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Thursday, 29 April 2010

More than Half of the Residents of EU Countries are Against Islamic Headgear But Support Crucifixes in Schools

Filed under: EU,mass media,religious — 01varvara @ 00.00

Crucifix in Italian public school classroom

Over half of the people in 12 European Union countries (52.6 percent) are opposed to women wearing Islamic headgear in schools, according to data of a survey conducted by the research division of the Spanish bank BBVA. The largest support for such a ban was in Bulgaria (84.3 percent) and France (68.7 percent), and the lowest support was in Denmark (28.1 percent) and Poland (25.6 percent). At the same time, 54.4 percent were in favour of crucifixes in the classroom, according to the website Canada.com referring to a report from AFP. Pollsters found that in Spain and Italy, two countries with a predominantly Catholic population, the support for the presence of crucifixes in the classroom was 69.9 percent and 49.3 percent respectively. Surprisingly, more supporters of the placement of crucifixes in classrooms were found in Britain (77.0 percent) and Denmark (78.8 percent). The survey polled 1,500 people living in Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

29 April 2010



Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Called for an International Ban on Religious Extremism

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Synodal Division for Church and Public Relations, said that the Orthodox Church believes that Nazism and religious extremism are phenomena of the same order and insisted that we ban both on the level of international law. “I am convinced that Russia, through its participation in international organisations such as the Council of Europe and OSCE, must ensure that we proscribe the ideology of pseudo-religious extremism, for it is the same as a prohibition against Nazism”, Fr Vsevolod said Thursday at a press conference at the Interfax offices in Moscow. In his view, we should embody such a ban within the European system of international law. In this matter, he believes that Russia has many allies amongst other states, for example, Poland and Italy. “Nazism and pseudo-religious extremism are phenomena of the same order. Since many countries, including Russia, ban Nazi propaganda and Nazi symbols, the same should also apply to pseudo-religious extremists, if they advocate violent revolution against the government and public authorities, or, even more so, the murder of innocent people”, Fr Vsevolod said. He went on to point up that, today, the Church insists that the state must punish “ideologues whose beliefs call for the murder of innocent people or justify such killing”. In this case, he said, “We should exclude such extremists from all public spaces, the media, the Internet, or any other mass event”. Fr Vsevolod noted, “Society can and should check the spread of certain ideologies that justify the killing of innocent people. We know that there are those who attempt to articulate such a justification. They say that terrorist acts are justified. This is nothing but separatism, extremism, pseudo-religiosity, and aggressive nationalism. I am convinced that we should prevent the spread of such ideologies”.

29 April 2010



Mark Wahlberg Refused To Co-Star In the Films “Brokeback Mountain” and “Ocean’s 11” on the Advice of His Spiritual Father

Filed under: Christian,cinema,performing arts,religious,Roman Catholic,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Mark Wahlberg (1971- ) playing the role of Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam, a cocky and profane cop, in Martin Scorsese’s film The Departed (2006)

Mark Wahlberg, American actor and Oscar nominee, a well-known rapper (with the stage name of Marky Mark) and model known for controversy in the past, said that he did not star in the films Brokeback Mountain and Ocean’s 11 at the insistence of his confessor, Fr James Flavin. Brokeback Mountain was about a homosexual love affair and these relations contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church. Therefore, although the film received three Academy Awards, the actor has no regrets about his refusal, according to the British website Showbizspy.com. One of his closest friends said, “Mark is a practising Catholic, so he never takes a final decision regarding his roles without securing a blessing from Fr James”. At the same time, over the entire course of his career, Mark believes that he owes much to Fr James. “Fr James has had a huge impact on my life. He always tried to put me on the right path. Without him, everything would have been much worse”, he said. Recently, Rev Flavin advised the actor to accept a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, and, in the end, Mark received an Oscar nomination for his role. In the past, Mark was crude and violent, but now he is a model family man and he and wife are raising four children. He was married to his wife, model Rhea Durham, in a Catholic church in Beverly Hills.

29 April 2010



Trailer for The Departed

Editor’s Note:

I have two reasons for posting this. Firstly, I wish to show that REAL Orthodox journalists are not navel gazers… they report on everything that goes on around them… in the Church and out. I apologise for the misleading and downright bad impression that poseurs like Rod Dreher, Terry Mattingly, and Frederica Matthewes-Greene give to the outside world. They do NOT represent REAL Orthodoxy (it is obvious to the initiated that they lack any knowledge of original sources in the major Orthodox languages). Mistrust anything coming from SVS or St Sergius Institute in Paris, or any of the writings of Alexander Schmemann, Bradley Nassif, Patrick Reardon, Oliver Herbel, Paul Meyendorff, or anything from “Conciliar Press”. They are all the Orthodox equivalents of Hans Küng, Edward Schillebeeckx, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the National Catholic Reporter (although most do not reach this level, most of ’em are preening and self-engrossed Charlie Currans).

Secondly, there is a Gnostic streak not only in ungrounded Orthodox konvertsy, but also in some extremist Proddie and Catholic factions. That is, actors and pop musicians are bad people… they work in an evil industry… the created world is depraved, you see. Well, the Church has spoken on that… it condemns such an attitude unequivocally. In any case, try telling that to Nikolai Burliaev (a famous Russian actor (People’s Artist of Russia) who is a close friend of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the founder of the Golden Knights Slavic Orthodox Film Awards).


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