“That could be oversimplifying things, keep in mind that the Reynolds case, like a lot of other things, is a leftover from the Benedict XVI papacy, take the Roman Curia for example.
Also, how do you know that Pope Francis isn't contemplating such things? His approach thus far is quite promising, but change rarely comes fast and even when it seems to have done so, it is usually the product of a much longer, slower and less obvious endeavor. This goes for the Catholic church as well as governments and society as a whole.”
“"Reynolds had resigned as a priest from Western Port parish in 2011, at which time his priestly privileges were nullified, The Age reported last year.
His 32 years of official priesthood behind him, Reynolds began operating an informal church in Melbourne in 2012."
As a priest for 32 years, he had to know operating an informal church would likely result in him being labelled a heretic or a schismatic, meaning he had to expect excommunication. I'm not saying the church's position on gay marriage and female clergy is right, but someone as "in the system" as a priest outright violating the social contract does nothing to promote that desired change, instead only engaging in self-martyrdom.
The Crito by Plato is a worthwhile read if one wishes to contemplate a more nuanced version of "two wrongs don't make a right."”
kclz2420 on Sep 25, 2013 at 19:40:13
“I agree that what Reynolds did is something that ordinarily would have resulted in excommunication.
But isn't this a different Pope with a different direction? If Francis truly did wish to change the Church's stance on issues such as homosexuality and female clergy, couldn't he have seized on Reynolds's actions as a chance to REVIEW those Church policies and practices?
I think the answer is yes, but that he didn't do so because he's not a genuine reformer of any sort. Just a fancy act and some pretty words is all.”
Sep 20, 2013 at 12:08:03
“Also, the last two times April 1 fell on a Saturday were 2006 and 2000. Combined with your observation, the calendar has to be from 2006. Additionally, the calendar has has a URL printed on it, as does another artifact. To be fair, the photographer does suggest the house was used as something of a guesthouse and it's not that uncommon for large families to leave a deceased elder's home largely untouched, especially on a farm where a newer home may be on the property and the family members don't have an immediate need or desire to clear things out, whether for sentimental or even legal reasons. At least in this case, it seems like it was put to use to an extent, but I guess the rats made their mark over the subsequent six years.”
“One time I ordered pizza and tipped the driver $5 on $20, she processed it as $20 on $20. The next day the bank called me, essentially asked if I had recently given a 100% tip anywhere and after a few minutes filed a chargeback. I've been overcharged for things before and they usually get corrected, but the correct charge never showed up after the erroneous one was removed.”
dudekabob on Sep 13, 2013 at 18:20:46
“That's because the bank voided the entire transaction. You got a free pizza.”
“The kid was mimicking a gorilla's chest-beating, which is a show of strength and/or dominance amongst gorillas, sometimes used to challenge older members of the group or as a prelude to territory conflicts. So basically, the kid was challenging the gorilla and the gorilla did what he could to knock the kid down a peg, I imagine he wanted to do worse, though.”
“I can kinda see how the word could help with a stutter, it does have a smooth cadence to it, even George Carlin once said its removal from the "Seven Dirty Words" would ruin the rhythm of the routine.”
“I've always known about this rule because I read the rules of the game, but it is worth noting that when I do play it, there are some rule variations that are agreed upon prior to rolling the dice, one of them is whether or not to observe the auction rule, others include if "Free Parking" is just a free space or if it pays out an agreed upon amount (often the same as passing "Go") or if it pays out the collected taxes and fines (this one can be difficult with a lot of players, but it can be a fun game changer). Another is whether or not landing on "Go" pays double or not.
That's the great thing about Monopoly, it's easy to tweak the ground rules to make the game more unpredictable, challenging, faster or slower.”
“No doubt there are plenty of do-it-yourselfers out there, the tradition is born of necessity, but as cannabis becomes more of a legitimate commodity, the demand will come from a desire for convenience. Hence why we have restaurants, bars, grocery stores, auto care centers, automatic car washes and off-the-rack clothing even if the more DIY or artisanal equivalents are better or even cheaper.”
“No, but I'm sure there are plenty of people in WA who can't be bothered to grow marijuana in their basements.”
klma on May 31, 2013 at 13:15:13
“Really? 'Cause it's estimated that one in 10 houses have marijuana growing in them in Seattle. I'm sure some people will love the convenience of stopping and buying a lid on the way home from work, but most people are connoisseurs of cannabis. Though I'm sure the younger generations will buy what is advertized to them in the future.”
“I hope to one day make/have enough money to be able to do things like this on this scale. Giving anonymous gifts--even small ones--is such a great feeling, because the gratitude or desire to reciprocate is instead given to people in general and not just one person in particular.”
AmazedByYou on May 21, 2013 at 11:45:56
“Agreed. I would love to do this kind of philanthropic work!”
May 7, 2013 at 10:56:00
“Health is a multi-faceted thing. Someone with a 26 BMI who eats fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and is fairly active is better off than someone with a 22 BMI who lives off of cigarettes and taco bell.”
cindylu-hoo on May 7, 2013 at 11:40:52
“Couldn't agree more, Mummybadgers. That's one reason I bought a new eliptical and use it 6 days a week now. I love it...goodbye 10lbs!”
“'Mayer herself only took a few weeks off when she gave birth in 2012. And memorably remarked that "The baby's been way easier than everyone made it out to be," essentially angering just about anyone who's ever had a baby.'
Something tells me a 37 year old CEO of a large tech company who happened to also be a Vice President at another large tech company by age 30 probably finds a lot of things "way easier than everyone [makes them] out to be."”
Nichelle1 on May 2, 2013 at 09:25:30
“I'm not a parent but found her comment insulting. Of course a baby will be easier if you have nannys, cooks, etc. If I had her resources I'd have about 10 myself! ;0)”