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THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS NEED TO STEP UP OR RESIGN

THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS NEED TO STEP UP OR RESIGN

American Catholics are increasingly skeptical of how the Pope is handling sex abuse in the church, according to the Pew Research Center. Less than half say he is doing a "excellent" or even "good" job on the issue, according to a survey taken in January, before the most recent scandals. We know the present news about the problem:  Catholic bishops have launched investigations into sexual misconduct in seminaries in Boston, Nebraska and Philadelphia.  The former archbishop of Washington resigned from the…

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CONTRACEPTION: THE POPE GOT IT WRONG FIFTY YEARS AGO AND IT I PAST TIME TO SET IT RIGHT

CONTRACEPTION: THE POPE GOT IT WRONG FIFTY YEARS AGO AND IT I PAST TIME TO SET IT RIGHT

The Archdiocese of Seattle publishes Northwest Catholic magazine. In its last issue was an article entitled Humane Vitae Turns 50 by Sarah Bartel (www. drsararhbartel.com) she has a doctorate in moral theology and ethics from the Catholic University of America where she specialized in marriage, family, sexual ethics and bioethics The Encyclical she refers to is the one issued by Pope Paul VI in July of 1968 reaffirming the ban against using contraceptives by married couples. She begins the article…

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THE JUDGMENTAL AND SELF RIGHTEOUS BIAS OF BISHOP THOMAS JOSEPH TOBIN

THE JUDGMENTAL AND SELF RIGHTEOUS BIAS OF BISHOP THOMAS JOSEPH TOBIN

Thomas Joseph Tobin is an American Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church at Providence Rhode Island. He was born in 1948 and after studying in Rome was ordained to the priesthood in 1973.   Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop in 2005. Bishop Tobit falls into that category of American prelates whose self-righteous conviction that they are on the exclusive high moral ground closes all doors to other viewpoints. This is a Bishop who became involved in a public dispute…

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THE STORY OF THE CONVERSION & EXECUTION OF TOKICHI ISHII

THE STORY OF THE CONVERSION & EXECUTION OF TOKICHI ISHII

In 1918 a 47 year old Japanese man, Tokichi Ishii, was hanged for murder in Tokyo. The story of his life and conversion to Christianity has been written by the man himself, while waiting in prison for his execution. His autobiography,  A Gentleman in Prison, The Story of Tokichi Ishii, Written in Tokyo Prison, was translated to English and published in 1920. His story became one of the most famous in Japan. He was a notorious Japanese thief and murderer. He…

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POLITICS AND RELIGION – A BAD MIX FOR AMERICA

POLITICS AND RELIGION – A BAD MIX FOR AMERICA

In honor of National Day of Prayer, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order entitled "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" that will, among other things, fulfill his campaign promise to “get rid of and totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. That was a rule, passed in 1954, and proposed by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, barring 501(c)(3) nonprofits, including churches and other religious entities, from “directly or indirectly” promoting political views in a political campaign. That restriction has been lifted…

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SAVE ME FROM THE RELIGIOUS SELF RIGHTEOUS

SAVE ME FROM THE RELIGIOUS SELF RIGHTEOUS

We had a wonderful time with our children on our cruise to Alaska. We left from Vancouver and sailed to Anchorage, returning a few days ago. Three children were unable to make it, but it was a great family adventure for all of us anyway. Hubbard Glacier was beautiful and we had calm seas the majority of the time with only a little rain. While on the trip I read The Political Brain by Drew Westen. It discussed, in part,…

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POLITICS, AMERICAN VALUES & DEMOCRACY

POLITICS, AMERICAN VALUES & DEMOCRACY

As the political candidates for president continue their propaganda trying  to identify with the ideas of voters we hear more conservative agenda's. They try to win over the voting conservatives  by supporting their viewpoints. Around  the world, extremists continue to kill innocent children, women and people all in order to please God. Wars, motivated by religious beliefs, are raging in many parts of the world as well. Crimes against humanity are so common place we read them with the same reaction we have to the reports of traffic accidents or…

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FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, RELIGION & RELIGIOUS TERRORISM

FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, RELIGION & RELIGIOUS TERRORISM

Religion is always a controversial subject. The traditional advice of "never discuss politics or religion" is based upon sound historical experience. However, with religious terrorism so much in the news and being carried out around the world, it is difficult to avoid the subject. ISIS and their war to create a world of their Islamic beliefs is a classic example of the belief that one's own religious ideas represent the only true religion which all people must agree to follow. The major religions of…

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WHY DO WE MAKE RELGION A TEST OF RULES RATHER THAN FAITH AND LOVE?

WHY DO WE MAKE RELGION A TEST OF RULES RATHER THAN FAITH AND LOVE?

 Every day we read in the newspaper or see on television new atrocities committed around the world against human beings by those professing to do so as complying  with the will of God. Beheadings, suicide bombing and killing children are all  pleasing to God in their eyes.  For many thousands of people around the world, religion is a matter of strict rule compliance in all things both petty and large. Compliance, for them, means not just following very strict rules, but…

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ANOTHER BEHEADING – WHAT IS THE RIGHT VIEW ABOUT ISLAM?

ANOTHER BEHEADING – WHAT IS THE RIGHT VIEW ABOUT ISLAM?

The most recent ISIS video shown on the  nightly news features  the beheading of American hostage Peter Kassig. Today's media, not stories of 100 years ago, advise us that In Syria women are being stoned to death for adultery at the direction of Muslim religious leaders. We read about unprovoked Muslim genocide of Tahai people for ‘being kafirs.’ All of this with the confident belief they are "doing the Lord's work" in the  process. Muslim religious leaders advocate measures, many outlined in the Old Testament, like cutting off the hand of…

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