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  •  It's not so bad if you only see it briefly (2+ / 0-)
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    But I had to look at it for 3 1/2 frigging years, and it's an unhappy blend of every style they've built churches in since the  early Middle Ages. Any time I went to class, there it was, blocking the sun (or so it seemed). One of its other nicks was "the pregnant elephant". It was actually built with a large gift shop and cafeteria in the designs.

    Yup the "Vulcan" greeting (though is T'Pau, "all of Vulcan in one package" I think "Vulvan" might work too.  One of the things I cherish from graduation was a book of caricatures of my favorite profs , my least fave Cardinal, and that mosaic (JC has pointed Vulcan ears and the idek on his robe).  Catholic school humor is VERY blasphemous; it's how we say sane.

    The Shrine didn't force me out of the church but I will admit that the money wasted on it made me think hard about contributing tot he archdiocese....What actually drove me out was the stance on the role of women, birth control, abortion and sexuality (including homosexuality). The nuns did too good a job of teaching me critical thinking skills, and I had two of the best American theologians teaching my classes--both of them now silenced.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 05:14:57 PM PDT

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    •  was one of them Curry? (0+ / 0-)

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 09:11:48 PM PDT

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      •  Charles Curran. (0+ / 0-)

        The  other was Dan Maguire. And I got to attend a small mass with Hans Kung, the most brilliant mind of the 20th century--with the exception of Teilhard de Chardin.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 09:36:05 PM PDT

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        •  Curran -- that's right. I read about how they (0+ / 0-)

          shut him off. The church decided to exert its authority over Catholic U.  But they couldn't do that to Georgetown U.

          We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

          by Tamar on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 09:38:42 PM PDT

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          •  Well, CU was originally created to educate nuns (0+ / 0-)

            and seminarians to teach in the Catholic school system.  We were surrounded by a dozen seminaries (one of the original songs in the annual Soph show, a book musical, said correctly, "God takes the best/We get the rest...Seminarians...") So they had major interest in making sure the professors toed the Party Line ( we will now have a chorus of Tom Leher's "Vatican Rag")

            I ended up posing for a sculpture class at a seminary--fully clothed in leotard and tights, and a good dozen apparently nude statues were produced at both sessions I was paid to pose for.  Got adopted by one or two sems at the Franciscan seminary, and would be carried off to watch Dark Shadows and Star Trek reruns with them and have dinner.  They were fun guys.

            The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

            by irishwitch on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 09:52:04 PM PDT

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