From John Chuchman and Susan Renehan Church Credibility Shattered

Wow, I’m having flashbacks only the name has changed Law-Pell. I just don’t know how Catholics live with themselves sitting there doing nothing.  Denial is a sacrament in this church, as a great example you just have to look at your hierarchy to figure that out. Has anyone anywhere seen any action by any Catholics other than the small group here in Boston and others small pockets of supporters (who I have the greatest respect for)? Where are the petitions?  Where are the letters to our government leaders demanding action?  Where are the boycotts, the marches, the famous Catholics speaking...
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from Melo in Honduras and Phil out West

(this morning I awoke to this distressing email from my friend Melo, a Jesuit priest in Honduras. One day in 2013 while accompanying Melo I met Berta at a meeting and was surprised to see her. Just days earlier there was the revelation of a government list of persons to be eliminated and Berta was number 1 on that list. She was a strong feminist and indigenous community leader and she led her community to successfully block a hydroelectric project of a Chinese consortium on a major river in Lenca indigenous territory. She was feared and opposed by foreign transnationals and the traditional oligarchy,...
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may not be long now…

H.L. Mencken, author, critic, satirist , journalist who died in 1956 said – “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” That time may have come.
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From my nephew Anthony Quinn in Yangon, Myannmar to attend a (silent) Vipassana Meditation retreat!

From my nephew Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn 3 hrs · Yangon, Myanmar · This is going to go on for a while so I apologise now if you’re just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook to kill a minute or so but I ask.. No in fact, I advise for people to give some time to read this because I think it contains a message that we all should hear! I’m certainly not ‘hip’ enough to have a blog, so this seemed like the simplest way for me to reach a larger audience! At around 3:30am this morning (Myannmar time) I awoke in my hostel feeling rather unwell, this illness drastically worsened over...
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Rabbi Michael Lerner and Gary Peller on the Death of Antonin Scalia

  So many Americans would have been much better off had Scalia never been appointed to the Supreme Court. He played a prominent role in introducing extremist and blatantly racist ideas, undermined democracy not only by helping overcome the majority vote for Al Gore by finding justification for giving the presidency to George W. Bush but also by overturning the decisions of democratic elected Congressional mandates restricting the role of money in politics (the infamous Citizens’ United decision) and dismantling key sections of the Voting Rights legislation that had been the most concrete...
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Pastors not princes

Please pass Francis’ words on to any Bishops you know. In Mexico, Francis ticked off, at length, a host of ways that bishops can fail to express that tenderness: “Proud self-sufficiency” Fearing “transparency” – “the Church does not need darkness to carry out her work” Corruption by “trivial materialism” “The seductive illusion of underhanded agreements” “Gossip or intrigue” “Conceited schemes of careerism” “Empty plans for superiority” “Unproductive groups that seek benefits or common interests” Hiding behind “anodyne denunciations” of social ills without taking action “Sitting on your laurels”...
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