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Archive | June 20, 2015

Google Doodles June 21, 2015 For Father’s Day, Summer Solstice & Winter Solstice.

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Last Google Doodles:
>> Statue of Liberty delivered.
>> Magna Carta 800 years.

**** Check Category ‘Google Doodle’ (sidebar) for other Doodles >>>>


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The Father’s Day Google Doodle is a re-tread.
It has been used earlier in the year for OTHER Father’s Days.
U.S. Father’s Day deserved its own one.

The solstice Google Doodles are decent BUT could have been more sparkling.


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Pope Francis’ Plans To Change The Date For Easter Could Have Many Christians Up In Arms.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Pope Francis mum on Charleston shooting.
* Pope Francis Climate encyclical.
* Pope nixes German popemobiles.
* Pope’s new sex abuse tribunal.
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.
Francis says the darnest things 

++++ Search on ‘pope‘ for many other posts >>>>


Click to access the “Catholic News Agency” original.


This is HUGE.

This is even bigger than if he issued an edict accepting gay marriage (something he will never do).

It is on a par with if he permitted female Catholic priests. The only thing that could be BIGGER is if he totally abolished all restrictions, sans caveat, on birth control and abortion.

Yes, it is THAT BIG!

The date when Easter Sunday will be celebrated is something that tore the Church apart — Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter her a different ‘formula’ based on a different calendar. Agreeing on a common date for Easter as been a hitherto irreconcilable difference for over 700 years. Yes, 700 years. We are talking a big deal here.

Yes, agreeing on a common date for Easter would go a long way towards healing the schism between West and East Christianity — Western and the Orthodox.

Trying to work out the date for Easter goes back to the 2nd century. This is big potatoes. The calendar that we now use, the Gregorian Calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII (#227) [1572 – 1585], came to be because the Church did not like Easter coming around when there was still snow on the ground in Europe. Easter was meant to fall in Spring.

Agreeing on a date for Easter across all Christian geographies in the 2nd century was a pivotal factor that led to the establishment of the Papacy! Prior to that all Bishops had equal standing including the Bishop of Rome (now the Pope). But in the 2nd century, given Rome’s historic standing as the epicenter of the Roman empire other Bishops, including those from the East, approached him to arbitrate the Easter date issue. Bishops of Rome grasped on that to say that this gave them primacy. Easter was discussed and mandated upon at the very first Ecumenical Council, that of Nicaea in 325. We even had a major controversy with a lovely sounding name Quartodecimanism (Latin for the 14th day).

So IF the pope can get ALL Christians, East & West, to standardize on a common date for Easter Sunday it would be HUGE.

It will make this pope a legend in history. He will surpass John XXIII (#262), John Paul II (#265), Pius X (#258).

This is HUGE.

But it will all depend on what the reconciliation is.

IF the Orthodox agree to adopt the Western date without any caveats it would be HUGE.

There will be dancing on the streets.

There will be calls to Saint the Pope even as he is alive.

But if any concessions are given to the Orthodox all hell will break lose.

Protestants will take umbrage to the Pope messing with THEIR Easter.

Even Catholics would balk.

So heads up. This makes the Pope’s climate control encyclical look trivial.


Pope Francis Mum About Charleston, South Carolina, Shooting — But Still Strident About Climate Control.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Pope Francis Climate encyclical.
* Pope nixes German popemobiles.
* Pope’s new sex abuse tribunal.
* Pope & the destitute priests?
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.
Francis says the darnest things 

++++ Search on ‘pope‘ for many other posts >>>>


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From “Catholic News Agency” (CNA). Click to access original. Mention of S.C. Catholics — BUT nothing about Pope.


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From “Vatican Information Service” (VIS) for Friday, June 19, 2015. Day after the shooting (made the news). Nothing from pope though he actually delivered a message to U.S. Bishops visiting the Vatican. Click to ENLARGE and read here. VIS can be found here: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/


Pretty AMAZING. A CHURCH shooting and Pope Francis stays MUM — even when addressing a group of visiting U.S. Bishops.

And he claims to be Christ’s Vicar on Earth — meaning Christ’s representative on Earth.

Do you think Christ would be silent? A church shooting.

And Pope Francis doesn’t even have the decency to try and stay out of the news. He is busy pontificating about Climate Control.

This is bad.

Oh ….

Why is he acting like a petulant kid. Wrong church. Well not the fact that it is black, more that it isn’t Catholic.

Amazing isn’t it?


BuyDig Offering Pre-Order Of Sony RX10 II At $1,298 — But Why?

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Other Related posts:canon35xxas
** Sony RX10 II
vs. Canon PowerShot G3X.
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I bought Sony stock, rather than RX10 II.
** Sony’s
2 new cameras: A7 RII & RX10 II.

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Amazon has the same pre-order price with FREE shipping with Prime.


Got the TOP flyer, in an e-mail from ‘buydig.com‘ Friday morning. When I first saw it, given that ‘buydig.com‘ is noted for its “deals”, I fully expected to see an impossible to turn down, mouth-watering deal — maybe 4 interest free payments or 0% APR for 6 months. Nothing NADA. Just free shipping and some stuff about ‘Visa Checkout’ that has always confused me given that I have PayPal (and am an eBay shareholder). Or I thought they would offer a highly discounted price. Na!

I checked Amazon Prime. Same price, same FREE shipping.

So why would I get it from buydig.com?

Amazon, if I use their Storecard (which I do 80% of the time) gives me 6 months ZERO-INTEREST and 5% reward!

Plus why pre-order? I am sure I will not have to wait long to get one come August. So why start paying for one now.

Plus now I am having further doubts. The Sony RX10 II might now have this automated 4-step (or greater) PIXEL STEPPING/Stitching that you get on the latest DSLRs like the Pentax K3 II.

More to think about.

 


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