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Friday, May 02, 2008

The Catholic Time Machine


Those of a certain age will recall a TV program produced by legendary sci-fi schlock producer Irwin Allen called "The Time Tunnel." Lasting but one season and canceled in 1967, it told the tale of two intrepid heroes who, via a malfunctioning machine with a twirly thingy painted on it, manage to go astray in the chronological mists and are doomed to "tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure somewhere along the infinite corridors of time (brought to you by Kent, with the exclusive Micronite Filter™)."

Your Bloviator is mindful of this endearing bit of 'sixties ephemera and time travel after being made aware of, to his absolute astonishment (thanks to Uncle Diogenes), the existence of a real time machine, one that will efficiently and with minimum fuss transport its users back to an earlier age. This wondrous device is known as the Catholic Action Network. Through the technological marvel of the hyperlink, a mere click of the mouse will whisk you to a magical world where it is perpetually 1967 and forever the Summer of Love. Feel the pangs of nostalgia (if you are old enough) as you check out the tempting array of activist offerings on the CAN website: "Justice for Women in the Catholic Church; International Justice & Peace; Working for Social Justice in the Catholic Church; and Spirituality & Justice." What a perfect primer for the young activist-to-be as well as a vital tune-up for the seasoned veteran of the protest march.

Perhaps, however, the pièce de résistance of the CAN website is the page featuring photos from the their 2nd Annual Hootenanny (yep, hootenanny: you read that right), replete with guitars, bongos and folksingers. And while observant viewers may notice an awful lot of graybeards among the participants (alas, the otherwise marvelous CAN time machine seems unable to thwart the effects of aging on those at least as old as your Bloviator), their youthful vigor cannot be denied. You can almost hear the lusty shouts of "HO HO HO CHI MINH, THE NLF IS GONNA WIN!"

A splendid thing, the Catholic Action Network: it effectively disproves Mr. G. B. Shaw's adage that youth is wasted on the young.

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