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A controversial monastery in Rome – the scene of performances by lap-dancing nuns and "lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk" – has been closed down on the orders of the Pope. The Santa Croce in Gerusalemme basilica, home to nuns and monks of the Cistercian order, is one of the oldest and most …

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Angel

As with any religion

It all comes down to interpretation.

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Interpretation?

Somebody finally went back to the original handwritten text and discovered the word was actually "celebrate"

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Angel

Discworld

Why does it sound like something out of a Terry Pratchett?

Or at least what a 18's rated Discworld novel might be like.

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Devil

Title

Playmobil reconstruction or it never happened.

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Anonymous Coward

Pah!

video of the lap dancing nunn or it never happened!

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WTF?

Playmobil? We want Real Photos!

Just that.

The BBC does favour us with a snap of Sister Nobili in what must be one of the more chaste poses from her dance repetoire.

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GOT IT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61cxvXxqeEA

Skip to 4:40, unless you speak Italian and want to listen to a nunn talking.

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Anonymous Coward

Thanks but ...

Too weird for me!

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Bit weird...

Too right... I'm not sure what to make of it meself.

Bit irreverent at some parts but honestly, not as pervy as I thought it would be, but nevertheless, I can see why it could be labelled subversive.

Of course, there have always been somewhat saucy bits in the bible. i.e. Song of Songs.

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Feck, Arse, Girls

Surely it's far better that senior figures in the Catholic church should be getting their jollies watching gyrating adult women capable of making their own lifestyle choices rather than molesting altar boys? Just putting a bloke in robes and a stupid hat doesn't stop him being a bloke.

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"That

would be an ecumenical matter."

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Stop

Re: Feck, Arse, Girls

I think they put themselves there!

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Ecumenical?

YES!

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Childcatcher

Damm right

the catholic church is no place for heterosexual adult sexual activity !

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Anonymous Coward

The country that gave us Berlusconi

Nuff said

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Happy

"...island off the Irish coast..."

As somebody who visited western shores of Ireland (best god damned week of my life), I hereby claim: I´LL TAKE THE ROCK IN THE SEA NEAR IRELAND OVER THE MONASTERY IN ROME ANY FRIGGING DAY OF THE WEEK!!!

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Craggy Island?

Careful now.

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Trollface

baffled ..

Fraggle Rock?

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Madge?

So perhaps this is where the Madge Vadge got her training from...

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Childcatcher

Children

If there ain't no children, close it down!

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Angel

what he said...

The catholic church is no place for heterosexuality.

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Childcatcher

A retrograde step ..... is just so typical of out of touch and ancient disorderly orders

To the adult section of the community, does the new virility and vitality certainly seems like a move in the right direction, and much healthier than the pedophilia the church is so well known for. But what would religion know of the modern world whenever it is such a sad relic and messenger of the past, in all its many disguises and versions .

Oh, look ...... new icons to help express further meaning. Bravo, El Reg.

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Isn't it ever thus

That you only discover your true place in the world when they close it down.

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Coat

Down with this sort of thing!

Careful now!

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Devil

I could get used to thelife of a monk

If they kept this up...

I really should start my own cult...

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Craggy Island

The enquiry "found evidence of ... financial irregularities..."

Isn't the response "The money was just "resting" in my account."

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RE: Craggy Island

Damn you, beat me to it!

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I was raised there!

Actually I was raised in that parish, many years ago. As a matter of fact my parents are still living in that parish. I did meet the people that "transformed" the parish, some time ago, and I did have a feeling that something was not right. My parents are defending those people and putting the blame on the enviousness of other priests.

You know what my take is? They have sold, literally sold, the place where I grew up as a child to some hotel. I used to go there and play soccer, and now kids can't do it anymore because of the hotel. The garden was a scam: they re-sold goods as they were theirs. And let's not talk about the stuff about "dancing in the church".

What did Jesus do to the merchants in the temple? Here we are in front of the very same problem: priests and monks that have sold the church for some money.

I am happy that the Vatican took measure and shut it down!

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Mushroom

I wass raised Catholic...

...and I can tell you that, for MANY clerics of MANY faiths, the face they put on in public is very different than the face they put on in private.

When people reach a certain age and become unhappy with their lives, they often adopt addictive personalities - sex, drugs, alcohol. Religious people are also people. You'd be surprised how many priests, rabbis, nuns, imams, ministers, etc become sex-crazed party animals.

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Likewise to the more cynical amongst you...

You'd be surprised at how many are not.

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Pint

Father Ted reference

FYW

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The Church in Rome

Well, this should start filling the seminaries again.

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@ deadlockvictim

"Well, this should start filling the seminaries again."

...or emptying the semen-aries...

On a (slightly) more serious note, OTOH, the detail of the ex-lap-dancing nun reminded me of Anatole France's story "Our Lady's Juggler" (http://www.accuracyproject.org/t-France,Anatole-OurLadysJuggler.html). It *could* simply be that -- whatever others may have made of it -- like Brother Barnaby, she was praising Heaven in the only way she knew how.

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Father Fioraso whereabouts

Oh, and I forgot one point: "Father Fioraso was busted from his position as abbot (and presumably despatched to a hardship posting on a remote island off the Irish coast)"

Father Fioraso is still living there. He was supposed to be dispatched to some remote monastery in Italy, to follow a some more appropriate monk life style, but he refused and he now walks all day long around the parish doing God knows what.

So, you can be happy, he wasn't dispatched off the Irish coast, yet. :)

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Devil

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned

WhooooooOooooooooooooOooooohoooooOOOOOooo!!

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Monastery of the Holy Crotch

rather than Holy Cross.

Easy mistake to make

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Pint

Feck! Drink! Arse!

That would be an ecumenical matter!

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Coat

You couldn't make this up...

Somehow I think Father Fioraso needs a 'Kick up da arse' Brennan stylee. Come to think of it, Len may well have a suite there.

Ah, my coat with 'that' tape in the pocket.

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Devil

Seems a bit mild compared to Pope John XII

A man with a nasty reputation, whose controversial reign as Pope was from AD955 to AD964 .

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08426b.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_XII .

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So that's what they mean

by monky business

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Childcatcher

Christians...

...are human too. Who'd a thunk it?

Give up the dogma, recant the hypocrisy and start enjoying life.

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But...

If they give up their position in the church they will have to work for a living like the rest of us and have less opportunity to enjoy life at the level they were enjoying

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Coat

Relics, eh?

Bad, wicked, naughty Zoot!

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Old news...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7988322.stm

Epic fail El Reg

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You'd think 2000 years was long enough...

...to establish that this celibacy thing doesn't really work.

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Headmaster

2000 years?

The (Catholic) church has not always been celibate thru' history.

Nor does it need to be exclusively, imho.

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a new and flamboyant abbot...Father Simone Fioraso

For those of us who remember the old, classic, Saturday Night Live...perhaps this is where Father Guido Sarducci finally landed?

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IT angle?

... wonder why no one yet inquired about thissa one.

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Among the "holy relics"

from the BBC...

"They include ... ... ... a bone from the finger St Thomas pushed into the wounds of Christ."

Am I the only one who wants to vomit?

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Happy

Oh come on!

I grew up watching that bone, and there nothing wrong, beside it being some singer bone!

Actually all over Italy you can watch some bones: http://www.arcarussa.it/forum/ossari-teschi-e-scheletri-mummie-vt4589.html , though in Italian, it is a (small) list of places where you can go "human bones" watching. Some are quite well preserved as well!

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