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By Dan Merica, CNN
From the Blog:
CNN: Israel’s backers step up efforts to win African-American support
Inside a former Seventh-day Adventist church, there were the beginnings of what some hope is a budding relationship between American blacks and Jews, with a major assist from some Christian Zionists.
CNN: On Sunday, Catholic Mass won’t sound the same
If you’re Catholic, mass this Sunday will sound different for the first time in nearly half a century. You’ll hear it in the prayers of both the people and the priests.
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From @angelajdavis: The Unbelievers Interesting article about black atheists nyti.ms/sCboxC
@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: @sojourners provides a constant, insightful look into how faith and social justice work together both inside and outside places of worship.
Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI on climate change: a credible response is needed
Pope Benedict XVI appealed for the success of a UN climate change conference that is opening tomorrow in Durban, South Africa.
BBC: Islamist PJD party wins Morocco poll
Morocco's moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has won the most seats in Friday's parliamentary elections, final results confirm. The interior ministry said the PJD took 107 out of 395 seats, giving it the right to lead a government.
The Daily Best: Evangelicals Flocking Toward Newt Gingrich
Like many evangelicals in Iowa, Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host, is wrestling with the possibility that Newt Gingrich may be the most viable standard bearer for family-values voters in the next election. It’s a conundrum, he says, that many others are also grappling with. "Maybe the guy in the race that would make the best president is on his third marriage," he says. "How do we reconcile that?"
Religion News Service: Workplace religious complaints double in last decade
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics show that religious discrimination complaints in workplace settings have more than doubled from a little over a decade ago, resulting in roughly $10 million in settlements. Last year, nearly 3,800 were filed.
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These efforts were “money thrown at the wind, firstly, because Judas is not the most respected biblical figure among our people, and secondly, it would be better if they used this money to pay off their national debt and stop conducting an ineffective and costly foreign policy."
Vladamir Putin on what he says is a concerted effort by Western powers to give money to other nations in order to create political discontent in Russia.
the second most popular person in America, just behind Abraham Lincoln, a recent Public Policy Polling survey found. Ninety one percent of Americans view Lincoln favorably, and Jesus weighs in at 90 percent.
Reactions to the first new translation of Roman Catholic Mass in over 40 years, which officially debuted Sunday, were decidedly mixed. Here's a sampling from Twitter:
Happy New Missal Translation Advent Sunday!
I love the new translation!
I preached about the new missal yesterday – on the process that led it, its flawed wording &theology and got great feedback
It seems to me the only way to solve the Missal debate is to go back to the Latin 🙂
The new translation of the Roman #missal makes for a funny awkward #mass. Priest & parish laughing as we all missed new lines. #catholicism
How did you do with the new 3rd Missal today?
The new liturgical texts of the Mass will help us to be alert and watchful in preparing to celebrate Our Lord's birth at Christmas.
Getting mixed reviews from tweeps re new Mass. Most on our feed dislike but getting a few positive reviews.
Reading blogs and news reports, it seemed that awkwardness reigned for both fans and critics of the new Missal:
Influential Catholic blog Whispers in the Loggia put it this way:
...maybe it's not too surprising that the early reax are running the gamut, from servers' complaints over the weight of the new Missal, to congregations that laughed and smiled their way through the expected bumps of the changes, to a priest of some three decades who - saying that he was "very nervous" going in - wrote of "feeling like a slave to the book." "But worse," he added, "at least for the first time, I forgot to pray. When I finished the consecration of the 'chalice' I felt cold."
National Catholic Register blogger Tim Drake writes that the new Mass translation tripped up parishioners and priests alike:
The most noticeable faux pas were the automatic instincts of the congregants to say “And also with you” at the very beginning of Mass, and at the very end. In the beginning of Mass, our priest smiled at the discordant responses and said, “Let’s try that again.”
For more on the new Missal translation:
Washington Post: Catholic Mass changes don’t upset faithful
Ask any Catholic, or better yet, just greet her with “The Lord be with you.” Nine times out of 10, the memorized, instinctive response is: “And also with you.” As of Sunday, that answer is wrong.
St. Peter’s List: 10 News Articles on the New Translation
Grievous faults, spirits, and parishioners pronouncing consubstantial, the new translation of the mass is here in all its divine and human elements. The following is but a brief sampling of the media’s reaction.
Have an opinion on the new Missal? Post it in comments.
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As the summer moves along and there will be pnianlg for fall events, one event that will be important for the church in the new translation of the Roman missal. We are considering at least three sessions to give an overview of the process of how this came about, what the differences will be and how to implement along with music for the parts for the people.stay tuned .Fr. Joe
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It wouldn't be the first time they chaned the mass structure,i wouldn't be surprised if they change it back within the next 2 decades.They shouldn't be focusing on the missal but on the clergy, its about time that we remove some of the PERVERTS and CONTROL FREAKS , excommunicate or prosecute them that is what will strenghten the trust of the order
Read the other poems; Beautiful, beautiful verses! PROMISE that you'll save them on computer, plus a back-up until you can get them published.
Here is another one for ya.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I love the Pope
and want to eat his doo doo.
Hmmm that one's not quite up to the standards of "Sleeping Beauty's Kiss" or "The Passing of Immortal Pleasure" lol. Perchance someone else doth take the name Hippypoet as an alias?
Anna, that wasn't me... the kids have appearently gotten ahold of the computer and are running amuck! No worries.. i can only remember so many, for the rest, thats why i wrote them down. 🙂
Ah yes, I remember those "kids running a-muck" days. I enjoyed having my 2 boys home (my daughter is still in military "re-integration" classes) and catching up with them over the weekend, but things were a little noisy and chaotic around the house, lol.
Well, as long as you keep your writing safe 🙂
thank you Anna, i shall keep writting for life is inspiration....perhaps its a tad more inspirational with wine or scotch, maybe a toke now and again. 🙂
You guys need to get a room.
I thought Pope Benedict was the 'head' of the Republican Right, I mean, they call themselves Protesant, but they cow to his bidding., did you ever see the picture of Bush kissing his ring?
pretty sure that was ra.pe of jewelry... and most unclean jewels at that!
lol again with the puns.. see if you can name it here... its rather clear but hidden to those too ignorant of religion to know! 🙂
from the article – Inside a former Seventh-day Adventist church, there were the beginnings of what some hope is a budding relationship between American blacks and Jews, with a major assist from some Christian Zionists.
does anyone see anything but religious hatred towards other religions which worship the same god FINALLY working together? WOW... you people are truly morons, racism and bigotry are almost synonyms with religion and religious people...i'm not saying that NORMAL folks don't harbor hatred and may also be racist...it just seems to be exacerbated when you add religion into the mix! Forget your feeble beliefs of hate thru love and comp@ssion thru bigotry and move on towards what is better for all and not just for people like you!
Example of true stupidity thru your feeble beliefs of hate thru love and comp@ssion thru bigotry – again , from the article – Tweet of the Day:
From @angelajdavis: The Unbelievers Interesting article about black atheists nyti.ms/sCboxC.
why does it matter if a believer is white, black, yellow, tan.... or the non believer being black, white, tan, yellow.... what does it matter??? is there a collation between color of skin and lack of belief? Or is it just racism? Yeah, thought so!
Oh and the pope gettin in on the mix huh – FROM THE ARTICLE again...Pope Benedict XVI appealed for the success of a UN climate change conference that is opening tomorrow in Durban, South Africa.
my feeling is that he is trying to redeem himself for all the people he helpped kill or out right killed when he was a nazi... he once aided those who would have the world destoryed and now he plays at trying to be keep it safe... fuk that guy! Fickle as Roman crowd! Muhahahaha, oh how i love me some puns!
AND i shall wrap this up with a nice and simple – who the hell names there kid newt?
Peace be with you, hippypoet. I'll continue to hold with love and compassion and weed out the hatred and bigotry as best I can. While I'm not RC, I'll defend Pope Benedict here. He was 12 at the beginning of the war, conscripted into the Hitler Youth, served in an anti-aircraft unit as a teenager and was an infantry trainee toward the end of the war. Not much here to show that he was a Nazi true-believer or involved in any of their crimes. I think the the Nazis had him figured for canon-fodder (ok, I like puns too).
yeah, sry but teenagers rebel... he was a teen when he was in the nazi youth – and he didn't rebel, he conformed – was it out of fear? out of hope for life that he chose not to stand for the wrong doings that he was aiding in committing? and now he is the pope , leader of the catholic church – nothing is as laughible and as disgusting as this! If the man had convictions he may not be alive – but without them he becomes the pope....what does history teach us... spineless little pukes get the gold!
If he is truly the vioce of god on earth, i think we should all run for the hills cause it would seem god has backed a psyco – and not the first one either! His actions today may be only as much as a lie as when he was the hitler youth... i wonder if he repented? How many hail mary's does mass murder require?
"you people are truly morons, racism and bigotry are almost synonyms with religion and religious people"
Ah, irony. How do I love thee.
yes it is ironic, being i am showing much hatred towards them... it is only fair to play the same game! And i am not above insult... i reply to how i see it. If i was fat, it would be no insult to call me such names as fatty, lard @ss ect. But to hate on the church while calling them what they are is appearently wrong to do so...ummm, interesting! I too find irony here.
Even Pope Benedict is ahead of our Republican right on climate change.
Bo likes to eat his own mookie stanks.
The religious right can't make up their minds, a good recipe for failure.
Yep, and I couldn't be happier!
The Missal is a Chatolic issue, why should anyone else be concerned?
Go ahead. Crawl back into your box, Bo.
Peace be with you, Bo.