Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/29/18

While my interest in politics continues to wane, I did watch the recent Senate hearings featuring SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh (photo left), and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. A couple of takeaways:

  1. In a televised interview prior to the hearings, Kavanaugh pointed to his Catholic upbringing as an indicator of his moral excellence: “When I was in high school — and I went to an all boys Catholic high school, a Jesuit high school (i.e. Georgetown Preparatory, photo right, replete with a statue of the founder of the Jesuits and sworn enemy of the Protestant Reformation, Ignatius Loyola), where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all girls Catholic schools.” Hmm. In my personal experiences and observations, membership and participation in Roman Catholic institutions definitely DOES NOT ensure moral excellence.
  2. The Democratic members of the Senate Judicial Committee claim Kavanaugh is morally unfit to be a SCOTUS justice due to Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations, but aren’t these very same senators even less morally fit because of their unqualified support of the murder of the unborn on demand?

Speaking of immorality in the Catholic church, this pedophile priest and cover-up scandal tsunami that began in early summer continues to fester. Pressure is growing for pope Francis to address credible accusations that he participated in covering up for pedophile cardinal, Theodore McCarrick.

The German Catholic church is the vanguard for liberal reforms. The Germans took the lead in pushing for the lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees as well as allowing intercommunion with Protestants. The Germans are now calling for the end of obligatory celibacy for priests. The pedophile priest scandal tsunami has put celibacy on the hot seat.

Why aren’t conservative Catholics making a bigger stink about Francis selling out to the Chinese communist government? Francis’ reform steamroller has bludgeoned them into silence.

This conservative priest must not have gotten the email. Burning rainbow flags in Francis’ progressive Catholicism is verboten.

27 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/29/18

      1. Your welcome brother actually it Deuteronomy 22:23-27 the second Bible Verse that is. Only God knows what really happened agree? It’s possible her testimony is credible but someone else could have done what she said but none of us were there so we don’t know like you said her against his but it seems like lot of people theses days don’t look at things and all the facts before saying anything agree? How do we not know what she is saying is false why didn’t she come out with this years ago?

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      2. RE: why didn’t she come out with this years ago?

        I agree there’s not enough evidence at this point either way, but regarding why Dr. Ford didn’t come out with these accusations until now, we know that victims of abuse often bury the experience because of pain, shame, and guilt. In the past, society and even family often turned on victims for accusing trusted and respected authority figures.

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  1. Politics. This is why I can’t jump on anybody’s bandwagon. I see wrong on both sides. Ford’s testimony has the ring of truth to me, especially considering what I went through as a fifteen-year-old, when I was raped, almost murdered in the process, and then shamed and blamed and not believed. Fifty years later, I am still haunted by that horror, much as Dr. Ford appears to be today.

    But the “abortion issue” — I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that so many women think it is perfectly fine and dandy to murder their unborn children. I have PTSD today, primarily because my mother tried to gas me and my four younger sisters and brothers to death when I was twelve years old. She “justified” it by saying that, since she brought us kids into the world, she had the right to take us out. (OH how I HATEwhen people say that as a “joke.” )

    The political arena is full of ambitious people who seem ready to say or do almost anything to further their career. I pray, then I vote, then I pray some more. But I don’t have any illusions about the “rightness” of any one person, or any particular political party. There is only One without sin, spot, or wrinkle. I call Him Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Linda Lee and I’m sorry you experienced what you did as a child. Yes, Dr. Ford’s testimony had the ring of truth to it for me as well. But there are probably as many people saying the same thing about Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony. Another witness is needed to corroborate Ford’s testimony.

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      1. I agree, another witness is needed, which is the biblical way. One person should never be “hung,” so to speak, on the weight of only one person’s testimony.

        When there is no other person, and yet wrong has been done, then we must trust in God to recompense, and believe that through Him, truth and justice will ultimately prevail.

        By the way, I did not watch any of the hearing, because I knew it would be too triggering for me. So, when I say that Ford’s testimony has the ring of truth to my way of thinking, I am only going by what I have read online, from both sides, about the hearing.

        I hope the FBI investigation can bring some resolution to this mess.

        By the way, in the case of what happened to me when I was drugged, raped, and almost killed by an overdose of the anesthetic drug when I was fifteen, there were witnesses. It happened in a hospital, believe it or not. The rapist was my doctor. And there were three nurses who witnessed enough, that they figured out what must have happened, and why I was found unconscious on the floor, with no pulse. Two of the nurses revived me and then, when I had to go to the restroom, one of the nurses stayed with me, in case I might collapse again. As I used the toilet, she could tell by the condition of my underwear that I had been raped. She called the other nurse to come and see. These two nurses, plus another nurse, who had heard me “screaming bloody murder” in the doctor’s office and had found the door locked (and the doctor told her through the door to go away, that I was hypnotized and reliving a trauma) — these three nurses reported all of this to the police. The police interviewed me the following day, then they searched the doctor’s office for evidence and found tape recordings that he had made of his rapes, locked in his desk drawer. I was not the only victim.

        So, the doctor went down and ultimately committed suicide the following year. But in the meantime, although I was not even the one who had called the police and reported the rape, three of the doctor’s friends — one was another doctor, one was my school counselor, and one another nurse — individually these three people came to me and angrily blamed me for “ruining a wonderful man.” Also, my own parents never did believe that I was raped by my “wonderful doctor.” Or maybe they just did not care.

        But God saw, and God cares. And justice was ultimately done.

        Mmm, sorry, I got on a roll. Between “America’s Dad” being officially declared a violent sexual predictor and sentenced 3 – 10 years in prison, and now the Ford/Kavanaugh thing, my head has been spending a lot of time in 1968, of late.

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      2. Thanks, Linda Lee. I’m very sorry for the abuse you endured from your trusted doctor. When we hear of these voluminous reports of sexual abuse in the news we become calloused to the fact that in each case a person went through some horrific experiences that would remain with them as a painful memory. Dr. Ford went into some detail on how the experience at age 15 remained with her. Yes, I hope the FBI investigation sheds some light on this.


  2. Oh my goodness, I should edit my comments BEFORE I post them, lol. Two “By the ways,” almost back to back!

    I think I may turn my two comments into a blog post, after editing, of course, with a link back here, if you don’t mind. But first I need to go for a run with the dog, to get my head back in a happier space.

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      1. I never did write that post, because I decided that I really ought to watch the video of Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony first, rather than simply rely on what I had read in various news commentaries about their statements.

        I am not an expert in body language, by any means. But I was surprised, to say the least, by their testimonies. If I were on a jury and had to decide, my vote would be that Kavanaugh never assaulted Ford. He was believable to me, she was not. Which is exactly the opposite of what I had expected!

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      2. Thanks for the follow-up. They’re going to be writing about people’s reactions to the two opposing testimonies for quite a long time. My personal observation was that both testimonies appeared credible. I’m guessing that Kavanaugh was coached to take an aggressive approach to the questioning, which didn’t always come across well. But I believe the Senate made the right choice in confirming Kavanaugh because Ford’s allegations could not be substantiated.

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  3. Good round up!

    1.) ” In my personal experiences and observations, membership and participation in Roman Catholic institutions definitely DOES NOT ensure moral excellence.”
    Response: Very true.

    2.) ” aren’t these very same senators even less morally fit because of their unqualified support of the murder of the unborn on demand?”

    3.) ” this pedophile priest and cover-up scandal tsunami ”
    Response: Tsunami is the right way of putting it.

    Good stuff and round up brother Tom, keep it up!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, brother Jimmy! I usually try to find ten news stories for each weekly roundup. Sometimes it’s a struggle to come up with that many, but definitely not during these past four months.

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  4. Tom, I appreciate what you do here. I do think circumstance surrounding all this is somewhat telling. We can’t of course jump to judgment. That would be wrong. But Dr Ford does seem to have many memory issues, even about recent events. The Judge does seem to have what appears to be many witnesses as to his character. I’m not totally sure what either believe on the abortion issue that you mentioned, because no one asked that I heard. Maybe it was asked of Kavanaugh and I didn’t hear? As to claiming to be a good person, we all know that that is in the eyes of his friends not God, but he did swear before God that he did not do this. I know that before I became a born again believer that I feared God. I consequently was also a Virgin when I got married. Not because I wanted to be, but because I feared God. I personally think that we need more of that kind of the fear of God in our young people today. I’m not sure that that is the example of fear that the scripture is speaking of when it tells that the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom, but it certainly kept me out of trouble when growing up.
    So I’m not sure of my point except that each of these persons life’s fruit should be examined before we choose who to believe.

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Jerry. It would be impossible to make a judgement regarding Dr. Ford’s accusations at this point. But her testimony was credible and I believe she is absolutely convinced in her mind that Kavanaugh assaulted her. We know from other victims of childhood abuse that factual details are not necessarily going to be clear after such a long time span. But Kavanaugh can’t be disqualified based on the evidence at this point. No, the abortion question didn’t come up during those particular sessions with Ford and Kavanaugh because it wasn’t pertinent. But Democrats are assuming Kavanaugh is anti-abortion and would support overturning Roe v. Wade based upon statements he has made in the past. We know from God’s Word and our own hearts that all men are sinners and their hearts are desperately wicked. I recoil when a person tells everyone how moral they are, but such claims are par for the course in politics.

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  5. Thank you for pointing out unborn children legally being murdered! How on earth the same group of people who can approve of one totally fight against the other is beyond me. I’m continuing to pray for those who come to your blog from the RCC to hear the Gospel and be saved!

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, the abuse Ford suffered from Kavanaugh or someone else was terrible but 3000 babies are murdered every day. As you say, why these “distinguished” people cannot make the connection is mind boggling = spiritual blindness.
      Thanks so much for your prayers, sister! I haven’t received any comments from Catholics in awhile, but I know some are reading the posts.

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  6. ( Deuteronomy 28:1-2 KJV ) “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt Hearken ( Listen ) diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy GOD, to observe and to do all His Commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy GOD will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt Hearken ( Listen ) unto the voice of the LORD thy GOD.”!!

    ( https://kristiann1.com/2014/07/03/deuteronomy-281-2/ )

    ( Psalms 33:12 KJV ) “Blessed is the Nation whose GOD is the LORD; and the People whom HE hath Chosen for HIS Own Inheritance.”!!

    ( Revelation 22:20 KJV ) “He which Testifieth these things Saith, Surely I Come quickly. Amen. Even so, Come, LORD Jesus-Yeshua.”!!

    Amen-Amein!! ❤ ❤ GOD BLESS EVERYONE ❤ ❤

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💜💕 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday Forevermore!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED 💕💜 EVERYONE FIRST Forevermore!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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