Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Points To Sexual Revolution Of The 1960s For Church Sex Abuses

Pope Benedict XVI 
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Some call it 'essay,' others 'letter.' Whatever it is, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his recent writing on the sex abuse crisis in the German magazine Klerusblatt (clergy monthly), claimed that the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the post-Vatican II (1962-1965) liberalization of the Catholic Church's moral teachings, increasing absence of God among many, morally lax teaching and practice in seminaries, and practice of homosexuality led to this widespread child sex abuse in the Church. 

Some progressive priests, bishops, and theologians criticized this view of Pope Benedict on the sex abuse in the Church, some conservative elements, on the other hand, are supporting him. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Flames Engulf Notre Dame Catheral in Paris Causing World-Wide Heartache

Impressive Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, used to
attract millions of tourists and devotees a year
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Interior view of the Cathedral during a religious service
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 The devastating fire of April 15, 2019, causes
the Notre Dame Cathedral spire collapse 
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Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), named in honour of Jesus' mother, is the Gothic cathedral on an island in the river Seine that passes through the city of Paris, is a French landmark renowned all over the world. Millions of French and international tourists visit it every year.

Built 850 years ago, this Catholic cathedral saw a lot of history and it itself survived the ravages of the French revolution (1789-1799), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945). 

Recently this cathedral was undergoing massive renovation work. French authorities surmise that this fire was caused accidentally. 

The French, as well as people world over, felt heartache at the devastating fire that engulfed this venerable cathedral. 

Many French donors have already pledged millions of euros for rebuilding the cathedral. Foreigners are also coming forward to offering help.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

La Civilta Cattolica (English Edition)

La Civilta Cattolica (The Catholic Civilization),
a Jesuit journal from Rome, Italy
La Civilta Cattolica, in the Italian language, is the 108-year old journal of the Jesuit Order in Rome, Italy. It is published in cooperation with the Secretariate of State of the Vatican, with the aim of interpreting "religion, history, politics, culture, science, and art in the world in the light of the Catholic faith."

It has its French, German, Spanish, Korean, and English versions. 

You may read the English version here La Civilta Cattolica (English Version)

The English translation of the Italian version can be read here La Civilta Cattolica

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (April 14 - 20, 2019)

A quotation Charles Dickens on 'one's heart', compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork: Andrea Mary D'Costa (2018)

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Budget vs. Uncollected Gargage In Toronto

A bin with uncollected overflowing garbage near
the Mount Sinai Hospital on the University Avenue, Toronto

Another bin with uncollected garbage 
right in front of the entrance to the Mount Sinai Hospital

A third bin, in front of the entrance to the Queens Park TTC Station 
(on College Street), facing the Provincial Parliament House 
at the Queens Park
All Photos (Toronto: April 12, 2019) © Jerome D'Costa

When Torontonians are busy debating the City and Provincial budgets, garbage cans right in front of the nose of the Provincial Parliament House remain uncleared for days. I noticed the uncollected garbage bin in the first photo (above) last Tuesday, April 9. Today is Friday (April 12) and the garbage can is still in its former position! This made me look further and I noticed the other two overflowing bins today. 

Now you can imagine what may happen when alcoholic drinks and recreational drugs are easily available everywhere! 

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Artist & The Viewer: A Publication of Toronto

The Artist & The Viewer -- a publication of Toronto
It's a recently debuted Toronto art newspaper for Toronto visual artists and their audience. It aims "to bring visual arts to the main stages" through its news, views, reviews, and articles on the Toronto art scene of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, photography, mixed media, multidisciplinary arts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, woodcraft, papercut, and more. 

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It's also available online at The Artist & The Viewer

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (April 7-13, 2019)

A quotation of Arnold Lunn on 'the success of a Catholic school,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Above design by Jerome D'Costa

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