Roasting the pastor

Roasting the pastor

As I read this, I kept asking myself, “Is this ... appropriate?” Okay, a roast for your pastor sounds like fun, but there’s a fin line to be trod, especially when a reporter for one of the two major newspapers in your nearest metropolis is present.

The diner was to honor Fr. Stephen Josoma, dear friend of the apostate Fr. Ron Coyne (Okay, I don’t know if he’s an apostate, but he’s certainly a denier of the oldest and fundamental Christian teachings) and pastor of St. Susannah’s parish in Dedham, due to be closed. Anyway, he was named man of the year by the local newspaper for defying the Church and generally making asinine comments about parish closings, the Scandals, and his superiors.

Let’s get a taste of the “humor” in this roasting.

The mood was set when the audience roared for the third option, and for the next two hours the roasters kept it up with jokes about Law, his successor, Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley, and, of course, the man of the year himself.

Ah yes, how amusing. How droll. It’s one thing to have valid criticism, but this seems to ride very close to the line of inappropriate public disobedience by a priest of the archdiocese. Remember the vow they take about obedience?

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli