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Mother Angelica, founder of the EWTN Catholic cable channel died on Sunday (Easter, how apropos): http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/03/28/we-wont-look-on-the-likes-of-mother-angelica-again/ She was a staunch culture warrior and upholder of Catholic orthodoxy, but wasn't afraid to tell the bishops off if they displeased her. If nothing else, Mother Angelica represented how detached conservative Catholicism has become from the knee jerk clericalism of the pre-Vatican II era when a nun can take down the bishops and be considered a heroine by other "orthodox" Catholics.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/24/middleeas ... ilgrimage/ When I first saw this story this morning the death count was at about 100, but it just keeps rising and at the time I'm writing this it's 717. This is an incredible tragedy and I just feel sick for everyone affected. It seems particularly horrible that it happened at Hajj, where pilgrims from all over the world have gathered to observe their religion. Because Hajj is a duty for all Muslims who are able to make the pilgrimage, a lot of people there are likely poor people who have saved their whole lives for this once in a lifetime trip. This isn't the only Hajj stampede incident, though, and not even the most deadly. There have been a number of similar incidents and I really hope this can be managed better in the future so this doesn't keep happening.
well this reminds me me of the guy who scammed all his followers with the end of the world and they still followed him. http://www.azcentral.com/longform/news/ ... /19152253/ He was supposed to live forever, along with disciples in a half-dozen countries all over the world who embraced his philosophy of physical immortality. But Brown died in October of complications from Parkinson's and heart disease, according to the website for People Unlimited, the group he began in Scottsdale more than 30 years ago. He was 79. The community of immortals he founded is left without its figurehead â€” and with an apparent contradiction to reconcile. Yet its leaders continue to conduct business as usual, collecting thousands of dollars per year in fees for monthly meetings, retreats and coaching that they say lead to the secret to unlimited life. His wife, Bernadeane "Bernie" Brown, and business partner James Strole preach Brown's evangel at weekly meetings in a converted office at a north Scottsdale business complex near Bell Road and 94th Street. Adherents watch on a live stream in countries as far away as Israel and New Zealand.
Ralar posted a topic in Other ReligionsHis Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, a wealthy religious leader in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, is either dead or meditating. A court may decide which, and the Maharaj's $170-million estate is at stake. According to his family, he died from a heart attack on Jan. 29, 2014. According to members of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan â€” which was founded in 1983 and which describes itself as a "socio-spiritual-culturel, not-for-profit organisation" â€” he's in a deep state of meditation known as "Samadhi." "Maharaj has been in deep meditation," one of his followers said. "He has spent many years meditating in sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas, there is nothing unusual in it. He will return to life as soon as he feels and we will ensure his body is preserved until then." Punjab police initially confirmed that the Maharaj was deceased, but the Punjab High Court, ruled that his condition was a spiritual matter. Now, the Maharaj's wife and son are filing a court application seeking to have his death confirmed, claiming that his followers just want control of his money. While all this gets decided, His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj will remain right where he is: in a commercial freezer. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/140529/170-million-at-stake-indian-court-may-decide-whether
Cannelle posted a topic in Other Religionshttp://www.wate.com/story/24737348/kent ... snake-bite Kentucky snake handling preacher, reality TV star dead from snake bite Posted: Feb 16, 2014 5:12 AM CST MIDDLESBORO, KY (WATE) - Jamie Coots, a preacher known for snake handling, as well as being the focus of a reality TV show, died Saturday after being bitten by a snake. According to the Middlesboro Police Department, emergency crews responded to reports of a possible snakebite victim at a church on Evans Drive around 8:30 p.m., but say the victim had already left the scene by the time they arrived. Police say they found Coots at his home with an apparent snakebite to his hand. Officials say EMS responders explained the dangers of not treating the wound, but that Coots still refused to be transferred. Police and EMS returned to the scene an hour later to find Coots dead. Coots was the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro. He is also the subject of the National Geographic Channel series "Snake Salvation".
ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=25091500 Nie mentions it on her blog. Actually in this case I would imagine it could be this. What a terrible tragedy. Six children with no mother now. Not really snarkable more that I am interested to hear if others think her desire to reproduce as per her religious beliefs would negate in her mind the risks? How many c-sections is too many? The risks do increase with the number, although there does not appear a guideline (US) or (UK) that I can find. Is there a safe limit or guideline in other countries?
princessjo1988 posted a topic in Lauren Fisher - Sparkling Adventures in Child NeglectI am not sure if any of you read the blog "Sparkling Adventures" (http://www.facebook.com/SparklingAdventures - the blog itself has been closed), but sadly her son has died in somewhat questionable circumstances. (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-n ... 6407134404). I must admit, I was rather shocked to hear about it - I had been following her blog for about 6 months due to her fundamentalist christian background - she had written some thought provoking posts about how she left the church etc - and I was also interested in reading about the 'free-range' manner she was choosing to raise her kids, in comparison to her own upbringing (and mine). Strangely, after reading her last few posts (before this happened), I had deep urge to contact her for some unknown reason - something wasn't sitting right. I never acted on it, sadly! So tragic, and I hope that the truth, whatever it may be, comes to light. --------------- If I have put this in the wrong place, sorry Mods - feel free to move it!
mrs posted a topic in QuiverfullJust curious if this has happened in their community and the way it was handled. I can't image they would have life insurance on the father since they don't believe in medical insurance. Or even worse, what happens if the father is ill terminal ill for a great length of time?(pretty sure they do not own Long Term Care Policies)? It would be hard for normal family, but especially hard for a large one. Any thoughts?
Atheists/non-believers cannot be the only people who were influenced by Christopher Hitchens. I don't think you'll believe me, but I really admired and liked the man, despite that I'm a Christian. Before I heard of him, I was an all black-and-white morally absolute Christian, and hearing what he said shook my faith and everything I believed in. I became obsessed with his work and reading other things about Dawkins and Harris etc. But then I came to realize that most things he said was true and very bold to say. I started studying on other religions, mostly paganism, and I found it very interesting. I don't know why I didn't become an atheist, I just thought atheists cannot be the only intelligent, sensible people. But all thanks to Hitchens, I began to see things clearly, think logically and rationally, live life as it is and explore the possibilities. I may be still a Christian but I abhor all theocracies. As for the Christofascists who say he's in hell, they wish. There's no Hell for Christopher, He's at peace. Man do I love this guy's balls (figuratively speaking that is) he was the greatest. I will admit that he was harsh and slightly unfair in his criticism, but he had his reasons. I wonder what he would thought of a person like me? RIP Christopher. Who else was influenced by Hitchens despite your beliefs of any kind?
Kathryn31 posted a topic in Emily and Dna (Under $1000)Up until a week or so Dna had "Emily Pierce" listed as spouse and now neither of them even have their relationship status up. As of June 29th the family apparently thinks/thought they were still together as they were listed in his grandmothers obit. http://www.meaderandson.com/fh/obituari ... h_id=10308 Anyone still friends with Dna?