Friday, November 11, 2011

Play and Replay

A salute of appreciation to Veterans, past and present!


First, a play: a drama, a political thriller. The 1605 Gunpowder Plot, in which English Catholics targeted the British Parliament, remains a mystery. In 
Jesuit Father Bill Cain’s play “Equi-vocation,”... William commissioned by Robert Cecil, a power-player behind King James I, to write a play declaring the government version of the events of the plot. The King himself wrote the first draft...
The play revolves around the cost of a government lie and how politics can become personal. Presented in modern language and dress, Equivocation presents a dilemma: tell the truth and lose your head or write propaganda and lose your soul?
The accompanying National Jesuit News post contains excerpts of an interview with Fr. Cain. In it he also relates the original meaning of equivocation.
Last, Mr. John L. Allen Jr. suggests that Pope Benedicts second
African visit can be a “do-over.” 
Popes rarely get a “do-over,” an opportunity to make something right that didn’t exactly work out as planned the first time around. Yet Benedict XVI’s Nov. 18-20 trip to the West African nation of Benin, his second visit to Africa, represents just such a chance to tee the ball up again and see if this time he can avoid the rough.
The pope will visit Benin with “three motives.” Benin is significant because it “represents a microcosm of Africa’s broader ‘best of times, worst of times’ storyline.” Learn more at Friday’s NCR Global post.
Wiki-image of Old Glory is in the public domain. Wiki-image of the Union Jack is in the public domain in the U.S. Wiki-image by Marc Mongenet of the Vatican flag is used according to Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license.

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