A New Way To Attract Vocations – Or Not?

A New Way To Attract Vocations – Or Not?

A priest sent me several videos similar to the above, showing priests, religious, laity, having great fun, participating in the “Jerusalma challenge” – one even includes some dancing in the sanctuary.

Simply put, the Jerusalema challenge is a dance. Those taking up the challenge perform a dance reel to the song Jerusalema, a gospel-influenced house song by South African producer Master KG and performed by singer-songwriter Nomcebo.

The comments on the YouTube platform are full of praise – most think this sort of thing is “amazing”.  One writes:

The song, “JERUSALEMA” , a unifying factor beyond a reasonable doubt, creeping through political differences, cultural barriers, as well as, religious/faith schools of thought in diversity on the planet.

It’s really not my kinda thing and I’ve just asked one young girl if watching the above video would make her think seriously about religious life.  Answer: No!

Is there anybody out there who disagrees?

Comments (18)

  • westminsterfly

    Another day, another gimmick. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s offering . . .

    September 1, 2021 at 6:03 pm
    • editor


      Exactly right. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry watching that (and other) ridiculous performances. Obviously, these priests and religious have too much time on their hands. As the husband said to his wife when she threw the alarm clock at him 😀

      September 1, 2021 at 9:06 pm
  • Athanasius


    I hear on the news tonight that the SNP are introducing vaccine passports for all who wish to attend live social events like nightclubs, concerts and football matches. They have the audacity to call this unlawful coercion into vaccine experimentation “incentivising the young” when it is clearly a breach of every established law protecting human rights and freedom of conscience. We need a peaceful uprising in this country to rid it of these criminals in Holyrood. There certainly must come a legal challenge, hopefully heard by a judge who’s not owned! Shocking criminality disguised as concern for public wellbeing.

    September 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm
    • editor


      I heard that too, and it’s clearly just the beginning of full blown Communist governance in Scotland (and anywhere else it’s being introduced). Once these vaccine passports are in use for SOME venues, then they can extend using the excuse that it is something already part and parcel of everyday life. We are dealing with real evil. Nothing less.

      September 1, 2021 at 9:08 pm
      • Athanasius


        Yes, all law is now being trampled and no one has a word to say in opposition. Our politicians have turned rogue on their people. This vaccine passport business in internationally orchestrated to eradicate freedom and introduce permanent Communist governance. As I said yesterday, the majority of people are so stupid. Everything will be taken from the idiots before they begin to realise what’ happened, by which time it will be too late. Serves them right for being so utterly imbecilic and compliant under criminal politicians.

        September 1, 2021 at 10:00 pm
      • Josephine


        That is so true – by the time people realise that it’s not a “conspiracy theory” that we’re into living in a totalitarian state, it will be too late. But they won’t be that bothered. These idiots are happy being dictated to, that’s been the problem from the start. I read somewhere that the reason they closed down the playgrounds in Australia wasn’t because they didn’t want the children spreading the virus, but because they didn’t want the parents talking. This is the same everywhere. That’s what social distancing is all about, keeping the people from talking and sharing accurate information.

        September 2, 2021 at 8:17 am
  • Victor

    If kids wanna go dancing why would they need to take vows of religious life and perhaps live ascetically in an itchy robe and sandals? If everyone all over the world is doing this, how is this religious order set apart from the world for service of God? I heard a comment that the fastest growing religious orders are the most traditional ones which are faithful to the Magisterium and the Deposit of Faith, coincidentally they retain the outward sign of wearing habits as has always been done in history, while modernist orders are dying out. It is just clothes but it really makes a difference in getting people’s attention and conversation starter. It’s analogous to a plain clothes police detective trying to avoid suspicion in order to catch criminals. A religious has no need to hide and will suffer confrontations for the love of God, not for conformity to the world. Do clothes make one holy? And is it necessary for religious order? Aren’t all people – laity and clergy – called to holiness?

    I think this is related to the discussion about the validity of novus ordo when I was wondering about if it contains Real Presence of Jesus. I’ve also read that satanic black masses are “valid” because the celebrant really wants a consecrated host in order to desecrate it. Should I attend a black mass to receive Eucharist but not participate in any other rituals? Of course not. Is attending black mass same as attending novus ordo? Jesus said you cannot serve both God and mammon, i.e. the world.

    September 2, 2021 at 1:08 am
    • editor


      You’ve got it in one. If young people want to enjoy that side of life, they don’t need to become priests or religious.

      Why the vocations directors don’t grasp that, is beyond me.

      September 2, 2021 at 9:32 am
  • Josephine

    It really is unbelievable that priests and religious would participate in something so undignified. Don’t they realise how silly they look?

    I can’t believe any priest (or even lay person) would do this in the church sanctuary, as stated in the introduction. How times have changed.

    No, this sort of nonsense won’t attract vocations – not true ones.

    September 2, 2021 at 8:14 am
    • editor


      Here’s the one with some dancing in the sanctuary. Incredible.

      What gets me is, they’ve obviously practised all this nonsense, which suggests – among other things – they’ve far too much time on their hands.

      September 2, 2021 at 9:29 am
  • gabriel syme

    This kind of pathetic nonsense is dredged up every so often, as if to remind us how “cool” the clergy are.

    I can think back and identify several key events which helped me see the novus ordo for what it is.

    One of them related to nonsense like this. I attended a Mass in a hospital and at one stage the priest had the congregation arranged standing in circle and clapping rhythmically as he danced in the centre of the circle.

    I remember being aghast and looking around at the room doorway and window, to check that no-one was watching us. It then struck me that my reaction was prompted because had someone – even a total stranger – been looking in at the proceedings, I would have felt ashamed to have been seen at this.

    The recognition that the antics of the clergy can succeed in turning Holy Mass into a source of embarrassment was profoundly saddening.

    I actually liked the priest involved as an individual, he was a nice and kindly man. He had a great depth of love and care for the hospital patients. But, in his view – common in modern clergy – Mass seemed to be a trivial kind of “play time”, more than anything else.

    Another time he started adlibbing the scripture readings (I knew because I had already been to a Mass that weekend) and changed an expression of our unworthiness before God into some sickly sweet expression of trying to be the best you can be.

    September 2, 2021 at 10:18 am
    • Theresa Rose

      Sad to say, but these priests and religious look ridiculous. Just as well as it is not an international dance contest, which begs the question would they get naught points? Am sure some of the monks would priests, had they no time to hear a confession or two?

      In is strange that watching these prancing religious, reminded me of a thread in 2019. I cannot remember the exact title of the thread, but, there was a link posted of two men, semi nude, dancing within the Sanctuary of a Catholic Church in Montreal. And this incident was Sacrilegious. This is one of the saddest things I have seen. I wonder what reparation was made, hopefully there was.


      September 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm
      • editor

        Theresa Rose,

        I agree – they all look ridiculous. Utterly.

        As for that Lifesitenews link – I well remember that shocking scandal. Beyond unbelievable.

        September 3, 2021 at 9:58 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      I can empathise with your embarrassment. That must have been horrendous. Bad enough to see that sort of nonsense on video, but to be present when it’s happening… God help us!

      Your closing comment reminds me of a ridiculous sermon I heard years ago on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. The priest began by telling us it’s a difficult subject to preach about and then reduced its meaning and significance to the hardly breaking news that we each have an obligation to work to get to Heaven!

      Which in turn reminds me of another sermon on the Feast of the Holy Trinity when the priest said that it’s just too difficult to preach about the Trinity so he was going to preach about something else.

      Well, that’s one way to deal with the difficulties of life, I suppose 😀

      September 3, 2021 at 10:03 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I think this “challenge” will definitely result in many more vocations – to the fruitcake brigade.

    September 2, 2021 at 2:19 pm
    • Lily

      RCA Victor,

      So true, LOL!

      Here’s a joke about a cake that walks into a bar and orders a drink.

      After a while he notices everyone’s been staring at him since he walked in the door. He asks the barman, “what’s everyone’s problem?”

      The barman says, “If I were you I’d get the hell out if here… Looks to me like everyone wants a piece of you!”

      “That’s nothing mate”, replies the cake, “I’ve taken on hundreds and thousands before, these guys would be a piece of cake. Their half baked attempts wouldn’t get a rise out of me. I’m no cupcake, and they’ll be in teirs after I batter those fruitcakes. I think it’s a trifle rude that you’re making cake puns while I’m still here. Call the cops if you like, it’ll be the icing on the cake, I’ve been in custardy before, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Just let me finish my drink, I’ll be scone before you know it.”

      “I’m sorry”, says the barman, “Thanks for pudding up with me”.


      September 2, 2021 at 2:51 pm
      • editor


        Great joke!

        September 3, 2021 at 9:57 pm
  • editor

    I stumbled across this “dance” and after the first few minutes or so, fast forwarded to near the end where I thought I’d been transported to an airport…
    Watch for the first few minutes and when you can’t stomach any more, scroll to 4.47 – you will not believe your eyes. I suspect it’s a blessing that it’s not in English…

    September 11, 2021 at 6:29 pm

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