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Know your history. 5 eras of Roman Catholicism

  In his book “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” author David Kertzer concludes that “although It was believed the Roman Catholic Church vigorously opposed the Fascists,  the opposite was true. The Vatican abetted the Fascist regime, kept it in power and supported harsh measures against the Jews.”     This should come as no surprise to anyone who has looked at the history of Christianity and particularly at the history of the Roman Catholic Church over two millennia. I would like to suggest that before one looks at such church...
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Clergy sex victims blast new Baltimore archbishop

Clergy sex victims blast new Baltimore archbishopFor immediate release: Tuesday, March 20 Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com ) This is a callous choice and a terribly disappointing one for anyone who cares about kids. Again, Pope Benedict elevates a corrupt cleric with a long and troubling track record of protecting predator priests and church secrets over innocent kids. As long as the Vatican keeps rewarding wrongdoers, wrongdoing will continue. Lori has kept more secrets and more accused...
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Canada’s BRAT Strategy: All Torture, All the Time — Plus Torture Tour Report

Taking Liberties: Canada’s BRAT Strategy of All Torture, All the Time When “Public Safety” Minister Vic Toews released his “new” national security strategy last month, he cautioned the few people paying attention that “no government can guarantee it will be able to prevent all terrorist attacks all the time,” as if such catastrophic events were a daily reality as common to Canadians as mosquitoes. Building Resilience Against Terrorism (or BRAT, a more than apt acronym reflecting the behaviour of agents from Canada’s state security apparatus) is a...
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Catching Hell

Friends, We all know General Sherman’s famous primal evaluation of war: “War is hell.” Hell is a word that denotes a place or state of misery, torture, agony, sorrow, torment, wretchedness, grief, desolation, a nightmarish ordeal of entrapment in unrelieved anguish. All cliched and analogous uses of the word hell- “Give them hell,” or ” Go to hell,” or “Bring down hell on them,” or “All hell broke loose, “-carry with them, even when part of comedic routines, the notion of maximally high octane suffering. Jesus self-evidently did not...
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FR Bob’s Palestinian Blog 24 March 2012

  We rejoiced to see the Golani Brigade leave last week. They were here to protect the 500 Israeli settlers who have squatted in the heart of the Old City of Hebron. These soldiers had been very abusive and intimidating to the Palestinian people living and working here. We, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), live here also and have also felt the military threats and intimidation.  We hoped the incoming Israeli army brigade would be less intrusive and restrict their activity to checkpoints and guard duty near the Israeli settlements.  Sunday evening that hope was shattered. At...
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