cheap shot… (def.) a blow, shove or tackle maliciously against an opponent who is defenseless or off guard.
Now that we have milked dry the battle about health legislation, we have to pick a new focus agenda. Although we are the fifth largest paper in the country, we’ve lost circulation that we’ve got to try to regain.
What about a study about how the apathetic African-Americans have let industrious Latinos take 94% of their jobs?
Are you crazy? Remember years ago when we ran an article that was considered critical of African Americans, every black church in the region organized and crippled us for two days. They jammed our phones with incoming calls and dumped so many tons of our newspapers in front of the building that we had to use the rear shipping entrance.
Could we do a study, showing that the Jews—the most persecuted race in history—for fifty years have ruthlessly persecuted the Palestinians?
Perhaps we could question the same-sex marriage situation.
Sure we could! And the lesbians and gays would form a two-mile long protest march and end up sending bricks through all our windows.
Well, that leaves religion. I understand the European press is having a hay day about the Catholic pedophiliac priests in Ireland and Germany. It’s too bad we cashed in on that years ago. Perhaps, we would blow on the ashes and rekindle the fire.
Good idea! Let me show you this drawing from our cartoonist, Tom Toles, who hates Catholics with a passion. It shows two ghoulish priests who are using Christ’s words to trap kids so they can abuse them.
Wow! That’s powerful stuff. But is it fair? The 4,400 pedophiliac priests are only 4% of the 110,000 Catholic priests who served during at that period. Studies prove there is a higher percentage of pedophiliac Protestant ministers and rabbis. Also, it is confirmed that 8% of American males are guilty of this crime.
This cartoon will offend seventy million Catholics.
So what? Their only action will be a mountain of protest letters that we’ll trash, and we’ll publish a few approving letters from cranks. So, all in favor of blasting the Catholics say “yes.”
Yes, yes, YES, maybe so, O.K., YES! why not?
(And on the 29th of March in the year of our Lord, 2010, the honorable Washington Post dove to a historic depth in journalism, smeared its face with shit, and printed the infamous cartoon)
(And what are your thoughts? I promise I won’t trash criticism!)
Has it not been thus throughout the history of the Church that the Pope, the successor of Peter, has been at once Petra and Skandalon—both the rock of God and a stumbling block? In fact, the faithful will always have to reckon with this paradox of the divine dispensation that shames their pride again and again.
Pope Benedict XV1
Do not seal up the fountain of life nor imagine that you can defeat God. The resurrection will not be stopped by force nor impeded by seals, nor put down by soldiers, nor concealed by bribes. Rather it shall be believed in.
Saint Amphilochius of Iconium 380AD
Some people are kind, polite and sweet-spirited until you sit in their pews.
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.
An ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises.
Jean M. Heimann, who has the excellent site Catholic Fire, is a remarkable woman with these qualifications: Catholic wife, mother, writer, retired educator and psychologist. My only complaint about her is that she doesn’t live in my neighborhood so that we could have weekly coffee meetings. But you and I can enjoy her Catholic Fire. So, do it!
– Last month in the British House of Lords voted to permit same-sex marriages to be performed in houses of religion. It was introduced by a gay Muslim named Lord Alli. It is feared this is the first step of requiring Anglicans, Catholic and other religion to conform. (comment, good going, Cutie Alli)
– A study of administrative costs of non-profits has confirmed that Catholic Charities is the best with a cost of 3%. This means that out of every dollar we contribute, we know that $.97 is going to the cause we support. Some charities have administrative and soliciting cost of up to 80%.
– Be aware of how modern we Catholics have become and click on to Catholic TV Com. (comment, amazing!)
– In the April issue of The Catholic World Report, Jeff Ziegler, a writer in North Carolina, has an excellent article, “Pope Benedict Goes Bravely Forth.”
– You will enjoy “The Spirituality of Meiser Eckhard and its implications for Christian life today” by James A. Wiseman, OSB, in the spring issue of Spiritual Life.
Other recommended Catholic Blogs
Sacred Space is a great website, produced by the Jesuits in Ireland. You will like it.
George Thatcher is an inspiration for both us born-Catholics and those who are potential-Catholics. His account of his conversion is a treasure.
I think your blog is too long. You try to cover too much material.
(and you readers, what is your opinion about Roger’s advice? I welcome it.) (email@example.com)
Why do you promote other Catholic blogs?
(answer: There are many splendid blogs with inspiration for us joyful Catholics. I want you to know about them)
My favorite religious priest, layperson or organization
Jane Goodall has been my pen pal since she first endorsed my book, Next in Line, Everyone’s Guide for Writing Your Autobiography. I know nothing of Jane’s religion, but she radiates a spiritual glow with her effective concern for all of God’s creation – animals, deprived humans, nature and our environment. Jane, in appreciation of your lifetime of service, we honor you for being the great person that you are.
(Now, tell me about your favorite priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference.)
The winner of a gift copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, who clocked in at 4:31PM on April 6 is Dottie Jones in Tucumcari, NM.
1. The three disciples Jesus took with him when he went up to the mountain where the Transfiguration took place were Peter, John and James.
3. The patron saint of brewers is St. Augustine of Hippo (because of his life of loose living prior to his conversion)
When the churches in a small Oklahoma town were overrun with pesky squirrels, the Protestant churches caught the critters, hauled and released them ten miles away, and they were back in a week.
Special Intentions List
As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.
Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis, Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda,
Rev. Joseph Healy, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo, Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,
Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block
As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.