Vatican vs. Advatar

Original Date January 20, 2010

This weekend I saw on the back page of the Faith Section  our local newspaper a headline that said that the something to the effect that the Vatican Scorns Avatar. I might not have the correct wording, and since my family is sleeping I am not going to rummage through the newspapers to find the correct wording. I ask for your indulgence here.

Personally I was disappointed that the Catholic Church would have a strong response to the movie. So I read the article to see why supposedly the church had issues with the movie.

Doing some research tonight I did discover that the local paper took an Associated Press article and put their own spin on the title. The locals chose to use the word scorn will the Hollywood Reporter use the word “criticizes.”

Perhaps this is a case of which sells more papers without alienating readers. Yes, even the news papers are influenced on how they report the news by the need for money.  However, you can’t stay in business if you don’t make money… but I digress.

Theologically , it makes sense that a monotheistic religion would object to the  a movie that has its main characters worshiping nature and makes it look attractive. (In fact one of the major characters converts to nature worship because of its attractions.)  A natural response in my opinion. Especially in the light of what a work of fiction such as the The Da Vinci Code did to shake the faith of Catholics as well as other Christians.

The Catholic Church is simply saying, in my opinion, remember what your faith is about.  We believe nature is God’s creation, entrusted into our stewardship. We do not believe nature is God.

At the same time it seems both Cameron and the Catholic Church do agree that ecology is something important. Pope Benedict has emphasize our responsibility to take care of our environment.

So what did I learn from all of this…?

WordPress, Carrington Build, and a Child Theme

One of the benefits of using WordPress to build a website is that you can change the look of a website usually in a few minutes. All you have to do is load and activate a new theme that contains all the code to modify your website.

However, being the geek I am, I always like tweaking something on the site. Maybe it is a color, or perhaps a column width. In this particulate case, I was adding Carrington Build by Crowd Favorite (http://crowdfavorite.com/carrington-build) to the website.

I love the functionality of the Carrington Build, but felt the theme that Crowd Favorite developed to highlight the feature was getting old. I had been using it for about four years on Nativity Church’s website (http://www.nativitycatholicchurch.net). Recently, I decided WordPress’ Twenty Fourteen theme might lend itself to the website nicely.

After installing the Carrington Build feature into the Twenty Fourteen theme (sorry but I cannot reveal the process since Crowd Favorite supplies this information to licensed customers only), I went into the WordPress Admin Panel, clicked on Appearance and then Themes. From there I found the Twenty Fourteen theme and Activated it. In a second or two, my new theme was running.

However, after a few minutes I noticed my RSS feeds were not showing the titles or dates. However, when I placed my cursor over the area where the title should be, the tile would appear. Thus, I knew everything was working and I needed to tweak a color on the titles since it appeared the titles showing as white on white.

Using Development Tool

The process of isolating the necessary CSS code was time consuming. (Partially because I do not regularly code websites, and partially due to the amount of tags used to code the site.)  Using Chrome Development Tools (it is built into Chrome – see https://developers.google.com/chrome-developer-tools/ for more information) I was able to isolate the necessary tags to change the title and date and wrote the necessary code:

.rss-date {
color: #41a62a;
}
.rsswidget, .widget-title a {
color: #41a62a;
}
li>.rsswidget {
color: #41a62a;
}

Because from time to time WordPress updates a theme to stay compatible with a newer version of WordPress, I created a child theme. If you directly modify the theme’s code, you often risk losing changes you make when you update because many files are overwritten. A child theme allows you to keep your changes.  Rather than write a long narrative on how to create a child theme you can visit WordPress’ Codex site at https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes or simply search for “WordPress child theme” on your favorite search engine.

Once I created the child theme, I inserted the above code into the style.css file located in my child theme. After loading the changes and activating my child theme, I had my titles showing without fear of losing my changes. (I personally like using FileZilla (https://filezilla-project.org/ ) to move my files between computer and my web server. I also like and Notepad ++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ ) as an editor.)