Thanks to my sister and her husband who dutifully called me to relate this incident from last night’s ABC coverage of the National Spelling Bee. This boy went on to win it all. But, oh–what a price he had to pay:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.
The decree was written by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, giving it immediate effect.
A Vatican spokesman said the decree made the Church’s existing ban on women priests more explicit by clarifying that excommunication would follow all such ordinations.
Excommunication forbids those affected from receiving the sacraments or sharing in acts of public worship.
Rev. Tom Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, said he thought the decree was meant to send a warning to the growing number of Catholics who favor admitting women to the priesthood….[Rest of God’s Warning]
Brilliant mashup by a Fred Astaire fan–worth it just to see the lovely Cyd Charisse:
I pulled into the church parking lot a little after 6:00 p.m., at more or less the last possible minute. The previous half hour or so I’d spent dawdling in my car outside a Goodwill department store off Route 410 in San Antonio, clinging to some inane sports talk show piping over my car radio â€” anything to hold off my plunge into Religion.
There was an old-fashioned white school bus in front of the church entrance, with a puddle of heavyset people milling around its swinging door. Some of these were carrying blankets and sleeping bags. My heart, already pounding, skipped a few extra beats. The church circulars had said nothing about bringing bedding. Why did I need bedding? What else had I missed?
“Excuse me,” I said, walking up to an in-charge-looking man with a name tag who was standing near the front of the bus. “I see everyone has blankets. I didn’t bring any. Is this going to be a problem?”
The man was about five feet one and had glassy eyes. He looked up at me and smiled queerly.
“Name?” he said.
“Collins,” I said. “Matthew Collins.”
He scanned his clipboard, found my name on the appropriate sheet of paper, and X-ed me out with a highlighter. “Don’t worry, Matthew,” he said, resting his hand on my shoulder. “A wonderful woman named Martha is going to take care of you at the ranch. You just tell her what you need when you get there.”
I nodded, glancing at his hand, which was still on my shoulder. He waved me into the bus.
I had been attending the Cornerstone Church for weeks, but this was really my first day of school. I had joined Cornerstone â€” a megachurch in the Texas Hill Country â€” to get a look inside the evangelical mind-set that gave the country eight years of George W. Bush. The church’s pastor, John Hagee, is one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the country â€” not because his ministry is so very large (although he claims up to 4.5 million viewers a week for his Sunday sermons) but because of his near-absolute conquest of a very trendy niche in the market: Christian Zionism.
The whole idea behind Christian Zionism is to align America with the nation of Israel so as to “hurry God up” in his efforts to bring about Armageddon. As Hagee tells it, only after Israel is involved in a final showdown involving a satanic army (in most interpretations, a force of Arabs led by Russians) will Christ reappear. On that happy day, Hagee and his True Believers will be whisked up to Heaven by God, while the rest of us nonbelievers are left behind on Earth to suck eggs and generally suffer various tortures….[Rest of article]
For Those Who Enjoy Their Christian Mortgage, Christian Debt Counseling, and Christian Singles Spam:
“But did you know that 86% of Americans say they believe in God? Since we all know that 86 out of every 100 of us are Christians, who believe in God, we at Keiffe & Sons Ford wonder why we don’t tell the other 14% to sit down and shut up. I guess I just offended 14% of the people who are listening to this message. Well, if that is the case then I say that’s tough, this is America folks, it’s called free speech. None of us at Keiffe & Sons Ford is afraid to speak out. Keiffe & Sons Ford on Sierra Highway in Mojave and Rosamond, if we don’t see you today, by the grace of God, we’ll be here tomorrow.”
Good luck with that sales campaign, Keiffe & Sons.
Article in the WORLD HERALD this morning about the state’s tourism ads featuring pranksters “Ben & Riley”. Here’s a sample, with more at www.SeeNebraska.org:
This book was originally written in 1945. It’s a classic. Matter of fact, in the Introduction there is some conversation about it being, in some minds, one of the best five mysteries ever written.
Somehow I have missed reading it all these years, and I came across it being suggested in a book about the best mystery books ever.
I read it last night in one sitting. Just great.
If you do go to the Amazon website to read the reviews there (and I’m not sure that I would: I haven’t actually read them, but the less you know about the book ahead of time the more you’ll enjoy it), all 9 reviewers gave it the maximum 5 stars. I have never seen that before.
It will be at your public library if you are not a book-buyer.
Highly recommended! I envy you the experience…