Spiritual Surf: Episcopalians and Catholics on Twitter and Facebook, E-consciousness, Roger Ebert on reincarnation, Julia Roberts in India and Madonna in Poland
Controversial and visionary British bishop, Jonathan Blake (head of the Open Episcopal Church) has denounced the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales for portraying Facebook as a suicide risk.
The object of his dissent: Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols believes that social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook increase the risk of teen suicide and un-fulfilling transient relationships.
Episcopalian Blake counters here: Roman Catholicism creates greater dangers to relationships.
Media consultant Steven Vedro postulates that hyper-connectivity is not necessarily a bad thing with a new essay on his blog called, “Twitter, Ambient Awareness, and Spiritual Practice.”
Have an urge to spill your secrets, with anonymity? “The Internet as Online Confessional” (Christian Science Monitor online, July 27) sheds light on the mixed blessings of digital “purging.”
Spirituality and the world of film and music
If you thought ‘Mr. Thumbs Up’ (Roger Ebert) was just a movie reviewer you are in for a rude awakening. Check out, “The quantum theory of reincarnation,” the current post on his award-winning Chicago Sun Times blog. He waxes about quantum entanglement, string theory and consciousness as “gravitational.” Who knew??
Hindu leaders will be monitoring the movie closely, with attention to the depiction of sacred ashrams and other Hindu references.
Madonna is busy rocking Catholic sensibilities — again. The Nation reports that she’s been called on the carpet by Roman Catholics in Poland for a decision to stage her Sticky and Sweet concert on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.
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