First, the singer songwriter who originated the peppy hit “Happy” jetted to Davos, Switzerland to be with former Vice President (and Inconvenient Truth purveyor) Al Gore to announce a second round of Live Earth concerts in June which is intended to “harmonize humanity all at once.”
|[L] Al Gore [C] Pharrell Williams at World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland 2015|
While Pharrell Williams fondly remembers having a ball at the Rio de Janeiro concert in 2007, he lamented: “You would have pundits and comedians who didn’t understand global
warming and we were often ridiculed. We wanted to do something very
different this time.”
Pharrell lent his celebrity status to the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 20th.
His clarion call to convert from Climate Change to Climate Action rings hollow considering his hypocrisy. Pharrell sits alone on a private plane and globe trots in order to attend green dog and pony shows, yet the little people are supposed to sacrifice for climate change.
While it is preferable to praise in public and chastise in private, this is impossible in this instance. But this open letter is more than a comeuppance to a cheeky commentator. What should be of interest to religious readers is insisting on context and combating slander.
|Jay Severin in Sede Vacante Contretemp, the Sweet Sistine Edition|
loyal listener for a year. I appreciate that you are open to diffuse means to engage in talk radio dialogue, including Twitter. However, my experience shows that your Twitter treatment could use some tweaking. In addition, your knowledge of things Catholic could use some catechesis.
a shortened hyperlink which gave the source to my views. The tweet in question was rewritten several times to include all elements under those limitations and was posted within minutes. Apologies for the kangaroo typo in the tweet.
Catholic but it refers to the Bishop of Rome. There are over 2,000 bishops in the world, each rules his diocese. Juridically, the Holy See can not simply issue an edit and immediately overrule the local bishop—there is Canon Law
which regulates the Church.
legal price for their wanton discipline on the matter. Steps have been taken to correct them. Consider that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI laicized (canned for the church challenged) 400 priests during his reign (2006-2013) on the Petrine Throne. The USCCB (The U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops enacted the Dallas Charter in June 2002 which has a zero tolerance policy and a stringent background check for any church members having contact with children.
nominally has a state religion (the Anglican Church) and has a history of Catholic bigotry (does the Bloody Mary and Remember the 5th of November ring any bells?). The BBC has reputation for a pan-Arabist sensibility and follows a progressive internationist intellectual path. Ironically, the BBC had reported Benedict XVI’s defrocking 400 priests weeks before, but made no mention of them in context of the UN Conference on Children’s damning report. Instead the reportage just pointed to what seemed like vacuous Vatican rhetoric soft pedaling the charges. Might there have been some agenda journalism slandering the faith and bolstering a progressively lead public perception?
by the Catholic Church and the Holy See? The short answer is no. Did you? I have no personal knowledge after being rhetorically round-housed and hearing the first couple of callers just Catholic bashing since I need not listen to no nothings on the issue. Thus, my pithy Twitter characterization of “besmirching” seems accurate.