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Those children …

Paddy Doyle led us to this victim’s view of the historic lack of Roman Catholic clergy concern for the afflicted children:

The reason why the church covered up the abuse and moved priests about is because they did not blame the priests, they blamed the children. With this knowledge observe the reaction of church authorities. They look as if they would like to say it, but can’t.

And that is it. They can’t because they believe society is now over-sentimental about children and they would not be understood. This was confirmed to me when I met an old priest tucked away in a nursing home despite the fact he was not unwell.

At one point he suggested Cardinal Ó Fiaich should be canonised, I rejected the idea, pointing out he was involved in the cover-up of abuse.

The old priest said: “People should forgive him, after all we are prepared to forgive the children.” I asked: “Forgive the children what?”

He replied: “Their share of the blame.” Of course in that moment I realised he was himself an abuser, hidden away there.

The complete piece was originally published in the Irish Times under the headline, “Church blames Devil-inspired children.”

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Rise up

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Religion | Comments Off on Rise up

Why is she still stubbornly a Catholic?

Donna Freitas has scars, which she tells us:

But as with other victims I know what it is like to have my faith in the priesthood terribly violated, and for that violation to nearly destroy me. My experience felt like it went on forever. I became a master-avoider to this priest’s never-ending, ever-more-creative advances and attentions because I didn’t know what else to do or how to handle them. I became ever more isolated in my silence, confusion, and shame, in the utter revulsion and horror I felt. And, like other victims, when out of desperation I finally told on him, the Catholic officials’ response (or lack of one) to my begging and pleading to make his behavior stop was to prioritize only my silence. I know what it is like to sit in a room with powerful people who want nothing more than for you to disappear, to shut up, who could care less for your safety, your sanity, your well-being. I also know the fear of speaking up to my very core. I still feel that shame and fear. I feel it right now as I type these words. I know the exhaustion of living in the aftermath of this experience and trying to move forward from it without any place to put all that feeling, all that anger. I know what it is like to never have anyone say, “I’m sorry about what happened to you.”

There is however so much more to it for her than that, as she explains.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Catholic | Comments Off on Why is she still stubbornly a Catholic?

Happy holidays, or they can be, unless you’re depressed

George Frink reminds us that it is important to reach out to those for whom the holidays are buried in grief. Life may through no fault of theirs have cast them into that pit. To reach out effectively, we must overcome the reflexive and altogether misguided stigma our culture attaches to mental illness, and help them up. Lest we lose another friend.

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Not a word about the children in Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter Message

What of the children? No mention. Silence to the “petty gossip.” Seek to still truthful critics. The reputation of the church (and of the Pope) comes first. Always.

Reuters terse, “Factbox” roundup is for those not comfortable studiously looking the other way.

The full, English text of the Pope’s message.

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Through the gravitational lens brightly

Seen through a gravitational lens by the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile.

We see this galaxy as it was 10 billion years ago, and relatively well because the star cluster through which it is viewed forms a gravitational lens.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Science | Comments Off on Through the gravitational lens brightly

Reality denial as a major U.S. industry

Reality denial as a major industry, pretending to be news and thoughtful commentary.

In a remarkable story, Steven Thomma of McClatchy Newspapers writes:

Reaching for an example of how bad socialism can be, former House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said recently that the people who settled Jamestown, Va., in 1607 were socialists and that their ideology doomed them.

“Jamestown colony, when it was first founded as a socialist venture, dang near failed with everybody dead and dying in the snow,” he said in a speech March 15 at the National Press Club.

It was a good, strong story, helping Armey, a former economics professor, illustrate the dangers of socialism, the same ideology that he and other conservatives say is at the core of Obama’s agenda.

It was not, however, true.

The Jamestown settlement was a capitalist venture financed by the Virginia Company of London — a joint stock corporation — to make a profit. The colony nearly foundered owing to a harsh winter, brackish water and lack of food, but reinforcements enabled it to survive. It was never socialistic. In fact, in 1619, Jamestown planters imported the first African slaves to the 13 colonies that later formed the United States.

Please read the entire piece, which covers a long list of similarly eye-popping cases, here.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | History | Comments Off on Reality denial as a major U.S. industry

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April Fool

We apologize to anyone and everyone who was misled through our publication of this.

April Fool or not, it was a mistake and we compounded that mistake.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Religion, SBC, Science | , , , | 2 Comments