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A three year old child is brutally beaten by his mother’s boyfriend and then threatened to remain quiet or he’ll get another beating. One morning following another beating, the child goes to school with bruises on his face and is questioned by a concerned teacher. Petrified and not knowing what to do or say, the little boy eventually discloses the horrific abuse to the teacher who calls the police. It is later discovered that this boy had belt marks on his back and stomach, and bruises all over his body. Police also find his 22-month old sister with black eyes, burn injuries, a swollen hand, and two pigtails having been ripped out of their roots. The abuser, Darius Clark , is arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. Justice seems to be having its way until shortly before the trial when the judge decides that the child isn’t capable of testifying against the defendant.

At trial, the judge did allow the teacher to testify about what the child had told her regarding being hit by the defendant. Fortunately, the defendant was convicted of these horrific crimes and sentenced to prison for 28 years. Unfortunately, just when it seemed as if justice had finally been served, the appellate court reversed the defendants’ conviction. The court ruled that since the child was not able to testify, the teacher’s testimony about what the child had reported violated the defendant’s constitutional right to confront his accuser.

Was the court saying that abused children who are unable to confront their abusers are simply out of luck? Was the court siding with those who hurt little ones? Where is the justice in that?

Fortunately, the appellate court didn’t have the last word. That last word was published last week in a Supreme Court decision getting a bit less attention than others, but no less important. A decision that has the potential to bring much needed justice to abused children around the country.

Before going further, let’s take a brief (and hopefully understandable) look at the law.

The Law

As explained in an earlier post, the Supreme Court previously held that a “testimonial” out of court statement can only be admitted in court if the defendant has had the opportunity to cross examine the one who made the original statement as required by the Sixth Amendment. In short, the Court ruled that a “testimonial” out of court statement is not admissible if the original declarant doesn’t testify in the trial. Generally, this seems like a pretty good rule that protects the accused from being convicted without having an opportunity to test the validity of the testimony and the credibility of the witness. However, there are times when such a confrontation is impossible for the witness.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has never specifically defined “testimonial” in relation to this issue. However, it has given us a few helpful hints. For example, it has defined a statement as “testimonial” when it leads “an objective witness reasonably to believe that the statement would be available for use at a later trial.” For example, statements made to judges or even police officers will often be classified as “testimonial” as such statements are often used in later trials.

In recent years, the Court has held that an out of court statement is not “testimonial” if its primary purpose is to “enable police assistance to meet an ongoing emergency”. On the other hand, a statement is considered “testimonial” if there is no ongoing emergency and the primary purpose of questioning is to prepare for an upcoming hearing or trial.

Until last week, it had been unclear whether or not an out of court abuse disclosure by a child is considered “testimonial”. Such an interpretation would prohibit adult witnesses from testifying about what a child abuse victim had reported unless that same victim also testified in court. Without a doubt, this would have encouraged abusers to take whatever measures necessary to frighten children from walking into court. In short, such an interpretation would have emboldened abusers and silenced children.

The Supremes Speak

Last week, as many were waiting for decisions on the Affordable Care Act and same sex marriage, the Supreme Court released its decision in Ohio v. Clark. The Court unanimously ruled that the disclosure of abuse by the 3 year-old boy to his teacher was not “testimonial”. The Court held that allowing the teacher to tell the jury what the child had reported was not a violation of the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to confront even when the child did not testify at trial.

The conviction of Darius Clark was reinstated. Justice served!

This decision not only brings justice to a little boy and his sister, it will also be the fuel that brings justice to many other abused children who bravely speak up, but then find themselves too young, too scared, or too fragile to testify in court against those who have hurt them. The Court made at least three points that should have a significant positive impact on the admissibility of abuse disclosures made by little ones:

Suspected child abuse is an ongoing emergency. In deciding that the out of court statement by the 3 year old to his teacher was not “testimonial”, the Court held that the primary purpose of asking the child about suspected abuse was to identify and end a threat. In other words, the suspicions of child abuse created an ongoing emergency, which provided the basis for allowing the child’s out of court statement to be admissible in trial even though the child never testified. Defining suspected child abuse as an ongoing emergency significantly increases the likelihood that a statement by a child made in relation to abuse is not “testimonial”, and thus can be considered by the jury without requiring the child to confront the offender in the courtroom. This is good news for kids and bad news for those who hurt them!
Statements by very young children will seldom be considered “testimonial”. In its decision, the Court wrote, “…research on children’s understanding of the legal system finds that young children have little understanding of prosecution.” Thus, it is highly unlikely that a young child makes an abuse disclosure for the primary purpose of preparing for an upcoming trial. On the contrary, the Court writes, “….a young child in these circumstances would simply want the abuse to end, would want to protect other victims, or would have no discernible purpose at all.” This means that most out of court abuse disclosures by young children are not “testimonial” and can be admissible without requiring them to testify. This is good news for kids and bad news for those who hurt them!
The primary purpose test is not exclusive. The Court seems to back away from making the primary purpose test the exclusive determiner on whether a child’s statement is “testimonial”. In the majority opinion, Justice Alito writes, “Thus, the primary purpose test is a necessary, but not always sufficient, condition for the exclusion of out-of-court statements under the Confrontation Clause.” The Court then proceeds to partially base its decision on historical precedent, not the primary purpose test. Alito writes, “As a historical matter, moreover, there is strong evidence that statements made in circumstances similar to those facing L.P. [3 year old] and his teachers were admissible in common law.” Though the decision leaves much room for further clarification, it is pretty clear that the Court leans towards a less restrictive approach for determining the admissibility of child statements made out of court. This is good news for kids and bad news for those who hurt them!
In order for this important decision to make a difference in the lives of children, need to make sure prosecutors read and understand it. Taking a moment out of our day to reach out to our local prosecutor’s office with a copy of this case (or at the very least, a copy of this post) could deliver very good news to a child longing for justice.

In a week of historical Supreme Court decisions, this one could very well make the most difference in the lives of hurting children. For that, I am grateful.

– See more at: http://boz.religionnews.com/2015/06/27/supreme-court-sides-with-kids/#sthash.UdCWgPm1.dpuf

 

 

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  1. opheliart permalink

    if any one is concerned that the wrong person may be accused and sentenced in these cases … he has only to ask … did the tooth fairy show up one night and beat the kids so badly that there was evidence on their bodies as clear as black, blue and red paint? something happened … and if stepfather or father doesn’t know then he is guilty for not knowing as his RESPONSIBILITY IS TO KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN IN ‘his’ HOME ARE SAFE … WELL FED … CARED FOR PROPERLY … and please someone get help for the mother of these children! 😦

    • opheliart permalink

      there should be a law banning men and women from having children if they demonstrate this kind of brutal care—for it shows illness, one that should never be permitted around children without protection of another.

      I vote for stricter laws to be put into place to curb these atrocities! Not only is it best for little ones, it is best for those unable to properly care for these.

      • opheliart permalink

        ask yourselves which SYSTEMS do not do all that is possible and necessary TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE …

        I can think of one rather large System … it goes by the title “The Church”

  2. opheliart permalink

    I do not fear “The Church” … I say, bring it on! but these hide behind their false marriages … hmm, and their sneaky politics and pretty apparel … and those lavish parades that gather millions of followers who deny the abuses as they worship their god, “The Church” with his bodyguards and his deceptive smile … as its mouth speaks at 2 ends … while their god, “The Doctrine” sits enshrined in the minds of its followers …

    ah, yes … what spectacular symbology can be written into the TRILOGY! Books Two and Three will be rich with respite.

  3. opheliart permalink

    just scanning comments … check out this racist …

    Madge Merman June 27, 2015 at 9:59 am
    This jerk in the video is nothing more than the living Devil ! Who cares what the Bible says ? It is an ancient and worthless fairytale that is replete with lies, violence, contradictions, falsehoods, outrageous acts and worse ! Any living person today that takes this work of fiction literally and believes all the nonsense within it….is seriously mentally ill and intrinsically wicked ! All the opponents of same-sex marriage have been defeated now ! These religious nuts and rabidly homophobic losers know nothing about human sexuality and homosexuality and are waiting for Jesus to come down from the clouds any day now…need I say more ?

    • opheliart permalink

      “Any living person today that takes this work of fiction literally and believes all the nonsense within it….is seriously mentally ill and intrinsically wicked !”

      so, how do we classify this racist without sounding too … um, harsh? she uses the word “literally” which is saying (in the universal mindset) that everything she understands (I take it she is reading it through a language called english? possibly Latin?), filtered through this mindset, is negative and ostentatious. her understanding of {this} writing is, of course, ignorant as she lacks knowledge in the SPIRITUAL, and as a militant, she is of an agenda partial, which again illustrates limited to no understanding of the Writing, but also, she does not know of even the LANGUAGES these were taken from and how people spoke during the time of these Writings … hmm … ignorance? yes, ignorance. such a pity … to show self so much like a one dimension, with no clarity of verse.

      the day is coming where these militants will become outdated, for they will appear exactly as this commenter—ignorant—and people will not listen to this as it carries no validity and no worth based on lack of knowledge and … certainly a lack of experience.

      • opheliart permalink

        actually, I did not watch the video she is referring to because I did not read the article 🙂 … like I said, just scanning comments (on rns). but think about her dictation …

        who in a right mind would listen to her? I know a lot of people who take the Writings “literally”, maybe not in the same literal SENSE as I do, and these people are not wicked … nor are they mentally ill … and, I know people having taken from their bibles writings to use against others for POLITICAL and RELIGIOUS purposes … to suppress voice, oppress others, even abuse and murder and, of course, this is what we have been going on about with the RCC and those like it … having taken Scripture and ADVERTISED it in a way that denied many … and forced obedience … breeding, bleeding and very bad deeding 😦
        it is not a one size fits all, as she seems to suggest. IOW, not everyone thinks like her … as they have their reasons for what they believe. ARE THEY PERMITTED THIS, MILITANT? even when it disagrees with your slander and bigotry? get over yourself, girl, you sound like the one feeding illicitly.

        even if the Writings were completely fictional, which they are not, why would they automatically be deemed worthless? is satire worthless? is parody worthless? is imagination … poetry and the art of metaphor worthless?

        do you see how this mindset will kick back like a malfunctioning shotgun and destroy FACE of Madge the Ignorant … (instead of Francis of Assisi, you will begin to hear names like Madge the Ignorant)

        so, if I were she, I would wash that mouth out with the cleanest, clearest HOLISTIC soap she can “find” … else she give a lot of people a bad name 😉

      • opheliart permalink

        SPIRITUAL is folks … even if the religionists have done a poor job of sharing {this} 😉

        there is a difference, and we wouldn’t want people looking like they have not done their home.work …

      • opheliart permalink

        One need question Madge’s education …

  4. opheliart permalink

    my-my … if militant wishes to say water is not wet … she has the freedom to say this … but she may not be taken seriously …

    • opheliart permalink

      if the caregivers of our society continue feeding within a mindset that it is someone else’s job to tend these gardens … the weeds creep in and choke all the plants

      • opheliart permalink

        and daddy, where are you in all of this? secretly feeding in white supremacy, too? or in denial that you have a son struggling—being choked by the fumes of terrorist minds

    • opheliart permalink

      no one else may see the sweet child in dylann, and we can certainly understand why … but we saw it … we saw it … but it is no more, and yet, we still see hope, but it is up to the people of the courts and those in the seats of judgement.

  5. opheliart permalink

    http://news.yahoo.com/latin-american-women-fight-back-against-harassment-221033212.html

    WHO TAUGHT THESE MEN HOW TO BEHAVE? THEIR ROMAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCHAL CHURCH?

    This is disgraceful! Where are the priest, bishops, cardinals and popes SILENCING these men … oh, wait … they are busy SILENCING THE WOMEN … THE CHILDREN and those who do not bow to them … and there are others busy absolving the sins of the mafia … seriously, folks?

  6. opheliart permalink

    Jon June 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm
    Every Church has their roots from the Catholic Church, including yours. If you disagree then give me back your Bible, since it was from the Catholic Church you received it. And as your Church moves further and further away from biblical truth, they will find the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church ready and willing to take them back, with open arms and full of love.

    …..

    love? hmmm … OBEDIENCE TO DOCTRINE FALSE

    denominations from this? offspring … but what happened to the gnostics? where are those that actually came BEFORE the carnage of the Rome’s Catholic Christendom? Roman Catholicism CRUCIFIES the Christ, and nearly murdered off all those that refused to bow down to rome—to the pope’s dictates of destruction and malpractice … and the torture, the lies and the oppression … those who HEARD the HOLY SPIRIT and lived apart from this hell … are THE LIVING. so, Jon from hell … need I ask where you live?

    • opheliart permalink

      anyone who thinks that the Christ was in any way to be institutionalized and indoctrinated by the RCC to live the LIFE called by the Prophet on Truth has not the wisdom to perceive evil from honesty … good from deception …

      ah, but it will be coming out very soon … what these institutions did … this man, jon, is indoctrinated and lives within a universal mindset that does not allow thought beyond his belief in its own rightness… this mindset has no ROOM for SPIRITUAL GROWTH … it only knows the old wineskin … where NO new wine can be poured …

      Jesus said:

      In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

      It is a wise man that gages the pulse by putting his finger on the temple of the people

  7. opheliart permalink

    myth buster June 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm
    Two things: First, the Pope is not saying anything new. What he said here has long been in the Catechism. Second, separation is not divorce. There is no such thing as divorce among Christians. A Christian marriage can only be dissolved by death, and if anyone pretends to divorce and take a new spouse while the first still lives, the same commits adultery in full view of the public. Such a sinner is not to be admitted to the Lord’s Supper unless he or she first renounces the sham marriage and either separates from the paramour or promises to live as brother and sister. If, however, the lawful spouse has since died, the two are free to marry, though they must still confess their previous adultery and be married in Christ, else they will stand guilty of fornication. The bed undefiled in marriage is honorable above all, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

    ***********
    ON WHOSE AUTHORITY? The Roman Catholic is already DEAD if he thinks the LIVING Spirit is in anyway controlled by the pope, or his system. Good Heavens! these people are truly ignorant of God’s Word! If God wants one to COME OUT OF A MARRIAGE then it is GOD’s call not the pope’s or man’s or any form of doctrine claiming absolute truth. These Catholics can suffer under any laws instituted by a corrupt and deceptive system that they want—a system HAVING HORRIBLY USED AND ABUSED CHILDREN AND WOMEN … but it DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE CHRIST.
    else it shows the Christ as an abuser—forcing people to suffer. NO! Conditions vary, folks … do not be deceived by the infancy of …

    I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

    NOW IS TIME TO MOVE!

    So many times, for years, I heard people say … “the Roman Catholic Church is Spiritually dead” … even from people having grown up there and left this institution … and I watched the RCs lie and cheat and steal like much of the world, and so many girls aborted their pregnancies—Roman Catholic—yes! I know who these are—girls I went to school with—sex then marriage and marriage again and again … and men having sex with other women and sex with men and the drinking and smoking and … and their priests, too, WHILE STILL ATTENDING MASS AND RECEIVING COMMUNION … and I thought, well, looks like all that catechism and mass and Communion that no one is allowed but them in THEIR ONE TRUE CHURCH-MOUTH OF GOD Status is not at all what its cracked up to be 😉 … IT is NOT what they ADVERTISE …

    something is very off in this picture, I said … when do they grow up and realize that they may not need to go to mass and have this communion—maybe this communion is keeping them from Spirit?

    … but I was not convinced of the rightness of these who said that the church was Spiritually dead … because, although not divorcing, not abusing power, not political, not angry, not unkind, not hiding rape and molestations of children, not denying pregnant women proper medical care … these were too serious about what they believed to be the Spirit—how this operated.

    They were clearly of inspiration and honest desire, and felt the ritualistic and the stamped doctrine of Rome was keeping believers from experiencing the LIFE OF THE SPIRIT … and yes, this is most definitely true … SPIRIT CANNOT BE GOVERNED BY DOCTRINE, RITUALS, TITLES AND … but to be too serious does not allow for what?

    And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

    • opheliart permalink

      😉

      • opheliart permalink

        ask yourselves … could it be that we are entering the season of … ? could it be AN HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS IS UP…? could it be that “my spirit shall not always strive with man …” ?

        What will bring you home, man … if Spirit is not with you?

        1Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2″Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. 3″And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”…

        forty and two months, folks …

        four seasons (see the four corners of Peter’s vision of the sheet–Acts) … into 120 is what …

        And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, (ASCENDING … climbing up).

  8. opheliart permalink

    http://news.yahoo.com/japan-mourns-passing-tama-cat-stationmaster-072137565.html

    this is a sweet story, and that paw reaching out to the owner just before passing brought back memories of my own Minki just before she passed. She was on the seat beside me as I rushed her to the doctor’s office … she stretched out her little paw while I was shifting gears … I put my finger out and she wrapped her paw around it and we “held hands” … while she meowed to me a few times … then I watched as the light in her eyes faded. Bittersweet, but a horrible moment … just horrible.

  9. opheliart permalink

    Greg1 Jun 28, 2015 at 5:18 am
    Doc, it is really no surprise at all regarding Russia and its defense of traditional religion. In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared in Fatima Portugal, and told three young visionaries that she wanted the pope, in union with all the bishops of the world, to consecrate Russia to her immaculate heart, and if that was done, then “Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will suffer martyrdom … But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be granted to humanity.” (July 13th 1917). Well numerous attempts at the consecration were done, but not collegially. Then finally on March 25th 1984, Pope John Paul II arranged it and it was completed. And through a series of odd and mysterious events Communism fell, and Russia has since converted. Hmmm; heaven has spoken.

    that Fatima story is a fairy tale, and an odd one at that … the SPIRIT DOES NOT OPERATE THE WAY GREG1 AN INDOCTRINATED ROMAN CATHOLIC BELIEVING EVERY TRICK AND TALE TOLD TO HIM … also bittersweet …

    a clue on the falseness of these tales can be found in Luke 5.16

    • opheliart permalink

      Greg1 Jun 28, 2015 at 5:34 am
      Anita, the Devil at work here to destroy the sacrament of marriage. The people are mere victims of his efforts. First step, remove procreation from the act of Love between a man and a woman. That is called sterilization, contraception, among others. Next use contraception to increase marital infidelity (contraception = low risk cheating). Thirdly, drive married couples to divorce, and remarry, over and over. Fourth, establish radical feminist movement. Fifth, establish governments that give the best freebies to single mothers so that they stay single and fornicate, rather than marry. Sixth, establish churches that freely remarry men and women who are divorced. Seventh compel gay men and women to become pastors of the separated churches. Next, extend marriage to gay couples in these churches, and at the State level. Finally compel national government to normalize gay marriage. In the end, the Sacrament of Marriage is desecrated, God is offended, and the Devil jumps for joy.

      *******

      and another … this from the mouths of babes, folks … Hiding under a pew in a small parish with a painted lady at its head? (pretending at holiness?) …does he think that the Holy Spirit revolves around him and his CHURCH, doing ITS bidding? If anything … he has allowed EVIL TO PROCREATE in his parishes and seminaries like flies around a ….

      both comments on one of silk’s articles

      • opheliart permalink

        what is so very sad about the indoctrinated like this man is their pointed fingers at all those things that do not align with his institutions dogmatic place—that doctrine instituted to enslave the masses … large planks sitting in his eyes … 1. because it was his institution that laid the groundwork for what he condemns of the states … 2. his own clergy and hierarchy dress as women (if you go by his bible understanding where it says for men to not dress as women) … which he fails to acknowledge because he allows some things but not others … of course, he is of the universal mindset that believes his way is the ONLY WAY—that is a catholic mindset—its own—filtered through Roman Catholic lens and why it cannot understand SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE OF the WRITINGS … 3.God shows no partiality … which tells him his church is in error, but again, he cannot see this for those planks … 4.his own clergy are engaging in homosexual acts but he looks the other way just like his bishops … just like in the clergy sex abuse … and, he denied that this is an ongoing problem … he averts his eyes and begins his diatribe about how all others are doing the devil’s work …

        we have heard it all before, been accused by these same of doing satan’s work FOR EVEN QUESTIONING THESE INDOCTRINATED RCs … which demonstrates a lack of vision, shows the hypocrisy, the darkness and the inhuman state. and when we speak of this, we are not even referring to those hot button issues in society … we speak of the inconsistencies on their doctrine: beliefs and deeds.
        What is their FAITH if it hides behind doctrine that sets people up for what he calls their fallen ways then accuses them repeatedly when they are not obedient to its fascism and demonizing? blaming everyone not in agreement with his statutes … and yet it was HIS overbearing dominant patriarchal man-ness that put these things into motion!

        look what happened in nazi germany—mussolini’s regime—ireland’s horrors and how the women and children, and many men were treated! Greg1 and those like him do not want to see these facts about his hierarchy and how these DO NOT align with the Christ message … and that’s not even mentioning the myriad of brutal acts based on the faith and beliefs —a system: believing their god, the pope and his office as the SUPREME RULERS OF ALL and are PERMITTED these atrocities because they believe the rcc–its doctrine–to be their salvation-their truth-their guide and this IS NO DIFFERENT FROM THE MIND OF THE ISLAMIC STATE IN ITS ACTIONS TO MUTILATE AND MURDER, because this is EXACTLY what that “church” did before enough moved out of roman catholicism and the search began to get away from this brutality. you don’t think their isn’t talk of bomb planting and destruction, beheading and in many mosques throughout supposedly civilized parts of the world? man will soon see the reaping of what has been sown by these brotherly initiatives … and the rcc has blood-stained hands. look at their history and what they feed on now? they are just somewhat clever about it … they still hide behind their pretty decor and politics and painted faces …

    • opheliart permalink

      read the following article and ask yourself if Greg1 in his RC FATIMA TALES are really and truly what Mary would have supported … or what Christ Jesus supports?

      http://news.yahoo.com/hounded-gay-ukrainians-flee-rebel-east-135403270.html

      It is important that people become aware in the Vatican’s efforts to grow and increase power and control … and to realize EXACTLY WHAT the Vaticants are up to with their hand holding: Putin, Palestine, the Muslim Brotherhood … and …

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/02/the-dangers-of-muslim-christian-interfaith-dialogue

      • opheliart permalink

        honestly, I am so very bored with the religionist’s ways and their interpretations of the WRitings and their inability to see for all those stumbling blocks that all that ad campaigning is nothing more than propaganda for regimes—religious, political, both … does it matter? it all begins to sing that same march on the communities to think one dimensionally … catholic.

  10. opheliart permalink

    that reminds me … take heed … there are things afoot that will be devastating to many …

  11. opheliart permalink

    http://news.yahoo.com/paraguayan-bishop-ousted-pope-scrutinized-spending-040332127.html

    ousted bishop … hmmm … no full investigation? why? could it be because this is a scam to get people to send more money?

    the bishop said he did nothing wrong … but the money is missing … or maybe hidden like so many other things in the RCC …

    the REAL QUESTION PEOPLE SHOULD BE ASKING: Is this a scam to get more money?

    CAUTION—SCAM ALERT!!!

    we say, yes … scam 😦
    so, who all is involved?

    • opheliart permalink

      this is not saying these children are not still in need … this is saying that if you want to help these people—truly help them—make that move! and get the services to these children through a more trustworthy means … and let your MISSION be to help these people to not be dependent on Rome.

      • opheliart permalink

        can you really trust these popes to put bishops in place to do the right thing? look what happened with the ordination of barros in chile! the vatican is PROTECTING its shares in these countries-and still very much in brotherly ‘love’ with the power and the desire for money … oh, wake, wee ones … and see the stains of idolatry! and the mass deception for those struggling.

        FOR SHAME, ROMAN CATHOLICISM—FOR SHAME!

  12. opheliart permalink

    Anita Jun 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm
    Why has the Supreme court ruled on something that the Supreme Being has brought into existence? Makes no sense at all. Marriage has a purpose as one of its most important points, to procreate. Gay persons cannot procreate with a same sex partner. Therefore, this is not marriage in the true sense of the word. There is another agenda here that is not honest. Figure it out.for yourself.

    *another comment from silk’s article

    “Marriage has a purpose as one of its most important points, to procreate.” If going by this RC’s indoctrinated mind, those unable to conceive are lesser persons—whether homosexual or not. So, we are to understand that the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH views all people unable to conceive as LESSER? Could this be why they allow the women with ectopic pregnancies and troubled labor to die in those CAtholic Hospitals instead of providing for them the necessary care to keep them alive?

    wow, when people of the CIVILIZED world start putting 2 and 2 together on this mindset they will oust the Roman Catholic! No one will want this “flag” waving in their communities, schools, unions, offices … playgrounds. Oh my God … they will say, we had no idea this organization had spewed such illicit and dangerous doctrine throughout Society!

    • opheliart permalink

      now, if you go back to a few things pope fran has said … about the old grandmother (no longer able to conceive?) … a lesser person? or those wanting their pets … (also lesser?) … hardly showing THE REAL FRANCIS now is he?

      *What frannie does not know, and his vaticants don’t know, either, is that there are SPIRITUAL CONNECTS WITH ANIMALS that can be of the ANGELIC REALM … as Spirit can use anything of LIFE and MOVEMENT that is not DISHONEST or IMPURE …

      think about this …
      when human being realize this in a fair and rational manner … the sciences and the arts will be abuzz with commentary! dear ones, I have seen and experienced things that would cause you to fall to your knees 🙂

  13. opheliart permalink

    why we do not look to pop-up fran for climate info:

    1. the vaticants know what causes anger in america — they do everything they can to create dissent, rouse conflict and confusion … but also to make themselves look up to date and somehow “worthy” in the midst of their archaic and decaying mindset
    2. it is another smoke screen to cover the abuses which they refuse to address asap —do your homework and you will be astounded at not only the records of the bishops but also fran’s record in argentina
    3. it is disingenuous — if anyone has the time to investigate the pope’s residence and the vatican itself, and rome … you will see they are hypocrits
    4. the pope has not studied the climate nor does he know or understand this anymore than he understands HOLY SCRIPTURE in the SPIRITUAL (just RC RELIGIOUS *there is a difference) … he is pin up pope to make waves and cover for the abuses … and serve as political puppet
    5. pope is spiritually immature … look at his argentine record and read what others have written in both the encyclical and the news … he is handed his script and it is not difficult to tell where and how he has been dishonest—if you look at his writing from work in argentina you will see he is not the author of what people think is his … and that others are willing to play this game and lie to the people is truly shameful

    if you gave pop-up fran a pop quiz on anything significant on (science worthy) climate he would not pass the test 😉

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      and people like silk and others lap up the catholic-kool-aid because they are either willfully ignorant, deliberately causing dissent in our country and elsewhere which means they too are disingenuous (and too lazy to do their homework to find out THE TRUTH about these propaganda points), indoctrinated and believe everything the vatican puts out, which causes the clergy sex abuse investigations to lose momentum and the credibility of the victims and their families to come into question because people are reluctant to speak out against a POPULIST pope … (THE VATICAN HAD THIS CAREFULLY PLANNED AND WE FIND THIS EXCEEDINGLY SHAMEFUL!), religious-minded and desire that societies again be ruled by a MONARCHY—ROME (and we then dangerously fall into the hands of Fascism), to give the rcc papal office and hierarchy more power, including the SCIENCES, MEDICAL FIELD, LAW and the ARTS … it also shows their eagerness to team up with Patriarch Kiril and Putin brotherhood and those like it … which again puts the people in a precarious spot …

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        AND we can’t forget WOMEN … how those favoring the RC DOCTRINE and this populist pope who had early on shown that he did not plan to change anything significant in the Institution which means HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN and TREATMENT OF WOMEN DOES NOT CHANGE!

        why are people so lazy? why don’t they do their homework on this scam operation? what if it was your daughter that ended up in Latin America with an ectopic pregnancy or your daughter went into labor with difficulty and the hospital refused to save your daughter’s life? how sad for her, her husband/partner, their LIVING children to lose mommy, their friends and family! but you ? why would you care? you support the MURDERS!

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        Do not think that God supports hypocrisy, folks … do not think for one second that SPIRIT IS WITH THOSE WILLFULLY IGNORANT OR MANIPULATING-MANEUVERING FOR OWN OR INSTITUTIONAL AGENDAS … where harm and abuses are being covered over for other less human purpose … Our Lord is clear on this in the Writings. If one is honest and of purity, he will be a good steward to the EARTH AND ALL LIVING THERE … but if one denies and lies, allowing children to suffer and women to suffer and die and be treated as less than man or as less than individuals with religious and political titles, and others to be treated as less than (because they are gay or dark-skinned, not Roman Catholic or …) —showing partiality, which we know the RCC shows favoritism and the hierarchy favors its own … there is conflict, inconsistency, dishonesty, deceit and theft …

        this makes pope fran’s climate encyclical HYPOCRITICAL at best because HE IS NOT IN TRUTH ON WHAT HE PRETENDS TO CARE FOR—HIS BELIEF SYSTEM REFUSES TO BE IMPARTIAL AND REFUSES HUMILITY AND REFUSES TO ADMIT THE CRIMES AND CORRUPTION DONE TO THOSE OF THIS EARTH AND HE REFUSES TO ADMIT HE DENIED AND COVERED UP ABUSES IN ARGENTINA!

        Pope fran … has he EVER TENDED A GARDEN WITH CARE—RAISED A FAMILY WITH CARE—PLANTED FLOWERING PLANTS, TREES AND SHRUBS FOR THE BIRDS AND BEES AND OTHER WILDLIFE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, COMPOSTED, COLLECTED RAIN WATER … RECYCLED, CONSERVED WATER, FED LESS on things hard on the environment or has he and his princes eaten like kings? hiding what behind those dresses?…
        Has his system of belief been family conscious — not paying into breeding like rabbits to use his phrase, or has his belief system been all about building those numbers? do the rc countries, at his and his bishop’s direction continue to use women AND CHILDREN for their own selfish purposes?

        they lie and they deceive the masses in their UNSTABLE and UNIFORM OUTFIT and WE are not going to support or pay into a system that is dishonest and DANGEROUS in its BELIEFS AND ITS ACTS! and all that politicking wearing a veil of humility is deception disguised as an angel of light. Whether you are a believer or a nonbeliever it is most important to be of sense and reason …

        AND ACTIVATING CONSCIENCE.

        PLease understand what we share. We do not push. We do not TELL YOU what you should or should not do; one of Spirit can only share for the LOVE OF NEIGHBOR IN THE WRITINGS ON TRUTH …

        I could do many things … go my own way and make loads of cash selling art and tout myself as some guru yada-yada but I do not as this is not of my worth. It would be indecent of me to sell myself dishonestly for my own gain. All that I have —all that I am … I share for AWARENESS … For Truth—light on the Word of God … that others might move now as this is the SEASON for much change. It is time for this—for breaking out of the suffocating doctrines of the old decaying skins and moving in the fresh water stream of light and love … for the good of the ALL.

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    the Spirrealism paintings are of substantial price … that they be exhibited together and not hung on a wall in a rich man’s study for no one to see …
    these are to be shown together — to go on tour … to go before the Writings as a light to ignite for the New Order of the Faith —not a Religion-not dogmatic—-for the Spirit Art Gifts-the Gifts of the Spirit.

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      *this is about AWARENESS, folks … ASCENDING HEART TO MIND.

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    Spiritual Ronin June 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm
    The encyclical is, as usual with Pope Francis’ pronouncements, too much and not enough. I have scanned quite closely its text looking for the discussion of the relationship between humans and animals. The encyclical denounces in strong terms the “tyranny over creation” (paragraph 200) and in several places either corrects the extreme interpretation of Genesis 1:28 or speaks about injustices against animals (for example, paragraphs 92 and 139).

    I was hoping for a mention of the obscene evil of industrial farming (which cannot be ignored by the self-proclaimed “religion of love” as it is not ignored by Buddhism, the religion of compassion) and of some encouragement of vegetarianism/veganism but I couldn’t find any. The pope talks about air conditioning but not about billions of animals born solely in order to die. However, this glaring omission is not completely unexpected. The Catholics will still pray to the Lamb of God at the Mass and then go home to happily eat a leg of lamb…

    comment —from an article on rns

    • opheliart permalink

      you see, go into their dining halls and video – photograph their lives—THE VATICAN—THE ARCHDIOCESE … you will see the truth!

      Find out what they use to clean their housing for all those seminarians and orders … whether or not they are doing anything WORTHY of all this praise people are giving the pope to build up the RCC …

      WE ARE NOT FOOLED BCAUSE WE KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK TOWARD LOVE, including EARTH AND SEAS …

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        every step one is conscious of LIFE

        but no, we are not like Buddhism. This is not of all purpose nor is it our Truth, but the commenter raises appropriate concerns …

        suddenly the pope-rc is highly concerned with climate change? hmm … um, not … they cover their asses because they know that their seeds of excess have been brutal to earth and seas … and all that in there lives, suffering under the weight of that overly large ORGANIZED RELIGION.

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    people feeding too heavily in areas cannot see what is necessary for health and safety

    one has only to look at the child sex abuse scandals to see the excess feeding … but Rome refuses to address their feeding habits! they ignore this as part of the problem … so very sad …
    they were called to address this very severe problem in the world by cleaning house and coming out of set indoctrination and by thorough investigation and appropriate change but look—see … the glossing over with other features —a WHITEWASH … to continue hiding the sickness … the crimes, the continued abuses, and the people are dim … they walk as if they have no purpose … like robots in and out of their pews, deceived and feeding at that same table of unconscionable excess …

    one must reduce the weight … feed light … clean the temple within —FREE it from these excesses, including systemic doctrine that places stumbling blocks and clouds the vision, corrupting the mind … denying, degrading and demeaning its fuller place
    … become aware of self indulgence and selfishness … weep for the poor in spirit and those suffering under the excesses of regimes overbearing—systems ignorant and toxic to the GREATER BODY … so, you see, what man indulges in affects others …
    WHEN ONE WORKS TOWARD AWARENESS ONE CAN KNOW IF SEMINARIAN IS DISHONEST OR CLERGY LIES AND ABUSES AND BISHOPS, CARDINALS, POPES AND POLITICIANS ARE FEEDING ILLICITLY, DISINGENUOUS … EVEN DISHONEST … HARMING THE EARTH, THE SKY, THE SEAS … NEIGHBOR AND SELF.

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    Political “rome” wants what secular has … AND WHERE IS ‘POPE’S’ FRAN’s CONCERN FOR ENVIRONMENT ON THIS ISSUE?

    What? we can’t hear you, Fran … PLEASE, SPEAK UP!

    http://news.yahoo.com/uk-says-argentine-plans-seize-falklands-oil-driller-115642198–finance.html

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