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A massive letdown

This week, I happened to listen to Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone on Radio National. The slot was entitled, ‘Why we distrust organized religion’ (available at http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgMVjNaglV?play=true).

In the introduction, Amanda said she found the church to be a ‘massive letdown’ and she distrusted it.

Walking Blind

One of the joys of walking the Camino is meeting other pilgrims.

One encounter stands out.

The first-day Phyll and I walked the Camino, I noticed something odd - two pilgrims walking hand in hand, it seemed, the whole day.

At the end of the day, when I got closer, I realized they weren’t walking hand in hand; in fact, they were attached by a small length of clear plastic.

How unusual…

Two days later, when I met fellow pilgrim, Jan de Hoon, I discovered why. (Jan is pictured above.)

Swinging the botafumeiro

On my recent overseas trip, I walked the Camino. One of the highlights of this pilgrimage was attending the Pilgrims’ Mass, which is held each day in the Cathedral at Santiago, where the Camino finishes.

At the conclusion of the Mass, an incense burner, the botafumeiro, was swung, reaching considerable speed and rising near to the roof of the cathedral.

It was exhilarating to watch.

Marriage equality?

Recently, I read a story about a young couple in rural Victoria whose wedding was cancelled when their minister learned that they supported marriage equality.

He wrote to them claiming that their support of gay and lesbian marriage, ‘opposes the teaching of Christ Jesus.’

The story is a small sign of how difficult it is in Australia to have a respectful debate on this issue.

It is also indicative of the way many in the church appropriate/ misappropriate the scriptures.

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