Milan, Italy, Jul 29, 2009 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Police in Milan detained a Brazilian transsexual on Sunday after he stripped naked in front of the altar during Mass and began to attack the priest who was presiding over the Mass.
The incident occurred at the Church of St. Babila at the 8:30am Mass on Sunday.
According to ANSA news agency, the subject entered the church and approached the altar, where he stripped naked. “Afterwards he took a pole used by the sacristan to close doors and approached the celebrating priest. Several people in congregation tried to stop him, and the man went to the baptismal chapel and began striking a commemorative plaque full of money, which he tried to steal.
Police arrested the Brazilian man and charged him with theft, property damage, public disruption and resisting arrest.
Think of a civilization as a fruit. The interior of the fruit — its meat — consists of the ideas, principles and beliefs professed by the members of a society, and thence of the civilization of which that society is part. Throughout history until modern time, the ideas, principles and beliefs of all civilizations derived from religion. When societies in great parts of the world were Christian, notably in Europe and its overseas outposts, so was the civilization in those places. That is, men in those places lived according to the Christian ideas, principles and beliefs they professed.
When men live according to what they profess, they produce not only a society and civilization of a certain character, but also a singular culture. By culture is here meant standards of conduct, a code of etiquette, even a manner of worship, as well as art — music, poetry, painting, architecture, cooking and so on — that gives expression, that manifests, the culture. The culture may be likened to the skin of a fruit.
Apart from the skin itself often being very nutritious, like the interior meat, it is important because if it is gashed or torn, deadly bacteria can enter into the meat of the fruit and cause it to spoil and eventually rot altogether. The civilization dies. To be sure, if caught in time — if the members of a society are vigilant — spoilage can be arrested by Read More...
From Dailymail: "A school told a child to remove a Christian cross she was wearing even though it lets Sikh children wear bangles as part of their religion.
Lauren Grimshaw-Brown was told to take off a necklace with a cross on it because of health and safety fears.
But the eight-year-old's furious mother has accused the school of double standards because they allow children following other faiths to wear jewellery on religious grounds.
The mother-of-two says Lauren and brother Callan, five, have always worn crosses at St Peter's CE School in Chorley, Lancashire.
'We're a Christian family and my children wear the necklaces underneath their tops,' she said.
'On Thursday Lauren was told by a teacher to take it off because apparently they're not allowed to wear jewellery.
'I could understand it if it was a fashion accessory or a High School Musical necklace, but it's part of our faith.'
Mrs Grimshaw-Brown complained directly to the headteacher, Helen Wright, who referred the matter to the school's chairman of governors, Father Atherton. He upheld the ban.
Mrs Grimshaw-Brown added: 'I received a letter in my child's reading folder. It said that if she had been a Sikh child she would be allowed to wear bangles because it's part of their religion.
'I've got absolutely no problem with any other religion wearing bangles or another item of jewellery, but why can't my daughter wear a necklace with a cross? It's a church-led school."