Pope Benedict XVI has learnt that a monastery has been turned into an online phenomenon after it’s nuns have been filmed dancing around Altars during services. The Pope has since closed the monastery visited by Madonna and where an ex stripper who is now a nun was a star attraction.
This decision comes after an inquiry into the monastery after an accusation of ‘Liturgical abuse’ had been made.
The speedy decision was made after a video was uploaded to YouTube featuring Anna Nobili, with footage of the stripper preaching and dancing.
The Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, which investigates allegations of misconduct in monasteries and convents, began their investigation after reports of the dancing nuns reached Pope Benedict.
A spokesman for the Vatican stated:
The decision to investigate the monastery was launched after reports were received of what was going on there – we need to remember this is a holy shrine containing relics of Christ.It was evident that the order had lapsed in its discipline and an Apostolic visitation was arranged, which resulted in the decision to close the monastery which was approved by Pope Benedict.
Well, there we have it. The Pope forbids dancing within the church. I guess that’s only half the story… there is a serious element to it. But still…
Has the Pope read his Bible?
The Lord LOVES dancing. I wish I had more confidence to dance in church. Well, I’m sure their services aren’t boring to say the least.
What do you think?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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Worshipping is meant to be fun!!
The Eucharist is meant to be a solemn remembrance, particularly for those of us who do believe in co/transubstantiation/some other version of the Real Presence. We’re celebrating a Mystery with a capital M after all!
I doubt the ruling is about dancing in the church full stop (I still hear plenty of horror stories about ‘liturgical dance’ gone wrong). The key thing here is the where (around the Altar) and when (during the Eucharistic service). Just as there’s a time for fun, there’s also a time to be, you know, reverent and keep things holy (in the original sense of the word which is ‘separate’). I don’t think the Pope should have closed the monastery at all, though – in fact, his doing so looks like he’s targeting women in particular, especially to those of a more liberal streak. Rather, they should be encouraged to hold some other services of worship (like pentecostal style testimonial gatherings – which I love) where this would be just the ticket.
I thought ‘Lutheran Satire’ put it in a good way (better than I just did, anyway) here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Kh5dzgim4
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