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The Eponymous Flower: Graz Professor Demands Death Penalty for Pope

The Eponymous Flower: Graz Professor Demands Death Penalty for Pope: Graz (kath.net) Richard Parncutt, professor of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, recently called for the death of Pope Bene...What an intolerant bigot! A hate crime, surely?Authored by Chris HallRelated articles, courtesy of Zemanta:
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Gloomy Sunday

Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge.Since when did the Judiciary deem themselves fit and proper to define theological matters? The presumptuousness of it!Mr Justice Langstaff, a High Court judge says that Christians have no right to decline working on Sunday as it is not a “core component” of their beliefs. Apparently this was because some Christians were prepared to work Sundays.Since Apostolic times Christians have gathered together one day a week to worship, break bread, offer the Eucharist and confess their sins. St Justin and Tertullian both mention the importance of Sundays. From thenceforth on there have been numerous Councils and ecclesiastical bodies.Germany has had Sunday rest enshrined in its basic law as a day of rest and “spiritual elevation and indeed Sixteen of the EU's 27 members have already provided legal protection for Sunday as a work-free day. This is where unions and churches have worked together to ensure that people, workers a…

Benedict XVI: The Church supports families and values

Top bloke!
Authored by Chris Hall

More Christian Presenters needed on Children's TV

The BBC have been told to put more Christian presenters on children's TV to 'familiarise' youngsters with different denominations. The study said Christian presenters would 'validate' the feelings of Christian children.  It said this was important for young people in their ' formative years'.

BBC children's programmes should include more Catholic, Orthodox and Pentecostal Christians, a report of the corporation recommends. A panel of nine experts said youngsters should be introduced to the diversity of Christian denominations in their early years. While there has been a gradual increased in the representation of these people, they remain 'still relatively invisible' in the media, they said.

Demonstrating positive experiences and outcomes will stop Christian children feeling isolated, it said, particularly in rural areas. The report commissioned by the broadcaster, which drew on audience surveys and nine 'faith experts', concluded that all …

Happy Birthday Charlie!

My boy is six years old today.

When we first saw him with his litter he was the lightest in colour and was the broadest in the beam. How little were we to know how much joy he would bring to our lives and that of our family.

Lord may we have many more years with Charlie.











Authored by Chris Hall

Violating Secularism

Seems the happy band that make up the assorted temporal League of Militant Atheists are running scared of those Godly people again. So incensed are the zealots by the prayers and supplications of the Institut Civitas that they're thinking of applying to the courts to legally disband them and force them underground.

No, it's not China or some time-warped Soviet satellite that everyone's forgotten about, it's the bastion of secularism, France.
“Secularism is not about simple tolerance. It’s not about ‘anything goes.’ It is a set of values that we have to share,” Minister of Education Vincent Peillon told the French press recently We who believe often forget about the strength of the Lord. Others are only too aware and are seriously worried. And it shows.

Authored by Chris Hall
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Footprints

Purloined from somewhere on Google+, just had to.



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Bishop Devine goes for Cameron

...and rightly so.

From the Telegraph:
Joseph Devine, the Bishop of Motherwell, said he considered the Prime Minister “out of his depth” and Christians cannot trust him given the “contradiction” between his statements on religious matters and his actions. Spot on Bishop Devine. Cameron has proven he will say any old rubbish to hide his real agenda.
He also used a two-page letter to Mr Cameron, to accuse him of “belittling” the Church of England by attacking its reluctance to ordain women bishops. The CofE has a form of democracy in the process of Synod but the Laity in the Synod were just so 'not with the programme.' Obviously the Synod got it so wrong* compared to the theological colossus that is Cameron.
The Church is also upset the Prime Minister has refused to support moves by Christians to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand their right to wear the cross. Perhaps Cameron thinks they're the type of Christian that would vote the wrong way in Synod…

A Short History of Byzantium - My Review

A Short History Of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If Goodreads rating system went to 10 instead of 5 then I would give this book 9.5. Not because it doesn't deserve 10 but because I'm convinced it cannot be better than the three volumes that this is a condensed version of. The author admits that much has been left out in the production of this single volume and if I knew what I know now then I would have tried to obtain the original three volumes.

Having said that, this is a fantastic book for anyone who has more than a passing interest in Byzantium. It's a shame that we in the West know so little about Byzantium. Such a shame that the history of Byzantium has been sidelined and written out of what we teach in history. Hitler dreamt of a thousand year Reich - too late Adolf, Byzantium got there first. Not as a Nazi Reich you understand but as a magnificent Roman Empire stretching from Europe into Asia Minor and North Africa. Coupled with this Impe…

Charlie and his liver troubles

A few months ago our beloved Charlie ate his dinner and then promptly threw up. From that point on his ability to eat waned quickly to zero although you could tell in his eyes and face that he was hungry. It was very disconcerting to see this lovely Labrador who adored food trying to eat but being unable to bring himself to accept food. He also became very listless, sort of depressed and very sleepy. It was as though he'd lost something inside.

When a Labrador goes off their food you know it's not something to be taken lightly so a trip to the vets followed. From then on were a battery of pills, potions and blood and bile tests which led to a conclusion: His liver was being attacked and was dying.

One of the enzymes which is an indicator of something dodgy in the liver is ALT and Charlie's were horrendously high. Another test they do is a before and after food test for bile, and again Charlie's were extremely high. So the high ALT pointed to the fact that liver cells w…

It's a piece of real Christianity too you know

Always love listening to this.



Authored by Chris Hall