Tag Archives: Pope

Crowning achievement

The cover of People?

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Wow, the Pope must be so excited.

This probably ranks right up there with his election by the college of cardinals in Rome.

I wonder what color smoke came out of the chimneys?

Silent no more

Like everyone, I was surprised by the news of the Pope’s resignation.

But how did I miss the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God?

mea-maxima-culpa-silence-in-the-house-of-god-470-75It was released in November of last year. But yesterday’s headlines from Rome brought director Alex Gibney’s film back to the forefront. It’s available on HBO OnDemand, so I’ve already watched it.

What a revelation.

Gibney examines pedophilia in the Catholic Church, beginning with the first known clerical sexual abuse at a deaf school in Milwaukee in the late 1950’s, and traces it all the way to the Vatican.

Of particular interest, the documentary documents the role Benedict played in the sex-abuse scandals — both as a bishop in Germany and as Cardinal Ratzinger, where he headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles such cases.

Under his leadership, the church shielded priests accused of child molestation and hid their behavior from the authorities, obstructing criminal prosecution.

It’s not an easy film to watch, but the bravery of these deaf students — now grown men — is inspiring.

Their voices have finally been heard.

So shallow, it’s deep

When I started the Sticky Egg, I chose to focus on what some people might consider the ‘fluffier stuff’ of life.

Television. Movies. Celebrities. Fashion.  Websites that talk about television, movies, celebrities and fashion.

It’s what I enjoy.  It’s what makes me laugh and cry and, more often than not, is a reflection of where we stand on the bigger issues in life.

And now even the Vatican is starting to espouse my theology.

In an article in Tuesday’s L’Osservatore Romano (the Vatican newspaper), they praised “The Simpsons” for the ‘realism and intelligence of its scripts’ (even though they still had to ding the series for the language used in some episodes).

While in the past the Pope has condemned television series for their content probably without ever watching them — can you say “Soap?” — now apparently bored Cardinals at the Vatican are watching at least this animated cartoon and getting its relevance to real life.

While I haven’t listened that closely to Rome in many years, I know millions of people do.  So I hope someone shows the Cardinals “Modern Family.”  I’d love for the to Vatican come out — pun intended — in support of that real family sitcom.