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2018 Jennifer Weiner writes: NY Times

“How Do I Explain Justice Kavanaugh to My Daughters?”

The spectacle of this confirmation has reminded us that to many people, women’s suffering is a joke.


“Speak up, even if those in power do not want to listen.

Speak your truth, even if men laugh.

Be loud, even though power prefers girls quiet.

Speak up, even if they call you strident or shrill.

Don’t let anyone put a hand — real or metaphorical — over your mouth.

March, demonstrate, chant, shout, vote.

And maybe someday, you, or your daughters,

or your daughter’s daughters

will be the ones with the last laugh.”

Jennifer Weiner NY TIMES 

 

“Speak up, even if those in power do not want to listen.

Speak your truth, even if men laugh.

Be loud, even though power prefers girls quiet.

Speak up, even if they call you strident or shrill.

Don’t let anyone put a hand — real or metaphorical — over your mouth.

March, demonstrate, chant, shout, vote.

And maybe someday, you, or your daughters,

or your daughter’s daughters

will be the ones with the last laugh.”

It is time – AGAIN

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Top 10 Solutions to Rebuild the church – Fr Jim Martin

 FROM Father JAMES MARTIN

What must happen.

Dear friends: Like you, I am sick about what is happening in our church. Also like you, I’ve prayed about how best to move ahead. Our church will survive. The “gates of hell” will not prevail against it, as Jesus Christ himself promised us.

But Christ, through the workings of the Holy Spirit, urges us to act: to rebuild the church and help his holy and faithful people. Without certain steps, people will flow out of the church, never to return, like water from the side of the Crucified One on Good Friday.

Some of you may not agree with each of these steps, but I believe that each one is essential for us to rebuild the church. This list is neither complete or exhaustive (and presume the reporting practices for abusive priests already contained in the Dallas Charter).

But in order of immediacy, and with a focus on the US church, they are:

First, while journalists have discredited large sections of the Vigano “testimony,” and while many charges have been revealed as baseless, there is one charge that journalists will not be able to uncover: Pope Francis’s knowledge and actions regarding the McCarrick case.

The faithful, as well as clergy and religious, are exceedingly confused about this question; a short and simple answer from the Pope or from the Vatican will help us move us ahead.

Second, dioceses and religious orders should open their abuse files to the public, rather than waiting until they are forced to do so. Otherwise, the church will face years, perhaps decades, of civic authorities slowly uncovering our secret crimes, sins and failings. Confession is not just about what you’re forced to reveal.

Third, lay leaders should investigate the McCarrick case. More importantly, lay leaders should be placed in charge of all review boards in dioceses and religious orders, if they are not already in charge. The system has proven that it cannot police itself.

Fourth, bishops found guilty of abuse, or of covering it up, must be removed from their posts as soon as possible. Perhaps just as important, when bishops resign, the Vatican must be clear about the reasons for their resignations.

Fifth, the widespread demonization within the church must end. It is a stumbling block to healing and disedifying to both Catholics and non-Catholics. Social media has played a malign role. The stereotyping of whole groups (gays, celibates, bishops, liberals, conservatives) must end. Personal vilification must stop.

Sixth, public acts of penance from the hierarchy must take place. Letters and statements are, as we have seen, insufficient. The laity should decide what form these acts should take. Symbolic actions, as well as practical actions, matter here.

Seventh, both married men and women must be included in all levels of decision-making in the church—including heading Vatican congregations, reforming the Curia, helping to select bishops, etc.

Married men and women must also be included in all levels of leadership—including leadership in the church’s liturgical life, something of immense symbolic importance. Married priests and women deacons are a start.

Eighth, a thoroughgoing review of seminary formation, especially regarding education in human sexuality, must happen—again. There are still seminaries and religious orders where candidates are incapable of, or prevented from, discussing the most fundamental areas of their lives.

Ninth, clericalism must die. The system privileging the status of bishops and priests over that of lay people (and parents); that insists on an exaggerated deference for clergy and bishops, and that has functioned as a closed world, must be dismantled.

Finally, despair about this situation must end. Despair is not of God. The Holy Spirit is with us and will help us through even the most difficult times. We must never forget Jesus’s words to his disciples: Fear not!”

Fr Tom Reese speaks out on Sexual Abuse Scandal

Santa Clara University- Aug 23, 2018

Father Tom Reese SJ  spoke about the recent revelations of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

The news of the sexual abuse has rocked the Catholic Church around the world.   A favorite commentator, Jesuit Tom Reese,  spoke on the allegations of abuse and touched upon a former Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the extensive report of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Decades of Revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States have been covered up  and have led both to unbridled outrage and finally – reform.

Pennsylvania 

Recent news of the McCarrick scandal and the degree of abuse and coverup in the Pennsylvania report have pointed to a problem that goes beyond past examinations and that calls out for much deeper reforms.

 

Well – loved and hughly respected, Fr Tom Reese is a columnist for the Religion News Service and a frequent commentator on Catholic matters on major television networks and a former editor of America magazine

He recently spoke clearly and candidly to Judy Woodruff on NPR re the horrific Philadelphia Sex Abuse Scandal.

Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of a major Roman basilica.

Freedom of Speech, Flags and Kneeling

What many  Americans don’t  know…

is that the federal law  prohibits using the American  Flag “as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery,” “embroidered on such articles as cushions or scarves, T-shirts, hats and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins, wrapping paper, Kleenex or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard,” “for advertising purposes” or “as a costume or athletic uniform.”

In 1976 an exception was been made for lapel pins.

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The Star Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

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What is Freedom Of Speech?

Freedom of Speech includes the right:

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
    West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
    Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
    Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
    Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
    Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
    Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).
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Pay Attention to the USA – not China

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United States First and Foremost

The Eight Roles of the President – 

  • Chief of state. Chief of state refers to the President as the head of the government. …
  • Chief of executive. The President is also chief executive, vested by the Constitution with broad executive powers. …
  • Chief administrator. …
  • Chief diplomat. …
  • Commander in chief. …
  • Chief legislator. …
  • Chief of party. …
  • Chief citizen to Care for and protect the United States of America


America First

Warren Buffet can fix Congress: Bam!

Hey! Remember: Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

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Warren Buffett said, “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,”  he told CNBC.

“You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

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4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses Their Current Health Care System and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.

Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term’s), then go home and back to work.

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Tell a Friend: If each person contacts a minimum of 20  people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message.

Perhaps it REALLY is time.

 

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If you agree with the above, pass it on. And on. TELL a friend, a  neighbor,  a pal on Facebook

Happy 2018 – The Pope says:

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This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

Proposed Tax Bill is a sin – stealing from everyone else

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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Genius

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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