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Is there a limit on forgiveness?

I’m a crime-show junkie. But until recently, I’ve never read a real-life case that seems to have come directly from the writers of one of the TV crime shows that I love to watch.

A teenager comes home late, has a fight with his {apparently drunken} mother.

Later, as said Mom-of-the-year sleeps on her couch, Teen Boy shoots MOTY five times in the head with a bow & arrow. { according to the facts presented in the trial documents I found online}

He was convicted of the crime, but in 1999 was given a new trial,based on the defense’s supposition that evidence was withheld during the original trial.

According to the defense, the boy suffered from extreme ” battered-child syndrome.”

The State let this boy { now a man} free .The state does not see him as a threat to society, but would you want to have this guy as your neighbor ? I sure would not want to live next door to such a person–as people usually learn nothing honorable while incarcerated.

My question is: although the state has forgiven { & even rationalized his crime} should society forgive hm? Can someone { anyone , really} with the proven capacity to turn o deadly violence be allowed another chance? Inasmuch as I want to belive that anyone can turn his or her life around regardless of circumstances I find ex-cons with records of violent crimes heinous.

Does this make me a bad person? I am open-minded–but violence ” turns my stomach”.

I’ve acted in ways that were for sure questionable–but I am not violent. We all make bad choices, but most people’s bad choices do not result in the intentional taking of another human life.

I know that only God can forgive our sins—but I tend to want to categorize sins into what the Roman Church calls ” Mortal ” and Venial Sins. Is it up to us to distribute forgiveness. No it is not– God alone has the power to judge ALL of our sins.

Also, are some civil crimes too horrific to be forgiven by the Church’s Sacrament of Rconciliation? { clergy friends please share your thoughts on this topic} If a convicted rapist or murderer moved next-door to YOU, how would you treat him or her?


RCC Pontiff: Shame on You

Lisa Miller’s column in the March 29 issue of Newsweek was well done and timely. There is no excuse for the lack of true accountability of Roman Catholic priests & their bishops. 


I am Episcopalian, but my heritage on my father’s side is Irish Catholic and there are Roman Catholic priests in my family tree. I have a deep love and respect for the ancient Church traditions, but could not & will never abide by the rules set forth by an elite class of old men in the Vatican.  

The Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy has been reassigning pedophile priests for years, all while coercing their victims into a complacent silence. While I am sure there are good priests in the Roman Church, the hierarchy as it is works to protect the Church & its assets. As Miller notes, universal clerical celibacy for Roman Catholic priests was not even added to their doctrine until 1139 A.D.  

Maybe some people are called to perpetual singleness and there is nothing wrong with the uncoupled way of life. Yet for the Roman Church to force clergy to adopt a way of life which most people are not is unfair, impractical and downright dangerous. Mandatory celibacy of Roman Catholic clergy is not the only source of the poison that has infiltrated the upper echelons of the Roman See. Its entire structure has to be brought into the 21st century.  

Shame on the current pontiff and his cronies for continuing to allow the abuse of children entrusted into the care of Roman Catholic clergy.  



Holy sh** !

This afternoon I was * hoping* to view this past weeks’ podcasts of my favorite CNN show_ Amanpour_ but when my home page  came up on my screen it heralded some more grisly news  stateside.

There seem to be more & more shootings & other forms of violence lately Last night we heard about the deadly shootings on an Army base in Texas & just now I turned on my computer to see that there was yet ANOTHER mass-shooting in Orlando. What is this world coming to?  It seems that people are getting more & more violent. In my local area I have notice an influx of violent crime within the past few weeks.  When I watch the local news on TV I don’t even bother to count the numbers of murders & other violent crims that occur.  This part of Florida  had been known as a ” safe” place inwhich to raise a family. Not so much anymore, pensacola is quickly becoming a rather dangerous town.

My heart goes out to all those who are affected directly by both the killiings on the military base in Texas and those who are victims or know victims in the more recent shooting in south-central Florida. But the  case at the military base over in Texas really has my heartsrings since I , too, reside in an area heavily populated with military{ Air Force & Navy} families. I do not buy the theory that the gunman   in Texas was upset about his upcoming deployment. He is a SOLDIER, for heavens’ sake. he knows that, as a person sworn to protect & edfend our nation, that he will  be deployed.