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Thursday
May092013

David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Video Savages Un-Christ-like Catholic Church

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David Bowie’s latest video ‘The Next Day’ is back up on YouTube after being taken down from the Google-owned website a few hours after being uploaded. The video in which David Bowie is dressed as Christ, accompanied by Gary Oldman as a debauched priest and Marion Cotillard as a prostitute was said to have “breached YouTube’s terms of service.”

The Independent reports that former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey called the video “juvenile”. 

He told The Telegraph: “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery perhaps Christians should not worry too much at such an exploitation of religious imagery.”

“I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery - I very much doubt it.”

There is no doubt that the video for ‘The Next Day’ is heavily critical of the Church. Imagery includes a Cardinal dancing with a bare-breasted woman, stigmata wounds erupted in the hands of Cotillard, and a figure engaged in self-flagellation.

‘The Next Day’ video is directed by Italian photographer Floria Sigismondi, who began her career as a fashion photographer.

Religious Purity in Rome

Did Pope Clement VII Father Alessandro de Medici with a Nigerian Slave Girl? AOC Sensual Rebel

This attempt to focus didn’t last. When the goddess knocking begins, it’s futile to try to beat it back. Accepting that there is a reason why I flew off to Florence in my Italian-inspired burst of creativity last week — and it has nothing to do with my glorious, sexy existence in and out of the country for years — I began Googling. 

Ask and you will receive! Within minutes I was on PBS Frontline, reading about Alessandro de Medici, the great 16th century Italian Renaissance figure whose Medici prince remains are buried in the famous tomb of Michaelangelo.

Without even trying to mount my religious hypocrisy soapbox, enter stage right one 17-year-old Cardinal Giulio de Medici, as the father of Alessandro. The later Pope Clement VII, is believed by researchers to be the father of a bastard child conceived with a North African slave girl.

Good goddess! A Catholic pope is unintentionally besmirched by my flower pots in this accidental bout with the creative truth.

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Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American AOC Sensual Rebel

I just watched a PBS segment on family planning in the Philippines. In it the Catholic bishop spoke aggressively against controlling population, saying that it was fine that women have as many children as possible. We both know the Catholic Church believes it is a woman’s duty. It’s the world’s challenge to figure out how to feed all these babies, not for women to have fewer children argues the bishop who has never had a baby in his life.

(This wandering essay was part of Anne’s short-lived 2012 blog with a Catholic brother. Brother Dennis assured her that he would stand by her, as she was called a whore and every other despicable name in the book. Instead, the brother threw her to the wolves. Based on Anne’s most recent skirmish with the Catholic Church, the new David Bowie video ‘The Next Day’ got her attention.)

Monday
Apr152013

Vatican Confirms That Reform of American Nuns Will Proceed Under Archbishop Gerhard Mueller

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Was I prescient today? Hardly. It’s just that Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz says that fashion designers are a little like Catholic nuns, grinding away in the trenches and not leading glamorous lives. Elbaz seems pretty off the mark, but we so love him that he’s forgiven. 

That quote led me to circle back with an exceptional interview given by Sister Simone Campbell to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour after the ordination of Pope Francis. 

Sister Simone’s interview was followed by this one on 60 Minutes with Sister Pat Farrell, previous head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Bob Simon.

The headlines are working their way around the world with news that Pope Francis has spoken. The Inquisition of American nuns will continue. This news doesn’t come as a surprise, although it dashes the hope of American nuns like Sister Simone and Sister Pat Farrell, who will be forced now to speak aggressively against birth control, abortion and women priests in the future. 

AOC writing on crackdown of American nuns.

Vatican Crackdown Continues

Pope Francis has affirmed that the investigation of American nuns will continue, dimming the hopes of American nuns that a Jesuit pope with shared values on the poor might take a different approach than Pope Benedict. 

The Vatican imposed an overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious after deciding that the American nuns were taking positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality. The sisters were accused of embracing “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

While praising the nuns’ humanitarian work, investigators accused the of ignoring critical social issues.

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, who is in charge of implementing the crackdown on American nuns, met today — Monday — with officials of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, informing them that the reorganization and reforms will be implemented. 

Catholic Culture reports: In his remarks at the meeting, Archbishop Müller reminded the LCWR leaders that their group exists to promote cooperation among the individual orders and with the hierarchy. “For this reason,” he said, groups like the LCWR “are constituted by and remain under the direction of the Holy See.”

All bets are off in what the sisters will do next. They have vowed not to compromise their group’s mission. Exactly what that mission is remains to be seen. 

History of Vatican Conflict

August 11, 2012

Barbara Marx Hubbard was the featured speaker at this week’s Missouri meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The main focus of the meeting was drafting a response to the Vatican’s claims that American nuns are “radical feminists” out of step with the church’s teaching. Of course, the members of LCWR don’t see themselves in this light.

June 11, 2012

Both sides in the discord between American nuns and the Vatican described yesterday’s talks in Rome as open and cordial. But the Vatican wasted no time in reiterating that it expects the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to change its way to energetically promote church doctrine “as Faithfully taught through the ages”, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Vatican charges that the LCWR has been “silent” on those issues that are most important to the church leadership: abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and the ordination of women.

April 20, 2012

The sisters were reprimanded for making public policy statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” The disagreements have been acute over President Obama’s healthcare legislation and most recently the contraception mandate compromise.

January 23, 2012

Investigation of American Nuns

It’s noteworthy that on Jan. 4, Cardinal Franc Rode resigned as head of the Vatican’s ‘cabinet office’, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, that deals with religious orders, including nuns worldwide. 

Writing for Huffington PostAmerican nun Maureen Fiedler says that Cardinal Franc Rode is an arch-conservative with an archaic view of religious life that resonates with the 18th century, rather than the 21st.

Sunday
Mar242013

Melinda Gates Is A Leader In The Global Movement To Empower Women With Contraception

Can Melinda Gates save the women and children of the world? The female half of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is increasingly focused on the topic of maternal health, including a woman’s right to contraception. Gates continues to be a practicing Catholic and she talks about her faith and the Vatican’s opposition to contraception in her TED video.

As Republicans in Congress seek to once again ban any US aid that promotes contraception — returning us to the Bush years — Melinda Gates explains why the world must once again open up a conversation around a woman’s right to contraception. 

After an update about recent naked aggression by Republican politicos against the rights of American women, we share more news about several Melinda Gates initiatives and a GREAT new grant opportunity for birth control innovators. 

1. Right to contraception coverage? Ask you boss. Sens. Fischer (R-NE), Cruz (R-TX, Johanns (R-NE) and Enzi (R-WY) introduced an amendment this week that allows a woman’s employer to deny her birth control coverage based on their beliefs. The amendment fell but did have the support of two Democrats Manchin (W. VA) of West Virginia and Pryor (ARK). 

The Senate passed exactly the opposite amendment, introduced by Sen. Shaheen (D-NH), that authorizes a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect women’s access to basic health care. Included are primary and preventative health care; family planning and birth control; and employer-provided contraceptive coverage. 

Republicans Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Mark Kirk (ILL) also supported the amendment.

2. Sen. Rubio (R-FLA) wants to make it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion, evading parental consent laws.  

3. Sen. Wicker (R-MISS) wants to stop all US dollars to the UN Population Fund, ending all efforts to bring contraception to women in developing countries. He proposes using the $23 million to fight malaria instead.

4. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced legislation banning abortions based on gender.

5. Sen Fischer (R-NEB) wants a federal law that allows hospital and health care workers to opt out of dispensing emergency contraception or assisting in an abortion if they morally object to it.

6. What War on Women? Republicans acknowledge their recent report on the state of their party that President Obama won the single women’s vote by a “whopping 36 percent”. The report recommended reminding women of the historical role of the Republican Party in advancing women’s rights.

Unfortunately, today’s Republican party bears no resemblance to the one that lead the way for women’s rights.

A Republican court gave women the right to birth control; a Republican court passed Roe, granting women a right to an abortion. It was President Richard Nixon himself who supported the passage of Title X, a law that expanded the federal government-funding of contraception for poor women. (cont)

Today’s Republican party seeks to defund Title X. Today’s Republican party seeks to put Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of health care to poor women in many states, out of business. Refusing to accept the Hyde Amendment that insures no federal funds go for abortion, Republicans seek to put Planned Parenthood out of business. The fact that Mrs. Barry Goldwater started Planned Parenthood in Arizona is irrelevant to today’s Republican party. 

As Rachel Maddow said this week while Beltway leaders are “preaching about how to appear more reasonable to the women folk among us,” Republican governance has become a competition – a race – “to see who can get the most extreme the fastest.” Read on at Salon GOP will never reach women.

7. States determine women’s rights. Your rights are increasingly dictated by your zip code in America, making women and doctors criminals in some states and not others. 

Arkansas is competing with North Dakota to see who can pass the most anti-women legislation. Last night 800 people protested at the State Capitol.  In words that represent the old Republican party:

“We just wanted to come together and bring our voices together and say this is not right,” said Holly Barron. “We’re citizens of this state too. We’re just as equal as you and we deserve freedom and autonomy over our reproductive health and to make those private decisions with our family, with our faith and with our doctors, not with politicians.”

Tomorrow’s Condoms

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is prepared to support visionaries who conceive of a next-generation condom that enhances sexual pleasure. Today’s male condoms were first used about 400 years ago for contraception. In spite of an explosion in the world of technology, condoms haven’t changed much, leaving men totally reluctant to use them. 

On their website Impatient Optimists, the Gates Foundation writes:

“Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a condom using a technique known as electrospinning, which creates tightly woven fabric out of nanometer-sized polymer strands and which could be used to deliver spermicidal or microbicidal agents in addition to providing a barrier. 

Origami Condoms provides an excellent example of a private enterprise focused on new condom design to promote consistent use by emphasizing the sexual experience.”

The Gates Foundation is prepared to fund up to a $1 million grant to support the discovery of new condoms that men, in particular, will love and want to wear. 

Global Mom Relay

By Melinda Gates @ Huff Po

That’s why I’m excited to be supporting GirlUp for my leg of the Global Mom’s Relay, and I’m also enthusiastic about the other campaigns that are part of the Relay, including Shot@Life, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. I’ve also included GirlUp on my Catapult page, a new crowdfunding site that helps fund projects that are improving the lives of women and girls around the world. GirlUp helps hundreds of thousands of girls in the United States build leadership skills by engaging them in important issues affecting their counterparts in poor countries around the world, issues like child marriage. The result of these campaigns is better, richer lives for girls everywhere through the nurturing of a common bond — the desire to determine their own future. Read on 

Gucci for Women

Global luxury brand Gucci has launched a new global equality campaign for women, enlisting support from Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chime for Change was formally launched at the TED conference in Long Beach last month. 

The founding committee for Chime for Change consists of pop star Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, and actress Salma Hayek Pinault, married to a Gucci’s parent company executive. 

We’ll be writing a separate piece on Chime for Change. AOC has a long history of praising Gucci’s work for women. 

Gucci Brand’s Deep Commitment to Women in Need AOC Style