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Holy Wednesday News Cycle: Oil Spill Anniversary, Lady Gaga + Judas, Reefer Madness & More

Holy Wednesday, indeed: there’s so much random faith-related news on this hump day, the only way I can do it justice it to give you a top 5 list:

See what I mean? Plus, of course Holy Week is a busy time for religion reporters professionally — stay tuned for a couple of Religion News Service pieces from me — but also personally (especially for those of us attempting to pack up a kid and dog for some cross-country holiday traveling).

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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posted April 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I sincerely hope the Gulf is coming back at a good pace but i think it will be a long time before we know. And I’d want a lot of testing going on before eating much seafood from there.

It will also take a long time to see how effectively the RCC, in Philly and elsewhere, is now caring for the children in its charge. But I don’t find it all that hopeful that “there were seven new credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests during 2010. Another 498 new allegations were made during the year, but the vast majority of those were alleged to have occurred between 1960 and 1984.”

It seems to me with all that publicity they should be able to get down to virtually zero credible allegations per year.

I didn’t get far into the Gaga flic. And didn’t understand much of what I saw. But clearly Judas is an under-appreciated character in the Christian origin myth. Shouldn’t Christians applaud him for being an important cog in their “saving”? Or at worst be neutral because he was following “God’s plan”?

As for marijuana, it should be medically available and in fact it almost surely should be legalized for those over (18?) while the penalty for providing it to anyone under 18 should be quite severe. And it should be taxed. Like cigarettes or more. Legalizing it and a few other drugs, and taxing them, would help a lot to solve our budget problems and reduce the pressure on the legal system in various ways. And since the “war on drugs” has long since been lost I doubt that many more people would use drugs than do now.

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