Monthly Archives: September 2012

Walking a fine line

There are many reasons why being a bishop would be a terribly difficult job. Having been on the periphery of the life of a bishop, I got a brief insight into the sort of nonsense they would have to put up with — and that’s just from the people they employ Add in the laity, who think they know more about the Church than bishops, and priests who want to tell their bishop what to do rather than the other … Continue reading

Well done, Gavin Abraham

Last night when I was finishing up my blog post, I had some major problems with the admin part of The Soapbox. As it turned out, the problems were with the entire site, so I thought I’d check to see if other sites on the same server that Icon Media uses were down. They weren’t. I became a bit curious, bordering on paranoid. You see, just a couple of hours earlier I had posted a comment on a friend’s Facebook … Continue reading

Catholic education: What parents want

Just because you’ve never done something before doesn’t mean that you can’t do it in the future. – Gavin Abraham (and possibly others) On a few rare occasions, and never motivated by laziness, I have reproduced the thoughts of other bloggers who have made very compelling cases on a certain issue. When I feel like they have said something in a way that I could not match or improve upon, I don’t see the point in trying.  Today is a bit … Continue reading

Disciples of Christ punch above their weight

Readers of The Soapbox know that I like a good political story. And I also like a religious story. And I REALLY like a story that intertwines the two. Back when I was editor at NZ Catholic, a very nice gentleman — well, I never met him, but he was lovely over the phone — from Rhode Island once called me and said he had a story idea. It sounded like a good story, so I decided we’d run it. … Continue reading

I don’t like your chances, ma’am

On The 15th Station podcast last week, James and I had a chat about the story from Spain of an older woman who decided she was going to restore a fresco in her local church. As you have probably already heard, seen or read elsewhere, that restoration didn’t go all that well. It was a certifiable disaster. In fact, it was such a disaster that it become a object of great curiosity for large numbers of people, who are now flocking … Continue reading

If this is a valid poll….

Somehow I managed to miss this story a few weeks back, but thankfully I was having a browse around the Internet tonight and visited the blog of Fr John Corrigan, Blog of a Country Priest. A recent post of his sent me to this story: “Catholics to vote 3 to 1 against Obama.” That’s right. According to a survey of 900 self-identified Catholics commissioned by the American Life League, only 27 per cent of them will be voting for President … Continue reading

Let the penance begin

Back in July — though it seems a lot longer ago than that — I blogged about the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into sex abuse by religious organisations. I said at the time that the process would be a painful one for the Church, but that it’ll be an important time and an important process for the Church in that state to go through. That process has just reached a milestone, with the bishops and religious of Victoria lodging their submission … Continue reading

How’s your Portuguese?

Hopefully your Portuguese is a bit better than mine, because the World Youth Day song for Rio de Janeiro next year has just been released. The tune is quite catchy and there’s a fairly cheesy — IMHO — video to accompany it, but according to this story from the Catholic News Agency, the translations into English and other languages haven’t yet been done. We do know what the title, Esperanca do Amanhecer, means: Hope of the Morning. Rio 2013 song … Continue reading

School did what it had to do

When a teacher at a Catholic school in New Zealand’s Far North essentially threw his support behind same-sex marriage last month, the school seemed to have no choice but to stand him down. On Tuesday, that temporary measure became permanent with the teacher no longer employed at the school following a meeting of the school’s board of trustees. The New Zealand Herald, via the Northern Advocate, tells the story: Last month the school’s principal Richard Stanton wrote comments in the … Continue reading

Farmer — I mean Jesus — needs a wife

Every so often, uncannily it’s usually near Easter or Christmas (though not in this case), some historian finds some new information that casts doubt over some aspect of Christianity that is meant to shake believers to their core. Today, we have the latest episode in this ongoing saga. What’s the scandal this time? Well, as my headline suggests, it’s got to do with whether or not Jesus had a wife. I know, you thought this was something that was only … Continue reading