The Hokey Pokey is Anti-Catholic!

I can’t believe it. The Hokey Pokey is anti-Catholic! It was devised by Puritans to mock the priest’s seemingly strange movements at the Holy Mass and the words of consecration: Hoc est enim corpus meum.

Story by Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent Telegraph UK:

A spokesman for the leader of the church in Scotland said the song had disturbing origins.

Critics claim that Puritans composed the song in the 18th century in an attempt to mock the actions and language of priests leading the Latin mass.

Now politicians have urged police to arrest anyone using the song to “taunt” Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred.

Peter Kearney, a spokesman for Cardinal Keith O’Brien, said:

“This song does have quite disturbing origins. Although apparently innocuous, it was devised as an attack on and a parody of the Catholic mass.

“If there are moves to restore its more malevolent meaning then consideration should perhaps be given to its wider use.”

According to the church, the song’s title derives from the words “hocus pocus”.

The phrase is said to be a Puritan parody of the Latin “hoc est enim corpus meum” or “this is my body” used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass.

Original story from the Telegraph UK.

Hat tip to Walker Dollahon.

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  • Clare

    Knees bend – genuflection
    Arms stretch – elevation
    Rah rah rah – bell rung thrice
    Turn around – Dominus vobiscum

  • HisCrownJewel

    Perhaps it started out disrespectful, but I doubt anyone engaging in the dance today is aware of its origins or is doing it to mock. This is interesting but I hope that readers take it as an interesting bit of history and do not allow it to become yet another source of division when in reality it is participated in for fun. We have enough to divide us as Americans without making issue out of something that probably nobody is aware was originally a mock.