Showing posts with label Roman Catholic Church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roman Catholic Church. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Response to the Canonization of Pope John Paul II

I remember how shocked everyone was when Sinead OConnor sang this on Saturday Night Live in the 70s. Ms. OConnor was reviled. It was an appropriate response then and is even more appropriate now. I am a Catholic baptized and confirmed.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Conscientious Objection, Nuns, and President Obama

UPDATE: The battle for women's reproductive health has been joined by America's Nuns. Nuns supported the ACA, and now they have come out in support of the contraception mandate. 

It is the Nuns against the Bishops and Hobby Lobby. My money is on the Nuns. Sign a petition in support of the Nuns HERE.

What is nonviolent civil or religious disobedience? Gandhi's definition is the clearest in my opinion:
"I have also called it love-force or soul-force. . .  I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself." - Mohandas Gandhi.
Let us examine the definition of violence:
Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. This definition associates intentionality with the committing of the act itself, irrespective of the outcome it produces.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...
A Conscientious Objector takes on the burden of the Objection. That is the nature of nonviolent conscientious objection, religious or otherwise. Transferring the burden of one's own conscientious objection onto the Other is not conscientious objection. It is assault.

The Roman Catholic Church and the Religious Right are engaging in the War on Women as allies. They sent in some Nuns to the battle along with the requisite Corpos. Some other Nuns have filed a brief supporting the Affordable Care Act. 

This religious war on women is not new. It is very old. And now the Nuns are in a civil(?) war up to their necks. Do most America's Nuns support the ACA? Evidently, they do.
As further proof that conservative efforts to paint President Obama as the enemy of religion are a red herring, nearly two dozen leading Catholic nuns filed a brief in the Supreme Court last week supporting the president’s signature legislative accomplishment. As they explain in their brief:
Amici curiae represent the leadership of Catholic women’s religious orders from across the United States. Amici and the orders they serve have a long history of public service in healthcare in America dating back to the 1700s. These services include founding hospitals and free clinics and providing free healthcare to the underprivileged and uninsured. The work by Amici gives them a unique perspective on the unmet healthcare needs of the poor, as well as on the positive impact that will result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or the “Act”). . . .
Amici believe that a civilized society must ensure the provision of basic healthcare to its citizens regardless of their ability to pay for it. They further believe it is a moral imperative that all levels of government institute programs that ensure the poor receive such care. They believe Medicaid expansion under the Act is critical to the communities they serve
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/02/23/431147/catholic-nuns-file-brief-supporting-affordable-care-act/

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Give me that Pierson religion; it's sane enough for me.

I was reading Patricia Miller at Religion Dispatches and happened upon this by Father Robert Pierson. It spoke to my condition.
[The human person] has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. “He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters.” Dignitatis Humanae 3 § 2.
A young theologian by the name of Joseph Ratzinger, whom many of you know now as Pope Benedict XVI, put it this way in 1967:
"Over the pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one's own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.”

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Basket for the Polka Queen

There are about 600,000 Folks in Philadelphia who think of themselves as Polish. Some like me are children of Polish emigres fleeing politiics or famine and some are new citizens. All those good Folks like to eat good Polish Food. I am going to tell you where I find it.

I even buy for my Mother, the Polka Queen, who lives in New Jersey. My Mother is picky. Mother could cook anything. She once made planked shad with a duchesse potato border when my Dad's Boss came to dinner. At 90, she does not cook or shop much anymore. So I make her a little basket.

I start with Swiacki's. Oh the foody joy of shopping there! I choose three kinds of pierogis for the basket. Pierogis are little pockets of tender dough filled with varied delights. Try Sweet Cabbage, Jalapeno Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, Potato Cheese and other flavors. Warning: do not boil these darlings. Saute in butter on a low flame in a heavy bottomed pan with a tight lid until golden brown on both sides.

Swiacki's Polish Sausage (Kielbasa) is excellent. If you are lucky, you will shop on a day when the Lady of the House has bits of Kielbasa Appetizers warming in the slow cooker. She hands you a bite size bit of that sausage and you swoon when you snatch it off the toothpick. The Swiacki Brothers are Philly's Kielbasa Kings. The brothers make it both smoked and fresh.

I always put a Babka, a Polish Sweet Bread, in the basket at Easter. At Swiacki they come in flavors like Chocolate and Raspberry and Prune. Shop early. Especially at Easter. I have seen lines going out the door and around the block. Poles take Easter seriously. 

Here is a link to their website from which I took the recipe below:

 KIELBASA APPETIZERS
1 – pound kielbasa
1 cup dry white wine
1 heaping tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of brandy
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cut kielbasa into one-inch slices.  Cut each slice into quarters.  Put kielbasa in heavy skillet large enough to hold all the pieces in a single layer. Cover with wine.
Bring the wine to a boil.  Cook, uncovered, until wine almost has evaporated and looks syrupy, about 12 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar, mustard and brandy.  Cook one minute more.
Toss kielbasa with parsley and pepper to taste.  Serve with toothpicks for spearing and thin rounds of crusty bread for dipping in the juices.


There are many excellent Polish shops in Philadelphia. I do not pretend this is going to be a thorough list of every single Polish shop in Philadelphia or nearby. It is where I shop. I am going to report on them one at a time. Maybe you know a good place? Leave a comment and I will go there and give it a try. And write about it.

Smoke House Sausage and Sauerkraut


I was fond of Smokies sausages when I was a child. It was the lunch treat my Polish Mother, the Polka Queen, brought home every Saturday from the supermarket. They disappeared for a bit but Oscar Mayer recently started making them again.

If you are fond of traditional smokehouse flavor and are food additive conscious, I recommend Czerw's Kielbasy and Polish Provisions. Their home made products contain no by-products, artificial color, fillers, or added water.

Shop early in the week, especially on Easter. You will find that lines of people go around the block on Easter. Poles take Easter seriously. 

I buy barrel Sauerkraut, smoked Cajun Kielbasa which my children love, and Kabanosy, a sort of hot Polish Slim Jim. We have lots of assimilation in Foody Nation Philadelphia. You can get directions, history of the shop, and a list of their products at their website.

 Jan Czerw, Grandfather of the current owners, immigrated from Mislsi, Poland. In 1938, Jan Czerw converted a horse stable into a shop. He built the brick ovens meat is smoked in himself. Czerw's Kielbasa still stands in that original spot, using the same brick ovens built almost 70 years ago. For the Czerws, traditon and quality are standard.

Wesolych Swiat i dobre jedzenie!
Note: There are about 600,000 Folks in Philadelphia who think of themselves as Polish. All those good Folks like to eat good Polish Food. I am going to tell you where I find it. There many excellent Polish shops and food purveyors in Philadelphia. I do not pretend this is a thorough list of every single Polish shop in Philadelphia or nearby. It is where I shop. Maybe you know a good place? Leave a comment and I will go there and give it a try. And write about it. - Plum

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Woman is the nigger of the world." - Ono/Lennon with UPDATE

Update 2: The Roman Catholic Bishops idea of social justice is nowhere to be found where women and their children are concerned. How many women will die or be tortured in Roman Catholic hospitals? This kiddy-raping woman-killing stuff they do is thought to be moral? God bless the ACLU.
A Michigan mother-of-two has claimed a Catholic hospital could have killed her after it forced her to suffer through a painful miscarriage at 18 weeks because it doesn't believe in abortion. Tamesha Means, 30, of Muskegon, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding treatment she allegedly received at Mercy Health Partners hospital in December 2010. Then 27, the suit claims Means visited the hospital - the only one in her county - three times after her water broke some five months early. Mercy Health Partners is part of Trinity Health, a Catholic-run medical group that prohibits abortion in its hospitals. - By HELEN POW
Update: A Catholic hospital has argued in a wrongful death lawsuit that a fetus is not a person. Just let that sink in for a moment.




A beautiful woman has died in agony in the service of a Catholic dogma. A dogma that the Roman Catholic Church itself was willing to repudiate . . . for money. She was not a Catholic. She miscarried and made the mistake of going to a Catholic hospital.

My indignation response has been triggered so often of late that I cannot feel indignation anymore. This scares me. I am beyond wanting to hurt Forced Birthers. I am likely to stomp somebody. The State of Ohio is working on passing an abortion law just like the Irish law that killed this beautiful woman. 

I need to go and find a nice safe place to decompress. Someplace where I will not be hurt for being a female.  I just do not know where that place might be. 

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/11/14/its-time-to-abort-the-catholic-church/

It’s time to abort the Catholic Church

Bloody butchers and pious toads who mask their medieval ignorance with a pretense of charity and care; it’s long past time to end the illusion and recognize the barbarism of the church.  Shut ‘em down.
The latest victim in over a millennium of Catholic abuse is Savita Halappanavar, a young woman who was 17 weeks pregnant when her condition began to deteriorate. She went to a Catholic hospital, a fatal mistake.
 Rest in Peace, Ms. Savita

I pray that you are the last woman who dies because of the depraved indifference of a nation (Ireland), the Roman Catholic Church and the Morals Police simply because you are a woman. 



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Yo, Pope Frankie

It seems Pope Francis is leaving the Vatican in the dead of night to "administer anonymously to the homeless of Rome."

Frankie, you seem like a good guy. So I hope you will take my remarks in the Spirit they are offered. 

You are doing good. You make me want to come back to church. Nine of the Catholic Churches in my neighborhood have closed their doors.

Philly used to be a city of neighborhood churches and bars. One of each on every fourth corner. The bars are still open and turned into Delis with beer cases. Not a bar stool or a pew in sight. So sad. But I digress.

First thing, and this is important, it cannot be anonymous if you get caught. So stop that. Not the going out, the getting caught. Pray to St. Nicholas, patron saint of runaways, thieves and children for assistance. I must say, you are right on time in the Myth and Public Relations departments.

Second, you can maybe fool others, PaPa, but you cannot fool me. You are not ministering to the wretched of Rome. They, each and every one, are ministering to you. It is a hard job being a Pope. You often have to deal with an anus like Cardinal Dolan. You got to have some fun. For sure you need a real good hug or two. Ten good hugs a day will keep you sane. Dio ti benedica, caro PapĂ . I know S/He does. Feliz Navidad. 




Saturday, February 16, 2013

Asshats on Parade - Humiliation Version or Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar

Narcissus was the beautiful youth in Greek myth doomed to gaze enraptured at his own reflection forever.
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they're superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings.
This, from his blog, is the Testimony of Cardinal Mahoney regarding his sin and crime of aiding and abetting the secret rape of hundreds of children in his diocese.

"Given all of the storms that have surrounded me and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles recently, God's grace finally helped me to understand:  I am not being called to serve Jesus in humility.  Rather, I am being called to something deeper--to be humiliated, disgraced, and rebuffed by many.

I was not ready for this challenge.  Ash Wednesday changed all of that, and I see Lent 2013 as a special time to reflect deeply upon this special call by Jesus.

To be honest with you, I have not reached the point where I can actually pray for more humiliation.  I'm only at the stage of asking for the grace to endure the level of humiliation at the moment.

In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated.  In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people.  I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage--at me, at the Church, about injustices that swirl around us.

Thanks to God's special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them."  

Narcissus by Caravaggio
The rape of children in Mahoney's diocese is all about his suffering. The anger of their parents is Mahoney's apotheosis, a special sign from Jesus. 

Mahoney is the victim. But, like Christ, he will forgive us. I do not know whether to laugh, cry or vomit. God save us from the mad priest. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

It is the Sin, Stupid.

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday opened a meeting of Roman Catholic Church leaders from around the world to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/07/catholic-leaders-gather-to-counter-decline-of-faith/#comment-674727024

There have always been agnostics and atheists in the pews. They come for the community experience. Secularism is not harming the church. The Roman Catholic hierarchy are harming the church. I do not know why they think this conference will help. The RCC actively discourages telling the truth and they excommunicate or demote any theologian, like Hans Kung, who points to reality.

The RCC can always tell you who is to blame for their decline. It is the Gays' fault. No, it is the children's fault. No, it must be secularism. It must be my fault because I left your church when I was 13 and so did every other sane Catholic kid. We all know the RCC is never to blame. Never. 

It is the kiddy fucking and the kiddyfucker aiding and abetting that is the cause of your decline, stupid Nazi-Poop. It is trashing Gay folks. It is the Magdalen Laundries. It is prohibiting condoms in Africa. It is promoting Cardinal Law. It is the sad and sickening sexual dysfunction. It is your SIN, you dumbass Perverts. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rant - Whose Religious Liberty? - with Updates

All health insurance plans in America must now provide contraception to women without a copay. Yes, for free. The article at the link below discusses the political efforts the Roman Catholic Bishops are making to exempt Catholic institutions from this provision of the health care law. The article in the link below is where you go to get the facts. All the rest is ranting.  So if you hate that, leave now.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/03/4690593/bishops-urge-congress-to-act-on.html

It seems to me that the RCC's argument is so often the same, whatever the issue. Whenever the RCC hierarchy collectively stamps slippered feet and argues for their own viewpoint, the argument they present us with is invariably their own moral exceptionalism.
The Roman Catholic Argument:
The RCC must and should be able to ignore criminal law, aid and abet child molesters, ignore or attempt to remake civil law, and ignore the civil rights of its employees as it sees fit because the RCC is more moral than your Average Bear. The RC hierarchy are practicing nonviolent civil/religious disobedience by hiding child molesters and depriving secretaries (Catholic or otherwise) of condoms. They are foaming away and playing politics in the service of religious freedom of conscience and of "life."
This argument begs the question: Whose life and whose conscience?: the Bishop or the Secretary, Nurse, Teacher, Janitor, etc.? Who gets to decide the moral questions in one's life? I am not willing to give over that responsibility to others.

What is nonviolent civil/religious disobedience?  Gandhi's definition is the clearest in my opinion:
I have also called it love-force or soul-force. . . . I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself.[8]
Let us examine the definition of violence:
Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. This definition associates intentionality with the committing of the act itself, irrespective of the outcome it produces.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence#Definition

A conscientious objector takes on the burden of the objection. That is the nature of nonviolent conscientious objection, religious or otherwise. Transferring the burden of one's own conscientious objection onto the Other is not conscientious objection. It is assault.

The Roman Catholic Church is engaging in the War on Women. This is not new. And it is getting very old. I am particularly distressed by the fact that the RCC has hired a media specialist to handle public relations.  The RCC is now making commercials complete with visions of hellfire that awaits you if you do not vote as you are ordered to vote.

Each woman will decide for herself how to handle her private sexual/reproductive life.  That is liberty.  The Roman Catholic Church will obey civil law now, please.  It is the Rule of Law that provides the order within which each citizen exercises liberty and free choice, religious or otherwise.

Update 1:

Catholic students in Catholic universities and their Professors think health care for citizen's with VAGINAS*  is a really good idea:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/06/1117249/-Notre-Dame-students-petition-university-to-kindly-eff-itself-over-health-care

http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/2012/06/suggestion-for-my-fellow-feminazis-in.html

Update 2:

This organization is planning demonstrations and arrests at the White House. Why? They do not want contraception and they want to keep YOU from having any too. I am sure the group includes both Roman Catholics, Protestants and other zealots. The Catholics are not the only sexually perverted religious institution.

http://actsfive29.com/#comment-475

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America in the Northern Hemisphere on Earth

Forgive me, Dear Readers worldwide, for this so parochial indulgence (and forgive me for this awful pun.). But I just read this article:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/03/12/rigali-asks-parishioners-to-pray-for-both-accused-priests-and-victims/

Twenty-one priests from the Philadelphia Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church have been named and/or suspended because of credible charges of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Justin Rigali has requested prayer for these priests.

I carefully read both Philadelphia Grand Jury Reports on the Abuse of Children. They will make you cry. And then you will puke. They are available for your information at:

bishopaccountability.org.

I quote from the Grand Jury Report 0f 2011 Summary:
"The present grand jury, however, is frustrated to report that much has not changed. The rapist priests we accuse were well known to the Secretary of Clergy, but he cloaked their conduct and put them in place to do it again. The procedures implemented by the Archdiocese to help victims are in fact designed to help the abusers, and the Archdiocese itself. Worst of all, apparent abusers – dozens of them, we believe  remain on duty in the Archdiocese, today, with open access to new young prey."
A poster named Sfer (BabyBoomer) on a message board made this apt comment:
"Gee, it's usually defense lawyers who try to paint their clients as co-victims. It sounds odd coming from an Archbishop. They're usually the ones accusing others of "relative morality" and "objectively disordered". The shoe is on the other foot now."
Since Justin Rigali has requested that I pray for the pedophile priests, as a Catholic I cannot refuse him. So I composed this prayer:

A Prayer for Justin Rigali and his Merry Men:

I pray that their carnal members rot and fall to the ground.

I pray that they develop suppurating boils on every square inch of their body.

I pray that they die soon in writhing pulsating prolonged agony.

I pray that Jesus really is waiting to see them and keep his promise:

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." - Mark 9:42

I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

Update 1:
After I wrote this blog entry, I had a moment in which I repented and considered that the entry might be blasphemous and a little too coarse. See, I really am a Catholic; always second guessing my feelings and thoughts because I have been taught that my instincts are sinful by the RCC.

And then I read that the Jesuits (the fucking Jesuits) are paying now for making themselves ignorant of and aiding and abetting the child abusers in their midst for decades. Words fail me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8408229/Jesuits-pay-166m-compensation-to-sexual-abuse-victims.html

Update 2:
Rolling Stone has published one of the most readable and comprehensive articles on the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Church's coverup of the sexual abuse of children and the effort by two District Attorney's to bring light and justice to Philadelphia. This case is remarkable because it is the first time a member of the RCC administration has been charged with child abuse:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-catholic-churchs-secret-sex-crime-files-20110906

Update 3:
Monsignor Lynn has been found guilty. Of course, I have an opinion.
http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/2012/06/billy-lynn-takes-one-for-team.html