Boxer Day (well, okay, Boxing Day)

(I Googled “Boxer Day” and the top entry was a guy musing about wearing boxer underwear to work like the lod pajama day at school. Whoops.)
One said to the other “I have known you only in strife.” Not sure what that means. Yet. Thought that I would get it down. I have been putzing, fiddling, tweaking the blog, a continuation of getting it back together. Good thing that the database remained intact.
Was thinking as I was walking over here that I should get an instant messaging account. I could communicate with my daughter then. Was also noticing that the two remaining old corner buildings are Dacotah and Blair. Just tried Googling that. Not much of a response.
Took the children to see Narnina. We went to Eden Prairie. I like it there. Well to-do white people in abundance. We ate at the arcade, sat by the big fireplace. But later Liam got really sick, and it was probably from the subway that he had. Oh well.
Speaking of white, Narnina was such. Very. And violent. Not hard to imagine why we torture prisoners. It is sown into the fabric of our culture, intimate with our children’s entertainment and literature–no question Narnina qualifies as literature (the book.) Funny, seemed like the buzz was about the Christian overtones of the movie; what I saw was violence. (Didn’t even see Gibson’s Christian movie–that was certainly violence.)
I am sitting in the “laptop row” of tables at Nina’s. Now that they have wireless, these tables, along the window on the Selby side, are the only place in the room that you can get reception and a plugin.
Was just browsing the BBC Online in the new bloglines account that I set up. In there was a bit about cardinals warning Italian Catholic women from marrying Muslim men. Wow. See below.


Cardinals issue marriage warning
By David Willey
BBC News, Rome
A number of Catholic cardinals have warned Italian women against mixed marriages with the rising number of Muslims in the country.
Church officials say that as Italy’s Muslim population touches the one million mark, some 20,000 mixed marriages took place this year alone.
That is an increase of around 10% on last year.
The Catholic Church’s official position is to encourage dialogue between Rome and other religions, including Islam.
The late Pope John Paul II was the first pope in history to pray in a mosque, when he visited Damascus. His successor, Benedict XVI, has insisted that he is also keen to promote religious and cultural dialogue with the Islamic world.
But two documents published in Rome have called for extreme caution by Catholic women contemplating marriage to a Muslim.
Criticism
In one, issued by the Vatican last year, a Vatican cardinal, Stephen Hamao, wrote about what he called the “bitter experiences” that European women have had in marrying Muslims.
The difficulties are compounded if the couple then goes to live in a Muslim country, the cardinal warned.
The tone was unusually strong in an age when interfaith dialogue seems the predominant buzz word. Then last month, Cardinal Ruini, the head of the Italian bishops, added his voice.
In addition to the problems any couple faces setting up a family, he said, Catholics marrying Muslims have to reckon with extra difficulties arising from deep cultural differences.
Some Muslim scholars have expressed surprise at the Vatican documents and Italian liberal groups have also criticised them.
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/4559990.stm
Published: 2005/12/26 11:47:08 GMT