Fr Edward L. Beck writes:
The only time I met James Gandolfini, we talked about God.
It was a chance meeting at the Broadway play “God of Carnage,” in which he was acting. I went backstage to see someone else but was introduced to James.
When he heard that I was a priest he laughed and said, “Gee, Father, I hope you didn’t think this was a play about God.”
“No, I didn’t,” I said, “but I was surprised to find out that it actually was.”
He looked perplexed by my answer, hesitated for a moment, and then said, “Well, we’ll have to talk about that sometime.”
Of course, we never did. It was the first and last time I saw him.
I had, however, seen him many times on television in one of my favorite shows, “The Sopranos.”
Perhaps it’s unwise for a Catholic priest to admit being a “Sopranos” fan, but I confess to having used it more than once as fodder for a Sunday homily. I happen to think it was one of the most spiritual shows on television. Had I told James that, he might have been as surprised as he was by my “God of Carnage” quip…
Read on at CNN.
The Lodox produces the lowest levels of radiation of any other X-ray machine, and is used in 11 hospital trauma units across the country, mostly at government hospitals.
While other machines might take 20 minutes to X-ray a critically injured patient, the Lodox takes only seconds.
The machine was invented by the De Beers mining company in the 1990s to scan hundreds of miners at the ends of their shifts to see if they had swallowed diamonds.
In last night’s episode, Dr Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) presents the machine to his staff…
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney had a shocker of a debate with the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. He went as far as saying that the Biblical story of Adam and Eve is but a mere myth, a mythological account:
“It’s a very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world.”
When you make such admissions, you’re as good as done in debate. Australia… Australia… you’re dropping the ball down-under.
The headline in the Sydney Morning Herald says it all: Dawkins shades Pell in battle of belief:
In the great showdown between God and the godless, it was the silver-haired professional agnostic in the middle – calm throughout, pointed in his questions, and thankful that his warring guests were “not grunting” – who emerged victorious on the ABC’s Q&A last night.
Billed as a kind of final countdown, a day of reckoning for the chattering classes, the exchange was often not much better than a feral snarl-off. Pell ran circles around his own arguments (frequently of the how-many-angels-can-you-fit-on-the-head-of-a-pin type)…
But as the exchange wore on and Dawkins sank into exasperation with the vapidity of some of the questions, Pell became more expansive. And the more liturgical rope he was allowed, the more thoroughly he hanged himself.
God picked the Jews to prove his existence, he said, even though they were just a bunch of shepherds and intellectually inferior to the Egyptians…
Pell’s argument during an exchange over evolution was downright baffling. He started by saying he “probably” accepts that humans descended from Neanderthals.
“Neanderthals?” piped up Dawkins, jumping disdainfully on the slip. “They were our cousins. We can’t be descended from our cousins.”
“These are extant cousins?” shot back Pell. “Where will I find a Neanderthal today if they’re our cousins?”
Dawkins: “They’re extinct.”
Pell: “Exactly. That’s my point.”
“Your point is that because they’re extant they can’t be our cousins?” Dawkins asked, by now incredulous.
“I’m not really much fussed,” said Pell.
“That’s clear,” said Dawkins…
If you missed it, ABC has it here.
You can download it in mp4 here.
You may also wish to visit Doubting Dawkins. A far better set of challenges to Richard Dawkins.
South Africans spend more time on their mobile devices than they do watching television to listening to the radio, according to a Mobile Media Consumption survey.
On any given day, mobile web users spend 30 percent of their media time on mobile devices, 29 percent on television and 20 percent listening to the radio, mobile advertising network InMobi said in a statement.
“Availability, ease of use, and privacy are the top three driving factors to be on mobile,” it said.
“Social media, entertainment, and games are the top three mobile media activities among mobile web users. This popularity will continue to grow in the next 12 months.”
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has applied for a court interdict to stop TopTV from launching a 24-hour pornography channel, it says.
Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka said the application was lodged on Monday and TopTV was given until the close of business that day to file its answering affidavit.
He said he did not know if it had filed.
TopTV was not immediately available for comment.
The case was expected to be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.
Maleka said Icasa would hold public hearings about a pornography channel on Monday.
Last month, the Family Policy Institute said some Christian organisations planned to boycott TopTV after it announced the launch of the channel.
It said they would also boycott TopTV’s advertisers and sponsors.
Pray that this destructive trash stays off our TV’s…
Pastor-celebrity-cult-status seeking. Sinful me-sim:
More than 10 million people watch Joel Osteen’s television broadcast each week, and soon viewers will be able to see how the pastor of America’s largest church lives outside of Lakewood.
A new reality show will follow the Osteens’ ministry as they serve and inspire people across the U.S., Lakewood confirmed.
TMZ broke the news, with details from the show’s producer, Mark Burnett:
“Survivor” producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Joel Osteen for a primetime network show in 2012, TMZ has learned.
Burnett tells TMZ, the premise of the show is that ordinary people will give up several days or longer to go on a mission with Joel Osteen, one of the most popular pastors in the world. All of the missions will be in the confines of US soil to “start fixing things.”
Over the years, “just about every studio in Hollywood” has pitched show ideas to the Osteens, but they’ve always turned them down, until now, said Don Iloff, Lakewood spokesman.
The Osteens have been friends with Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, who are Christians and have visited Lakewood in the past, and they trust Burnett’s vision and expertise in the reality TV medium.
The program is in its early planning stages and has not secured a network to air it or even a name yet. The Osteen ministry team hopes it provides uplifting, positive programming that will bring families together to watch…
From Hollywood’s perspective, it’s not necessarily about the content, but the marketability and profitability of such programs, said Richard Flory, an expert in American Christianity at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
“It’s a different twist on this kind of short-term mission trip evangelicals have done for a long time,” said Flory of the proposed Osteen show. “It turns it into an entertainment model, where you feel good watching it, people feel good doing it and Joel Osteen gets exposure.”
Perish the thought! I mean, who the heck cares what Osteen does in his own time. He ain’t Jesus! Gosh, it’s enough to drive any God-fearing person to throw away the TV, for good! The whole Osteen idea makes one sick, to the gut! Forget about him and prime time TV. Your time is far better spent reading your Bibles! Please!!!
Yes, the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus:
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, famed for nude photo shoots and a homemade porn video with Tommy Lee, is to play mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms on Canadian TV this Christmas.
Anderson, a native of Canada, will headline A Russell Peters Christmas Special for CTV and The Comedy Network, where she will appear in a sketch comedy scene set in a Christmas manger with Canadian funnyman Russell Peters, who is hosting the one-hour special to bow here on December 1.
A Russell Peters Christmas Special will also star Michael Bublé, Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Saturday Night Live alumnus Jon Lovitz and Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall)…