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Current Events
The Vatican announced Sunday an arrangement to allow disaffected Episcopalian congregations in the United States to join the Roman Catholic church. The arrangement will allow an exemption to priestly celibacy for former Episcopal priests who are married. Interesting development.  But it opens a can of worms for celibate Catholic priests who won’t be grandfathered in, but will want the right to marry if others can.  Don’t you think? I know this is a little outside our normal evangelical circle discussion, but any thoughts? Read more here…
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Controversy
The Catholic Church isn’t talking nice about one of their own:  Andrew Cuomo.  According to a report in the New York Times:
His relationship with Sandra Lee, his live-in girlfriend, is sacrilegious and should be punished by denying Cuomo communion, writes Vatican court consultant Edward Peters. It’s official: “Public concubinage” is officially the dirtiest-sounding church term we’ve ever heard.
via Church Leader: Andrew Cuomo Is Living in ‘Public Concubinage’ — Daily Intel. I agree.  I think we should take an offering to Edward Peters.  He deserves some kind of a prize for coining a new term. I don’t know about you, but I plan on working the whole ‘public concubinage’ comment into my vocabulary.  Daily. QUESTION:  When someone asks you why it was OK for Solomon to have a thousand concubines and we can’t today… what do you tell them? What’s your quick answer?
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Current Events
A semi-official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has declared that Homer and Bart Simpson are, in deed, catholic: “‘Not many people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it. But it’s true, Homer J. Simpson is Catholic.”  This, even though, as any casual Simpsons observer can tell you, the Simpsons attend a Protestant church. Here’s a little more from an article in the HeraldSun: In that article Fr Orchetta said, ”The Simpsons are one of the few TV programs for children left in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurring themes. ”The family say a prayer before their meals and, in their way, believe in the afterlife.” The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, expressed “shock and awe” at Fr Orchetta’s appraisal. “I guess it makes up for me not going to church for 20 years,” he joked. He pointed out that The Simpsons attend a Protestant church on the show. “We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic,” he said.  “I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays – for even an hour.” Mr Orchetta  focused on a 2005 episode in which Bart attends Catholic school after being expelled from Springfield Elementary, which leads Homer to convert to Catholicism, ANSA reported. Religion is a common theme on the show – usually through support characters such as Reverend Lovejoy or Ned Flanders. But Homer has regular grapples with God – including the early episode when he decides to stay home from church and has the best. day. ever, until his house catches on fire. Then again, Homer also sold his soul to the Devil (Flanders) for a doughnut. Hmmm… just for fun:  what denomination do you think these cartoon characters would be?  Let’s open up nominations: 1.  Family Guy 2.  Yosemite Sam 3.  Beevis 4.  Butthead 5.  Sponge Bob 6.  Patrick 7.  Squidward Todd
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