Sometimes I imagine a Catholic Church where pedophile priests were rightfully punished and defrocked, rather than slapped on the hand and relocated; a Catholic Church where billions of dollars in investments and property were reallocated to help the poor; a Catholic Church where ego was replaced by open and honest communication.
It’s even harder, sometimes, to imagine a Catholic Church that gives women the respect and leadership positions they deserve. Women’s ordination in the Catholic Church was one of the few feminist movements to emerge from the '70s that hit a complete and total stalemate. It is the most radical and ignored issue in the institution right now.
In the [...]
A super-freaky piece over at Smithsonian Magazine details how, in the sixteenth century, churches in Northern Europe started snatching skeletons from the Roman catacombs, decorating them with jewels, and displaying them in order to "restore the morale" of their plundered parishes.
The holy bodies became wildly sought-after treasures. Every Catholic church, no matter how small, wanted to have at least one, if not ten. The skeletons allowed the churches to make a “grandiose statement,” Koudounaris says, and were especially prized in southern Germany, the epicenter of “the battleground against the Protestants.” Wealthy families sought them for their private chapels, and guilds and fraternities would sometimes [...]
Sister Cecelia, a very adorable nun, is on to something. She's 103, she likes to do the polka, and according to one of her friends, "She can eat you under the table with a pepperoni pizza." Right on, sister!