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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Mixed marriages (Nehemiah 13:23-27).

In those days also I saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab; and half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke the language of various peoples. And I contended with them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair; and I made them take an oath in the name of God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. Did not King Solomon of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin. Shall we then listen to you and do all this great evil and act treacherously against our God by marrying foreign women?”

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  • Baby_Raptor

    OT to the post, but apparently the Pope is resigning. Can’t help but wonder why…


  • Carstonio

    If Benedict were a corporate CEO, I would instantly suspect a scandal, perhaps a negotiated exit to protect the company. But the Vatican is its own nation. Perhaps a palace coup –  liberals among the cardinals coming to Benedict with proof that he was instrumental in covering up the child abuse, and threatening to go public unless he steps down.

  • glendanowakowsk

    If you google “pope health,” there have been concerns about his health over the past year or so.  I think that’s more likely than a scandal.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I wonder if we’ll get a pope of color this time. That would be progress in and of itself and perhaps signal progress on economic fronts, if not social. Worldwide Catholic demographics being what they are, a cardinal of color is more likely than a white cardinal to have been a priest whose parish had a lot of desperately poor, who are exactly who Catholic charity is supposed to help.

    I am having visions of Pope Peter II Clement XV, formerly Oscar Romero MkII (because damned if I can think of any actual living cardinals with Romero’s dedication to human rights), selling off a bunch of the Church’s real estate and gold whatsits in order to give the money to the poor and to the survivors of priest rape.

    Actually, scratch that, I am having visions of Pope Anne doing all that and also pronouncing from the hot seat that women can be ordained and there’s nothing wrong with gay sex or transitioning or contraception or abortion or. Though I also have to admit that that would be a sufficiently miraculous occurrence to convince me that the
    Catholic God (1) exists and (2) has finally decided to deal with the Catholic hierarchy in a manner befitting someone that reputedly powerful and that reputedly concerned with social justice.

  • Pope Anne? Sounds like you have some thoughts already on who she is. Personally I’d go with Pope Joan II.
    Am I right if I guess Oprah? she’s already all but anointed in the eyes of most people.

  • Carstonio

     I hadn’t heard about his health issues. Here’s why I first suspected a scandal – there hasn’t been papal resignation in centuries; the organization is a vastly power autocracy; the child abuse scandals highlight the organization’s pattern of valuing its self-preservation above everything else; and its influence has waned in much of the world over the last century.

  • Cathy W

    Which will make the conclave…. interesting. There are, at a minimum, a number of American cardinals heavily involved in the child abuse scandals. I suspect they will want and expect a certain amount of cover to be provided for them, even though it might be better for the institution to clean house.

  • Fusina

     My husband looked it up after I told him–he said usually they leave office feet first–this is the first resignation in some 600 years. I suspect either Alzheimer’s or an inoperable tumor.

    It was unexpected news this morning, to say the least.

    Oooh, and I’m a mixed race child–but I do speak a little Yiddish. Mum is German, Dad is Jewish, Hitler, eat your heart out,

  • They need proof? He’s all but shouting from the rooftops that the kiddie fuckers will go unpunished.

  • Baby_Raptor

    ~600 years…1415 was the last time a Pope resigned.

    Twitter is (obviously) blowing up about this, and that year was tossed around several times.

  • For all the talk of scandal, and I’m already getting surfeited with it, health reasons are the more likely. Pope Benedict admits he’s an old man, his voice so weak during Xmas. Sometimes the more likely reason is the less interesting and certainly much less scandalous.

  • Carstonio

    I had in mind a document showing that Benedict and his predecessor personally  ordered bishops to transfer the abusers and cover up their crimes. Something like the audio of Nixon agreeing to buy the silence of the Watergate burglars.

  • ohiolibrarian

    Nehemiah pulled their hair? Really?Kind of undercuts the dignity of a prophet. More like the stereotypical cat fight.

  • Carstonio

    When it comes to possible Vatican scandals, how about the sudden death of John Paul I after only a month? I remember well the Year of the Three Popes, because before Paul VI’s death I wasn’t aware of the existence of the papacy or the Vatican . (I didn’t even know any Catholics until high school a few years later, although my classmates earlier could have been Catholic and I didn’t know it.) The Vatican Bank figured in most speculation about JP1, and even turned up in fictional form in the third Godfather movie. But the idea of him being martyred by Church conservatives has a strange appeal for me, like he wanted to liberalize doctrine and his opponents engineered a coup.

  • At least the old fucker’s resigning this time instead of overstaying his welcome for a good ten years till he finally croaks, all the whle happily making homophobic and biphobic speeches.

    Yes, I may just slightly hate Roman Catholic Popes who use their office as a soapbox to reinforce socially conservative viewpoints.

    And yes, I think JPII should’ve kicked off in about 1995 or so.

  • Well, it’s time to start campaigning for Her Holiness Poprah Winfrey, then.

  • I am surprised that nobody has yet suggested the obvious reason: the pope has read all of the Left Behind books and has become a convert to evangelical protestantism.

  • Water_Bear

    Well, what other kind of viewpoint is the Pope supposed to reinforce? The Catholic Church isn’t exactly the most progressive organization in human history.

  • Tapetum

    The two non-scandal reasons I’ve seen floated that make the most sense to me were that 1) Pope Benedict wants to have a say in who his successor is – difficult to do if you’re dead, and 2) he may want to go back to writing on theology without it becoming a big extra-Catholic deal, because “Hey! The Pope!” Though nothing says that if 1 is operative, 2 couldn’t have been a contributing factor.

  • Given that Fred has praised the Catholic encyclicals on the inherent value of labor relative to capital…

  • I’ve heard them mention a possible African pope, but considering how many people there still burn witches would that really be progress? 

  • flat

    Well I think it is the best to stop at the top of your game and get your affairs in order than leave your succesor with a bigger mess than when you started with your job.

  • Madhabmatics

     man this is racist as hell, what the hell are you thinking

  • Madhabmatics

    seriously who the hell comes into a discussion where people are talking about maybe having another african pope and dropping “but you can’t trust these african savages” what


  • EllieMurasaki

    I just picked a female Catholic name at random. Could’ve as easily been Mary or Elizabeth or, yes, Joan.

  • Any nun would be an improvement over the current roster of Cardinals. (>_<)

  • reynard61

    “seriously who the hell comes into a discussion where people are talking about maybe having another african pope and dropping ‘but you can’t trust these african savages'(…)”

    Maybe someone who knows what they’re talking about? (And exactly where, pray tell, does Mr. Mielke use the sentence ” but you can’t trust these african savages” in his comment? Criticism of a position is one thing. Putting words in someone’s mouth — even metaphorically — is quite another. Bad form, old boy! Bad form indeed!) When one considers the Catholic Church’s history in dealing with alleged witches, it’s kinda sorta understandable that some people might be suspicious about it’s role in the current African witch-hunting frenzy. (Though; to be fair, as the article points out; the Catholic Church has usually been *against* witch-hunts for most of it’s history.)

  • Wednesday

     I agree that there is a big problem with witch-hunts in some places in Africa, and it is true some Catholic clergy are involved on the wrong side; the problem comes from (a) the tacit assumption that Africa is culturally homogeneous and (b) at least a significant minority of Catholic Pope-elligible clergy in Africa support it.

    Honestly, if I were to worry about an African becoming Pope, it would be because I perceive the current head-honchos of the Church to so value doctrinal obedience over preserving human life that I expect they’d pick Archbishop Francisco “condoms spread HIV” Chimoio rather than one of the many African Catholics who recognize that condoms are a necessary part of fighting HIV.

  • Well, Anne was the mother of Mary, so it fits in perfectly. One of my daughters is named Mary Ann.

  • Madhabmatics

    oh man some africans do bad things

    obviously this means that africa is The Dark Continent and anyone from it is likely to murder you (because they are from The Horrible Dark Evil Land)

    thanks for clearing this up for me man, I was under the assumption that jumping from “Random african guy” to “well some people do bad things in africa, qed if you pick a random guy it’s very likely he will support bad things” was super bigoted

  • Madhabmatics

    “They’d better pick a white guy because sometimes people in Africa have done bad things and grabbing a black guy from Africa means that they will be just as bad as those people, because they are African. This would never happen with a white guy because, ”

  • Wednesday

     So, I decided to play a game where I turn the assumptions around and blame all the white guy cardinals for the sins of just a few upper-tier white clergy I’d heard randomly about, and concluded that all of the white cardinals were homophobic, misogynistic child-rapists who protect other child-rapists from criminal charges.

    I think I did this wrong, because I’m not sure how that’s really any different from the reality.