Jerusalem saw snow for the first time since the 1990s last Thursday, so some Franciscan monks, delighted by the unexpected snow took a break from their vows of chastity and piety in order to go outside for a few hours and just lob a few friendly snowballs at the heads of the monks they don't like.
The new issue of Vanity Fair features a story called "The Secret Gay Life of the Vatican: Inside a Hidden Netherworld of the Catholic Church." While the full piece is not online, there's an excerpt on the VF website with two really great quotes.
A Minneapolis abbey issued a statement earlier this month saying that over a period of forty years, seventeen of its monks had likely abused children at its affiliated prep school. And a local TV station was able to track several of the accused monks down, with disturbing results.
Talk about strange bedfellows: two female entrepreneurs have taken over the financial end of Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, not only running the LaserMonks ink and cartridge business, but also living amongst the monks in the Wisconsin abbey's hermitage. One calls the "simple" life, "a joy." [NYT]
If Amy Winehouse's friends can't save her from her drug addled ways, maybe a group of singing Austrian monks can? According to the Guardian, the Cistercian Monks Of Stift Heiligenkreuz have invited Amy to stay at their monastery where, according to one monk, "She could stay a week or two and discuss the big questions…
In Romania, Daniel Corogeanu, a former monk, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the murder of a 23-year-old nun who died while he was performing an exorcism on her. The woman, Irina Cornici, who had been treated for schizophrenia in the past, believed she could hear the devil speak to her. Corogeanu and four other…