Bullying comes in all forms and fashion. Just in the news today are articles of unending examples.
Bullied gay student who fired stun gun is expelled http://on.msnbc.com/JJjsY6 via @msnbc_us
You think gay rights are going to improve if Romney gets elected?
Bullying not going away!
US priests reportedly behind Vatican crackdown on nuns http://on.msnbc.com/JJnaAR via @msnbc_us
Nuns are not saying enough about priest pedophiles?
Piglets twirled, pigs kicked by farm workers, activist video shows http://on.msnbc.com/JJpkRh via @msnbc_us
Abuse animals next abuse people?
White supremacists accused of planning for ’race war’ in Florida http://on.msnbc.com/JJqcVY via @msnbc_us
Does this happen when you convince one group they are better than another?
divide et impera Divide and conquer Then we all perish!
One of the first emails for the morning:
Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam Miller – a prominent Cleveland
“Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions
that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to
that Church of $10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer
of $18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for
hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people – not just Catholics – in the United States .
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in
this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17%
of lay women have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not just a Catholic problem !
Meanwhile, a study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests.
Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what Jeremiah said: ‘Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls ‘. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for people all over the world ~ no matter what their religions.
Be proud that you’re a Catholic.”