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“Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

– 1 Corinthians 10:22

The pope has spoken out about homosexuals. He endorse a civil union. In a comparison with Swedish gay politics ( I am from Sweden), he has thus reached the year 1994, when the law on civil unions for homosexuals came into force.
In a comparison with the sources of Protestantism, perhaps Swedish Protestants (and protestants generally) can be said to have a bit left until the year 1520, when Martin Luther had the pamphlet “On the Church’s Babylonian captivity” published. He then said that the Roman Catholic Church had fallen into a Babylonian captivity, from which she must be freed. Hence the Reformation.
One of the seven sacraments is Marriage. Interestingly, Luther also dealt with that sacrament. He believed that this, together with the Church’s celibacy requirements for priests, created an impossible situation, which often developed into homosexuality among priests.
The sacramental view of marriage thus remains in the doctrines

of the Roman Catholic Church, and when the pope speaks in recognition of civil unions, some Catholics fear that he will cause change in marriage itself, depriving it of its sacramental status as a relationship exclusively between a man and a woman.

Two examples of that reactions:

An American bishop, Thomas of Rhode Island, has asked for more clarification from the pope:
The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships. Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and must have their personal human rights and civil rights recognized and protected by law. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible

French Le Monde: “Though the sovereign pope tries to open up to homosexual couples by outright confirming that they are welcome in the Catholic Church, he still remains very determined against their entering a religious marriage, which necessarily only takes place between a man and a woman “.

And one example of the opposite reaction:

A pastor and professor at Fordham University who is gay himself says: “Yes. I personally – and I know many others, gay and lesbian persons and those who are allies and who love us – would want the church to be able to one day recognize the loving commitments of LGBTQ persons in the sacrament of marriage

The discussion is on… ?

Is the “sacramentally valid”, gay wedding ring a political “ring of power” that somehow attracts the pope ?

Be watchful for the next step !

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The other day I was able to read the last part of a book in russian that shook the Russian society last year , not least it’s  Orthodox circles – “Ispoved” (= Confession) by Maria Kikot. It hasn’t been heard of much in the West, as I see. Not in any western european language, anyway.

All-focus

She writes about her experience of going to a Russian Orthodox Monastery today. It is like old times and modern times in collision. Old church-buildings and monasteries that sometimes fit well into the Russian landscape. Sometimes only walls left. Ruins after the Bolshevik ravages. At the same time, a lot of reconstruction work is taking place . And even experiments ..

The author apparently ended up among people who experimented in the field of religious life. They combined old Russian traditions, and modern Greek “Athos” – monks ascetic exercises, as well as something that reminded me of a modern therapeutic method I’ve heard of. People are using that method sometimes, when they want to rehabilitate drug addicts – a group of people sits and talks, and suddenly everyone turns against one individual among them, everybody shout, criticise and accuse him or her for an hour or more. A kind of “cleansing” experience ..

The Abbess in the monastery just south of Moscow used a similar method as a pure authoritative technique, and in a really terrible and elaborate manner. She chased the collective against the individual. The “sisters” broke one by one, becoming either docile and subservient for the rest of their lives, or kicking back and breaking up. Kikot couldn’t stand it anymore, but she did quit and wrote her “confession”.

It’s a bit of Russia today. Pretty orthodox. And a lot more.

I hope someone will translate this book to english.

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An english-language blog that mentions (in passing) about the book – here

 

C-3PO

 

For me it was a kind of relief to read about this Jedi self-critic in “Labyrinth of evil“, by James Luceno:

 

 

..Anakin was suffering, and the only balm he (Obi-Wan) offered were Jedi platitudes..   (p. 344)                                                                                                                                             

 

Here is my  reflexion on the fate of Sifo-Dyas .

 

 

The Verge

This illustrates one of the final episodes in the last chapter of the first book of the famous trilogy ” The Lord of the Rings ” by J R R Tolkien.

 –  As a Christian reader I may reflect upon the temptation of Jesus by the devil in the Gospel of Matthew chap.  4:1 – 11. Wasn’t it what the devil wanted AND WHAT HE STILL WANTS, that Jesus should commit his whole mission in the world – to Satan ?  – 

It is when Boromir and Frodo was discussing , after having visited Lothlorien , and then had been traveling with the rest of the ” Fellowship of the Ring ” along the river  Anduin. – Still another bit of the uncertain road towards Mordor ! And they had just arrived to that resting place that became a crossroad – Parth Galen – where Frodo and Sam must leave the others and continue on their own , followed by noone but Gollum.

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Boromir was tempted to  “.. use the power of the enemy against the enemy himself ..,” and he wanted to take the Ring from Frodo . But Frodo puts on the ring and becomes invisible , and escapes from him.

 This scene have also  become movie –  an animated version made by – among others –  Ralph Bakhsi , the not least famous version made by Peter Jackson , and also a version made  by some Russian amateur filmmakers (here with english subtitles),
Excerpt from the Book, if someone wants to read the original text:

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