Sexual abuse of one person by another is a source of much of the unhappiness in western civilization. I do not know if that is true of other cultures or not. It may be a human condition rather than just a problem here in the US and Europe. Does it become a problem because of the Church or does it enter the Church from the human condition? I do not know. What I do know is that it is a widespread human tragedy for the abuser and the abused. It can often cause a lifetime of unhappiness for the victim and the victim’s friends and family, with the friends and family being not aware of the source of the unhappiness. It is a problem that the rest of us must address.
The GOP have used fear mongering about terrorism and the deficit to win votes and elections. The deficit that should worry us is the deficit of intelligent news in the media and the deficit of educated discussion of our problems. And of course the deficit of political will to solve those problems.
I have read two or three of Bill O’Reilly’s political tomes and for a time I was fooled by his literary device of asserting, “I could be wrong.” And it is just a device that purports to show him as a reasonable man. He is not. In his own mind, Bill O’Reilly is never wrong. His mind is closed, locked and double barred. Don’t be fooled as I was for a time.
The local paper headlines Rick Santorum as an underdog in the presidential race of 2016. Actually all the Republican hopefuls, including George Pataki announcing momentarily, are underdogs against the Democratic candidate, whoever he or she may be. Some of the GOP field are not even underdogs, more like underpuppies.
The way the GOP stimulate the economy is to vote against infrastructure repair and for more wars, putting service members to work and spending more tax dollars on weapons. President Eisenhower was right when he said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”