Friday, November 12, 2010

Notes: Friday, November 12, 2010

1. Prof. Schäfer on the depiction of Our Lord in the Talmud
(Brought to my attention by this AQ comment.)

2. "Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites"

3. Mr. Muehlenberg on the age of consent in Victoria

Appalling though this is, it doesn't really surprise me all that much:

Sadly – and incredibly – in the humanist utopia of Victoria the age of consent is ten! I kid you not. As long as you don’t have sex with anyone more than two years older than yourself, any ten-year-old (up to 15) can legally have sex in this state.

4. H.H. The Pope on religious liberty and freedom of conscience

Far from encouraging:


VATICAN CITY, 11 NOV 2010 (VIS) - At midday today in the Holy See Press Office, the presentation took place of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Verbum Domini" of Benedict XVI, on the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church.

Today's press conference was presented by Cardinal Marc Ouellet P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Msgr. Fortunato Frizza, respectively secretary general and under secretary of the Synod of Bishops.

The Apostolic Exhortation, which is dated 30 September, Memorial of St. Jerome, is the fruit of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which was held in Rome from 5 to 26 October 2008. The document, which has been published in Latin, Italian, English, French., Spanish, German, Portuguese and Polish, is made up of an introduction, three parts and a conclusion.

[...] "The Word of God and Inter-religious Dialogue" is the title of chapter four. "Having established the value and topicality of inter-religious dialogue, 'Verbum Domini' ... supplies some important guidelines concerning dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and with members of other non-Christian religions, within the framework of a religious liberty which involves not only the freedom to profess one's faith in private and in public, but also freedom of conscience; in other words, of choosing one's religion". [...]
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Presumably it was Msgr. Eterovic who spoke the words quoted in the last of the paragraphs of that excerpt, since His Grace is also the one quoted in the paragraph immediately before and in the paragraph immediately after it.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Martin I., Pope, Martyr, A.D. 2010

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