March 12, 2019

Treasures of Arles

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March 1, 2019

Documenting Truth and Lies

By Glenn

Cohen lied to the Republican lead Congress. They didn’t care because it was CYA.

How do we know Cohen lied? There are documents presented to a US Federal Court where he plead guilty.

Now Cohen is telling the truth to the Democratically lead Congress. Republicans are furious because it demonstrates their complicity in covering up Donald’s crimes.

How do we know Cohen is telling the truth this time? The very same documents that showed he lied, now show he is telling the truth.

Don’t come unhinged because reality doesn’t match your delusions. Facts have a liberal bias.

February 11, 2019

Abuse is about power and cruelty.

By Glenn

Abuse is not caused by celebacy.
Abuse is not caused by sexual orientation.
Abuse is not caused by theology.

Abuse is about power and cruelty. As along as we allow people with power easy access to victims, abuse will continue. Stopping abuse requires immediate reporting, credible investigations and certain punishments.

Abuse can happen in a family, a daycare, the BSA, a school, a church, the government….Yes, abuse can happen anywhere. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Certainly, as individuals, it is always best to avoid walking down a path. The Buddha would agree.

  • All life is suffering
  • All suffering is caused by desire
  • To end suffering one must end desire.
  • To end desire on must walk the eight-fold path.

We, as a community, however, have the obligation to create institutional barriers to abuse and institutional mechanisms for justice. When we only focus on the individual, we fail to prevent abuse.

“Southern Baptist Leaders Promise ‘Change’ After Report Uncovers Rampant Sexual Abuse: Almost 400 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 1998, according to a damning report.” Dominique Mosbergen

February 9, 2019

Tragedy

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February 9, 2019

Come Togther

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February 1, 2019

Allegation Credible

By Glenn

I lost a friend today. Not to death, but to a credible allegation. As his friend, I hold out hope it remains an allegation. Allegation means there is no proof. As a Catholic, I know the “credible” part requires the Church to take preventive action. “Credible” means that it is possible to be true.

I’ve known our priest for 23 years. As he always does, he walked up one day and introduced himself to a stranger. We had just arrived from Louisiana, and he welcomed us. He told us about his time in Covington, Louisiana, and then introduced us to our music director who was from New Iberia, Louisiana. We had a connection to home right away.

The allegation from nearly 30 years ago came out of the blue. I’ve volunteered for the parish for nearly the whole time. Our sons were altar boys. The Bishop told us last night that he had no allegations from our parish, but the Church has investigated an allegation before he came to Sherman. Because it is “credible”, Father resigned from his office as pastor. It hurts to lose him as a friend and a pastor.

As a Pastor, he kept me in the pews. He preached the Beatitudes. He preached service to the least of among us. He refused to preach hate. Never did I hear a disparaging word about women, gays or immigrants. As a Pastor, he created a sense of community, encouraging lay ministry and fellowship. As a pastor, he welcomed and integrated a Hispanic community into our parish.

When the abuse scandal first flared up everywhere else, he set up a Safe Environment protection program for both adults and children. Training was mandatory for anyone volunteering. Father made sure we were all safe.

I am a cradle to grave Catholic. Both personally and professionally, I have known about the good, the bad and the ugly in the Church. It is after all full of sinners. I’ve known countless priests throughout my life. None were perfect, but nearly all took their vocation seriously. I have no doubt that Father did too.

Some of you may know that I too had attended a seminary for a year. It was one of the most formative years of my life. I would never give it up. While there, however, one person tried to initiate an inappropriate relationship. Several of us reported it, and the leadership of the school investigated. The person left.

Twenty years later, I got a call from a nun investigating an abuse claim in a southern state involving this same person. She wanted to know what happened all those years before. I told her what I had observed and gave her the names of others involved. She was thorough and professional. I say this to let you know that I am not naïve. I’ve been a part of an investigation before and take abuse seriously.

I don’t know what happened 30 years ago with my friend. No evidence has been released to the public. It is now in the hands of law enforcement. Because of the ongoing investigation, he cannot have contact with members of the parish. Since it was so long ago, we probably will never know for sure.

I do know that I lost a friend to a credible allegation, and it hurts. As a Christian, Father Jeremy please know that “I have been and always shall be your friend.”

January 31, 2019

Friendship

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Friendship can be hard. We’re flawed. Our fiends are flawed.

Spock saw all of the humanity of James T. Kirk. Spock didn’t always agree with Kirks’ action and decisions. Anyone who ever watched Star Trek knows Spock had any number of reason to walk away. At the end of the day, however, he had one thing to say.

“I have been and always shall be your friend.”

God is great. Beer is good. People are crazy. May God have Mercy on our Souls.

December 19, 2018

MAGA? Seriously?

By Glenn

Conservatives, are you really OK with this?

1) Donald’s National Security Advisor plead guilty to working as a foreign agent while in the White House and then lied to the FBI.

2) Donald signed a letter of intent to build a tower in Moscow while a candidate.

3) Donald’s fake charity had to dissolve because it illegally funneled money to his campaign and family.

This was yesterday. One day.
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