Monday, March 31, 2008

Truth Is Stranger #75: Fantasize Being Buried Alive To Relieve Stress

File under "Friends don't let friends become Christian ministers with a half-baked sense of Freud and 'psychology baptized'":

BERLIN (Reuters) - A vicar in Germany who had the novel idea of helping parishioners escape the stresses and strains of daily life by letting them lie in an open grave was upset when intrusive journalists spoiled the atmosphere.

"I meant it as a meditative exercise," pastor Thorsten Nolting told Reuters. "I wanted people to think about what weighs on them down in the darkness and gather the energy to resist it."

Nolting, from the western German city of Duesseldorf, said his plan went "horribly wrong" when journalists' persistent questioning as parishioners were "laid to rest" earlier this week ruined the serenity of the occasion....

Sure, media questions ruined the serenity. That and the hollow, strained scream of a man who realized his minister may be a soggy fruit loop.

Full story here.

7 comments:

Athanasius contra mundum said...

I'd rather meditate in bed.

Irenaeus said...

Gott in Himmel, das ist eigentlich in meinem Vaterland passiert...scheisse. I apologize on behalf of my Teutonic brethren and sistren for such nonsense. Of course, if I'm reading the story rightly, the guy's a prot and so we shouldn't be surprised.

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

YIKES!

The Ironic Catholic said...

Irenaeus, let's be honest--there are sufficient # of nutcases on "either side of the aisle" of Christianity. Plus there are Protestant readers of the blog who I consider friends and brothers and sisters in Christ....

I appreciate the rant in Deutsch, though....Ja wohl....

Allen said...

The reporter who was still shaking twenty minutes later after a mere seven minutes in the pit seems to really need the hope of resurrection provided by the Gospel. Unfortunately, this exercise will likely hinder his hearing of it.

Call me morbid, but I think the exercise (sans reporters) sounds delightful--so long as it's not raining.

Irenaeus said...

Ja, you're right. I was thinking of clown masses and certain Jesuits I know as I was typing the comment...of course, when it happens in the Catholic church it's nonsense. When it happens in Prot churches, in my experience, it's business as usual...

CMinor said...

Such language, Irenaeus!

Then again, there was the old monastic practice of sleeping in your own coffin.

Which is one of several reasons I'd never make it as a nun.