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Whom will you help through the holidays?

This will be a lonely Thanksgiving for a great many of us. In Florida, the economy has left thounsands of seniors in nursing homes alone for the holidays, according to Capitol News Service.

For others, the issues are more personal. There are many like GWFrink3, for whom the season of rejoicing is also a season of grief. They need us, even if their smiles are impenetrable.

A Simple Country Boy calls upon those of us who are well, to help those who are not.

Is this not the season which is founded upon celebration of such compassion?

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Churches, Cultural, Health, Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off on Whom will you help through the holidays?

Counterfactual overstatement = ‘the evil one’

Mainstream Baptist dissects Manhattan Declaration’s overstatement and distortion. They are not echoes of righteousness, he explains:

In my mind, there’s something about Jesus’ injunction to “let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay” (Matt. 5:37) that is applicable beyond oath-taking situations and confirms the truth that “anything beyond these is of the evil one.” Christians have no business embellishing the truth and twisting it for political purposes and that is what the Manhattan Declaration does from beginning to end.

All driven by the desperation of a Christian Right which feels power slipping through its fingers like sand.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Religion | , , , , , | Comments Off on Counterfactual overstatement = ‘the evil one’

Bishop Tobin’s ‘other’ responsibilities

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was reminded Tuesday by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) that child victims of clerical sexual abuse are owed attention he has diverted to his quarrel with Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

At a small demonstration by abuse victims outside Tobin’s office, author Ruth Moore of Hull, Mass., said:

He claims that it’s important that we protect the unborn. But it’s equally as important to protect those who have been born, and those young children who have been raped and sodomized by clerics and priests. But yet he seems to protect those clerics.

More specifically, SNAP said:

… Bishop Thomas Tobin should aggressively reach out to anyone who has knowledge of either predator’s crimes, especially because they are known offenders who walk free. For the sake of public safety, Tobin should also post on his website the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. (More than 15 bishops, a small minority, have taken this simple, inexpensive, proven method of alerting parents about and protecting kids from dangerous predators. Tobin, however, has repeatedly refused to do so, even though his diocese has one of the highest rates of accused pedophile priests in the US.)

Protecting children from clerical abuse by those under his authority is undeniably among Tobin’s responsibilities. SNAP argues (citing examples, which church spokesmen attempt to rebut) that “admitted, proven and credibly accused pedophile priests like Lepire out there, getting little or no help or supervision or monitoring from or by the bishops who essentially helped them rape and sodomized kids by ignoring or hiding their crimes.”

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Catholic, Churches, Religion | , , | 2 Comments