Man Who Didn’t Applaud After Homily Called To Front Of Church To Answer For Himself

November 29, 2017 by  
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Longtime parishioner of St. Gertrude Catholic Church Stewart Donaldson is being accused of insensitivity and for “not being a team player” after he was seen not clapping after the church’s pastor concluded his homily last Sunday.

Donaldson’s refusal to applaud after the homily was seen by many in the parish, including Fr. James Thomas who delivered the homily, as a slap in the face. Donaldson was subsequently called to the front of the church to answer for himself.

Parish council members that were present at the Mass have denounced what they are calling Donaldson’s silent protest of the church and of Father Thomas in particular.

“Fr. Thomas gave a wonderful homily about community and coming together as one family,” said one member of the parish council, Maria Forte. “His refusal to clap was basically him saying ‘To hell with this community—to hell with coming together.’ So when he was called to the front, everyone was obviously really angry him. Remember—this is the same guy who doesn’t applaud for the church band when Mass is over, so he’s clearly insane. That’s the reason we ended up not even giving him the opportunity to answer for himself.”

“People were shouting and throwing hymnals at him,” said parishioner Tabitha Joans. “He was very lucky to only be banned from ever entering the church. Could’ve been a lot worse. And poor Fr. Thomas has been a mess ever since Sunday. He’s so self-conscious now that he says he won’t ever deliver a homily again.”

  • FatherWagner

    Pfff.. Fr Thomas is a lightweight. When someone doesn’t clap for my homily (or tell me after mass that it changed their life), I just go in and secretly increase their EFT by one dollar.

    The church has made millions.

    • Monk

      “If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” — Luke 16:11
      Are you a pastor? If not, you should be made one without delay.

      • FatherWagner

        I’m a double pastor! TWO churches! Next month I’m gong to reintroduce indulgences.

        • Xeek

          I don’t clap and I don’t do that electronic money stuff MY dollar goes into the envelope But, hey, do you need any help counting all the collection money?

        • aelfheld

          “Sobald der Pfennig im Kasten klingt, die Selle aus dem Fegfeuer springt.”

          • FatherWagner

            Ha! I had to look that one up!

          • soulshepherdess, STS

            I didn’t, but then again, I’m Lutheran. As for upping the EFTs — well played, Father. Well played, says the Rev. Dr. Soulshepherdess. Well played.

          • FatherWagner

            Of course, with 500 years of inflation, it costs WAY more than a penny to get your loved ones out of purgatory.

            We now have payment plans and layaway options available.

          • soulshepherdess, STS

            Indulgences, you say?

          • VeilOfTiers

            Layaway…. Argh!

          • pat

            “As soon as the coin in the kettle rings. the soul to heaven springs?”

          • Heinz

            I’ve seen this typo before.
            There is no word “Selle”, but maybe you mean “Sobald der Pfennig im Kasten klingt, der Sellerie in den Himmel springt.” (which is the original quote from Tetzel).

            What is controverse about that, I don’t know. I find it very uplifting to be able to help my celery in the afterlife.

          • aelfheld

            I copied that. Outside of knowing how to say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ I’ve no German.

        • Casper

          How about proclaiming yourself as the Holy Roman Emperor – – thought of that yet?

          • FatherWagner

            I’m entirely too humble to proclaim myself Holy Roman Emperor

      • Frank Hammond

        Father Josh is a great Pastor! He has two very challenging parishes in the inter-city of Columbus, OH.

    • Casper

      Well, there’s the obvious reason I won’t give the RCC free access to my bank account.

      • FatherWagner

        I hope you know I’m kidding! Lol

        • Casper

          um…yeah. I’m writing my checks out now…

  • Ed Morrissey

    Come on, this is obviously fake. Everyone knows you only get shunned for not applauding the rock band at the end of the recessional.

    • William of Orange

      Love those worship groups. Especially the ones that play countrified inspirational music. It’s like country-rock, or ‘crock’.

    • Frank Hammond

      We have moved on to a Jazz Combo along with an ear splitting Bass Guitar.

      • Rose Lincoln

        Isn’t there an organ named after you?

        • HermitTalker

          Reminds me of the old Streaker joke- ran into a church and was caught be the organ.

          • VeilOfTiers

            LOL I’m glad someone read that the way I did, even if it was you! 🙂

        • Frank Hammond

          Yes – the Hammond B3 was invented to replace the massive pipe organs in churches – instead it became a standard for Jazz Combo’s – Listen to Booker T and the MG’s – very close to our current parish “choir”

  • William of Orange

    Very unwelcoming. Many priests would feel threatened by such micro-aggressive behaviour. I hope this priest had a safe space to where he can retreat.

    • soulshepherdess, STS

      Father James Thomas Snowflake.

    • Maggie

      Someone get Father a coloring book–quickly, now!

    • SJ Man

      …and with a quinoa and kale smoothie…….

  • HermitTalker

    Bitcoins now for me. They are up to nine thousand each. May give half to Francis Bishop of Rome, besieged by Right Wing heretics and R. Arroyo’s Papal Pissy Three Stooges; a quarter to POTUS Trump for psychiatry sessions to tone down his Tweets. Buy a Potter’s Field to bury the Democratic Party. Rest for a defence fund for accused politicians and journalists,

  • 2ID Doc

    Never hire a music director who minor in performance music. The collection takes longer than the communion line & of course all verses have to be sung no matter what…when Father sits down to wait you know it’s bad. The pastor shuffled her off to another parish, I hope that appreciate 2 hour Masses.

    • Heinz

      The orthodox do. They have a lot of singing as well.
      Albeit not jazz or country.

      • HermitTalker

        I revert to some early lessons and ask what is the sound of one hand clapping; and a later irreverence clap for crap and the prayer let us pray for those who are sick of our parish. Not the best wording..

        • VeilOfTiers

          In my parish its traditional to clap with one hand. A workable compromise don’t you think? Our musicians also play air guitar while the choir mimes the hymns.

          • More Tea Vicar?

            LOL! Good one.

          • HermitTalker

            Weird Sir as the Peanuts girl said to her female teacher

    • More Tea Vicar?

      Tell me about it. *sigh!*

  • Hotrod1962

    Stone him, plain and simple……..St. Stephen learned the hard way……when an apostle preaches, you better applaud (and an occasional “whoop whoop” won’t hurt).

    • Deacon Jack

      The “whoop whoop” is especially appreciated!

      • Hotrod1962

        The apostles learned this directly from our Lord. It was known that a “whoop whoop” from the crowd during a sermon was particularly appealing to Jesus.

        • William of Orange

          There were no Bic lighters to hold up. But, if there were….

          • Hotrod1962

            Actually, Matthew left out the “whoop whoops” shouted by the crowd during the Sermon on the Mount. I guess at the end of the 1st century “whoop whoops” were out of fashion, so he cut them out.
            Very sad.

  • T_W_S

    This has to fiction. People are expected to applaud a sermon??? And if they don’t, they’re hauled up in front of the congregation who then throw missals at them? Where does this happen? I’m Catholic and I’ve never heard of this kind of thing.

    • pat

      They have to interrogate him to make sure he’s not an undercover traditionalist. I mean not applauding at the pep rally… what’s up with that?

    • Mark Meuer

      This whole site is satirical fiction, T_W_S. It is meant to be funny.

    • DonnaRuth

      I am not sure if T-W-S is offering more satire, but if it isn’t satire, then please know there is applause expected each week in many parishes: for the funds for the new roof, for the baptized babies, for a good postlude by the organist, for a good “performance” by the choir, for the Cemetery Board which gives a presentation right after Holy Communion, for the Catechism kids who showed up, for us for just showing up, and for the parish cat who gave birth to four cuddly kittens. Well, maybe not the parish cat, but applause is solicited for all the rest. One begins to feel like a member of the audience at a variety show. But for those of us who are really there to worship God, we DO give thanks to Jesus who actually showed up in a most profound way. Deo gratias.

      • Hotrod1962

        Never saw this as satire since at my parish, after a sermon, we raise thumbs up or thumbs down.
        Really makes Father stay on the ball. I think that’s why Father Bill left.

        • HermitTalker

          How superficially light weight contemporary post- Christian fluff.

          • Hotrod1962

            Why thank you !

          • HermitTalker

            Most welcome. I like my Satire

  • ihmhermit

    This was obviously a dirty underhanded Traditionalist set-up to deprive the parish of Father’s communist, er I mean community-building homilies. Trads are getting sneakier by the day.

  • Ei Cerkllor

    I don’t clap.
    But this is funny.
    I usually pray, thanking God for the people who have given their time and talents.
    I hope this trend of clapping goes away.
    Can you also do a story on turning the Prayers of the Faithful into a joke?
    I don’t respond “Lord hear our prayer” to jokes at Mass…
    Or political jabs either during the Prayers of the Faithful.
    I don’t see how this is reverent in the sacrifice of the Mass.???

    • More Tea Vicar?

      AMEN, sister! I know EOTT is satire – however, it comes to a pretty pass when satire becomes the real thing.

      YIKES!

      I can’t stand the ‘Prayers of the Faithful’ bit because it has been getting more about SJW stuff, too! I wish they’d shut the heck up. I also think The Sign of Peace is cringe-worthy, too.
      Last week, the priest at my local Church of Naff wished a happy birthday to one of the parish regulars and wanted us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. I kept my mouth firmly shut. There’s a time and a place for that kind of thing … not at Mass.

      There’s none of that kind of carry-on at a Latin Mass. Ever since my fiancé died (RIP), I’ve not been able to go as I have life-limiting health conditions.

      • Jules Tempest

        The priest started up Happy Birthday to one of the parish regulars during Mass in my local parish – I walked/ran out of the Church and managed to get to the door before the singing ended.

        I have a new method of dealing with the sign of peace – I keep my eyes shut and my hands together in prayer. It worked a treat last week as it was effective in stopping anyone from grabbing my hand as people feel obliged to do if I only keep my eyes shut.

  • Kevin Leclerc

    It had to be a Fake ‘ Novus Ordo ” Catholic Church Mass ” ‘ !!! Pope Pius V, Promulgated The Pre-Vatican II Mass !!! Therefore, No One…. Future Popes or Councils Can EVER Change It !!!!!!!!!!! But Vatican II DID !!!!!! In fact, According to Canon Law, You Can NOT Even Hold Another Council, Until The Last Council Has Been Closed, First !!! Well, Vatican I Was Not Closed Yet, And They Breached Vatican I with Vatican II !!!!!!!!!!!! It Can NOT BE DONE !!! Therefore, Only The Council of Trent IS VALID !!!!!…………………… <3 <3 Amen <3 <3 !!! !

    • The Rururr Jururr

      Marcel Lefebvre: “I’m so sick of the episcopate, I’m going to start my own ordinariate, one that rejects magisterial authority but doesn’t brazenly preach sedevacantism!”

      Clarence Kelly: “Oh, really? Hold my beer.”

      • Kevin Leclerc

        This Was The Real Third Message of ‘ Fatima and La Sallett ‘ The Vatican II Council Laced With Man’s WANTS NOT NEEDS… It is Chapter 10 of Revelation, Looked Sweet from a Glance but Sours as it is Liberalism and Modernism !!!!!! No One Can or Will Distort GOD as HE is Eternally Perfect, Eternally The Same And Never Budges or Sways … HE IS ALL POWERFUL !!! TRADITIONAL As HIS BRIDE, THE CHURCH MUST BE, STAY AND REMAIN !!!!!!!!! Satan,THE VERY FIRST LIBERAL Wants us To Follow in His Footsteps to HELL !!!!!!!! ROME Has Indeed Fallen, and Has Become The Seat of Antichrist !!!!! Just as Our Blessed Immaculate Mother And Queen Mary Forewarned US OF !!!!! <3 <3 Amen <3 <3 !!! !
        It had to be a Fake ' Novus Ordo " Catholic Church Mass " ' !!! Pope Pius V, Promulgated The Pre-Vatican II Mass !!! Therefore, No One…. Future Popes or Councils Can EVER Change It !!!!!!!!!!! But Vatican II DID !!!!!! In fact, According to Canon Law, You Can NOT Even Hold Another Council, Until The Last Council Has Been Closed, First !!! Well, Vatican I Was Not Closed Yet, And They Breached Vatican I with Vatican II !!!!!!!!!!!! It Can NOT BE DONE !!! Therefore, Only The Council of Trent IS VALID !!!!!…………………… <3 <3 Amen <3 <3 !!! !

        • KJL

          Isn’t there a Converse Exclamation Point theory somewhere. It may have automatically morphed into law by sheer volume of proof.

          The rationality of an argument is conversely proportional to the number of exclamation points used,

          You sir have violated that law to the nth degree. And then followed that up with the tacky practice of upvoting your own post. Made quite obvious as you are the only one that has upvoted it.

          • Monk

            I beilieve the proper term is “inversely proportional”. Math is important. The Math has to be valid in order to fulfill the precept.

          • KJL

            My most grievous fault, you are correct.

  • Antranik Ardziv

    Another day in the life in the apostate “Vatican 2” Novus Ordo sect.

  • More Tea Vicar?

    I don’t go to Mass to get the clap … I keep my hands to myself.

    • pat

      you don’t participate in the sign of peace? And they let you back in?

    • William of Orange

      I agree totally. I wear rubber gloves just to be safe at Church.

  • Honestly, I don’t like it when people clap in church, unless it’s specifically a function outside of Mass. As far as an Applause for a homily, the only time I can remember hearing someone applaud a homily, was when I was watching a video on YouTube, and the homily was good, but I’ve seen good homilies in person, where no one clapped. So I’m confused by that logic. Then again, I’m not the one who writes the rubrics for the Mass, and thank goodness, because y’all would be very confused if it were me, because I would have no idea what I was doing..

    • pat

      Rubrics are optional. Clapping is not.