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The Priesthood, All Bran and George Pell in a bikini
April 30, 2007, 1:03 am
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I think The Age wins for “Most misleading Headline” today…

When I saw “Church tries a strip tease to make holy orders look cool”  the visions of George Pell in a bikini were almost too much to bear, but I was able to supress my gag reflex long enough to read the article..

The church is using comics in an attempt to get kids to join the priesthood.

Father Paul Embery, the churches director of vocations says that many young people see the priesthood as “monotonous and boring” although it is an “extremely fulfilling job.”

In this way, I feel the priesthood is somewhat the same as All Bran Cereal.

Whilst the church has high hopes for their comic campaign, I’m not sure I see it working. Poverty and chastity are the opposite of what most teenagers are attempting to achieve.

Perhaps the best idea would be to lower the minimum age to enter the seminary from 18 to say 10, when kids might still think it’s cool.

Either that or get Derren Hinch to do some commercials.



Blasphemy is a crime now?
April 30, 2007, 12:33 am
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Thought I’d look a little outside the square for stories and found this very interesting story on the Catholic Online website…

A man was arrested, on his wedding day no doubt, on 2 counts of blasphemy in Kotri, Pakistan.

The two counts are section 295-A and section 295-C, which are insulting the  religious feelings of any group and insulting the prophet Muhammed respectively.

Leaflets containing insults of Muhammed as well as the mans name and adress were found at a Muslim Mosque as well as the residencies of twenty muslims.

It is apparently all coming from a family feud, in which the main claims his nephew distributed the leaflets. The police concede that no-one in their right mind would put their name to such a piece of paper, but refuse to let the man go until he reveals the culprit.

Now what is interesting is that I for one did not hear about this. And this seems the type of thing that we would normally be parading about saying “Ha ha, look how backwards those people are. Nowhere as sophisticated and intelligent as us white people”*

Is it because the man arrested was Catholic? Whilst there isn’t a major anti-Catholic sentiment in Australia, they certainly aren’t in the top ten group of people. After all these are the people against abortion and gay marriage…and lets not forget all the business with prients and children.**

What is good, is that even though this is a Catholic publication, it does not seem to too heavily favour the side of the man involved, which you may assume it would.

But you know, whatever.

*I’m well aware that there are many wte muslims, not to mention white people who are backwards in their thinking…many times we percieve these people to be Catholics….cosmic

**I’m aware these are not the blanket views of every Catholic in the world ever, but it sounds good, okay? 



A succesful muslim?!?!
April 30, 2007, 12:14 am
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A lovely story to come from the SMH today about the chief executive of the National Australian Bank for Australia and Asia…

The point the story seems to be making, if it is indeed making one at all, is that  Muslim Ahmed Fahour has managed to climb to the top of the corporate ladder.

Whilst this is a seemingly uninteresting story, they way they include his religion makes it seem like a handicap.

And he seems to say a lot which sounds clever/interesting, butdoesn’t mean a whole lot…

Such as this gem….

“However, he does believe that Muslim women have borne the brunt of anti-Muslim sentiment. But if you over-analyse the situation, Fahour says, you are likely to end up unhappy and perhaps lonely.”

Interesting, so whilst he believes that Muslim women have indeed fared the worst of the anti-Muslim movement, if they dwell on this too much they will become “unhappy and lonely”….

Does this make sense to anyone else…? Because I know when people mock my entire belief system the first thing I think is “WOOOO!PARTY!”

…..This story seems to be an attempt to be politically correct..maybe…whatever the intended effect was it just seems sappy and patronizing…… 



Irrelevant but sad…
April 23, 2007, 10:52 pm
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Just a small note with little relevance..

 

Boris Yeltsin, the first freely elected leader of Russia, has died.

Yeltsin was also the first leader of Russia to willingly relinquish power, handing over the reins to Vladimir Putin. 

President Bush has said that Yeltsin “helped lay the foundations of freedom in Russia.”

Here’s looking at you, Boris.



Introducing the new Liberal Capital of the World- MEXICO!
April 23, 2007, 10:45 pm
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When we think “Liberal Thinkers,” we don’t often think of Mexico…

However Mexico City has legalized Gay civil unions and is considering euthanasia laws.

This is a fair jump from where we stand.

And the latest controversy comes from the plan to legalize abortion within the first three months of pregnancy.

This move has attracted a massive response which took the form of a protest which marched through the streets of Mexico City on Sunday. It has also attracted the Pop’es attention, with Good Ol’ Benny telling Mexican bishops Christ’s victory over death was a reason to defend everyone’s right to life.

Considering that Mexico is the world’s second largest Roman Catholic nation, it’s no surprise to see such a backlash.

And there are of course those who support the proposed plan, who say that 2000 woman die annually from visiting “back alley practitioners” to have their abortion.

Currently, laws in Mexicio City say an abortion may be performed if the mother’s life is at risk, the rest of the country only allows abortions in rape cases.

And now of course there’s the blaming…

The church says they will excommunicate legislators who support the bill, The Govt. says the Church is meddling in affairs of the state, which is illegal.

Whether or not the Bill is successful, there will be extremely unhappy people on the losing side.

That is all.



Introducing the new Liberal Capital of the World- MEXICO!
April 23, 2007, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

When we think “Liberal Thinkers,” we don’t often think of Mexico…

However Mexico City has legalized Gay civil unions and is considering euthanasia laws.

This is a fair jump from where we stand.

And the latest controversy comes from the plan to legalize abortion within the first three months of pregnancy.

This move has attracted a massive response which took the form of a protest which marched through the streets of Mexico City on Sunday. It has also attracted the Pop’es attention, with Good Ol’ Benny telling Mexican bishops Christ’s victory over death was a reason to defend everyone’s right to life.

Considering that Mexico is the world’s second largest Roman Catholic nation, it’s no surprise to see such a backlash.

And there are of course those who support the proposed plan, who say that 2000 woman die annually from visiting “back alley practitioners” to have their abortion.

Currently, laws in Mexicio City say an abortion may be performed if the mother’s life is at risk, the rest of the country only allows abortions in rape cases.

And now of course there’s the blaming…

The church says they will excommunicate legislators who support the bill, The Govt. says the Church is meddling in affairs of the state, which is illegal.

Whether or not the Bill is successful, there will be extremely unhappy people on the losing side.

That is all.



Domestic Violence..Now a valid reason for Divorce
April 23, 2007, 10:32 pm
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The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Hillsong will be relaxing divorce rules.

The Pentecostal Church, which has up until now only granted divorce on the grounds of sexual infidelity, will be changing it’s rules so that both abandonment and domestic violence will become valid reasons for deciding to split.

And whilst this seems ridiculous to the masses (in that domestic violence and abandonment should have ALWAYS been valid grounds for divorce) the journalist, Linda Morris, has written the article without the overtones of sarcasm that one ususally find in an article of this nature. 

…Good Job *thumbs up*