Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas!

I don’t deal with much, or pretty much any, happy stuff here. But I suppose we should remember the light at the end of the darkness we are looking for. We hope this begins with Jesus, whose birth we celebrate today.

Merry Christmas!


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People I Think About……..

Many years ago I read a newspaper story, the authorities were asking for help identifying a body. A man, described as a Mexican of around 40, had been walking at the side of a road late at night, hit by a car and killed.

One of the identifying marks was a lobotomy scar. This was around 1980, which would have had him born around 1940, and at adulthood by a time when they still gave people lobotomies.

What kind of a life did this man have that he had been subjected to a lobotomy as a youth and then killed walking along a dark road as an almost middle-aged man? Pretty rough, pretty dark, pretty sad.

My brother was sort of a big shot among the academic crowd in high school. Although we were supposed to grow up to be scientists, he always thought of himself as an artist, and while a senior he was making a movie at the school. One Monday the school was off for some reason, and the administration let him use the admin building to film. I got to be an extra.

Around 2 a taxi showed up in front of the school. The driver said he came every day to pick some kid up, and nobody had told him there was no school that day.

Why would a high school kid get a taxi ride home every day? I can only speculate his parents were very protective, or he had some trouble on the bus so his parents got him the taxi for that reason. Taxis are expensive, so something bad was going on. Buses were frequently hell for me, and nobody got me a taxi, so at least the kid had some protection.

A friend, possibly former, of mine will have sex with just about any woman. He told me he was having sex with the daughter of the owner of a business he used to work for, and his wife found out, but she refused to believe it because the woman was so ugly. The woman was apparently very ugly and very promiscuous. My friend told me that later she was found dead, apparently murdered in a cheap motel room.

Again, I can only speculate the woman felt very ashamed of being ugly, and had sex with many men to get some sense of her value as a human being. Eventually this led to her bad end.

I have had a pretty crappy life. All I ever wanted was to be normal, all I ever wanted was to be like other people. But that was never an option. And yet I have some good things in my life, and I have some hope.

I wonder where God is for people like these. There are people who don’t just suffer the relatively normal abuses and humiliations of life, but who are doomed to suffer terribly and end hopelessly. I like the idea of praying for the dead, because I can pray for these people.

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Women and the Catholic Church

A frequent complaint of Christian progressives is the absence of women in formal leadership roles in the Roman Catholic Church. (All the mainline Protestant denominations have caved, and they don’t seem to care about the Orthodox. The new papacy of liberation theology-friendly Francis has them excited again, as we see at this post on Andrew Sullivan.

In truth women are a big part of the horrorshow* that is the Catholic Church. Is “horrorshow” too strong a word? I think not. While I feel some cultural loyalty to the ancient church, the modern version is corrupt as can possibly be, just about. My father has a high school friend who is a Catholic priest. He’s come and visited my father a few times while I was visiting. He mentioned once that the Vatican has a guy who is posted in the US, and whose job is to monitor what the Catholic Church in the US is doing. That and the fact that almost every bishop had the exact same policy on child molesters, shows to me that the policy on these perverts went all the way to the top, to John Paul II himself. (Apparently Benedict did something to rein these people in, but he’s just a mean old baddie.)

But getting back to the women- the Catholic Church, at least the Irish Catholic version I grew up with, is run by lay women for all practical purposes, post-menopausal lay women specifically. A regular church-going Catholic will get ten minutes of preaching a week, an absolution without comment when he goes to confession, and probably have no other contact with a priest his whole life. The people who enforce Catholic norms on a daily basis are older women. They hate sex, they hate men, they don’t care much for younger women, they hate fun, they hate boys, they hate freedom. In the old days nuns did this in schools, and I think the sisterhood was what the Church did largely with angry lesbians, although there were a number of angry lesbians among the married Catholic women I knew.

If any progressive was to acknowledge this, they would say oppression of women is what made them angry, and giving them formal power would bring out the peace and love in them. But this never works. Giving nasty people who are plausibly nasty because they are oppressed power never makes them less nasty, it just gives them an outlet.

The problem the Catholic Church has goes back to its feminization, which according to Leon Podles dates to the 1200’s. I suspect this was the source of the schisms that began around then, and later the source of the Reformation. It’s hard to put up with listening to crap from gay men and angry, anti-sex, frequently lesbian women.

*I get “horrorshow” from “A Clockwork Orange” in which the kids use it to mean “cool”. But it seems like a great word for so many things.

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