… Penitent Light
The following article I shared in a previous essay.
(RNS) Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day.
The New Jersey resident sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court earlier this year watching as a lawyer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton N.J., told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as a priest — when he allegedly molested Naples on trips to Delaware in the 1980s.
McAlinden, who once headed the diocese’s youth group, had introduced himself to Naples at a church-sponsored leadership retreat in Keyport, N.J.
Yet McAlinden wasn’t officially a priest when he took a teenage Naples on trips to Delaware, the lawyer argued.
“How do we determine when a priest is and is not on duty?” one of the justices asked, according to a video of the session on the court’s website.
“Well,” replied the diocese lawyer, “you can determine a priest is not on duty when he is molesting a child, for example. … A priest abusing a child is absolutely contrary to the pursuit of his master’s business, to the work of a diocese.”
The statement — one prong of the diocese’s argument that it should not be held responsible for McAlinden’s alleged assaults — left Naples reeling.
“Any hope I had that the church was concerned about me as a victim or about the conduct of its priests was totally gone,” Naples, now 42, said in a recent interview. “They were washing their hands of it. I was shattered. I just couldn’t believe that was one of their arguments.”
Who are the martyrs and the saints? The RELIGIONS of man have quite a bit of homework ahead of them, and I speak most ardently of the denominations calling itself Christ. Do you really think a priest barging his way into a community to sell his brand of religion who ends up decapitated, is a martyr? How about the man who sees a vision of a woman dressed as an angel of light? Is he a saint? These are pretty good ways for religions to make a lot of money, not to mention the “mystique” that captivates the attention of those believing everything the hierarchy conjures up. What if I told you God’s angels look like winged dogs with large ears and no eyes, and feet that are made for running like a gazelle in the fields … or a lion with the feet of the eagle?
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1 Corinthians 6.2
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11.14
One must be careful in these matters. One must Understand the necessity for Spiritual Maturity. People die for INSTITUTION more than they “die” for God, or freedom, or justice. Yesterday, I was listening to youth share in the situation with Bowe Bergdahl, and it seems they are not buying into the war cry of desertion, blame … even hate. They are saying: DISILLUSIONED … that he had become disillusioned. I believe that he entered a state of confusion, and lost “sense” of why and how and what … (look at the behavior of the those who sent their pregnant daughters to the nun prisons–sensible?) as he was not a good match for that work, and that post, and LIKE THOSE ORDAINED AS PRIESTS FOR WORK IN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS, AND WHO MOLEST CHILDREN, and or abuse in some manner … WHERE ALL ARE TAUGHT THESE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS THE SPIRIT WITH SOME ‘SPECIAL’ PRAYERS AND HAND GESTURES AND ARTICLES BLESSED, BECAUSE THEY ARE OF A CERTAIN TITLE OR SAINT NAME, OR CHURCH AFFILIATION … the military uses, and as we have seen, abuses, without considering placement … purpose … and person. Breakdown can begin the minute a person is reassigned in place. Man’s advertising deceives. Go, look … take a walk through history …
Those bartering better be careful in their self-serve agendas … and who they are paying, or receiving payment from … there may be a war cry unexpected. These heads may end up decapitated (and I challenge you in matters SPIRITUAL in this Understanding), for do ye not know that the saints will judge the world?
Man, religious or otherwise, better be careful what he is TELLING his students. A child taught that the priest is a representative of JESUS, or even Christ in the flesh “because he serves the flesh and blood of Jesus” … and who sexually abuses, harming a child physically, emotionally, mentally and Spiritually, and some to the point of suicide … does NOT KNOW THAT THE PRIEST IS NOT THAT SAME REPRESENTATIVE WHEN ON A CAMPING TRIP AND NOT IN THE PARISH. Shame on these—the bishops, the archdiocese, the Vatican, and the whole damn institution. YOU HAVE LIED TO THE CHILDREN. YOU HAVE FALSELY REPRESENTED YOURSELF AND CAUSED ENORMOUS HARM, costing life … not just in this day, but way-way-way back to when you began calling yourselves what? Think about what you started … what you infected into the world … Emperor.
I was asking why the RCC is bothering itself with world affairs—you know, politics, politicians—with its peace initiative. I heard DIVERSION. They are diverting attention away from their own ills, and this, of course, includes the clergy sexual abuse, the internal corruption, and things like the following …
We aren’t buying it.
New Delhi (AFP) – A minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has said rapes happen “accidentally” in the latest controversial remarks by a politician amid renewed anger over attacks against women.
New Delhi seeks report on grisly rape, hanging of teens Reuters
India police fire water cannon at gang-rape protesters AFP
Gang rape reflects India’s immense cultural divide Associated Press
Indian police fire water cannon at rape protesters Reuters
India arrests 3rd suspect in gang rape of 2 teens Associated Press
Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central Chhattisgarh state who is responsible for law and order, said late on Saturday that rapes did not happen on purpose.
“Such incidents (rapes) do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,” Paikra, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which also rules at the national level, told reporters.
Paikra, who was asked for his thoughts on the gang-rape and lynching of two girls in a neighbouring state, later said he had been misquoted. His original remarks were broadcast on television networks.
The remarks come days after the home minister of the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh state said rapes were “sometimes right, sometimes wrong”.
The minister, Babulal Gaur, gave the remarks on Thursday at a time of growing outrage over the gang-rape and murder of the girls, aged 12 and 14, in northern Uttar Pradesh state late last month.
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans as police use a water cannon to stop them f …
Modi, whose party came to power in a landslide election victory, has so far stayed silent over the rapes and has not addressed the politicians’ comments.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav faced severe criticism for his perceived insensitivity over the attacks on the low-caste girls, who were found hanging from a mango tree after being sexually assaulted multiple times.
Yadav’s father Mulayam Singh — leader of the Samajwadi Party — was also the target of public anger in April when he told an election rally that he opposed the recently introduced death penalty for gang-rapists, saying “boys make mistakes”.
Women’s groups have slammed the comments, saying they were evidence that politicians were unable to stem sexual violence because they lacked respect for India’s women and were ignorant of the issues.
Politicians also came under fire after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012, a crime that angered the nation and shone a global spotlight on India’s treatment of women.
India brought in tougher rape laws last year after the Delhi attack, but they have failed to stem the tide of violence against women across the country.
At the time, several politicians sought to blame tight jeans, short skirts and other Western influences for the country’s rise in rapes, while the head of a village council pointed to chowmein which he claimed led to hormone imbalances among men.
“Such incidents (rapes) do not happen deliberately…”
I will not comment on the death penalty, but I will say that this deliberate statement is truly ignorant. First of all, I would like to see the many PRIESTS in India weigh in on these affairs. But how can they? How can an active PATRIARCHAL Roman Catholic MINISTRY in India see to the women and girls in this horrid and diseased mindset when it sees the female as NOT EQUAL to HIMSELF? If he sees HER as NOT WORTHY of his time and his money … care and compassion … and wait, HOW LONG HAS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC INSTITUTION BEEN A MINISTRY IN INDIA … including the questionable Missionaries of Charity, who, as it turns out, are no so charitable? http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2010/the-missionaries-of-charity/ (See video in SPIR).
The advertising … how very deceptive, and people pour millions into something they have no sense on.
Just one after another of these stories… endless specimens of indecency, malpractice, illicit acts and decade after decade these continue and the CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES never seem to have the Ripe Fruit to change Hearts. These blame a sexual revolution without seeing their own plank milled within their pope XXXXXX (whatever, for who can possibly keep track of these repeating offenses) who had many mistresses and the treatment of women and children was as unspeakable then as it is today. A Roman Catholic Cheerleader was trying to be clever on a forum in bringing up the ancients Greeks sodomizing the boys as if this might somehow excuse her Religious Institution who is guilty of sodomizing. I invited her to share the stories of the ancient Greeks, but a former Mormon intervened insinuating that I was wrong to respond as I did. I was not asked then to put them both on the spot, by sharing a simple, but truly provocative question:
WHY THEN DID THE CHRIST JESUS COME?
While the Vatican continues to wave its dulsatory flag: come on in, boys, we are open for business … AND THE GOVERNMENTS ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOWWWWWWWWWWW to realize where there is favoritism paid … and where discrimination and abuse are rampant, and have been for centuriessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
Really now, should the bishops be excused for shuffling priests … the Vatican’s excuses accepted for not taking responsibility? After all,they taught them and they pay them and these men tell me they are wedded to this church: institution. It’s bad enough that the discrimination of women is so blatantly obvious, but the children abused? If they survive, the abused walk our streets … the priests walk our streets … the bishops walk our streets … and where is justice? Where is accountability? Where is compassion? Rather than being the Samaritan in the Story … the Vatican spit on the wounded and saint a man building his own world order: Maciel Degollado.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Peace and Love.
+++I had to add this …
When I started writing in SPIR, I was told my writing was GNOSTIC … then I was told my writing was esoteric … and so, I was to write with more contemporary lucidity, a bit more loudly, and with more punch … that THESE MIGHT HEAR … and now the priest call the writing wet, but emotional. How amusing … What is truly interesting, however, is that they still sit on that mat … while I HEAR.
What is mat to you, priest?