||[Dec. 5th, 2004|11:05 pm]
At the beginning of this week, I was at a talk for young Catholics. It was given by the local bishop on the topic of “Eucharist and justice”, i.e. the relation between the mass and the political role of Catholics. It was interesting because I come from a tradition that goes against any involvement in political matters (French secularism), and this guy is more into the Latin American view of things (although he would deny it, and he indeed has nothing to do with the theology of Liberation.)
It was fun because he began with a quote by Hitler saying basically that the Church and the State should be held separate. He didn’t tell us who wrote it and asked us whom we thought said that. Many (we were about 20) answered “The Pope?”, “St Thomas”, … and then he told us how prevalent this view among Catholics, and why it was not in the spirit of the Bible. He gave us quotes by Che Guevara and Marx, telling us that in some way they represented the Christian ideal.
LOL. My kind of bishop ;-P He gave me references on places on the Internet where to get some Catholic texts, that was interesting.
http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/ for English Catholics
and the very cute website of the Vatican: http://www.vatican.va/
I could have found it by myself, but never thought about it.
Now I would have to read of course, just so to better know what they presently think. It may be a good reference on some points.
I have borrowed some CDs by Roxette and Tanita Tikaram http://www.tanitatikaram.com/ Not that they are very good, but both have grave voices and I have no problem getting down to their pitch. I feel good trying to sing along. If I was a woman, I would be a hard, aggressive one I think.
I am rediscovering the pleasure of having longer hair. But also the hassle of making them look good. I can’t wait for the time I could put them in a ponytail, but I don’t know if I will dare going to that point. I don’t want the messy, dirty hair that men with long hair usually exhibit. I would like. But then, taking real care of it is considered as very epicene (a new word I learned!). I guess that could be a statement though.