“Dear Ann Coulter - Do the events blow your recent column "Out of Thin Air" into
thin air or at least flush it down into where it should be - with most of your columns?
DUSAA-1775 on Dec 4, 2011 at 18:42:15
“I haven't seen Ann on this post all day... perhaps you should email her.”
hollandjwm on Dec 4, 2011 at 16:31:14
“Well first you have to consider how much weight you give to anything Coulter writes or says. She rarely speaks a word without first thinking about how much damage her words will inflict on opponents, or how shocking she might be. If you realize that she is nothing more than a kind of deranged conservative cheerleader casting insults at opponents from the sidelines, then it stands to reason that your initial reaction to her column was incredulity, then disgust, then you forgot about her and moved on. What she wrote had no basis in reality, so there's no reason for it to be disproven.”
“Pope Francis is accomplishing an "inside-job" revolution in the Catholic Church by his behavior, gestures and seemingly unguarded words. Much of what the world observes of the Church are "medium is the message" images giving the impression of super-sacred-other-worldliness, superiority, pomposity. This, plus scandals of all kinds, indicate a corrupt institution. But, praise God, here is Francis. With mo new Vatican papal protocol, Francis immediately began doing things HIS way, and not THEIR (the Institutional) way. When the crowd heard the words, “Habemus papa ..” the new Pope stepped forth on the balcony, no arms broadly extended to receive the cheering, triumphant adulation. Rather, a man emerged with an, almost shy, wave, gave a simple blessing, followed by something never seen before. The Pope asked the huge crowd for their blessing upon him. Stunningly, this man, just invested with incredible power, declares to all these ordinary people, I NEED something from you.
Pope Francis’ constant focus is on the POOR: the starving, the homeless, victims of brutal, unjust governments, lack of adequate education, the crippling injustices resulting from the imbalance between the have-it-all and the have-little-or-nothing, the poor on every level of existence. This is the Pope who will reveal the face of creator/God/Jesus: the face of unconditional love, compassion, mercy, the God of inclusion not exclusion.
Pope Francis is sunshine breaking out where many continue to predict only stormy, apocalyptic weather.”
“As Genesis wisely, divinely, says, 'It is not good for man [the human person] to be along." But of course, the institutional church knows better! Therefore, mandatory celibacy for its shepherds. Often celibate clergy, in formation, have had their psycho-sexual development blocked at their adolescent stage, which accounts, not for pedophilia, but ephebophilia, reaching out for teen-agers, or young individuals, not children. They desire to the "hole in the soul." It’s the sacred energy of sexuality seeking expression - but underdeveloped men do so inappropriately. "Looking for love in all the wrong places." G.K. Chesterton reputedly wrote, "Most people go to brothels looking for God." Tragically, many clergy, lack any lived "experience" of the erotic power of the God of the Song of Songs. It’s merely a Scripture study. The substitute is ersatz intimate activity of "inappropriate invitations", or non-relational, now-and- then, sexual encounters. Very sad. These men have not received an intellectual, theological, psychological, personal formation with which to help people understand and appreciate the wondrous, sacred language of sexuality. These men, living compartmentalized lives, "don't have a clue." And they are perfect reflections of the Institutional Church rejected today by so many intelligent, mature people. These people believe in, trust their experience where they find meaning, hope, joy, life and energy to begin again when everything falls apart. These are graces, touches of God - even when unnamed. Grieve our brokenness – build a holiness/wholeness – get a Sacred clue.”
redtail151 on Mar 3, 2013 at 21:31:43
“and often married clergy has done just as the celibate clergy...”