Quote for the Day

From an interview with Mark Phelps, the son of deceased Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps.

Ed: What are your thoughts on Westboro Baptist Church?

Mark: If I had to take my family to court and convict them of being followers of Christ, I am not sure where I would find the evidence.

An orange tree produces oranges. A thorn bush produces thorns. Each person is known by the fruit produced in their life, including me. The fruit of the Spirit is found in the life of a true follower of Christ.

What wise words…and how difficult must it be to have to say that about your own father.

Mark Phelps also explains why it was that he left his father’s church.   Read more »

Bear Grylls and Stephen Fry talk about their beliefs

Two of my favourite people in the world.  Wish I had been there with them at the time

We won’t be seeing this in Auckland I bet

Then again maybe Len Brown could try it…since he campaigned on family and religious values…all while hiding a two year affair.

The mayor of a Texas city is raising some eyebrows after he officially declared 2014 the “year of the Bible.” reports Tom Hayden, the mayor of Flower Mound, made the declaration at a city council meeting last month.

Hayden says he had considered making the declaration for two years because he wants his community to connect through the Bible, and finally decided to do so in 2014.  Read more »

Maybe this guy isn’t so bad after all….


Right, lets sort out the boy buggering next

A ratbag bishop has been given the arse for pissing church money up against a wall by building expensive and elaborate apartments.

The Vatican has suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement.

“The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation,” it said.  Read more »

The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse needs your help

William Tapley, also known as the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse and the co-Prophet of the End Times, needs your help.

Apparently he “has to build a website” as instructed in the Book of Daniel…Jesus is anti-paperless office! Who knew?  Read more »

Had to happen, half their priests are gay

The tide is turning in the United States over marriage equality…so much so that some conservative catholics are becoming vocal. Joseph Bottum is one such catholic, conservative, moral crusader who has changed his tune.

Which is why “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” an essay by Joseph Bottum, published Friday on the Web site of Commonweal magazine, is something new in this debate.

Mr. Bottum, 54, is a serious Christian. He attended Roman Catholic high school, college and graduate school. His erudite writing for conservative magazines like National Review and The Weekly Standard is laced with references to church history and theology and to Christian writers like G. K. Chesterton and W. H. Auden. He fiercely opposes abortion, and for five years, until 2010, he was editor in chief of First Things, a key opinion journal for religious conservatives.

In his large Victorian house here 50 miles from Mount Rushmore, a crucifix hangs in the hallway. At lunch, he crossed himself before we sat down. Mr. Bottum is the kind of man who, when he casually says “Thomas,” you know that he means Aquinas, the 13th-century Catholic philosopher.

Not five years ago, he condemned backers of gay marriage as amoral. Yet in his new long and challenging essay, Mr. Bottum argues, in effect, that he was wrong and that fellow conservative Catholics are misinterpreting their tradition, in particular Aquinas’s “natural law” theology.

Aquinas considered heterosexual, monogamous union the highest form of marriage, but Mr. Bottum believes that he was actually less interested in strict legal precepts than in an enchanted vision of the world — a vision that, Mr. Bottum now says, is better served by supporting same-sex marriage.

So Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic.   Read more »

I bet Finlayson is a follower

Christopher Finlayson is probably one of the quickest wits and sharpest tongues in parliament. He is also a fan of the arts and a catholic.

I suspect he will be mildly interested in the Pope’s Latin Twitter account which has scored 142,000 followers in short order.

POPE BENEDICT XVI was a Latin lover. In January, not long before stepping down, he launched a Latin language Twitter account that has since attracted more than 130,000 followers. People have used it to follow the visit to Brazil of the new pope, Francis. By comparison, the Polish papal Twitter feed has slightly more than 108,000 followers whereas Spanish, the most popular of the papal accounts, has more than 3m. Benedict also announced his resignation using Latin, giving a scoop to the one journalist who could understand him. The Vatican’s affection for Latin is shared by others online and on the airwaves. Why does a language with no native speakers have so many fans?  Read more »

Catholics still in denial and now just plain dreamin’

Finally, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the Catholic Church in Australia is finally fessing up to their appalling crimes against children. Some however like Cardinal Pell seem to be wanting to make excuses.

Cardinal George Pell says the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse stems from loose entry requirements for priests, past errors of judgement and inaction.  Read more »

Forget charming the crowds, how about promising to stop the boy buggering?

Pope Francis has set about charming the crowds according to The Telegraph. Perhaps he’d be better off telling the world how the catholic Church is going to set about stopping boy buggering and halting their cover-ups and how they are going to assist the authorities to hold to account their dodgy priests.

In his first Sunday appearance from the papal apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis charmed a huge crowd by infusing the message of the Gospel with personal recollections and a smattering of humor.

He greeted the estimated 200,000 people who had crowded into the square for his first Angelus, a traditional prayer to the Virgin Mary, with a hearty “Buon giorno,” which was cheered. And he took leave of them with “Buon pranzo” — “Have a good lunch” — which was cheered even more.

His reflection was on mercy and God’s power to forgive. And he told the story of an elderly woman he had met in Buenos Aires two decades ago who believed this to be true.

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