St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Parish Blog.

Thoughts on the Bieb...

Posted by on in Life Issues
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 37563
  • 13 Comments
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

1132396_microphoneI always thought that ABBA was the apotheosis of pop music.  Apparently I am wrong – it’s Justin Bieber!

 

Believe you me; I do not have Bieber fever. 

 

I have been calling Tanya either “Babe” or “Baby” from the time we starting dating.  Justin Bieber’s superfluous overuse of the word ‘baby’ just makes me want to quit!  But then, I would be throwing the baby out with the bath water, wouldn’t I?

Since reading a Maclean’s article (March 7th, 2011 issue) entitled: “Stop Picking on Justin Bieber” I have taken a liking to the Bieb.

For one thing, he seems to be the underdog in certain circles.  The article makes reference to his attendance at a New York Knicks home game.  His face appeared briefly on the Jumbotron and the assembled crowd booed so loudly it threw both teams off.  What has this kid done to deserve being booed?  And this event is not an isolated one.  Apparently, Conan O’Brien couldn’t even mention his name without a negative reaction from his audience.

It’s important to note that time marches on and Justin Bieber will one day be an adult.  As such, if he expects to have a career in music marked by longevity, then he needs to learn to appeal to an older audience.  I am quite certain that those who have a vested interest in his success are working around the clock to facilitate such a transition, which brings me to why I have grown to appreciate this young 17 year old.

In an on-line interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the Bieb (who was raised in a Christian home) made a personal statement about being in favour of pro-life.  Not the most popular position in the world to be taking and especially in a magazine read around the globe! 

Was there a reaction?  You bet there was! 

Now it should be stated for the record that the Bieb did make a miss-step in the way he answered the question about abortion in the case of rape.  He told the reporter, “Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason.”  He then quickly added, “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

Of course, the media had a hay-day with it all.  Firstly, they cut the quote short by eliminating the line about not being in that position or being able to judge.  As a result, certain media personalities denounced this young man as one who blames victims of rape for their own predicament.

While I certainly agree that the Bieb did make a mistake in the way he answered the question, I have to come to his defense.

Let’s not forget that he just turned 17 this month.  I think we can give any young person the benefit of the doubt when they state something incorrectly, especially in an interview for a major music magazine. 

It certainly isn’t fair to cut the quote short.  It is obvious from the entire quote that he isn’t without compassion.  The media in this case reminds me of the Pharisees and Sadducees trying to trip our Lord up on a technicality!

As a Catholic, when was the last time you had to face hard critics for what you believe? 

I can honestly tell you that I haven’t had to face this sort of persecution and word twisting in many years! 

I have met many people (some have become friends) who do not share our Judeo-Christian ethic.  Once they found out I work for the Church, it seems as if they relaxed.  They expect me to have views that differ from theirs and so there is no real surprise when I make a statement that is either pro-life, pro-marriage or about natural family planning.  They just accept it, because I’m the church-guy.

In the end, I don’t really have to stand up for what I believe and here is a 17 year old taking it on the chin in this media saturated world.

I don’t like his music, I hope Ava doesn’t discover him too soon and beg to get one of his CDs, but I can’t help but respect him for taking a stand on such an important issue in such a public forum. 

He’s shown more courage than I have in a long time and I for one will not be booing the Bieb anytime soon.

 

Comments

  • Guest
    Brennan Esmeralda November 05, 2018

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then. I can say with surety that your words touch a lot of souls!

  • Guest
    Parker Edward March 09, 2019

    Students pick their references as well their word count by the writing service. However there are no options to select the grade they want and the subject list is very vague. https://topcanadianwriters.com/writemyessay-ca-review/

  • Guest
    jackiedavis351 March 31, 2019

    Yes, great US Military force. Also, in his post you have given a chance to listen about US Military. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing it.
    https://www.pearltrees.com/scottsmit/item252119682

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then.robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then.robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then.robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then.robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    This is surely one of the best catholic blogs I have ever seen. Since I provide coursework help online, I come across such blogs every now and then.robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    There is a best artistic in this post .robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    There is a best artistic in this post .robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    There is a best artistic in this post .robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    There is a best artistic in this post .robyn hilton- CraneFest

  • Guest
    CraneFest December 24, 2019

    There is a best artistic in this post .robyn hilton- CraneFest

Leave your comment

Guest February 22, 2020

From the Blogs

Prayer for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Disease
Lord, I pray today for the people who care for men and women with Alzheimer’s disease. You know how hard their work is, how scant their resources, and how heavy their burdens. Perhaps tending to the needs of ...
Continue Reading...
6 Facts about a Person with Dementia
We recently hosted the Alzheimer Society's Annual Coffee Break fundraiser. Thank you to everyone for your support. We saw this information called "6 Facts About a Person with&...
Continue Reading...

Mass and Liturgy Schedule

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday:  9:00 am – 12 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Office is closed for lunch from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm) 

Phone: (306) 343-0325

Fax: (306) 343-0900

 

Regular Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Summer Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 10:00 am

Weekday Masses: Tuesday thru Friday - 8:30 am

(Rosary ½ before weekday Masses)

 

Be Notified

Sign up to receive newsletters, and event notices.
captcha