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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.

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??

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.

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!!

Pope Francis, A Man Of God

We in America are struggling with how to confront our past, a past in our own lifetime in which those we elected to public office violated the American Constitution as well as international law and the moral foundation upon which we were raised. The Catholic Church is fortunate to have as its leader, a man who is not only of God, but speaks with the truth of everything that mankind has created in the way of human values. Appearing at the Catholic Children’s Bureau, he spoke with honesty and compassion to those who were abused by priests of the Catholic religion. He admitted that priests participated in abuse of children, and noted there were “quite a few in number.” He was quite clear the Church acknowledged what had transpired. It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward ith regards with how we will deal with this problem,and the sanctions that must be imposed.”

Perhaps, Pope Francis might speak to the President of the United States and persuade him to take a similar stand with regards to violation of human rights by the CIA and the NSA. Oh, he might be joined in this stand by Bush/Cheney/Rumnsfeld!!

Silvio Seeks Penance

As we all know, Silvio Berlusconi is among the most wealthy people in the land of Italy. Silvio has run the country for years as though it was part of his vast holdings that enable the man well known for his parties to be well known to anyone in the government. For some strange and bewildering reason, Silvio actually was found guilty of doing something wrong. Ordinarily, in the land of Italy, those with dough just blow off any threat of a jail sentence. For some stranger reason, Silvio was sentenced for the crime of fraud. But, as everyone knows, there is no way Silvio will actually do any jail time.

Silvio is a noble man. Silvio is a generous man. Silvio loves people and seeks to serve their needs. So, in order to save the government of Italy from the expense of jailing or watching a criminal, he has volunteered, and I do mean, “volunteered” to spend a year aiding those with a disability. I assume the disability relates to spending money by gambling. Silvio will teach those with gambling disabilities how to transform the disability into an ability. A few months with Silvio and a disabled person could take money from your pocket in complete silence.