Rogier van der Weyden, Crucifixion
"Filipinos mark Easter with whippings, crucifixion"
Of all the things to say today, we must focus on an odd cultic practice in a few Filipino villages, repeatedly condemned by the Church allegedly sponsoring it.
Because it fits into the nice media narrative that Christianity (and particularly the Roman Church) is scarily weird.
Similarly, we have Vatican Criticises New York Times, in which we have a corrupt child-raping Church having a go at the fearless Tellers of Truth in the Liberal Media.
Levada, an American, said the newspaper wrongly used the case of the Reverend Lawrence Murphy to find fault in Benedict's handling of abuse cases.
The horrific case of Father Murphy, by the way, involved the repeated abuse of deaf kids.
A Times spokeswoman defended the articles and said no one has cast doubt on the reported facts.
Except, oh wait, they have.
The Charter of Holy Church from Her Lord is to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, judge and hope, desire of the whole world.
In Him was Life. And that Life was the light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not....
Got that right.
O GOD, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy; Grant us so to die daily from sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Easter Day, Book of Common Prayer.