"The Gospel According to Britney"
Now, y’all know that I love me some Britney Spears hardcore but … news today that a new musical production that tells the tale of the life of Jesus Christ by utilizing the music of Britney Spears gives even me reason to pause. Spears is a new show, set to debut next month, that looks to dethrone the award-winning Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar as the King of Religious Rock Opera. Click below to see a few promo photos from the show, read the official press release and get your first taste of Spears — The Gospel According to Britney Spears. More »
Posted under: 'Spears', Britney Spears
Bless You Boy
Back in July, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — welcomed the birth of their firstborn child, a son they named Prince George Alexander Louis, heir to the British throne. After a leisurely Summer of family bonding, the time has come for Prince George to be christened and today is the big day. Prince George, his parents, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, II, his 7 godparents and others made their way to the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace for the blessed event and as you can see below, little George looked like he was taking it all in like a boss. Click below to see see George‘s fabulously stylish christening gown and read all the deets of the little princes’s big day. More »
"[I]t is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."
Back in July, Pope Francis made comments in support of gay priests that shocked a lot of people (in both good and bad ways) and today, we learn of new comments that are just as shocking … or more. In a new interview, published in the original Italian HERE, in English HERE and in Spanish HERE, Pope Francis makes the bold claim that the Catholic Church spends too much time focusing on issues of abortion, contraception and gay marriage when it should be focusing on doing the good, supportive work that should be the basis of Christianity. When it comes to controversial issues like the ones mentioned above, Pope Francis says that Catholics should “consider the person” and “accompany them with mercy” rather than to fight against them with hatred and condemnation. Comments like these will do much to anger the Religious Right, I’m sure, but the fact that such compassion comes from “God’s representative on Earth” should do much to spread this message of tolerance. Click below to read more excerpts from Pope Francis‘s stunning new interview. More »
Posted under: Pope Francis
The Pontiff also voices support for possible female church leaders
Back in March when the Catholic church selected Pope Francis as the new “representative of God” here on Earth, I was hopeful that he might be a more accepting pope for a new generation … and it’s starting to look like that hope is starting to pay off. In interview comments made today by Pope Francis on his way back to the Vatican after a successful visit to Brazil, the pontiff was asked a question about gay priests. Pope Francis responded by suggesting that he has absolutely no problem with celibate gay priests in the Catholic church … which, to my knowledge, is the first time any pope has voiced support for gay clergyman in this bold way. Click below to learn more about Francis‘s comments and see what you think about the pope’s newly revealed stance on gay priests … and gays in general. More »
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Your 'That-Ish-Cray' O' the Day
Madonna has been worrying religious folks for years, ever since she stepped into the public eye with a name like Madonna, but it looks like that concern has reached an all new level of ridiculousness among a small group of catholics. Every other year, a convention of exorcists meets in Poland to discuss, well, exorcisty things and this year they plan to discuss Madonna in particular. I’m not exactly sure what threat, exactly, they fear from Madonna but I can’t help but shake my head in disbelief that A.) exorcists have their own biannual convention and B.) they would waste time focusing on an American popstar over, say, something more important like The Devil or whatever. Read on to learn more about this silly convention cuz, admit it, you know you’re as curious as I am. More »
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Starring Marion Cotillard & Gary Oldman
David Bowie has teamed up with visionary music video director Floria Sigismondi for the just-released video for his album title track The Next Day. The video stars Academy Award winning actors Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman in a religiously-themed and somewhat controversial plot. Almost as soon as the video was released, You Tube decided to yank the clip due to its “offensive imagery” (which they later said was a “mistake”). The video has been put back online by You Tube but with a PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT CONTENT warning. Check out the embed above to see what all the hub-bub is about. Do you find this music video beautiful? How about controversial? Both?
Justin... Did Something... Respectable?
As many of y’all know, Justin Bieber and I have had beef for a while now. Really, it all started when he compared himself to Jay-Z and made that completely incorrect reference to Cam’ron in Teen Vogue. That was pretty much it for me. Shortly thereafter we had the Anne Frank situation, and I’ve just been over him in that way where it’s really easy to be over someone because you were never really into them anyway… lol. But I think it’s fair to report on all the Bieber goings-ons, not just the ones that I find to be totally wack. The Biebs recently performed in Istanbul and paid his respect to the religion of many of his concert-goers, which I thought was a good look. Click inside to learn more.
Posted under: Justin Bieber
Coincidence or ...
So, there’s a new series on The History Channel that takes stories from the Bible and dramatizes them for entertainment … the show is aptly titled The Bible. For the past few weeks, The Bible has managed to drum up big ratings for the network … but last night, it drummed up a bit of controversy as well. Last night’s episode of The Bible featured the introduction of Satan on the show and many people believe the character was made to look like President Barack Obama. Representatives from The History Channel deny that they intentionally attempted to make the Devil look like President Obama but … well, take a look at a side-by-side comparison and see what you think. More »
Posted under: Barack Obama, The Bible
The Pope Show: “Habemus papam!”
At around 2PM ET (11AM PT) white smoke began to billow out of a chimney in the Vatican City alerting the world to the fact that a new pope has been elected to lead the Catholic church. Just one day after the leading Catholic Cardinals of the world convened the Conclave in the Vatican to select a new pope, we learn that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new Catholic leader. Bergoglio is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Henceforth he will be known as Pope Francis, named after St. Francis of Assisi … this is the first time a pope has been named after St. Francis. Click below to get your first look at Pope Francis and learn more about the man who will now lead the Catholic church. More »
The Pope Show
Last week we learned that The Sistine Chapel was closed to the public so that preparations for the election of a new pope could begin at the Vatican. Over the weekend, it was announced that TODAY was the day that the Papal Conclave would begin deliberations to select the next pope. In just a few hours, the Catholic cardinals of the world will be locked inside the Santa Marta residence until they can select the next pope. Some people believe that the next pope could be decided by the weekend so, very soon, all eyes will be on the smoke signals coming from the Papal Conclave for news of their progress (colored smoke means no pope has been chosen, white smoke means we have a winner). Whether or not you have a vested interest in the selection of the next pope you have to admit that something like this is extremely newsworthy and interesting. More »
Posted under: St. Peter's Basilica