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Leonard Presentation Lacongress


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Richard Leonard, SJ speaks at LA Congress 2010

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Leonard Presentation Lacongress

  1. 1. I have run the race <br />I have fought the fight<br />I have won the prize which is Jesus<br />I have run the race <br />I have fought the fight<br />For he is our salvation, Jesus is our life. <br />
  2. 2. Sport = Inculturation<br /><ul><li>Top 10 rating TV programmes in 2009?
  3. 3. Top 20 all-time highest rating TV shows (per % of households)? </li></li></ul><li>The top ten TV shows of 2009<br />Super Bowl Steelers vs Cardinals <br />American Idol (Wednesday), Fox<br />American Idol (Tuesday), Fox<br />Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC<br />Sunday Night Football, NBC<br />Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday)<br />NCIS Los Angeles, CBS<br />NCIS, CBS<br />Monday Night Football, ESPN<br />Sunday Night Football Pre-kickoff, NBC<br />The Good Wife, CBS<br />
  4. 4. Top rating TV programmes of all time (per % of households)<br />The Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles 9 Feb 1964 <br />The Ed Sullivan Show: Elvis Presley9 Sept 1956<br />I Love Lucy: Lucy Goes to the Hospital 19 Jan 1953<br />M*A*S* H Final Episode 1983<br />Dallas “Who shot JR?” 1980 <br />Roots Part 8 1977 <br />Super Bowl 1982 (49ers Vs Bengals)<br />Super Bowl 1983 (Redskins Vs Dolphins)<br />XVII Winter Olympics 1994 (Women’s figure skating) <br />Super Bowl 1986 (Bears Vs Patriots)<br />
  5. 5. Gone With the Wind 1976 (Part 1) <br />Gone With the Wind 1976 (Part 2) <br />Super Bowl 1978 (Cowboys Vs Broncos)<br />Super Bowl 1979 (Steelers Vs Cowboys)<br />Bob Hope Christmas Special 1970 <br />Super Bowl 1984 (Raiders Vs Redskins) <br />Super Bowl 1985 (49ers Vs Dolphins)<br />Super Bowl 1980 (Steelers Vs Rams) <br />Super Bowl 1996 (Cowboys Vs Steelers) <br />ABC Theater, “The Day After” 1983 <br />Roots Part 6, 1977 <br />The Fugitive Final Episode 1967 <br />Super Bowl 1987 (Giants Vs Broncos)<br />Roots Part 5, 1977 <br /> Super Bowl 1994 (Cowboys Vs Buffolo Bills) <br />
  6. 6. The most watched show ever in terms of numbers: <br />Super Bowl XLIV (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts) 106.5 million, 7 February 2010. <br />
  7. 7. Jesus was no gym junkie <br /> <br />Paul ran the race and claimed the prize <br /> <br />Sport as we now play it emerges in 16th century<br /> <br />Jansenism: the spirit is good but body needs to treated harshly<br /> <br />Muscular Christianity: physical weakness = moral weakness<br />
  8. 8. What is a sane and Catholic response to the USA sporting culture? <br />Most popular participative sports: walking (70m) Swimming (60m), Cycling (50m), Gym (47m), Fishing (45m), Bowling (42m), pool/billiards (34m), basketball (33m) power boating (28m)<br /> <br />For women<br />aerobics; swimming, golf and tennis<br />The biggest crowds<br />Baseball, basketball, ice hockey, football <br />
  9. 9. Last year it was estimated to be worth $410b. Sports Advertising: $30b<br />23m go to Mass each week in the USA (36% of 65.2m) versus the estimated 5.1m who go to sporting each week (260m per annum)<br />We could fill Beaver Stadium 608 times every single Sunday with Mass-going Catholics 36% of 65.2m. <br />
  10. 10. The best things about sport: whole person development, ‘incarnated’ spirituality, stress relief, develops a person’s (sometimes hidden) skills, teamwork, self-esteem, resilience, determination, results from effort, acceptance of ‘tough calls’, humility, respect, learning from mistakes. <br />For a Christian “winning is not everything” : praying to win? What does prayer do? <br />Estimated that Sporting groups raised more than $4b for charity in the USA last year<br /> <br />
  11. 11. But there is a downside: the Seven Deadly Sins: pride, greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony and sloth. <br /> <br /> “boys will be boys” and “what goes on tour stays on tour”<br /> <br />Saints have been supplanted by media stars and sporting heroes<br />
  12. 12. Narcassism – body image<br />Sexis not a commodity for us, just one of many recreational options <br />Violence: in word and deed <br /> <br />Big end sport = a boys club<br /> <br />Sport = civic religion<br />"Sports also has its "saints" <br />
  13. 13. "Sport also has its ruling patriarchs”<br />"Sport has its gods"<br />"Sport has it high councils” <br />"Sport has its scribes” <br />"Sport has its symbols of faith"<br />"Sport has its seekers of the kingdom" <br />
  14. 14. “through their performances, create an “other” world of meaning, complete with its own rules and boundaries, dangers and successes… (to help people) fit a grid to their own experience in order to define it and give it structure" (Price, Sabbath 35-36). <br />
  15. 15. I have run the race <br />I have fought the fight<br />I have won the prize which is Jesus<br />I have run the race <br />I have fought the fight<br />For he is our salvation, Jesus is our life. <br />