Thursday, May 31, 2007


word of the week: insipid

triggered by a re-viewing of 'shakespeare in love'.

every time i remember that that film won an academy award for best picture i get a ball of totally irrational furious frustration in the pit of my stomach, very similar to the feeling i get when i hear about racial injustice, police abuse, or the vegetarian options on the menu at subway.

Monday, May 07, 2007


catholic doctrine vs christian values?

i just read an article on something called 'liberation theology', a branch of catholicism that focuses on christ as liberator of oppressed people rather than just christ as redeemer. basically, it's catholicism that wants to improve social justice situations. it encourages activism and can get entwined in political issues. the current and most recent past both have both objected strongly to parts of the theology, to the point of calling it heresy.

here's the nytimes article.

and here, since the previous article didn't do a very good job explaining itself, is the wikipedia entry on liberation theology.

imo, the most tellingly awful quote i saw in the article, was from a conservative theologian in brazil. '[Y]ou continue to be incorrigible, poisoning the people with the theology of liberation, which...annihilates the true faith and subverts the gospel of salvation.'

'subverts the gospel of salvation', huh? don't worry, oppressed masses--heaven awaits! so don't do a goddamn thing to improve your life on earth.

a similar rationale (i.e. HEAVEN!) is used by other religious entities to discourage environmental protection. it's generally just about the worst and most upsetting wide-spread message, well, ever.

despite knowing that the vatican is much more conservative than the catholic tradition i grew up in (one that focused quite a bit on social justice and community action), i am startled to find that liberation theology is considered such a threat to the church. i am saddened and angered to see that catholic leadership hasn't found a way to reconcile social justice and social justice activism with church catechism.

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