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"Technology is eradicating the wisdom of antiquity and slowly destroying our kids' ability to think".
Wow - what kind of reactionary Luddite crawled out from under a rock and gave voice to that mouthful? Was it a joint communique issued by the firm of Belling, Beck and Limbaugh?
This is a tough one to write.
On this web site appears an article about an ex-priest convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys. The trauma of such an event inflicted upon those lives is so deep; the level of betrayal from a source that should have stood for all that is good and noble is so profound. What do we say in the face of such horror? Our hearts can only grieve for the victims as we mutely consider the irretrievable value of a lost and ruptured childhood, and the enduring emotional pain.
I have no animosity towards the Catholic Church. I was raised Catholic but left the Church nearly forty years ago. Despite this I recognize its importance and remain convinced that John Paul II was one of the great world leaders of the last fifty years. I believe that had the magnitude of the Church's problem surfaced when he was in a state of physical health and mental vigor, the halls of the Vatican would have vibrated with anger and action. A man who in his youth repeatedly put his life at risk to stand up to Hitler and Stalin would not have blanched from the task of cleaning his own house.