Who will guard the (Catholic) guardians?

A few weeks ago, referring to the exploding sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, I wrote: The Catholic Church, as an institution, and its bishops acting as a collective, have lied, are lying, and will continue to lie to the people of God about this problem.  They have no interest whatsoever in resolving it – only in protecting their own power, and the institution of the Church as a whole, and its power and prestige in society.  They do not care about the individuals involved, or the victims . . . or the good clergy who have

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The bleeding never ends for the Catholic Church

I’m sickened, disgusted, outraged and infuriated to read of the latest child sex abuse crisis involving clergy of the Catholic Church. Every Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in the biggest shakeup ever in the Catholic Church’s long-running abuse saga. . . . It marked the first known time in history that an entire national bishops conference had offered to resign en masse over scandal, and laid bare the devastation that the abuse crisis has caused the Catholic Church in Chile and beyond. Calls had mounted for the resignations after details emerged of

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From a man of peace to a fanatical terrorist torturer and murderer

The BBC has a chilling article about “a man of peace” who was radicalized into terrorism, torture and murder. [Khaled] told the BBC [that], when the Syrian revolution drew its first breaths in 2011 he was a man of peace, “a bit religious, but not too strict”, with a job organising pilgrimages. “It was an amazing feeling of freedom mixed with fear of the regime,” he says, recalling the first day he joined the anti-government protests. “We felt that we were doing something to help our country, to bring freedom and to be able to choose a president other than

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When religious faith leads to monomaniacal murder

I’m a man of faith, a retired pastor, and I have no intention of changing my beliefs.  I can generally get along with almost anyone of any faith (or none), given mutual respect and tolerance.  However, when I read a story like this one from Pakistan, it breaks my heart.  Bold print is my emphasis. While girls were buried in pre-Islamic period as unwanted creature, cruel souls in Karachi are a step ahead: they kill and throw them at garbage. This nameless girl is not the only victim of barbarity. From January 2017 to April 2018, Edhi foundation and Chhipa

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“What Does It Mean to Die?”

That’s the question asked by the New Yorker in a sad, poignant article.  Here’s an excerpt. Two days later, Jahi was declared brain-dead. With the help of a ventilator, she was breathing, but her pupils did not react to light, she did not have a gag reflex, and her eyes remained still when ice water was dripped in each ear. She was briefly disconnected from the ventilator, as a test, but her lungs filled with carbon dioxide. On an EEG test, no brain-wave activity could be seen. Like all states, California follows a version of the 1981 Uniform Determination of

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What the actual expletive deleted???

Courtesy of Vox Day, we learn of this message: Click the image for a larger view.  Here’s the critical sentence: MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event. WTF????  Permits for the March For Our Lives demonstration were applied for several months before the Parkland shooting – which was allegedly the event giving rise to the march – had even happened? Two possibilities come to mind: The permit application was for use with a different demonstration, but was rapidly “repurposed” after the Parkland school shooting,

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One of the saddest headlines I’ve ever read

I was not so much surprised as deeply saddened to read this headline and report the other day. Man strangled woman during sex just two hours after they met Mark Bruce, 32, met 20-year-old Chloe Miazek at a bus stop in the early hours of the morning on November 3 last year after they had been on separate nights out in Aberdeen. She died at his hands when he choked her after they were said to have discovered a mutual interest in erotic asphyxiation. Miss Miazek, a Tesco worker from Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, had been drinking with friends in the city

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Cowardice and betrayal of trust in Broward County

By now, I’m sure most of my readers are aware that four Broward County deputy sheriffs – including the school security officer – cowered outside the Parkwood school buildings and refused to go in to confront the shooter as he was murdering 17 of his former classmates.  (I won’t name him.  He doesn’t deserve to be remembered as a human being.  Let his name be forgotten.) When it comes to the deputies’ conduct, I don’t think anyone has said it better than my friend and comrade Lawdog. I’ll go so far as to say that there is no dishonour in

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Chocolate, wine and Mexican food. It’s been a good day.

Miss D. and I found that our supply of chocolate wine sauce from 501 Winery in Childress, TX had become sadly depleted.  This would never do, so we headed up Highway 287 in that direction today. We started with coffee at Ballyhoo.  It’s a weird sort of establishment – part coffee shop (good coffee, too!), part eclectic gift store, part small-Texas-town-with-lots-of-cowboy-history collection of memorabilia.  It’s an interesting place to visit and browse.  Miss D. bought a rather nice top, and is already scheming about what to wear with it for LibertyCon later this year. From there we headed for the

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