Category Archives: Catholics

Horror Of Abandoned Irish Women

I am old enough to recall a time when teenage girls who became pregnant were treated as though the had come into possession of the plague. They were shunned and treated as though possessed with a virus that if allowed to emerge into the air would infect thousands. In my Bronx neighborhood, we referred to a pregnant girl as “going to Chicago” which meant, simply, going to get an abortion. In Ireland, the construction of some new houses has resulted in discovery of murder grounds. Between the 1920s and 1940s the Bon Tecours nuns ran a home for unmarried women who had become pregnant. They delivered the baby in the village of Tuam, then left the baby with the nuns. Villagers recall emaciated young children who were here today and gone tomorrow. Unfortunately, being “gone” did not mean being adopted. They were gone, forever.

House builders uncovered a huge septic tank that contains at least 800 bodies of young children. One elderly villager recalled they called these “illegitimate” children by the name of “Home Babies.” The “Home Baby” was shunned by other children and beaten by nuns. We now know, they were starved or beat to death.

The horror is how could nuns behave in this manner? I am baffled. Perhaps, Pope Francis will visit this site and pray for the souls of these unfortunate children. There are simply no words to describe such behavior to children.

You Have Freedom To Think As I Do

I recently encountered the ideas of a Turkish professor who is a devout Muslim and it became clear that his ideas are not only found among conservative fundamentalist Muslims, but represent the thinking of many Christians and Jews. Professor Hayrettin Karaman argues that modern secularism “does not have aspects which are in harmony with or parallel to Islam. He does agree with the concept of freedom of religion, but in his interpretation of this concept that means everyone has the right to freedom of thinking providing it directs the individual to believe in Islam. He does have ideas concerning the idea of pluralism. At the “bottom of pluralism lies the relativity of right and wrong, good and bad. “This goes against the essence of Islam.”

Ironically, the same manner of thinking is found among many Orthodox Jews or Christians. Heck, in America, we have Republicans who believe seeking to raise taxes one percent will result in the decline of America and simply punish our beloved job creators who will cease to job create. Those who posses the “truth” know there is only ONE TRUTH and that is what they believe. When it comes to this approach to thinking, one discovers such thinkers in ANY religion!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Sometimes I think God has taken a long vacation.

I admire Keepers of the Truth.

There are moments which last a moment, other moments last a lifetime.

I enjoy the joy of discovering new things in history.

We daily wash our hands but not our brains.

Few are able to traverse the long twisted road leading to knowledge.

Many old men wear a cap-I do not.

I have never felt the certainty of certainty.

To each at birth there is a special gift. Some never open the package.

If God played baseball, he would be a pitcher with a great curve.

To walk the straight and narrow is never to reach an interesting destination.

My destiny is in the stars.

The most exciting journey occurs on the highways inside your mind.

If I do not make myself, who will?

All too many fear who they are.

In the end it is our wisdom we got us there.

What’s Wrong, What’s Right In East Africa??

There is overwhelming evidence the continent of Africa is quickly entering the modern economic world as its growth rate of about 6% is among the highest in the world for any region. Each year, millions are leaving rural poverty and entering one form or another of a modern urban existence. Within a decade just about everyone on the continent will have access to phones and other forms of technology. As income rises, the high rate of births will decline which allows for greater prosperity. BUT, the situation in east Africa increasingly is chaotic. Corrupt governments refusal of those in power to allow democratic elections, has allowed small groups to use government for their goals rather than have government serve needs of the nation.

The government of Kenya is completely corrupt. During last year’s attack on a mall in Nairobi, the police cleaned out the mall of its goods after killing terrorists. The Kenyan government lacks an effective and honest police force, it lacks an effective armed force, and it is unable to confront growing Muslim terrorist groups. The United Kingdom just issued a warning to all British tourists at the Mombassa tourist center to leave. Over 400 already have arrived in London and thousands more will soon be gone. Kenya needs an honest effective government that can create an honest effective police force and an Army capable of handling Muslim insurgents.

Time To End Celibacy??

I am one of many Catholics and non-Catholics who welcome the arrival of Pope Francis as a welcome change for a Church badly in need of some changes. There is nothing wrong with change, it is part of the human experience. A group of Italian women have written a joint letter to Pope Francis. It turns out these women have, or still are, involved in sexual relations with priests in the Catholic church. They believe themselves to be a “small sample” of women who have been “living in silence” because their love for a priest. They seek to have the Pope rethink his views toward the concept of celibacy.

“We love these men who love us, and, in most cases, despite our efforts to renounce it, one can not manage to give up such solid and beautiful relationship. We humbly place our suffering at your feet in the hope that something may change, not just for us, but for the good of the entire Church.”

Pope Francis has said that for now, he believes in maintaining celibacy. Perhaps, for tomorrow, he might be willing to maintain another position. Let us hope for that change–for the better of priests and the Catholic Church.

The Devil Is Alive And Here!

I am a great admirer of Pope Francis who has brought to the Catholic church a new sense of care and responsibility for those who are poor and oppressed. He has challenged the Catholic hierarchy to fight for human rights. So, it is somewhat surprising to discover that Pope Francis is also engaged in another war against evil. He apparently believes int the existence of the Devil himself. The Pope has gone out of his way to aid those who believe themselves possessed by evil and will lay his hands on their heads to rid the afflicted of the Devil. He recently commented to the media that many claim he is old fashioned to speak about the Devil in the 21st century. His response, “look out because the Devil is here.”

Father Gabriele Amorta, a leading figure in the fight against evil and one who believes in exorcism pointed out an important point about Pope Francis and the fight against the Devil. “The sad truth is that there are many bishops and priests in pour church who do not really believe in the Devil. Because when you don’t believe the Devil wins.” I can understand that feeling, I live in the United States of America which contains Devils seeking to destroy the lives of poor people. Of course, our Devils go by the name of the Koch Brothers and the NRA.

Venezuela Leaders Are Not!

The history of Venezuela is a story about those with money who used that power to retain power in the country. The famous 1% in Venezuela were greedy, they only thought about themselves and eventually they lost a free election. The current President, Nicolas Maduro represents those who term themselves to be “Socialists” and regard the Castro regime as a model to pursue. Actually, this has turned out to be the reality of how Venezuelan leaders pursue their dream to end power of the wealthy. Inflation is about 57%, most stores lack anything in them, poverty is present, and the middle class is headed toward the United States of Central American nations like Panama. Anything other than the current state of affairs.

The Mauro regime just destroyed camps established by students who spend their days protesting rather than being in classrooms. Unless, they can change the economy, a college degree is worthless and will not lead to employment. Instead, they will head north. Members of the US Congress are calling for sanctions. We support that move. Venezuela is one clear example of how sanctions will compel changes in government –for the better.

Investigate The Pope Communist!

There are unconfirmed reports sweeping through Washington D.C. that the Republican Party has decided to close down the Benghazi investigation in order to direct their attention to the Catholic Menace posed by the Communist Pope Francis. Yes, Benghazi is among the great tragedies of the 21st century but it is nothing compared to the horror which the demented Pope Francis seeks to impose upon our job creators. Many are comparing his calls for redistribution of the wealth to Nazi policies of gassing to death Jews during the Holocaust. Pope Francis is simply a modern Hitler bent on destroying the lives and fortunes of those who seek to follow the ideas of Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis said the UN should support “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits of the state.” He regards the centralization of wealth in the hands of a small group to be a form of “injustice.” First, they came for the wealth of our beloved wealthy people, next they came for their homes and property, next they came for their wives and daughters to be sold into sexual slavery, and finally, they came for Wall Street men!!

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.