Growing scandal raises heads

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 03/23/2010 by evilsavepoint

Another scandal is hitting the Catholic church.

As had been proven time and time again, there had been some cases in history where catholic priests had abused little kids.

It wasn’t isolated to just the United States, either.

From the 1930s to the 1990s, Irish children had been abused. Saturday morning, the pope didn’t blame the Vatican. I do find that weird. Their policies indicate that they must keep cases secret.

Why?

Do these people not know that stuff gets out? But a parallel exists.

DNA cases-people have gotten arrested for committing crimes way back when.

Hundreds of new allegations of abuse have recently come to light across Europe, including in the pope’s native Germany, where he served as archbishop in a diocese where several victims have recently come forward. One priest suspected of molesting boys while the future pope was in charge was transferred to a job where he abused more children.

Somebody dropped the ball on that one.

Nevertheless, reports emerged last week that while he was archbishop of Munich in the 1980s, Ratzinger approved therapy for a priest suspected of molesting boys. The priest was then transferred to a job where he later abused more children. He was convicted in a criminal trial. The archdiocese has said Ratzinger’s then vicar general took full responsibility for the transfer.

Punishment for all of these acts should have happened years ago. Nobody will let this go.

The scandal is raising heads all throughout the world. People everywhere are wanting and wishing for the pope to end his vow of silence.

Texas curriculum faces massive retooling

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 03/19/2010 by evilsavepoint

Texas conservatives have won a heated battle.

The school board in Texas had wanted to change the curriculum so that conservatives were seen in a more positive light. Now that board can get their chance to spin everything so that it can fit their point of view.

In a previous post, I highlighted the problems with this scenario.

The change had been calculated for some time.

But this won’t just affect Texas. People will eventually be taking notice of this.

Battles over what to put in science and history books have taken place for years in the 20 states where state boards must adopt textbooks, most notably in California and Texas. But rarely in recent history has a group of conservative board members left such a mark on a social studies curriculum.

Prognosticated effect could be as follows:

1 – conservatives take notice
2 – some get bright idea to attempt the move in other districts
3 – mayhem ensues within
4 – drastic measures

The board, whose members are elected, has influence beyond Texas because the state is one of the largest buyers of textbooks. In the digital age, however, that influence has diminished as technological advances have made it possible for publishers to tailor books to individual states.

Who thinks that the last part will eventually devolve over time?

Homosexuals still minority, sun still rises in east

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/11/2010 by evilsavepoint

A Catholic church that would’ve admitted the kids of a lesbian couple is not a good sign.

Their beliefs indicate that homosexuality isn’t an accepted thing [yet some of their priests manage to fondle little boys all the time and they end up getting away with it].

They would’ve been better off looking for another school where their sexuality wasn’t an issue. Homosexuals aren’t the majority culture.

Or maybe, just maybe, they wanted something better for their kids? Will elaborate later.

But I noticed something a bit odd. The article from the denverchannel.com claims that it’s one child who’s not being admitted. The other articles say it’s two children.

Well? Make up your minds already.

A look inside a religious center’s motivations – Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/25/2010 by evilsavepoint

So here’s the second part. I had interviewed Laura Sinche, one of the pastors working at the Newman Center. Results are below.

Q: What inspired you to start this organization?

A: I didn’t start it. The center has been around since the 1960’s.

Q: How does this organization design to keep students out of the common pitfalls in college life [ex. drugs, alcohol]?

A: The center is rooted in Christian teachings and discusses these things.

Q: What methods does the organization do to achieve the above?

A: It also offers chances for fellowshipping and meeting with other like-minded people. This center offers opportunities so that freshmen aren’t left out of anything. Nowadays, it seems that people are more connected to technology. The center is built around being together.

Q: Do you think that students can successfully balance studies and spiritual life? If so, then why? If not, then why?

A: There are times when students are overwhelmed. In this case, the center offers dinner and discussion on Tuesdays and a workshop on Sunday mornings. Overall, students need to focus on their education.

Q: How do you see the student body change in the future?

A: They are so excited about working for justice.

A look inside a religious center’s motivations – Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 02/25/2010 by evilsavepoint

It started last week. Knowing what the risks were, I decided to visit the Newman Center for source farming. I had previously scheduled an interview with Laura Sinche, one of the pastors working there.

I knew that this plan was a risky endeavor, but it was bound to work. At around 9:30 am, I arrived and immediately talked with Sandy Bunke, who is the office manager. Our conversation went on until 10am.

The idea popped in my head. “Hey, why don’t I interview Bunke? I’ve been talking with her for the past 30 minutes and I could get two posts out of it!” Here are the results.

Q: Is this resource just for Catholic students or everyone.

A: Everyone. We [as in them] don’t discriminate.

Q: What kind of services do you offer?

A: Social get-togethers, religious support, counseling. “We are here to support Towson University student body, faculty and any community members.”

Q: Possible rehabilitation services?

A: We will direct someone to resources in the community as needed.

Q: How do you see this center expanding in the future?

A: More students, different program? I don’t know, I’m not on that end.

Q: What kind of outreach activities do you offer?

A: Carwashes, working at Our Daily Bread [explain later], sandwiches to homeless, casseroles for ODB and their delivery, Knights of Columbus

This ends the first part. The second part will be posted later on.

Church fires in Texas stun everyone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 02/25/2010 by evilsavepoint

Some churches are whipping posts for everything.

Same sex marriage getting a foothold? Let’s blame the church!

Well, the art of firebombing churches is back in full session. Two people were punished after setting a Texas church on fire.

It gets worse for two reasons. The first reason is that this latest crime is part of a string.

11 churches in Texas were all burned since the new year had started.

Here is the second one. Apparently, one of the suspects bought some books, “Demon Possession” and “The Atheist’s Way.”

This latest finding isn’t good for prospective atheists out there, especially the ones in Texas. And considering the current location-Texas-this is certainly a case of bad timing.

Take a number; plead your case

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 02/17/2010 by evilsavepoint

Constantine is converted to Christianity.

Imagine a scene – people begging and reasoning with educators.

Right off the bat, something is amiss. Why?

People are reduced to whining just to include some historical facts inside of a schooling curriculum.

Before assuming that the scene is in a remote location, consider the source: Texas. Home of the Bible Belt. Land of the Deep South.

While this is a religion-based move, I don’t feel that this is a good idea.

Firstly, if students transfer to another state and expect for both curriculum to remain the same, then they’re getting a rude awakening. A rude one indeed.

Secondly, it violates the entire “separation of church and state” doctrine. This doctrine states that religion and established government institutions are not allowed to mix.

People have been complaining and talking about this policy for years.

On the other hand, the article raises a valid point – and another shot for opponents to rip apart – that religion was what this country was founded on.

Further in the article, there is support for the religious core. They present that since America’s founders were Christian, then it’s only fair that the state of Texas change their curriculum.

But with everything comes opposition, as evidenced by this quote from the same article.

“This” — the Texas board’s moves to bring Jesus into American history — has drawn anger in places far removed from the board members’ constituencies. (Samples of recent blog headlines on the topic: “Don McLeroy Wants Your Children to Be Stupid” and “Can We Please Mess With Texas?”) The issue of Texas’ influence is a touchy one in education circles.

I think that this will be a problem. If governmental institutions are involved, then their movings will violate this. As long as that doctrine remains in play, then this battle will continue-even under another name.