Monthly archive May, 2011

The Medievals Loved Creation

Chris Armstrong on Emile Male and the medieval "love affair" with Creation:
On the theme of what I think can fairly be called medievals’ “Creation spirituality,” Male portrays medieval artists and art as saturated in that sense of the sacramentality of all created things that Gregory the Great bequeathed to the Middle Ages—the understanding that...

Thank you Moscow City Authorities

Not everyone's appalled by Moscow's strict crack-down on Saturday's gay-pride parade -- which resulted in the arrest of both international activists and opponents of the parade.  Take for instance the glowing thanks issued by the Russian Orthodox Church yesterday.

Our Daily Links — Oprah Was Raptured?

Everyone's favorite tween, Justin Bieber is fresh off a visit to Israel and was seen this week sporting a new tattoo that reads "Yeshua," or Jesus, in Hebrew.  Baylor University Press has published a new book, The Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia, that is being called a tool for promoting religious intolerance and...


Jonathan Franzen takes to the New York Times op-ed page to proclaim that -- oh yes, indeedy -- technology is killing love.  Blackberries aren't birds, birds are part of the environment, the environment is love, and love means facing death directly, or something like that:
To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of...

Act of Seeing

From Genevieve Yue's review at Reverse Shot of Terrence Malick's new movie, Tree of Life:
Cinematically, [Stan Brakhage's Yggdrasill:  Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind is] one of Tree of Life’s closest arboreal cousins, a kind of film best described as devotional: one that gives us a direct experience of the world, or as Nathaniel Dorsky...

Misinterpreting the Legacy of the 1960s

Part of The Revealer’s series on the John Jay report, The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010. by Scott Korb For a good part of the past four years, I met every other week with a former Ursuline nun – let’s call her “Josefa” – to talk...

Failure to Deliver:
Predictions that did not predict and a case-closing report that did not close the case

Part of The Revealer's series on the John Jay report, The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010. by Elizabeth Castelli Last week, two things did not happen.  The Rapture did not take place on May 21, 2011, despite the fervent prognostications of a retired engineer-turned-Christian broadcaster...

Keeping the Patriarchy: Sex as Dominance in the Catholic Church

by Amanda Marcotte To quickly summarize a recently- released,  five-year study funded by the Catholic Church on the priest sex abuse scandals: “We’ve investigated ourselves and concluded that it was the hippies that did it.”  It may be easy to be hoodwinked into believing the report isn’t as dodgy as it is, as the researchers did...

Report on Sex Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church


Bark at the Rapture

Everybody knows dogs don't have souls. Nor do atheists. Now that the Rapture is back on for October 21, what could be more humane than having an earthbound atheist adopt your pet after Jesus has ushered you into heaven? (h/t Adam H. Becker)

Rapture Anticlimax

Just as Ari Stillman predicted here on Sunday, Harold Camping found the error in his prediction and has determined that the proper date for Judgement Day is October 21, 2011.  The AP reports one of Camping's studio technicians has said, "I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a...

Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise:
The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests

by Frances Kissling This past week, criminologists at the John Jay College of Criminal Law released a numbers crunching, statistically dense, spiritually troubling 144 page report which aimed to identify the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests between 1950 to 2002. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Conference of...