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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an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment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

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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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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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Top 20 Life Tips – Pope Francis

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A Gentle Reminder

From Pope Francis

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.

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Divorced Catholics – can they receive Communion?

photo_3447_20070927If all Divorced Catholics in the USA lined up…

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

What will transpire at the Synod?

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…

 

The New Yorker

SEE:  OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
BY ALEXANDER STILLE

Little Sisters of the Poor- leaders of Resistance rock the Rose Garden

He didn’t know what hit him…

 

The Red Hat Society in Rome…a reminder?

Hello! Is anyone home? Check this out

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Only  FIFTEEN Women

Sr Mary Luke Tobin was at Vatican Two

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Sister Mary Luke Tobin (May 16, 1908 – August 24, 2006) was an American Roman Catholic nun and one of only 15 women auditors invited to the Second Vatican Council, and the only American woman of the three women religious permitted to participate on the Council’s planning commissions.

One of 15 women – she commented:

The L. C. W. R. report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society and their consequent need of reconciliation with both groups. Let me outline briefly some of the alienating factors described in the report:

1. Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality. Patriarchy as a worldview of its very nature assumes the alienation of women. It places the male in the center of reality and makes the masculine normative.

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Pope announces Newark Cardinal Tobin

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Great News: FROM the New York Times Cardinal Tobin

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…In short, he is just the kind of leader Pope Francis is elevating to realign the church in the United States with his priorities.

As the pope has made clear over the past three years, fancy lifestyles, formality and regal titles like Prince of the Church are out of style for cardinals. So is an emphasis on the divisive issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, even though the church’s underlying position on those issues has not changed.

Instead, in the pope’s view, the church should emphasize humility and service to the poor. It should be multicultural, welcoming different styles of worship. It should reach out to other faiths and stand up for immigrants, refugees and nuns….

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In Newark, he said, his first job after his installation on Jan. 6 will be to listen. Encompassing Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties in northern New Jersey, the archdiocese has pockets of great wealth and poverty, and an array of immigrants so diverse that Mass each Sunday is celebrated in 20 languages. About 30 percent of the parishioners are Hispanic.

It is also a community in need of healing. In July, citing the failure of the archdiocese to effectively remove priests accused of sexual abuse from contact with children, the editorial board of The Star-Ledger of Newark called the departure of Archbishop Myers a “true blessing.”

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Tobin’s fans are legion. He is well-loved and respected.

Who is he?

  • Joseph W. Tobin
    Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. is an American Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church. On November 7, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. Wikipedia
    Born: May 3, 1952 (age 64), Detroit, MI
    Archdiocese: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
    Predecessor: Daniel M. Buechlein
    Ordination: June 1, 1978
    Consecration: October 9, 2010
    Created cardinal: November 19, 2016
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Mercy! Little old Ladies in Iowa – clueless or not?

They have 40 acres of prime SiliconValley Real Estate

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This cadre of women…sitting far, far away in little ol’ Iowa are ruling the roost in Northern California.

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The old women –  truly dedicated souls- did not sign  up to be Real Estate tycoons. They wanted to be nuns… To teach and be nurses.

Bam! All of sudden they have become responsible for a very  important school in California! They fired the Head of School who was way too progressive. Sports and Girls – indeed!

The Sisters of Iowa:   Do they pretend to know anything about California, Silicon Valley, single sex schools in Northern California?

They appear to be clueless about the sharp decline enrollments at one school. One huge reason 8th grade girls are not enrolling  is because there are no sports facilities. Smart young women who want to succeed in high school and then college know the high importance of a well rounded student…

 

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