June 9, 2021

WHEN the Lutherans in Pennsylvania decided in the 1970s to commission a movie about the awful ways in which the elderly are often treated, they chose a promising young filmmaker called George A Romero to direct what was intended to be a public service announcement (PSA) movie. Choosing Romero, above, was a blunder of biblical proportions. Clearly they had no idea that the director, who died in 2017 aged 77, was on a path to become a prolific and much-admired… Read more

June 9, 2021

AROUND three years have elapsed since it was first reported that two Californian nuns treated a Catholic school in which they worked as their own personal ‘ATM’ – and siphoned off  around $835,000 to pay for gambling jaunts. At the time it was reported by Tampa Bay Times that Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, principal of St James Catholic School,  and her “best friend” teacher Sister Lana Chan, right – both of whom had taken vows of poverty and were members… Read more

June 8, 2021

ON Sunday, just days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Catholic Church to ‘take responsibility’ for the abuse in its schools of indigenous Canadians children, demonstrators toppled a statue of Canadian public education official Egerton Ryerson in Toronto. The toppling of the statue, according to The Independent, came a day after Pope Francis said that he felt “pain” over the treatment of native children attending mainly Catholic schools – but stopped well short of an apology. Well before… Read more

June 7, 2021

BEFORE he was ousted from the White House, Donald Trump issued a flurry of pardons to cronies, including Roger Stone who was indicted on charges of lying to Congress. (Stone has just claimed that the pardon happened because the former President was ‘blackmailed.’) Excluded from Trump’s list of pardons was one of his most ardents supporters: creationist jailbird Kent Hovind, above, who was jailed for tax-related offences in 2006. He was hoping that his hero Trump would pardon him too… Read more

June 6, 2021

T B Joshua died yesterday weeks after he was suspended by YouTube in April for hate speech. Described  by the BBC as “one of Africa’s most influential evangelists,” the Nigerian preacher died of yet-to-be-disclosed causes seven days before his 58th birthday. A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: God has taken His servant. In April, YouTube suspended his account due to allegations of hate speech after a rights body filed a complaint over… Read more

June 6, 2021

IN 2016 a replica of the mythical Noah’s Ark, owned by Dutch TV theatre producer Aad Peters, above, was severely damaged when it crashed into a Norwegian coast guard vessel as it was leaving the Oslo harbour. Two years later the 70-meter-long (230-foot) monstrosity caused significant damage to a nearby ferry and several smaller boats when it broke free of its moorings in Holland. The ark is now back in the news because it’s become marooned in the UK where officials have… Read more

June 5, 2021

VIDEO footage on various outlets indicate that the marriage in Kenya of Elizabeth Nalem, 41, to the ‘Holy Spirit’ was a joyful affair attended by cheering crowds. But one man who found little to celebrate was her husband Joshua, who told media that, 20 years ago, he’d paid for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage with 22 head of cattle and 15 goats. Religion News Service quoted him as saying: There are not two marriages here. She is my wife. This report… Read more

June 4, 2021

GERMANY’S Cardinal Reinhard Marx, above, today (Friday) offered to resign over the Catholic Church’s ‘catastrophic’ mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring ‘in an extraordinary gesture’ that the scandals had brought the church to ‘a dead end.’ According to this report, the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, where Marx, 67, has served as archbishop since 2007, published his resignation letter to the Pope Francis online, in multiple languages, and the cardinal said Francis had given him permission to make it… Read more

June 4, 2021

CHRISTIAN news outlet Premier is asking its readers to pray for Dr Sandhya Tiwari, inset above, who has been removed from an Indian  government programme to combat the spread of Covid-19. Her suspension came after she told her patients to pray to Jesus if they get infected. One patient was so outraged at getting at earful of Jesus that he filed a criminal case against her, alleging an attempt at conversion. As part of the government’s “Kill Corona” programme, Tiwari… Read more

June 3, 2021

RESPONSE across all social media platforms ‘has been overwhelmingly negative’ following the Biden administration’s decision to place a rainbow flag outside its embassy in the Vatican to mark Pride Month. According to RT  (formerly Russia Today): Roman Catholics took the flag as an insult, as June is the month they have dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. RT quoted Newsweek editor Josh Hammer as saying: Difficult to view this as anything other than a deliberate, provocative insult to traditional… Read more

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