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Mar032012

Rick Santorum's Tight Embrace of Legionairies of Christ & Regnum Christi | ProFlowers Drops Rush Limbaugh

Crystal Renn & Karolina Kurkova | Steven Klein | Interview Magazine March 2012 | ‘Strict Institution’ AOC Private Studio

Steven Klein’s ‘Strict Institution’ editorial for Interview Magazine’s March issue is a blockbuster of talent and Smart Sensuality meaning. Just a few minutes ago on Facebook, one of my new friends asked me why Conservative women support Rush Limbaugh in his relentless verbal assaults on women like First Lady Michelle Obama and this week Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, who spoke about women’s medical need of affordable birth control. This editorial says it all.

Daily French Roast

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Rush Limbaugh on a happier day. JUST IN: Responding to furor raised by bloggers and websites like AOC who has asked our 350,000 readers not to support ProFlowers, the company has announced it’s following other Rush Limbaugh advertisers in dropping the show. On the ProFlowers Facebook page, it criticized Limbaugh’s comments as “beyond political discourse to a personal attack”, stressing that Limbaugh comments “do not reflect our values as a company.”

The company is the seventh advertiser to drop its association with the show.

Rick Santorum. Image Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York TimesToday’s New York Times writes a balanced story on Rick Santorum’s evolution from being “a nominal Catholic” to one making religion the center of his views about the best government for America. Having written extensively about Rick Santorum we didn’t learn very much new about the candidate until page 3.

Our new learnings include:

1) In 2002 then Senator Santorum spoke in Rome at a centenary celebration of the birth of Saint Josemaria Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. In an interview with the Catholic Reporter, the candidate said then that John F Kennedy had caused “much harm to America” with his 1960 speech calling for strict separation of church and state.

2) Mr. Santorum wrote in a 2002 essay that too many Catholics had been exposed to “uninspired, watered-down versions of our faith”. The candidate called for more committed Catholics to reclaim religious institutions, like colleges, schools and hospitals, “for the sake of our souls.”

He also blamed liberal culture for the sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic priests. “When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected,” he wrote.

3) In a chilling piece of information, we read that Rick Santorum has been a supporter of Regnum Christi, the lay wing of a very conservative, “cultish” says the NYT Legion of Christ.

In 2003, he was the keynote speaker at a Regnum Christi event in Chicago that drew protesters because the group’s charismatic founder, who had spent years denying that he had sexually abused seminarians, was scheduled to share the podium.

The founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, did not show up, but critics faulted Mr. Santorum for agreeing to appear at the group’s forum. “He was certainly lending them legitimacy,” said Jason Berry, a documentary filmmaker and the author of a book about Father Maciel.

We continue a discussion of Rev. Marcial Maciel in the center column More DFR.

4) Rick Santorum’s views are regarded as extremist by the majority of American Catholics. Polls show that Santorum has lost the Catholic vote in every primary, some by wide margins. Noted author Garry Wills, a professor emeritus at Northwestern University and cultural historian, and one of the millions of American Catholics who embrace the Second Vatican Council from 1962-65 and briefly opened Catholicism to the modern age calls Santorum “a papist”.

Rick Santorum’s support for the Legionaries of Christ and his prominent position as a Regnum Christi member should be cause of great concern among moderate and progressive American citizens. Read on.

More DFR

Rick Santorum & Legionaries of Christ

AOC has followed the Legionaries of Christ sex abuse scandal and investigation for several years.

Will Dyke Hold for Global Religious Patriarchy? Updated 3/4/12; originally 5/3/10

Kristof makes it clear that there are two Catholic churches at work in the world, and he’s passionate in his defense nuns and priests on the ground in Sudan and all over Africa. We honor these caretakers also, especially when they look the other way as condoms from Britain are slipped into the lives of wives whose husbands are infected with AIDS.

In their own documents, the Vatican knows that African women do not say ‘no’ to their husbands, just as they know that there’s a huge problem in Africa with nuns saying ‘no’ to African priests and bishops who demand sex.

Read The Vatican’s own document ‘The Problem of the Sexual Abuse of African Religious in Africa and In Rome.’ It’s a stunner.

Former Regnum Christi women found new consecrated community in Chile 2/26/12

Jimmy Carter’s Speech on Women & World Religions Matters As Catholic Bishops Join Southern Baptists & Evangelicals 2/15/2012

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.

Legionaries of Christ Investigation | Another New Sex Abuse Scandal 3/16/2010

The Vatican said Tuesday its five investigators have completed their initial examination into the Legionaries 120 seminaries, schools and communities around the globe, and that a final report would still take several months for Rome to complete.

The Legionaries was formed in 1941 and became one of the most influential and fastest-growing orders in the Roman Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II championed the group, which became known for its orthodox theology, military-style discipline, fundraising prowess and success recruiting priests at a time when seminary enrollment was generally dismal. via AP

The group says it now has some 800 priests and 2,600 seminarians worldwide, along with 75,000 Regnum Christi members.

War on Women Roundup

Have You No Shame, Rush? Maureen Dowd

Santorum and the Sexual Revolution Charles M Blow

When States Abuse Women Nicholas Kristof

Wisconsin GOP Leader Proposes Legislation To Blame Single Parents for Child Abuse and Neglect Forbes

Rush Limbaugh Apologizes - But Did His Contraception Contretemps Cost the GOP Valuable Voters Forbes

 

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Antonine Peduzzi & Luisa Orsini | Mason Poole | L’Officiel Paris March 2012 | Rome Et Juliettes

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Thomas Straub | IO Donna February 2012 | ‘Ephemere’

Katrin Thormann | Koray Birand | Harper’s Bazaar Turkey March 2012

Truus Hooiveld | Thomas Krappitz | Marie Claire Italia March 2012

AOC Private Studio

Sergi Pons | Marie Claire Spain March 2012 | ‘Zelda’

Agnete Hegelund | Jimmy Backius | Dansk S/S 2012 | ‘Age of Consent

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Arizona Muse | Inez & Vinoodh | Vogue Paris March 2012 | Des Podiums A la Rue

Manuel Outumuro | Marie Claire Spain March 2012 | ‘West Fashion Story’

Irina Shayk | Sergi Pons | Marie Claire Spain March 2012 | Irina Tropical

Melanie Thierry & Audrey Marnay | David Oldham | Elle France February 2012 | Le Fashion Sans Flamber Des Stars

Toni Garrn | H&M Swimwear Spring/Summer 2012

Jennifer Lopez | Mario Testino | V Magazine #76 Spring 2012

Behati Prinsloo | Nicolas Moore | Elle France February 2012 | Classe Degaine

Alla Kostromichova & Erin Axtell | Paola Kudacki | Elisabetta Franchi S/S 2012

Hannelore Knuts | Horst Diekgerdes | Elle March 2012 | Retro Active

Anne-Sophie Monrad | Nagi Sakai | Please Magazine S/S 2012 | ‘Eve’

Irina Shayk | Randall Slavin | FHM South Africa March 2012

Alex Lundqvist, Hilary Rhoda, Philip Huang & RJ Rogenski | Mario Sorrenti | Hugo Boss Black Summer 2012

Ehren Dorsey | Joachim Mueller Rucholtz | Amica March 2012 | ‘Let’s Twist’

Anne will be assuming a media liaison role for War Against Women Pa and the march in Harrisburgh on April 28th.

For information about the National March Against The War On Women Pa, see Facebook.

Or go to the National War on Women Facebook Page for directions to your state.

Saturday
Mar032012

Rush Limbaugh ProFlowers Ads Fuel the War on Women | My 350,000 Readers Say Flowers Buy Peace, Not War

ProFlowers has used its Facebook page to assure American women that the company doesn’t support the views of Rush Limbaugh in his continued verbal assault against Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke. 

I’ve read in the last 15 minutes that Limbaugh has posted an apology to Sandra Fluke on his website. This announcement came after another story that ProFlowers had changed their position minutes ago, to reconsider their relationship with Limbaugh.

It’s too late. Rush Limbaugh is a repugnant person with no respect for civil discourse or women.

I am personally asking our 350,000 AOC and Sensuality News readers to consider buying their flowers from another service than Pro Flowers. As an American I support ProFlowers’ right to advertise where they choose. But we don’t have to support their choice of voices to spread the Proflowers message.

As a Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sensual, and spiritual with heart — I love flowers — as do most of my readers and friends. If flowers are anything like lingerie, about 90% of the sales are made by women. I ask you — why do we want to support ProFlowers who associates their brand with Rush Limbaugh and his misogynistic views on women?

An apology from Rush Limbaugh doesn’t suffice. ProFlowers supporting Rush Limbaugh is ProFlowers supporting the Republican War on Women. Think about that fact the next time you want to order flowers for your mom, daughter, sister, wife. You are putting money into Rush Limbaugh’s war on me — the woman he calls a feminazi.

I ask you, with my longstanding record of trying to help American woman and impoverished, burned, flogged, stoned-to-death women everywhere in the world — does this passion for women really make me a feminazi? What is wrong with America today? Have we gone totally insane?

It’s personal now between Rush Limbaugh, the Republican War on Women and me. If you admire me and Anne of Carversville, I ask you not to support Pro Flowers as long as they support Rush Limbaugh. ProFlowers supports a man who despises women — unless they are good girls who do as they are told by big shots like Rush.

Have we had enough? Say ”yes’. I beg you, please take action and say ‘yes’ before it is too late in America for our daughters and granddaughters. Find a friendly to women florist. We will post the alternatives by Monday, after careful research. ~Anne Enke

PA Unite gainst the War on Women Rally in Harrisburg on April 28th, 2012.

National War on Women Rally Facebook page.