Despite everything, normal Catholic life happily continues, and a high point in my parish was the first International Share Meal organised by the student parish of St. Augustine. Some 40 people from all corners of the world attended and brought delicious dishes to share with everyone else. From Dutch pancakes to Nigerian plantains and from French pineapple pie to Polish pierogi, it provided an excellent excuse to bring the world Church to the confines of the parish hall next to the cathedral of St. Joseph.
Sometimes other people write about things far better than I could ever hope, so in this post I gladly limit myself to linking to Jimmy Akin’s excellent analysis on a massive mess-up by l’Osservatore Romano: The Pope Said WHAT about Condoms???.
I heard people talking about this at church today, with many nodding in agreement about the sensibility of what they thought the pope said. Of course, the pope said something different – and actually sensible – altogether.
I may whip up a Dutch translation of Akin’s article later. I’m getting a bit sick of how even Catholic media continue to fail at proper reporting.