Tag: Iago

NOT SURPRISED #4 – Conservative US Bishops Don’t Like This Pope (VIDEO)

Pope Francis tweaked conservative Catholics this summer with this quote

Il Papa is at it again.

His latest journey into tweaking-off conservative Catholic faithful comes from an interview you can read here.

His point was to say that the church has made too much of it's business about hot-button social issues. He shares his fears about it in this excerpt:

The church can share its views on homosexuality, abortion and other issues, but should not “interfere spiritually” with the lives of gays and lesbians, the pope added in the interview, which was published in La Civilta Cattolica, a Rome-based Jesuit journal.

“We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel,” Francis said in the interview.

“The church has sometimes locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,' Francis said. “The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.”

I suppose there will be more overly critical and unecessary reactions to this latest interview. After the dust-up caused by Francis' words above, @CardinalDolan tried to blame the media – and obfuscate the Pope's obvious inclusive overtones:

But, as usual, the press predictably brought these weary issues up, and have given them more ink than any of the other noble themes that rang through Copacabana Beach. It’s not the Church that is obsessed with those topics, but the media!

Oh, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, I would point your attention to the above excerpt from the Holy Father.

By and large, modern Christians cannot stand when their beliefs aren't trumeted from the tops of the tallest towers by those in power. But when their own guy starts to undermine their own schtick, they come out with an impotent fury unmatched by modern humanity.

This guy had some harsh – and slightly creepy – words about the Pope, himself:

The other thing I want to say though, is that I'm a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis that he hasn't, at least that I'm aware of, said much about unborn children, about abortion, and many people have noticed that. I think it would be very helpful if Pope Francis would address more directly the evil of abortion and to encourage those who are involved in the pro-life movement. It's one thing for him to reach out and embrace and kiss little children and infants as he has on many occasions. It strikes me that it would also be wonderful if in a spiritual way he would reach out and embrace and kiss unborn children.

What's clear is that Pope Francis isn't going to stop speaking these types of truths any time soon. I'm waiting for the time he decides to say something that tweaks liberals – or everybody – off. I also await reports on how he's handling ongoing child sex abuse scandals. However, I am pleased with this Pope so far.

And as for the reactions of people like @CardinalDolan and the like:


NOT SURPRISED #2 – #GeorgeZimmerman Back in Custody


There aren't many details available yet, but George Zimmerman has been taken into custody. Reportedly, he brandished a gun in the midst of an altercation with his wife and her father.

As if to prove the Florida jury who acquitted him and Sean Hannity wrong, George Zimmerman has been doing nothing to help his already tarnished public image.

So, in honor of George Zimmerman's return to police custody, I'm enlisting the help of Jafar's parrot – Iago – to help me say:





NOT SURPRISED #1: @TheIRD & Xian Reality Television (NEW FEATURE)

'Cause, there's a hashtag for everything, nowadays


The Institute on Religion & Democracy is a bit late to this particular party.

Alexander Griswold – blogger for the IRD – belatedly critiques the reality show and the culture of reality TV in this article. The subject of the article is Preachers of L.A. – a reality show featuring mega church pastors living lavishly (too lavishly) in Los Angeles. Honestly, I agree with most of what Alex has to say. Unfortunately, he winds back to the IRD's “company line” by the end of the piece.

At the end of the piece, the fault for the behavior of the Christians featured in these shows lies with the producers of the shows and the popular culture that often makes fun of Christians – and not the people who perform the actions that make them look bad. His final critique goes like this:

But above all, my hope is that being unfairly targeted will move Christians to reject all shows that denigrate groups of people just to feed into viewers’ pride.

Did ya' get that? These pastors – and other reality TV subjects – are “unfairly targeted” for denigration. Apparently, the IRD has given up on the idea of people being personally responsible for their actions. Reality TV personalities must sign contracts and give permissions for these producers to air their content.

If that's the case, can you really say someone has been “unfairly targeted?”

Ultimately, this piece reacts to this story much like the IRD does to any other story about Christianity in popular culture – Christians are a persecuted majority. It's a poor, pitiful me approach to whatever the IRD supposedly exists to do.

I'm not surprised. In fact:



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