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from John Chuchman

  I’m Grieving, You’re Grieving, We’re Grieving!   Fifty years ago at Vatican II   the world’s Bishops gave Our Church Hope.   They reaffirmed Freedom/Primacy of Conscience.Today’s hierarchy says it must conform to their pronouncements.We grieve. A church governed in loving Collegiality was promised;We’ve been dealt a Feudal Monarchy.We grieve. The Sharing of Power with local Synods of Bishops Representing the Peoplewas foretold.Power, instead, has been consolidated in the chief hierarch.We grieve. Lay Leadership of and in the Church was...
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Catholic Babies Yes, the church’s healthcare plan covers Viagra;and not contraception;how else can we fill our Catholic Schools? Santorum Sanctorum   Now we gotta show we voted for Sanctorum   http://godlaughingorcrying.blogspot.ca/...
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Making the Connections

  A sense of the larger picture is growing among US citizens, notably, though not only, among a young generation, along with a revulsion against official and corporate contempt for the will and welfare of ordinary citizens, for the value of human life itself. The antiwar movement of this century is a movement to reclaim democracy and to push it further. It has no token national leaders; it is various in its formations and organizing principles, often originating and working locally, yet in touch with other groups. It is connected through free giveaway papers like the San Francisco-based,...
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PLUMMER’S KING LEAR A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

I suspect that there was a collective Canadian grin when Toronto-born 82-year-old Christopher Plummer finally won an Academy Award. The honour was for best supporting actor for his portrayal of an elderly man who comes out as gay in the film Beginners. As he murmured to his Oscar statue, “You’re only two years older than me darling. Where have you been all my life?” Plummer’s acting career spans seven decades and includes roles in stage and screen. His most popular role (and one he allegedly dislikes) is the autocratic widower Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 musical The Sound of...
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from John Chuchman

Competing Voices Not a day goes bywithout my hearing two internal competing voices:one saying,These hierarchs are destroying my church,I must speak out against their abuse;the other urging,John, it’s a waste of time and energy;the good ‘ole boys will never change the rules of their cluband jeopardize their prized positions.Give it up. Superimposed on those voices within,I get contrary messages from others:some saying,Please keep speaking out against the abuse;silence is complicity;others urging me,Don’t be controlled by your anger.Let’s move on, John. I most enjoy my writings...
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