That the alleged "Fair & Balanced" Fox News is a propaganda vehicle for the conservative positions of the Catholic Church isn't a surprise given that, along with the many Catholics in the ranks of *Fox hosts, there is a conservative Catholic near the top of the Fox News hierarchy. John Moody, Fox News Executive Vice President and executive editor is a staunch conservative Catholic who once wrote an article about how offended he was by Rev. Jeremiah Wright's black liberation theology. And as Fox's top RC, he used the alleged Fox News show "America's Newsroom," today, to discuss Pope Benedict's resignation and, in so doing, positively gush over the awesomeness of the Pope. Alleged news host and conservative Catholic Martha MacCallum shared the love.
In introducing Moody, fellow Catholic Martha MacCallum noted that he wrote a biography of Pope John Paul II and interviewed the current pope. Moody, who wrote an article for the Fox website, "As Vatican Leader, Pope Benedict Never Had a Chance," was just bursting with praise about the outgoing pontiff. He said that the resignation "was one of the bravest things I have ever heard of" and that this "reflects the kind of man and the kind of leader of the Church that he insisted on being." (Right, offered an apology and not penalties for sexual abuse.)
MacCallum said that while Benedict didn't have the vitality of the preceding Pope, he considered his infirmities as part of his worship to God. Moody praised Benedict as a "thinker, scholar, and theologian" who "didn't want the limelight." He added that Benedict wanted to continue John Paul's legacy and "make sure nothing radical happened" because "radicalism" to both John Paul and Benedict was "anathema." (Unlike clergy sexual abuse?) To MacCallum's question of what will come next, Moody speculated that the choice might be younger and "more robust."
MacCallum cited speculation about Fox pal, Cardinal Dolan, being in line for the papacy and asked Moody if those voting for a new pope might go outside Europe. Moody's response was that the Catholic Church "has internationalized itself" and "can't go back to being a little Italian conclave" and that Cardinal Dolan should be in "any serious consideration" and if so, Yankee fans would "celebrate." (And of course, Dolan has got some sexual abuse junk in his trunk but you won't hear about that on Fox.) Moody added that Dolan is a "wonderful man." (And one for whom Fox News pulled out all the propaganda stops with regard to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops', of which Dolan is the head, opposition to the HHS birth control mandate).
As in the earlier Fox & Friends discussion with Fr. Jonathan Morris, the whole issue of clergy sexual abuse was swept under the rug (a Vatican tradition!) And rather than discuss how a future pope might want to address modernizing the Church and stopping the decline in membership by admitting married and woman priests and rethinking the almost universally ignored prohibition on "artificial" birth control, Moody talked about the "anathema" of "radicalization." There was certainly no mention of the Pope's progressive views on climate change, an equitable economy, immigration, and health care as those views are "anathema" to the GOP right wing for whom Fox News serves as a mouthpiece. Fox News "fair & balanced" as always!
I’m sure that a flock of jesuit spin-doctors (they’re by far the best) has already entered the Vatican through a back door to start analysing this event.
Cómo proteger a un criminal
Univision.com | Fecha: 02/04/2013
Lo siento mucho pero rezar, en estos casos, no es suficiente
Monseñor Peter García era un criminal. Abusó sexualmente de una veintena de niños y adolescentes. Su superior, el ahora retirado Cardenal Roger Mahony, sabía de las acusaciones en su contra pero nunca lo reportó a la policía. Nunca. Y ya es muy tarde para hacer algo al respecto. Monseñor García murió en el 2009.
Esta es la historia de cómo la iglesia católica en Los Angeles, California, protegió a varios sacerdotes criminales durante años y, lejos de denunciarlos a la policía, hizo todo lo posible para evitar que las autoridades se enteraran de los abusos sexuales que cometieron con menores de edad. Así es como la arquidiócesis de Los Angeles tomó partido con los criminales y no con sus víctimas.
Más en Univision.com: http://noticias.univision.com/estados-unidos/noticias/article/2013-02-04/como-proteger-a-un-criminal#ixzz2Kh0czV72
Conclave: How cardinals elect a Pope
The cardinals do not have to choose one of their own number – theoretically any baptised male Catholic can be elected pope – but tradition says that they will almost certainly give the job to a cardinal.
The Vatican talks about the cardinals being guided by the Holy Spirit. But although open campaigning is forbidden, a papal election is still a highly political process.
Gracias Benedicto XVI
Ciudad de México (12 febrero 2013).- Tras conocerse la renuncia del Papa Benedicto XVI, diversas voces han manifestado su sorpresa ante el anuncio.
El Cardenal Norberto Rivera lo considera un acto de sabiduría y prudencia, y así lo explica en el siguiente texto: La humildad, sabiduría y prudencia de Benedicto XVI nos han sorprendido una vez más, ahora en su renuncia al ministerio petrino.
Many are still in disbelief. Others have moved onto apologies and lionizing Pope Benedict as just some swell guy.
The photo I mentioned in another thread, it is genuine.
12 febbraio 2013
“Quaranta minuti sotto il diluvio per catturare quel lampo’’
E’ una foto così incredibile che in rete molti pensano sia un fake. Invece l’immagine del fulmine sulla cupola di San Pietro è reale ed è stata scattata da Alessandro Di Meo, un fotografo romano, che ci ha raccontato cosa c’è dietro questo straordinario scatto
intervista di Giuseppe Ferrante
My grandmother probably never opened a bible in her entire life but that didn’t stop her from knowing it pretty well because she listened carefully during daily mass. She still argued that the Church’s position on contraception was criminally wrong.
My mother had also never read the Bible until the mid fifties when she picked up a Gideon’s bible in a motel room and it flipped open in the Song of Solomon (golly). When she asked her mother about that book, Granny claimed she’d never heard about it at mass.
In 600 years. Read it again. 600 HUNDRED YEARS.
The church claiming to be and to have direct instructions from Baby J himself, cracks because the Holy Father is human.
This is not your grandfather’s oldsmobile.
This is the same church which had to change its tune upon the discovery of the New World and more recently, the participation and promotion of less than wholesome buyble thumping filth hiding under their frock.
This is a historical landmark, more so when we consider the flood of accusations surrounding the church.
I will try to address the larger context of religions across the world in another post.
An epic struggle between the forces of the past and the forces of the future. The previous pope’s lengthy period of pretty much total incapability allowed the former to put down some pretty powerful roots and the resigning pope may have realised that he may have signed the Church’s death certificate by continuing along the same lines of “no change, no way!”, against “relativism”. The civil war within the Vatican has been an open secret for a couple of decades and Benedict 16 may simply have grown a conscience of just how evil some of his colleagues (himself, included, perhaps: I have mixed feelings about that) have been in the name of Peter and Christ.
The Church is losing ground all over the world – even in Latin America and The Philippines, which says a lot – because of its tolerance towards so many things perceived as unacceptable for a true Christian (upper case intended).
Not so much paedophelia and lust (which have always existed) as (the equally persistent but less visible) weaknesses of the soul as corruption, pandering to the powerful and wealthy, “do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do”, a total lack of democracy and equity, a cave-man attitude towards women.
And many of the so-called “pope-ables” come from the most conservative of conservative wings of the organisation, namely Africa and the USA. At risk of being contested by others better versed in the history of the Church, we may be witnessing today’s version of the infamous Council of Trento that laid the foundations for the Church that Benedict wanted so desperately to make eternal.
Pass the popcorn, willya? This is going to be interesting.
We all have heard the wingnutz mighty brayin’ about how the USA is a xtian nation. However, it is NOT a catholic nation. Not even close. More like a fruitcake nation.
Exhibit A and B, C, D, F, G,… Z:
Pat Robertson (dog told him who would be elected in 2012, but on the condition he wouldn’t reveal the secret)
The gNOpig clown cart. Just about every single fruitcake claims to pray and receive divine inspiration to pursue public office.
I cannot help but wonder what kind of prankster goes around telling morons to go out in public and embarrass themselves saying THEY heard dog speaking to them.
The ignorance of these clowns is just baffling.
Memo to Rev. Wright: Do Souls Have Colors?
Written By John Moody
Published April 28, 2008
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352945,00.html#ixzz2KdFanF38
I don’t know.
Mr. Moody should ask that to the same catholic church which engaged in racist practices for centuries.
Saint Martin de Porres
It is said that when his convent was in debt, he implored them: “I am only a poor mulatto, sell me.”
Bishop Bartolomé de las Casas
Bartolomé de las Casas O.P. (c. 14841 – 18 July 1566) was a 16th-century Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar. He became the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed “Protector of the Indians”. His extensive writings, the most famous being A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies and Historia de Las Indias, chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies and focus particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples.
Arriving as one of the first settlers in the New World he participated in, and was eventually compelled to oppose the atrocities committed against the Native Americans by the Spanish colonists. In 1515, he reformed his views, gave up his Indian slaves and encomienda, and advocated, before King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, on behalf of rights for the natives. In his early writings, he advocated the use of African slaves instead of Natives in the West-Indian colonies; consequently, criticisms have been leveled at him as being partly responsible for the beginning of the Transatlantic slave trade. Later in life, he retracted those early views as he came to see all forms of slavery as equally wrong. In 1522, he attempted to launch a new kind of peaceful colonialism on the coast of Venezuela, but this venture failed causing Las Casas to enter the Dominican Order and become a friar, leaving the public scene for a decade.