May 14, 2004

Church and city-state

This is why the separation of church and state is so important.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Colorado Springs has issued a pastoral letter saying that American Catholics should not receive communion if they vote for politicians who defy church teaching by supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage, euthanasia or stem-cell research.
There is another view, however; it's expressed by the Washington correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic publication:
"There's probably a rather small number of bishops who are strongly in favor of denying communion," Mr. Shaw said. "Probably a somewhat larger but not overwhelming number rather strongly oppose doing that. And the third and far away largest group are those who just wish the whole issue would go away."
Anybody wanna disagree with Mr. Shaw? I know I'd want nothing to do with this, were I a bishop.

In religious news of a different form: "Fenway is now home to the largest men's restroom in Major League Baseball and the two largest women's restrooms." Considering that they've increased the number of concession stands selling beer, that's only prudent.

Yet more architectural news:

Starting today, visitors to the museum's web site can use the map to zoom into a neighborhood, select one of 120 big buildings and see its past depicted through postcards, construction photographs and other documents from the museum's archives. Each building is also shown as a three-dimensional drawing that can be viewed from four angles as a stand-alone structure or surrounded by its neighbors.
The article mentions several other virtual exhibitions; wanna see the tombs below Thebes? Try The Theban Mapping Project. Now that's cool.

Posted by Linkmeister at May 14, 2004 11:10 AM

Thanks SO much for the The Theban Mapping Project site, Linky. I just spent quite a while going through the Valley of the Kings.

Posted by: Deborah at May 14, 2004 05:07 PM