“The Real Housewives of the Bible,” a DVD series produced by web-based evangelist Ty Adams is set to be released later this month.
The two-part series is inspired by the hit Bravo reality TV show, “The Real Housewives,” which features women from different U.S. cities and their adventures in life, love and luxury shopping.
“I was frustrated with what I was seeing,” Adams told CNN. “A lot of society is looking toward programming to educate them on relationships and these shows haven’t effectively done that.”
Adams said she wanted to create something more wholesome that shows Christian teaching in everyday life and helps women in their relationships and marriages.
The six women in Adams’ series exhibit characteristics and are put in situations that will be familiar to audiences as women from the Bible.
If you were casting the show, what biblical characters would you like to see?
VATICAN CITY, 15 JUL 2011 (VIS) – Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. spoke yesterday of the Pope’s sadness and concern at the latest illegitimate episcopal ordination in China which, he said, damages “the unity of the universal Church”.
Yesterday at Shantou in the region of Guandong Fr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang was ordained a bishop without pontifical mandate. A similar episode took place on 29 June when Fr. Paul Lei Shiyin was ordained as bishop of Leshan. A number of bishops who are in communion with the Pope were obliged to attend yesterday’s ceremony.
Following the Leshan ordination, the Holy See released a declaration highlighting how a bishop ordained “without the papal mandate, and hence illegitimately, has no authority to govern the diocesan Catholic community, and the Holy See does not recognise him as the bishop of that diocese”.
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Financial Woes Said to Spring From Denial of Human Dignity
ROME, JULY 13, 2011 (Zenit.org) – To stop the economic problems of the world, it’s not the instruments that must change, but the people who use them, says the president of the Vatican’s Institute for the Works of Religion.
Gotti Tedeschi made this claim Wednesday at a conference on “Consequences of the Economic Crisis,” held at the Italian embassy to the Holy See.
“Benedict XVI tells us that we must not blame the instruments when in reality we are the ones who used them badly,” Tedeschi said, commenting on “Caritas in Veritate.” “It is not the instruments that must change, but man. Medicine, the economy, etc. are instruments; what makes them ethical or not is how man uses them.”
At “the origin of this crisis is not having respected wholly the life and dignity of man (‘Humanae Vitae’), and the type of progress that many must follow, an ideal progress (‘Populorum Progressio’),” he proposed.
In other words, the crisis was born from the gradual loss of awareness of the dignity of the human person, which in the end is reduced to one problem: “Is man a child of God or the evolution of a bacteria?” Tedeschi asked. “And if the end justifies the means then, consequently, life has no meaning. The difference lies in the fact that, in the secular vision, life does not have a supernatural” dimension.
He considered how the wager was “on the growth of the GNP in a consumerist way, namely, with the reduction of births.”
This has resulted in the rapid growth of the number of elderly, who thus “cannot be endured from the economic point of view.”
Rules or people
The vice president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Maurizio Lupi, stressed that the crisis is yet to be surmounted; hence, it is appropriate to ask: “What is the judgment on our responsibilities.”
The “Pope states that our weakness is not pausing to judge, when judgment is what enables us not to be removed from reality,” he said.
In “Caritas in Veritate,” the Pope destroyed that concept that for years spread in the West on the ethical neutrality of the economy, because man must be the central figure, Lupi affirmed.
He also suggested that the solution is not in bigger government.
“More rules, more state and less market” is a temptation to resist, Lupi stated, “especially if we understand that it is the person who is able to come out of the crisis. The problem is not to add more rules but to elicit the best from the person.”
To illustrate his point, he offered the example of two businessmen in north Italy who received compensation for a natural calamity that destroyed their businesses. The older one received the funds and closed down, the younger one, instead, reopened. Lupi said that in the second case, the businessman chose to reopen because he was not just thinking of himself, but also of his family and the workers of his small village.
“The underlying challenge, therefore, is to reinforce the fundamental nucleus, the family,” he said. “Economic policies that ignore this divide the ethic of the economy. It is not a Catholic thesis, though we Catholics propose it forcefully.”
The Italian official also considered the educational challenge. It is not just a question of laws and economic aid, he suggested, but of having a proper concept of the person, the family and the business, elements that give life to the very foundation of action.
Happy Birthday Petfinder.com
Petfinder.com, which is part of the Discovery family of websites, is celebrating its 15th birthday. I wanted to give a personal shout-out to the site, since I adopted my own dog, Leyla (above) two years ago using Petfinder.
Sifting through the website can be simulataneously pleasurable and heartbreaking. There are so many adorable animals out there, but they all need a home. I remember my own experience finding Leyla. As soon as I decided I wanted a dog, I visited the site frequently to look for dogs available in my area. Oddly enough, Leyla ultimately didn’t come from my region. Instead, I found her through a shelter in my area that works with shelters in the South, where animals are euthanized quickly.
Leyla was a stray and about three years old (we think). I have no idea what her backstory is or why she was lost. She had no tags, no chip and someone found her along a busy roadside, skinny and full of fleas. But when I saw her picture online, I could tell that she was a sweet dog. In the two photos posted, she looked relaxed and happy, her ears flopped forward and her tongue hanging happily out.
I filled out the paperwork and paid for her sight unseen. Volunteers drove her up from Alabama to New Hampshire (along with about 20 or so other dogs) and handed her off to me the day they arrived. Now we are good friends. She’s my companion and my friend and I would adopt again using Petfinder.
To celebrate their birthday, the website is holding an adoption event this weekend involving about 1,500 shelters across the country. And their goal in the next two days is to find homes for 15,000 pets. If you’re unable to rescue an animal, you can always donate $15 to the Petfinder.com Foundation (I just did), supports thousands of animal welfare organizations by providing direct funding, as well as training, education and grants of equipment and supplies.