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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Dark shades and the ministry

What do dark sunglasses and the call to the priesthood have in common? Plenty, according to the Washington Times Insider (subscription only). The lastest recruitment poster is a Catholic youth pastor, dressed in a dark priest's uniform, wearing shades, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. The posters are all the rage in dioceses across America, where some priests credit them for help recruiting more young men to "the toughest of all jobs." A number of recent movies include celibate warriors, such as the Star Wars Jedi knights, many of the heroes in Lord of the Rings and Peter Parker of Spiderman fame. In our world painted by some as "good" vs. "evil," such a pitch apparently has appeal.

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