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top of the word

Monday, October 31st, 2011 | tags: , , , , ,  |

Virgin me!

Never been on the roof of a Catholic Cathedral…until….NOW!

on the roof of the cathedral

 Watching the mason’s cut stone, in-situ, to fit windows. Clouds of stone-dust swirling into the air. Orange roofs, the mediterranean, in the distance. Being on top of a Cathedral gives you all sorts of new perspectives and an appetite for Paella…

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campfire cowboy ministries

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | tags: , , ,  |

Kevin,  a thoughtful minister from the campfire cowboy ministries kindly asked to use a Wendy House photograph of a Beartrap in a post about Beartraps for cowboys to avoid on the trail.

How excellent is that?!   Real cowboys!  

I said ‘yes of course’,   while thinking YEE-HAW!

Modern Cowboys use pick-up trucks and big trailers

Modern Cowboys use pick-up trucks and big trailers

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super being service

Monday, March 15th, 2010 | tags: , , ,  |

 a very busy hotline,   very personal service, hot and personal

Jonny Cash sang  personal jesus

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Staffed with fishy symbolism

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

There are strange,   repeating, symbols built into the buildings and public places  all around Reading.   There are 4 scallops and 2 crossed pilgrim staff’s on the gate posts of Palmers park.   The Scallops turn up again in the Univerity of Reading’s coat of arms.    

Evidently the shells are thought to be an emblem of pilgramage because pilgrims to Europe would bring back the scallop shells from beaches.   The association with Reading is probably because the old Abbey claimed to hold the hand of St James as a holy relic that shell-carrying pilgrims would come to visit.   I wonder how St. James hand got to Reading Abbey….    

Scallop or i-pod?  visit your nana or some dead saints embalmed hand?     Such choices open to the modern traveller.

Four miserable looking people surrounding a chap in a crown on a bridge over the river kennet.   This same symbol also appears on one of the gate-posts of Palmer’s park,   though in not as much full delightful pale-skinned, blonde and blue colouring.   Aparantly this is Reading Town’s coat of Arms and the 4 people are probably burgesses…   ..and the miserable looking person is Queen Elizabeth (1 or 2 depending on how you feel).

A version of this cluster of people turns up on the symbol for ‘Reading School’   the people have an almost ominous range of sly  through snide to  surreal expressions.   Girl power gone wonkey?


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sexually enlightened christianity?

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 | tags: , ,  |

Jesus Christ’s Girls:

Their mission includes:    “seek to share God’s message of hope and forgiveness by reaching out in a nonjudgmental way to those  who are in the sex industry.”

Interviews with ‘JC girls’:

  • Heather Vietch
  • Lori Albee (web site developer)

 The existence of an industry that commoditises female sexuality  for male consumption disturbs me.   I am impressed by the proactive approach of these girls.   I’m less confident that  the message will actually have a significant impact on the existence of the industry,   both have been around for a long time….


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Mens Bottoms (for members only)

Monday, January 9th, 2006 | tags: ,  |

Apparantly this is a religiously sanctioned site.  

Can you guess why I giggled?   Can you?   NAUGHTY you!

As if that wasn’t side-rupturing-snigger-good the site also claims that   their  members are endowed.   Oh SHUSH,   GETAWAY,   pick me up off the carpet and put ear-mufflers on the  kitties*….

W school-yard-humour-insensitivity-offense

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XP The ‘Monogram of Christ’

Thursday, December 8th, 2005 | tags: , ,  |
From the NewAdvent Catholic encyclopedia  description of XP (Chi Rho) as a  symbol generally well known by European Christians:
"By the Monogram of Christ is ordinarily understood the abbreviation of Christ’s name  formed by combining the first two letters of the Greek form… …The Greek letters XP combined in a monogram occur on pre-Christian coins (e. g. the Attic tetradrachma and some coins of the Ptolemies)"
In the UK the XP symbol often adorns altercloths,   churchwall carvings,   windowglass etc.   A small informal survey of local (US NW) Christians suggests that this symbol is not well, if at all,  known here.      XP is an abbreviation of the name of Christ, God.    The King James version of the ten commandments,   #3 points out that:
"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain"
Apparently Microsoft once had a project called ‘Cairo’ that never came to completion.

The greek letter X (Chi) is a potential source of the abbreviation Xmas.  

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Parishes & Priests

Sunday, May 29th, 2005 | tags: ,  |

The BBC Reports that the Catholic Church in the UK is:

"launching a recruitment campaign that will use beermats in pubs and posters on the London Underground to promote the priesthood."

The proportion of Priests to Laity in the UK is good realative to other countries.   But, the trend is towards a decline:

"We still have the third or fourth best ratio of Catholic priests to Catholic population in the world…  "         For example,   comaprision with Brazil shows there is one       "…priest for every 850 Catholics in the UK, compared to one for every 20,000 in Brazil"

"Ninety-nine percent of the church is the laity, they pay for everything."

The role of women in the Catholic Church in England and Wales is not clear from thir Catholic Organisation website.   The Statistics are out of date and the only reference to female engagement with  the Church is by counting members of convents.   An earlier report by the BBC quotes Erin Pizzey the  founder of the international women’s refuge movement commenting on the Vatican letter to Bishops  "On the collaboration of men and women in the Church and the World.":

 "I don’t think the Catholic Church – whose own priests and bishops cannot marry – is in a position to make such statements…     …"It is one of the most emotionally illiterate organisations I know, and they need to put their own house in order first."

Quote from the CultFigurine:

More than 80 percent of the nearly 30,000 Catholics in lay paid parish ministry in the United States are female. They pastor priestless parishes. They serve as directors of religious education and family ministers. Seventy percent of the members of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains are women, too; they work in hospitals, hospices, universities and prisons",0,4043636.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines


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Passiontide (Christian)

Saturday, March 26th, 2005 | tags: ,  |

UK Vacation 10

Passiontide is  the last 2 weeks of Lent.   Lent  describes a 40 day period of ‘fasting’ before the Thursday prior to the Easter weekend.   The 40 days is an acknowledgement of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness.   The word “Breakfast” is quite literally what is says ‘Break fast’ indicating that it is the first food after a ‘fast’.   In this case the fast is the  inactivity and lack of eating that happens overnight.   In the morning we break our inactivity and fasting with a meal.   Breakfast.      During Lent the Catholic church covers its statues and crucifixes with  purple linen cloths.   The purple has been explained in different ways.   It was an expensive dye,   so it is often called the colour of Kings.    In this context it appears to be a reminder to  Christians that they should repent,   called the colour of ‘penitance’.   Covering the  statues and crucifixes appears to serve  the dual purpose of  ‘fasting’ of the eyes,   and reminding worshipers that they should repent their sins.   The picture below shows a covered statue in St Stephens College Oxford.

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