Interesting stories I’ve found lately:
I’ve discovered what a great resource the English version of La Stampa is for Vatican coverage. A couple of good reflections from Pope Francis I’ve discovered there: Judas as ideologue, and this series of reflections that criticizes careerism among priests and bishops.
Here Pope Francis calls for an end to the current cult of money, as he talks to new ambassadors to the Holy See. Some great quotes here, particularly his quote of St. John Chrysostom “Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them and to deprive them of life. It is not our goods that we possess, but theirs.”
Bill Tammeus approaches the issue from his side of the street in his post Why It’s OK to Criticize Capitalism His views are middle of the road and balanced; he brings in Pope Francis as well as other theologians.
Pope Francis No Intellectual? Mark Silk disagrees, as would I.
The Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity is going to jointly publish a history of the Reformation: From Conflict to Communion. My inner History geek will be eager to see this, as well as other parts of my soul.
This interview with Carson Nyquist brings up some interesting thoughts on faith and church.
Another story that almost never makes popular news: a Tibetan monk may have been beaten to death by Chinese police for having 2 cassettes of the Dalai Lama in his possession. Heaven knows we can’t afford to accuse the Chinese of doing anything wrong these days: it might bring us some bad capitalist Karma.
Leah Libresco gives us the real story in her post: The Self-Inflicted Wound of the Torturer. She reminds us, as C. S. Lewis does, of the dehumanizing effects of torture on the torturer.
A reminder that the IRS in the previous administrations questioned the tax exempt status of churches and movements they didn’t like as well. This is not to say using the IRS this way is right: for heaven’s sake it’s very wrong. Let’s also label consistent abuse over the years and tag all responsible parties, no matter who they may be.
Chalk one up for religious liberty in Israel: Tzipi Livni, Israeli Justice Minister, will not support changes to the law that would prohibit women wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries and reading from the Torah at the Western Wall. That’s not to say the trouble is over, but it’s good to know the law will be on the right side.
From the Intelligence Unplugged category, Pat Robertson tells the wife of a cheating husband to stop talking about the infidelity (after all, men tend to do this), be grateful for everything he provides for her and make the home a place he won’t stray from. Yes, it always helps to blame the victim of a perceived injustice, or to put all the blame on one party in a two party system. And doesn’t the Bible call infidelity by either party a sin?
I guess it had to happen: you can now take a tour of the places where Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio lived in Buenos Aires, and of course the gift shop is open. One wonders: if he didn’t want people to travel from there to his Papal installation, would he want people to pay to visit where he grew up?