As you probably know, dear reader, I’m not Catholic, nor am I particularly religious. If you are Catholic, therefore, I wish to apologize in advance if you’re offended by how gut-bustingly ridiculous I find this (A1! above the fold!) article that appeared in today’s Providence Journal:
The Rev. Joseph Creedon, who has led Christ the King Church for nearly three decades, had forbidden Bailee, and all First Communion recipients, from wearing white.
But he relented yesterday, agreeing to let Bailee receive her First Communion with a sweater covering her dress.
His requirements are that she â€œdisguises the white dress with a blue sweater,â€ he said, and that her mother, Christine Cota, attend Mass regularly. His change of heart, he said, was guided by prayer.
Father Creedon ended a phone conversation with a reporter abruptly by hanging up when asked to explain his objections to white.
The article is great because it has the form and structure of a news article while being, in actuality, a “no, seriously?” story about a hilariously petty man.
I wonder if it says something about the ProJo or its readership that the in-depth reporting on the tense negotiations over what a seven-year-old may or may not wear to church got higher front-page placement than this article. Seriously, I feel like I’ve been punked.