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Proposed Tax Bill is a sin – stealing from everyone else

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How to Win Friends and Influence Allies? Gun Sales

Guns: Trump’s Solution to Everything?


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NRA Loves Trump

 

The Rest of us Take a Knee (or Two) and Pray for Peace

Prayer: a Panacea for many.

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Check out: Top 10 Secrets to Happiness – Pope Francis

Good News! Top 10 Tips Read this:

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Pope Francis reveals TOP 10 SECRETS to happiness

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Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness.

In an interview published Sunday in part in the Argentine weekly Viva, the pope listed his

Top 10 Tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life:

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist —…

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Cardinal Sins: Cardinal Burke

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“Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome,

dresses like Queen Elizabeth,

and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus,

backwoods, Bible-banging tent school.”

( Mike Barnicle 2015 )

 

ROME – Despite widespread perceptions of animosity between Pope Francis and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as the leader of the pope’s conservative opposition, the pontiff has declared in a new interview that “I do not see Cardinal Burke as an enemy.”

Francis also denied that the recent decision to send him to Guam to lead a canonical trial of an archbishop accused of sexually abusing minors was any kind of exile.

“Cardinal Burke was [in Guam] because of some terrible incidents there. For that I’m very grateful to him, he’s an excellent lawyer, but I believe the assignment is almost completed,” the pope said.

Wait a Second, Amendment!

 

Shoot, no!

First, the easier it is to get a gun, the easier it is to make use of one.

Second, a violent act involving a gun is far more likely to result in fatalities or multiple casualties than a violent act involving some other type of weapon.

The notion, therefore, that there is no meaningful correlation between the nation’s relatively lenient gun control laws and the extent of the nation’s gun violence simply defies common sense. It also contradicts the empirical evidence.” NY TIMES”

The Second Amendment  was written in 1791. Relevant in 2017?  Hear a resounding ” No! “

It doesnt take a genius to compute: This was Written over 220 years ago 

(NOTE: was written before bullets and revolvers were invented)

adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights

States: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope.

Michael Moore proposes:

PROPOSED 28th AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION
“A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.”

He continues:

I, Michael Moore, along with all who support an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment

(which was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented),

and replaces it with a new 28th Amendment that guarantees States can have State militias (a.k.a. State National Guards which are made up of citizen-soldiers who are called upon in times of natural disasters or other State emergencies),

allows individuals to use guns for sport and gathering food, and guarantees everyone the right to be free of, and protected from, gun violence (i.e., the public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun).

 

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Mike and Cindy tell everyone their small arsenal of guns – are to protect their home. While they can’t quote the Second Amenedment – they are card carrying NRA members – who stand behind The Secondn Amendment.

Q.    What kind of guns were used pertaining to  the Bill of Right s was written  in 1791?

A.      Slow, methodical, front loading rifles.

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Catholic Bishops Alt Right or just all right?

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lobbying Expenditures: $26,662,111 

The USCCB for years has lobbied in Washington, D.C., to make the hierarchy’s ultra-conservative stands on reproductive rights, marriage, school vouchers and other public policies the law for all to follow.

This year, the USCCB escalated its efforts in the “culture war” arena, forming the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.Led by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the committee seeks to:

  1. reduce Americans’ access to birth control,
  2. block efforts to expand marriage equality
  3. and ensure federal funding of church-affiliated social services, even if the services fail to meet government requirements.

The Alt Right Bishops have a $26 million Budget…and many opinions of their own…

How many Catholics will they offend and alienate?

American Catholics often disagree with the hierarchy’s stance on social issues, but the bishops’ clout in Washington, D.C., and the state legisla­tures is undeniable.

 

Spooky BLOG See Here

 

Wacky Woman Takes Quotes out of Context to debase famed Jesuit author Fr James Martin.

Another Very Spooky Site: Church Militant – shreds the truth and sheds darkness on reality.

 

The Washington Post Notes the Top 6 Points of the Pope’s Recent Document of Family Issues.

Less concerned re: knees, Bishop Barres

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New York: Take a Knee?  Take a Pew….

The Priestly Society of the Holy Cross (aka Opus Die)  is an association of Catholic diocesan priests which is integrally united to the Prelature of Opus Dei.

Some Opus Dei members also serve as Bishops in various dioceses throughout the world, including the United States

and John Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York is a member.

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Barres Doesn’t Want anyone to “Take A Knee” or there will be trouble.

 

The Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York sent out a directive this week warning students against holding any protest during the national anthem.

The NY Diocese said violators would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis.

The reminder comes amid the national debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to call attention to

and to protest myriad police killings of unarmed black people

and numerous other racial and social injustices throughout the United States.

 

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News Flash: The Church is  more concerned about pedophilia, crimes, harm of child abuse, top Vatican officials says

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Vile and Evil – Cassidy Graham Attack

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THE VILE AND EVIL

Cassidy Graham eliminates both the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and its subsidies to help modest-income people buy health insurance — and replaces them with a deeply flawed Block Grant.

(A block grant simply turns money directly over to the states, with minimal guidance about how to use it.)

***. From 2020 to 2026, the block grant would total less money than would be provided under the Affordable Care Act.

***. The block grant funds would be skewed in favor of states that failed to take the Medicaid expansion (i.e., “red” states), while making other states even bigger losers.

***. After 2026, the Block Grant would end altogether — turning the bill into pure repeal, with no replace from that point forward.barn-480871__180

According to the well-respected Center for Budget and Public Policy, the bill would

cause millions of Americans to lose coverage;

raise premiums and out of pocket costs for millions of others;

cap and cut Medicaid;

and undercut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Homeboy Industries – Father Gregory Boyle- Opus Prize

Fr Greg Boyle – Saint on Earth

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The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world. This $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation.

Father Greg is one of the two $100,000 Opus Prize finalists, the other is Sister Rita Pessoa, R.S.H.M. from the Association of Small Rural Producers of Jacare in Filadelfia, Brazil.

The $1,000,000 grand prize winner announced on November 2 at Loyloa Marymount University is Lyn Lusi from Heal Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A big congratulations to all three leaders — “unsung heroes who are conquering the world’s persistent social problems, who have dedicated their lives to help tranform others.”

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Father Gregory “Greg” Joseph Boyle, S.J. (born May 19, 1954[1]) is a Jesuit Roman Catholic priest. He is the director and founder of Homeboy Industries…

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Thank you, Fr James Martin SJ

4And Thanks to A Beacon of Light  Bishop McElroy  who tells it like it is…

Bravo for coming to stand by the side of the well loved, respected,

esteemed, Fr James Martin 

 

“Father James Martin is a distinguished Jesuit author who has spent his life building bridges within the Catholic Church and between the church and the wider world. He has been particularly effective in bringing the Gospel message to the millennial generation. When we survey the vast gulf that exists between young adults and the church in the United States, it is clear that there could be no more compelling missionary outreach for the future of Catholicism than the terrain that Father Martin has passionately and eloquently pursued over the past two decades. There are few evangelizers who have engaged that terrain with more heart and skill and devotion.

Last year Father Martin undertook a particularly perilous project in this work of evangelization: building bridges between the church and the L.G.B.T. community in the United States. He entered it knowing that the theological issues pertaining to homosexuality constituted perhaps the most volatile element of ecclesial life in U.S. culture.”           From America Magazine

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“...The concerted attack on Father Martin’s work has been driven by three impulses: homophobia, a distortion of fundamental Catholic moral theology and a veiled attack on Pope Francis and his campaign against judgmentalism in the church.

The attacks on Building a Bridge tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community. The persons launching these attacks portray the reconciliation of the church and the L.G.B.T. community not as a worthy goal but as a grave cultural, religious and familial threat.

Gay sexual activity is seen not as one sin among others but as uniquely debased to the point that L.G.B.T. persons are to be effectively excluded from the family of the church. Pejorative language and labels are deployed regularly and strategically.

The complex issues of sexual orientation and its discernment in the life of the individual are dismissed and ridiculed.”

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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