Is the pope Muslim?

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Pope Francis, in an effort to anger those that seemingly could not be any more disappointed in him, set foot in a mosque and exclaimed, “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters”.

He asked that the warring factions in the Central African Republic (CAR) to lay down their arms and  they should instead arm themselves “with justice, love, mercy and authentic peace”.

Conservative Catholic’s the world over shouted in solidarity; “Whatever, hippie”.

If we’re being honest, the whole claim that the pope is a Communist has really grown stale as of late, so the claim that he is a Muslim, breathes a breath of fresh winter air into the lungs of the paranoid.

Francis, of course, was not the first pope to enter a mosque. That distinction belongs to JP2. He did so in Damascus of all places. While there, he offered these words,

“It is my ardent hope that Muslim and Christian religious leaders and teachers will present our two great religious communities as communities in respectful dialogue, never more as communities in conflict. It is crucial for the young to be taught the ways of respect and understanding, so that they will not be led to misuse religion itself to promote or justify hatred and violence.”

No one insisted that JP2 was a Communist. Actually, you can find a somewhat endless list of articles of his participation in defeating Communism during the Cold War. There are as many articles suggesting that Pope Francis is a Communist.

This is, of course, a result of fostering an environment of fear, but at least we can start hearing how Francis is a Muslim Communist rather than just a secularist and a Communist.

Peace be with you.

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Is the pope Muslim?

Was Pope Francis seen buying a new LCD TV on Black Friday?

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No, he’s in Kenya, offering stern words to the power elite.

He visited the shantytown of Kangemi to offer hope in spite of the despair and amongst abject poverty and living conditions.

He said, “Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water because they are denied a life consistent with their inalienable dignity”. He continued by saying the “dreadful injustice of social exclusion leaves the poor with an unfair distribution of land, and lack of access to infrastructures and basic services”. He likened these injustices to ‘a new for of colonialism.

Unfortunately, as I continue with this day, I am left with little doubt that I will find articles that key in on only four words from the visit to Kangemi, “unfair distribution of land”. It will offer those without empathy to continue their assault against common sense by perching themselves atop their soapbox and bellowing to those below that the pope is a Communist.

However, as we find this story, so to will we find its antipole.

Hope springs eternal.

Despite the absence of basic necessities, such as running water and dignified living conditions,  the people of Kangemi are grateful for the pope’s visit and what they have. ‘I’m so happy, we are so blessed,” said Magdalene Mwikali, 36, of Kangemi. “He’s left all those rich neighborhoods to come here,” she said. ” He’s shown us we are important, that we matter, that God loves us too”.

All too often we look to the erudite professor or the subject matter expert to define and understand a particular situation when we can simply look to those encapsulated in the situation who they themselves are the erudite professor and subject matter expert. In the face of some of the worst conditions on earth, the people living within it are grateful for their blessings – a lesson we often overlook.

-Hope springs eternal-

Peace be with you.

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Was Pope Francis seen buying a new LCD TV on Black Friday?

The Catholic Charities of Dallas heard my call

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Well, Texas has been the recipient of a lot of (well deserved) heat recently for the formal position its government has taken on refugees. While the response from Governor [Cr]Abbott was embarrassing and boorish, the thing it was not, was unpredictable. Texas has long been an adversary to Christian beliefs in every way but in their own PR campaigns. They kill more of its citizens than any other state and if you’re not wild about ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away’ verse found in Job, you probably can at least accept the 5th commandment, that says, ‘you shall not kill’.

Texas is largely a land for the spiritually lost, certainly at the top, and this is an instance in which the trickle down effect has actually been effective.

This, however, does not excuse the Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD) and their initial acceptance of the Governor’s request for statewide non-profits to halt their aid to Syrian refugees. The CCD received an overwhelming amount of backlash from Catholics in Dallas and on social media and reversed its decision. Their statement said, in part that “Catholic Charities believes in a compassionate response to those who are fleeing violence and persecution around the world. We are called by the Gospel to reach out to all those in need”. Well, they are called by the Gospel to reach out to all in need, but only when public opinion supports it.

The Catholic Charities USA receives four stars from Charity Navigator for executing its mission, which makes their initial decision to halt aiding Syrian refugees to be so confounding.

I suppose we shall not dwell on the fact that they arrived late to the party, rather rejoice knowing that they showed up at all.

Peace be with you.

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The Catholic Charities of Dallas heard my call

Mike Pence hates refugees, too!

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Mike Pence, a noted legislative intolerant and Governor of the Hoosier State is now being sued for his latest foray into egomaniacal intolerance.

Pence first made national news when he passed a religious freedom law to allow coverage for citizens to discriminate against another group of citizens. Pence was hell-bent on being the leader in the clubhouse  on this measure, rubber stamped the law, which ultimately gave more, not less, unintended rights to the LGBT community than intended.

Thankfully, the mighty dollar won the day, and with pressure from Apple, Angie’s List, and others, Pence signed a revised, marginally less inflammatory bill into law.

Unfortunately, his initial political rising star began to fizzle. The Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, whose capital city, Hartford, is noted as ‘New England’s rising star’, said that Pence was, “Incredibly stupid”, and a “bigot”.

Looking to regain his steam, Pence has now refused the entrance of Syrian refugees to Indiana, making it hard to refute the fact that he is both incredibly stupid, and a bigot. He did, however, offer these words of conciliation in a Monday editorial, “[I am] deeply moved” by the plight of people trying to escape threats of violence and seeking a better life in Indiana”.

That must have been the roast of the office on Tuesday.

“The lawsuit, filed Monday night, accuses Pence of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution by accepting refugees from other countries but not those from Syria. Pence also is accused of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act for suspending resettlement of Syrian refugees “solely because of their national origin”.

He, of course, would not be the first Governor to oppose civil rights. Strom Thurmond and George Wallace were also staunch opponents of civil rights legislation; the former having conducted the longest filibuster by one Senator, in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Like the native Hoosier, Jim Gaffigan once quipped, “We’re from Indiana, and we’re gonna move”.

Peace be with you.

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http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/23/gov-mike-pence-sued-halting-syrian-refugee-resettlement-indiana/76279528/

 

 

Mike Pence hates refugees, too!

Texas sits atop the polls as most intolerant state

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Only in Texas would the irony of a protester waving an American flag, the shining beacon of freedom and tolerance be missed as it rippled through the air, being held by a protester of freedom and intolerance.

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s try to comprehend this event that had a man proudly displaying a Ted Cruz sign.

Nearly a dozen people showed up to protest, with eloquence, as they earnestly affirmed, “To stop the Islamization of America”.  Not only did they show up with their words and signs of intolerance, the came with their guns – not for intimidation, though – for protection. “They’re mostly for self-defense or protection,”  the organizer, David Wright said, eyeing his 12-gauge. “But I’m not going to lie. We do want to show force. … It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves.”

Sure, because that’s what’s ridiculous.

What is ridiculous is that the people of this country are now scared of everything. It wasn’t always this way, though. The greatest generation fought a war on the merit of removing a ‘leader’ who shares the same xenophobia as these protesters. I assure you, it was not always this way. African American soldier’s walked in lockstep with their white counterparts in the Vietnam War. They did so despite being treated as second class citizens at home.

It was not always this way, but it is that way now.

A friend of mine was recently shot and killed in front of his young children. It is a story that brings me great sadness to even think about.  The perpetrator of this crime was found this past week. My wife, the generous soul that she is, when she learned of my friend’s fiancé looking to escape the clutches of the press, welcomed her to our home for dinner. She spent the night to not be alone. This night as well as the following night, family members questioned the decision to allow her into our home, as it may be compromising the safety of my children. This is the paranoia that is rampant in America today.

The House of Representatives passed a bill with relative ease that  will not allow Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. 47 Democrats joined 242 Republicans to vote in the affirmative, making it clear that they are voting on the makeup of their district rather than the makeup of their person. “During his trip abroad this week, President Obama has offered a forceful defense of the program and derided Republican opponents as being scared of “widows and orphans.”

The question, which the article considers is; ‘What if the people at mosque showed up at a church on Sunday to protest, and what if they were armed?’ Would these same people protesting the mosque respect their right to assemble? Not if it were in Texas – you can’t bet your bottom dollar on that.

Peace be with you.

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Texas sits atop the polls as most intolerant state

Amid fear-mongering,church doors to remain open

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We, in America, have deftly crafted a society that has succumbed to the groundswell of fear. Fear for property, fear for family, fear of the unknown, fear of the known, and for good measure, the known unknowns.

This fear has exacted an insolence towards people whose only charge is trying to avoid death. By modest estimates, 38% of refugees are below the age of eleven. While children cannot begin to, thankfully, understand the disdain being lofted in their direction, but they are able to understand the fear in the eyes of their parents.

The shame of a nation.

“Leaders” of states have taken this moment, not to show what is great about this country, but rather to grandstand in opposition to this greatness for their political ambition.

The shame of a nation.

In Mark, chapter 10, as Jesus is being led to Jerusalem to be handed over and condemned, James and John make a request to be seated, one to his left and one to his right. In this time of peril, James and John seek personal benefit, to which Jesus replies, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted. anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

Contrary to the practice of almsgiving, the left hand of a politician always know what the right is doing.

The shame of a nation.

Pope Francis has issued a statement to say, that in spite of this fear, the doors to the church will remain open. “Please, no armoured doors in the Church, everything open. “We must not surrender to the idea that we must apply this way of thinking to every aspect of our lives, to do so to the Church would be terrible.”

We, as a people , have allowed ourselves to be rogered and rogered but good. A great many have been duped into believing that war is peace, that freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength. If the cataclysmic shift of the American political landscape has shown us anything, it has shown us that Orwell was maybe the 20th century’s greatest prognosticator. Well, him and Pete Rose, I suppose, but Orwell didn’t enjoy the same competitive advantage.

The shame of a nation.

If that’s not enough, what did that wanky liberal, Ronald Reagan have to say about refugees?

“We shall continue America’s tradition as a land that welcomes peoples from other countries. We shall also, with other countries, continue to share in the responsibility of welcoming and resettling those who flee oppression.”

Be cautious, sure – but do not be scared, and if you’re scared, do not allow it to manifest to intolerance. If you’re intolerant, go to church – their doors are open.

Peace be with you.

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http://time.com/4118183/pope-francis-terror-fears/

 

 

Amid fear-mongering,church doors to remain open

eh, will the next pope be a Canadiens fan?

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The problem with this line of work is that longevity is not on your side and the retirement plan, sans the current Pope Emeritus, is lousy. Despite being elected pope two and a half years ago, talks of who might be his successor have already begun, and one just so happens to be a Canadiens fan, which is a mixed bag of interest from this New York Rangers fan.

I often wrestle with the difficult question of whether it is better that your friend is a Canadiens fan or if it would be better if they just didn’t like hockey at all. This applies to the Pittsburgh Penguins, also.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who, alongside Card. Christoph Schonborn of Vienna and Card. Luis Antonio Tagle of Manilla are early frontrunners to lead the Catholic Church after Pope Francis either becomes the second Pope Emeritus or retires from the pontificate the old fashioned way.

One is more like Francis (Tagle), one is a moderate (Schonborn), and the other is a Canadiens fan.

On the one hand, I would revel in an encyclical devoted entirely to the exploits of the frozen pond and or his position on the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format and a request for Catholic’s to raise more hockey players than dogs, but  on the other hand, I am not wild about the idea of the next pope being akin to Pope Benedict, as Ouellet is. I worry that he would return the Catholic Church to a church that is less welcoming than it is today. I fear that those that are beginning to trust the church again will lose this trust and their faith altogether. I concede, however, that there are many that would want Ouellet in for these exact reasons, sans the hockey.

So, if my opinion were to be sought, I would lean towards Luis Antonio Tagle, despite having never played hockey or expressed any interest in it answering in the affirmative, that yes, it is better to not like hockey at all than to be a Canadiens fan.

Peace be with you.

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http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/11/17/whos-going-to-replace-francis-maybe-one-of-these-guys/

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/holy-hockey-rink-marc-ouellet-chose-to-pursue-priesthood-after-on-ice-leg-break-1.1187891

 

 

eh, will the next pope be a Canadiens fan?