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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.

Get smart

Dear Anne Hathaway:

Rumor has it you’ve picked another winner…

Current boyfriend Adam Shulman reportedly stole part of an art mural — where do they come up with this stuff?? — and the building owner wants it back, or he’s calling the police.

Bi-zarre.

Admittedly, it’s not nearly as bad as your former boyfriend,  ’embezzler to the Vatican’ Raffaello Follieri, who’s currently serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for ‘misappropriating investments’…but still.

Far be it from me to dole out relationship advice — ’cause I’m not — but I do want to point out some obvious physical characteristics that both Adam and Raffaello share. You might want to avoid them in the future (because they seem to have consistently attracted you in the past).

  1. Sloping eyes — You may consider this feature dreamy.  I see shifty…and their behavior has followed suit.
  2. Rounded nose — Rounded, no doubt, from being stuck too often where it doesn’t belong.
  3. Tan — Too much time on their hands.

I hope this brief catalog of traits to avoid has been helpful.

Oh — and a background check wouldn’t hurt either.

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.