March 12, 2013: Vatican owns a Gay Bathhouse

Posted on : Mar 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Still Speaking


“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice, I will come in.”  Rev. 3: 20

Yesterday I received an email and in the subject line were the words, “Vatican owns a Bathhouse.”  Here’s what’s been revealed:

A day ahead of the papal conclave, faces at the scandal-struck Vatican were even redder than usual after it emerged that the Holy See had purchased a €23 million (£21 million) share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna.

The senior Vatican figure sweating the most due to the unlikely proximity of the gay Europa Multiclub is probably Cardinal Ivan Dias, the head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, who is due to participate in tomorrow’s election at the Sistine Chapel.

This 76-year-old “prince of the church” enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first-floor of the imposing palazzo, at 2 Via Carducci, just yards from the ground floor entrance to the steamy flesh pot. There are 18 other Vatican apartments in the block, many of which house priests.  (from Joe My God blog)

You know, just when you think it can’t get any crazier, it does.  The “evil queen” side of me can’t wait to see how this one is going to be “straightened out” so to speak.  But one thing I’m sure of, it won’t be done as I would, or as Jesus would do.

Jesus actually died to rid religion of the kind of hypocrisy that is now touted as Christian moral teaching.  He died to unburden people’s faith from the devastating weight of legalism and moralism.   He did that by knocking on bath house doors, picking up prostitutes, and eating with tax collectors and other sinners.   He did it not by demonizing people or putting them down.  He did it by loving them and embracing them.  He did it not by condemning us, but by saving us.

One of the great religious orders of the Catholic Church has great insight into how they might handle their latest revelation.  Here’s some great advice to the Christian Church and to each of us as individual followers of Jesus:

In The Rule of Benedict, the remarkable document that has ordered the life of Benedictine monks for 1500 years, there is a particular role delineated for the “porter” of the monastery.  Quite simply, the porter is the one who opens the door to the monastery when someone knocks.  Not much of a role, you say?  Ah, but there is so much to it.  Author Joan Chittister goes so far as to say, “The way we answer doors is the way we deal with the world.”

Read on my friends.   This week’s “God is Still Speaking” devotional is right on!

Blessings to you in the season of Lent, and don’t be afraid to knock on doors or open them.


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