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Pope Francis Pooped On By Bishops!

Thee is no question that Pope Francis seeks to introduce changes in the Catholic Church that would make millions of Catholics more willing to attend religious services. He supported efforts by modern thinking Bishops in the recent conclave to offer a welcome of greeting to homosexuals that encouraged them to attend church services. It was apparent when members of the conclave argued that gays and lesbians should be equal members of the Church that such talk was regarded as heresy by the majority. Even though Pope Francis was supporting those seeking to transform the Catholic Church into a 21st century institution, in the end those who have fixed thinking that what was true in the fifteenth century must be true today. The original document that was written with the full support of Pope Francis was changed at the end.\

The document now reads that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and dignity” but the document went on to insist that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The original document said that gays and lesbians had “gifts to offer the Church.” Pope Francis is now at a crossroad, can he push ahead for changes that might encourage those leaving the Church to return, or does he allow conservatives to deny the existence of a modern world? He might have to become more of a leader with a firm grip on events if the Catholic Church is to be saved from its own rigidity!

Hundred Years Ago Guns Of August Sounded

A hundred years ago at this very moment, German troops were entering the neutral nation of Belgium as part of the famous Schliffen Plan which called for Germany to make quick fast invasion of France, compel the French to surrender, and then turn German troops eastward to confront and defeat the Russian army. The Plan was clear. Quick marches, sudden attacks, the enemy defeated, and then peace reigns in Europe. Between 1815 to 1914 there had only been three minor wars in Europe, so for someone who was a hundred years old, this person had never witnessed a major war, and was completely unfamiliar with the idea that innocent civilians would be forced to die because men were fighting a war. As German, French, Russian and English soldiers got on trains headed for combat, crowds cheered. There were wild celebrations for the announcement of war. The vast majority of those cheering were convinced the “war” would soon conclude, their soldiers would return home with victory, and then the pre-war wold would return to normal. Such were the dreams, such were the fantasies of those seeking war. Most probably, civilians in any war expect victory–for their side. The assumption is always, “we are on the right side. Since we are on God’s side, victory must ensue.” The “enemy” is some vague creature lacking in the peaceful attitudes of those going to war. After all, if our soldiers attack an enemy, it is only because the enemy initially fired and caused this conflict.

Every nation going to war assumes they are on the “right side.” It is rare for a nation to consider–what comes after victory? Or, what happens if we lose the war? Those concepts are not in the minds of soldiers or leaders seeking to defeat the enemy. Of course, the Guns of August never ceased firing for four long years of death and destruction. Then, came silence. Then came “peace.” Of course, twenty one years later came another World War. It would be interesting getting into the mind of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, what now after the tunnels of death are destroyed?

Guns Of August-Are They Upon Us?

it was exactly one hundred years ago today, that millions of soldiers from France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and England were heading toward borders in order to prevent THE ENEMY from invading their lands. It was a hundred years ago today, that the sound of war was growing louder and louder. Each nation was prepared to fight. Why? The prior month in the city of Sarajevo in the southern region of Austria Hungary, the son of the Emperor was shot by a man bent on seeking the rights of oppressed people. This set in motion a series of events that wound up causing the deaths of twenty million. At the beginning of this tragedy not a single European nation was seeking war, by the end of this tragedy, most were bent on war. Not a single European nation thought the assassination would result in anything other than a bit of anger. By the end of this sequence in which none wanted war most were ready for war.

World War I occurred at a moment in time when Europeans had enjoy one hundred years of virtual peace. Since 1815, there had only been two or three minor wars on the continent. Most leaders thought that peace could be maintained. But, in 1914, they all got trapped in a process in which a minor incident became increasingly a major event. There simply was no process to halt the march toward war. It just proceeded.

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin lacks a sense of stability. He rules over a Russia which lacks a legislature to reign him in or a media that could rip him to pieces. He has become accustomed to doing as he desires without any interference. A normal leader, after the shooting down of a civilian plane, would hesitate, not Putin. He simply does what he wishes to do. So, what can be done before the Guns of August again blast away?

1. There is need for an immediate meeting between Russia, Germany, France, England and the US. Leaders of these nations must meet together and discuss what happened in August, 1914. All must pledge the Guns of August must never fire again.

2. Leaders of Germany, France, England and the US must convey to Putin that even if he invaded Ukraine, they would not respond with military forces. However, they would immediately ban any financial transactions with Russia, ban Russian products from their lands as well as forbid the entry of any Russian. He would be allowed to seize Ukraine, but Russia would become an economically isolated nation.

Sins Of Our Fathers Fall On The Innocent

There is scant doubt that Pope Francis inherited a mess that each day grows in size and complexity. Upon becoming Pope, he had to confront the issue of sexual abuse upon the part of priests. It was never his mess, but unless the new Pope reacted with firmness and fairness he risked alienating millions of Catholics who had never recovered from the continual non-stop reports of crimes against young people by priests. In, most probably, his strongest confrontation with the problem, Pope Francis was blunt, was honest, and promised action against those who had abused children as well as against those who knew, but pretended to be ignorant. The Pope stated in blunt terms: “before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and crimes of clerical abuse committed against you.” He went on to promise that the Church must “make reparation” to those who were abused.

Not only did Pope Francis take on priests who were guilty of abusing children, he also confronted members of the church hierarchy who remained silent. According to Pope Francis, “sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members as well as by abuse victims” must now be dealt if these horrible crimes are to be resolved. From now on, those who assume leadership positions must understand that failing to act makes one as guilty as those who acted without regard to human decency.

Pope Takes On Godfather!

I am a child of the Bronx, New York City, a place in which all children were taught that on no condition should they get members of the Mafia angry with them because it would result in bad things happening. My pop paid the Mafia for their willingness to pick up his garbage at our butcher shop, and always threw in a few steaks to please the guys. Well, I guess this Pope Francis never got the message about not angering the Godfather. He came out with some nasty remarks about the Mafia. “Those who in their lives follow the path of evil, as mafioso do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.” Wait a second. How is it possible that the Godfather is not in communication with God. Heck, I am certain that God checks with the Godfather before doing anything. Why else do we have a Godfather?

According to this Pope guy, “The evil must be fought against, it must be punished and we must say no to it.” Not where I come from in the Bronx! OK, so they have an “adoration of evil and contempt for the common good.” But, then again, if we excommunicate the Mafia what do we do about the Koch brothers and their campaign of evil? I would be real impressed in the Pope excommunicated the entire Republican party leadership in Congress for their evil and contempt for the common good of Americans!

Increase Gross National Product

In an effort to increase the economic growth of Italian society, the government has decided to include in Gross National Product figures, money obtained through the illegal drug trade and that earned by prostitutes. Finally, a government which is committed to reflect the actual use of money in order to clarify how members of a society expend their use of money. We offer some other products that might also be included:

1. The number of bullets expended in pretend use of weapons by our heroes who just dare THE GOVERNMENT to halt firing bullets into deer and other enemies of the state.

2. The amount of hot air used during a normal day of work in the United States Congress.

3. The amount of money exchanged between lobbyists and government officials.

4. The amount of shit generated during a normal day by members of the United States government.

5. The number of times Supreme Court Justices render a verdict to protect those with money.

6. The number of words produced by Senator Ted Cruz in condemning President Obama for some sort of treason to the nation.

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.

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!!

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.