Aug 262014
 

doctor performing surgery on kneeThe World Health Organization (WHO) has been tracking a disturbing trend in chronic inflammation of knee joints. Currently it is not known if this is a vector-borne disease or is spread in another manner. While currently not an epidemic world-wide, it has surprisingly confined itself to only Catholics and its effects can be easily observed. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a meeting in October in Moscow, the United Nations health agency also voiced concern about chronic inflammation of knee joints in various Catholic communities.

Dr. Peter Capaldi (WHO), has been voicing concerns about Genuflectitis since he first started noticing the effects in Catholic parishes as he traveled worldwide. “I started noticing the number of people not genuflecting when entering the vestibule. First I thought this was simple irreverence, then I noticed that many people instead of kneeling during the Consecration were leaning forward instead of kneeling. I felt the most charitable explanation was a serious knee inflammation preventing proper kneeling. This might also be connected to spinal cord injuries since I also noticed people unable to make a profound bow, but just a head-nod instead.” It has also been noted by many other orthopedic surgeons that this inflammation comes and goes. For example during Mass knee-bending is painful, but this usually does not effect motion when sprinting to their car as soon as the concluding rite is finished.

While the method of transmission of Genuflectitis is not currently known, it does seem to strike 100 percent of some populations. Dr. Capaldi informed us that choir members are especially prone since he almost never sees them kneeling during the Consecration. Even in people who are able to kneel this inflammation is still having an effect. With Genuflectitis kneeling can be so painful that the congregation eagerly waits for the priest to sit down after cleansing the sacred vessels. Immediately upon the priest sitting you can hear the effect as everybody also promptly sits down.

There has been controversy within the Catholic community as to how this is actually spread. Traditional Catholics point to the fact that Genuflectitis is virtually unknown at a Traditional Latin Mass. Even going so far as to suggest it is spread via the vigorous and extended hand-shaking that goes on during the Sign of Peace. Eastern Rite Catholics also seem to have immunity. Other Catholics counter that there are areas where the Ordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated with reverence that are also immune to this crippling disease.

While some doctors suggest exercise such as Deep Knee Bends, Standing Knee Lifts,or Hamstring Contractions, other have found the best rehabilitation is a deeper understanding of Eucharistic theology along with a prescription of John Chapter 6 and Philippians 2:10.

* Parody caveat: For those who actually suffer from knee ailments, this post is only aimed at those who are able to kneel and don’t.

Photo credit: Zdenko Zivkovic via photopin, Creative Commons

  4 Responses to “Every Knee Must Bend (or not)”

  1. Gee thanks, lump me and my actually damaged knees, chronic pain from a broken tailbone, and other old injuries that make it extremely difficult and painful to get back up if I do manage to go all the way down– not to mention the problem of when I get stuck down, and the long time it takes to get the legs working again after I lever myself back onto the pew– look like a slacker because I don’t kneel but do as close as I am able.

  2. If it doesn’t apply to you, it doesn’t apply to you.

  3. I have personally observed several priests and nuns who also suffer from the spinal cord problem that prevents a real bow. Their strain of this problem seems particularly contagious.

  4. ((( * Parody caveat: For those who actually suffer from knee ailments, this post is only aimed at those who are able to kneel and don’t. )))

    Jeff! I’m glad that YA provided the above warning cause believe “IT” or not my wife has had two knee replacement and she had always kneeled before her surgery.

    Long story short, it is sad that WHO is spreading rumors that our Catholic Blessing cup is only half empty as far as the number of people not genuflecting when entering the vestibule…Truth be known the majority of modern Catholics nowadays suffer from spinal cord injuries and so looking on the bright side, “IT” means that our spiritual Catholic cup is actually half full instead of half empty…

    Right folks? :)

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