I was a bit disappointed by the presence of the MCs (the same ones from the per-liturgy concert?) who encouraged the crowd to cheer for Pope Francis but at the same time showed the negative side of the personality cult surrounding the pope. I haven't resumed watching the liturgy yet but I heard he celebrated in Latin. Would English have been a better choice? Apparently Latin is ok for the Koreans but not for the Italians.
I suppose in a different form of the papacy, the pope would have been concelebrating or merely attending in choir, while the local prelates celebrated in [hieratic] Korean. And instead of Western (English) hymns translated into Korean, there would be a traditional form of Korean chant, and Korean icons (and not just a statue of the Theotokos depicting her as a Korean). The tent for the "sanctuary" in stadium Masses still fails to impress, and such mass Masses would be avoided... In an age of the internet, could there not be a "simultaneous" celebration of Vespers at local parishes, with a livestreamed message from the Pope to those parishes?
Watching the papal liturgy and just got a glimpse of a Korean female security agent... What PC nonsense, even in Korea... There's been a lot of emphasis in the KBS coverage about how Catholicism countered the "gender discrimination" [and other hierarchical relationships[ of Joseon Confucianism. How unfortunate that the opposition has been put in these terms.
What Would Jeremiah Do? by Samuel Goldman
Jewish history gives today's Christians an alternative to cultural secession.
The problem? Equivocation on the words "culture" and "community" - "mainstream" culture, in so far as it is culture, is under the control of the elites and the mass media. And there is no community in the major population centers - Christians must rebuild community, starting with their own. So does Mr. Goldman have another agenda when he is interfering with the affairs of Christians?
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy on Saturday for the Flower's birthday - the soundtrack may have been a bigger part of the movie's appeal than people realize - how many dollars is Hollywood milking from 40 and 50-something-year-olds (white people, nerds or not) living in the past?
I was hoping for some old-school sci-fi action from the 80s, but the movie is an example of the typical Marvel action fare. 92% at RT; another indication of how sad American cinema is. I enjoyed watching it (and listening to the soundtrack) and it has plenty of fun moments, but I felt blasé about the action sequences. Even the style of the fighting sequences in a contemporary wuxia movie would have been better - less CGI, and a greater sense of realism despite the choreography. The movie is rated PG-13 but there was an adult joke or two not suitable for children or teenagers.
I watched the credits but didn't recognize the company that did the CGI - on what other films/projects has it worked?
One set in an ocean, one set in space: All is Lost and Gravity - which is more plausible, the former which is the story of a man whose boat sinks or the other, a sci-fi spectacle about a female scientist who must get back to earth somehow after a disaster in space?