The Vatican has finally released a major policy statement, the first under the authority of Benedict XVI. It is a new policy towards gays in the church and surprise, surprise, it wants them out. All, that is, except those who have 'overcome their homosexuality' for at least three years. Those with 'deep-seated' tendencies are no longer welcome because their sexual orientation is apparently 'objectively disordered and a 'grave sin.' In a twist of policy, none of this applies to those who are already in the ministry, just those who seek to join the priesthood. All of this is being done to protect the church and its ongoing commitment to a celibate priesthood. The general view of the Catholic church seems to be that homosexuality is a choice and something that can be overcome. The issue of homosexuality and Christian faith is not to go away, it presents one of the major challenges to the church, catholic or otherwise. More on this later.
On another note artist Nicole Tran Ba Vang release new 'collections' of her take on the relationship between feminism and fashion. Collapsing and merging images of the female form she creates new bodies that reflect the ongoing struggle for identity. Sometimes she merges bodies with fabrics creating clothing which strips the body and creates new boundaries of both flesh and fabric-it's cool stuff.