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April 17, 2006

"God or the Girl"

kai on May 2, 2006 12:21 PM EST writes:
Tara, these 4 guys decided to make their spiritual journey very public by agreeing to do this show. Their motivations are evident in the "fruit" of their own words and actions. For example, Joe claims he wants to be a priest to "feel special". The only person who seems to have any true understanding of service is Steve. Who at the end of the series seems truly to grasp what Christ was saying when he said those who want to truly gain their life would have to lose it.
Perhaps my initial words were harsh and your point valid. But this kind of self-promotion is nauseating and completely opposite to Jesus’ teachings. I am not judging their faith, and as you said I do not know their heart. Finally and gently, you too are judging when you use a term like "supposed brothers and sisters in Christ". The very choice of the word "supposed” is a judgmental term. Jesus did warn us of doing things for spiritual show, just as I believe God and the Girl's participants were doing.

With respect
Kai
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Tara on April 29, 2006 08:37 PM EST writes:
So, wow! I only saw two episodes and I didn't find it interesting enough to watch the rest of the episodes, but I did want to find out who made what decision (which is how I came to this site). I have to say, I am very sad to see people of faith be so judgmental of people we don't know. The reality is none of us know why these guys chose to do the show or what is in their hearts. It is hard enough being a person of faith and facing the judgment of non-believers; we do not need the judgment of people who are supposed to be our brothers and sisters in Christ. Whatever these men are going through and whatever their motivations, they deserve our prayers and love-not our condemnation. Also, I believe that Jesus did not warn about praying and fasting in public because he wants us to keep our faith to ourselves. He himself preached to thousands. He was warning against doing things for show and for human recognition as opposed to spiritual gain. Like I said, we don't know these men's hearts.
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Kai on April 25, 2006 04:36 PM EST writes:
I enjoyed this article and I laughed out loud. Your description of these buffoons was bang on.

Daniel truly left me speechless, an embarrassment really. I especially enjoyed his interchange with the “Christian fundie” guy who argued with Daniel about why he would not attend his prayer meeting. For all Daniel’s sanctimonious drivel he couldn’t even defend or respond to why he believed what he believed when presented with actual scripture. I'm not suggesting a proof text war but he seemed not to even have a basic understanding of scripture and this guy wants to lead other believers?!!!

Steve was more concerned with informing the viewers of his salary and what a great sacrifice it was to quote “give it all away” and what a rich young ruler he wasn’t.

All four of these guys were more interested in self promotion of their "humble service" for God rather than simply trying to work it out with fear and trembling like the rest of us.

A wake up call to all of us who are trying to live out and authentic faith journey in Christ.
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Arnulf on April 25, 2006 09:18 AM EST writes:
Mary Beth: Perhaps all your illiterate critics live in Scranton!
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mary beth Crain on April 25, 2006 04:30 AM EST writes:
my illiterate critics

How come my critics can't spell, let alone read? N7, you were not "dissapointed" with my review--you were "disappointed." And "Religion had better be a public manner" is not a coherent sentence, at least not in the English language. I would say, "Religion had better be a public affair." Now, I am "disappointed" with your complete misreading of what I said. Of course religion is a shared experience. But private discernment of one's spiritual calling is not. If you were in my English class, I'd give you a D. But then, I always give the opportunity for rewrites, if you'd like to try again.

As for Benny, "whose" the writer of this blog? Shame on you! "Whose" is possessive, i.e. "Whose umbrella is this?" Who's is the contraction for "who is." And "judge" and "judgment" are always lower case, unless you are referring to Judgment Day. By the way, it's not "judgement," it's "judgment," without the extra "e." You'd get a D in my class too. Go back to school, you two dummies!
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Arnulf on April 24, 2006 10:50 AM EST writes:
Julia,

I'm afraid God already has judged Benny heavily. He lives in Scranton!

I've been there several times, unfortunately. What a hole! Anybody seen "Kingpin," the film in which Woody Harrelson plays a washed up, boozed out loser who lives in down-and-out Scrantron, and has a lecherous, rotten-toothed old hag for a landlady? That pretty much sums up the place...
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Julia on April 24, 2006 08:21 AM EST writes:
Well, Benny. May God's Judgment weigh heavily upon you, too--and Peace!
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Benny Pilose on April 24, 2006 06:22 AM EST writes:
Whose the writer of this blog? With the show "God or the girl, the writer of this blog has some serious issues and unless you know the priest from Scranton (I'm from Scranton) don't Judge or Judgement will weigh heavily on you.
Peace
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Bob T on April 23, 2006 08:16 PM EST writes:
N7: Reality shows distort the "reality" they intend to capture because the camera shapes behavior as much as it reflects it. Do people being filmed speak and act in spite of the camera--or because of it? That's the problem with cinema verite.

So just consider what kind of "reality" could possibly be captured in a spiritual reality show like God or the Girl. To what extent can any of what you see be considered authentic? And for these guys, who are making life-altering spiritual decisions in front of millions, how authentic can any of that be for them? And if spirituality isn't about authenticity, then what is it about?

I can't believe you quoted Scripture ("faith without works is dead") to support this show. Fool! The quote urges hearers to put belief into practice; not to be sanctimonius asses and parade belief on TV!

Jesus urged against praying or fasting in public--like on friggin' reality TV!--saying they need to be done privately, not for show, in order to be real.
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N7 on April 23, 2006 02:47 PM EST writes:
What utter crap! Religion had better be a public manner, or it's not worth living (anyone heard of "Faith without works is dead"?)

Waiting until marriage to have sex isn't screwed-up, and neither is putting God first in one's life.

It's a great show that shows the humanity of those who are torn between "normal" life and the priestood. I'm not Catholic, and I still find it insightful and inspiring. I'm not a fan of the title, but it's the show that counts.

Good grief, though...how about someone without an axe to grind writing a review? I'm thoroughly dissapointed with this one.
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Ed Deluzain on April 18, 2006 07:50 PM EST writes:
I laughed out loud as I read this piece, and I could not agree more. Thanks. I've blogged about this show twice, and now I have this to link to.
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Dick Love on April 18, 2006 01:49 AM EST writes:
"God or the GIRL"? Huh? Hello!

I'm a former seminarian, and all I will say is this...Spend ten minutes at any Catholic seminary, and you'll realize that girls are not a factor in most priests' vocational calling. "God or the Guy"--now that's a reality show!
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Mary Beth Crain on April 18, 2006 12:36 AM EST writes:
Ellen's Comment

Ellen: Amen!
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Ellen H. on April 18, 2006 12:28 AM EST writes:
I watched some of this show because it looked interesting. But it turned out to be stupid beyond belief, and I finally had to change the channel.

I'm a Christian, and WWJD means something to me. What Would Jesus Do? Good question. But after seeing this program, I think a better question for *guys* considering the Catholic priesthood should be WWJND. What Would Jesus NOT Do?

Answer: Jesus would NOT act like these self-absorbed asshole priest wannabees appearing on A & E!

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Craig C. on April 17, 2006 09:15 PM EST writes:
Ha ha ha! I think...

Funny article. But I can't decide whether I'm more amused or disturbed by this show. Is this where the heads of Catholic seminarians is at?

Sadly, I don't doubt it. It's all so plausible. I know some guys who want to be priests, and this isn't too far off the mark. I just never put it all together in quite the way this show does. Fascinating!

The only difference is the guys I know are gay. They'd deny it, of course. But as they say, it takes one to know one. Well, I know several...
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Pope Innocent-Not on April 17, 2006 08:56 PM EST writes:
What about girl clergy?

I did see the advert, and wondered why it wasn't called "God or the Guy?" Hetrosexist gar-bage.

Oh, by the way, in case popular culture might have forgotten, there are actually women in ministry, but with the incredible level of sexism that is deemed acceptable for profession of (even) protestant ministry, it would make for stories that many in a prejudiced "reality show" audience just wouldn't "get"!

"The Vicar" comes pretty close, I 'spose.
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Maggie on April 17, 2006 07:42 PM EST writes:
God or the Girl

Amen, amen, and amen. It's all about the guys. God is a distant second, and the girls are just plain wasting their time with these self-involved guys. Thanks for a truthful review.
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Greg on April 17, 2006 03:14 PM EST writes:
Great review. Makes me actually want to watch this show, just for kicks. "God or the Girl," a cult hit. Who'd think?
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