Just when you thought the Anglicans couldn’t stoop much lower, in a disgusting article published, predictably, on Christmas Eve, Anglican priest-journalist Giles Fraser not only publicly denies the Virgin Birth, but he ridicules the idea, proposes that the Blessed Virgin Mary was just another teen fornicator and that it’s probably a good thing that Jesus was a bastard conceived when Mary had a romp with a Roman soldier.
I’m surprised that he didn’t title his article, “That’s Why Our Lady is a Tramp”
The crass arrogance of Fraser’s article in London’s The Guardian is only superseded by its ignorance.
Read the rest of Fr. Longenecker's essay at his blog, Standing On My Head [click on article title]: Anglican Priest Smears the Virgin Mary.
15 January 2015 Last updated at 17:15 GMT [BBC source]Pope Francis has defended the right to freedom of expression but has said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion.His comments followed the fatal attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.
To illustrate his point, the pontiff told journalists on the papal plane his assistant could expect a punch if he ''cursed his mother''.
''It's normal - you cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others,'' he said.
The Church's version of the Marquess of Queensberry rules, i.e., fraternal correction, rightly allows for the application of reasonable means of defence (think, e.g., just war theory). The Church understands that a rational proportionate response to any attack may be permissible in order to render an unjust attacker incapable of committing violence of one kind or another against innocent people. Likewise, the Church acknowledges the right of states to enact and enforce laws which protect the common good [CCC1897, etc.; note the principles which guide the understanding of punishment: deterrence; retributive justice; reform of the criminal; and rendering the criminal harmless.]. In other words, retributive and restorative justice—yes; retaliatory acts—no [cf. Retributive Justice and Capital Punishment by Stephen Barr/First Things [source/link].