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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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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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Unwrapping Development

  Daniel Zamudio’s murder and full inclusion of sexual minorities I didn’t mean to burst into tears tonight in the dining room of the Methodist guesthouse in Port-au-Prince. It was just too hard, for a moment, to explain why I was listening to the late Rocío Durcal singing Juan Gabriel’s Amor Eterno at full volume. The song-a drag queen favourite (see below)-was neatly set to slide photos of the funeral of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio. Daniel died this week, 25 days after being beaten by neo-Nazi thugs in a park in Santiago, Chile. The crime is a hate crime. Daniel was gay. But...
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Alice Heap presente!

There are those who struggle for a day and they are good.There are thos who strugle for a year and the are better.There are those who struggle many years , and they are better still.But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensible ones.Bertolt Brecht It was a funeral for the ages, a warm two hour bath of memory and hope. It was also a snapshot of a world gone by. Alice Heap—‘wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,Christian, pacifist,socialist, feminist, community activist and organizer extraordinaire” was feted and sent on her way to glory in a Mass...
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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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