The (ir)relevance of the Catholic blogosphere

25 10 2010

This short report was brought to my attention recently. Those of us demented and bored enough to actually follow the workings of most Catholic blogs will see that this is far from a hit piece. There is indeed an entire section of Catholics with websites and certain print publications who consider it their duty to “heresy hunt” and do the job that the “cowardly bishops” aren’t doing. You can even find their opinions in some unlikely places. At the church where I sing in the Gregorian chant schola, I once saw a bumper sticker advertising “Real Catholic TV”: a website / video blog that seems to not realize that the last 100 years of history and “theological development” have taken place, and in the back of a church in Houston, they were offering free sample copies of the National Catholic Register.
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Agora

25 10 2010

Missing the universe within

I have to confess that I wanted to like this movie, and to a certain extent, I did. AG thought it lacked a coherent narrative structure, but as far as I was concerned, it was pretty watchable. The sets were fascinating, but not always authentic (people have complained that the way the Roman soldiers were dressed was more appropriate for soldiers a few centuries before). The most staunch criticism is the liberties it took with history: Rachel Weisz, while easy on the eyes, would not have been the same age as Hypatia when she died at the age of 65. There was probably no library at the Serapion when it was levelled to the ground in the fourth century. Some critics have taken issue with this, and for some these inaccuracies seem to be the main thrust of their criticism. That, and the fact that the Christians of the time were portrayed as the swarthy Taliban avant la lettre, running through the streets with clubs shouting, “God is one”.
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