Tag Archive: Sinners

new_skin_for_the_old_ceremony As a gift to a friend of mine who is retiring soon, a group of friends and colleagues have been asked to write articles about a poem or song.

These texts will be connected by the themes of one, or more, of the four elements – fire, earth, water and air.

I have chosen to write a piece on Leonard Cohen’s Who By Fire which, as you may know or recall, goes like this:

And who by fire, who by water,
 who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
 who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
 who in your merry merry month of may,
 who by very slow decay,
 and who shall I say is calling? Continue reading 


Pope Benedict has added another ultra reactionary bishop to what I’ve decided to call his ‘rat pack’ . Not content with endorsing Holocaust denying Bishop Williamson, the  news today is that Ratzinger  has promoted Gerhard Maria Wagner  to the post of auxiliary bishop in the Austrian diocese of Linz.

Wagner  believes Harry Potter is “pure satanism” and that Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami in Thailand were not natural disasters but God’s way of punishing sinners. Continue reading

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