Entries Tagged as 'Religion and spirituality'

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

40 Years Out of the Closet #NationalComingOutDay #NCOD

On a bitterly cold January night in 1976, after cooking me a dinner of whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, after sitting with me on his bed in a campus rooming house while listening to Maria Callas singing her signature role as Floria Tosca (Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore “I lived for art, I lived for […]

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Protestant Reformation, Muddled Protestant Sacramental Theology Created #KimDavis

You can blame the Kim Davis affair (i.e, the current legal controversy surrounding her professional refusal to do her job granting marriage licenses, not her past personal bidness exploring fornication and adultery) on an event that occurred nearly 500 years ago: the Protestant Reformation. No sooner had the ink dried on the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Merry Xmas; Now Die, Faggots

Pope Benedict’s Xmas message has certainly put the X back in Xmas for me, an x-Catholic and an x-priest. In his 2012 annual Christmas Greetings to the Roman Curia  (whose corruption prompted the pope’s butler to leak secret documents to the press, landing him in jail for his trouble–for which the pope granted him a […]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Jeremiads Incoming!

We were once a great nation, but we have strayed from our founding principles and now stand at the edge of the abyss. We face certain ruin unless we return to our founding principles. If that rhetorical formula sounds familiar to Americans, it should. It’s called the “jeremiad” (after the biblical prophet Jeremiah), and it […]

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Faux News, “War on Christmas”

‘Tis the season for Faux News to crank up its annual “Secularists War Against Christmas.” Since Republicons are usually hysterians rather than historians, this page from our Puritan founder William Bradford (1590-1657) might be instructive: “On the day called Christmas-day, the Governor called them out to work, (as was used) but the most of this […]

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Benetton’s Kissing Pope Ad

The Vatican claims that this ad is “damaging not only to the dignity of the pope and the Catholic Church but also to the feelings of believers.” I can think of some things that the Vatican and its minions have done that have already done this damage. The Vatican is threatening suit to prevent the […]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

WWJD? Rick Perry, Antichrist

Republicon governor Rick Perry has declared a public day of prayer and is organizing a major national public prayer event, using the typical language of the 17th-century jeremiad: America in crisis . . . facing doom . . . must act now . . . But what would Jesus do? Fortunately, we know without any biblical ambiguity, […]

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Desultory Philippic on Trite Farragoes of Heterosexual Privilege

This is my first and last comment on The Wedding. Like any queen, I am Anglophile. And I wish anyone well who makes public promises, especially given the recent connubial track record of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (as they were known before tidily Anglicizing the name of “the firm” to “Windsor” during World War […]

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Lie or Die? Either Way, the Culture of Homophobia is Killing Us

What do Minister George Rekers; Pastor Ted Haggard, WA Legislator Richard Curtis, former congressman, Mark Foley, and Alabama Attorney General Troy King, and most recently Rev. Eddie Long (no relation to me!)  have in common? Each one of them took rabid anti-gay positions in their public lives. Each one of them has been accused of […]

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Obama’s Religion

Widely reported recently, including this excerpt from the New York Times: Since October 2008, the percentage of Americans who say the president is a Muslim has risen from 12 percent to 18 percent. The percentage of people who think he is a Christian has fallen from 51 percent to 34 percent. The polling data indicated […]

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Vatican Preaching, Serious Medical Condition, Surgery

Widely reported today, Good Friday among Christians, is the sermon delivered before Pope Benedict XVI (formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger) by Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who holds the office of preacher of the papal household. Friar Cantalamessa likened recent criticism of the Pope’s inaction in a priest-pedophile abuse case (when Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich, Germany) […]

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Why I Am No Longer a Virginian: Va. AG Tells Colleges to Drop Gay-Rights Protections

In 2008 I left the Commonwealth of Virginia (my ancestral home, where I had lived and worked for most of my adult life) to move to Connecticut. News from the Old Dominion (reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education) confirms my decision to leave: Virginia’s attorney general says public colleges and universities in the state […]

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Why I Am No Longer a Roman Catholic

I am the product of 20 years of Catholic education (grade school, prep school, college, seminary), of which I am proud and for which I am grateful. During the 1980s I was a Roman Catholic priest. Over 20 years ago, I left the priesthood and the Church. In the words of the Jewish Passover Seder […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Novena Prayer for the Speedy Death of Pat Robertson

Telehypocrite Pat Robertson has announced today that the Haitian earthquake was God’s punishment for Haitians’ making a pact with Satan 200 years ago when they struggled for liberation from the French. (I’m not making this up.) The following prayer is offered for the relief of Haitians and all humanity from this pestilent beast. (To be […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Powers of 10

The Times recently reminded us of one of the timeless films from the 1070s, Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of 10, a representation of the macrocosm and microcosm. The film begins with a camera hovering over a couple’s picnic on the Chicago lakeside, a frame 1 meter wide (10 to the power of 0 meters), […]

Friday, August 14th, 2009

US Catholic Bishops Condemn Reiki

Thank God the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are on watch looking out for your physical and spiritual health. Its Committee on Doctrine, chaired by William Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, CT, has published “Guidelines for Evaluating for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy.” Reiki (an alternative touch therapy used in many hospitals as a complement […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Sheldon Kopp’s Eschatological Laundry List

In the late 1970s, Sheldon Kopp’s If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! influenced my own work of cultivation.  Kopp, a psychotherapist who died in 1999, ended that book with an “Eschatological Laundry List”: 1. This is it! 2. There are no hidden meanings. 3. You can’t get there from here, and […]

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Connecticut Catholic Church Defends Florists

According to a report in today’s Hartford (Connecticut) Courant (where the Connecticut Supreme Court has recently ruled in favor of same-sex marriages so the General Assembly is putting together the legal framework): Church: Florists Should Be Allowed To Say No To Gay Weddings By DANIELA ALTIMARI | The Hartford Courant March 7, 2009 Concerned that […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

In the Bleak Midwinter

With the arrival of the solstice, winter is here. Some pics I took at my home this weekend, reminded my friend and fellow vocalist Bill Hunter (of Schola Cantorum) of Christina Rossetti’s poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which begins: In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a […]

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Sex: It’s Not What You Think

I’m thinking about sex. (I know; you’re shocked.) But it’s not what you think. I’m often amused (and often more than a little bemused) about sex. About how sex is usually not about sex. And about how sex is often configured in some communities in seemingly contradictory (or to be more polite, “paradoxical”) ways. Margaret […]

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

One of the handful of points of pride that Thomas Jefferson specified as his epitaph was that he was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Famously in Query 17 of the only book he published in his lifetime, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson wrote: The legitimate powers of government extend […]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

“Neuro,” the New “Nano”?

Is “neuro” the new “nano”? Until recently “nano-” whatever (and before that, “geno-” whatever) was all the rage. In a nation as scientifically illiterate as it is historically illiterate and culturally illiterate as ours, perhaps at first blush it might seem contradictory that we would entertain one mania after another, like Toad of Toad Hall, […]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

sham fui

I have long been a student of the art of sham fui, the ancient art of conning gullible Westerners who have more money than sense. Recently, I conversed with a woman who told me that she had been an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at a local university; when I asked her what […]

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Resolutions for 2008

Americans as diverse as Jonathan Edwards (famous to lit students for his 18th-century sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”) and Benjamin Franklin (famous for just about everything except sermons) wrote and kept track of resolutions, seeking to conform their deeds to their ideals, so why should I be different? Less email, more […]