Archive for March 2nd, 2011
The US actor and the Libyan leader have produced some choice lines recently. Can you distinguish between them?
These are the questions:
1. I have defeated this earthworm with my words – imagine what I would have done with my fire-breathing fists
2. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body
3. Life without dignity is worthless
4. I’m extremely old-fashioned, I’m a nobleman, I’m chivalrous
5. I am like the Queen of England
6. I am much bigger than any rank, for those who are talking about rank, I am a fighter
7. Every great movement begins with one man
8. These resentments, they are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my sabre
9. I woke up at 4am, before dawn. You should be asleep. You’re all tired after a sleepless night
10. 9/11 was ‘an absolute fairytale, a complete work of fiction’
Answer and submit here.
Some pretty crazy lines.
This in via The Washington Post:
Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.
In “Jesus of Nazareth-Part II” excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict uses biblical and theological analyses to explain why there was no basis in Scripture that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’ death.
Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.
While the Vatican has for five decades taught that Jews weren’t collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was significant and would help fight anti-Semitism today…
The book is the second installment to Benedict’s 2007 “Jesus of Nazareth,” his first book as pope, which offered a very personal meditation on the early years of Christ’s life and teachings. This second installment, set to be released March 10, concerns the final part of Christ’s life, his death and resurrection.
The Vatican’s publishers provided excerpts Wednesday.
In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus’ final hours, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for having turned him over. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the Jewish leadership, the “Temple aristocracy” and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible, but not Jews as a whole…
Read more here.
Traditionalist Anglicans who remain in the Anglican Church, against Pope Benedict XVI’s offer of an Anglican ordinariate, are wasting “time and spiritual energy” clinging to a “dangerous illusion“, said the Vatican’s delegate for the Australian ordinariate, reports the Catholic News Service.
CathNews has more:
Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott urged Anglicans at festival in Perth to take up the Pope’s offer of “peace.”
“I would caution people who still claim to be Anglo-Catholics and yet are holding back,” he told The Record, Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Perth this week. “I’d say ‘When are you going to face realities?‘ because there’s no place for a classical Anglo-Catholic in the Anglican Communion anymore.”
Those coming into the ordinariates are the “last fruits” of the Anglicans’ Oxford Movement started in 1833 by Blessed John Henry Newman to restore Catholic identity in the Anglican Church, Bishop Elliott said. But he warned that times have changed and events have taken a “new and confronting turn.”
“These realities seem to be lost on some Anglo-Catholics who are tempted to make a desperate last stand by just staying where they are,” he told the festival, which drew more than 100 people.
“Permit me to suggest that it is a waste of time and spiritual energy to cling to such a dangerous illusion. Valuing the Catholic faith should not be confused with polemics,” Bishop Elliott said.
“Let me quietly invite you to lay down weapons of controversies that are now pointless, to set aside endless intrigues which lead nowhere, to walk away from futile conflicts which cannot build up the body of Christ in charity. Accept the invitation of the vicar of Christ on earth.”
The prelate also dismissed suggestions that the Pope’s offer would hinder ecumenism. Rather, it has kick-started it, he said, in the continuing ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission) process.
See also: Australia leading way with UK in Anglicans swimming Tiber here.
This is stomach-churning.
A shocking video has emerged from Pakistan depicting children role-playing a Taliban suicide bombing.
The 84-second clip shows Pashtun children recreating a terrorist attack, with one boy dressed in black – the ‘bomber’ – being embraced and wished well by his friends before setting off on his deadly mission.
In the single-take video, the ‘bomber’ then approaches another boy, dressed in white, who appears to be mimicking a member of the security forces and tries to stop him.
But the young Jihadi then ‘detonates’ – with other boys throwing sand into the air to simulate the explosion – and others rush in to examine the children who are playing dead.
Ahsan Masood, a Pashtun from Waziristan in Pakistan, posted the video on Facebook because he ‘thought it was funny’. [!]
Salma Jafar of Save the Children UK in Pakistan, told The Guardian: ‘It’s horrifying and alarming.
‘These children have become fascinated by bombers rather than condemning them.
‘If they glamorise violence now, they can become part of it later in life.’
Very, very evil!
On Tuesday, the Iranian people protested against their government, demanding the release of Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who have been jailed for their opposition to the regime.
Iranian Security Forces responded by firing tear gas, and eyewitnesses reported hearing gunfire in a number of locations in Tehran…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the situation in Iran by demanding that the international community take an approach to Iran a similar to the one they have with Libya. The U.S. and European countries have demanded that Libya’s dictator step down and are threatening to use force to protect Libyan protestors from their own government.