Saturday, July 30, 2005
The Meroitic Origin of the Oromos, and the Christianization of Africa : Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
Fresh post-colonial approaches to African History focus on early stages of Christianization of Africa, Egypt and Abyssinia, and find there the reasons of the Meroitic emigration to present day (Biyya) Oromo land.
Basically, according to this everything you know about African Christianity is wrong.
Interesting, but I'm not buying it.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:39 PM Permalink
Top News Story (really): A Blinking Jesus in Hoboken
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:54 PM Permalink
Friday, July 29, 2005
I'm reading this from a book first published in 1985 and it's hard to believe that it was taken seriously:
...partly on Scripture and partly on the insight of modern psychology which holds that human beings have the capacity to make basic decisions that determine the whole orientation of their life.
People sin in thought, word, deed and omission. That is the capacity. That is our nature.
The idea that we can make a basic decision not to sin, not to be selfish, to love God and neighbor, apart from striving not to sin, not to be selfish, and to love God and neighbor is as much a lie as the one which Satan told to Eve in the Garden.
It is not only the decision not to sin, but the decision to repent, have a conversion of heart and make reparation for sin which is at the heart of the Catholic faith.
For people who accepted the false notion of "fundamental option" as legitimate Catholic teaching I pray that God has special mercy for them and wrath for those who promoted it.
Thomas Bokenkotter, (1992) Dynamic Catholicism New York: Doubleday
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:24 AM Permalink
Thursday, July 28, 2005
I really wish the news on Msgr. Woolsey was positive but...
A Manhattan Monsignor with a weakness for Rolex watches, fine dining, expensive clothes and golfing vacations in sunny Spain was charged yesterday with looting more than $800,000 from his upper East Side parish.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:01 PM Permalink
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Why Not a 'Million Muslim March'? : Wall Street Journal (paid subs. reqd.)
By AHMED H. AL-RAHIM
Exactly along the lines of what I had blogged yesterday.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:47 PM Permalink
Monday, July 25, 2005
Continuing: Beyond the Da Vinci Code
Just before the break, they brought up the Gospel of Philip "kiss".
Timothy Freke says its all about the awareness of Christ within us and not a Church. Deidre Good says there was no hierarchy.
No attempt at balance yet at the end of the first half-hour. It's the Starbird show.
Take a drink of your favorite beverage each time you hear "archetype".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:18 PM Permalink
Decoding the Past : History Channel Presents
Some live blogging...
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Selectively speaking out
Muslim moderates can always be found to appear side by side with secular and Christian leaders after a terrorist attack to condemn it. What's missing is a sustained effort on their part to challenge the preachers of hate. Somehow, Christian and Jewish leaders are able to marginalize their violent "cells". Is there a Christian along the lines of Pat Robertson or Bishop Gregory or any leader you care to name supporting Eric Rudolph or Timothy McVeigh or any religiously-inspired violence?
The violence undertaken by Christians and Jews in the name of their respective religions is constantly being criticized - even if it's only one person.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:46 AM Permalink
It takes a notary public (this gets explained below)
Unwitting sperm-bank dad sues ex, NYUCatholic teaching on human sexuality has two parts. The more familiar is that it is contrary to divine command and to the natural order to separate the sexual act from the possibility of conceiving a human child. The less familiar is that it is likewise immoral to separate human conception from the sexual act.
Here we have a good example of the wisdom and justice of the latter part of that Catholic teaching. In the specifics of the conception and life of Nazair Francois, I'm not judging them only the political and cultural climate that has made reproductive choice such a confusing mess.
Deon and Francois are not divorced but they are in the process of being divorced, so decisions in their lives are being made by Sarah Krauss who is a state judge.
Deon doesn't to pay child support for Nazair, but he wants to raise her.
Chaanel wants Deon to pay $400 a week for child support (He's a LIRR engineer), but doesn't want Deon to have any contact with Nazair.
In the eyes of the law (at least as far as Steve Gildin, Chaanel's attorney and Judge Krauss, it doesn't matter if the child was conceived without the knowledged and consent of Deon, and in the course of criminal actions by Chaanel. She stole the notary's seal and stole the sperm, and she gets to keep the fruit of those acts.
Deon's sense of justice is that the notary and NYU should pay to raise Nazair.
The notary's defense is that his seal was stolen by Chaanel, and NYU's defense is that they are the victims of a fraud.
This little girl needs the intercession of her patron saint, Saint Nazarius, a martyr under the persecution of Nero.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:41 AM Permalink
To Preempt Criticism
A theme I keep seeing in comments on the decision to search bags here in New York is that it's really a CVA move on Bloomberg's part and the NYPD. If there were an explosion, and bags were not being randomly searched, Bloomberg and the NYPD would be criticized for not doing so.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:14 AM Permalink
Sunday, July 24, 2005
The Darkroom Disappears
I had a darkroom for several years but with the time spent raising my kids my darkroom activity faded away as a lesser priority.
I finally said goodbye today throwing out all the expired chemicals and other materials. There's no one to give it to. I gave the enlarger away some time ago.
I found some flawed prints from 15 and 20 years ago which was like opening a time capsule.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:55 PM Permalink
Random bag searches have started here in New York City. People who support the searches are getting interviewed and people who don't support the searches are not being interviewed, but some people are angry. One idiot screamed he had a bomb and shut down Penn Station for a few hours. (AP news)
The unions are griping about not be paid for special training to identify what is suspicious. (Journal News)
A bad guy can see that searches are taking place and just turn around.
A person whom I suspect may have a financial interest in it, complained that the searches should be done with a magnetometer as is done in the airport. (New York Times)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:46 PM Permalink
A Child Not a Choice Dept.
As police search for a killer, the tiny newborn reportedly delivered by emergency C-section after his mother was hit by a stray bullet in Brooklyn Saturday is clinging to life.
Nicole Sutton, the victim, was a bystander.
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