Super Bowl

Robert E. Ritchie

Dear Rev. Fr. Novotny,

If you are planning to watch the Super Bowl, please take a moment to read my concern with it.

In this Fatima Centennial, I need to ask you to do a small sacrifice for Our Lady.
As you and I know, the Super Bowl is the most-watched television show in the country. As the premier sports event viewed by tens of millions of Americans, it should reflect the nation and its values.

But Jerry, that is not what is happening this year. In fact, for some years now, the organizers of the event have featured performers who send a message representing the most radical anti-family lifestyles and immoral fashions. This year’s choice is especially unfortunate with Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga will be featured as the principal performer for 12-minutes during the halftime show this Sunday. The pop star is an outspoken advocate of same-sex “marriage” and the LGBT agenda.

Pledge to say a Rosary during halftime

Her music and dancers typically represent all that is dark, immoral and bizarre on the pop scene. Moreover, she is expected to politicize her show by using it to criticize the new administration.

Lady Gaga has not shied away from using sexualized, sacrilegious Catholic imagery in her music and criticized the Catholic Church.

The fact that she will be given this most coveted platform for free to deliver her message is a good reason not to watch the half-time show.

Another concern and a good reason to turn off the show during halftime is that the nation is polarized and featuring her on this show only creates useless divisions that weaken the nation. It makes no sense to put someone on the stage who ridicules the beliefs, morals and political choices of a sizeable part of the population.

(Pledge a Rosary during halftime)

America faces major challenges in the days ahead. The Super Bowl should be a clash of teams not moralities. This most important unifying event should serve to unite the nation not divide it.

I am sure you will agree with me that the purpose of entertainment is to provide wholesome repose amid the daily trials and hardships of life. Entertainment should not be hijacked to promote a radical agenda that works against those values and institutions that made America great. It’s not just a show. People need to be consistent in aligning their morals with their entertainment choices.

It is time to stop turning this sporting event into a political statement. After the second quarter, people should exercise their right to turn off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. It has no place in the Super Bowl. It sends the wrong message to the nation.

My dear friend, please join me. Let us honor Our Lady of Fatima in this Her Centennial year, turn off the show during halftime and say a Rosary for America.

God bless you, and God bless America!

I remain your friend,
In Jesus and Mary,

Robert E. Ritchie

Robert E. Ritchie
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