Can you say Eyjafjallajokull? It’s our current global annoyance. You, too can impress your neighbors and your classes with your Icelandic pronunciation! Watch the brief lesson here.
If only I could return,
Having another perspective is always helpful. Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam
Miller – a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman: “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?
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 laywomen have
been sexually harassed.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found
guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of
pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.
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.
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 that have probably been totally
weeded out by now.
Walk with your shoulders high and you 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 all other religions. Be proud that you’re a
In a galaxy far, far away, a new pope takes the reigns… Because you need a good laugh.