Culture

Catholic Church Criticises ‘Christ’ Advert

Yes, it’s blasphemous and quite frankly, simply disgusting:

The Catholic Church has criticised an Italian television advert in which a half-naked man resembling Christ tries to ward off the advances of an overweight dominatrix dressed in suspenders and stockings.

The advertisement, for a type of mobile phone earpiece, shows the man tied to a bed in a pose that evokes Jesus on the cross.

Sweating and looking anxious, he winces when a woman in tights and high heels enters the room, thwacks whip on the bed and starts to straddle him.

“Hey Dad, can you help me?” the male actor says in English, looking upwards as if to God.

The bizarre ad, for a company called Nodis, has been aired on a national television channel, Italia 1, which is owned by Mediaset, a company belonging to Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister.

“It’s a sordid concept and incredibly insulting to those who believe in Jesus Christ,” said an editorial in Avvenire, a daily newspaper owned by the Catholic Bishops Conference.

The newspaper’s editor, Marco Tarquinio, said the commercial should never have been made.

He suggested that Catholics offended by the ad should stop watching the channel and boycott the company’s products.

An association of Catholic television viewers, Aiart, made a formal protest over the commercial.

“The reference to Christ is explicit and deeply offensive to religious sentiment,” it said in a statement.

How very repulsive!

Church

The Ordinariate is Really Happening

Last night saw the first receptions of groups into the ordinariate

The Catholic Herald reports:

The ordinariate is really happening. It really is. After a year and a half since the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus which made establishing an ordinariate possible, and many earlier years of gestation, it is finally becoming real. Sure, it was established in January but until last night, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham numbered fewer than 20 people.

Today its numbers have already more than doubled and by Easter morning its numbers will have swelled to close to a thousand members. These will not only include more than 60 members of clergy, but also very importantly, the committed lay people who have followed their pastors into full Communion with the Catholic Church.

I found it very moving to be at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark last night to watch Mgr Keith Newton, the ordinariate’s head, receive one of the first, first wave groups into the personal ordinariate. It was clearly a moving experience for the people who were there with their families, some of whom were already Catholics, others who would not follow them and even others who were being received with their families.

Christopher Pearson, the former parish priest of St Agnes Kennington, led the group, which was mainly from the parish. The Catholic priest of the parish where the group had been receiving instruction took part in the ceremony as did Mgr Mark Woodruff, the secretary of the Catholic League and Canon James Cronin. Another nice touch was the presence of Catholic lay people from the parish in the congregation who had come out in support.

The whole process of reception and confirmation, when Mgr Newton welcomed each new Catholic into the Church by name, called the Holy Spirit down on them and then anointed their foreheads with chrism, was incredible. It always is, but there was also the sense, last night, of a whole community coming into the Catholic Church together.

Mgr Newton also seemed moved by the celebration at St George’s, which in effect marks the realisation of what he represents as ordinary. After the Mass he told the congregation and the new members of the ordinariate how delighted he was that they had come. He said that he had thought of himself as a leader of a flock when he had been an Anglican bishop. He said he had hoped people would follow his lead into the ordinariate but had been worried that he might turn around and find no one there and he thanked them for being there. (NB: This is a rough paraphrase as I had packed up pen and paper at this point).

The newly confirmed became members of the Ordinariate with their reception into the Catholic Church. Once the ordinariate has its mother church—Mgr Newton said that at the moment he is more concerned with finding housing for all his clergy than looking for the principal church—they will be registered there.

Culture

Immersion ‘Piss Christ’ Photograph Attacked with Hammer – Good!

I’m no supporter of violence, but am really not sorry to read about this:

A man took a hammer to a controversial photograph of a crucifix bathed in urine at an art exhibition in France.

The modern art museum, the Collection Lambert, in southern France, said an assailant destroyed the photograph by American artist Andres Serrano, ”

The modern art museum, the Collection Lambert, in southern France, said an assailant destroyed the photograph by American artist Andres Serrano, “Immersion (Piss Christ)” on Sunday and apparently accidentally damaged another of the artist’s works while struggling with a guard.

It was not immediately clear whether the assailant was part of a demonstration a day earlier by a right-wing group denouncing the 1987 photograph as blasphemous and demanding its removal from the exhibition, entitled “I Believe in Miracles.”

According to police, citing witnesses, two people tried to enter the museum late on Sunday morning carrying a can of paint spray and a chisel in their jackets. The guard removed the objects – just as a third person took a hammer to “Immersion.”

The attacker struggled with a guard, but helped by an accomplice, managed to escape, police said. In the struggle, he apparently damaged another work, “The Church (Sister Jeanne-Myriam),” which shows a nun praying.

The police officials asked not to be identified by name because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The museum’s doors were shut Monday for its weekly closing. However, it said it will reopen Tuesday with the destroyed works on display so that the public can view the damage. The museum closed early Saturday because of a protest of the protest.

Serrano made the controversial work by placing a crucifix in urine and blood, and it has drawn criticism in the past from some Christian groups… 

Such blasphemous works of so-called ‘art’ are inspired by Satan himself for sure!

Perhaps it got what it deserved…

Bible Archaeology

Cyrus the Great’ Cylinder Returns to Britain

And I thought they (Iran) would never give it back.

LONDON, (CAIS) — The Cyrus the Great Cylinder, described as the world’s first Charter of Human Rights returned to the British Museum on Monday, following the seven-month loan to the National Museum of Iran (NMI).

The priceless Cylinder arrived in the UK just after the cultural authorities in Iran severed ties with the Louvre over the French museum’s decision not to lend Iranian antiquities to NMI.

The British Museum said the artefact would go back on display in its ancient Iran gallery (Room 52) on Tuesday.

Prior to loaning, the cylinder caused difficulties between the two countries when the Islamic Republic threatened to cut ties with the British Museum if it did not lend the Persian artefact.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained by Iran’s disputed nuclear program that Britain and other Western countries led by the US, accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons; the same was claimed about Saddam Hussain, which resulted in the invasion of Iraq in 2003; and the evidence to support their allegations proved to be fabricated. Iran also believes Britain is provoking and arming Arab immigrants residing in Iran’s oil rich Khuzestan Province as well as supporting terrorists groups active in Sistan-va-Balucestan Province to destabilise the country.

In addition, a number of Iranian academics and oppositions objected the loaning of the cylinder to Iran, since the safety could not be guaranteed; a four-month loan was eventually agreed in September 2010. The cylinder was escorted by a British delegation headed by Dr John Curtis to the exhibition site, where it was displayed for the first time after 40 years during the 2,500 Year Celebration of Iranian Monarchy in 1971.

The duration of the loan was extended in December 2010, due to the exhibition’s popularity. Over two million Iranians have viewed this priceless artefact while it was on display in NMI.

The presence of Cyrus the Great Cylinder in Iran has proved immensely significant, as it was provided an opportunity for the majority of Iranians and non-governmental cultural establishments to promote a ‘nationalist narrative’, which predates Islam for thousands of years, once again since 1979 without fear of prosecution. Therefore, the bete noir of the artefact was the highest echelons for the Mullahs in Iran, as they boycotted the exhibition and called it the ‘work of Zionists’.

The Mullahs and fundamentalists were only too ecstatic to see the back of the Cylinder.

Cyrus the Great Cylinder was found during a British Museum excavation at Babylon in Iraq in 1879, and has been in the British Museum since that time. It was originally inscribed and buried in the foundations of a wall after Cyrus the Great, considered by Iranians as the ‘Father of Nation’, captured Babylon in 539 BCE.

The Cylinder records that aided by the god Marduk, Cyrus took Babylon without any struggle, restored shrines dedicated to different gods and repatriated deported peoples who had been brought to Babylon. It was this decree that allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Because of these enlightened acts, which were rare in antiquity, the Cylinder has acquired a special resonance, and is valued by people all around the world as a symbol of tolerance and respect for different peoples and different faiths. These are the qualities for which Cyrus is revered in the Hebrew Bible.

Two fragments of a tablet were also found in the19th century British Museum excavations in or near Babylon. These fragments were identified by experts at the Museum in January 2010 as being inscribed with parts of the same text as the Cylinder but do not belong to it. Initially, they show that the text of the Cylinder was probably a proclamation that was widely distributed across the Persian Empire (550-330 BCE). In August 2010, however the extracts of Cyrus the Great Cylinder were also discovered in China.

The extracts were carved with cuneiform inscriptions on two fossilised horse bones. They were initially dismissed as fakes because of the improbability of ancient Persian texts turning up in Beijing, but following an in-depth research, the BM specialist Irving Finkel was convinced of their authenticity. With the findings become clear that the proclamation were widely distributed beyond the borders of the Persian Empire.

Although the Cyrus Cylinder is called the world’s oldest human rights document, Eurocentrics, anti-Semitics and Muslim fundamentalists alike claim it was common in Mesopotamia for a king to begin their rule with such reform declarations, despite the fact that no such a creed has ever been discovered to support their claim.

HT:   PaleoJudaica