Would he piss on an image of Obama?

Larry David found comedy fodder in piety on the latest episode of his series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm.' On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying. ... During Sunday's episode, David, who created, wrote and produced "Seinfeld," visits a bathroom in his assistant's home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes … [Read more...]

Pope: Anglicans, Liturgy, Welcome! UPDATED

As I and others guessed yesterday, the announcements coming out of Rome and London today are big but not all that surprising. Damian Thompson has the first threadbare report: The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own pastoral supervision, according to this press release from the Vatican: “In this Apostolic … [Read more...]

The World’s Tiniest Hair Shirt…

Brown Scapular My husband was noticed a brown cord peeking out from the neckline of my shirt and asked, "what's that?" Oops. Caught. "It's a brown scapular," I admitted. "That's like, hardcore fanatical Catholic stuff, isn't it," he asked. "When did you start wearing that?" He wasn't being critical, exactly. My husband is a tolerant sort, and if a person wants to practice a lot of devotions that he doesn't feel particularly called to, that's alright by him. But he did seem a … [Read more...]

Does Obama know who we are?

The cruelest, most violent Samurai in Japan decides he wants to become enlightened. He bursts into the home of an esteemed Zen Master and demands that the Master teach him how to become enlightened. The Zen Master looks deeply into his eyes and says, "No. You are a dirty, vicious Samurai. I will not teach you." Enraged, the Samurai yanks out his sword and places it right at the Zen Master's neck. He hollers, "Do you have any idea who I am? I am the cruelest Samurai in the world. I can … [Read more...]

Conservative Bible: Include me out

Rod Dreher calls it "insane hubris". These right-wing ideologues know better than the early church councils that canonized Scripture? They really think it’s wise to force the word of God to conform to a 21st-century American idea of what constitutes conservatism? These jokers don’t worship God. They worship ideology. Mark Shea writes: Have I mentioned how much I appreciate the Catholic Church's large and bovine imperturbability and slowness to be moved by stupid cultural frenzies, … [Read more...]

The Great Head-Covering Experiment

After the huge amount of interest and commentary generated by my musings on wearing a head-covering to church, I thought I would give an update! No, I did not look this pretty So, yesterday, I went to mass and I DID obey the nagging, nudging urge I've had to cover my head. But I did not use the black, veil-y scarf I'd been considering. Instead, heeding all the good advice so many had left here (or emailed), I chose a scarf that matched my blouse and wore it as a scarf, pausing before … [Read more...]

"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of": 4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all … [Read more...]

Nibbling at News & Adoring

Did I happen to mention that things are absurdly busy around here? I'm having a great deal of difficulty keeping up. I want very much to respond to Rick, and his comments in this thread, and I also have other things I want to write, including a review of a terrific book you need to buy, but today is going to be "one of those days" - not least because I have an opportunity to go to Adoration this afternoon and I won't miss it, but it will eat up lots of hours. I have to say that since my … [Read more...]

"Shut Up," he explained – UPDATED

Source <center Writes Allahpundit: "It’s practically a taunt." Indeed, I find it breathtaking. The man is supposed to be the leader of the country, the president of ALL the people, not just the ones who agree with him, and he's basically over half the nation to just shut up and fall in line. In fact, the president and his White House have been so irresponsible this week, what with their, "punch back twice as hard" nonsense (good going, there, chief) and so blatantly authoritarian with … [Read more...]

Faith & Science & Albacete

Knowing that we've been musing about Evolution, Genesis, Science and Faith around here, Elder Son brought this video to my attention, remarking that he found the priest to be "insightful and charming." Faith & Science from World Science Festival on Vimeo. Not a bad panel, eh? Proving once again that people with opposing views can still manage a good-faith debate with civility, and humor, and even admission of commonalities. As we celebrate the feastday of St. John Vianney, patron of … [Read more...]


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