The Sunday Message

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Mark 10:14 (NIV)

A headline I read this past week was shocking and sickening:

301 ‘Predator Priests’ Named In Pa. Grand Jury Sex Abuse Report: ‘They Were Raping Little Boys & Girls’

Before I start, I am not a Catholic. I do know several people who are Catholics and they are genuinely good people. When they do talk about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals with children, they are sick about it.

CBS in Pittsburgh reported:

“To make it easier to target their victims, the priests gave their favored boys gifts – gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The crosses were markings of which boys had been groomed for abuse.”

That is sick.

The abuse has been going on for years. How do we know it’s stopped?

Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, he made this observation about the latest sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church:

If it was anything other than the Catholic Church, if you heard this about Jiffy Lube if you read in the paper at Jiffy Lube over 300 technicians were found guilty of molesting over a thousand children, would people still go to Jiffy Lube. It’s amazing how they get away with it.

I think they get away with it because they have money and they are an enormous organization.

As an outsider, the cold hard fact is when I see a Priest on TV or in public my first thought is “I wonder how many children he has molested?”

I’m sure I am not the only one. If I had small children the last place I would want them to go would be a Catholic Church.

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. – Acts 20:28 (NIV)

Have a great week!

 

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Caught My Eye…

Some people are such treasures that you just want to bury them. –Unknown

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the Little Rocket Man meeting, Generic Unnamed Challengers, Man on River (Update), Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Maher’s Rules for Actual News, and One More Thing!

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The President & the NFL

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!’ – President Donald J. Trump, September 22, 2017

In calling those NFL players who peacefully protest during the National Anthem, a “son of a bitch” President Trump united the NFL players, owners, and many others.

First of all, let me get this straight, I stand during the National Anthem and I either place my hand over my heart while facing the flag or during some events, I salute the flag because I am a veteran.

I know several people who died while serving in our military defending our freedoms. That is my way of honoring them and my country.

The big news on Sunday was showing how NFL players and fans reacted during the beginning of each game when the National Anthem was played. Many locked arms and some knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. Some raised their arms and made a fist. It was peaceful.

None of those protesting were showing disrespect to military personnel or to anyone in uniform. That angle used by those who dislike the protests is a non-starter.

Maybe you feel differently, but none of those protests bothered me. I served my country so people could have the freedom of speech and of expression. I am happy we still have that freedom.

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Caught My Eye…

I’ve always loved investigations. – Robert Mueller

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Great Falls Police Department, Jimmy Kimmel & healthcare, Facebook & politics, Paul Manafort, dotard, and One More Thing!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The Gianforte Interview
  • Bill Maher & Gianforte
  • Montana Democrats
  • Trump & Manning

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