Persecuted for Washing Feet

A Christian campus ministry group, Commissioned II Love, was sanctioned by Savannah State University in 2006 for “harassment” (e.g., sharing their faith) and “hazing” (they were practicing the Christian rite of foot-washing). The Alliance Defense Fund announces that the Christian group has won its fight (as any observer of these things knew they must).

“Body Worlds” in Your Living Room

Our era’s Dr. Frankenstein, Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the “Body Worlds” exhibit and its many imitators, has one-upped himself. No longer will you have to wait in line to gawk at his plasticized corpses set up in amusing flayed poses. No, now you can get a slice of a corpse for your living…

Men’s Battles

A men’s group I attend is reading Bill Perkins, Six Battles Every Man Must Win. The battles are identity, personal holiness, family, pain, friends, and faith. In speaking of these battles, he uses Biblical stories of David’s “mighty men.” They started out as a motley crew–“All those who were in distress or in debt or…

Catholic Charities and the Federal $

Over at Catholic World Report, Diogenes draws attention to an ironic Catholic Charities announcement: As demand for services continues to increase at Catholic Charities across the country, it is critical that Congress take concrete steps, starting with the federal budget, to help low-income families. To which Diogenes responds: Huh? What? Why? If the agencies affiliated…

Other Mardi Gras Traditions

Now let’s consider Mardi Gras just as a time to have fun. First thing to realize is that it isn’t all about breasts and beads. You can find that in the Vieux CarrĂ© of New Orleans any day of the year. Families in New Orleans know to avoid the French Quarter and the craziness of…

“Body Worlds”–Different Reactions

Terry Mattingly notes the different reactions to “Body Worlds” and similar displays of plasticized dissected cadavers in macabre positions) in Baltimore and Cincinnati by both clergy and newspapers. The Cincinnati paper published a number of perspectives on the controversy, while the Baltimore Sun knows nothing of any controversy on the subject in recent history. As…

Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday (aka Shrove Tuesday and Carnival). It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is a church-imposed discipline of preparation for Easter. It originally was intended as a period of fasting and prayer for those preparing for baptism at Easter, and was later extended to all Catholics.…