Category Archives: Catholics

Tragedy Of Mexico

The American fascination with drugs, our desire to get high, our desire to experience trips into the unknown regions of our minds has resulted in untold millions of our people who are left with despair as well as left in prisons of reality as well as prisons in our minds. At the same time, we Americans have transformed the nation of Mexico into a hell of drugs, gangsters, drug lords, and wars which leave towns devastated and lacking any semblance of law and order. The state of Tamulipos lies on he border of the United States of America and thus is the avenue taken by millions of Mexicans who seek a road into peace, quiet and some form of decent living. At the same time, it is the center of wars between drug lords and their armies of death and destruction.

During the past few months 80 people have died as a result of wars between gangsters who make the typical Muslim terrorist come across as a man of peace. A prominent Mexican police lieutenant was just ambushed–by ten policemen! They were paid by drug lords to kill him in order to protect their routes of shame–and prosperity. As a woman noted to a member of the media: “this is a failed state with no law and order.”

LEGALIZE DRUGS AND END THE DRUG CARTELS!!

The Holy See Sees Differently

It is unfortunate for the Catholic religion that Pope Francis did not arrive a bit sooner for the institution. He inherited, not merely mistakes, a pattern of disregard for the rights of children which resulted in sexual abuse. In fairness, the vast majority of priests are NO sexual perverts. They are decent men who may not agree with those who believe in abortion rights or the right of women to equal status in the church. But, when the issue to be confronted is torture and sexual abuse, the bottom line is honesty, and working to end any such behavior. Vatican representatives have been in conflict with the UN committee on torture which claims that sexual abuse is a form of torture and wants the Vatican to abide by United Nations requirements and guidelines. The Holy See argues it is part of a sovereign entity without being a nation and thus UN guidelines do not apply.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasci insists “the Holy See intends to focus exclusively on the Vatican.” We await the intervention of Pope Francis to offer an alternative to this approach. One that respects the integrity and dignity of those in the Vatican while at the same time confronts the issue of abuse.

Who Is Pope Francis?

There are unconfirmed reports the state of Texas wants to place any and all writings of Pope Francis on the banned list. There are also unconfirmed reports Tea Party leaders are in hurried sessions with Sheldon Adelson about the possibility of forming an anti-Pope Francis Catholic Church which would return the church to the hands of the wealthy. After all, true American patriots know our Founding Fathers, just like that Jesus fellow, believed that God loved dearly those of wealth and power. Jesus was sent to bless the wealthy and sanction their oppression of the poor. If you don’t agree with conservatives, either read the Second Amendment or check into the Sermon on the Mount. I assume you do know that it took place on a mountain of money.

Anyway, Pope Francis tweeted: “Inequality is the root of social evil.” Previously, this Socialist pervert had urged governments to guarantee people “dignified work, education and healthcare!” It is now clear that Pope Francis is really a COMMUNIST, a SOCIALIST, and he cares not for job creators!

How can such a man head the Catholic Church?

Cool Hand Francis Warms Up Folks

There are some folks in the Vatican establishment who, on occasion, sort of get bothered by the new Pope. He has this habit, while dressed in the habit of being a Pope, of picking up the phone and just responding to a letter sent him by one of those Catholics who do not spend their days in the Vatican working on the great issues of humankind. These “cold calls” are a bit disturbing to folks like Ferdinand Lombardi, a spokesperson for the Pope. He is worried that when the Pope speaks without having things cleared through the Vatican establishment, the result might be “confusion and misunderstanding.” For example, the Pope expressed, off the cuff, an outrageous idea that a divorced woman who takes Communion is “not doing anything bad.”

Just imagine what God or Jesus up in Heaven think when a DIVORCED woman goes to Communion!! What next, female priests??

Time Out For Humanity

I frequently get the feeling that humanity needs a time out from the madness of the past few years. Republicans in America have lost any semblance of common sense with their ongoing tirades against “the government.” On one hand, they want “the government” to assume control over the bodies of women, on the other hand, they are armed to the teeth because “the government” wants to charge $1.35 per cow to graze on GOVERNMENT LAND! In Africa, Oscar is howling and crying at his trial, Boko Haram is daily going bonkers murdering Muslims in order to save Muslims from “the West.” In eastern Ukraine, masked men who wear Russian uniforms and speak Russian are working hard to create violence so President Putin can step in to end violence.

No one has been able to make sense of South Korean captain and crew fleeing a sinking boat after telling passengers not to leave. In Yemen, drones are droning along blasting away at people it terms to be “terrorists.” Pakistan is a poor excuse for what we term to be a “nation.” And, over in India it is rape day every day of the week on grounds, “boys will be boys.” It is now a hundred years since the Chicago Cubs won a world series and forty years since the New York Knicks won a title, any title. Americans get heavier and eventually the Earth will not be able to handle the weight.

How about a one month truce from any and all forms of violence to self, to others, to the planet!

Action In Ukraine

I can hear the sound of one shoe hitting the floor which indicates the Ukrainian government has finally decided to confront terrorists who seek to create violence in hope that having a few killed or wounded would open the door for President Vladimir Putin to send in his troops in order to restore law and order, Russian style, that is. Members of the Ukrainian army and special forces drove Russian backed terrorists from an airport and soon will drive them from buildings that have been seized in eastern areas of the country. Naturally, President Putin expressed his outrage at this “anti-constitutional action” by a government to take over a building owned by the government. This from a man who sends to jail on trumped up charges dozens of Russians whose only crime is not licking his boots!

So, what might happen:

Scenario One: Putin will send his troops across the border to “protect Russian citizens who happen to live in the Ukraine”

Scenario Two: Putin will go to the UN demanding action to protect Russian citizens.

Scenario Three: Putin will send in troops but deny he sent them in while insisting they were Russians who voluntarily rode their tanks and helicopters into the Ukraine to protect Russians.

Scenario Three is very likely.

Billionaire Doing Jail Time!

This story will probably shock most Americans, but in the nation of Italy a judge has finally decided that those with wealth must pay some sort of penalty for their misuse of money. Here in the United States only ONE man was ever sent to jail for manipulating money-Bernie Madoff– while the hundreds of stock brokers and financial wizards who, literally robbed millions of Americans, have never seen the inside of a jail. And, to add to the injury, most have never even endured a court action. Most just have THEIR COMPANY, not them, pay a fine and then proceed to go their merry way robbing and stealing from the poor in order to give to the rich.

An Italian court has sentenced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who was found guilty of tax fraud to a severe penalty. OK, so he does not actually go to jail. Ok, so he is not exactly a prisoner. BUT, the judge made clear to Silvio that “once a week, and for a period of no less than four hours” he is to work in a home for the elderly doing something. Perhaps:

1. He might teach them how to cheat on their taxes.

2. He might teach them how to cheat in Bingo.

Or, if there is an attractive nurse around, he might teach her the joys of sex.

Irony Of Hate

The emotion of hate is among the most powerful that is found in the minds and hearts of people. Of course, hate comes in various shapes and sizes. To live in 2014 America is to inhabit a nation in which mass media outlets like Fox News so enjoy insulting and degrading people for their political or their social views or because they are poor and lack protection of any aspect of the government. Who today is ever shocked when some nut case explodes and begins to fire away at those who are defenseless. After all, this is the RIGHT of anyone to possess guns and explosives and high powered rifles just as our ancestors had in 1787 when they wrote the Second Amendment. If one believes that our government allows use of weapons of destruction on ground there are enemies out there seeking my death, it is simply a matter of time before I will “protect myself” by attacking those who I dread.

Frazier Glenn Cross has devoted his life to the pursuit of HATE. He hates Jews, he hates blacks, he hates Muslims, and most probably he hates “LIBERALS.” Cross has pursued over thirty years the road of Hate and constantly endeavored to spew his venom in the direction of Jews. He believes Adolf Hitler is a great man, and Mr. Cross so desires to become a great man. Finally, Mr. Cross received a goal, his name is now known throughout the land. He entered a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City and blasted away at a grandfather and a 14 year old boy. Cross then ventured to an old folks home and continued to shoot. In the end, two are dead. Ironically, the two dead people are Christians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mr. Cross is now enjoying his thirty seconds of fame.

Look Out For the Devil!

I greatly admire the work and efforts of Pope Francis to transform the Catholic Church into one in which the rights of all people are respected. I suspect that if he lives another ten years, there will be changes in the rights of women to hold important positions in the church. In many respects he is a modern version of the reforming Pope John XXIII who tried to introduce new modern ideas before his death. However, every once and a while Pope Francis speaks of things which are very religious and thus somewhat interesting to those who are not versed in deep religion. He warned Catholics, “look out because the Devil is present. The Devil is here.” I could interpret his remarks to represent a symbolic concept that something termed “the Devil” is around and living.

I was born in 1930 and lived during most of the twentieth century. To have lived in this century was to have witnessed the horror of Death as represented by the Holocaust, the untold murder of innocent people in Asia and Africa and God knows where else. If that was the work of ‘the Devil” so be it. I think murder, death, torture were the work of humans. Heck, we humans do not need a Devil to do what we can do each day of our lives–be beasts and all too human!!

Cuba The Once Revolutionary State

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago the people of Cuba rose in anger against their dictator, President Batista, and sent him fleeing to the riches he had in the United States of America. Fidel Castro and his merry band of rebels entered Havana and promised people that the evil times of oppression and brutality were at an end. To prove his point, dozens of those who served the Batista government were placed against a wall and shot. The idea of a trial by jury was not part of the Castro regime which wanted to end Batista’s denial of human rights. Ironically, when Castro in 1953 made his first attempt at revolution and was captured, he was put on trial and received a jail sentence. Alan Gross, an American came to Cuba in order to work with the small number of Jews still in the country. His goal was simply to aid them gain access to the Internet.

Naturally, in the democracy known as Castroland, the government alone decides what you can watch or with whom you can speak. Mr. Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail, for attempting to overthrow the Batista regime, Fidel got a few years in jail. Mr. Gross attempted a hunger protest, but under pressure from his family, ended it. He added: “There will be no further protests until both governments show more concern for human beings and less for malice and derision towards each other.”

Too bad Gross did not attempt to overthrow the Batista dictatorship.