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Sunday
May202012

Romney, God & American Exceptionalism | Rev. Thomas Williams" & A New Legion Scandal | Baptist Teachers Revolt

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image via Soda HeadMaking God-related news and opinion the topic of today’s DFR was easy. Without plotting the result in any way — like Googling “Catholic bishops” to see what new legislation the boys club has in mind for women this week, God came to me today.

Romney’s Faith Runs Deep

Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, dissects Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s relationship with God in today’s NY Times.

Dozens of Romney’s friends, relatives and fellow church members “describe a man whose faith is his design for living”.

Clayton M. Christensen, a business professor at Harvard and a friend from church, said the question that drove the Sunday school classes — how to apply Mormon gospel in the wider world — also drives Mr. Romney’s life. “He just needs to know what God wants him to do and how he can get it done,” Mr. Christensen said. via NYTimes

Like Rick Santorum, candidate Romney’s frequent tributes to American exceptionalism are grounded in his belief that God has chosen the United States to play a special role in history — with its constitution divinely inspired.

In 1992 Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve  wrote an essay The Divinely Inspired Constitution, explaining the position of Romney’s church on the matter. In a thorough but swift read of the document, it lays out many precepts that most Americans agree on. Oaks stresses the “farsighted young statesmen” James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, “who favored a strong federal government” as necessary in leading the country forward.

Is the Catholic Church Uncatholic?

NYTimes columnist Maureen Dowd thinks so. The ever-acerbic challenger to papal dogma in Rome, Dowd argues that today’s Catholic church is “intent on loyalty testing, mind control and heresy hunting. Rather than all-embracing, the church hierarchy has become all-constricting.”

The Catholic bishops hunt down nuns and lecture American women on the immorality of birth control and wanting to control our family planning, while that plagued-with-scandal Old Boys Club The Legion of Christ suffered another set back this week when the order’s superstar Rev. Thomas Williams admitted that he fathered a child. (cont)

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Rev. Thomas WilliamsRev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, high-profile television personality and former superior of the Legion’s office in Rome, admitted Tuesday that he had fathered a child “a number of years ago.” The Legion of Christ order, still in clean up mode from the scandal created by its pedophile founder Rev. Marciel Maciel, acknowledged that it has known about the child and apologized for not acting sooner to remove Rev. Williams as a moral leader for the Legion’s Catholics.

Huff Po reports that just last week, the “Legion admitted that seven of its priests were under investigation by the Vatican for allegedly abusing minors”, cloaked by the same secrecy and silence that allowed it founder to engage in a lifetime of abuse.

Back to Maureen Dowd who touched base with former New York governor and Catholic Mario Cuomo, whose son Andrew is weighing running for president.

“If the church were my religion, I would have given it up a long time ago,” he said. “All the mad and crazy popes we’ve had through history, decapitating the husbands of women they’d taken. All the terrible things the church has done. Christ is my religion, the church is not.

Cuomo continued, saying “The church would be wiser to take the path laid out for us by Kennedy than the path laid out for us by Santorum.”

South Baptist Educators Revolt

Shorter University is a 139-year-old Baptist school located in Rome, Ga. Recently, the school mandated that its 200 employees, including about 100 faculty members, sign ‘a personal lifestyle pledge’ declaring that they reject homosexuality, premarital sex and adultery.

The pledge may have backfired, as reports surface that only 12% of the faculty have signed the pledge. Many professors including tenured professor Sherri Weiler, have resigned.

“Lest anyone think I am ‘promoting’ homosexuality, please know that I am not,” professor Sherri Weiler, who resigned last week, wrote in the Rome News-Tribune, according to the “Save Our Shorter” site. “I am simply not going to judge anyone who expresses his/ her sexuality in this way.”

Students writing on the “Save Our Shorter” site say they welcome the focus on homosexuality but the even bigger issue is the school’s loss of academic freedom, which it has enjoyed for decades while respecting its religious heritage.

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Elza Luijendijk | Ben Toms | Dazed & Confused June 2012

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Vita Cagnone | Neil Francis Dawson | The Creatives | Rhinestone Cowgirl

Marlijn Hosk | Perla Maarek | L’Officiel Ukraine May 2012

Martina Klein, Veronica Blume, Leticia Dolera + | Sergi Pons | Marie Claire Spain May 2012 | ‘Spanish Noir’

Kamila Filipcikova | Oscar Falk | Plaza Kvinna May 2012 | Never Walk Alone

Meagan Callen | Chris Nicholls | Flare June 2012 | Into the Deep

Carolyn Murphy | Alexi Lubomirski | Vogue Germany June 2012 | ‘Murphy’s Law’

Leah de Wavrin | Seiji Fujimori | Marie Claire Spain May 2012

Kristen Stewart | Tom Munro | Elle US June 2012 | ‘She’s the Man’

Claire Danes | Mark Abrahams | Harper’s Bazaar Russia June 2012

Noomi Rapace | Solve Sundsbo | Dazed & Confused June 2012 | ‘Super Nova

Sophie Vlaming | Richard Bernardin | Grazia France No. 140 May 18, 2012 | ‘White LIght

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Michael Schwartz | Black #16 | ‘They Reminisce’

Calder Kusmierski Singer & Alexandra Marzella | Daniel Jackson | i-D Summer 2012 | ‘The Artist’

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Audrey Tautou | Shayne Laverdière | Marie Claire Russia | ‘Belle Femme’

Cara Delevingne | Chanel Cruise 2013 by Karl Lagerfeld | ‘Cruise Pastel’

Lara Mullen | Tim Gutt | Vogue UK June 2012 | Paper Plates

Karolina Waz | Natalia Alaverdian | Harper’s Bazaar Russia June 2012

Masha Markina | Andrew Soule | Flare June 2012 | World’s Fair

Heidi Harrington Johnson | Matt Hind | Vogue UK May 2012 | ‘The Great Escape’

Saturday
Mar242012

Key Execs Leave Susan G. Komen Foundation | Single Women Voters Hold Key to 2012 Election

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Feb 2012 protesters in Dallas. Rex C. Curry/AP/FileThe number of high-ranking resignations at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has increased to at least five this week. Three officials has resigned from Komen’s Dallas headquarters, accompanied by CEOs of affiliate groups in Oregon and now New York City. The chairman of the foundation Howard University surgeon LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. has stepped down but remains on the Board.

The New York chief executive, Dara Richardson-Heron, declined to comment Wednesday. In a statement on the affiliate’s Web site, she said the decision was not “easy,” but the right one. Her counterpart in Oregon, Christine McDonald, said last month that she was stepping down. McDonald, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, said “deep frustration about the distraction” caused by the Komen headquarters’ actions was a factor, a statement on the affiliate’s Web site said.

New York is the biggest affiliate fund-raiser, raising about $12.7 million in cash and in-kind donations in the 2011 fiscal year. New York was always opposed to the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

In Dallas, Komen is losing Katrina McGhee, the EVP and CMO, leaving May 4; Nancy Macgregor, vp of global networks is leaving in June; and Joanna Newcomb, a director for affiliate strategy and planning who is gone. McGhee oversees more than 200 corporate partnerships, 140 race events and more than $350 million in annual revenue at Komen.

Not only is Komen looking at the departures of key executives, but the breast cancer charity’s ability to fundraise is also dubious. Throughout the organization, staff members are being asked to review budgets, continues WaPo.

At Komen’s recent affiliate leadership meeting in Dallas, there was a renewed call for the organization to become more horizontal, rather than receiving top-down directives from Dallas. The NYTimes wrote earlier this week that the calls for founder Nancy G. Brinker to resign were escalating.

War on Women

Minutes ago in PA’s April 28 group planning a United Against the War on Women Rally in Harrisburg, Anne wrote “I think we need a personhood movement for women, too. Women aren’t incubators.” Jason Stanford asks the same question in his Huff Po piece.

Maybe what women need is a personhood movement that piggybacks on the Republican dream to enfranchise zygotes with civil rights. It’s time for Republicans to recognize that women should have at least as much power in their lives as they imagine a fertilized egg has.

FIFA, the Olympics, and Muslim Female Athletes Council on Foreign Relations

Pope Benedict is in Mexico, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the sex abuse cases surrounding disgraced Rev. Marciel Degollado, the Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office investigating the allegations. The NYTimes writes that Rev. Alberto Athié Gallo, a co-author of a new book, “The Will Not To Know” was among the voices speaking out about the case.

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President Obama greets women onstage in November 2009. (Credit: AP/Mel Evans)That subset of female voters that is unmarried women emerges as the single most important group that could decide the November elections, writes Salon. In a new report from pollster Celinda Lake and the Voter Participation Center, it’s estimated that 55 million unmarried women will be eligible to vote in November, an increase of 19 percent since 2000.

When these women do vote, it’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Reality is, though, that currently one-third of these women aren’t registered to vote, compared to a quarter of married women.

According to a poll Gardner’s group conducted with Democracy Corps and released in mid-February, Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers with unmarried women — defined as women who are divorced, separated, widowed or never been married — have dropped from 37 percent in November 2011 to 30 percent in February 2012. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, President Obama’s numbers have jumped from 54 percent in November to 65 percent in February.

Karl Lagerfeld Latest Snit

In all the chaos of the war on women and Anne acting as a press liaison for the April 28th march in Harrisburg, we failed to post Newsbeast writer Robin Givhan’s February 6 issue essay in which she called the famed designer “overrated”.

Givhan predicted her future, booted from her usual front row seat at the Chanel show. The imperial Lagerfeld claimed at a press conference Friday that he’s sorry editor Tina Brown is “going down” with a “shitty little paper”.

For a man who dished out criticism lavishly, the Chanel designer tolerates none from others. Anne has written extensively about Lagerfeld — and not kindly.

Like Aristotle, Karl Lagerfeld Sees Women As Predators

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Preferred Vision | No Women Allowed

Claudia Schiffer as Muse | Comparing Frida Kahlo by Karl Lagerfeld | Iris Brosch

Karl Lagerfeld | Pirelli Calendar 2011 | The Female Divinities & Muses Are Feminists

Coco Chanel | Powerful, Seductive, Independent in ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky’

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream NSFW

ALL Karl Lagerfeld

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AOC Private Studio

Edita Vilkeviciute | Lachan Bailey | Vogue Paris April 2012 | ‘Chic Boxing’

Marie Piovesan | Paolo Roversi | Vogue Italia March 2012 | A Lady in Spring

Vita Sidorkina | Wee Khim | L’Officiel Singapore March 2012 | ‘Life in Mono

Alison Nix | Rennio Maifredi | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Latin Lover’

Dani Zhou | Tong Meng | ROUGE Spring 2012 | ‘Full Bloom’

AOC Style

Nadja Bender | Alexander Neumann | L’Officiel Paris April 2012 | Fil Rouge

Katryn Kruger | James Meakin | Stella Magazine March 2012 | Sharp Dressed Woman

Skye Stracke | Kayt Jones | Elle Russia April 2012 | Ladies Only

Stanislav Solntsev | Cosmopolitan Russia April 2012

Hanna Fridh | Aline & Jacqueline Tappia Reynaud | Grazia Italia March 2012 | Glam Tribale

Anouck Lepere | Steven Pan | Interview Russia March 2012 | ‘Never Enough Style

Heather Marks | Nico | Madame Figaro March 2012 | Point of Contact

Lily Donaldson | Nino Muñoz | Numéro Tokyo April 2012 | ‘Lily in the Moment’

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Anna Selezneva | David Bellemere | Vogue Paris April 2012 | Paradis Blanc

Sienna Miller | Ryan McGinley | Vogue UK April 2012 | ‘Great Expectations’

Melissa Tammerijn | Andrew Yee | How To Spend It March 2012 | Key Looks For Spring

Alexandra Tomlinson | Jacques Olivar | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Perfect Day’

Tallulah Morton | Manolo Campion | Nylon April 2012 | The Bright Stuff

Kate Moss | Mario Testino | Vogue Eyewear S/S 2012

Eliza Cummings | Camilla Akrans | Eres Spring/Summer 2012

Kiki Minwegen | Justin Polkey | Elle South Africa April 2012 | Fashionably Late

Hilda Pimentel | Ulrich Knoblauch | Elle South Africa April 2012 | ‘96 Remix

Anne Marie Van Dijk | James Macari | Glamour Russia April 2012

Rosette | Aubrey Jonsson | Cosmopolitan South Africa April 2012 | ‘Candy Coated Classics’

Victoria Lee | Max Abadian | Glamour UK April 2012 | ‘Hair Toss’

Kamila Filipcikova | Sergi Pons | Vanity Fair Italia March 2012 | Tweet Twiggy

Wednesday
Feb152012

Jimmy Carter's Speech On Women & World Religions Matters As Catholic Bishops Join Southern Baptists & Evangelicals

Paz De La Huerta delivers a searing video focused on the escalating fight to control American women’s bodies. Congress, the Catholic bishops and America’s morality police (who watch more pornography than the people they condemn) are engaged in the most aggressive battle against American women that we’ve seen in decades. Directed by Marcus K Jones and Warwick Saint for FLAUNT magazine, the video showcases women’s struggle truthfully and without flinching. This video is NSFW and it is honest. Anne

Reading that America’s Catholic Bishops are uniting with the Southern Baptist Convention and National Association of Evangelicals against comprehensive health care for women — under the guise of religious freedom, I wish to republish Jimmy Carter’s speech about his resignation from the Southern Baptist Convention for its treatment of women.

Speech by Jimmy Carter to the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Melbourne, Australia, Dec., 2009

I am pleased to address the Parliament of World Religions about the vital role of religion in providing a foundation for – or correcting – the global scourge of discrimination and violence against women. As will be seen, my remarks represent the personal views of a Christian layman and a former political leader.

There are international agreements as well as our own Holy Scriptures that guide us:

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, origin … or other status …”

The Holy Bible tells us that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

Every generic religious text encourages believers to respect essential human dignity, yet some selected scriptures are interpreted to justify the derogation or inferiority of women and girls, our fellow human beings.

All of us have a responsibility to acknowledge and address the gross acts of discrimination and violence against women that occur every day. Here are some well-known examples:

  1. Globally, at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. (U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, February, 2000)
  2. Our Carter Center has been deeply involved in the Republic of Congo. In war zones where order has broken down, horrific and sometimes lethal rape has become a tactic of warfare practiced by all sides.
  3. In a study in 2000, the U.N. estimated that at least 60 million girls who should be alive are “missing” from various populations, mostly in Asia, as a result of sex-selective abortions, infanticide or neglect.
  4. According to UNICEF, an estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the sex trade each year and the U.N. estimates that 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually.
  5. In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.
  6. The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and explains why so few women hold political office, even in most Western democracies.

You are all familiar with these facts, and I know you are considering the causes and possible solutions to this serious global problem.

There are clear indications that progress is being made in the secular world. We have seen women chosen as leaders in nations as diverse as India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Israel, Great Britain, Ireland, Chile, Germany, the Philippines, and Nicaragua. Their support came from citizens who are predominantly Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Christian, and include two of the three largest democracies on earth.

It is ironic that women are now welcomed into all major professions and other positions of authority, but are branded as inferior and deprived of the equal right to serve God in positions of religious leadership. The plight of abused women is made more acceptable by the mandated subservience of women by religious leaders.

Most Bible scholars acknowledge that the Holy Scriptures were written when male dominance prevailed in every aspect of life. Men could have multiple sex partners (King Solomon had 300 wives and 700 concubines), but adulterous behavior by a woman could be punished by stoning to death -  then, in the time of Christ and, in some societies, 2009 years later.

I realize that devout Christians can find adequate scripture to justify either side in this debate, but there is one incontrovertible fact concerning the relationship between Jesus Christ and women: he never condoned sexual discrimination or the implied subservience of women. The exaltation and later reverence for Mary, as Jesus’ mother, is an even more vivid indication of the special status of women in Christian theology.

L’Harmonie (Harmony) is the left gilded figural sculpture which is crowning the roof of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. via Flickr’s designldg

I have taught Bible lessons for more than 65 years, and I know that Paul forbade women to worship with their heads covered, to braid their hair, or to wear rings, jewelry, or expensive clothes. It is obvious to most modern day Christians that Paul was not mandating permanent or generic theological policies.

In a letter to Timothy, Paul also expresses a prohibition against women’s teaching men, but we know – and he knew – that Timothy himself was instructed by his mother and grandmother.

At the same time, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, he listed and thanked twenty-eight outstanding leaders of the early churches, at least ten of whom were women. “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church … greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus … greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you… greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was … greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.”

It is clear that during the early Christian era women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers, and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

My own Southern Baptist Convention leaders ordained in recent years that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors, chaplains in the military service, or teachers of men. They based this on a few carefully selected quotations from Saint Paul and also Genesis, claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin. This was in conflict with my belief that we are all equal in the eyes of God. The Roman Catholic Church and many others revere the Virgin Mary but consider women unqualified to serve as priests.

This view that the Almighty considers women to be inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or tradition. Its influence does not stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue, or temple. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths, creating an environment in which violations against women are justified.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.

Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views and set a new course that demands equal rights for women and men, girls and boys.

At their most repugnant, the belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo. It also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair and equal access to education, health care, employment, and influence within their own communities.

Recently I presented my concerns to a group of fellow leaders known as The Elders, who represent practicing Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, and Hindus. We are no longer active in politics and are free to express our honest opinions. We decided to draw particular attention to the role of religious and traditional leaders in obstructing the campaign for equality and human rights, and promulgated a statement that declares: “the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”

Having served as local, state, national, and world leaders, we understand why many public officials can be reluctant to question ancient religious and traditional premises – an arena of great power and sensitivity. Despite this, we are calling on all those with influence to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices – in religious and secular life– that justify discrimination against women and to acknowledge and emphasize the positive messages of equality and human dignity. Jimmy Carter

via The Carter Center

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Katarina Mytna ‘Red Goddess’Catholic bishops have declared war on American women, joined by the National Association of Evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention. At stake is women’s right to just about everything — but especially contraception.

Reuters explains that the plan is to engage in an election-year public relations campaign, social media marketing and a big push from the pulpit. The bill scheduled for a vote in the Senate tomorrow would allow any employer opt out of covering any medical treatment he disagreed with (‘he’ is their word) as a matter of ‘his’ personal faith.

Along with the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals stands ready to contribute money and manpower to the bishops’ campaign, said Galen Carey, an association vice president.

The group is also considering the unprecedented step of asking pastors of every evangelical denomination across the country to read their congregations an open letter protesting the contraception mandate as an assault on religious liberty.

Secularists argue that no one is assailing the freedom to worshp, to proselytize — or even perform social services, according to their religious conscience. These institutions accept taxpayer money, yet argue that they aren’t bound by American laws that govern those contracts.

Related: Religious groups committed to contraception suits Thompson-Reuters Legal News

Obama Shift on Providing Contraception Splits Critics New York Times

The split in the Catholic Church hasn’t been this deep since the 1968 controversy when Pope Paul Vi issued the encyclical ‘Humanae Vitae’ which disregarded a Vatican commission’s recommendation to do away with the ban on birth control.

Groups supporting the Obama contraception compromise included the Catholic Health Association, which represents 600 hospitals and 1,400 health care facilities, plus Catholic Charities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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The Vatican was hit with another thunderbolt yesterday, when Malen Oriol announced that she had asked to leave her duties as the assistant to the general director of the Legion of Christ, which Pope Benedict XVI took over in 2010 at the height a sex scandal embroiling its founder Rev Marciel Maciel. (See AOC Women March 16, 2010.)

In her role, Oriol had headed the Legion’s branch of consecrated women, some 600 women who live like nuns working in Legion schools, recruiting and fundraising, writes CBS News

Benedict named a trusted Vatican official, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, to take over the running of the Legion and oversee a process of reform and purification to ridding it of the abuses. But critics say that De Paolis is moving too slowly, that the Legion’s problematic culture hasn’t changed. The same superiors who covered up Maciel’s crimes remain in positions of authority.

Not only has Oriol resigned but she has taken 30 consecrated members of the Legionaries into the protection of bishops, where they will serve out their religious vocations. Dozens of priests and close to 400 consecrated women from the Legion’s lay branch have also left the order.

Oriol has four brothers all of whom have left the order of the Legion.

The Legion scandal ranks as one of the worst in the 20th-century Catholic Church since Pope John Paul II held Maciel up as a model, even though the Vatican knew for over a decade about credible allegations he was a pedophile.

Pope Benedict XVI sits with Italian cardinals Angelo Sodano, left, Tarcisio Bertone, second from right and Giovanni Battista are pictured during a lunch.©Osservatore Romano/Reuters/REUTERS.The Toronto Star weighs in on the Vatican, writing that “The Machiavellian manoeuvering and machinations that have come to light recently are worthy of a novel about a sinister power struggle at a medieval court. 

Senior church officials interviewed this month said almost daily embarrassments that have put the Vatican on the defensive could force Pope Benedict to act to clean up the image of its administration — at a time when the church faces a deeper crisis of authority and relevance in the wider world.

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Natascha | Daniel Jackson & Lyndel Yeo @35MM | The Creatives

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Thairine Garcia | Zee Nunes | Harper’s Bazaar Brazil February 2012 | ‘White Light’

Nina Bauer | Marie Schmidt | The Creatives ‘Light and Silence’

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Fabiana Semprebom | Troyt Coburn | Marie Claire Australia February 2012 | ‘Endless Summer’

Jeneil Williams | Tony Kim | Styleby #7 Spring 2012 | A New Beginning

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Patricia van der Vliet & Emily Baker | Sharif Hamza | W Magazine March 2012 |  ‘Bloom Town’

Linda Vojtova | Zee Nunes | Harper’s Brazil January 2012 | ‘Sonho Plastico’

AOC Sensual Rebel

Color Red + Sexy, Dominant, Dangerous, Strong & Powerful

Wearing red in sports results in more favorable calls than being the ‘blue team’. Students who look at the color red before an exam do worse. Researchers say the color is dominant and intimidating, often resulting in a loss of confidence in the person viewing it.

After all, red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength and power.

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