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The Gnat And The Camel

The Gnat And The Camel

Last week I was (pleasantly?) surprised to open our city’s newspaper, The Press, to find its editorial was entitled “The Gnat and the Camel” (see above photo; text here). Since then, I have been carrying out an (unscientific) survey to see who knew...
Priest or Spy

Priest or Spy

I saw the movie Spectre recently. It had the fascinating exchange: Madeleine Swann: Why, given every other possible option, does a man choose the life of a paid assassin? James Bond: Well, it was that or the priesthood. Connections have been made with films before....
Vatican Replies to Joe Bennett

Vatican Replies to Joe Bennett

Recently NZ columnist Joe Bennet wrote to the Vatican urging it to ditch the theology and just focus on being good. Here is the Vatican’s reply: Dear Joe We at the Vatican don’t usually read your columns, being tired of the hackneyed anti-religious, straw-man...
Con Temporary

Con Temporary

I use the word “contemporary” as much as, or more than, the next person. In fact I use “contemporary” when some use “modern” because, naysayers notwithstanding, I think much of our contemporary world is more...
Stephen Colbert’s Best Religion Clips

Stephen Colbert’s Best Religion Clips

Many will know that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as Late Show host. As host of The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert presents a persona of a devout, conservative Roman Catholic. It has often fascinated me when people cannot distinguish Stephen...