The News You May Have Missed
Games Bishops PlayRoger Vangheluwe, a Belgian bishop at the center of one of the Catholic Church's biggest pedophile scandals, admitted that he had abused two of his nephews. In his first television interview since the scandal broke, the former bishop of Bruges described his thirteen years of sexual abuse of one nephew, which started when the boy was age five, as no more than a little piece of intimacy. He said the abuse of a second nephew was very short. Vangheluwe said the thirteen-year abuse of the first nephew started as, I would call it, a game. And in fact it never went much beyond that. I had the strong impression that my nephew didnt mind at all. To the contrary, Vangheluwe said, it was not brutal sex. I never used bodily, physical violence (Associated Press, Apr. 14).
Cream-Pie IntimidationBrussels Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, was ambushed on four occasions while visiting the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, near Brussels, on April 5. His attackers: homosexual activists. Their weapons: shaving-cream pies. Léonards spokesman told reporters that the archbishop will not pursue legal action against the pie throwers, but added that he does not take the attacks as a joke. According to Agence France-Presse (Apr. 14), one of the pie-throwers told Belgian reporters, For all those homosexuals who dare not tell their parents they are gay, for all those young girls who want to have an abortion, he absolutely deserved it. Archbishop Léonards spokesman said the prelate wont be intimidated or silenced by cream-pie attacks.
Banning the BladeA group of "intactivists" opposed to infant circumcision which they call "male genital mutilation" said they have collected more than enough signatures for a proposal to ban the practice to appear as a ballot measure in San Francisco during the November elections. The leading proponent of the ban, Lloyd Schofield, 59, acknowledged that circumcision is widely socially accepted but said it should still be outlawed. Its excruciatingly painful and permanently damaging surgery thats forced on men when theyre at their weakest and most vulnerable, he told Reuters (Apr. 27). The ballot measure, which would only apply within San Francisco city limits, would make it a misdemeanor crime to circumcise a boy before he is 18 years of age, regardless of his parents religious beliefs, and would carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Piss Christ, the AdmonitionA group that has been characterized as Catholic fundamentalists attacked Andres Serranos controversial artwork Piss Christ a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artists own urine in the city of Avignon as part of an anti-blasphemy campaign. Serranos art piece has been the subject of controversy for decades, but the most unlikely defender of Serranos work has been British art scholar and television nun Sister Wendy Beckett, who said, I thought he was saying, in a rather simplistic, magazine-y type of way, that this is what we are doing to Christ, we are not treating him with reverence. His great sacrifice is not used. We live very vulgar lives. We put Christ in a bottle of urine in practice. It was a very admonitory work (D Magazine, Apr. 20). ...
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