Posts Tagged ‘Cancel Culture’

Alleged abuser Marko Rupnik has art everywhere. What do we do with it?

Monday, June 19th, 2023

My wife took Christ off our living room wall earlier this year. It was a postcard image of a mosaic Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik created. She couldn’t bear to have it up. Rupnik is a remarkably gifted artist. His mosaics adorn chapels and buildings from the St John Paul II National Shrine in Washington to Read more

God is outside as well as within the Church says theologian

Thursday, June 1st, 2023
God is outside

Believing that the Gospel of Christ is worth spreading means God is outside and within the Church. It does not imply that God is nowhere outside the Church, Anglican priest and theologian Professor Nigel Biggar said in discussion with The Tablet in Dublin about the divine commission and colonialism. Biggar is the emeritus Regius Professor Read more

Should Picasso be repainted

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

Picasso is getting old. His works are no longer relevant to the younger generations. Admittedly he was a genius. But this genius is slowly going out of fashion, and he could also be subjected to questions. Woke culture is coming. Universal contrition is scheduled. Colonial Picasso! Patriarchal Picasso! White male Picasso! As we are rewriting Read more

EU draft guidelines pulled after Vatican complains Christmas ‘canceled’

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Paris Discovery Guide

The European Commission (EU) has retracted its draft guidelines for internal communications, which propose substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period”. An outcry by conservatives and the Vatican led the U-turn on the policy, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft Read more

Wokeism: The real divide

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Frank Luntz is no ordinary pollster and professional reader of the political runes. In 2005, his research for the BBC’s Newsnight identified the young David Cameron’s appeal to the public as a potential Conservative leader. The following year, the Connecticut-born consultant sent a wave of turbulence coursing through the Labour conference in Manchester with his Read more

We must have the right to be wrong

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

In the Carafa Chapel in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva​ in Rome, there is a statue of the revered Catholic figure St Thomas Aquinas with the Latin inscription, Sapientiam sapientum perdam. The inscription translates as “I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise”. Who were the wise? The wise were scientists and philosophers Read more

Headlong race to finding fault demeans us all

Monday, May 10th, 2021
finding fault

The issue of finding fault has become a major pivot point for our society as more and more discourse resorts to this approach. We are exposed more now than ever to arguments, claims and accusations of fault. More, even, than the issue at hand is the question of who’s at fault. No-one is immune. No Read more

A nation talking to itself

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
talking to self

Once upon a time, Arthur Miller said, “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” These days, many media outlets are talking only to segments of the population. For the New Zealand media, 2021 has been a year of cancellations. Finance minister Grant Robertson cancelled his weekly MagicTalk interview slot with Peter Read more

Cancel Culture: Burn it down

Monday, March 1st, 2021
cancel culture

Fans of Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, have been reeling this month at further allegations about his misogyny and abusive behavior on the sets of some of his beloved television programs and films. I should know; I’m one of those fans. “Buffy” is still my favorite show after all these years. Just to show Read more