Just before his passing, the late Cardinal Carlo Martini spoke damningly about the Catholic Church. As a Muslim, I feel digging behind his statement unearths a wisdom which many British Imams will find hard to swallow. The Cardinal’s remark is relevant to circumstances obtaining for Muslims who are dogged by the same servility to tradition and spiritual malady plaguing Christians.
Up until this week Pope Benedict XVI was seen as a very bad man by many a right-thinking liberal. A militant atheists’ Antichrist if you like. Chief among his crimes was his refusal to alter the Catholic Church’s line on the prohibition of condoms, a decision that according to his critics had condemned many in Africa to AIDS-related death and destruction. As the New Statesman put it in 2005, the Vatican ‘probably contributed more to the continental spread of the disease than the trucking industry and prostitution combined’.
Everyone’s talking about the Pope, more specifically today, his two pimping Mercedes M-class Pope-mobiles. I also found that he will be welcomed by the dulcet tones of that Scottish madwoman from Britain’s Got Talent – nice. This week’s TV schedule is spattered with documentaries and debates exploring the controversy surrounding Benedict’s visit, the inescapable issue [...]
The dispute regarding Arizona’s new law cracking-down on illegal immigrants has seen endless allegations of racism thrown around, principally by opponents who fear that it will lead to police harassment of anyone who happens to have olive skin.
Behind the scenes, though, the ongoing controversy is also sparking an ugly and increasingly tribal clash between members [...]
Liberation is a wonderful thing.
Born and raised a Catholic, I became accustomed to spending Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday sitting uncomfortably on my bony bum in the church pews wishing that the priest would talk faster and thinking about what I was missing on TV. My sisters and I were known and loved by all [...]
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