Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Penn State Mural – Michael Pilato Artist – Dora McQuaid Poet – Replaces You Know Who




The depiction of Jerry Sandusky on a well-known mural across the street from the Penn State campus has been replaced by an image of a poet and activist draped with a blue ribbon — a symbol for awareness of child sexual abuse.
It was artist Michael Pilato's latest step in erasing the image of the disgraced former assistant football coach following Sandusky's conviction last week on 45 counts at his child sex abuse trial.
Sandusky was removed from the mural days after his arrest in November. But Pilato returned to the work on Sunday, painting in Dora McQuaid, a Penn State graduate who is a poet and an advocate for domestic and sexual violence victims and issues. The blue ribbon was added on Monday.
Also replacing Sandusky were two red handprints — one belonging to Ann Van Kuren, one of the 12 jurors who convicted Sandusky, and the other belonging to a sexual abuse victim.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Vatican Goes To Fox News For Media Salvation



In the middle of media disaster after disaster at the Vatican and all the stabbings in the each others' backs and power plays in Benedict XVI’s brief corrupt rule, apparently it’s Timmy Dolan to the rescue with a recommendation from Knight of Malta Rupert Murdock’s FOX NEWS.

Greg Burkes, who has done no real reporting except as the FOX NEWS Vatican correspondent in the past decade, is a member of Opus Dei.  That means he flagellates himself regularly for spirituality and has trouble dealing with the opposite sex.

All in all, your typical well rounded two dimensional cardboard FOX journalist.

ROME -- In an effort to shore up its communications strategy amid a widening leaks scandal in a troubled papacy, the Vatican has hired the Fox News correspondent in Rome as a senior communications adviser. 
The correspondent, Greg Burke, 52, who has covered the Vatican for Fox since 2001, will leave the network to help improve and coordinate the Vatican's various communications operations, Mr. Burke and the Vatican spokesman said. 
Some Vatican watchers called the move a power play by media-savvy Americans -- including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops -- inside a Vatican hierarchy run by Italians whose most frequent communications strategy is to accuse their critics of defamation. 
Mr. Burke is a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, and his hiring underscores the group's role in the Vatican.
As far as I can see he is not a nephew of Cardinal Raymond Burke.  He is more like a temporary consultant like Gotti Tedeschi was at the Vatican Bank.

The insiders in the Vatican will have Greg Burke for lunch. LOL

If anything, all future media press releases supposedly coming from the Vatican will likely originate in Roger Ailes' bunker (he's afraid of colored folks and gays) at 49th Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City, FOX NEWS HQ.

USCCB Approved!
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Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson – Ronald Reagan’s Go-To Guy on Catholics, Abortion, Contraception, AIDS, Catholic SCOTUS Nominees



I don’t hear Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore complaining about Obama's war on religious freedom regarding the very private Catholic practices of Monsignor Lynn of Philadelphia or Coach Jerry Sandusky, a Knights of Columbus Awardee, of Penn State.  

No doubt the secular end of reality has beaten poor Bill Lori down to a frazzle. But luckily he has a friend not in Jesus but in Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson of the Knights of Columbus Catholic charity cult.

Doing some reading, I have found on the Ronald Reagan Library site a list of files in the Carl Anderson section of that archive.

Carl A. Anderson is named in that site as Ronny Reagan’s go to man on all things Catholic. Talk about the pope in the basement of the White House thing with the John Kennedy Presidential Campaign, the church did not get the pope in the White House but it did get –
ANDERSON, CARL: Files, 1985-1987Office of Public Liaison (Domestic Policy, Catholics, Family Issues)  
http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/textual/smof/andersca.htm
Carl started out life as working as “an assistant to John Svahn, Assistant to the President for Policy Development (OPD). The Reagan Library does not currently have a Carl Anderson collection for his time in OPD.” 

The lack of files is explained away as the files moved over in his promotion to Office of Public Liaison (Catholics Etc.) or he didn’t do any paperwork in the brief stint under John Svahan. (how do you spell paper shredder?)

John Svahan, by the way, has since moved on to senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank founded by two uber-catholics following the fallout of the Nixon Watergate scandal.

Co-founder of the Heritage Foundation is Edwin Feulner, whose pet project outside of American politics is the Fundacion Burke http://www.fundacionburke.org/actividades/ , a political education organization for young Spanish men to learn Conservative values and even get into Internship programs in conservative think tanks stateside in the United States. 

Getting back to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, some of his Reagan White House files are available in the Reagan archive. Half of about a dozen and half “Abortion” files are available, the rest are probably not imaged and would probably only be available through a Freedom of Information request.

All four files on AIDS are listed as available.

The sixteen files on Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork remain sealed.

In fact, Carl Anderson’s usefulness or worn out welcome at the White House came almost exactly with the Senate shooting down Bork’s nomination in October 1987.  No doubt sneaking Opus Dei parishioner Anton Scalia into the Supreme Court in 1986 was too much of a lucky thing that Reagan / Anderson and Company had to push the limits of credulity, greed, Senate gullibility, so much so that Teddy Kennedy, who was not always a stupid man, had to put the full force of his political prestige against the Robert Bork appointment.

Carl went onto a decade of grand knight in charge of the Washington D.C. Knights jurisdiction before becoming Supreme Knight in 2000 just in time for George W. Bush’s election and “Faith Based Initiative” handouts to the Catholic Bishops among other dying member base religious organizations.

One other Supreme Knight laurel not mentioned in Wikipedia is as Vice President and Board Member of the money pit appendage of Catholic University, the shadowy John Paul II Institute (front for the CIA?/Opus Dei/Legion of Christ), an organization that seems to be a clearing house for Spanish speaking priests that need some American language, political orientation, PR polish before being put into lower echelons of future power in Catholic Church Institutions such as Seminaries, Schools, Universities in the decades to come.  I think Archbishop Chaput is someone, one of several, now in that process of recycling Legion of Christ members into future positions of American Catholic power. It is a big job. So many loyal priests and so little time to place them strategically elsewhere. 

Have a nice day.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ross Douthat and his Many Many Heretics in a Diverse American Landscape



Watching Ross Douthat on MSNBC this morning and listening to words procreated from his honorary “George Will” conservative chair at MSNBC on the Chris Hayes Show, I had to wonder how does one inherit such media power?  

It is no secret that Douthat is the Vatican’s man at the New York Times from which to launch the Church’s national campaigns against troubling competing theisms such as “Pantheism” that Ross did with a NYT article attack on the fairytale movie Avatar back when.

But one, little peasant such as myself, should not question media shaping opinion as if it comes from or sounds like it is was shaped at the old Catholic Office of the Inquisition. Though I must admit that Douthat rendering opinion in a roundtable discussion on TV, the only thing missing was a perfumed laced handkerchief for Ross to hold to nose and sniff as he was forced to talk to less than his true true peers in that media setting. 

Mention of Douthat’s latest hack theology book, approved no doubt by both the Vatican and the RNC, was mentioned on this roundtable appearance today.

Before I quote from an excellent review of his book by Randall Balmer, I take exception with the deceiving title of Douthat’s book Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics because “Heretic” is a bastardized Catholic word from the Greek, a variation of Heresy.

I have to wonder if the royal (?) “we” in the WE became Heretics is not really a stealth pronouncement (dictum ex cathedra)?  

And to wonder if Douthat is a Pure enough Catholic ready to rout out the many others, less than perfect Douthat Catholics, from His Church?
Heresy (from Greek αἵρεσις, which originally meant "choice", also referred to that process whereby a young person would examine various philosophies to determine how to live one's life) was redefined by the Catholic Church as a belief that conflicted with established Catholic dogma…--Wikipedia 
How Choice and or Option could get twisted into something so negative as Heresy, only a pure uber Catholic would know or understand…

The plunge into heresy, Douthat believes, can be traced to theological developments like the revisionist Jesus Seminar and the unlikely trinity of Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman and Dan Brown. Douthat accuses them of discrediting Christian orthodoxy in the interests of remaking Jesus in their own image, often for political ends. Debunking the debunkers, Douthat concludes that “they speak the language of the conspiratorial pamphlet, the paranoid chain e-mail — or the paperback thriller.” The currency of these ideas has given rise to what the author calls the “God Within” movement. “A choose-your-own-Jesus mentality,” Douthat writes, “encourages spiritual seekers to screen out discomfiting parts of the New Testament and focus only on whichever Christ they find most congenial.” 
The “God Within” malady has infected evangelicals as well, as seen in the so-called prosperity gospel. Douthat harvests a lot of low-hanging fruit in this section, and who can blame him? The pablum peddled by Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and countless others surely represents an adumbration of Christian orthodoxy, but Douthat also criticizes Michael Novak’s defense of capitalism for being a betrayal of traditional Catholic teachings. All of this leaves us sinking into a morass of gluttony and narcissism, which has been inflected into the political arena as American ­exceptionalism. 
Although Douthat’s grasp of American religious history is sometimes tenuous — he misdates the Second Great Awakening, mistakes Puritans for Pilgrims and erroneously traces the disaffection of American Catholics to the Second Vatican Council rather than the papal encyclical “Humanae Vitae” — there is much to commend his argument. 
Yes, the indexes of religious adherence are down, and the quality of religious discourse in America has diminished since the 1950s, in part because of the preference for therapy over theology. Theological illiteracy is appalling; many theologians, like academics generally, prefer to speak to one another rather than engage the public…. 
Like any good jeremiad, “Bad Religion” concludes with what evangelicals would recognize as an altar call. Douthat invites readers to entertain “the possibility that Christianity might be an inheritance rather than a burden,” and he elevates such eclectic phenomena as home schooling, third-world Christianity and the Latin Mass as sources for renewal. 
Religion in the rearview mirror never looked better.
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Polish Joke - John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia



The beginning of the end for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the arrival of Bishop John Krol from Cleveland Ohio in the early1960s whose only burning driving ambition was to be the first Polish American Pope. He let everything go to hell for power and greed paved the way. Krol did not become pope but he threw his block of votes to the Polish Cardinal Wojtyla. The rest is history. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Vatican have gone to HELL since. Cardinals Bevilacqua and Rigali, successors to Krol were little more than parasites of papal power. Before that, all ruling bishops of Philly were born, educated and ruled locally knowing their neighbors. And their neighbors knew them. And now they have Archbishop Chaput from Denver, his Philly coronet a reward, fresh with blood on his hands of the hatchet job he did on Bishop Bill Morris in Toowoomba Australia. These stooges, henchmen of John Paul II and Benedict the German are all strangers to the people of Philly. Buggering children by their "celibate" ranks means nothing, does not get in the way of their ambitions. Most of them, these bishops, are a bunch of criminals in a mafia style operation that should be dragged before the Hague for crimes against humanity.

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What did the NCAA know about Sandusky / Paterno and when did they know it? NCAA Looked the Other Way?

American College Football Heroes! Yeah right!

Much touted in the early days of the Penn State / Pedo State scandal, the NCAA said it was going to investigate the rumors of child trafficking and Penn State's involvement in it as satellite or central recruitment center through Sandusky's Charity the Second Mile.

Where is the report NCAA?  What did its officials know about Sandusky and Paterno and their little racket on the side and when did they know it?

And why did the NCAA look the other way???


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said. "They failed to realize that the church is its people."



Worth repeating.



Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said.


"They failed to realize that the church is its people."




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Cardinal Rigali Under Boss Monsignor Lynn Found Guilty in Philly

Monsignor William Lynn and Cardinal Justin "Big Frank" Rigali

Monsignor Lynn, under boss of the Cardinals Rigali and Bevilacqua regimes, has been found guilty of the charge of Child Endangerment in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Child Abuse Trial.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18560069


Prosecutors alleged that Lynn, who supervised hundreds of priests, helped cover-up child sex abuse, often by transferring priests to new parishes.
He is now the highest-ranking US Roman Catholic official convicted in connection in a wider scandal.
Child sex abuse cases across Roman Catholic churches in the US have cost billions in settlements, driving some US dioceses into bankruptcy.
The jury deliberated for 13 days but was unable to deliver a verdict against a co-defendant, Rev James Brennan, accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy....
As secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, Lynn was in charge of supervising about 800 priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese, including investigating sex abuse claims.
Lynn told parishes with suspected predators that their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sent the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.
Defence lawyers argued that Lynn alone tried to document the complaints, to get priests into treatment and to alert higher Church officials to the growing crisis.
Central to but physically absent from the case was Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who ran the archdiocese.

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Random Act of Kindness – Rio de Janeiro



12. This photograph of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro.



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Knights of Columbus – Tax Free Catholic Cult – Fronting a Multi-Billion Dollar Insurance Company


K of C Fish Fry - Tax Free Cash for Charity and the Vatican Bank?

Bishop Lori, Chaplain of a tax free 501(c)(8) “fraternal organization” that does not have to pay taxes on:
…their support for the Church and local communities, as well as for their philanthropic efforts, the Order often refers to itself as the "strong right arm of the Church". The Order's insurance program has more than $80 billion of life insurance policies in force, backed up by $15.5 billion in assets, and holds the highest insurance ratings given by A. M. Best and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association, though Standard & Poor's downgraded the program to AA+ in August 2011.
Tax free American dollars that:
The Order funded the first renovation of the façade of St. Peter's Basilica in over 350 years. (your siphoned off tax dollars at work)


Charity begins at home or St. Peter’s Square.  The Knights distribute over $150 million in “charity” annually like its construction project in Rome. (No bid contracts to Bertone's crony family?)

Of course all this fraternal organization stuff started with the immigrants and no government social safety nets.  Life insurance was the only guarantee that your family might eat on a regular basis after you died back in the good old days…

But that was a century and more ago. Now you can get IRAs and a 401(k)? through this catholic fraternal order/financial services company, structured on a management level much like the Masons with its secret ritual ceremonies, exclusion of women from first class membership in the organization, and various degrees of rank. The Catholic Masons?


And the organization is protected from that mean old putty tat government by its tax status.

The cult part is over a million members doing volunteer community service work to qualify the organization as a fraternal group, the members not being paid and let's not forget to mention the low paying, few benefits, female jobs processing the insurance end of the tax scam.

Bishop Lori and his Fortnight of Freedom campaign is organized around the K of C membership in 15,000 councils nationwide including the infamous college council 1477 organizing other groups on campus and working so hard to snub Obama at Notre Dame in 2009.

Of course, the Knights are not funding political activities in Bishop Lori’s and the USCCB’s two week rant against Obamacare and if the local bonfires of the bishops’ vanities with Bishop Lori's GOP political activities take place at Knights of Columbus weekly Steak Frys or Fish Frys for “charity” it is only coincidence. Yeah right. LOL

Cult. Cult. Cult. Cash. Cash. Cash. (Tax Free. Tax Free. Tax Free.)

And one other thing.  The Knights of Columbus Insurance/Tax Free Cash Machine is joined I believe at the hip to the Vatican Bank.


As for Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, regarding his salary running K of C, I see this figure quoted on the Internet as $1,167,721. annual which was originally posted in 2008. That I don't think includes the Limo, Jet, Villa in Rome, which leads to a question only the pope knows. What is Carl Anderson's other salary as one the four board members overseeing the Vatican Bank? And is there any conflict of interest involved?

Have a nice day.

Vatican Bank West? New Haven, Connecticut

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vatican Scandals – Cult, Cult, Cult – Cash, Cash, Cash – Salvation? Marcial Maciel - Legion of Christ



An excellent article by Jason Berry regarding some info in leaked documents coming out of the Vatican regarding “Pedophile King Marcial Maciel” of the successful financial cult Legion of Christ, fully supported in its day and now currently being recycled in its assets, within the arms and definitions of the Roman Catholic church now under control of Benedict the German, pope.

It would seem that rather than clean up the cesspool cult and it brainwashing pedophile tendencies, Ratzinger and Bertone are too busy looting the wealth of Maciel’s religious empire before any reforms are likely to happen.

In a way, the RCC these days are merely a collection of very powerful financial cults that have nothing to do with religion or faith but raise nothing but money, money, money.

The phrase Berry uses in quotations haunted me when I read it because it reminded about the new Neocon usurped Catholic Church under John Paul II and Benedict XVI with their obsession of Cash over traditional Faith and or moral right and wrong. The phrase “elitism, a prison of status” reminds me not only of the corruption now being viewed in the current Vatileaks scandal in Rome but how corrupt the American electoral process has become similarly obsessed with cash, cash, cash over needs of balanced management in the governing of the American nation.

Maciel is the grand-nephew of a Mexican saint canonized in 2007, Rafael Guízar Valencia, who also was an integral part of the founding of the Legion of Christ. There has been speculation that conduct by Maciel contributed to the death of this great uncle. 
According to an investigative report: The day before Bishop Guizar died, he had been heard shouting angrily at Marcial Maciel. He was giving his eighteen-year-old nephew a dressing down after two women had come to the bishop's house to complain about Maciel, who was their neighbor. Father Orozco, who was among the original group of boys to found the Legion of Christ in 1941, said he heard the women had complained about the "noise" Maciel was making with children he had brought into his home to teach religion. He said that the seminary officials blamed Maciel for his uncle's heart attack. 
Through the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi, Maciel started many schools, a network of Universities and a large number of charitable institutes. In January 2006 he stepped down as head of the Legion of Christ…


Dr. Michael Langone, executive director of the International Cultic Studies Association sees classic signs of a cult at work in the Legion. A counseling psychologist and scholar with a long background in the field, he told NCR about his visit to Legion headquarters in Cheshire in 2003. He wanted a representative to appear at a conference for an open forum with critics of the order. "Fr. Owen Kearns [former U.S. spokesman for the order] told me that Maciel had a charism. I said, 'Well, suppose these allegations are true. That would not necessarily negate the good the Legion has done, or make all these young priests bad people.' His response was, 'It would mean I have been following a false charism.' Later I recalled C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, seeing that position as one of spiritual pride. We see this in cult environments all the time: elitism, a prison of status," Langone said…. 
Radio, TV and Internet were banned in the rooms of Legion and Regnum Christi lay celibates who lived in consecrated communities. Superiors read their mail, had to approve newspapers and books, and restricted their access to websites. 
The cult of personality that shielded Maciel's pathological sex life had another agenda: raising money. The Legion was Maciel's company. Prep school tuitions of $15,000 to $35,000, depending on the country and location, generated profit to support operations in Rome. Regnum Christi members kept school costs down by working without pay, while appealing to parents to give and give again. 
Raised in a well-to-do Mexico City family, Legion general director Corcuera advanced through an early Regnum Christi youth group. Fr. Luis Garza, the Legion vicar general -- in effect, the chief financial officer -- graduated from a Legion prep school in Monterrey, Mexico, one of eight siblings in the family of one Mexico's wealthiest industrialists. 
Garza oversees Integer, an internal mechanism Maciel created to keep certain assets off the Legion books, according to sources familiar with the finances. As Maciel siphoned off Legion funds -- which had been donated to a religious charity -- for support of his two women and four children, Integer was a means to control and shield accountability from church authorities. The former Regnum Christi insider explains: "If someone sues the Legion, they have no assets. If the pope says, 'Show me your assets,' well, we have no money."
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Bishop Lori’s Pagan Fortnight for Freedom Festivities Commence – (bonfires, s'mores, burning crosses?)



Starting today, within the twenty-four hour threshold of the Summer Solstice, a millennial old Pagan Holiday, the Bishops of the U.S., USCCB, are sponsoring a Fortnight of Religious Freedom (Bund) activities.

One has to wonder why holidays and important events in the RCC seem to always be secretly linked to Ancient Pagan Festivals.

No doubt the education of potential novitiates standing around pagan bonfires of the latest Stealth Hate Festival against “that Negro in the White House” will have a moderate amount of success to reinforce the base racial fear instincts of many dumbed down A-mericans.

What the pure Catholics do in the dark after these night time rallies and activities is anybody’s guess.

Most pure Pagan post-holiday festival activities, connected to bonfires and alignments of the Moon and Sun, have to do with some real time fucking (with condoms aka contraception).  

Too bad the Catholic Bishops are “celibate”.  Yeah right.

Whatever. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brit School Girl Martha Payne School Lunch Blog Ban Lifted

British School Lunch - Cheese Burger Deluxe  £2  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-1845480

A controversial ban preventing a nine-year-old girl from photographing her school meals has been lifted following a storm of protest on the internet.
Martha Payne, from Argyll, has now recorded more than three million hits on her Never Seconds blog. 
Argyll and Bute Council said press coverage of the blog had led catering staff to fear for their jobs. 
But council leader Roddy McCuish later told the BBC he had instructed senior officials to lift the ban immediately. 
The schoolgirl's father, David Payne, who helped her set up the blog, welcomed the decision.
Martha began publishing photographs of her Lochgilphead Primary School lunches on 30 April.
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Bill Keller wants Bill Donohue’s Job over at the Catholic League?



The Rottweiler’s Rottweiler by Bill Keller, NYT Op-Ed, June 17, 2012

I CAN’T believe I’m saying this, but Bill Donohue is right. Donohue, the chronically peeved president of the Catholic League, and I rarely see eye to eye, but he is right about one very big thing: how to resolve the crisis in Catholicism. My endorsement may horrify him as much as it surprises me. (Small world – strange bedfellows – Bill and Bill)

Donohue, for those of you without cable TV, (yeah that’s you, you poor f*cks on welfare) is the Vatican’s most vociferous American apologist. (I always thought he was Dolan’s exclusive bootlicker) Any time a critic — especially a Catholic critic — casts doubt on the wisdom of the Catholic hierarchy, Donohue fires off a press release attacking the attacker or otherwise changing the subject. Bring up pedophile priests and he’ll talk about pedophile public-school teachers or pedophile Orthodox Jews. That nun who is under a Vatican cloud lately for having written a book with decidedly liberal views on sexuality? Donohue’s response bypassed her arguments and focused on the fact that she sometimes cites Michel Foucault, the creepy French philosopher known as an acolyte of the Marquis de Sade and a darling of the radical left. (Guilt by footnote.) (Them vagina bearers, nuns, read fancy frenchie stuff! How dare they.)
Another ferocious defender of the faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, used to be known as “God’s Rottweiler.” (If the Hague ever gets their hands on him, he will be known as "prisoner 8846295".) Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI, and Bill Donohue is the Rottweiler’s Rottweiler. (A senile old bugger’s blind junkyard dog is still just a senile old bugger’s blind junkyard dog.)
In person, Donohue — a big, 64-year-old Long Island Irishman, divorced father of two grown daughters — has the genial manner of the parish priest he almost became (A wail of Thank Gods from the world’s altar boys!). Instead he digressed to military school (reform school?), the Air Force (the military or prison?), and the sociology faculty of a Catholic college in Pennsylvania (Alabama north). He is more likable one-on-one than his notorious sound bites, which have an Ann Coulterish reductiveness: Hollywood is “controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity.” President Obama “supports selective infanticide.” Progressive Catholics are “termites.” The title of his 2009 book catches the snarly Donohue: “Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America.”( blah, blah, blah, blah ) 
I picked up his new book — “Why Catholicism Matters” — expecting another fountain of invective (I didn’t pay for it, it was sent to me). But this is a mellower work, a believer’s portrait of the church he loves, built around the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. It dwells on Catholicism’s estimable contributions to scholarship, Western culture and humanitarianism, while airbrushing those episodes where the church came up short in the cardinal-virtue department. Thus the case of Galileo — who was branded a heretic for endorsing Copernicus’s theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun — does not merit our indignation, since Galileo spent his last years under house arrest (under threat of torture) rather than in a dungeon. “Why Catholicism Matters” gives us the defense counsel’s version of the Crusades (a natural response to Islamic jihad) (and greed to take over the trade ratline to the middle east held but the Eastern Church in Constantinople, which Rome broke away from in 1054 in the Great Schism) and the Inquisition (never mind the torture, secular authorities did the heretic-burning). He sums up the shameful cover-up of predatory priests with that weasel classic, “mistakes were made.” ( and sadly still being made )
By now some readers are wondering Why Donohue Matters ( The Bishops at the USCCB Atlanta annual meeting are embarrassed by him. There looking for a new spokesman.). Indeed, when he took charge of the Catholic League in 1993, Donohue could be dismissed as a conservative blowhard, one of those laymen who was, ahem, more Catholic than the pope. But the official church has moved far enough to the right that Donohue now speaks for its mainstream. (mainstream McMansion Long Island that is)
And what you learn if you listen to the Catholic Church in the plain language of Bill Donohue is that it is not about to change direction. Not in this century. The parishioners who hope for a kinder, more inclusive church, the nuns who are now being rebuked by the Vatican because they have doubts on subjects like gay marriage and the ordination of women — the church’s message to them is: Shut up or go. (Shut up and sign over your real estate holdings dears.)
Face it, even at the high-water mark of contemporary church reform, the Vatican II council, issues like the stained-glass ceiling and intolerance of gays were not really on the table. And that tide was been receding for nearly 50 years. Indeed, the church’s 1960s effort to engage the modern world is now regarded in the current Curia as part of an era of degenerate individualism — Woodstock, Stonewall, Vatican II — that is blamed for all kinds of deviant outcomes, including the scandal of priests who can’t keep it in their cassocks. (Democracy was such a terrible modern mistake, let’s bow to a Catholic King in Rome.)
Donohue notes that roughly a quarter of Americans identify themselves as Catholic (No the church claims numbers beyond reality in that department). He reckons maybe half of those, the more conservative half, attend church regularly and contribute. “They’re the ones who pay the bills,” he said. “Can we afford to ignore the other half? I think we can.” (The Nazis in WWII Germany were the regular church goers and the resistance Christians were too busy to go to church fighting for human rights in Europe) And as for the unsettled religious orders, the nuns and priests who vowed allegiance and now preach dissent, why should the church put up with insubordination? (What dissent? They are not lobotomized. They can’t have any opinions. Wow.)
“Do we have more than a handful of nuns who have totally lost their moorings?” Donohue mused. “Oh, yeah.” (Wow again!)
His point: “Quite frankly I believe, as Pope Benedict the XVIth said just before he became pope, that maybe a smaller church would be a better church.”  (What the hell ever happened to the good shepherd and going out of the way for the lost sheep. Segregated exclusive racist white gated community of God?)
Much as I wish I could encourage the discontented, the Catholics of open minds and open hearts, to stay put and fight the good fight, this is a lost cause. (Yeah we know, the church lasts for centuries or it used to.) Donohue is right (Gag!). Summon your fortitude, and just go. (Fuck you…) If you are not getting the spiritual sustenance you need, if you are uneasy being part of an institution out of step with your conscience — then go (…and your mother). The restive nuns who are planning a field trip to Rome for a bit of dialogue? Be assured, unless you plan to grovel, no one will be listening. Sisters, just go. Bill Donohue will hold the door for you. (Bill is already out the door Bill.  You applying for his job?)
Go where? Well, the history of Christianity is filled with schisms and offshoots. Last spring I attended Sunday Mass at a breakaway church called Spiritus Christi in Rochester, a congregation that describes itself as “Catholic, not Roman Catholic.” Spiritus Christi has a female pastor and began performing gay marriages long before the State of New York legalized them. Mass was packed with as joyous a crowd of worshipers as I have ever seen. I could imagine hundreds of Spiritus Christis — and leave it to the theologians to debate whether the Vatican or these defectors have the stronger claim to being the authentic heirs of St. Peter. (Defectors? Deserters? Wehrmacht terminology?)
This is, admittedly, easy for me to say. I have not spent my life in a religious order, embracing vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. So I called someone who speaks with more authority about what it costs to leave the church. Sister Margie Henninger was expelled from the Order of St. Joseph and excommunicated for affiliating with those not-Roman Catholics in Rochester. She now runs a recovery house for the drug- and alcohol-afflicted (yeah more poor minority f*cks on welfare).
“It was certainly painful, after 42 years,” she told me. “I lost my community. I lost my home. I lost so much. But, God being God, I gained much more.”
At 71, Sister Margie feels deeply Catholic, very much in harmony with her conscience, and happy. And of the Roman church she left behind, she says: “It almost has to completely come apart before something new and beautiful can spring up.”
There are many nuns who hold fast to the church out of genuine devotion. But there are others who stay out of fear — fear that they will grow old alone, fear of penury and homelessness, fear of losing purpose.
Thankfully, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has offered us one possible remedy for this problem. As Laurie Goodstein documented in The Times recently, when he was archbishop of Milwaukee Dolan authorized payments of up to $20,000 to predator priests if they agreed to leave the clergy without resisting. He described this as “an act of charity.” Bill Donohue calls it “a severance package.” (Now I get it Bill Keller, this whole article has been sarcasm. Right? I am so dumb at times. Mea Culpa.)
I suggest that any long-serving nun who has come to find church teachings incompatible with her conscience should be offered a generous severance. We could call these acts of charity “Dolan Grants.” Surely a church that offers a lifeline to men who brought disgrace on the institution can offer a living stipend to women who brought it honor at great sacrifice. (the floor of hell I hear is paved in “Dolan Grants” LOL)
Great article Bill.  (Sarcasm)


(I read the quote about telling everybody in the Church "to go" first over at the right wing rag Catholic Culture.org pimping that quote out of context etc...whatever.)


Have a nice day.
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Iconic Philly Photo - City Hall Courtyard North Archway Corridor to North Broad Street - 1968


Iconic Philly - Woman in silhouette walking from City Hall (Center Square) Courtyard through North Archway to North Broad Street (14th Street), the main traffic artery of the city. She has just walked passed the "Four Columns of the Continents" directly below the behemoth Clock Tower, symbol of Philadelphia.




















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Christian Vampire Preacher Steve Newlin still Preaching Je$u$ - Amen - True Blood



It is amazing to live long enough and see all the con artist televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Baker, Pat Robertson and the Graham boys, father and son act, get away with so much fraud regarding the real Jesus and hundreds of millions raked in annually from a bunch of dumb rubes in the tent.  

And of course there is that over 50 RC female demographic that continues to fund the bishops and keeps their child rape rings going, that is so disheartening.

I have found the perfect offset recently or comic relief in the televangelist character Steve Newlin on the HBO Vampire soap series True Blood.

In case you never watch, "Tru Blood" is a chemical cocktail, invented by the Japanese, that is a perfect substitute for human blood. As such there is a coming out of the closet and or coffin of vampires trying to mainstream themselves into everyday humanity.

Steve Newlin is an evangelist bent on ridding humanity of the newly uncloseted uncasketed vampire minority. His parents were killed by vampires.  He wants to destroy this struggling minority before they gain full legal recognition in the eyes of the law.  He even runs a paramilitary anti-vampire training group that conducts guerilla warfare on the vampire community.

Now the vampire community is not all innocence and love.  It is all PR as they try to mask centuries of bloodshed and killings that have resourced their particular lifestyle.

Jason "Born Again" Stackhouse
Into Reverend Newlin’s anti-vampire boot camp wanders the aimless soul/stud of Jason Stackhouse, brother of the main character of the show Sookie Stackhouse.  Jason is looking for more than the run of the mill Jesus stuff.  He eventually finds his way into the Rev. Newlin’s wife’s bed but that is Jason, who is rarely not naked, rarely not in coitus in this HBO soap. This all takes place in the south in Louisiana. Where else.

Well the new season for a twist has Rev. Steve Newlin now turned into a Vampire and as an added bonus is out of his sexual closet and hot on the trail of Jason Stackhouse’s usually naked ass.

LMAO


Steve Newlin is a former reverend of the Fellowship of the Sun and recently turned vampire. The son of anti-vampire advocate Theodore Newlin, he initially continued his father's work after the murder of his entire family. He was a fanatic and a firm believer that vampires were 'ungodly creatures' who knew no 'humanity'. However, after becoming a vampire himself, he seems to relish his new undead status, rather joyfully remarking how humans should be treated like cattle. 
Newlin is first presented as somewhat of a well-spoken man with a friendly disposition that, while a little odd at times, is altogether cheerful. However, as the series progresses, we see that most of this is a front for his hatred for what happened to him and his family. He is shown to be unstable and unhinged beneath his amiable facade. As a vampire, this tendency seems even more pronounced.

And worse than all that, Revered Steve Newlin cannot give up his calling to Jesus.

He still has his meal ticket TV ministry and not surprisingly his Jesus is in favor the eternal life of vampires.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…

Etc.


(Warning: Don’t invite any vampires or televangelists into your homes!)


LOL


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The Great White Hope – the Face of American Hate? – George and Shellie Zimmerman of Florida



No doubt the Great White Hope in politics is embodied in a non-empath Mitt Romney and his plastic white burb icon family. 

The fact that "White" will be a minority in America by 2050 is embodied in the White Trailer Trash Couple, “white” George Zimmerman and his sweet lovely wife Shellie both pictured above.

The parallels between the Romneys and the Zimmermans are outstanding.  Non-Empaths of people without empathy to their fellows in community or planet are also in some quarters labeled as socio-paths.

The Romneys and children, grandchildren, show horses and automobile elevators and McPalaces nationwide made a big profit off of tens of thousands of redundant workers tossed into the street.

George and Shellie have made a big profit off the death of a black child, a man in body but not yet a 18 year old legal adult, killed on or near the street of a Florida middle class gated (white ghetto) community.

The Romneys have PR people to paste over the economic bloodshed on their hands.

"Steal a silver teapot and they'll send you up for life. Steal a hundred million and they'll call you sir..."

The Zimmermans do seem a bit too tacky perhaps with their unpolished glee at new found wealth over the killing of Travon Martin.

The calls also reveal a softer side of Zimmerman, and a few details about his life, temperament and marriage. 
Neither he nor his wife say anything angry, ugly or racist. They make no direct reference to Trayvon Martin or to the criminal charge Zimmerman faces. He also does not complain about being in jail or its conditions. 
In a call April 12, the day after his arrest, Zimmerman says he is thrilled by all the money and support his website has generated. 
"Oh, man, that feels good," he tells his wife, "… that there are people in America that care." 
"Yeah they do," she answers. So many tried to log onto his website the day of his arrest, she says, it kept crashing. 
A few moments later, she says, "After all this is over, you're going to be able to have a great life."
"We will," he corrects her. 
In a call April 16, Shellie Zimmerman told her husband he is a "special and amazing role model to people," to which he replied, "I wish, I wish I were." 
The couple also talks about their safety. They make references to a "safety counsel," someone who's apparently giving them advice on how to stay hidden and safe. 
They also discuss how to get Zimmerman safely out of jail. Shellie says one possibility is having someone drive him to an airport parking garage. 
"We could have two cars, we could have two rented cars," George Zimmerman replies. 
As for hiding him inside the vehicle, "Well, I have my hoodie," he chortled, a possible reference to the hooded sweatshirt Trayvon wore the night Zimmerman shot him. 
During one conversation, Zimmerman asks his wife to get a vest for him, herself and O'Mara, a likely reference to bullet-proof vests....
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