Culture

Farmer Forced Topless Rihanna to Cover up, Branded a ‘Bible-Bashing Maniac’

Good for him!

Fans of pop singer Rihanna have branded the farmer who booted the singer off his land during a racy video shoot a “bible-bashing maniac.”

They have been bombarding Alan Graham with hate mails after he asked the ‘Bajan’ star to leave while shooting topless in his field in Northern Ireland last week.

“I’m taking it all in my stride, it’ll soon die down,” the Sun quoted Graham, who is deeply religious and was offended by the singer taking her kit off, as saying.

“To be honest, all this fuss has kept me back a bit. I’ve got straw to harvest that I haven’t been able to finish yet,” he stated.

Other obsessed Rihanna fans have been contacting him to try and buy some of the ears of corn the singer touched while dancing in the field.

“I don’t think I’ll be doing that, but maybe I’ll name a type of grain after her,” the farmer said.

Bail ó Dhia ort, good man!

 

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Man Rips Out Both Eyes During Church Service!

Good grief! A worshipper rips out both eyes during Mass with his bare hands.

A 46-year-old man who told doctors he was hearing voices reportedly ripped out his own eyeballs during a Sunday church service in northern Italy, The Sun reports.

According to The Daily Mail, Aldo Bianchini, who was born in the UK but spent most of his life in Italy, used his bare hands to tear out his eyeballs just as Rev. Lorenzo Tanganelli began conducting Mass. He then collapsed on the floor in a pool of his own blood.

NBC Bay Area translated comments Rev. Tanganelli gave Corriere Fiorentino, an Italian newspaper.

“This man at the back of the nave started tearing at his face and I realized he was gouging out his eyes,” Tanganelli told the paper. “I called for assistance and the paramedics were quickly at the scene, and he was taken away and then I carried on celebrating Mass, but a lot of people had left because they were so shocked by what they had seen.”

Bianchini was taken to the hospital for treatment, but doctors say he will never be able to see again.

“In 26 years of practicing medicine, I have never seen anything like it,” Dr. Gino Barbacci, the emergency physician who treated Bianchini, told the Italian-language news site Bresciaoggi.it, according to a HuffPost translation.

From The Daily Mail, quoting Dr. Barbacci:

“He was in a great deal of agony and he was covered in blood. He said that he had used his bare hands to gouge out his eyeballs after hearing voices telling him to do so — to do something like that requires superhuman strength.”

According to a HuffPost translation of Corriere Fiorentino, Bianchini studied chemistry and speaks five languages, but he had not found work. He has lived with his mother for about 20 years in Viareggio, a coastal city in northern Tuscany near Pisa.

Evil at work. Horrific!

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Syro Malabar Eparchy Eastern Rite Catholic Church

A lot of people today have been enquiring after the Syro Malabar Eparchy Eastern Rite Catholic Church.  It probably has much to do with the fact that the Archdiocese of Boston has sold one of its shuttered churches to them, but the communicants will not leave.

Well according to Wikipedia:

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an East Syrian Rite, Major Archiepiscopal Church in full communion with the Catholic Church. It is one of the 22 sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches in the Catholic Church. It is the largest of the Saint Thomas Christian denominations with more than 3.6 million believers. It is also the second largest Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

The church is headed by the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Mar George Alencherry the Patriarch and Gate of All India. Saint Alphonsa is the first saint from within the Church. The members of the Church are locally known as Surianis or Syrian Catholics or Roman Catholic Syrian Christians (RCSC).

There is a lot more here on this Church believed to be founded by St Thomas. And it’s really, really interesting.

The Syro-Malabar identity is unique to the state of Kerala in India and its people. According to Fr. Placid Podipara “they are Hindu or Indian in culture, Christian in religion and Syro-Oriental in worship”…

The Church has some 29 Eparchies. 13 are outside Kerala including one in the United States of America.

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago is an Eastern Catholic eparchy for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the United States. The Diocese, established in 2001, is the only eparchy of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India, and it has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire US. It is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Which brings us to the one receiving all the media attention: St Thomas Syro-Malabar Church, Boston.

The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the most flourishing and promising
Catholic Churches today. This is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church in the world, with a population of around three million. At present it is the major community of the ancient Thomas Christians in India. A vibrant and growing Catholic community, the SMC boasts 26 dioceses, which account for almost half of the 8,000 diocesan clergy in the 130 Dioceses of India; the Church also provides more than 60 percent of the 82,000 missionary workers among the 15 million Catholic community in India…

The establishment of the Syro-Malabar diocese is a historical landmark in the history of the Syro-Malabar church. Until the establishment of this diocese, the Syro-Malabar church was confined to India only. The establishment of the diocese helped the immigrant Syro-Malabar Catholics to practice their rite in the U.S.A.

There are more than 100,000 Indian Catholics following this rite in U.S.A and Canada and the number is increasing on account of the immigration of professionals…

Their parish website is here.

And they seem to be doing really well.

 

God’s work is clearly being done. So instead of doing this (holding round-the-clock vigils):

Why not simply worship togther? It that too much to ask for, Christians?

 

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Beheaded Archbishop’s Face Revealed

Weird news of the day. The reconstructed face of Simon of Sudbury, former Archbishop of Canterbury:

The face of a 14th-century former Archbishop of Canterbury has been revealed 630 years after he was beheaded by angry peasants.

Resembling a character out of a science fiction movie, the medieval cleric Simon of Sudbury now stares at visitors in St. Gregory’s Church at Sudbury in Suffolk, where the 3-D model is on permanent display alongside the original skull.

“There was a gasp when people saw what he looked like as his sculpture was unveiled. He was compared to characters such as Spock and Shrek, and some were surprised by the size of him. Indeed, he is quite a big guy,” forensic artist Adrienne Barker from the University of Dundee told Discovery News.

Simon of Sudbury, who was Chancellor of Salisbury and Bishop of London before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1375, crowned King Richard II at Westminster Abbey in 1377.

Named Lord Chancellor of England three years later, the mild and gentle archbishop soon became the target of the peasants’ hatred.

Seen as responsible for introducing the third poll tax, Simon met a grisly end when insurgents stormed the Tower of London during the Peasants’ Revolt, or the Great Rising of 1381. They dragged him from his chamber to Tower Hill, struck off his head and placed it on a spike on Tower Bridge.

It is believed that the gruesome trophy was spotted by a man from Sudbury, who grabbed it in the middle of the night and brought it back to his hometown in a barrel of brine.

While the archbishop’s body was buried in Canterbury Cathedral, the head has been kept at St. Gregory’s Church at Sudbury in Suffolk ever since.

To reconstruct the archbishop’s face, Barker first carried out CT scans on his partly mummified skull.

The scans provided grim details about the execution…

Read on here.

 

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A Eucharistic Miracle in Poland?

Yahoo.com:

Poland – Roman Catholics in Poland gathered Sunday for a special Mass celebrating what they see as a miracle: the appearance on a communion wafer of a dark spot that they are convinced is part of the heart of Jesus.

The communion wafer in question developed a brown spot in 2008 after falling on the floor during a Mass in the eastern Polish town of Sokolka. Two medical doctors determined that the spot was heart muscle tissue, church officials have said.

Bialystok Archbishop Edward Ozorowski said during the Mass that in history, the “substance of Christ’s body or blood has become available to the human senses, and this also happened in Sokolka.”

“For God, nothing is impossible,” Ozorowski said.

The dark-spotted wafer was carried aloft in a reliquary by a golden-robed priest in a procession and was put on display in the town’s church of St. Anthony as about 1,000 faithful looked on, according to a report and footage carried by the TV station TVN.

Catholics believe that the bread and wine that priests use during the sacrament of communion — or the Eucharist — are changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

The wafer was dropped by a priest celebrating communion in 2008. In accordance with church practice, the priest placed the wafer in water to dissolve it. Several days later a nun found that the wafer had not dissolved completely, and found a red mark on it.

The nun’s discovery sparked huge interest among the faithful in this deeply Roman Catholic country, sparking large numbers to flock to Sokolka. Though some believers consider the object miraculous, the Vatican is still examining the matter and has not yet officially decided whether to declare it a miracle, church spokesman Andrzej Debski said.

A group of rationalists complained about the matter in 2008, and called on authorities to investigate if a murder or other crime was involved if human flesh was indeed found on the wafer. Police say they have no evidence of any crime.

There are some more photos here.

 

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Archbishop Rowan Williams: Women Bishops would Humanise Priesthood

Yes, we’ll just forget all about Scripture, Tradition, doctrine and the received Apostolic Faith. In any event, if you already have priestesses, why on earth not bishopesses?

Dr Rowan Williams warned the Church hierarchy to prepare for the “culture change” that would come with the “full inclusion” of women.

Removing the bar to women’s ordination as bishops would help reverse the “creeping bureaucratisation” and “box ticking” that too often undermines the   work of the Church, Dr Williams suggested.

His comments came as reforms allowing women to become bishops came a step closer to passing into Church law.

The 44 individual dioceses have until mid-November to hold ballots among members of their local synods, or assemblies, on whether to support plan.

The reforms have already proven highly divisive, contributing to hundreds of worshippers and clerics, including five bishops, leaving the Church of England to become Roman Catholics this year.

More traditionalists would be certain to leave if the reforms came into force…

The rest in the Telegraph here.

The Church of England: In error, directionless, irrelevant and crumbling.

 

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While I Was Sleeping…

At the start of a new week, here are some goings on on the .net while I was sleeping (that ‘station in the desert of this world’):