Four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church are currently facing charges of raping and blackmailing a woman in a cycle of abuse and threats lasting almost 20 years. The woman told police that her ordeal began while still a minor in the 1990s when an Orthodox priest at a church forced her into sex. … [Read more...] about Church sex scandals shake India’s Kerala state
Why priests celibacy
Featuring a quaint café perched at the top of a waterfall and paths taking you past tropical bird menageries and flamingo pools, it certainly seems like an ideal setting for paradise. … [Read more...] about Where is Death In Paradise filmed?
I took him to see Room 7 at the Jerwood rehearsal studios, one of the best rehearsal rooms in London – high ceiling, flooded with light. On the way out, I lost him then found him contemplating a little fountain by the entrance: very low down, a rectangular block of thin stone with water gurgling around it. In Richard Peduzzi's design, this became the "boat" on which the two men set out to sea: a simple rectangular platform. Operated by a special metal arm cunningly manufactured in Italy, it rose up out of the big pool of water that had gushed into and filled the otherwise empty Young Vic stage. … [Read more...] about Patrice Chéreau: directing in the shadow of death
Warner Bros has cannily entered two horses in the Christmas box-office stakes this year, both set in New York but each aimed at a different audience demographic: the inoffensively tasteful New Year's Eve, and this outrageously tasteless third film in the series featuring the accident-prone, spliff-smoking Asian-American friends. In their first scatological movie the pair got into trouble searching for grass and a perfect hamburger in New Jersey, and back in 2005 I wrote of finding it "curiously endearing thanks to the performances of John Cho as the shy Korean-American investment banker Harold Lee and Kal Penn as the laidback Indian-American medical student Kumar Patel". In the second one, which I didn't see but which is said to be infinitely more raunchy than its predecessor, they're mistaken by homeland security for terrorists. This new one turns upon the couple's Christmas Eve hunt for a tree to placate Harold's fearsome Hispanic in-laws, and by comparison it makes Billy Bob … [Read more...] about A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – review
India is still struggling to curb sexual violence, an issue which took center stage after a deadly 2012 rape in New Delhi. Separately, the Catholic Church is under fire internationally over evidence of decadeslong sexual abuse of children by its clergy. … [Read more...] about Indian bishop arrested after nun accuses him of rape