Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of my favorite Beatles album, the White Album. The Vatican took to the opportunity to forgive John Lennon, a man who has been dead for 28 years.

The sin that had to be forgiven in the first place?

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I do not know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity…We’re more popular than Jesus now.”

No word on when they’ll forgive him for “Imagine” or “God”.



November 18, 2008

Somalian pirates have captured a Saudi Arabian oil tanker carrying two million barrels of crude oil.

The bad news: that much oil is a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily output, and the attack sent prices on an upward climb.

The good news: Pastafarians the world over can rejoice, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster will most certainly bless this day with his noodly appendage.

A Catholic priest in South Carolina has warned his parish that if they receive Communion after voting for Barack Obama, a pro-choice candidate, they are risking their eternal souls. The Reverend Jay Scott Newman has caused quite an outcry. Some are saying that this calls into question his church’s tax exempt status, which puts limits on religious organizations’ abilities to electioneer from the pulpit. I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t really add anything to that discussion. I’ve also seen complaining that the priest was stepping beyond his duties as a Catholic clergyman, or that what he wrote is somehow out of bounds on theological terms. That is simply not true. In fact, he was being a good Catholic. The real problem is what being a good Catholic entails. Read the rest of this entry »