Monday, July 14, 2008

The Holy Irritant Misses World Youth Day 2008

Warning: This blog content may cause annoyance and inconvenience to participants during World Youth Day.

Well, it's here! World Youth Day /Week/ Month/Year etc. To answer the many who have asked: No, I'm not going. However I can' get away from it either.I even got to welcome a group of pilgrims from Germany who landed in South Brisbane with little local knowledge and an ambitious plan to drive a camper-van to Sydney.

So let's begin with a typical Aussie cartoon welcome to Papa Benny as he lands on our sunburnt country.




It seems that when Papa landed someone forgot he was here for a youth event.The tarmac in Sydney was full of middle aged men. Not a woman or a young person to be seen. What happened to those inspiring young people we have celebrated as Young Australians of the Year? Perhaps none of them are catholic enough for this event.The woman in the background of this pic is on the other side of a barricade attempting to sell Avon products and scored the first fine for causing annoyance during WYD2008.



A few of my favourite commentaries:
My Anthem to welcome the Pope to our Fair Land

I'd love to have a beer with Papa

[image]I love to have a beer with Papa
I love to have a beer with schnapps.
We drink in moderation
And we never ever ever get rollin' drunk
We drink at Randwick Race Track
Where the atmosphere is great

I love to have a beer with Papa
Before it's too late, yeah

I love to have a beer with Ratzy

I love to have a beer with Ratz.
We drink in moderation
And it doesn't really matter if he brings his mob
We drink them under the table
Where the atmosphere is great
I love to have a beer with Ratzy

'Cause Ratzy's got mates, mm-mm-mm

I love to have a beer with Kevin
Oh I love to have a beer with Kev.
We drink in moderation
And he drives me home in his carbon efficient fuel economy Chev.

We drink at the Town and Country
Where the atmosphere is great
I love to have a beer with Kevin

'Cause Kevin's me mate

I love to have a beer with Fisher
I love to have a beer with Fish
We drink in moderation
And it wouldn't really matter if the chat was flat
We drink till we both get cranky
And the atmosphere's not great
I love to have a beer with Fisher

'Tho Fisher's no mate

I love to have a beer with Georgey

I love to have a beer with George
We drink in moderation
Just one more and back on the job
We drink in his cool Mercedes
Where the atmosphere is great
I love to have a beer with Georgey

Then show him the gate.

I love to have a beer with Benny
Oh I love to have a beer with Ben.
We drink in moderation
And we never ever ever get rollin' drunk

We drink with Guy Sebastian
Cause the atmosphere is great
I love to have a beer with Benny
'Cause Benny's Pell's mate.

On Catholica Australia I launched a competition to add a caption to this image:


Meanwhile back at the Australian Catholic Bishops web a collection of WYD images has been posted. Of the 12 images, only 4 have a focus on young people.The rest are images of clergy, bishops or Papa. Perhaps it was really World Clergy Day!!


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