At Carnegie Mellon, “Naked Pope” Tosses Condoms Into Crowd (UPDATED)

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Costumed in papal vestments, naked from the waist down with a cross shaved into her pubic hair, a Carnegie Mellon University student tossed condoms into the crowd. “It’s all in good fun,” said one of her fellow students who was present and who saw the woman in the school’s annual art school parade on April 18.  “It’s not meant to harm anyone.”Bishop David Zubik disagrees.  The bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where CMU’s 4th Annual “Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby” occurred, was quick to … [Read more...]

Anti-Religious Propaganda in the Soviet Union: Could It Ever Happen Here?

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I was in elementary school during the Cold War.  I remember praying the Leonine Prayers for the conversion of Russia—or, more exactly, "to permit tranquility and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia".   The Soviet Union in those days was a hotbed of militant atheism, we believed; and we stood vigilant against their errors of faith.According to Soviet propaganda in the first half of the 20th century, Christian virtues such as humility and meekness were … [Read more...]

Mary’s Month

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I had this idea that on Saturdays during the month of May, I’d post something about Mary, the Mother of God.  I'm thinkin' we should take a look at the origins of Marian devotion, the titles under which she is honored, the mysteries of the rosary, and the great music, art and architecture which bears her name.Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical Mense Maio (On the Month of May) which was published on April 30, 1965, explained the devotion: May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has es … [Read more...]