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Master class rock documentary “Sound City”

by Sam Juliano

Having reached the mid-way point of February 2013, those of us in the northern hemisphere ‘snow zone’ have our fingers crossed that the white stuff has run it’s course until next year, but our experiences tell us now to hold our breath.  In any case the NYC area did enjoy two days of mild temperatures this past week,  and one can at least hope that March comes in like a lamb rather than the other way around.  One can never feel as if they are safe from Mother Nature’s prospective wrath until April is upon us, and even then a few are still unconvinced.  (Note: Again I spoke too soon.  Bone-chilling temperatures here in the NYC area on Sunday night are keeping people inside.)

Devout or passive Catholics (I fall into the latter category) might be most interested in the coming papal conclave that is set to convene at the Vatican in early March after the unexpected resignation of His Holiness, Benedict XVI, also known as former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a Bavarian who cited advancing age and dissipating energy after eight years as Pope.  On future MMD’s we’ll take a look at the candidates who appear to be most likely to ascend to the throne of St. Peter.  While the Italian voting bloc is the biggest in the 117 strong contingent who will elect the next pope (one-quarter in fact) indications are that the cardinals may again be looking outside of Italy, as they did with the previous Polish and German choices.  The general perception is that the church’s future is tied to the strength of the religion in South America and Africa, with even a serious look at North America.  Still, some Italians reportedly want one of their own to re-take the papacy, and there are several Italian cardinals who are considered among the favorites.  Three candidates are being touted now as the absolute leaders: Peter Turkson of Ghana, Marc Ouelet of Canada and Francis Arinze of Nigeria.  Arinze, however, is 80, and is probably passed the point of feasibility.  He was leaked to have finished a distant second to Ratzinger in the 2005 voting.  Even lapsed and non-Catholics ate usually interested in the historic and dramatic aspects of the papal voting.  Both Nino Moretti’s Habemus Papam and Michael Anderson’s The Shoes of the Fisherman play well to the recent matters at hand.  Moretti’s film concerns a final refusal of the chosen candidate, while Anderson’s movie based on Morris West’s acclaimed best-selling novel looks at an unexpected radical choice that defied tradition. (more…)

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