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    why are they all men! :mad:

    This is a good site that explains it:


    The question why women can't be ordained priests is often confused with the issue of equality. The Holy Father has made it clear that men and women (as far as their sex is concerned) are equal before God (e.g., Mulieris Dignitatem 6). But equality isn't identity. Men and women have different though complementary functions. Priesthood is a male function, for the reason that a priest is an icon of Christ, and Christ is male. The maleness of Christ is an important sign of His relationship to the Church, His Bride. As in nearly all cultures a man takes the initiative in winning a wife, so Christ took the initiative in winning souls and establishing His Church. For this reason, marriage is a “mystery” or sacrament of the Church (Eph 5:32).

    My cats aren't bothered by the bells on their collars, but it does seem to be thwarting their bird-catching attempts for the most part!

    I know it's horrid to say, but they are cats and it's in their nature to try and catch things.

    Two friends of mine got married a couple of years ago and it was a combination of bits and bobs from all kinds of cultures, but the main feel of it was quite celtic. The ceremony involved four people (her dad, stepdad and two brothers) invoking the four elements by saying a little bit and holding something to represent them, and their friend acted as the priest and led everything, and then after the handfasting the couple jumped over a broom. :)

    There's a lovely link here that gives details of a very similar ceremony.

    We made a little tipi thing that people wrote well-wishes on and tied to it:

    They got married in a villa in Italy and we had a barbecue, and everyone was dressed in fairylike floaty clothes.

    Good luck with the planning and I hope it's a wonderful day!

    Edit: Similar to what Coyote said, I think the more planning you do together to make it something meaningful to the two of you, the better. It's your day, your lives together and you get to make it whatever you want!

    I think the terms conspiracy theory, religion and blind faith have become horribly tangled here.



      • Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
      • A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.

    • The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
    • A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
    • A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

    I presume you're using it in the 4th sense rather than the higher power sense?

    I keep waxing lyrical about it to all my female friends, I think I'm freaking them out a bit! Heh.

    I was reading this thread last night and someone mentioned that their back pain has been less - it might have been wishful thinking but I'm sure mine was too. I've got back problems that are always worse just before and when I'm on my period and this time it was so much better than usual!

    That's a really well-written letter! My friend had her checkups etc and gave birth in the Jessop Wing and she seemed to experience similar things to you - boo Sheffield!

    I really hope you get your home birth and that it all goes well :) x

    The real question is,whats changed to prevent the same happening now?

    I haven't been able to find anything on the Catholic Church in the UK and Ireland, but the Catholic Church in the USA has a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse and offers training for clergy, volunteers and employees on creating a safe environment for children. I can only assume that the same is the case here. The length of time that seminarians spend in seminary school, and the number of people who are denied the ability to become priests, is in itself a big screening process.

    And as it says at the end, the report itself details ways in which the Catholic Church and the Irish government should act to make sure that this kind of thing never happens again. It's absolutely dreadful what's happened, and there's no way that genuinely religious people can not seek for it to never happen again. Or decent people in general, really.

    [/probably somewhat futile defence]

    Funnily enough, back must have been September, I bought a little stash of rice, lentils and tins of sardines (?!) convinced that if everything did indeed go tits up, I'd need to care for my friends who'd been making fun of my plans to buy said stash of rice etc. I'm not sure what I'd do water-wise, and I really ought to have made the veggie patch that I said I would, though!

    I've never been allergic to grasses before but I've been sitting in the garden for the last couple of days and have some amazingly red and itchy legs, so maybe there's a new killer grass about!

    When I first got my cats they didn't seem to be peeing for a few days because there was nothing in the litter trays...and it turned out they were peeing in the corner next to the doormat and behind the hallway door! So keep your nose out! Now that they're settled (and I've thoroughly cleaned away any scent of where they'd been before) they use the litter trays with no problem - they pee in one (when they're inside, they use the flowerbed when they're outside) and poo in the other (I don't know why they insist on always going in the tray)!

    What someone mentioned about a bolt-hole is a great idea. Mine can go up to my room when I've got visitors they're unsure about, or need some space, and they like to sleep ontop of my wardrobe.

    I imagine his overeating will stop when he settles, too, as soon as he's certain that he knows where the next meal's coming from!