Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Around the Horn - A Bit of News that Probably Didn't Make the Papers

A Cardinal with a Heart – Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, recently sent a letter to all US Representatives, urging them to support the Pregnant Women Support Act, reintroduced in the House by Lincoln Davis, a democrat from Tennessee. Rigali writes, “First, the fact that over a million abortions take place every year in this country is a tragedy, and we should at least take steps to reduce abortions. Second, no woman should ever have to undergo an abortion because she feels she has no other choice, or because alternatives were unavailable or not made known to her. An abortion performed under such social and economic duress meets no one's standard for 'freedom of choice.'”

Husband of Some Wives – Anglicans in Kenya have voiced their disagreement to a new law being drafted which would authorize polygamy – the marriage of multiple partners – as well as recognize cohabitation. “The law will confuse citizens. It will cause chaos in families,” Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi said. “We should follow the biblical teachings. It is the orderly way.”

Back in the USSR – Ten or more Russian Orthodox Christians, members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, were detained by police for holding up signs in counter-protest at a gay rights rally held in Moscow at the 2009 Eurovision song context. From all accounts, the counter-rally was peaceably attempting to exercise their voice, but skirmishes broke out and the police were involved. Little more information has been forthcoming.

Marxist Llama – Last spring the Dhali Llama publicly admitted himself to be a Marxist sympathizer, and confesses once asking to join the Chinese Communist Party. The exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism, driven out by the communist take over over his religious kingdom, he told Newsweek, “[Marxism] is very similar to principles of Buddhism: altruism, concern for others and especially those who need it. ... As two forms of humanism, there is no contradiction between communism, if it's really applied, and Buddhism. The problem is that communism was never true to itself.”

Family is My Religion – Recent polls have shown that organized religion is still on the decline in most parts of Europe. Italy is still the most religious country on the continent still showed less than 48% (less than one out of every two) Italians believe religion to be “essential.” Germany was the lowest surveyed, with only 24% finding religion important. When asked what is sacred, 71% of Germans answered, “family.”

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