The “snug”, is a typically a small, very private room with access to the bar that has a frosted glass external window, set above head height. You used to pay a higher price for your beer in the Snug, but nobody could look in and see you. It was not only the well off visitors who would use these rooms. The snug was for patrons who preferred not to be seen in the public bar. Ladies would often enjoy a private drink in the snug in a time when it was frowned upon for ladies to be in a pub. The local garda would nip in for a quiet pint, the parish priest for his evening whiskey, and lovers would use the snug for their clandestine visits......
Pop into the Snug and ask me anything
April 19, 2014
St. Rocco’s Feast Processional 1940 Youngstown (by anglican11)
Feast of Saint Rocco annual procession, August of 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio. This procession would march through the streets of Brier Hill for 4 or 5 hours as the faithful would pin money and jewelry to the stole on the statue as a gift to the Church and a sign of their devotion. Residents would also serve food and beer in front of their homes along the route. St. Rocco’s was founded by Italian immigrants as an independant Catholic Church and received into the Episcopal Church in 1918. Although worship was high church Anglican, The Italian customs were retained as well, sometimes at the annoyance of some of the Episcopal Bishops during the Church’s history.
“I think one of the problems is that for a long time evangelical Christianity, at the lay populist level, has had a narrow vision of religious liberty, because we haven’t had a lot of threats to it in a real sense,” Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Q&A podcast on the agency’s website.
Moore noted that makes his job harder in a couple of ways.
“You have some people who haven’t thought through that what our Baptist forebears were saying is right—that religious liberty is an image-of-God issue; it’s not a who-has-the-most-votes issue,” he said.
“That means we’re the people who ought to be saying the loudest ‘We don’t want the mayor and the city council to say that a mosque can’t be in our town,’” he said.
“The mayor and the city council that can say that is a mayor and a city council ... that has too much power. The government doesn’t decide that. We’ve got to be the people who are saying that.”
“And then secondly. we’ve had a lot of people who have cried wolf over situations,” he continued. “They’ve cried persecution when there is no persecution
"In February, a story about Franton, Kansas, made the rounds on Facebook. “38-year-old Johnny Quinns-Smith wanted to get an egg-salad sandwich for himself and his fiancé, Erique Boltzman,” it read. “He went to his local diner, a place where he and Boltzman had occasionally ate over the past six years. But today, Quinns-Smith encountered something he thought he would never see in his lifetime: a sign. A sign that said, SERVICE REFUSED TO GAY COUPLES.”“It means you and your boyfriend can’t come eating in here no more, unless you find God,” the article claimed Quinns-Smith was told by another customer. Here’s the thing: There is no Franton, Kansas. Or SERVICE REFUSED TO GAY COUPLES sign. Or small-minded patrons with a penchant for quoting scripture in the presence of gay men. It was all a ruse by a local satirist who isn’t that funny."
"David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland. A Prime Minister who allows the break-up of the United Kingdom cannot suffer such a statement of no confidence and continue in office.
That much is understood in Downing Street, where a gnawing doubt about the referendum gets worse by the day. The vote takes place in five months this Friday. Angst rather than panic describes the feeling apparent among those involved – but is it just a momentary loss of nerve, or a dawning realisation that something is seriously wrong?
The No campaign commands a lead that by any other standard would be regarded as comfortable. But it has been narrowing, prompting suggestions that exposing the perils of separation has, perversely, encouraged Scots to go it alone. The truth is hurting, but not in the way intended."
"A compelling modern day interpretation of the proclamation is that it presaged the need to entrench equality in all aspects of society, including proper legislation north and south to guarantee rights and protection of LGBT citizens, ethnic minorities, women, the disabled, the old and vulnerable."
Well, I had always been under the misguided delusion that the Patrick Pearse and company seized the GPO and fought the British on Easter Monday to establish an Irish Republic free from British rule. Apparently it was Dublin’s first gay pride parade. Go figure.
"It seems to me that you are shutting down so much, that you no longer want to soothe your heart by sharing in some little way the crosses that you are suffering without almost any respite. One doesn’t give up showing compassion for so many sufferings, but it is with even more sorrow when one sees oneself incapable of giving you relief, because you close yourself up with your pain to devour it all alone in the presence of God.
I know well that this is heroic, and that great souls display their courage by overcoming life’s afflictions, but however generous one may be by nature, the heart cannot protect itself from being wounded in a thousand different circumstances, and God does not forbid one to confide in another in order to bear one’s burden. The Son of God allowed Simon of Cyrene to carry part of the cross, so as to diminish His pain a little. I know well that when God wills that a soul suffer, He suspends all the consolations in heaven and on earth, but I do not believe, Madame, that God wants you in so great a destitution. It is certainly permitted you to take some help in the counsel of few good servants of God. Consult them, Madame, and see, before God, if there is not some remedy for your troubles. See what is causing your troubles and what can be done to free you of them"
"In the current, cramped model of American capitalism, with its focus on maximizing output growth and shareholder value, there is ample recognition of the importance of financial capital, human capital, and physical capital but no consideration of social capital. Social capital is the trust we have in one another, and the sense of mutual responsibility for one another, that gives us the comfort to take risks, make long-term investments, and accept the inevitable dislocations caused by the economic gales of creative destruction. Social capital provides the necessary grease for the increasingly complex machinery of capitalism and for the increasingly contentious machinery of democracy. Without it, democratic capitalism cannot survive.
It is our social capital that is now badly depleted. This erosion manifests in the weakened norms of behavior that once restrained the most selfish impulses of economic actors and provided an ethical basis for modern capitalism"
A point that rarely gets an airing is the fact that “the” church in Ireland is just “a” church, “a product of the often stifling intellectual climate in which it exists”. On one of his first visits to Poland, Scally almost laughed out loud when a Polish friend mentioned that he was a member of the Club of Catholic Intellectuals. The idea of Catholic intellectuals seemed hilarious.
But when Polish people needed a bulwark against the communist authorities, the Catholic Church offered people a place to meet and an alternative space to think. It remains the case today one of Poland’s leading weekly publications is a Catholic newspaper.
Scally notes a similar tale from east German friends, though the German Catholic Church has, since Luther, occupied a place as a “minority” faith. It now runs the gamut from hard-core conservatives to far-out reformists, a trend also evident in Ireland.
In Germany, too, there are pitched battles between the two sides, says Scally, “but it is an energetic reflection of the society in which the church exists”. The Catholic Church there faces the same challenges as in Ireland – falling attendance, financial challenges and an a la carte attitude to its teachings – but it remains engaged%
In a bitter attack published in The Catholic world in 1888 – Orsi refers at p. 55 -, the Reverend Bernard Lynch excoriated “the peculiar kind of spiritual condition” of the Italian immigrants, fed on pilgrimages, shrines, holy cards, and ‘devotions’ “but lacking any understanding of ‘the great truth of religion’.”
On the following page Orsi mentions “an Italian priest who spent his own life in East Harlem and at Mount Carmel” and who told the author that “he always knew the Irish Clergy were against the Mount Carmel devotions, viewing them as pagan superstitions “They thought we were Africans, that there was something weird. They didn’t accept it at all …We were always looked upon as though we were doing something wrong…
Yet most of the evidence suggests there is little that distinguishes the long-term unemployed apart from bad luck. Certain characteristics do make people more likely to become unemployed in the first place: The unemployed tend to be younger and less educated than the overall workforce; they are significantly less likely to be married and are more likely to be racial or ethnic minorities; they are more likely to have worked part-time at their prior job and to come from high-turnover sectors such as hospitality, or, particularly since the housing bust, construction.
"the final report of the Convention on the Constitution recently recommended separation of church and state (including a review of the Preamble) as a further aspect of constitutional change to be examined by the Government, the Oireachtas or a new convention. In carrying out such a review, two of Prof Rinella’s points may be particularly relevant firstly, that it is inappropriate to refer to God in the Preamble to a contemporary democratic constitution because that reference risks compromising the interpretation of the Constitution itself, rather than being seen just as a symbolic element; and, secondly, that – seen as “a symbol of historical identity”– such references may have some useful function – “a sort of warning about the limitations of human thought and action … the claim that human laws, human authority, and human rights are not without limitations and conditions. The human being cannot be the measure of all things.” If – as many still think – that is a claim that the Constitution should make, in some form, it will be challenging to devise an appropriate form of words to replace reference to God. The current Polish formulation is a possible candidate “We, the Polish Nation – all citizens of the Republic, both those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty, as well as those not sharing such faith but respecting those universal values as arising from other sources.”"
"A Sinn Féin MP has apologised to the Bishop of Dromore for a party letter that seriously misrepresented his position on abortion. Paul Maskey said a letter written by local party members and distributed in west Belfast misquoted John McAreavey. In a statement, Bishop McAreavey said he was “appalled” by the “untrue and most damaging assertion”. He said two representatives claimed he shared their position on the “termination” of unborn human life"
"Representative Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican who’s Congress’s only psychologist (they could really use more, you’d think) has introduced a bill that tackles a few of the many problems with the way that the federal government handles mental health and the mentally ill. It would refocus existing federal efforts on addressing serious mental illness rather than diagnosing huge portions of the population with mental-health disorders, and emphasize evidence-based treatment for those with such illnesses. It’s appalling how badly our government deals with mental illness, and Representative Murphy deserves a great deal of credit for trying to tackle policies that cause an incredible amount of needless suffering."
"Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,”"