Sunday, March 31, 2013

“Dolan Says Church Should Be More Welcoming of Gays” N.Y.T. – P.T. Barnum N.Y.C. Media Show – 24/7/365

New York Times - Easter 2013 Edition: 

“Dolan Says Church Should Be More Welcoming of Gays”  ...

– P.T. Barnum N.Y.C. Media Show – 24/7/365



The Changing Face of Religion = St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philly looks to Lease out Property to Wal-mart, Home Depot, Jack in the Box?

Well somebody has to pay the child abuse lawyer bills from the decades long drunk on the blood of martyrs and saints party by power hungry, greedy Cardinals Krol, Bevilacqua and Rigali. 

Who better to pay the bills than a carpetbagger like Archbishop Charles Chaput who, where he comes from in Kansas and Denver, Wal-mart, Home Depot and Jack in the Box etc. are considered a “good thing” - the only thing. Duh!


Welcome to the new secular global culture! (no need for the sacred when it can be replaced with the $ecular)

Theology is shrinking its footprint at the intersection of City and Lancaster Avenues in Lower Merion. 
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday that it would explore selling or leasing 45 acres of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary campus in Lower Merion, consolidating in older buildings on 30 acres in the back of the property. The move follows Eastern University's relocation last year of its Palmer Theological Seminary from the southwest corner of that intersection to a rented space one-fifth the size in King of Prussia. Over the next three to five years, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will vacate the palatial college building that was built in 1928 and dominates the view of the property from Lancaster Avenue, the archdiocese said. 
 Proceeds from selling or leasing underused land and buildings will be used to help pay for renovations of existing buildings, parts of which have been mothballed for 35 years, officials said. 
 "St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is the heart of our church in Philadelphia, and we remain dedicated to not only maintaining its presence in our community but strengthening it for many generations to come," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a news release. 
 Since arriving in Philadelphia from Denver in September 2011, Chaput has been working to improve the church's financial health by selling real estate, trimming operations, closing schools, and consolidating parishes. 
 An open question until Thursday was what the archdiocese would do with the seminary, founded in 1832 and moved to its current location in 1871. Deliberations included moving it to a new site.

Location, Location, Location -  Retail, Retail, Fast Food (GoogleMaps)

Soon to be Lost Iconic  85 year old View From City Ave. (GoogleMaps)


Lord Carey - Archbishop of Canterbury Emeritus - Whining About Christian Privilege being Pushed Back in the New Global Culture and calling it Persecution

Lord Carey, a Thatcher crony appointment, Archbishop of Canterbury Emeritus, is going about trying to preserve Religious privilege in a growing secular global culture. 

He is going off as in most typical English eccentric, crack pot fashion, and dishing it out on the current temporary resident of No. 10 Downing Street.

More of the usual of late Christian “they’re persecuting me” bullshit of not wanting to pay their fair share of taxes or pull their own weight I would say.

I like David Cameron and believe he is genuinely sincere in his desire to make Britain a generous nation where we care for one another and where people of faith may exercise their beliefs fully.But it was a bit rich to hear that the Prime Minister has told religious leaders that they should ‘stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation’ when it seems that his government is aiding and abetting this aggression every step of the way.

At his pre-Easter Downing Street reception for faith leaders, he said that he supported Christians’ right to practise their faith. Yet many Christians doubt his sincerity. According to a new ComRes poll more than two-thirds of Christians feel that they are part of a ‘persecuted minority’.

Their fears may be exaggerated because few in the UK are actually persecuted, but the Prime Minister has done more than any other recent political leader to feed these anxieties.

He seems to have forgotten in spite of his oft-repeated support for the right of Christians to wear the cross, that lawyers acting for the Coalition argued only months ago in the Strasbourg court that those sacked for wearing a cross against their employer’s wishes should simply get another job.

In a way this whole Christian paranoia so-called persecution thing of late on both sides of the pond has to do with the fact that the churches and church leaders have spewed unchecked religious propaganda into the town square or public forum without challenge from the media or the public for centuries. 

Now with a little push back and a demand for a two way conversation in the changing nature of the new uncharted global culture paradigm thing, they want to yell "persecution".

I don't buy it, this screaming whining “persecution” thing and won't until they fill, stock the fields of the football stadiums on both sides of the Atlantic with lions, tigers, bears and feed these pampered little church folk, church ladies to other species for a snack in earnest. Then I might believe they have something on their side in terms of substance in a real argument. 


Happy Cesar Chavez Birthday! - March 31, 2013

Happy Cesar Chavez Birthday!

I must say how refreshing it is for Google to display a birthday greeting on its opening web page site in the U.S.A.

Google and these displays of history and science on appointed days and with Google theme graphics is a breath of fresh air for America’s youth and others to regather and cherish a heritage of labor and its struggles that our school systems have try to purge out of our collective memory and national purpose.

And not the usual tired old religious Pagan thing with a faked empty tomb or a Bunny Rabbit representing the rebirth of the Earth in the wonderful God given season of Spring.

Hallelujah! (secular of course)


Happy Easter 2013 - pretty pretty eggs