Does everything good have to be polluted?
Is it impossible for Catholics to make a success of it in media today without being corrupted?
The latest tragedy is Charlotte Church. I have been speechless for several days about it. I first saw her on PBS and was pleasantly surprised that such a young and small girl could have such a powerful soprano voice. It was mesmerizing, and honestly, ever so sweet.
Here was a modern girl, practicing her faith and singing Classical and Sacred Music. Admittedly, she was a fan of popular music, but her nitch was something more sublime and lasting. It was a sign of hope.
No matter whether she wanted it or not, many young people saw her as a model and an inspiration. A number of us older guys and gals prayed that maybe such a phenomenon might be the start of a grand recovery for Western civilization. Along with the chanting monks, things were looking up. Maybe the arts, philosophy, religious devotion, traditional values, etc. would follow?
But it has not happened. Classical music sections have disappeared from many music stores and vulgar music offends the ears of patrons. People have little sense of history and often they trade their rich cultural inheritance for trite modern fixations or flirt with Eastern occultism.
Anyway, back to Miss Church, here is the release from IGNATIUS PRESS, notifying us that they will no longer carry her materials:
In light of the recent statements and actions of singer Charlotte Church, Ignatius Press will be dropping all of her products. It is with regret that we do this; Miss Church possesses a great gift from God, and in the past she has used her talent often to offer praise and glory to our Lord. She has performed for the late Pope John Paul II, and in many sacred concerts, televised Christmas celebrations, and her many albums were enjoyed by our customers over the years.
But we cannot stand by a young woman who uses her stature in the media to mock the Eucharist, slander the Holy Father, and denigrate the vows of religious women.
Therefore, our catalogs and website will immediately withraw all compact discs, cassette tapes, DVDs and VHS tapes that feature Miss Church. Please join us in praying for this troubled young woman.
There you have it, and no apologist can make it right. She has cohabitated with her boyfriend, frequented nude beaches, appeared immodestly in photographs and videos, and now she insults the faith directly.
We all knew she had to grow up. We also could appreciate that she might be more a sinner than a saint, are not we all? But she went from a sweet innocent who sang poignant songs of faith to a lewd tramp who derides the Eucharist and impugns the Vicar of Christ. I searched the web for an apology. There was none.
As she got older we could overlook the fact that her voice, while impressive for a child, was increasingly less so for an adult woman. The mistakes and lack of breath (asthma) did not stop us from buying her CDs because we had watched her grow up. Maybe we even loved her for her efforts and beauty. But it is hard to maintain the same kind of loyalty to a girl who gets drunk and gives everyone the finger. Her beauty falls away when foul words come out of her mouth and she dresses like a prostitute. How could you have fallen so low, sweet Charlotte?
The proverbial straw that broke the back of IGNATIUS PRESS and our hearts was a pilot talk-television program (filmed on July 12) of a proposed eight-part series. She called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi and mocked the Church. This girl, once labeled “the Voice of an Angel” was costumed as a nun and feigned hallucinations while consuming communion wafers imprinted with smiling faces. These faces indicate the illegal drug Ecstasy. She smashed a statue of the Blessed Mother to find a can of hard cider within. She exclaimed that she worshipped “Saint Fortified Wine,” and stuck gum to a statue of the Child Jesus.
What a change a few years make. Back when she was 12, she sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Now, at 20, she has traded Classical and Sacred Music for low-grade Rock and mocks the Pope.
She also derided President Bush, calling him, “You twat!” So, I guess her lack of manners makes everyone and everything a possible target.
PRAY THAT HER REBELLION WILL NOT CONTINUE TO GET THE BEST OF HER.
PRAY THAT SHE WILL COME TO HER SENSES.
PRAY THAT ONE DAY WE MIGHT FIND A WOMAN IN MISS CHURCH THAT WE CAN RESPECT, JUST AS WE KNEW A CHILD WHO GAVE US INNOCENT JOY, EASY TO LOVE.