News & Opinions

  • Guardian: Game publicity plan raises grave concerns
  • NY Times: As scandal keeps growing, church and its faithful reel

    This story is very sad, but I think it worth reading for the questions it asks. Here are few excerpts:

    From schools of theology to dining- room tables, a growing number of Catholics are questioning the bedrock on which the church is built — the all-male, celibate priesthood. Parishioners are calling for open dialogue and debate about a tenet that Pope John Paul II has said is closed for discussion.

    In a startling step, the official Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston said in an editorial on Friday that the Catholic Church must now confront questions and commission studies about whether the celibate, unmarried, all-male priesthood should be continued.

    Cardinal Law, who is considered a conservative Vatican loyalist, said on Friday night that the editorial was not intended to question the church’s position on clerical celibacy but to reflect issues raised by others because of the abuse cases. No church leaders expect any immediate change in a doctrine that has served the church for centuries. But the practical effects of the scandal are evident.

    I think the Catholics are right and wrong on this issue. There is gift of celibacy that is mentioned and celebrated in scripture. Most people don’t have that gift (I know I don’t, hence my loneliness of late.), which is why God said “It is not good for man (or woman) to be alone.” But for those that do, it is a blessing. The Apostle Paul was person that did have that gift and he spoke in (ref) of the blessing that being single for God can be.

    I think it is good that the Roman Catholic church encourages gifted men and women to be celibate, but I also think they are wrong to put that burden on those who do not have that gift. There is a tremendous need for priests in American catholicism, and allowing married men (and women) to pursue the priesthood would make sense. The problem right now is that there are many men who do not have the gift of celibacy who are trying to live like they do, so as to following their calling to the priesthood. If these men were allowed to marry, then maybe some of these problems wouldn’t occur.

    Liberal and traditional Catholics, long at war over such issues as abortion and divorce, are now clashing over the causes of the abuse cases.

    Some argue that sexual abuse in the church grows out of fundamental flaws in Catholicism. “The division of body and soul is a mistaken model,” said Eugene Kennedy, a psychologist and former priest, who wrote, “The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality.”

    Mr. Kennedy added: “The church uses sexuality to control people in a punitive atmosphere. If flesh is evil, you cannot teach celibacy in a healthy way.”

    Amen to that. We are body and soul. The catholics (and for that matter most protestants) maintain a false dichotomy between body and soul. That is whack. The promise for those who have passed on is not to be free from the body, but rather a resurrection of their physical (but changed) bodies. Sexuality is integral to who we are as human beings.

  • MSNBC: Mideast cease-fire to be declared, Sharon will meet on Sunday with Palestinians

    Praise God for some good news for once. I wish though that the US hadn’t sat out for so long on this. We should have sent in Jimmy Carter several months ago.

  • MSNBC: China accuses U.S. of ‘nuclear blackmail’

    Hmm… and what nation has threatened the US with nuclear war multiple times during the last 10 years? China. China is enemy #1, and contrary to popular belief is much more dangerous than the Taliban or anyone else. The PROC is the only extremely repressive nation on earth that possesses nuclear weapons. (ok, excepting Israel who is rumored to own them)

  • MSNBC: Music to my ears — I’m no thief! I download songs, but I also buy CDs

    I’m glad to see this column, and hope that the recording industries read it. I am very simliar to the author of this article, as far as my music listening habits. I download tons of songs, but also buy many CD’s. (probably 1-4 a month) Downloading songs is nice (especially for live and obscure tracks) but often is a hassle. I do most of my music listening in the car, and it cheaper for me (time is money) to buy a CD, than to spend several hours downloading tracks to burn to CD.

    However, if the record industries continue their stupid attacks on the music buying consumer, I will go out of my way to not buy CDs which are produced by major labels. Screw corporate music! Support independent artists and labels!

  • MSNBC: Experts debate risk and benefits of mammograms
  • MSNBC: Herbs boost food’s health benefits
  • MSNBC: Amateurs discover Comet Snyder-Murakami
  • NY Times: Saudis warn against attack by U.S. on Iraq
  • USA Today/Yahoo: The sexual revolution hits junior high

    So sad…

  • NY Times — The Laramie Project Archives

    This an archive that republishes 17 New York Times articles about the murder of Matthew Shepard, the trial of those who murdered him, the nationwide debate about hate-crimes legislation that it provoked, and the impact of the murder on Laramie, Wyo., and its residents.

    These stories should be read for one important reason. If we don’t know our history, we are doomed to repeat it.