’t mean that it is not totally offensive either. If people would like to take part in the stations in an actively participatory way, then plan a “real” way of the cross over a local bridge or highway, around the capitol buildings if need be. Any humble servant-leader could take turns carrying the cross. That is an excellent way to enter into the emotions and reality of the Passion and with prayer and witness. Not by being a spectator in the pews of a clown performance or rendition. I guess some brave souls did protest this. This clowning troupe should have taken the hint way back then. Why push something on people which is so divisive? Just to cause offense?

  • Bill

    If Thom would like to contact me, I could relate a very interesting story of Cdl. O’Connor, who was the Metropolitan of New York State as well as the Abp. of New York A’diocese, actually having a priest-spy sending him reports on the rampant homosexuality among priest and bishops in those dioceses north of N.Y.C. When you have clerics with “disordered personalities” (CCC) running things, clowns in liturgical events are mild.

  • Perelandra

    I suspect the curious desire to mix clowns and worship may go back to a catechetical film widely circulated in the ’60s (sorry I can’t remember the name, was it “The Parable”?)that presented the Passion and Death of Jesus in the form of a clown’s death. It was inflicted on me during the diocesan course to become a certified catechist.



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