One of my all time favourite films is the Deer Hunter, my mates all complain that it’s too long but I like to think of it as a few different films all rolled into one big long movie. (Sometimes I watch The Deer Hunter and Godfather 2 over a week like a mini series). I actually enjoy the first hour more than the Vietnam War scenes. If you’ve never seen the Deer Hunter it’s about three 2nd (or 3rd generation?) Rusyn-Ameircan steel worker friends living in a small Working Class town in
The other downside caused by this trend is that some of the working class men who drink in the various social clubs which are vaguely affiliated to the Church (and sometimes attached to Parish Churches) no longer go to Mass or have any link with Parish life. As such they no longer feel bound by any sense of moral code or standards of behavior associated the Church. This in turn then leads to a situation where one of my best friends was recently verbally abused by a guest, at a christening no less, in a Church related club. Similarly, a few weeks back, two wee drunk neds rolled out of another Church related social club and spent the next 20 minutes effing and jeffing at various parents picking their kids up from Scouts. But it seems that Christenings attract the most trouble. Indeed, Gourock can be a bit of a no go area on a Sunday night if there have been a few christening on. Imagine a situation where Pubs are declining entry to Christening parties, could this then be rolled out to First Holy Communions too? We may soon be "persona non grata", judging by how hard it was to book a venue for our own kids First Communion. Think of the polite declines dished out on a weekly basis on the TV show known as “Big Fat Gypsy (Lapsed Catholic) Wedding” and you get the idea.
3. Just along the road from most Churches you’ll find a Masonic lodge where men only, act out a set of fictional rituals and rites which are a parody of Holy Mass, then get together for a beer afterwards. All sounds good, but the heirarchy are not fans of these guys and they are not so keen on us either, so sadly it’s not an option.
Also, interesting to note that the decline of working class Christian identity is not just an issue in our own Catholic Community. I read recently that Church of Scotland are making cuts (who isnae) and sadly closing a few local Parishes. The suggestion is that they are making them in the poorer areas leaving the posh areas like the west end alone. From the outside it all looks pretty blatant unless someone inside this community can tell me otherwise? This is the last thing the Kirk should be doing, it's most important work must ALWAYS be in the heart of the community with the biggest problems. There was even a g