Caught My Eye…

Aliens probably ride past Earth and lock their doors… – Unknown

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Todd Capser
  • Daines and the Census
  • Pope Francis
  • Inside Montana Politics
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the U.S. Space Force, Dallas Mavericks & Mark Cuban, unemployment, internet speed, Kansas City Royals, United States Air Force, Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner race, WD-40, Pope Francis, The Western Word on Twitter, the Great Falls Voyagers, Jon Tester & hunting, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Edwards, Salaries, Havre, & the Pope

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Superintendent Salaries
  • No Spanish in Havre
  • Pope Francis

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The Sunday Message

Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world. – Pope Francis

I’m not a Catholic, but I really like Pope Francis. I also like that he uses Twitter to communicate! I think religious leaders should use social media to “spread the good news.”

The Pope has about 10.5 million followers on Twitter and when he tweets something there is an almost immediate reaction; like with this tweet:

How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!

Pope Francis made some news this week and it was not because of what he posted on Twitter. The Pope did an interview with a German newspaper during which as the New York Times reported, “Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases.”

There’s a shortage of Priests in the church and the Pope believes that the church can “combat a deepening shortage of priests by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church.”

The New York Times reports that the shortage is getting worse:

In the United States, there are now about 2,500 Catholics per priest, compared with 851 per priest in 1972, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which is affiliated with Georgetown University.

They also report that it is worse in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In Brazil, there are roughly 8,000 Catholics per priest.

Since religion is a pretty competitive business, look for other major religions to move into these places to “spread the good news.”

I think that churches need to change with the times – if they can reach more people by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church that is great.

Although this idea does not mean that Pope Francis will soon be announcing that women can become priests, who knows what will happen down the road.

The road from love to hate is easy. The one from hate to love is more difficult, but brings peace. – Pope Francis via Twitter

 

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The Sunday Message

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35 (NIV)

This past week several news organizations reported that Pope Francis said Christians should apologize to gay people. CNN reported that the Pope said:

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended,” he added, “but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

It was also reported that the Pope said:

“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally,” Francis said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.

“The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times — when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners!”

I am not a Catholic, but I agree with Pope Francis about this issue. I’ve always thought that if Christians would show more love, many issues would be less of an issue.

Plus, as Pope Francis said a few years ago, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Amen to that.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Tribal Healthcare Grant
  • Montana Law Enforcement Academy
  • Powerball Winners
  • Young Professional Profiles
  • Pope Francis
  • Common Age
  • The Twinkie

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