Jan. 25th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Relax Bear Music)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] djarianna:

Pick an important relationship in your life. If that relationship was a song, what song would it be?

My relationship with Jennifer is the only one "important" enough to earn a song, and that song would be Skinny Puppy's "Curse."

So far.

....It may be a bit premature, but I'll put forth one for my present situation, too: George Michael, "Amazing." Big difference, huh?

Keep it goin', people. You know you wanna do it.

Pope Benny

Jan. 25th, 2006 01:35 pm
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Pope Benny's first encyclical, "God is Love" (could've used a better title, but hey) contains some rather impressive statements, especially considering the fact that some have pigeonholed the new Holy Father as an Emperor Palpatine in disguise. Witness, according to CNN:

In the encyclical, Benedict said the church’s work caring for widows, the sick and orphans was as much a part of its mission as celebrating the sacraments and spreading the Gospels. However, he stressed that the church’s charity workers must never use their work to proselytize or push a particular political ideology.

“Love is free; it is not practiced as a way of achieving other ends,” he wrote.

“Those who practice charity in the church’s name will never seek to impose the church’s faith upon others. They realize that a pure and generous love is the best witness to the God in whom we believe and by whom we are driven to love.”


In this age of renewed fundamentalism and evangelization, it's good to see one of the oldest established versions of Christianity coming out explicitly in favor of a more respectful approach. John Paul II was a great proponent of said approach, but when Herr Ratzinger took the seat there was some question that the new pontiff would return to older, stodgier ways. Mind you, I haven't read the entire encyclical, but what little of it was dealt with in the CNN article above seems to follow post-Vatican II ideals quite nicely.
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Jesus is Hitler!

This has to be the funniest thing I've seen in...well, hours. It is so unabashedly wrong that it hurts. But it hurts so good. Kind of like when you wedge a chunk of pineapple up your nose.

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