This came up in the young adult group my wife and I are in. It seems to us – following the example of, say, G. K. Chesterton – that it can be perfectly acceptable to make jokes about religious matters. But obviously there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed. But where are those lines drawn?
For instance, does any mention of the name of Jesus in a joke constitute blasphemy? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says
“The Lord’s name is holy.” For this reason man must not abuse it. He must keep it in mind in silent, loving adoration. He will not introduce it into his own speech except to bless, praise, and glorify it (CCC 2143).
but this seems entirely contrasted against using the Lord’s name as a curse, or in a false promise and doesn’t mention the idea of telling jokes. Is it okay to tell a “So Jesus walks into a bar…”-joke?
If it is acceptable to tell such a joke – and I’ve definitely heard a few such jokes that seemed to me quite funny – then when would it be a blasphemy?