On a frigid winter night, a man wearing two coats shuffles into a brightly lit brick restaurant in downtown Madrid. Staff greet him warmly; he’s been here many times. The maître d’ stamps his ID card, and the hungry man selects a table with a red tablecloth, under a big brass chandelier.
The man, Luis Gallardo, is homeless — and so are all the diners, every night, at the city’s Robin Hood restaurant. Its mission is to charge the rich and feed the poor. Paying customers at breakfast and lunch foot the bill for the restaurant to serve dinner to homeless people, free of charge.
It’s become Spain’s most sought-after lunch reservation. The restaurant has poached staff from luxury hotels. Celebrity chefs are lining up to cook once a week. For paying clients, the lunch is fully booked through the end of March.
The restaurant opened in early December, and is run by an 80-year-old Catholic priest, Ángel García Rodriguez, whom everyone knows simply as “Padre Ángel.”
This story is about my friends MIL, and her wedding. Strap in guys, this is a wild ride in which I did THE THING that got me banned from any of her family functions. (Plus a few threats of dismemberment and bodily harm)
A good friend of mine from university was getting married! They had been a couple since Junior year of college, through her 2 years in the peace corps and currently her return to this continent. 6 years in total. She had been to all manner of family functions and always came back with a strange story about how she thinks her MIL secretly hates her. But she being a very quiet and sweet person pushed those thoughts aside.
Point 1: She is vegetarian and jewish, husband is not. She was invited and went to Christmas dinner and figured she would just eat sides, as well she brought a vegetarian casserole. MIL, after knowing her for THREE years, and being told by husband a few weeks before about not to forget friend doesn’t eat meat…proceeded to put meat in every dish. Friend drank water and ate her casserole the whole night while MIL cried to everyone that friend was so rude for not eating her cooking.
Hail Mary, full of grace,the Lord is with thee;blessed art thou amongst women,and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.Holy Mary, Mother of God,pray for us sinners,now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Philip Mulryne, a former Manchester United and Northern Ireland star has been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. The one time Premier League footballer - who would have earned around £600,000 a year at one point has been ordained into the priesthood, and taken a vow of poverty.
We need female-only atheist spaces. Women are affected by patriarchal religions in some really harmful, sex-specific ways that need to be discussed away from obnoxious white male atheists. I’ve had enough Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins quotes for one lifetime.
I want to talk about how being taught that the all powerful God is a man fucks up your sense of self worth and self esteem.
I want to talk about how being raised in a religion where men are the only figures of authority affects women’s self image and belief in their capabilities as leaders.
I want to talk about the fact that in the Catholic Church, priests get a salary and nuns don’t, and how there’s no equivalent of the Pope for nuns.
I want to talk about how the most important and well known woman in Christianity is given value and spiritual importance because of her virginity and acts as a passive vessel in a way that no man in Christianity does.
I want to talk about how Catholic women would have ten or twelve kids because the Church wouldn’t let them use birth control and how this literally killed women.
I want to talk about how Christianity claims to be pro-life, but women can’t get abortions in Catholic hospitals even if they will literally die without one.
I want to talk about the horrors of the Magdalene Laundries and polygamy and honor killings and arranged marriages to men twice or three times their age and all the other shit women are put through in the name of religion.
This isn’t even MENTIONING all the shit that lesbians have to deal with. We need better atheist spaces online, ones that emphasize healing and unlearning harmful shit over posting the same quotes from the same white men and the same memes that boil down to “Lol religious people are stupid”
“You’re not builders, you’re destroyers. I’m not going to take that anymore.” - Mother Angelica
At one point during the festivities at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, there was a production of the Stations of the Cross that featured a woman playing the part of Jesus. Mother Angelica read an article from The Denver Post that called it “ironic… since the Catholic Church won’t ordain women as priests.”
“No, it’s not ironic,” Mother Angelica responded, “it’s blasphemous.”
She spent the next 20 minutes or so calling out the “Liberal Church in America” for its dissent from orthodoxy, destroying good things about the Church, and its failure to attract new converts to the faith.
“I’m tired of your tricks,” she said. “I’m tired of your deceits. I’m tired of you constantly making a crack, and the first thing you know there’s a hole, and all of us fall into it.
“I’m so tired of you Liberal Church in America. And everything you’ve ever done is done in silence. Nothing, nothing you’ve done, from your witchcraft, to your enneagrams, to your centering prayer, to all this Earth spirituality, to replacing holy water with sand. To destroying our churches and closing churches that are viable and ready to go.
“No, this is not an accident. We’ve swallowed this now for 30 years, and I’m tired of it. We’ve swallowed enough of your idea of God. You have really no God, you have no dogma, no doctrine, and no authority, because the only authority in the Catholic Church is our Holy Father and the magisterium, and you’ve disclaimed that.
“You don’t believe in the Eucharist, you don’t believe in the Immaculate Conception, you don’t believe in the Virgin Birth, you don’t believe in Mary’s power of intercession, you don’t believe in religious life, you don’t believe in being a spouse of Christ.
“You do believe in teaching to little children of the 3rd grade sex education. You do believe in forcing centering prayer and forcing inclusive language upon us. And now you depict Jesus as a woman. You are sick.
“But I admit you have a right to your ways. You have a right to think your own thoughts. You have a right before God and this nation to do what you do. But I resent you trying to destroy the Catholicity of the simple and the poor and the elderly by your ways. I’m not going to accept that.
“I’m a Roman Catholic. I’m a Latin rite. I believe in God as Father, creator of heaven and earth. I believe that Jesus is his Son, his only Son. I believe that the Spirit proceeds from Father and Son, that there is a Trinity. I believe that Baptism puts into my heart and soul that wondrous Trinity. It is not an initiation into a club.
“I believe that he died and he suffered and he rose. He rose. It wasn’t the rising of the resurrection of Jesus in the thoughts of men. It wasn’t something we have to remember. It was a physical resurrection. I believe in that, you don’t.
“But you spread your errors to children. And our children don’t even know the Eucharist anymore. They don’t understand that that is the Blessed Sacrament, that that is the body and blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus. Your catechisms are so watered down, they say nothing but love your neighbor. No, you’ve got to love God first.
“I don’t like your Church. You have nothing to offer. You do nothing but destroy. […] You can’t stand Catholicity at its height, you have to spoil it, as you’ve spoiled so many things in these 30 years. […]
“We’re not going to go for all those crazy things that you’re pushing out as new, and cultural, and American. They’re not American. America was built on God. America was built to trust in God. And you’ve made it pagan. You’ve helped to make this nation pagan.
“Because you have no spirituality that attracts. Your religious orders are going down. You don’t have vocations, and you don’t even care. Your whole purpose is to destroy.
“You’re not builders, you’re destroyers. I’m not going to take that anymore. I am proud to be Roman Catholic.”
“There is a misconception that Buddhism is a religion, and that you worship Buddha. Buddhism is a practice, like yoga. You can be a Christian and practise Buddhism. I met a Catholic priest who live in a Buddhist monastery in France. He told me that Buddhism makes him a better Christian. I love that” - Thich Nhat Hanh.
I thought this might be a handy quote for those of you who have been asking whether you can practice Buddhism alongside other religions!