joke alert: eye of the tiber
uh oh, there’s a new kid in town.
it looks like with the curt jester’s apparent retirement from actually being funny, and with most of the jokesters at the “national catholic reporter” out with hip replacement surgery the past few weeks, there was an opening in the dangerous modernist humor blog department.
suffice it to say, with the arrival of onion-y upstart “eye of the tiber,” the position has been filled.
what’s there to be worried about? well i’ll tell you.
first, the name, “eye of the tiber,” it’s like a bad pun from a Scott Hahn book. it screams irreverence of the novus ordo sort, it’s in bad taste, and it makes no sense. the name is no doubt taken from the 1986 movie “eye of the tiger,” starring the always amazing Gary Busey, but frankly i don’t see how they are connected. whatever.
second, the site LIES all the time, and not even for reason good enough to get defended by First Things, but simply for the sake of humorosity! recent headlines, which i feel rather confident are false, include:
- “Pope decries ‘bad fish’ in church, or maybe that Applebee’s shrimp cocktail”
- “Nashville Catholics excited, confused over ‘Year of Faith Hill'”
- “Opus Dei to make movie about founder that actually makes sense”
- “Vatican acknowledges magisterial authority claimed by Catholic blogger”
- “USCCB to create committee to determine purpose of USCCB committees”
- “New, straight pastor doesn’t dress as snappily, parishioners say”
- “SSPX sect not anti-semitic, claims best friend is Jewish”
- “‘Eye of the Tiber’ leaves readers laughing, wishing they had thought of that”
third, based on the comments and the “likes” on facebook, people find the site to be genuinely funny, and i’m worried that it might lead a lot of people astray.
remember: real catholics don’t laugh.