January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
As a Hezbollah-backed politician became the divided country’s new prime minister:
Jerusalem — Israeli archaeologists have finished work on a tunnel which starts at a site near the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound inside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, officials said on Tuesday.
The controversial 600-metre (-yard) tunnel, originally built as a drainage channel during the Second Temple period, starts at an archaeological site just south of the area known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary, which houses the third holiest site in Islam.
“After works which lasted seven years, the last part of the tunnel, which is 600 metres (yards) long and was used for draining rainwater during the Second Temple period, has been cleared,” an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) spokesman said.
He told AFP the project was “purely archaeological” and that the tunnel “does not go under the Temple Mount” — the Jewish term for the site which formerly housed the Second Temple but is now the site of the mosque plaza.
The tunnel leads to the City of David, an archaeological site run by ideological Jewish settlers located in the volatile neighbourhood of Silwan which lies just outside Dung Gate, immediately south of the Old City walls.
The project, started in 2004, has sparked controversy due to its proximity to the mosque compound…
“Over the years, the tunnel was partially opened to the public. Soon it will be completely opened,” the spokesman said…
The whole news is here (including the expected Palestinian seethe).
There is a great video on (in) the tunnel from one the archaeologists involved here.
Is remembered today:
Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, like the strength of a boxer swinging wildly. Perhaps he had never seen Jesus, who was only a few years older. But he had acquired a zealot’s hatred of all Jesus stood for, as he began to harass the Church: “…entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3b). Now he himself was “entered,” possessed, all his energy harnessed to one goal—being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience the one Savior.
One sentence determined his theology: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5b). Jesus was mysteriously identified with people—the loving group of people Saul had been running down like criminals. Jesus, he saw, was the mysterious fulfillment of all he had been blindly pursuing.
From then on, his only work was to “present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me” (Colossians 1:28b-29). “For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and [with] much conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5a).
Paul’s life became a tireless proclaiming and living out of the message of the cross…
Read on here.
Sorry, the Church is anyway not a business corporation:
Senior Church of England figures have attacked Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to disillusioned Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, describing it as “predatory” and “insensitive”.
The Telegraph reports [with my own emphasis and comments added]:
One bishop has claimed that the Vatican’s invitation has “embarrassed” Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, while a leading cleric compared it to a “corporate takeover bid“.
Another bishop admitted that relations between the two Churches had been damaged by the move. [As if it was not already in a bad way.]
It is the first time [it had to come sooner or later] that prominent Anglicans have criticised the Pope’s offer since it was made in 2009 and reveals the anger that has been simmering ever since. [Anger?]
Their comments follow the ordination of three former Anglican bishops as Roman Catholic priests last Saturday and risk exacerbating tensions between the two Churches.
Catholic clergy were dismayed by a sermon [not a forum for a rant] given by Canon Giles Fraser, chancellor of St Paul’s cathedral, during a service last week to mark a week of prayer for Christian Unity.
Speaking at Westminster Cathedral [as a guest], the spiritual home of the Catholic Church in England and Wales where the ex-bishops were ordained, he said the Pope’s offer for Anglicans to defect to Rome had a “slightly predatory feel“.
“In corporate terms, [it is] a little like a takeover bid in some broader power play of church politics,” he said [not politics, rather it's all about the truth of the Gospel].
“And if Anglicans do feel a little like this, I wonder if things really are all that rosy in the ecumenical garden.”[the flowers were poisoned by unilateral Anglican innovations a long time ago.]
His comments were echoed by the Rt Rev Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, who is the Church of England’s chair of the Council for Christian Unity.
“I think it was an insensitive act [the papal offer] as it came at a time when the Church of England was still in the decision-making process on the ordination of women and came with minimal consultation,” he said. [Oh please, the ordination of women is a forgone conclusion.]
“It was awkward and embarrassing not just for Archbishop Rowan, but also for the English Catholic bishops… [he's presuming to speaking on behalf of the Catholic bishops here of course.]
Only 50 clergy have so far indicated that they are likely to follow the three former bishops in crossing to Rome, but this number could grow if traditionalists feel unable to remain in the Church of England with the introduction of women bishops…
Cardinal Walter Kasper, a senior aide to the Pope and former President of the Vatican’s Council for Christian Unity, attempted to ease tensions last week.
Speaking at a dinner with Dr Williams, he said that the ordination of the three former bishops was not a “day of victory”, but “a day of penance”…
The whole piece is here.
Saving the faithful from the malaise of heresy and apostacy is anything but ‘predatory’ and ‘insensitive’.