News and commentary on
Adventism other interesting stuff:
Not much on the Adventist front this time, other than the usual weekly observance of their sabbath. To make up for that, two articles that may hint at the eventual development of enzyme bonded concrete.
Karanja D. Mutitu, Mulwa O. Munyao, Muthengia J. Wachira, Romano Mwirichia, Karanja J. Thiong’o & Mwiti J. Marangu. Effects of biocementation on some properties of cement-based materials incorporating Bacillus Species bacteria – a review, Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, (2019) 8:5, 309-325, DOI: 10.1080/21650373.2019.1640141
Ren, Sizhu, Conghai Li, Xiaobo Jiao, Shiru Jia, Yanjun Jiang, Muhammad Bilal, and Jiandong Cui. Recent Progress in Multienzymes Co-Immobilization and Multienzyme System Applications. Chemical Engineering Journal. (2019) 373, pp. 1254-1278. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2019.05.141.
And for a hat trick, this:
Martine Robbeets, Remco Bouckaert, Bayesian phylolinguistics reveals the internal structure of the Transeurasian family, Journal of Language Evolution, Volume 3, Issue 2, July 2018, Pages 145–162, DOI: 10.1093/jole/lzy007
News and commentary on Catholicism:
Pope Francis discerns ‘third way’ for the Amazon – The Tablet (The International Catholic News Weekly)
Re Querida Amazonia. If married priests had been introduced now, there would be a huge risk of having the next pope change everything back. Perhaps it’s better to let the heated arguments (“hysteria”: Cardinal Sarah) die down, let everyone get used to the idea, and then a future pope will more easily be able to make the move.
Archbishop Coleridge in Rome for meetings on seal of confession, Plenary Council and Cardinal Pell – The Catholic Leader
Simple solution, apparently not without recent precedent – suspend individual confessions in places like this, and return to general absolution.
Restore the Third Rite of Reconciliation? – Fr Richard Leonard, SJ, Pray Tell blog
I.e. general absolution. There would be no way for deliberate entrapment to occur either. A further alternative mentioned in the comments would be a more interrogatory approach – the priest asks general questions relating to each type of sin, and the penitent answers Yes/No. Still open to entrapment, though. The first and second rites both being individual confession to a priest, the latter having a penitential liturgy beforehand.
Hong Kong Catholics told to attend mass online as virus spreads – The Tablet
Hopefully this will not be the new normal.
98 year-old bishop recovers from Coronavirus – Independent Catholic News
With SARS-CoV-2 causing a higher mortality rate in the elderly, this is certainly a wonderful escape for the bishop, Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu. At that age, he may well be the oldest person infected thus far as well. Indications are that children have a much lower mortality rate than average.
Excommunicated hermits – and their cats – finally find peace – National Catholic Reporter
The Hermits of Westray, who formally went into schism in 2019 and were eventually excommunicated by their bishop, are getting financial help from conservative Catholics taken in by the traditionalist anti-Francis right wing.
Prayers for the Burial of a Pet – David Schütz, Sentire Cum Ecclesia
A bit old, but never irrelevant.