Sunday, November 16, 2014

Anglicans Ablaze: Human Rights Campaign: A formidable force for LGBT...

Anglicans Ablaze: Human Rights Campaign: A formidable force for LGBT...: The Human Rights Campaign brings a notable track record of helping change public opinion on homosexuality. Now it has set its sights on p...

Anglicans Ablaze: Muslims Found America?

Anglicans Ablaze: Muslims Found America?: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centur...

Anglicans Ablaze: Pentecostalism and the Question of Culture

Anglicans Ablaze: Pentecostalism and the Question of Culture: In a recent article for Christianity Today , Ed Stetzer offers some sociological analysis as to why Pentecostals continue to experience g...

Anglicans Ablaze: How Muslims Are Likely to View Friday's Washington...

Anglicans Ablaze: How Muslims Are Likely to View Friday's Washington...: By Robin G. Jordan The International Business Times and the Christian Post have published articles on this past Friday’s jumu’ah ...

Requiescat in Pace: Tom Magliozzi

Requiescat in Pace: Tom Magliozzi

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: 'Flag of Palestine' graphic going viral

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: 'Flag of Palestine' graphic going viral

Fr. John Whiteford's News, Comments, & Reflections: Payday Someday

Fr. John Whiteford's News, Comments, & Reflections: Payday Someday: When I was about 12 or 13 years old, while listening to the radio, I heard one of the most striking sermons I ever heard. Despite having ...

Change urged by Pope Francis shakes Roman Catholic hierarchy | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Change urged by Pope Francis shakes Roman Catholic hierarchy | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Shouts at 1st Muslim prayer at National Cathedral | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Shouts at 1st Muslim prayer at National Cathedral | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SANCTE PATER: Overnight With Father Benedict Groeschel

SANCTE PATER: Overnight With Father Benedict Groeschel

SANCTE PATER: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis de...

SANCTE PATER: Cardinal Burke says statement from Pope Francis de...: By Patrick B. Craine ( LifeSiteNews.com ) In a candid interview Monday, Cardinal Raymond Burke voiced the concerns of many of his bro...

Bizarre Days At the Vatican

Bizarre Days At the Vatican

What In the World Is Going On In The Church?

Frighting Post from Father Alan McDonald at Southern Orders.

ISIS and the mystery of the jihadi brides | RedState

ISIS and the mystery of the jihadi brides | RedState

The Eclectic Reader: Winnie and Wolf

The Eclectic Reader: Winnie and Wolf: I enjoyed A.N. Wilson's 2007 novel Winnie and Wolf a great deal.  If you like this book you probably have two characteristics: (1) Y...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Anglicans Ablaze: What the Muslim world believes, on everything from...

Anglicans Ablaze: What the Muslim world believes, on everything from...: A sweeping, 226-page report from the Pew Forum explores attitudes and opinions from Muslim communities around the world. In the process,...

Anglicans Ablaze: Updated: ISIS ensnares women, girls in web of lies...

Anglicans Ablaze: Updated: ISIS ensnares women, girls in web of lies...: Pregnant Austrian teens in ISIS: We’ve made a huge mistake Two Austrian teens got way more than they bargained for when they abandoned ...

Anglicans Ablaze: Pope Francis signals blessing to breakaway traditi...

Anglicans Ablaze: Pope Francis signals blessing to breakaway traditi...: Pope Francis has signalled his blessing to the breakaway traditionalist American church at the centre of the split which has divided the ...

Abbey Roads: Why young people are leaving the Church ... or - w...

Abbey Roads: Why young people are leaving the Church ... or - w...: This is the church, this is its steeple, open the doors, and -  hey! where the hell are all the young people? What's the Church...

Guglielmo Tell (Teatro alla Scala, 1987)


This production of Rossini's opera William Tell was performed in Milan in 1987 with the La Scala Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.  The lead role was sung by Giorgio Zancanaro.

I'm not crazy about "modern" or "post-modern" staging of opera.  This wasn't too bad, though.  The opera is set in thirteenth century Switzerland but this staging has the characters wearing costumes from the early 19th century.  There were three giant screens hung over the stage which displayed mountains or water or whatever the scene was.  The giant screens weren't too bad, but I never figured out what the giant choir stall stuck in the middle of the stage was supposed to be about.

The music was superb and the singing and acting were great.  It would have been much better, though, with a traditional staging with something approximating period costumes.

Of course, this opera is about the famous legend of the Swiss hero William Tell who was forced by the Austrian conquerors of Switzerland to shoot an apple off of his son's head who then leads the revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians.  All around it's a good show.

Abbey Roads: Remember when Obama said: “Now let’s make two thin...

Abbey Roads: Remember when Obama said: “Now let’s make two thin...: British lawyer and Imam, Anjem Choudary said Obama is wrong. Choudary * said that Obama may simply be saying that to appease ...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Louisville, KY Human Rights Commission Says Christians Must Leave Religion At Home

The Louisville, KY Human Rights Commission has ruled against a Christian T-Shirt Shop for refusing to print Gay Rights T-Shirts.  The owners have been ordered to attend "diversity training" to unlearn them of their backward religious beliefs.  The Chairman of the Commission stated that Christian business owners must "leave their religion at home" or be in violation of the law.  Welcome Comrades to the United Soviet Socialist States of Amerika.   Full story here.

Governor Mike Huckabee Threatens to Leave GOP Over Gay Marriage

Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee has threatened to leave the Republican Party if it does not fight Gay Marriage.  Full story here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Evelyn Waugh on 1984

Evelyn Waugh on 1984

Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views

Only Bureaucratic Neglect Could Make Ebola A Problem For The US | RedState

Only Bureaucratic Neglect Could Make Ebola A Problem For The US | RedState

Sin, Homosexuality, and Fascism | RedState

Sin, Homosexuality, and Fascism | RedState

Is Pope Francis Purging the Curia of Conservatives

Thanks to Father Alan McDonald at Southern Orders

Abbey Roads: Mashuga!

Abbey Roads: Mashuga!: New Sign at Harvard Divinity School H/T Nan

Abbey Roads: Rabbi Yehuda Levin on homosexual unions: "What's ...

Abbey Roads: Rabbi Yehuda Levin on homosexual unions: "What's ...: A Jewish rabbi more Catholic than (some of) the Synod fathers? Maybe so. Rabbi Yehuda Levin, 60, a Brooklyn rabbi with a weekly ...

Abbey Roads: If I could turn back time...

Abbey Roads: If I could turn back time...: What happened?

Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

Fr Groeschel: Home for the Feast of St Francis

Fr Groeschel: Home for the Feast of St Francis

The Ugliness of Mortal Sin

The Ugliness of Mortal Sin

Abbey Roads: +Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel+ Santo subito!

Abbey Roads: +Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel+ Santo subito!: + We give you thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon Fr. Benedict Joseph  in this life: they are signs to us of your goo...

Father Benedict Groeschel

This post concerns the death of Father Benedict J. Groeschel, a spiritual guide and mentor for many people.