Thursday, January 19, 2006

Makin' Headlines

Is it just me, or is the Vatican constantly in the headlines these days? Maybe the last pope was just too old to cause a raucus. But just today's paper had two separate articles on news coming out of the Vatican, and there was also a front page story the other day. The stories are as follows:
  1. Judas Iscariot to Get Vatican Makeover. Judas was not as bad as we've made him out to be. He was "misunderstood"; just doing God's bidding, according to Roman Catholic officials. We must "look kindly toward him" (It's funny that Jesus called him a "son of destruction" doomed to hell, in John 17:12). Read about this claim in The London Times.
  2. Stop teaching "intelligent design" in schools, it's not science and it just confuses people. Read about this pious opinion here.
  3. Pope Benedict released an encyclical warning his sheep not to confuse love for lust and sex. He differentiated between 'eros', erotic love, and 'agape', the "unconditional, spiritual, and selfless" love. He said that eros in the right context is OK, but not outside of agape, which is the standards of love given by Jesus. He says that eros risks being "'degraded to mere sex' if it is not balanced with spiritual or divine love founded on the teachings of Jesus." I have to agree with Benny on this one. Read about it here.
  4. And one last bit of humor. Pope Benedict is making headlines as, of all things, a fashion celebrity. Not only did he wear a traditional medieval red hat for Christmas, which looked strikingly like Santa's, he also donned "a red velvet cape trimmed in ermine" in December. He could be a catwalk model in Milan with his "Gucci sunglasses and bright red Prada loafers." I'm not kidding. Read about PontiFabbio here.