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Saturday, May 02, 2009

New Russian Orthodox Church in Rome

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Consecration scheduled for May 24

'You can't talk to young people about salvation."

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What does that mean to them?' - Catholic Herald Online

Quote from the newly appointed head of catechesis for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Hat tip to Holy Smoke.

Orgasm "Church" worshipping Our Lady of the Orgasm- the logical development of Protestant freedoms

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Gericht verbietet „Orgasmus-Kirche“ - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

"Orgasm Church" – is this name offensive and contrary to morality? Or maybe it rightly stresses that an orgasm can be "the ultimate encounter with God"? A Swedish court makes matters difficult for the disciples of the peak of sexual life difficult.

MALMÖ - Sweden will no longer be allowed to attend the "orgasm Church". The newspaper "Sydsvenskan" (Malmö) reported on Thursday that the Upper Regional Court of Gothenburg has prohibited the use of the long disputed name to the free church community of the Spanish born artist Carlos Bebeacua based in the southern Swedish Lövestad. The court overturned an opposite verdict from the Court of the First Instance, and based its decision on the name being "offensive" and "contrary to morality".

Bebeacuas large painting "Madonna of the Orgasm" hangs in the "prayer room of the "church" with allegedly several hundred members. The artist who lives in Sweden caused outrage at the 1992 World Exhibition in Sevilla, because many visitors felt the picture to be pornographic. Bebecua has sought recognition in vain in Sweden for his initiative as a religious faith community. He argues that an orgasm is "the ultimate encounter with God."

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"Mainstream" Protestants queue for erotic church service

Big New Scientology Church in Brussels

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L'Eglise de scientologie prépare son siège central à Bruxelles RTBF INFO

The headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Brussels, which will be inaugurated in autumn 2009 on boulevard de Waterloo in Brussels, has six floors and an area of 2200m2, Le Soir writes Saturday that could see the plan.

These 2200 square contain fully computerised offices and include auditoria for demonstrations and of the electrometer (and their rehearsal) and saunas for purification. The Church of Scientology ASBL is the subject of two judicial inquiries in Belgium for fraud, one of them also investigating the illegal practice of medicine and pharmacy and a breach of the privacy and criminal organization law.

Legally, each Scientologist group uses a distinct legal personality. The European office of Scientology, which is already located on rue de la Loi in Brussels, is a legal entity different from other churches of Scientology. The proprietor for the location on the Boulevard de Waterloo is a company registered in Delaware. "Thus, if the Belgian group is convicted, it will be difficult to seize the building," writes Le Soir.

Cathcon-my bet will be in the end they have more influence over more key figures at the top of the European institutions than the Catholic Church.