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Enough, enough, enough, enough….

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments
New evidence that Cardinal Ratzinger was more concerned with protecting “the universal church” than the fate of children left in the care of pedophile priests.  Here’s an excerpt from the AP story that reveals a newly discovered letter resisting defrocking a priest that had not only been convicted of lewd conduct, but had requested himself that he leave the priesthood:

But the future pope also noted that any decision to defrock Kiesle must take into account the “good of the universal church” and the “detriment that granting the dispensation can provoke within the community of Christ’s faithful, particularly considering the young age.” Kiesle was 38 at the time.

I have a Catholic friend, more conservative than me, but who recognizes how bad things are getting.  Still, since he believes all media outside of Fox News represent a liberal conspiracy against all he holds dear, including the Church, he admires the Church’s seeming imperviousness to media criticism.  He exults at how ridiculous any idea that the Pope will step down.  He says, “It will NEVER happen, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, etc.”  I have to say, I can’t easily conceive of the Pope “resigning.”  I’m not even sure what that means, it sounds so strange.

But things are truly getting out of hand.  We are clearly in Watergate territory now where it is impossible to contain the damage.  And every dismissive response from the Vatican simply fans the flames.

I would say to my friend, never say never.

My Kind of Weatherman

| February 6, 2010 | 0 Comments
He LOVES this!


| February 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are few things in life more transcendentally beautiful than the morning after a big snowstorm. And there is nothing in life that brings such beauty to your doorstep.

I experience this beauty this morning at about 7 am with vigorous trudge three blocks to Rock Creek Park. The sites and sounds were exquisite. While there was the muffling effect of snow and a low wind, there were also, surprisingly, bird calls. What hardy creatures to have made it through a night of blizzard conditions.

The snow was above my knees, which made trudging laborious. In some spots it reached my upper thigh. One neighbor was out shoveling to “get ahead of the storm.” He explained that he had shoveled the night before and all his work was blown away. Of course, there’s supposed to be another blast this afternoon, which will likely blown his morning’s work away, as well.

I’m such a snow junky that my expectations are rarely satisfied by the actual storm. This one did it. And it ain’t over yet.