Spring into some “new to you” spring and summer fashions at the Holy Ground Thrift Shop. Everything is at bargain prices!! There are always daily specials as well. The Samaritans Holy Ground Thrift Store is located behind Our Lady Queen of Americas Church in Conneaut Lake. Come visit our friendly volunteers and see what treasures we can find for you. On the corner of 285W and 6W in Conneaut Lake, we are open Mondays from 9 am until noon and 5:30 until 7:30 pm and Thursdays from 9 am until 6 pm. We encourage you to help your neighbors out by dropping off clean, gently used items any time we are open.
We always welcome new volunteers!! What a great and easy way to help out your neighbor and make new friends. We still have (6) 3-hour shifts: Mondays from 9 am until noon and 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm; and Thursdays from 9 am until noon, noon until 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Please contact Margaret Staahl at 382-8870 or Pat Kaider at 382-1213 if you are interested.
Pope Francis’ long awaited document on marriage was published yesterday, April 8th. Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love”, is a beautiful reflection on the nature of marriage between one man and one woman, how to promote it among our youth, and how to heal it when it is wounded. In the case of “irregular” marriages, the Pope’s effort is to take these unions where the are and strengthen the connection of the couples with the church as far as possible in the effort to help move them forward toward full participation in the church’s understanding of sacramental marriage.
This article summarizes the basic points. It includes a link to the document itself.
** Fact Checker: Mainstream Media Promotes Hollywood’s ‘Spotlight’ Movie and the Boston Globe’s Dishonest Reporting
November 10, 2015 | TheMediaReport.com
While Hollywood and the Boston Globe would want you to believe that the new movie “Spotlight” is an impartial dramatization of the paper’s 2002 reporting on sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston, the truth is something else entirely.
As “Spotlight” slowly makes its way to theaters across the country, mainstream media movie reviewers are grossly distorting the truth about the Catholic Church sex abuse story.
“The Spotlight team found that those in power knew about the abuse. That included the head of the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Bernard Law, who continued the pattern of moving Father John Geoghan from parish to parish despite his history of serially molesting boys.” (WBUR, 9/4/15)
Not even close. The mainstream media won’t tell you this, but the Boston Globe’s reporting routinely minimized the critical role that secular psychologists played in the entire Catholic Church abuse scandal. Time after time, trained “expert” psychologists around the country repeatedly insisted to Church leaders that abusive priests were fit to return to ministry after receiving “treatment” under their care.
Indeed, one of the leading experts in the country recommended to the Archdiocese of Boston in both 1989 and 1990 that–despite Geoghan’s two-decade record of abuse–it was both “reasonable and therapeutic” to return Geoghan to active pastoral ministry including work “with children.”
The Globe’s rank hypocrisy
And it is not as if the Globe could plead ignorance to the fact that the Church had for years been sending abusive priests to therapy and then returning them to ministry on the advice of prominent and credentialed doctors. As we reported earlier this year, back in 1992–a full decade before the Globe unleashed its reporters against the Church–the Globe itself was enthusiastically promoting in its pages the psychological treatment of sex offenders–including priests–as “highly effective” and “dramatic.”
The Globe knew that the Church’s practice of sending abusive priests off to treatment was not just some diabolical attempt to deflect responsibility and cover-up wrongdoing, but a genuine attempt to treat aberrant priests that was based on the best secular scientific advice of the day.
Yet a mere ten years later, in 2002, the Globe acted in mock horror that the Church had employed such treatments. It bludgeoned the Church for doing in 1992 exactly what the Globe itself said it should be doing. The hypocrisy is off the charts.
The Church’s secrecy that wasn’t
“‘As soon as we discovered that the church had made secret payments to victims of other priests–which one of the attorneys referred to as hush money–we began to realize that of course the church did know, that it had to know, and that its sole interest wasn’t in the children,’ [ex-Boston Globe editor] Walter Robinson said, ‘it was in keeping the story quiet’.” (WBUR, 9/4/15)
While Hollywood and the Globe would want you to believe that the Catholic Church demanded secrecy from victims when doling out settlements, the truth is that it was the other way around: it was the victims who had demanded secrecy from the Church.
How do we know this? For starters, even the Globe itself has finally admitted this.
In an article on Monday June 3, 2002, the Boston Globe buried this crucial admission from Boston contingency lawyer Mitchell Garabedian: “Garabedian said he harbors no regrets about the settlements he negotiated in secrecy, often at his clients’ insistence. ‘They were embarrassed, and many victims thought they were the only ones,’ he said.”
In other words, Robinson’s claim is simply bogus.
Just the tip of the iceberg
As a movie, “Spotlight” appears to resemble The Wizard of Oz more than anything factual.
Suffice it to say that the Boston Globe’ dishonest and biased reporting could fill a book, and that book is [David F. Pierre Jr.] Sins of the Press: The Untold Story of The Boston Globe’s Reporting on Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church.
Thoroughly detailed and footnoted, the fast-paced Sins of the Press will change your mind about the Boston Globe and its lauded reporting on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.
Here is the recommendation by the psychological expert to return Geoghan to ministry.
Just last week, Boston television network WCVB unleashed a startling revelation on its evening news:
“[WCVB] found in recent years, on average, the licenses of 15 Massachusetts educators are suspended or revoked each year for sexual misconduct. But there aren’t always charges.”
15 teachers. Each and every year in Massachusetts schools. Suspended for sexual misconduct. And almost all of these cases never see the inside of a courtroom.
Compare this with the Archdiocese of Boston, where the last time a priest was publicly accused of contemporaneous abuse of a minor was in January 2002, thirteen years ago. So according to the findings of WCVB’s investigation, there has been nearly 200 public school educators found to have abused students in Massachusetts since the last time a priest was publicly accused.
Missing in Action
So where is the Boston Globe on this explosive story? It has not published a single syllable about WCVB’s stunner. The paper and its crack “Spotlight” team are nowhere to be found.
Instead, the Globe simply continues to promote itself ad nauseum with article after article about the new Spotlight movie, in which Hollywood predictably does violence to the truth in its attempt to bash the Church.
Even CBS news reported that the cases of child sexual abuse in public schools do not get the media attention they deserve. It quotes without quibble Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft, who received federal funding for her work through the DOE, remarking: “Think the Catholic Church has a problem? The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.” It is rarely given major covered by the national media except when a 22 year-old blond knock out thinks she found her soul mate in an 8th-grade boy in her class and it gets physical.
Have you ever thought about expanding your faith? Have you ever considered being a catechist? We would like to invite you to participate in
“Echoes of Faith program.” The first topic to be presented is the role of the catechist. This is a very worthwhile program and is open to anyone who is interested. It will be held in the hall with light refreshments. The Schedule is as follows:
Sunday Nights 4:30-5:30
November 1, 2015
December 6, 2015
January 10, 2015
February 21, 2016
March 13, 2016
April 3, 2016
The topic will be “The role of the Catechist” This will be relevant for every parishioner, especially families with children.
The ministry schedule in this week’s bulleting has not been updated to reflect the new November assignments. Please see the
new schedules posted at the entrances of the church as well as in the sacristy. If there are any questions please feel free
to contact Nancy in the Parish office at 814-382-7252 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!