Saturday, July 12, 2008

"Joel Osteen Oxposed" (YouTube)

Joel Osteen is a successful young maverick evangelist, preacher, writer, and self-promoter. He preaches in a mega-church with a congregation of 20,000 people. He's fabulously wealthy. He preaches positive sermons that "encourage" people and avoid the negativism of judging. And, as the YouTube clip shows, he's been on Dave Letterman.

Catholics might find this amusing, but they shouldn't laugh too hard. After all, the difference between Joel Osteen and many who presume to speak for the Catholic Church probably boils down to a difference of style more than anything. Vacuous banalities and imbecilic logic are, as much as we may be chagrined to admit it, the stock in trade of both.

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