Pope offers ray of hope to divorced Catholics
Somehow the ‘Joy of Love’ message gives me the creeps.
As Pennsylvania confronts clergy sex abuse, victims and lawmakers act
"A federal prosecutor may file a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese where a state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period."
I just can't see my way past that which undermines any moral or other claim by the Church.
It's the cross I must bear, I guess.
Swastika drawn on window at off-campus home of Brandeis students
Arlington church’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner damaged for fifth time
It's likely the same group of people behind the self-inflicted false flags, and these psyop props are getting old.
"Activists disrupt Newton forum on prejudice" by Ellen Ishkanian Globe Correspondent April 08, 2016
NEWTON — It was a night Mayor Setti Warren planned to talk about prejudice in his community and how to move forward in the wake of incidents of anti-Semitism and racism in the city’s schools over the past several months.
He spoke of understanding each other’s differences, and of moving forward as a community to set the stage for a future where people with different backgrounds can feel comfortable.
But some in the audience had other ideas, wanting only to talk about anti-Semitism.
At points, it devolved into a forum where Jewish activists heckled an African-American woman who spoke of her son being called a vulgar racist slur at school, where the superintendent of schools was booed and needed a police escort to his car, and where a woman held a sign reading: “It’s not prejudice, it’s anti-Semitism.”
Ah, finally, the thuggery of organized Jewish Supremacism comes to fore!
Or were they just protesting the looting of the state treasury?
The problem has gotten worse over the last 8 years, huh?
People who did not identify themselves got up to say they were put off by the speakers who talked about the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and marriage equality.
“This was not supposed to be about equal values; it was supposed to be about anti-Semitism,” one man said, as police officers in the War Memorial at City Hall stood and moved into the crowd of more than 150 who packed the auditorium.
The group of activists was led by Newton resident Charles Jacobs, who has had a longtime grievance with the city’s schools about what he says are pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitic text books.
At one point many in the audience chanted, “Charles, Charles, Charles.”
Warren tried to take control, walking into the crowd and explaining his reaction when he got an anonymous note last month about the first two incidents at Day Middle School when “Burn the Jews” was found scrawled in a bathroom in October, and a swastika was trampled into the snow just off school property in January.
“It was despicable, it was horrible, and it was anti-Semitic,” he said.
But after digging into the incidents, he said he found that there were not just those incidents, but also an incident in which racist questions were e-mailed to a black student group at Newton North High School.
“I was chilled, and just as angry as when I heard about the anti-Semitism,” he said.
Warren asked the crowd to show respect, and try to understand their neighbor’s perspective.
But it was the students who stood and took control of the dialogue.
Rebecca Wishnie, a senior at Newton North, said she has seen anti-Semitism in the hallways of the high school, but she has also seen racism and homophobia.
“It does not diminish me as a Jew to say anti-Semitism is not the only issue,” she said.
Josh Sims Speyer, a junior at North, also got up to speak. Sims Speyer said he was the one who found the graffiti in the bathroom at North, and as a Jew, he was horrified by what he found.
“But when we say one type of hate speech is worse than another, we build walls in our community,” he said.
As opposed to land-stealing walls of apartheid?
The students said it was time to try and work together to tear down the walls, not pit one form of prejudice against another, trying to top each others’ hatred.
That's the purpose of my agenda-pushing jew$paper.
The evening began with a number of speakers, including Dr. Michael Jellinek, a psychiatrist, who tried to answer the question of why some people are able to take action while others stand silently by when hateful incidents occur.
He told the audience if “you want to be driven to action, you need to let yourself feel the horror.”
There are people who will help with that.
School Superintendent David Fleishman and students and teachers from both high schools also spoke, as did Police Chief David MacDonald.
MacDonald said an agent from the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been in town to investigate the incidents of anti-Semitism at Day and North, and determined that they “don’t rise to the level of federal involvement at this time.”
They know what we know. False flag fakes, thus no need to really investigate.
Heck, FBI might have even been behind it all.
Newton resident Janet Yassen said it was her first time attending this type of community meeting, and she came because she was interested in hearing what Warren had to say.
But what she saw from some members of the crowd “disgusted” her, she said.
“It was embarrassing, it was awful,” she said.
After hearing the students, who at the end of the evening mingled with some of the most vocal in the crowd, Yassen said she was heartened.
“The young people were phenomenal,” she said. “For them to confront the disrespect shown by some of the adults was really courageous.”
"In Newton, a ‘difficult, but essential’ meeting" by Ellen Ishkanian Globe Correspondent April 08, 2016
Newton Mayor Setti Warren on Friday praised high school students who spoke out at a community meeting he called “difficult, but essential,” and outlined a series of steps being taken to maintain the city’s “tradition as a welcoming, inclusive community.”
In a letter to the community, Warren said he is proud that Newton “did not shy away from a difficult conversation.”
The meeting Thursday night was called after two incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti were discovered at the Day Middle School but was not conceived as a forum to discuss only those incidents. Instead, it was billed as a “community discussion on Newton as a welcoming community for all.”
A group of Jewish activists tried to take over to the meeting, saying it should have focused solely on anti-Semitism, but were quieted by students who stood and spoke about the need to fight against all intolerance.
“They represent hope for the future.”
Warren said he has hired civil rights attorney Richard Cole to work with the school department to train faculty and administration to strengthen protocols for reporting hateful incidents, and on how to address these incidents with students.
Charles Jacobs, a leader of the activists who attended Thursday’s forum, said community members who wanted to hear what city officials had to say about anti-Semitism were instead “forced for an hour to hear nonsense” from a panel of speakers.
I love it when Jewish intolerance and self-centered victimization and pity is one full display.
“Love your enemies? Let’s all be nice? We are all potential victims of human hatred? This is just silly, contentless psychobabble. It was a filibuster so we had less time to talk,” Jacobs, founder of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, wrote in an e-mail responding to questions from the Globe.
Nice-sounding name for a hate group, huh?
In a telephone interview Friday, Jacobs said that because the meeting was called just days after the anti-Semitic graffiti incidents at Day were made public, it was not unreasonable to assume a night would be dedicated to discussing that issue alone.
You didn't know they were special?
Jacobs also said many in the crowd were frustrated over a longtime grievance with the city’s schools about what he says are pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic textbooks, a charge the school administration denies.
At one point during the meeting, the activists dismissed discussion of homophobia and other types of prejudice and discrimination, and an African-American mother who described her son’s experiences with racism in the Newton schools was heckled.
“I’m sure every Jewish person in the room would stand side by side with them,” Jacobs said of the mother and her son. But, he said, “we needed to hear answers last night to the serious death threats made against the Jewish community.”
Robert Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement Friday it was unfortunate that “the student voices were drowned out by a vocal group whose concerns about the curriculum overshadowed a dialogue about all forms of bias.”
I know exactly what you mean:
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Do you think they are mocking us?
Trestan said, “It is not a competition to determine which type of hatred is the worst. The goal is to eliminate all forms of hate and bigotry from Newton schools.”
Says the Jewish hate group.
What this is looking like is some form of good Zionist, bad Zionist for mind manipulating and public perception purposes.
Well, I tried to reconcile, readers, but sometimes you just can't put up with some people.
Have a good evening. Time for me to go golfing.
NEXT DAY UPDATES:
"Former Kentucky priest who viewed child porn going to prison" Associated Press March 30, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former Catholic priest accused of snapping hundreds of inappropriate pictures of students at his parish school is heading to federal prison for nearly three years.
Stephen Pohl wasn’t charged with any crime for taking the photos, since the children in his pictures were clothed. But he was found guilty of a charge of looking at child pornography on his computer.
Police seized Pohl’s computer during an investigation that started after a 10-year-old student told his parents he felt ‘‘weird’’ about some photos that Pohl had taken....
"Canadian priest accused of gambling away $380,000 meant for refugees" Washington Post March 30, 2016
According to reports in the Canadian media, an Ontario-based Catholic priest is under investigation on suspicion of gambling away funds that had been set aside to provide for refugees newly settled in Canada.
Father Amer Saka, a priest at the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, Ontario, is suspected to have lost roughly half a million Canadian dollars (equivalent to $380,000 U.S.) that had been entrusted to him by local families keen on sponsoring new arrivals from the Middle East.
Saka phoned the church’s bishop, Emanuel Shaleta, last month to confess that the funds were lost.
‘‘He called me on the phone and . . . said he lost all the money. I said, ‘How?’ He said, ‘Gambling,’’’ Shaleta told the Toronto Star this weekend. He has since checked the priest into an addiction center. Investigators are examining the situation, though no formal charges have been filed.
‘‘We believe that Father Saka has a serious gambling problem and that these funds may have been used for that purpose. Since there is an investigation going on, we cannot confirm what he’s saying,’’ Shaleta added.
I was thinking I'm so glad casinos are coming here as the print piece ended.
In a separate interview with the London Free Press, Shaleta lamented the plight of the seven to eight families that had given their donations to Saka. ‘‘They trusted him. They did not give it as a gift. They were trusting the priest. They didn’t ask for receipts,’’ he said.
Canada’s government-led program to give sanctuary to tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees involves the combined efforts of the state as well as private donations to sponsor refugee arrivals. Saka was in charge of funds raised by the Hamilton Diocese to sponsor 20 Iraqi refugees.
It’s not clear from reports whether these refugees would be from Saka’s own Chaldean community - which is one of the world’s oldest Christian populations and still has its base in Baghdad.
Since being unveiled late last year by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the government scheme to house refugees has proceeded fitfully. The hiccups that have been reported are usually ascribed to the public-sector side of the program - private and ecclesiastical sponsorships appear to have been better resourced.
The past decade has been grim for Iraq’s Christian community. The ravages of the Islamic State over the past two years emptied the ancient city of Mosul of its long-standing Christian population; in total, about 125,000 Iraqi Christians of various sects were forced to flee their homes.
In 2014, Patriarch Louis Sako, the top figure in the Chaldean Catholic Church, which both Saka and Shaleta serve, likened the perils faced by his flock to the apocalyptic days of the Mongol invasion more than eight centuries prior. He also held the 2003 U.S.-led invasion in Iraq ‘‘indirectly responsible’’ for the political instability and sectarian strife that has prompted Iraq’s exodus of Christians.
Even John Kerry criticized it:
‘‘This is the time for Iran to genuinely seek better relations with its neighbors and stop interferences with the domestic affairs of regional states for the benefit of regional peace and prosperity.’’
What an asshole!
Before the invasion, more than a million Christians lived in Iraq. A decade later, that number is less than 400,000 and dropping.
I'm seeing an anti-Christ there, and it's not Saddam.
"The Vatican said it will ensure that its supply chains don’t use forced labor after a forum of some of the world’s biggest supermarket chains and food manufacturers announced new efforts to slave-proof their own supply chains. Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s top finance official, unveiled the policy at a gathering Sunday of the Global Foundation, an Australia-based organization that seeks to encourage dialogue about global governance, sustainability, and other issues. Pope Francis has sought to shine a spotlight on the scourge of human trafficking and has enlisted Christian, Muslim, and other faith leaders to do the same. The Vatican is a tiny city-state of a few hundred residents and a few thousand employees. But it does have a sought-after tax-free supermarket and department store."
What a bunch of frauds!
Also see: Vatican defrocks archbishop on child sex abuse charges
Maybe you can reconcile those.
UPDATE: Catholic legislators feel church’s ire over abuse bill votes