Monday, October 5, 2015

10 Rock and Roll Selections For the Synod On the Family

Looking forward to it, man!

This is a repost. We ran it back on March 14 in honor of the First Synod. A few words have been changed.

The Synod on the Family. It's back. And after that, the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We know what that means. Or do we?

I thought I would pick ten songs that are appropriate for what is to come. With two exceptions they're not technically Christian songs, and a Christian viewer advisory is recommended for the video of at least one of them. But I'm fond of them, and for better or worse, in their different ways they fit.

1. The Rolling Stones: Mercy, Mercy. This is an obvious pick. Though, of course for those of us who look on the Synod with fear and trepidation, it has a another meaning from what Pope Francis intended. The clip is vintage early Stones. For those who like their Stones more 70's-ish, see here.

2. REM: It's the End of the World as We Know It. Also for those Catholics who look at what's coming as potentially a kind of turning point (in a bad way).

3. Sister Sledge: We are Family. Another obvious one. This song is filled with joy.

4. The Clash: I Fought the Law. We know they weren't talking about the law of You Know Who, but if you interpret it that way, it nicely describes what Cardinal Kasper (and his boss?) are doing. Note who wins, however.

5. Nirvana: They Hung Him on a Cross. A good reminder.

6. Squeeze: The Cigarette of a Single Man. Life without marriage, or that's how I interpret it. You can afford to buy a lot of compact discs, though. Takeaway lyric: "What you got to go home to?"

7. Madness: Our House. This could be the theme song of any large Catholic family. "Our house it has a crowd. There's always something happening and it's usually quite loud."

8. Brittany Spears: Toxic. You might not like her and you might not like the song (though I think the melody and beat are catchy). But who can argue that the title doesn't perfectly describe the coming gathering? "I took a sip from the devil's cup..." And who can deny that her sort of "family values" appear to be winning? Warning: gyrations.

9. The Minutemen: Jesus and Tequila. For what's to come, we'll need Him. But the second item of the title may come in handy as well. We also featured this to honor our fallen Catholic comrade, Mel Gibson. Jesus and Tequila is his favorite song. Warning: graphic graininess.

10. Elvis Presley: Amazing Grace. We'll need generous amounts of this as well.


  1. Leonard Cohen’s "The Future”

  2. Hope this one doesn't turn out to be appropriate:

    But can't you picture Cardinal Kasper et. al. singing:

    "Don't need reason
    Don't need rhyme
    Ain't nothin' that I'd rather do
    Goin' down
    Party time
    My friends are gonna be there too"

  3. Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones.

    Seattle Kim

  4. Thank you for the suggestions! Now I'll have to have a Part II.

  5. My Generation, by the Who. The 68ers, now rounding their 80s but still the same.

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