Egypt: Everybody was so delirious on the Evening News about the "outbreak of freedom" in Egypt. They seem to have skimmed over some of it, like a Military Government that dissolved parliament, the acknowledgment that Egypt was going to be an Islamic Republic, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the uprising. Now we have something a little more chilling: A military assault on a Coptic Monastery. Actually, against two. With live ammunition and RPGs. The assault produced 19 civilian casualties. When the cloister was breached, the Egyptian Army was shocked to see the monks not running away, but chanting the Kyrie. It infuriated the soldiers, who were chanting Allah Akbar. The army arrested three monks and a layman who was visiting the monastery. It also prevented the Copts from taking the wounded to receive medical care.
Goodby Rodger: Rodger "the Dodger' Mahony will step down Sunday, on his 75th Birthday. It's normal and required for a Bishop to submit a resignation when they turn 75, and it's normal for them to remain in place while. But Mahony, who is infamous for his cult of personality and promotion of heterodox theology was given a coadjutor--which means his successor is in place. I'm betting that he received this not because he needed the help, but because the Pope was fed up, and wanted no delay in being rid of him. I'm sure his successor will be better, but I don't know by how much! The guy has said in public that Jesus was an illegal immigrant. I don't know where he got that--it's not in the Gospel and it's an ahistorical interpretation. We'll see.
"Good Christian B#tches": Apparently, ABC has cast a pilot for a program of the same name about a divorced woman who returns to her Dallas home to be victimized by gossiping Church Ladies. It's supposedly taken from a book of the same name. And people say that TV and Media are not hostile to Christianity. Well, until they get a show with a comparable name about Jewish and Islamic women, I think it's plain that it is bigotry. For that matter, based on my own life, I can say itwould be interesting to make a sitcom about neo pagan and Wiccan Guys.
"Catholic" Boston College, again: Boston College has decided to honor the late Robert Drinan, SJ. This priest was instrumental in convincing the Kennedy Poltical clan to support abortion, and served in congress despite calls from his superiors and bishops for him to withdraw. He was an active pro abortion worker, who originated the bankrupt and hypocritical dodge "I am personally opposed to abortion but...". he said that abortion was "virtual infanticide"but should be legal. Go figure. So now Boston College is honoring him. Despite the 2004 directive that catholic schools not honor those who publicly oppose and undermine Catholic teaching, which is what Drinan made a career of doing.
And Speaking of Catholic Schools: Chestnut Hill College fired Rev James St. George, for being gay. Rev. St. George isn't a Catholic, he's an Old Catholic, belonging to the Old Catholic Church of the Americas. he is upset that he was fired, and the school has made an error in firing him because he is actively gay. The problem is, that he is an Old Catholic, who was teaching theology in a Catholic School. he should not have been hired in the first place for that job. If the ordinary of this school had the organs required by canon law, he should be investigating--very closely--the religious education there, with a finger on the button to declare them non-catholic. I do not understand how he even got hired.