MASS IN A DEAD LANGUAGE?
Speaking of sacred languages, which I will be below, author James Carroll, who wrote Constantine's Sword, says in a Boston Globe column that despite efforts to renew Latin in the Catholic Church, it's dead. And thank heavens, he says. What -- in any language -- do you say?
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BIBLICAL TRICK IS A TREAT
Speaking of tricks and treats, a Netherlands-based Christian youth group named Time to Turn has published a Bible (pictured here) with all the controversial parts taken out.
Satire can be a tough way to make a living. Lots of people have lost their sense of humor and simply don't get it. (It's one reason the great comic strip "Zippy" struggles for acceptance.)
On the other hand, you may know that this new fake Bible is not the first time people have undertaken a revised and smaller version. Thomas Jefferson famously published a Bible that removed any references to the divinity of Christ, in which he did not believe. I have, in my personal collection, something called the Olive Pell Bible, put together by a woman who just wanted her own favorite parts. And, of course, some years ago we saw publication of the Reader's Digest Bible, a condensed version.
I liked the fact that the Bible from the Time to Turn folks was accompanied by this statements from the alleged chairman of a phony Western Bible Foundation: "Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don't need to take his naive remarks about money seriously. He didn't study economics, obviously."
The true chairman of Time to Turn, Frank Mulder, said the controversy stirred by the fake Bible surprised him: "Many Christians accept the Western lifestyle, including the degradation of creation and the injustice of our trade, and they only take the easy parts of the gospel. But it isn't until we publish this gospel with holes that they get confused."
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Today's religious holidays: All Hallows Eve (Christian); Reformation Day (Protestant Christian); Samhain (Wicca/Neo Pagan, northern hemisphere); Beltane (Wicca/Neo Pagan, southern hemisphere); Deep Diwali (Jain)
PS: If you really need a Halloween fix having to do with death, click here for an interesting group that is trying to change thinking about how to handle dead bodies and how to take care of the bereaved.