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More Thoughts in Boston & the Critics


To be clear, a person who has been sexually abused as a child is allowed to be angry for the rest of their lives. I get that. And, to be clear, groups like SNAP and BishopAccountability.org have undertaken an important task of monitoring the Catholic Church’s compliance with its own public commitments regarding the protection of children and the prosecution of clergy predators. I get that, too. Members of SNAP are to the clergy sex abuse crisis what survivors are to the Holocaust, the people whose memory we must always respect and, more to this point, those whose sense of alarm has a particular moral authority.

Thoughts on Boston archdiocese's decision to name accused priests


Thursday afternoon, the Archdiocese of Boston announced that it has compiled a list of all the archdiocese’s clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children and is placing it at one, easy to access, location on its website.

A total of 159 clerics are listed at the new website and it includes all clergy who were accused and found guilty by either criminal or ecclesiastical courts, all clergy who were accused and laicized, and all clergy who were accused but subsequently exonerated.

Former Front-Runner Mitt


I was almost beginning to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. He did not have much of a platform for his candidacy to begin with. He can't very well run on his signature accomplishment while Governor of Massachusetts, universal health care with an individual mandate! And, his prowess as a businessman suffers from the fact that he made a lot of his money by exporting jobs overseas. Then, there is that obnoxious clip of him defending abortion rights with a highly personal story about the death of his cousin whom he loved because she had a botched illegal abortion in the early 60's. But, hey, he was a grown-up and the frontrunner.
Not anymore. Fresh from the getting the posse ready to rough up Ben Bernanke, Gov. Rick Perry is now atop the latest Gallup poll.
If Romney thought his front-runner status lent his campaign an aura of inevitability, he was barking up the wrong tree. Ask Hillary Clinton how that inevitability thing works. But, now he is not even the front-runner. Why does he think he can win this thing?

The Evolution Debate, Such As It Is


Why has evolution, of all things, become a hot topic in this year’s presidential race? It is an interesting question. After all, very little a president does has to do with the teaching of evolution. But, because evangelical Christians have become the base of the GOP today, the issue matters greatly.

First, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, incorrectly, that in Texas both creationism and evolution are taught in the schools. Of course, in the religious schools, creationism is taught and in the public schools evolution is taught. But, repeated court rulings prohibit the teaching of creationism in the public schools because it is a religious belief.

ROFL in Latine


Somebody at the Vatican has WAY too much time on their hands. The official Vatican website, which now includes Latin as one of the languages, has a new feature: how to render modern words unknown at the time Latin was still a spoken language. Who knew that "hot pants" is properly rendered as "brevissimae bracae feminae" or that "mini golf" was "pilamalleus minutus." As for "factotum" I thought that was already in Latin.
In any event, check out the full list here but be prepared to laugh out loud.


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June 16-29, 2017