Episode 9

Wow!  I can’t believe I sat on this for three days.  This has been ten minutes from done since Tuesday night, and I just thought I’d done it and published somehow.  Sorry everyone, please enjoy!

News Items:

The Pope says No to Frock-ing Women (wink wink nudge nudge)

Pope Benedict XVI has denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church.
Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained.
In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of priests.
Last June, the group’s members essentially threatened a schism, saying the Vatican’s refusal to hear their complaints left them no choice but to “follow our conscience and act independently.”

This gets me back on my ‘Why are you still a Catholic’ rant, and us into a good discussion about the Papacy.

 

The Philosophies of America’s Presidential Frontrunners

Republicans, Obama charged, are engaged in an attempt to impose a “radical” change of vision on the country – “thinly veiled social Darwinism” that allows us to “think only about ourselves” and not about “our fellow citizens with whom we share a community.”
Mitt Romney lost no time in taking up the ideological challenge. Just days after Obama laid down the gauntlet, Romney agreed that this was the philosophy election: “This November, we will face a defining decision. Our choice will not be one of party or personality. This election will be about principle…if you worked hard, and took some risks, that there was the opportunity to build a better life for your family and for the next generation.”

We agree this is a very well written, balance article on a subject that needed it.

Pregnancies now require a time machine in AZ

Arizona Bill Says Pregnancy Begins Before Conception!  A new bill up for a vote in Arizona could mandate that pregnancy be considered to have started up to two weeks before conception may have actually occurred.

Just another attempt to encroach on a woman’s right to choose.

Newsflash! Some homophobes may be latent queers.

Homophobes ‘may be secretly attracted to people of the same sex’ -

Homophobes could be attracted to people of the same sex but are not admitting it to themselves, a series of psychology studies has found.

Researchers in New York, Essex and California say they’ve found evidence that gays and lesbians remind homophobes of themselves  – which is why they develop an intense aversion and fear of them.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120406234458.htm

Items of Interest:

Matt - Google Plus Hangouts – free video chat

Let friends know you’re free for a video hangout, any time, anywhere. Then catch up, watch YouTube, or… just hangout.

http://hangoutcanopy.com/

A plugin that lets you see who’s hanging out.

Brian - GeekandSundry YouTube Channel

A new youtube channel from Felicia Day and Whil Wheaton. My review of their premiere show, Tabletop, http://youtu.be/X9QtdiRJYro, and a brief description of other upcoming shows.

The Game:

Rick Santorum ends bid for GOP nomination

(CBS News) Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, removing the last significant obstacle in Mitt Romney’s now all-but-certain march to the Republican presidential nomination.

We lament the loss of one of our more prolific sources of funny news items.

Matt’s PSA:  White House Solicits Inspirational Gay-Themed Videos For LGBT Pride Month Challenge

Listener Feedback:

We apologize to a couple of our early supporters for unintentionally ignoring their emails.  We really are dumb sometimes.

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