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Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

Republicans Turn Back On Pope Francis

These are the best of times for members of the Republican party but these are the worse of times for those who are members of the Catholic Church. After devoting years arguing against the existence of the liberal idea that there is some sort of climate change, along comes a Pope who insist hat humans are changing the climate! I assume the next thing this Pope Francis will tell Catholics is that the planet Earth has been around for billions of years? Oh, my God, does this Pope Francis actually believe that Barney Rubble and the Flintstones are not a true picture of the past! I have been told that Senator Ted Cruz is planning a week long marathon discussion in which he will inform the American people about human history. After all, he attended an Ivy League college and must be smart.

To add to Republican woes this Pope Francis is preparing to hold a conference with members of other religions in which the prime topic will be POVERTY! I know that Republican congressmen are shocked that the most important issue confronting Americans will not be discussed at this meeting–how to aid those the struggling lives of millionaires! Where did this Pope get these crazy ideas that people are poor due to actions of those who are wealthy? Just ask Ted, he will offer you a five hour discussion on the origin of poverty– all caused by laziness!

It is time for those who love true Catholic church to turn their backs on Pope Francis!

I assume this Pope will now claim that Jesus worried about the poor when everyone knows his main concern was for those who work on Wall Street.

Pope Francis Exposed As Socialist!

Each day it becomes increasingly clear these are difficult days for those who are Catholics and support the Republican Party and its programs. Day after day this guy in Rome who claims to be the Pope displays ideas that sound very familiar to those who believe in Socialism or Communism. Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences informed Catholics that there Pope actually believes that climate changes are occurring in the world! He announced that Pope Francis intends to call a meeting of religious leaders in order to “make all people aware of the state of our climate” and also to address issues of poverty. This Pope actually believes that humans have caused changes in our climate!

To make things even more difficult for Republican Catholics, this Pope wants to do something about poverty! I checked with devout Catholic, Ted Cruz, and he is furious. First the Pope wanted to extend diplomatic relations with Cuba, and now he is mouthing words from Barack Obama about climate change and poverty. I expect Ted to hold a marathon talk about the need to end any and all relations with the Vatican!

Has Ted considered the possibility of becoming a Jew, we have Bibi Netanyahu whose mind is like that of conservative Republicans!

Pope Francis Vs Catholic Church

For Catholics born after the death of Pope John XXII, this is the first time in their lives that a Pope has emerged with a sense of the necessary changes needed in the Vatican if Catholicism is to emerge as a 21st century religion. Pope Francis is attempting to drag a recalcitrant Catholic clergy into the new century. Ironically, he is the first non-European Pope in 1300 years. He is also the first Pope who comes from Latin America. He appeared before a gathering of clergy and spoke some blunt words of wisdom. “The curia needs to change, to improve, a curia that does not criticize itself, that does not dare to improve is a sick body.” He went on to blast the silent crowd with warnings about “rivalry and vainglory” as sins that hamper establishment of a modern Catholic Church.

There is no doubt this Pope wants dialogue about issues such as celibacy, abortion, and the role of women in the Church. The main issue is whether he lives long enough to alter the composition of the Vatican. At this point in time there are too many who live in the 19th century, and seek to return to a time that has scant connection to the 21st century. The issue is –time. Can Pope Francis lie long enough to bring about the needed changes?

Oh, and he warned against the “terrorism of gossip.” Gee, I wonder who he was referring to!

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.