Journalist offers insight to American-Catholic, Vatican relations

first_imgWhen describing relations between the Catholic Church in America and the Vatican, John L. Allen Jr. compared the climate to a game where two men take turns kicking each other until one of them gives up.“We are not actually engaged in a patient search for understanding,” he said in a lecture at Holy Cross College Thursday evening. “We are looking to score rhetorical cheap shots against people who we perceive to be our cultural, theological and political enemies.”The Vatican journalist and current editor of Crux, a Catholic news website, addressed the audience at the Pfeil Center as well as those watching the event online through a livestream. Allen offered wisdom about Vatican-American relations gained from decades of reporting on the subject under three popes. Jack Lyons | The Observer John Allen Jr. speaks on the American Catholic Church and the Vatican at the Pfeil Center on Holy Cross Campus Thursday.Allen focused on three perennial misunderstandings of perspective, law and time, which fray relationships between the Vatican and America, but also discussed misunderstandings which have appeared more recently during the Francis papacy.Allen emphasized the imbalanced perspective which some American Catholics have about their place in the world, citing statistics that the Church in the U.S. comprises only 6 percent of the global Catholic population.“Catholicism in our time is not a Western religion,” he said.  Referencing concerns about a decline of Catholicism among some American Catholics, Allen pointed to sub-saharan Africa, where the Catholic population has grown from 29 million to 130 million since 1975.Allen then proposed that American Catholics are also misled by the assumption that cooperation with civil authorities is the best response to the clerical sex abuse crisis across the world. While Allen agreed that such an approach makes sense in an American context, he argued that the approach could be dangerous for the Church to pursue in other parts of the world, citing regions dominated by Islamic radicalism.Americans Catholics and the Vatican also harbor misunderstandings about time and efficiency, Allen said. He employed a culinary metaphor to illustrate his message.“The United States is a microwave culture, and Rome is a Crock-Pot culture,” he said. However, Allen emphasized that the Vatican’s slowness is not a result of laziness or denial, but rather the product of a more methodical culture.“They simply have different instincts about when the right moment to rush in with the response is,” he said.  Allen also offered his thoughts about misunderstandings which have formed under the leadership of Pope Francis. Allen called the pontiff a typical Latin American pastor and said that while this archetype signifies great qualities in the leader of the global Church, it also signifies a skepticism of the United States.Looking at the recent example of Francis’ decision to halt the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from voting to implement new standards of accountability for bishops at their general assembly meeting in November, Allen suggested that the Pope does not always appreciate the American urgency for action.“I don’t think he likes being told what to do,” Allen said. “The pushier we get in insisting, ‘You must do x,’ the more likely he is to get his back up and say, ‘Hey, I don’t have to do this.’”Allen referenced the divisions in both the American Church and the global Church in an interview after the lecture. “It’s unfortunate. There’s great wisdom and truth in all sides of these conversations,” he said, before recalling his comparison at the beginning of the lecture. “The more you can seek that out rather than playing the three-kick rule, the better.”Tags: America, Catholic church, Crux News, Pope Francis, Vaticanlast_img read more

A Long Time Ago…There Was Almost a Star Wars Musical

first_img View Comments Sure, they wrote Bye Bye Birdie, but did you know Charles Strouse and Lee Adams almost wrote Bye Bye Obi(-Wan Kenobi)? If you have a bad feeling about this, stick with us.A long time ago, the composing duo were approached by George Lucas to adapt Star Wars: Episode IV (the original) into a musical. A series of demos—featuring orchestrations by none other than Mr. Jason Robert Brown—were recorded in 1999. As you can gather by subsequent trilogies of prequels, sequels and then some, Lucas decided to take the property in another direction.In a 2008 interview, Strouse explained the forced hiatus: “We were given a 90-page contract with [Lucas’s] company, and my lawyer discovered a phrase in there which gave Lucas the right to say, ‘I don’t want to go on,’ so we pulled out.” After a $10,000 signing bonus, the pair decided to write a few songs before Lucas indeed put the project on hold.While we won’t get lightsaber choreo on Broadway anytime soon (sorry, Lesli), check out the demos for “Han’s Your Man” and “My Star” (which was later repurposed for their musical Marty) below. Want more? There’s a new hope, as Brown has additional demos. Help us, Jason Robert Brown; you’re our only hope!last_img read more

We bring you the whole research “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS CROATIA 2019”

first_imgSide dish: “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS CROATIA 2019” You can see the abbreviated version here, and download the entire research in the attachment. This year, for the first time in history, the research was conducted throughout Croatia,  including all continental counties, and for the first time, data on the characteristics of tourists and their consumption are also visible outside the main seasonal months. Two days ago, research data were published “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS CROATIA 2019”. conducted by the Institute of Tourism.  // // Sign up for our newsletter because our subscribers received the first survey for inspection https://lnkd.in/dj6WdNB last_img read more

Medan man faces four years in prison for allegedly desecrating Quran

first_img“I am very sorry, your honor. I will never do it again. Please give me as light a punishment as possible,” he told the judge as quoted by tribunnews.com.Sentencing is scheduled for next week.Read also: Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHIAccording to the prosecutors, the incident took place at Al-Mashum Mosque in Medan Kota district in the afternoon of Feb. 13. A 44-year-old man in Medan, North Sumatra, faces four years in prison for having allegedly desecrated the Quran at a local mosque earlier this year.Prosecutors at the Medan District Court charged the defendant, Doni Irawan Malay, for blasphemy under Article 156 of the Criminal Code and demanded a four-year prison term for him during a hearing on Tuesday.Doni was accused of committing a blasphemous act by purportedly tearing out pages from the Quran. He pleaded for a lighter sentence, conveying his guilt to the court. “The defendant entered the mosque and took a Quran from a shelf without permission from the management,” a prosecutor told the court, adding that the defendant then took the Quran into the male ablution room.“The defendant removed the cover from the Quran, threw it into a garbage bin inside the ablution room and then proceeded to tear out pages from the Quran with both of his hands.”They said Doni then exited the mosque later that afternoon and threw the ripped Quran pages onto the streets before running away.Doni was later caught by locals and reported to the Medan Kota Police. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

​Ilmarinen predicts big 2020 year-on-year fall in contributions

first_imgJouko Pölönen, Ilmarinen’s chief executive officer, said: “In the second quarter, Ilmarinen’s investment portfolio yielded 5.9% and solvency strengthened to 124% as the equity markets recovered rapidly from the dramatic stock price plummet caused by the corona pandemic earlier in the year.”Equity investments ended the six-month period with a -4.2% return and fixed income investments finished with a -2.9% return, he said, while alternative assets turned out to be the best performers generating a positive result of 10.6%, and real estate returned 1.8%.The total result for the pension fund – which is the largest of the four mutual pension insurance companies in Finland’s earnings-related pension scheme – was -€1.1bn, compared with the €931m profit registered at last year’s halfway point.Total assets fell to €48.8bn at the end of June from €50.5bn the end of last year.Pölönen said “strong development” in cost-effectiveness had continued in the first half and operating expenses financed using loading income declined by €7m from the corresponding period last year.Commenting on the pandemic, Pölönen said Finland had been successful in limiting human suffering during the first wave of the pandemic, but acknowledged that the virus continued to spread globally, with a “worrying growth trend” in infection figures in some European countries.“A key factor in terms of future development is how well a resurgence of the virus can be prevented without extensive lockdown measures, which would exacerbate the economic crisis and unemployment,” said Pölönen.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Ilmarinen reported a 2% loss on its investment portfolio in the first half of this year, and the Finnish pensions insurance company warned full-year contribution inflows would be much lower than last year because of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.Releasing its January-to-June financial report, Ilmarinen said premiums written fell to €2.7bn from €2.9bn in the same period last year, as a result of an increase in temporary layoffs and a temporary discount to the statutory TyEL contributions from employers.Commenting on the outlook for the full year, the pension provider said: “Owing to growing unemployment and the temporary discount on employers’ TyEL contributions, premiums written will fall considerably year-on-year.”Investment returns ended the first half in the red for the Helsinki-based institution, despite having rebounded between April and June.last_img read more

Medicinal cannabis oil arrives in NZ

first_imgRadio NZ News 8 December 2017Family First Comment: Not smoked or grown in back yard like the Green Party wants. But here’s the key bit:“Trials are underway to test Tilray products’ effectiveness for treating childhood epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.”So it’s STILL being tested for efficacy and safety. The arrival of a new, cheaper medicinal cannabis product in New Zealand is good news for patients but will still be prohibitively expensive for many, advocates say.The cannabis oil, produced by Canadian company Tilray, was first granted an export licence to New Zealand in February, but until now has only been shipped to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.However, the first shipment that will be made available for GPs to prescribe has now arrived in the country.It contains cannabidiol (CBD) – a cannabinoid that has been shown to have therapeutic properties, but is considered a class B drug under New Zealand law so cannot be advertised or promoted by the company.Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand coordinator Shane Le Brun said the product had arrived “in the last week or so”.“It is now available for GPs to prescribe… [but] as an unregistered medicine they can’t make therapeutic claims and as a controlled drug they can’t advertise … so it’s kind of snuck in under the radar.”Since September, doctors have been able to prescribe CBD products without needing approval from the Health Minister.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/345752/medicinal-cannabis-oil-arrives-in-nzlast_img read more

Twisters Fall To Shiners In Baseball Season Opener

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters fall to The Rising Sun Shiners 5-2 in their season opener.OA at Rising Sun, 4/1/15OA 001 001 0 2 2 4RS 130 001 x 5 6 3For Oldenburg:Cory Schuman 0-3, BBBryce Ahaus 1-4, 2 runsSam Gast 0-3, BBTannery Alley 0-1, 3 BBZach Pottschmidt 1-3, 2 rbi, BBClay Hunger 0-3, BBMatt Zinser 0-2, BBPitching:Zach Pottschmidt 6 IP, 5 runs, 3 earned, 6 hits, 2 K, 1 BB LossVarsity record: 0-1Next game: Saturday, 4/4/15 at Cambridge City Lincoln.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Isla set for QPR move

first_img The 47-cap Chile defender has completed his medical at Loftus Road and tweeted news of his move on Tuesday morning, before later removing the post. Redknapp’s fourth summer signing should be officially ratified just a day after QPR paid a fee believed to reach £6million to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff City. The 26-year-old Chilean should see his QPR move confirmed once the club receive official endorsement on the transfer from the Football Association. Manager Harry Redknapp has secured Isla’s services on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer, Press Association Sport understands. Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has completed terms on a season-long loan deal with QPR, with the London club awaiting work-permit confirmation.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NopeNopeNope: Snake Crawls From Coral Springs Toilet, Bites Resident

first_imgBroward resident Baltazar Jimeno got a nasty surprise Sunday morning when he lifted the toilet seat at his Coral Springs apartment and was attacked by a ball puthon that ‘rose up and bit him’ on the arm.The snake, which measured 4 feet long, did not belong to the 52 year old Jimeno and it’s unclear how it ended up in his toilet though police suspect it may have come up through the building’s plumbing.Ball pythons are not venomous and can grow up to 6 feet long.Jimeno was treated by paramedics for the snake bite.The snake was taken by Coral Springs animal control and is being treated by a local veterinarian for an unrelated illness.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hits half-century of fifties in clash vs Australia

first_img New Delhi: After Rohit Sharma’s attacking fifty and a brilliant century from Shikhar Dhawan, India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli joined in the fun as he blasted his 50th fifty in ODIs. The Indian cricket team skipper notched up his landmark by working offspinner Glenn Maxwell to the deep midwicket fence for a single. Kohli built upon the efforts of Dhawan and Rohit as India aimed for a total close to 325 against an Australian side that struggled on the flat deck at the Kennington Oval in London after India had won the toss and chose to bat. Kohli became the seventh Indian player to hit 50 or more fifties in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 96 fiftiesBoth Dhawan and Rohit started slowly and it was the left-hander who smashed the first boundary of the match when he caressed a full ball from Pat Cummins to the deep extra cover fence. The pressure of the early overs was released when Dhawan slammed three boundaries off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the eighth over. The first boundary was a drive straight down the ground, the second was a cut shot to the deep cover fence while the third was a late-cut to the third man fence.RELATEDAfter going past the landmark, Dhawan pounced on Stoinis by smashing two consecutive boundaries and despite losing Rohit for 57, Dhawan continued his aggression. He blasted two fours off legspinner Adam Zampa and got near to his century by getting an under-edge to a short ball from Pat Cummins as he attempted the upper-cut again. The left-hander raced through the 90s by pulling Zampa to the deep square leg fence and he reached the landmark in dramatic fashion.The left-hander pushed a full ball from Marcus Stoinis to the mid-off region and looked for a single but sent Virat Kohli back half-way down the pitch. The fielder scored a direct hit and the ricochet resulted in a single. Rohit Sharma has always had memorable moments against Australia when it comes to his cricketing career. His first double century came against Australia in 2013 and he has the most centuries in his ODI career against Australia. Rohit has also amassed other records in his career and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia at the Kennington Oval, the Mumbai right-hander notched up yet another milestone. Rohit became the fourth player to score 2000 runs in ODIs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-getter with 3077 runs at an average of 44.57 with nine centuries. With Shikhar Dhawan batting aggressively, Rohit was content on playing second fiddle. The batsman pushed legspinner Adam Zampa to long off for a single and he became the fastest to 2000 runs against Australia, achieving the feat in just his 37th game. highlights Virat Kohli hit his 50th fifty in ODIs.Kohli is the seventh Indian to reach 50 ODI fifties.India last won against Australia in the 2011 World Cup.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more