Friday, September 26, 2008
When two Catholics from Southern California learned that Sacramento Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto was to be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference in Long Beach on Sept. 18, they decided to attend themselves to see and hear the talk in person. They say what they witnessed was a bishop who “courageously but gently” gave a clear presentation of Church teaching on sexuality.
The National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries, based in Berkeley, is a network of local ministries that has the reputation of taking, at best, an ambiguous stance on the moral character of homosexuality and homosexual acts.
But there was noting ambiguous about Bishop Soto’s remarks to the group. “Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals, but it deviates from the true meaning of the act and distracts them from the true nature of love to which God has called us all,” Bishop Soto said. “For this reason, it is sinful. Married love is a beautiful, heroic expression of faithful, life-giving, life-creating love. It should not be accommodated and manipulated for those who would believe that they can and have a right to mimic its unique expression."
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The new Prime Minister of Japan is a Roman Catholic. Now, historically Roman Catholics had made some real headway in the land of the rising sun. Throughout the 19th and early 20th Centuries we had made some real headway in the land of the rising son. Catholicism had really taken quite a foothold in two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki but we all know how that turned out.
Well, things have been in high gear the 50 years or so and today is the culmination of that. I present to you Mr. Taro Aso. (from the Washington times)
Why apologize for wanting to attract rich Jews? They're excellent citizens here in the USA and we've benefited from their emigration here.
The 68-year-old former Olympic sharpshooter was declared premier after the LDP-controlled lower house overruled the upper house, which had voted for Ichiro Ozawa, the chief of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan.
Aso, known for his rightist leanings and acerbic wisecracks, will lead a country wracked by political divisions and spiking concerns over the economy, which has stalled amid the ballooning financial crisis in the United States.
He recently drew ire, for instance, by comparing the top opposition party to the Nazis. In 2001, he was forced to apologize after saying the ideal country would be one that attracts "the richest Jewish people."
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This video, does however, capture the rage of African Americans, thinking ones. It's been a while since I sat through a hellfire and brimstone sermon by a black preacher but this one is entertaining. This pastor is a rough character from Harlem but I'm a somewhat rough character from the housing projects just outside of Boston.
Video tip cortesy of Chus.
Friday, September 12, 2008
from Lifesite News:
September 11, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The European Parliament evidently has too much time on its hands. Last week, this glorious and august legislative body voted to warn advertisers and marketers against "sexual stereotyping."
The New York Times reports that some of these advertisements are exactly what the European Parliament is attempting to eliminate. The legislature voted 504 to 110 to "scold" advertisers and call the industry to higher standards.
The clothing powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana was cited as an example of an offending company. The firm, known for its advocacy of liberal causes, was cited for an advertisement that featured "a woman in spike heels pinned to the ground by sweaty men in tight jeans."
The European Parliament does not like that advertisement. Not one bit. But the concern is not the explicit sexuality, but the sexual stereotyping. The European Parliament wants gender balancing in ads. Next time, perhaps the firm had better feature a man in spike heels pinned down by sweaty women in tight jeans. Fair is fair.
Another target of the European Parliament's concern - Mr. Clean. The Parliamentary report argued that Mr. Clean, whose image dates from the 1950s, is an example of sexual stereotyping. Mr. Clean's "muscular physique," The Times reports, "might imply that only a strong man is powerful enough to tackle dirt."
Plus the image is an affront to European men who pride themselves on big hair, suave clothes and waif-like physiques. I have a theory that all those centuries of wars of reduced the genetic stock of European men. More on this later.