No Serbs allowed

H/T: B92 (here)

Montenegrin restaurant refuses to serve Serbs

The woman, Veselinka Rajković, a resident of Podgorica, was visiting the monastery of Prevlaka with a Serb Orthodox nun – the children’s religion teacher.

Rajković told the daily Vijesti that on the way back they decided to stop for a meal in the village of Njeguši, at the “ethno village” restaurant Kadmi.

But the establishment’s owner Milo Kadija approached their table and told them they would not be served.

“At first we thought he was joking. However, he asked the nun whether she worked for the Serb Church, to which she replied affirmatively. After that Kadija told us there was no food for us in the restaurant, because everything there was Montenegrin,” Rajković recounted the incident.

After that, he asked them to leave the restaurant.

When contacted by the newspaper, Kadija confirmed that he threw out a nun and a mother with her five children. He said he did this because he was “a Montenegrin nationalist”, and added that “Serbs cannot eat in his restaurant”, writes Vijesti.

“Write that I’m a Montenegrin nationalist and that Serbs cannot eat here,” he told the daily’s reporter, and then proceeded to “utter a series of insults aimed at SPC priests”.

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Madonna booed in Paris, now in Warsaw….

H/T: here

Poland: Catholic Youth Accuse “Madonna” of Blasphemy

Edit: first she’s booed in Paris and her audience wants their money back.  Now a Polish youth organization is planning a substantial protest against her appearance in Warsaw on August 1st, on the anniversary of the 1944 uprising against the Germans.  Madonna is an invader of a different sort.Student organization “Crusade of the Youth” is accusing Madonna of blasphemy.  45,000 Poles joined up Friday to protest against the concert on the Internet.

Warsaw (kath.net/CBA)  in Poland, there are protests against a concert planned for next Wednesday by pop star Madonna.  As the Polish news agency KAI reports on Friday the Catholic student organization “Crusade of Youth” has asked the Warsaw city council to ban the show.  They accuse Madonna among other things, of blasphemy.  45,000 Poles joined Friday’s protest against the student organization of the concert.

Meanwhile, three Catholic priests called on the faithful to pray for a cancellation of the show. The concert was the main aim of Madonna’s, to mock God and Christianity, according to a joint appeal by the Rev. Andrzej Grefkowicz and Pawel Wiecek Robert Pajak and the Jesuits.[Really?] Previously, the Catholic Association of the Journalists of Poland, Madonna had turned against the appearance of the new National Stadium. The spokesman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Jozef Kloch does not wish to take a position in the dispute.

There is also criticism that the concert on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising which takes place on 1 August 1944. Every year on this day of some estimated 200,000 Poles are remembered to have been killed by German occupiers during the suppression of the revolt. The organizers of the concert met the critics with the assistance of the City Council. Prior to Madonna’s appearance a two-minute film about the Warsaw uprising will be shown. The Veterans Association of the combatants of the Warsaw uprising, however, will observe a minute’s silence.

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Moments of stress….

Just read a fine commentary on Second Terrace by Fr. Jonathan Tobias (as always) on the meaning of community. How things can go wrong, people get offended, are angered, and so on, and so on.  Actually, the piece is geared more towards clergy and our interaction with one another. The words which particularly caught my attention, referring to our situations, parish drama and moments of stress in general and comparing it to the Titanic: “In a way, friends, the Titanic is always going down, but it never sinks completely. There are always lifeboats but they must be found.”  In life it seems that we’re always searching for these lifeboats. They can, at times, be hard to find, but they’re there. Waiting for us. We find them then go on until life’s next challenge.

Take a few minutes and read the full commentary here.

While I’m on the topic I might as well plug another fellow clergy blogger. Fr. Jonathan mentions an “Orthodox crisis” which reminded me of a series of blogs on Red River Orthodox exploring the insignificance of Orthodoxy for American religion. There are three posts: here, here, and here

The Stubborn Child

There is an article in this week’s New Yorker magazine about Grimms’ Fairy Tales. (The cartoon above, by the way, which has nothing to do with anything,  is hat-tip to this week’s The New Yorker issue). There are two varieties of fairy tales, the article states. “One is the literary fairy tale, the kind written, most famously, by Charles Perrault, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Hans Christian Anderson. Such tales, which came into being at the end of the seventeenth century, are original literary works – short stories, really – except that they have fanciful subject matter: unhappy ducks, princesses who dance all night, and so on…..The other kind of fairy tale, the ancestor of the literary variety, is the oral tale, whose origins cannot be dated, since they precede recoverable history.” The Grimms insisted that almost all of their material was gathered from these “oral traditions” and are purely German in origin. The stories are a bit grim, to say the least, featuring “mutilation, dismemberment and cannibalism, not to speak of ordinary homicide, often inflicted on children by their parents or guardians.” The brothers themselves nationalists and they hoped to make their young readers “feel and be more German.” Hitler’s government made every German school teach the Grimms’ books and so, understandably, after the war, the Allies banned their books in most cities.

Here is a paragraph long Grimms’ story included in the article entitled The Stubborn Child:

Once upon a time there was a stubborn child who never did what his mother told him to do. The dear Lord, therefore, did not look kindly upon him, and let him become sick. No doctor could cure him and in  a short time he lay on his deathbed. After he was lowered into his grave and covered over with earth, one of his little arms suddenly emerged and reached up into the air. They pushed it back down and covered the earth with fresh earth, but that did not help. The little arm kept popping out. So the child’s mother had to go to the grave herself and smack the little arm with a switch. After she had done that, the arm withdrew, and then, for the first time, the child had peace beneath the earth.

Strange story. The child was on his deathbed but does that mean he actually died? It never says so in the story. In fact, there is more the insinuation that they buried him alive.

New and Old Calendar Saints meet

A priest who piously and regularly serves every single morning and evening made an interesting observation this morning. We’re at our children’s camp and his annual visits and priestly duties here don’t interrupt his daily prayer routine. So this morning, before we had morning prayers with the children, he noted how it’s interesting that on this day when the New Calendar celebrates St. Elijah the Prophet we celebrate on the Old Calendar St. Thomas of Mount Malem. At the Matins service this morning we sang, “O venerable father, thou didst have Elijah the Tishbite piously directing thee to the desert…” (Ode V).

Personally, I found it interesting when he noted that he’s noticed this appearance, this meeting of New Calendar Saints in the Old Calendar  commemoration on different occasions throughout the year.

A happy feast goes to both today.