On inefficient church governance and other thoughts

28 04 2009


I have not commented on “churchy” stuff in a while, and since I know people like to comment on that kind of thing, I will write a some lines on it.

Via Fr. Chadwick’s page, I found this George Weigel essay on how Pope Benedict’s theological brilliance is being eclipsed by the foibles of the “old boy” network of the Vatican Curia. An interesting read all around. I do have to disagree with his characterization of the Lefebvrists: their problems are far from just being political, though it is hard to separate that aspect of it from their legitimate critiques, as I well know from personal experience. My real underlying thought, one that many of you can already predict, is a big “so what?” Maybe the Gospel isn’t being preached because of the old school methods of some Italian ecclesiastics. But to think having a well-oiled bureaucratic machine will lead to a better church is something that I find highly unlikely. Like Gideon on the battlefield, perhaps God is counting on our human weakness to show that only He can save the Church.
Read the rest of this entry »

New World Jihad

28 04 2009

You learn somthing new everyday (and somewhat related to yesterday’s post)…

I stumbled across various references to the Revolta dos MalĂȘs, an 1835 slave rebellion in Bahia, Brazil, of Muslim slaves. Led by a Luisa Mahin, a snack vendor who could read and write Arabic, it sought to overthrow slavery in Brazil, enslave all non-Muslims, and create a kingdom governed by Islamic law. Mahin was also responsible for spreading the words of the Prophet Mohammed amongst the slaves. The revolt arose at the end of January and was suppressed within two days. The end of its leader Mahin is unknown to history, though she is known to be the mother of the Brazilian abolitionist, Luis Gama.

Related to this, it is said that santeros (priests of an Afro-Cuban religion) often greet each other with a phrase astoundingly close to the Arabic As-Salamu Alaykum, which has been passed on to them from their African rituals.