I was flicking by TLC and noticed a show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” and when I caught wind of the word Catholic I had to watch. I sat watching in disbelief over what they say is cultural, but really seems to be making a mockery of the Catholic Faith. Don’t get me wrong, I realize it’s just a glimpse into their lives, but the half naked show girl dancing of these young girls etc., the disrespect shown by the young men who go through some ritual of “grabbing” the young girls to initiate a possible kiss and subsequent court ship type thing just leaves one wondering what they’ve been taught about Christ like behavior.
There is basically a First Communion exploitation of 6 and 7 year old girls wearing ridiculous strapless dresses that literally weigh two times their body weight that they can seriously barely walk in (sometimes needing to actually be carried) and that tear and scar their skin. Following the Mass comes the receptions where these same little girls basically dance like miniature show girls in very skimpy two piece outfits. Hardly what we would hope for those who have just received Jesus for the first time.
Then the weddings consist of 16 and 17 year olds, some which laughed all the way through their entire vows, wearing similar dresses to those of the First Communion ones mentioned above only with 2 foot wide slits all the way up to their waist. Again dresses that rip and tear their skin because of the weight of them.
I just can’t even begin to believe these couples have received adequate pre-marital classes. I admit that it seems they do stay married for a life time (which is more than many can say) and I understand that sometimes it is hard for outsiders such as myself to understand other cultures, but there seemed to be NO respect for the sacraments they were receiving on these days.
I guess it just bothers me that they say that over 10 million people have watched these episodes and this is the view that many are getting of the Catholic Church, the Sacraments and our Priests.