Diary entries relating to "religion"
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The current papacy is actually an extension of the old Roman Empire. The bishops of Rome took over the administration of the church using the governing methods of the Romans. As the Empire fell, that government became the curia (governing body) of the Catholic church. The pope is the "Pontiflex Maxiums," a Roman term meaning "great...
Monday, March 18, 2013
I was raised by atheists, and when it comes to religion, I often joke that I'm a "lapsed Wiccan." However, I AM (officially, anyway) a Catholic, and I have high hopes for the new pope.
I never thought that Ratizinger was going to work out
--he was too...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
JFK once said, "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
Pope Benedict is the first pope in 600 years to resign, and while he cited bad health as the reason for this, many of us suspect there are deeper realizations behind it.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Or maybe through the minefields, when it comes to 9/11, because it has a different meaning for everyone.
We all remember where we were when events like that happened: when the Kennedys were assassinated, when the planes hit the Twin Towers.
Whitley and I had only recently lost our cabin in upstate New York and moved to...
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Every year, around this time, I'm always amazed by the number of people I meet who are coughing and sneezing and hacking away. I say to them, "You didn't get a flu shot--you can get one in the drug store for around $20 now," and they reply something like, "There are dangerous nanotubes inside vaccines," or "Flu shots GIVE...
Monday, February 14, 2011
We recently returned from a funeral
and I was very impressed by something the minister who officiated at it said. She really didn't know the 92-year-old lady who was being buried, so couldn't speak too personally about her, but she had been filled in a bit by the deceased woman's daughter,...