Tuesday, May 13, 2003

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Dave McLaughlin
An ugly side of Islam
A Russian Orthodox priest who lived in Palestine has told me similar things - he has no time whatever for Islam. There is a lot about Islam I respect but it is still wrong. My guess is these horrors were relatively uncommon in the secular state of Iraq - where Christians lived in relative peace, too. The trouble with stories like this is some 'conservatives' including Roman Catholic neocons and the Protestant religious right use them as an excuse for American imperial adventures like 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'.

Sudan atrocities ignored

Pope stresses religious liberty for Eastern Rite Catholics
Disturbing, and here's why.

'Religious liberty'? Makes sense as a relative good for the faith to survive in hostile Muslim countries, but... 'Religious liberty'? That craven posture is only one jump removed from Frank Griswold and his 'pluriform truths', where catholic orthodoxy and high liturgics are just menu items in a smorgasbord with gay spirituality and New Age. 'Religious liberty'? How about converting people to truth? How about saving souls?

Maybe Dr Thomas Droleskey 'gets it' - so-called conservatives may really be on the same team as the liberals.

But of course it's good the Pope wants the Eastern Churches better known and understood.

More on religious liberty

Happy anniversary of the first vision of Our Lady of Fátima, traditional Roman Catholics. In my opinion this series of visions condemned Communism, not Russian Orthodoxy.

On this date, the Russian Orthodox remember St James, the son of Zebedee, and St Ignatius Brianchaninov.

Also on this day, says orthodox high-Episcopal priest the Revd Stephen Petrica, is the Roman Catholic feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, kept by one religious order. 'This feast day is observed in the RC Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, founded by Peter Julian Eymard, and the inspiration behind the Anglican Priests Eucharistic League. Although it isn't widespread, I love the way it draws together the two themes of the Our Lady's role in the Incarnation and the Blessed Sacrament. Images and prayers for the observance are here' and include the beautiful icon above.