Skip to comments."Ale Mary" Dive Bar Uses Monstrance and Chalices for Drunken Revelries
Posted on 03/26/2012 1:38:33 PM PDT by NYer
Edit: A definition from Wikipedia is useful here: Blasphemy is irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things. Some countries have laws to punish blasphemy, while others have laws to give recourse to those who are offended by blasphemy.
[Fell's Point, Baltimore, MD] There was a show called "Cheers" on television years ago. It was bawdy and vulgar yet there were some borders it was not safe to pass in the early 80s when the show first aired. It depicted a homey place, reminiscent of an unpretentious neighborhood bar with a hint of old world ambiance and Boston charm. The heavy wooden furniture and the bar spoke of permanence, elegance, and that favorite piety of secular artists, human dignity. It was not always clear who the show's buffoons were, but you knew them when you saw them, and sometimes, it was a comedic mailman who could be the most noble in the simplicity of his fears. Some other writer said something about irony being lost on a society which had no shame. That's why we'd like to wield a metaphorical hammer. Perhaps there are others who can put a better finish on the details of what we will tell.
|Satirical painting: priest displeased with Nun?|
All we can say is that sometimes evil is really mundane and some of us don't realize that we're not only bufoons needlessly offending people's religious sensibilities, but far worse than that, we're offending God. Even the name of the bar, a pun on the Blessed Mother's name seems calculated to be offensive.
|Would you like some candy?|
We're not talking about this place, but it's not far from Boston, but it boasts a similar unmistakable charm you'd expect in New England with friendly folks.
One of the features of the bar, and there are many, is its unmistakable Catholic ambiance. It's called, Ale Mary's and is located in Fell's point Maryland. One can just smell the faint aroma of the ocean as you think about it. The food is inexpensive, but if you're Catholic you might find it too expensive for the peace of your conscience to see the sacramental elements of your religion appear for the sake of decoration in peculiarly deliberate ways.
|Chalices Used for Holy Sacrifice Being Abused by Patrons|
It's not surprising, but it's not acceptable either that chalices which are used in Catholic Mass for the consecration of wine which becomes the blood of Christ, are used by patrons to drink (and get drunk from). They're made of precious metals, sometimes jewels, but their use in such a secular setting is strange and unsettling. No less than the inexplicable painting of a priest with a stole, looking aghast or in surprise at a nun who has her back to him.
The most disturbing thing in the restaurant is the monstrance which is behind the bar used as decoration. The monstrance is large ornate disk, often resembling the sun, which is surmounted in a long stand with a heavy base. It contains a crystal compartment at the center of the disk where a consecrated communion Host can be placed inside and it allows the priest to elevate the entire object by the stand for the veneration of the Sacrament it contains. Seeing this monstrance here in this bar, covered with mardigras beads and a mustached smiley face where the Host would normally be is a little bit like finding family heirlooms in the hands of people who not only use them for purposes for which they were never intended, but use them in disrespectful ways.
|Mustached Smiley Face Seems Particularly Malevolent|
We found out about this recently and the individual who sent this to us wrote an e-mail complaining about the display of these religious items and even offered to purchase them. Far from being treated with the respect she deserved, her concerns were met with derision.
Despite the bar owner claiming that no one cared about this clearly blasphemous display of religious artifacts, he asked her to remove an entry she made under the bar at a public site allowing comment on establishments.
As he berated our friend, the proprietor insisted as an argument to justify his sacrilege and disrespect for Catholic sacramentals, that there were even Bishops and priests who thought that his blasphemous inclusion of religious articles was comical and that there was nothing wrong with this display.
Apparently, there's some truth to what he says, because Catholic clergy, including senior, does frequent this place.
We'll be praying a Rosary in reparation for having seen this blasphemy. Hopefully, the proprietor can be persuaded to part with these items before word of this affects his business either spiritually or financially.
Give them a call:
Corner of Fleet & Washington Sts.
I never posted my opinion. I clearly stated that my posting was the conclusion of St. Paul and the Early Church Fathers. It is also the position held by 90% of all Christians that have ever lived.
The commandments were not meant to be read by lawyers to change their meaning. They were cut into stone tablets for all to see and obey.
Catholics omit the second commandment, and pretend that it doesn’t exist.
More nonsense to smoke-up the room.
Paul’s writing demolished the pagan alchemy of transsubstantiation. Live with it.
For starters, you need to re-read 1 Corinthians 11.
No one was suggesting that you play in childish games.
-—Pauls writing demolished the pagan alchemy of transsubstantiation. Live with it.-—
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,k that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.
A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.
And you apparently don’t realize that to a logical thinking believer, the scripture you post demolishes your position.
Catholics are amazing.
So that’s your objection?
That I refuse to play your game?
I’m not playing any games.
Discussing history and Biblical interpretation is not a game.
Yes - you’re playing the evil “Taking the definition of “literal” literally” Game - shame on you. Also nicely ironic of you....
Thank you. Although it can be expected of me, since, as a Catholic, I am amazing. Still not amazing enough to get the inflatable bouncing clown reference, though...
Then obviously you do not wear a goatee...
LOL! That must have gone right over your head.
-—And you apparently dont realize that to a logical thinking believer, the scripture you post demolishes your position.——
I see an assertion, but no argument.
Or a cheesy plastic imitation of one...
The posted scripture is my argument. No suggestion by Paul to inject any mumbo-jumbo satanic priest there between the believer and the bread; just a simple respectful commemoration of the Lord’s death. No magic cookie, no sun worshiper monstrance, just the way the Lord said.
You are indeed a Felix Culpa. The more outrageous you get, the better I feel when I forgive you.