Thursday, August 7, 2008

Catholic Varia

*It is common for many Catholic Churches, including one of my former parishes, to post announcements asking that proper attire is worn to Mass. I don't think the blow-up church on the beach in Italy will be making such announcements.

*A biker gang, that calls itself Set Free Soldiers, and says they are Christian motorcycle club got into a fight with the Hell's Angels gang in a bar which resulted in two of the Hell's Angels gang getting stabbed. Several of the "soldiers" have been arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. Not exactly the actions I would expect from a group that describes itself as "a Jesus-loving men's motorcycle club."

*Expect more protest like this in Beijing during the Olympics. Also, expect the Chinese government to crack down harder and harder. The Pope has a response.

*A new study reveals that TV favors extra-marital sex over married sex.

The Parents Television Council™ released a new study, Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity Over Marital Intimacy on Prime Time Broadcast Television, which revealed that broadcast networks depict sex in the context of marriage as either non-existent or burdensome while showing positive depictions of extra-marital or adulterous sexual relationships with alarming frequency.

Across the broadcast networks, the new PTC report found that verbal references to non-marital sex outnumbered references to sex in the context of marriage by nearly 3 to 1, and scenes depicting or implying sex between non-married partners outnumbered similar scenes between married couples by a ratio of nearly 4 to 1.

“These study results suggest that many in Hollywood are actively seeking to undermine marriage by consistently showing it in a negative manner. Even more troubling than the marginalization of marriage and glorification of non-marital sex on television is TV’s recent obsession with outrĂ© sexual expression. Children and teens are now exposed to a host of sexual behaviors that less than a generation ago would have been considered off-limits for broadcast television,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

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