Tim Minchin is not keen on the Pope.
Quite rude. No, actually very rude. And yes, it's a single link to a YouTube video. NSFW.
Wait! Look, what do you see? A new crucifix
has been hung behind the altar at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. It has caused quite the stir
. [more inside]
“Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God killers."
And also, according to an Italian bishop, the culprits behind the Catholic Church's sex scandals. [more inside]
On Good Friday, Filipino Catholics participate in a reenactment of the life and death of Jesus known as a Senakulo
. For some, the practice includes self-mortification and nailing to an actual cross
. Church leaders have rejected the practice: one bishop calls crucifixions a "tourist activity." [more inside]
Affirmed evolution (and anti-intelligent design) biologist Francisco Ayala has won
the 2010 Templeton Prize
. In 1981, Ayala was a pivotal expert in overturning an Arkansas law
that required the side-by-side teaching of creationism
and evolution. Besides his nationally recognized work in evolution and genetics
, the former Catholic priest has sought to reconcile evolution with religious belief
, noting that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. [more inside]
The Pope was drawn directly into the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal last night as news emerged of his part in a decision to send a paedophile priest for therapy. The cleric went on to reoffend and was convicted of child abuse but continues to work as a priest in Upper Bavaria. [more inside]
I am writing to you to inform you of an important change to our group health care benefit plan that will take effect on March 2, 2010 due to a change in the law of the District of Columbia. [more inside]
announced today that it would create a new structure
that would allow former Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church
while preserving elements of Anglican spirituality and liturgy. [more inside]
How do you reward a Catholic sister for nearly 40 years of service to the cause of peace and justice? If you’re the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, you tell her to shut up. [more inside]
Graduel à l'usage de Saint-Dié
digitizes a French gradual
(choir music for the Mass) created in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. For more information about what's what, see the handy definitions offered by the British Library
or Celebrating the Liturgy's Books
. [more inside]
is now on Facebook
According to Senior Harvard AIDS Prevention Researcher Dr. Edward Green
, condoms not only are not helping to prevent the AIDS crisis, but are actually making the problem worse
Looking for a reason to celebrate today, or just a reason to skip out on your obligations? You could look through Religious seasonal days of celebration and holy days
, check if today is covered by Holiday for Every Day
yet, or keep things simple and rely on a Calendar of the Saints
like the Catholic feast days
or Greek Saints Days from the Orthodox Ministry Access Calendar
. If you like to be more traditional, you could go with the Medievalist's On-line Calendar of Saints
, which only lists people recognized as saints in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Or, if you feel lucky, check for special Google logos
(designed by Dennis Hwang
). For instance, today is the first day of Spring
, and the 40th anniversary
of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Rev. Richard John Neuhaus is dead.
The founder and editor of the Catholic journal First Things
, (I am a subscriber), and an inveterate gossip
Pope Benedict XVI, speaking at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Rome, which was badly damaged by Allied bombing in July 1943, again praised Pius XII
, a pope seen by Jewish leaders and other critics as having turned a blind eye to the Holocaust
, and who is nonetheless on his way towards beatification
, a step towards sainthood. The Vatican contends that Pius XII worked behind the scenes to help many escape the Holocaust
, although many Catholics question
150 years ago, Father Isaac Thomas Hecker
, a Catholic priest looking for a way to convert more North Americans, founded the Paulist Fathers
. From the start, they took a mass communications approach to proselytizing
, from the magazine the Catholic World
in 1865 to the website Busted Halo
. At the same time, they are also decidedly ecumenical
and have a history of disagreeing with Rome
, sometimes to the ire of other Catholics
Vatican's chief astronomer states that belief in alien life does not conradict faith in God. Fr. José Gabriel Funes
, a Jesuit preist and chief astronomer for the Vatican, stated in an interview in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, that, "Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation." [more inside]
After breaking the ice with his video message
to all Americans, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for the initial part of his first Papal visit to the United States of America. Watch it all live
. [more inside]
"Ratzinger is an Evolutionist, which by definition makes one an athiest"
, is one of the reasons that this website
, in which the "true" catholic faith (different [?] from the other catholic faith
) is promoted, gives as to claiming Benedict XVI isn't the true pope. And to make their point they have elected a "real" pope themselves: Pope Pius XIII
His real name? Lucian Pulvermacher
) [more inside]
Majerus has always been a bit controversial
, but this has been a bad
month. [more inside]
On October 28, the Pope will beatify
(certify as Blessed) several martyrs of the Spanish Civil War
, among them Gabino Olaso Zabala
. Only thing is, Zabala is known to have participated
in the torture
of a fellow priest. Disturbingly, some Catholics are rallying behind
a man who never publicly regretted his abusive past.
The Catholic Church is traditionally not seen as a progressive institution, but when it comes to global warming, Vatican City is aiming to become the worlds first fully carbon-neutral state
, and the Pope is expected to use his first address to the United Nations next April to deliver a powerful warning
over climate change in a move to adopt protection of the environment as a "moral" cause for the Catholic Church and its billion-strong following.
Dante's The Divine Comedy (trailer
) has inspired an opera by the Vatican's music administrator, the choirmaster of St John Lateran, Monsignor Marco Frisina
. The premiere is scheduled for fall of 2007. Although traditional orchestral music predominates, Monsignor Frisina says that he is using punk, rock and jazz to represent the Devil because its "violent and rebellious tones help create a hellish atmosphere"
(The Clash, Straight To Hell
Sam Harris, an atheist, and Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic, debate whether moderate religion makes any sense
. Harris: "Religious moderation is the result of not taking scripture all that seriously." Sullivan: "Blogger, please."
Pope Benedict XVI wants to bring back the latin mass.
This could be the start of a return to the old Catholic traditionalism and the undoing of Vatican II
of American Catholic paraphernalia, including mysterious (for me, a non-Catholic) objects like; aspergills
and Sick call sets
. There are also more rosaries, medals and pins than you can shake a stick at.
Mexican government bans American Catholics who sued Mexico City Prelate
The Mexican government took the unprecedented and controversial step of banning Dave Clohessy of SNAP
and Jeffrey Anderson, a lawyer specializing in abuse cases, from entering the country for five years.
The men had filed a lawsuit against Mexico City Archbishop Norbeto Rivera, who they allege covered up sex abuse in his diocese.
Pope Benedict XVI makes his usual Sunday address
during Italy's National August Holiday and about two-thirds in points out that "excessive activity" can lead to "hardness of heart", specifically recommending taking time out for prayer
. It becomes the highlight of the speech
, gets picked up all over
, by Reuters
, and suddenly he's the Patron Saint of Slackers. Huh? Maybe that's
why it's called The Protestant Work Ethic
. Meanwhile, Americans are 'giving up' on vacations
(voluntarily?) and in parts of Turkey a Muslim Protestant Work Ethic is emerging
. And whatever happened to the Hacker Ethic?
Is Catholic-Anglican Reconciliation the only way forward?
, they're Catholics
In 1920 the Church of England - Anglicans - called for its reconciliation with the Catholic Church, and in 1925 the Catholic Ecumenical movement
sought to make the Anglicans an autonomous Catholic church with the Archbishop of Canterbury as its patriarch. It would have been similar to the Coptic and Syro-Malabarese
churches. The move was quashed by Pope Pius XI
, who ended the ecumenical movement there and then.
If conservative Anglicans chose this third way, instead of infighting over sexuality and gender issues or establishing a new model for membership, it could keep its married priests, its land, its churches, it's membership, and the Archbishop of Canterbury would still have a job.
Priest convicted in 1980 nun-slaying.
The 71-year-old nun was found on Good Saturday 1980 strangled to death, stabbed 27-32 times, wrapped in an altar cloth with her under-garments around her ankle. Abuse victim
Jane Doe re-opens 1980 case
with account of childhood Satanic ritual abuse
. Was there a cover up
by the diocese?
'This is a difficult and sad day for Catholic Charities,"
says a representative of the church, who announced their decision to stop helping all foster children find homes rather than allow any of them be adopted by gay parents. After one hundred three years of service, Catholic Charities of Boston
is exiting the adoption assistance arena because state anti-discrimination laws force them to allow same-sex couples to adopt children (despite the fact that the church considers this to be a sin).
While adoptions in progress will not be affected, on or about June 30, the group that proffers a "just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people" will make chrystal clear who is included in that definition of "all." (Of the 720 children placed in homes through CCAB, 13 of them were placed with "same-sex families" [sic].)
Newsfilter: Vatican rejects Intelligent Design.
The Vatican has stated that Intelligent Design is not, in their opinion, science and they do not support it. Their announcement is a part of the effort to end the "mutual prejudice"
between science and evolution.
"If we can get kids to hang a picture of a priest in their room, we've done something huge for vocations."
The associate director of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is using a Matrix-style poster to drum up enrollment in the priesthood...and exponentially increase bad Photoshop pranks, if I know the internets at all. Oh well. At least it's not as bad as using video games
to recruit soldiers! (Hat tip to NSFW-SG
What the co-inventor of the Pill didn't know about menstruation can endanger women's health:
"The passion and urgency that animated the birth-control debates of the sixties are now a memory. John Rock still matters, though, for the simple reason that in the course of reconciling his church and his work he made an error. It was not a deliberate error. It became manifest only after his death, and through scientific advances he could not have anticipated. But because that mistake shaped the way he thought about the Pill--about what it was, and how it worked, and most of all what it meant--and because John Rock was one of those responsible for the way the Pill came into the world, his error has colored the way people have thought about contraception ever since."
Catholic rebels with a cause
Two days ago, on a boat on the St. Lawrence River, nine Catholic rebels did something in direct defiance of the Vatican and now face the real prospect of excommunication
by the Inquisitor Cardinal
Formerly Known as Ratzinger. What crime did they commit, you might ask? Were they participant in something blackhearted, vile and fully deserving of society's wrath, like, say child abuse or pedophilia
? Heck no. The white-haired guys at HQ in Rome will
look the other way on that business. They might even reward
duplicitous attempts to cover up
that sort of thing. These malcontents did something much, much worse in the eyes of the Holy See, among others
These are Catholic women, you see. And they had themselves ordained
, some as priests and some as deacons.
If you've followed Ratzinger's career, you'll recall his response
the last time
this issue surfaced, so the conclusion to this saga is all-but-foregone.
At least he's consistent in what he thinks ought to be the correct response
of an individual in the face of a rigid, autocratic institution bent on order.
Oriana Fallaci back in the soup.
She's being sued in Italy for defaming Islam in her last book, The Rage and the Pride
, and faces up to two years in prison.
The suit was brought by President of the Italian Muslim Union, Sig. Adel Smith
, a fellow who's activism even other Muslims sometimes profess to find a bit much
And now, as if this makes things right, he's gone to jail for defaming Catholicism.
Ms Fallaci's most recent book, The Force of Reason
, as radioactive as her last, is due out in America later this year.
The free speech in Europe thing is interesting, if crazy making, but does it distract us from the issues that dare not speak their names? Is she right, can East and West survive together? Or are we really best advised to go our separate ways
"In those days, there wasn't a lot of talk about gay priests. People didn't want to believe it."
On Dec. 4, 1982, a deeply suntanned man, about 40 years old, walked into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho, and readied himself for confession. As he waited, the man swallowed a cyanide capsule. A few minutes later, he was dead. He had no identification, and a note in his pocket said only that the $1,900 he carried should be used for his burial, with any remainder donated to the church. The note was signed with what turned out to be a false name. To this day, no one has been able to identify the man, nor to determine why he had come to the church to absolve himself of his sins. On the answers to that mystery may hang the fate of a small, quiet, meticulous man who now lives in South Austin
, and who spent 20 years in a Texas prison for a murder he says he did not commit
, but which investigators believe may be connected to the dead man at the Boise Sacred Heart Catholic Church. More inside.
Some MeFites have expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic Church's positions on abortion,
the death penalty,
and other issues
. I hope you will all find these links interesting and enlightening. The people
and the Church
, what about how other Christians see Catholics
? Can Catholics respond to these claims
? Of course, some claims have to be taken with a very large chunk of salt
. Some Christians are even changing their minds
. Though there is no single kind of Catholicism
. Finally, here is a source
for further research.
Mary, quite contrary
The Christianity Today
weblog offers a fabulously dense post (pegged to this recent UK news story
) about the Protestant embrace of Mary. Lots of fascinating links - including one from the blog of the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- will bring you up to speed on "the 'Protestants and Mary' deluge of the last three years." Hours of provocative reading for anyone interested in Christian sects.
Protesting church policy
by wearing rainbow-colored sashes resulted in more than 100 people being denied communion in a Catholic church in St. Paul.
Articles of Faith
"By inviting articles that covered different sides of disputed issues, Father Reese
helped make America Magazine
a forum for intelligent discussion of questions facing the Catholic Church and the country today."
's policy -- to present both sides of the discussion -- apparentlly "did not sit well with Vatican authorities". Reese, a Jesuit and a political scientist, had made a point of publishing both sides of the debate on a range of subjects
, some of them quite delicate for a Catholic magazine -- gay priests, stem-cell research, the responsibility of Catholic politicians confronting laws on abortion and same-sex unions and a Vatican document (the Dominus Iesus
declaration) which outlined the idea that divine truth is most fully revealed in Christianity and the Catholic Church in particular.
Reese, who had described last month the Vatican as behaving like the cranky owner of a good restaurant, resigned yesterday as editor of the magazine. More inside.
Did the new Pope swing the Presidential election last year?
After brown-nosing the Vatican on the grounds of being pro-life President Bush convinced then-Cardinal Ratzinger to work on the American Catholic Church on his behalf. Ratzinger's response? This
memo where Ratzi claimed that anyone (especially a Catholic politician - like Kerry) who campaigned and voted pro-choice was not only on the side of evil
but was unworthy of receiving Communion and Americans probably shouldn't vote for him. According to Salon, this was perhaps what was behind Bush's 6 point increase in Catholic support from 2000, and the difference in the 2004 election.
registered a few weeks ago by our very own rcade
. He hedged his bets by registering six domains in all, and now is being called out for popesquatting.
The conclave of cardinals will soon start the process of choosing a new pope. Have you filled in your brackets