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The Heretic, Giordano Bruno

Posted by invizweb on August 30, 2008

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one of the forefathers of the Western Esoteric Movment (C) Salon

one of the forefathers of the Western Esoteric Movment (C) Salon

Laura Miller wrote for Salon:

Giordano Bruno has been called a martyr to science and an occultist, but a new book argues that the brilliant philosopher’s unconventional behavior did him in.

Aug. 25, 2008 | The bronze figure of Giordano Bruno that stands at the center of Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori may be the most successful commemorative monument in the world. The average statue in a park or square usually rates no more than a glance: Either you already know who the guy is, or you don’t care. But the hooded and manacled effigy of Bruno, with its haunted stare, immediately catches the eye, and the gruesome story attached to it — Bruno was burned at the stake in that very spot, for the crime of heresy — cements him in memory. Practically every tourist who comes to Rome tromps through the Campo and hears that story, even if they’ve never heard of Bruno before. The students who commissioned the statue in the 1880s, as an emblem for freedom of thought and the division of church from state, really got their money’s worth.

But who was Giordano Bruno, and why was he executed in the Campo de’ Fiori in 1600? A common misperception mixes him up with Galileo, who ran into trouble with the church 16 years later for embracing the Copernican model of the solar system instead of endorsing the Aristotelian belief that the sun revolves around the Earth. (In fact, the two men shared an Inquisitor, the implacable Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, canonized by the Catholic Church in 1930.) Bruno, too, thought that the Earth circled the sun, and subscribed to many other than heterodox ideas as well: that the universe is infinite and that everything in it is made up of tiny particles (i.e., atoms), and that it is immeasurably old. But as Ingrid Rowland demonstrates in her new biography of the renegade thinker, “Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic,” Bruno was no martyr for science. What got him killed was a murky mixture of spiritual transgression and personal foibles, combined with a large dose of bad luck.

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Porn Legend Belladonna offers to Pope Benedict & Church Sex Advice

Posted by invizweb on July 19, 2008

Courtesy of Fleshbot (www.fleshbot.com)

Courtesy of Fleshbot (www.fleshbot.com)

Denis Peters wrote for News Dot Com Dot Au:

CATHOLIC priests need some “street-level” sex education to prevent abuse cases, a visiting American porn star says.

Belladonna, 27, with a husband and daughter at home in the US, has arrived in Australia to promote her career.

But in the week the church is celebrating World Youth Day and fending off criticism over the way it has handled sex abuse claims, Belladonna is advising Pope Benedict XVI – let priests watch porn.

By her own admission, the porn star has performed sexual acts with men and women in more than 250 X-rated movies.

She is on a fifth visit to Australia as a guest of the Sydney Sexpo event, which starts next week, just as World Youth Day celebrations end.

“The Pope has indicated he might apologise to victims of sexual abuse and that is a positive thing to do,” the heavily tattooed Belladonna said today.

“But unless he follows up with some practical advice that addresses the sexual needs and desires of clergy, the problem will simply continue.

“Church clergy are at a crisis because they get no real street-level sex education but are expected to ply the streets to deliver their spiritual message.”

They needed to know how to distinguish a sexual fetish or fantasy from real-life sex, she said.

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