Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"South African Catholic": doesn't know Catholic doctrine: pro-condoms "Southern Cross": to their readers

(Media Study South Africa)


From the Editor of "South African Catholic":

Recently an article by "South African Catholic": covering issues in the "Southern Cross" was sited by a reader of theirs: on their web site: in questioning the credibility of one of their articles (which they did not justify). Our site used to have an agreement with the "Southern Cross" on publishing: until we were warned against such: for our international credibility.

"South African catholic": is an initiative of the "Scripturelink Search Engine": rated internationally for fidelity to the faith: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/reviews/view.cfm?recnum=4042&repos=2&subrepos=0&searchid=452395

The "Southern Cross"'s website, which airs their editorials is also rated by the same international site:

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/reviews/view.cfm?recnum=4135

They are however on a danger list: noted for: "very dissident material": for attacking unjustly Vatican decisions: and for what "Catholic Culture" terms to be "the seamless garment approach" to abortion (used to justify an American radically pro-abortion politician), their support for condoms is also not appreciated by "Catholic Culture"/"Trinity Communications".

In reply to a request from our organization: Cardinal Wilfred Napier said the following:

"2) The orthodoxy of the Southern Cross
In this case I would argue that from time to time, and on given issues, editorial practice does not follow stated policy as closely as one would expect. At times there may be justifiable divergence of opinion, at other times it would seem that editorial independence is being given priority.

If you are a regular reader of the Southern Cross you will know that I have often expressed my concern at its anti-magisterial bias. I do not mean that it openly opposes Church teaching but like a nagging sore keeps on putting the world’s view rather than the Church’s. This is often done I would say rather by the choice of letter for publication rather than by direct editorial statements.

As you can see I am not a total fan of the Southern Cross, but I would not seek to shut it up. I would prefer to see ordinary Catholics take issue with its position by affirming their faith in letter that tell their faith stories. I am confident that these stories would reveal a reality that is very different from the reality which certain people are trying to present through the Southern Cross.
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archive (25 / 12 / 2008): we are prepared to forward the actual letter.

So, when it was mentioned that internationally recognized media such as ours: had apposed them: by a reader of their internet site, what was the "Southern Cross's" response:

Please note: it was "Trinity Communications"/ "Catholic Culture": who noted that the "Seemless Garment" approach to abortion: is in conflict with Catholic Teaching: the "joke site" perceived by "Gunther" refers to our "South African Catholic" news and information service:

"Gunther Simmermacher { 03.19.09 at 1:16 pm }
That is one single joke site which can’t tell a Church teaching from the paranoia of their own minds. I’d not put too much stock in a critique which suggests that the theology of the seamless garment is in conflict with Church teachings. Being criticised by that site is like being assaulted with an overly fleecy Valentine’s Day teddy bear.

As for the catholic Culture blog: it means well, I’m sure, but I think it is overreaching in its attempts at apologetics. I don’t think it quite understands the nature and function of Church teachings. I’m quite sure that even the Holy Father would not agree with its approach.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll tell me where Michael Shackleton’s article is making statements you find problematic.
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http://www.scross.co.za/2009/03/homosexuality-worthy-of-death/

(as to their article, exactly what they are saying is unclear, we make no comment on it)

That "Catholic Culture": is not just a blog, but an internationally recognized website, and that "Trinity Communications" (it's parent company) created large parts of what is now the "EWTN" website, and that it includes "Catholic World News": known for being reliable, does not seem to phase "Gunther". Nor does the problem he has with internet terminology.

The sad fact, is that the "Southern Cross": is partly owned by the Bishops Conference: hence their dilemma. There is allot more information on our side, as it is, we have not decided to air such: our service prefers not to break trust, and also prefers to portray the church as is. It is unfortunate, that the "Southern Cross": finds an independent pro-life news source to be a "joke": and that while this service's editor: is internationally lauded for apologetics: that they claim he knows nothing of Catholic doctrine. As it is, one of our main purposes is to present a more accurate image of the world. Such a perspective of "Independent" media is a terrible problem in "South Africa"'s Catholic Church: that local hierarchy does not always view "Independent" as just that is a problem: but the larger one lies in that the church itself sells a paper which consistently is biased against the Vatican, in letters published by it, and in their editorials, a paper which gets most of its articles from: "CNS": "Catholic News Service": which likewise portrays the church in a highly odd manner to say the least.

What bothers our service is not that "Gunther" views our fidelity to the faith, and against abortion: to be that of a "Joke": but rather: that the Bishops conference: consistently allows him to attack the Vatican: from a service they partly own: which they advertise in churches, which they distribute. The "Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference" ("SACBC"): which has more than just some representatives: knowing this about the "Southern Cross": has hardly acted to change things: nor has the Nuncio in our territory replied to our requests on the matter.

That said, this service is proud to be seen as a "joke": more proud to be seen as "paranoid" (yes, we think that a fetus could be just what "fetus" means in Latin: "Offspring").

As is, we proudly inform the viewers of our different and diverse services: that we will not fall to local church politics, and we will not conceal the truth out of political benefit within the local church: as it is, we are deeply pleased by this news: at least the "Southern Cross": finally has shown themselves as is. They may be 80 years old, but I doubt "Gunther" is.

P.s. it was not us who referred to the "Seamless Garment": but "Trinity Communications: which did. This is important, as such opposition of the "Southern Cross" is their basis, seemingly of calling our service a "joke".








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Friday, April 3, 2009

Media Study South Africa: 10,000 BC (Warner Bros.): a Media Review

(Media Study South Africa; note: a variety of sites: representing a variety of world views: are linked to in this review)

Article by Marc Aupiais

1:
While a bit late: we have decided to review "10,000 BC": Directed by "Roland Emmerich " ("The Day After Tomorrow ", "The Patriot ","Stargate ", "Independence Day " , "Godzilla " ...) starring "Camilla Belle " (c.f. Note One: for other films she's been in) (add on : "Routh" to get her birth name): as female lead: "Evolet" (see Language Note 1 ), and "Steven Strait" (See Note Two) as male lead: "D'Leh".

2:
Our: Prima Facie perception of the film
Perhaps it is a love story, perhaps something entirely different: when what seems but slave traders attack a small isolated icy village of Mammoth hunting tribes-people: just as their mystical seer had airily predicted. 
A haunting prophesy: driven by the love of a man persuing: perhaps may come to pass.
A blue eyed girl: a survivor of cruel raids on another tribe: is captured. The prophesy that she would save the tribe is dimly preserved: as three tribesmen are sent to rescue her, and the many others now enslaved.
Basic Plot:

3:
Around 10 000 BCE:

As the mammoth migrations are drawing to their sunset finish: the tribal seer predicts that a hero will come forth at the next mammoth hunt: the hero will marry the stubborn: "Blue Eyed" one: "Evolet": whose tribe was captured/killed by a group of raiders. At the hunt: "D'Leh": already in a reciprocally loving relationship with "Evolet": suceeds: due to random chance: in killing the mammoth.

4:
Hating the idea of becoming tribal leader, and her husband by a lie, and pure chance: he gives her up, and is sitting outside the tribe, when it is attacked and the "Four-legged demons" (Men on horses) capture her, and many of their others.

5:
Three persons: Two Tribesmen, and a boy who sneaks along: join "D'Leh": in his search for "The Blue Eyed" Girl: "Evolet", and the other stolen tribesmen: they soon are caught up in a war between free people and the "False God": "Aryan " Slaver: the "Almighty": who is killed near the end of the movie.

6:
The movie portrays magic positively, is cliche' in its portrayal of the world: the "evil" head of the kidnappers: is the "Almighty": a man who is obviously a survivor of Atlantis. Worries on this: involve the fascination of the Nazi cult/religion with the "Arian race ": and with labeling an evil slave master as the "Almighty ". The reference: there used to be three, but now is only one of the "Gods": seems fearfully dangerous to those who would see a connection with the Christian "Triune God ". "Roland Emmerich", is used to portraying "False Gods" being fought by human beings, and being a source of human knowledge: take "Stargate": where the Ancient deities of Egypt, etc: are in fact aliens: using: "religion" to enslave men. "Roland Emmerich"'s Characters in both "Stargate", and this film: conquer the false (yap,thats how they portray that "RA" man in "Stargate": he's just a man controlled by an Alien: if the "Stargate" plot had any realism: he wouldn't be: but that's how the guy is portrayed) "god": which in the case of "Stargate" is Egyptian "Sun God" RA , and in both films they kill the "antagonist" "False God". Keeping with the theme: the "bad guys": in Stargate, and in 10, 000 B.C. both use religion and force to enslave primitive peoples.

7:
The movie clearly subscribes to a concept of: "synchronicity ": with everything relying on prophesies : the separations between Europe, and Africa: seem non-existent in this movie: and the portrayal of Africans: seems too similar to the prejudiced views of the past. More than that: what looks like Kenyans, and what seems a bit like San persons are living nearby: even ten thousand years ago: that really is an odd loss of geography.

8:
The idea of men destroying a "God", however fake, in a movie: seeped in the images of the "Gods"/"Aryans " portrayed in the mysteries, and myths which spurred on the Shoah /Holocaust : is not just bothersome: it disturbs one.

9:
There is no foul language in the film, and I do not remember any over-exposure: although there are obvious attempted rapes.  

10:
It seems as though one could have watched a similar movie twenty (20) years ago, something like "Conan the Barbarian " (1982), maybe... or simply the recent release: "Scorpion King" (2002), and have guessed the basic plot of this film.

11:
That said, and concerns aside: the film is entertaining: as are all of the mystical dinosaur bird things, and saber-tooth tiger et al: that inhabit the "world" of the film. This is likely what saved it: and allowed it to be a hit with audiences.

12:
The success of this film: which I personally enjoyed: is likely a sign of the lack of the ability and place for men to be and be seen as masculine in the modern world. The pervasive chasing after a girl: however kidnapped: seems like something a bit stalker-ish: but again: "Fated" love, and a destiny is appealing in today's increasingly secular world: as with the primitive "spiritualist" "wisepeople"/"sangoma  figures" in the film.

13:
The chance for a man to be a "man": and for a woman to be defiant of her enemies: is likely part of this film's success. With a theme of the past: the mammoth hunter protagonist's ability to assemble a vast native army in Africa: and to cross a desert: seems a bit dated. 

14:
As tribally focussed "man" films go: one need not watch the movie to know of the ending: "big man" become hero, and get lead lady.

15:
The hidden Aryan themes in the movie, pagan focus, and positive portrayal of pagan practice: mean this is probably not a movie to take the kids to. The ways in which a black boy, and white man belong to the same European tribe, etc... seem a bit nonsensical: as with the use of "friends" to refer to one of the African tribes.

Again, this seems to similar to the racist views of "Tintin in the Congo": that the entire tribe is their "friends", and just get along.

16:
"Camilla Belle" should appear in a "Mary " film next year: concerning is the comments of the director of that upcoming film about woman empowerment. "Camilla" will play Mary in "Mary Mother of Christ ": by Aloe Entertainment.

Language Note 1:

it may be a co-incidence: but "Evolet" is also an extremely rare, and ancient Latin word: used in a speech by "Marcus Tullius Cicero"  in Secondary Orations Against Verres: V 13: : in such a way: I think it could mean something like "make an escape": i.e. "let him make his escape from your severity": "evolet ex (from) vestra (your) severitate (severity)"  

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Note One: other films in which "Camillia Belle Routh" played in, other than: "10,000 B.C. " (2008):

("Mary, Mother of Christ" (not yet released) (2010),"Push " (2009), , "The Quiet" (2006), "When a Stranger Calls " (2006), "The Chumscrubber " (2005), "The Ballad of Jack and Rose " (2005), "Back to the Secret Garden " (2001), "The Invisible Circus " (2001), "Rip Girls " (2000), "Replacing Dad " (1999), "The Patriot " (1999), "Practical Magic " (1998), "The Lost World: Jurassic Park " (1997), "Marshal Law " (1996), "Annie: A Royal Adventure " (1995), "A Little Princess " (1995), "Deconstructing Sarah " (1994), "Empty Cradle " (1993), "Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth " (1993))
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Note Two: Other movies in which: "Steven Strait" plays a role, other than: "10,000 B.C. " (2008):

("City Island" (coming out 2 July 2009), "Stop-Loss " (2008),  "The Covenant" (2006), "Undiscovered " (2005), "Sky High " (2005))
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