The Roman Catholic Church

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Couldnt find any thread for religious thefts. Wonder what they'll do with the chair & processional cross? Sell them to another Bishop? (edit: typo)

     
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    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    Pretty weird.

    I mean, how many fake bishops can there be out there needing the acoutrements...
     
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    I can think of one but I better not mention him...
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    yes. that looks like him. the missing piece of the cranium would explain a lot.
     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    "OK, Devious, don't move!"

    "The Bishop!"
     
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    OldTimeRadio Antediluvian

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    If you're thinking of the same fellow whom I'm not going to mention either he has a quite legitimate Old Catholic ordination. Or as the Roman Church would phrase it, "valid but illicit."
     
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    I don't know how things stand today but in my Roman Catholic youth almost every individual parish church had a high-backed, heavy, carved wooden Bishop's Chair which was dragged out for confirmations, priestly ordinations and the like. It saved the Bishop from having to drive from church to church with a throne tied to the roof of his automobile.

    So they're not uncommon. In fact a near-relative, an active Catholic, bought one surplus and used it as a piece of ornately-detailed living room furniture.

    I sat in it enough times that I'm probably entitled to hear confessions. Females only, please.
     
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    They haven't gone away you know.

     
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    smokehead Abominable Snowman

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    Don't tell Dan Brown...........
     
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    Catholic Church linked to Uganda child labour

    During his November visit to Africa, the continent which now counts nearly 200m Roman Catholics, Pope Francis said that children were some of the greatest victims of Africa's historical exploitation by other powers. He also urged young Africans to resist corruption. But should the Vatican be doing more to put its own house in order? A BBC investigation has uncovered evidence that church land in Uganda is being used for child labour.

    ... Earlier this year, Mr Turyaritunga made allegations to the BBC about child labour taking place on Church-owned land in Kabale. He alleged that children as young as 10 were working on a tea plantation on the land, and that the Catholic Church was profiting. ...

    Child labour is without doubt a big issue in Uganda, where the UN estimates that there are three million child workers. The latest figures estimate that 30% of children aged between five and 14 are engaged in child labour, despite 14 being the earliest age where it is legal for a child to work.

    When we arrived in Kabale, we were introduced to a supervisor at the enterprise who spoke to us on the condition that we kept his identity secret. The supervisor told us that children did work on the farm. Their pay ranged from 1,000 Ugandan shillings (20p; $0.30) to 2,000 Ugandan shillings per day. ...

    In an effort to determine exactly who owned the plantation, we went to the local land registry and sought proof that the land belonged to the Church.

    A local Catholic Church official confirmed to us that there had been "a business deal between the diocese and Kigezi Highland Tea" since 2013.

    The official said that the decision to harvest tea came "through the financial sustainability plan committee" of the diocese. ...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35220869
     
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    Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta
    AFPApril 29, 2017

    Rome (AFP) - A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order.

    Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto takes the reins for one year after Pope Francis ordered the resignation in January of the Order's Grand Master, Britain's Matthew Festing, following a power struggle.

    A centuries-old lay religious mission, the order provides humanitarian aid in crisis zones around the world.

    It comprises 13,500 members ranked by their noble titles and who are expected to lead an exemplary Christian life while participating in the Order's charity activities.

    The influential Order of Malta, founded in Jerusalem and recognised by the pope in 1113, operates in around 120 countries and is one of the biggest landowners in Italy.

    Only 12 of the Order's 56 "professed knights" -- the missions's top tier of membership -- were able to show evidence of sufficiently noble lineage to become Grand Master.

    Di Sanguinetto was chosen after Pope Francis on Wednesday received 15 of the knights and handed them a letter encouraging reform but also restating his authority as head of the Roman Catholic Church. ...

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/italian-...a-173713030.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw
     
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    Odd for this old thread to pop up now - I was planning to do some research on the Knights of Malta, having seen some of their influence in Prague! :huh:
     
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    The Knights asked me to flush you out! :twisted:
     
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    Another interesting book review.

    Catholicism as Contradiction
    March 30, 2018
    Katherine Dugan reviews The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader
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    The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader, ed. Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, Maya Mayblin.
    Pope Francis’ recent trip to South America was one of the most embroiled of his five years as pope thus far. Protesters burned churches in advance of his visit, claiming that the Catholic Church in Chile had participated in the oppression of the native Mapuche people. Others protested the pope during Mass, citing the appointment of a bishop with close ties to priests found guilty of sexually abusing minors. At the same time, the devout came out in droves: an estimated one million people attended the papal Mass in Peru. During a ride on his popemobile, a police officer was thrown from her horse and Francis hurried to attend to her. A video of the incident went viral among the pope’s adoring fans. Media coverage in the U.S. highlighted his meetings with the poor and the two Chilean flight attendants he married aboard an airplane.

    Pope Francis’ visit illustrates several contradictions embedded in contemporary Catholicism: the wealth of the Vatican and the world’s poorest people. The confidence of Catholic teachings paired with the questions of individual Catholics. The hierarchy’s assertion of moral virtue next to the atrocities of the sexual abuse crisis. The international presence alongside a multitude of local prayer practices. These contradictions are stitched into the fabric of Catholicism.

    Catholicism is also an institution, a set of practices, a transnational population, and a cross-cultural phenomenon thatcuts across historical contexts and social locations, withstands controversy and outlasts governments. In an effort to categorize this expanse, Catholic priest and sociologist Andrew Greeley once proposed that there is a “Catholic imagination”—a Catholic view of the world that assumes God is immanent in human life and that words, objects, and people of Catholicism can reveal God “lurking in daily life.” The editors of The Anthropology of Catholicism: A Reader ask readers“if there were such a thing as a ‘broader Catholic view of reality,’ what would it look like?”

    Taking that question as a starting point, this collection proposes that the “anthropology of Catholicism” is an emergent subfield in the anthropology of religion. The twenty-four chapters outline the contours of the field from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. ...

    https://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/catholicism-as-contradiction/
     
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