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  • Australian Inquiry: Priests Should Face Criminal Charges for Not Reporting Abuse Heard in Confession

    08/15/2017 12:26:23 PM PDT · 61 of 77
    Flying Circus to aMorePerfectUnion

    You are neglecting the Orthodox and Coptics who are not Romans but believe in the necessity of confession and absolution for the forgiveness of mortal sins as well. The idea of a practicing Christian not confessing and seeking absolution is a fairly modern innovation held by only a small fraction of the world’s Christians, the slothful not counted.

    I don’t recall the Bible saying anywhere “go tell God in secret about what you think your sins are and all will be forgiven.” On the contrary the Bible gives the apostles, and by extension their successors, the power to bind and to loose.

    As to the practice, lots of people give up on the Christian faith, to quote Chesterton, “not because it was tried and found wanting but because it was found difficult and not tried.” Plenty of Protestants fall into the practical Atheist and Agnostic categories as well. Telling another person about your wrong doings isn’t comfortable or easy but a good confessor can help to get to root of the sins and you recognize other sins by pointing out the blind spots we all have when looking at ourselves.

  • Baby boomers are refusing to sell and will age like a fine wine in their homes.

    08/15/2017 8:51:47 AM PDT · 82 of 138
    Flying Circus to Lorianne

    I am sure California skews that number a fair amount. Older folks there have no incentive to downsize because of the property tax penalty to trading houses for those who have been in the same place for decades. Housing prices have increased by more than an order of magnitude in the last 30 years but for people who bought them the property tax rate is locked in at the time of purchase. There is no value to trading to a smaller home because any savings in maintenance is more than offset by the increase in property taxes on the new home. The effect of this is to lock up housing inventory in markets that desperately need houses for young families.

    When I lived there is was cheaper, by far, to pay rent than the cost of mortgage interest and taxes. Older folks would sit on million dollar properties until they died than their children would inherit the house with a low tax bill. A lady at church bought out half her mother’s house from her sister after the mother died and said the increase in the tax bill for the just the half purchased from here sister nearly gave her a heart attack.

  • Australian Inquiry: Priests Should Face Criminal Charges for Not Reporting Abuse Heard in Confession

    08/15/2017 7:34:51 AM PDT · 44 of 77
    Flying Circus to aMorePerfectUnion

    That is your belief. Three quarters of the Christian world disagrees with you.

  • Australian Inquiry: Priests Should Face Criminal Charges for Not Reporting Abuse Heard in Confession

    08/15/2017 7:24:35 AM PDT · 42 of 77
    Flying Circus to arthurus

    If they were to pass a law that required clergy to report crimes reported to them in confession I could see sociopaths making a game out of confessing crimes (real and fictional) just to make the priest squirm between the requirements of the civil laws and excommunication. If the “penitent” gets caught for a crime he turns the priest in saying “I confessed all this to Fr. So-and-so” and take satisfaction in seeing the priest go through legal hell. Another could go from church to church confessing fictional crimes and if one of them breaks (probably after seeing a few episodes of their brethren raked over legal coals) and reports it to the police the false penitent gets the satisfaction of outing a hypocrite and when investigated there is no evidence other that the hearsay of the priest. It is a catch 22 for the church and of little value to the authorities.

    There is nothing the devil wants more than to get us to compromise with the world because every little compromise takes us further from God.

  • Seeing the Eclipse in Missouri?

    08/14/2017 12:08:14 PM PDT · 33 of 69
    Flying Circus to MNDude

    I am taking the day off and will probably be in Columbia with my eldest son for a training activity. My wife, and other kids are going to visiting family in Higginsville to see it. She wanted to go to Marshall but is afraid it will be too crowded. I just hope the rain and clouds don’t get in the way since there is a possibility of thunderstorms predicted.

  • Conservative Millennial Women Are Here... [A Liberal Begins To Understand! Good Read!]

    08/11/2017 12:59:39 PM PDT · 29 of 35
    Flying Circus to stylin19a

    Exactly my take on it. She is slightly more sympathetic to them now that she met a few, but she is patronizing and still thinks that deep down they are delusional. She still cannot conceive of their POV no matter how balanced she pretends to be.

  • Suicide Notes of Mom Who Killed Kids and Herself Revealed: 'I Hope You Rot'

    08/11/2017 9:43:39 AM PDT · 55 of 75
    Flying Circus to ARGLOCKGUY

    “You can no longer hurt us. We are at peace. “

    I see statements along these lines in many of these suicide stories, either in the suicide note or by the surviving family talking about the deceased. This lady was nuts, but far too many people seem to think that suicide is a way to peace and that is a most insidious and evil idea. God judges but suicide is self murder and He has made it clear that the unrepentant murderer will never know peace.

  • Beware the Sins of the Pious - A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

    08/09/2017 1:37:06 PM PDT · 36 of 360
    Flying Circus to Salvation

    Interesting to read the thread and see how much it has been hijacked to discuss what non-Catholics see as the failings of Catholicism. Zero introspection on their own part to see where Msgr. Pope may have something to say to them. It is like this every time you post Msgr’s writings.

    It seems like there is nothing better for them to do than to tend to the speck they think they see in their Catholic brother’s eye. It would be nice to see a non-hijacked discussion on these sometimes.

  • 3 maps that explain North Korea's strategy

    08/09/2017 10:18:43 AM PDT · 34 of 53
    Flying Circus to Mechanicos

    That N. Korea has been using threats and intimidation to extort concessions from their neighbors isn’t a revelation. That their posturing is geared to intimidate outsiders and awe their own people is a given. That all the major powers have let the situation fester in favor of their own agendas is obvious. The novel assertion here is that they are actually bluffing in a rational manner.

    What happens when they have gone to far? When they are a risk not just to S. Korea and Japan, but also to Chinese and Russian interests? Did they know they were bluffing and how will they respond when the bluff is called? If they have been running a well calibrated bluff all these years, they mis-calibrated the effect of nuclear weapons. The world cannot afford to have such weapons in the hands of irrational players and the same interests and agendas that propped their regime up now become threatened by them.

    Based on the stories coming out about him, it is more likely Fatso is a Caligula like figure. He reputedly imbibes way too much of the finest booze, eats the best food, flies off on violent rages and is given to cruelty. His father and grandfather were strongmen who made the country in their own images and elevated themselves and Pot-belly to the status of gods to the common N. Korean. It is not uncommon for the son raised in his condition to believe the myths and not appreciate how delicate the construction he inherited really is. He may be crazy enough to believe the propaganda or willing to see it all burn rather than give up power.

  • REVEALED: Google’s Social Justice Warriors Create Wrongthink Blacklist

    08/08/2017 7:42:18 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    Flying Circus to nickcarraway

    Ping. Curious to get your thoughts. PM me if you prefer.

  • North Korea could soon develop a hydrogen bomb more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan

    08/04/2017 10:58:27 AM PDT · 26 of 33
    Flying Circus to TigerLikesRooster

    Wouldn’t Los Angeles and San Francisco be in more danger from a NorK nuke than New York and DC?

  • Your 'Anonymous' Browsing Data Isn't Actually Anonymous

    08/03/2017 1:16:24 PM PDT · 6 of 8
    Flying Circus to DUMBGRUNT
  • Steve Bartman receives 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ring

    07/31/2017 1:58:54 PM PDT · 30 of 41
    Flying Circus to nickcarraway

    Ha ha! It was a disgrace what Chicago Cubs fans did to the guy. Classy move by the Cubs organization, but still not enough to redeem the Cubs in my eyes. They are Chicago people after all.

  • Schoolgirl Who Won Right to Die But Changed Her Mind Graduates From University

    07/28/2017 4:51:39 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    Flying Circus to nickcarraway

    RvW was also derived from an implied “right to privacy” in the Constitution. However subsequent court decisions on privacy seem to make our privacy rights curiously narrow. Somehow I doubt the left wing of the Court will have the intellectual consistency to rethink their support of RvW in light of their more recent opinions.

  • Schoolgirl Who Won Right to Die But Changed Her Mind Graduates From University

    07/28/2017 1:53:01 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    Flying Circus to vladimir998

    If you read closely it seems like the she wasn’t asking to be allowed suicide, it was she wanted the power to decide to not get extraordinary treatment like a heart transplant. I am sure you would agree there is a tremendous moral difference between actively taking a life and letting nature take its course without taking extraordinary steps to save a life. As the Charlie Gard story illustrated, the British medical system seems to think that it has the right toke make all the decisions for a sick person.

  • Transgender in the Military: 3 Reasons Why Trump’s Decision is Right

    07/27/2017 1:00:59 PM PDT · 32 of 33
    Flying Circus to b4its2late

    Libs have thought the military was a great place for advancing their agenda since Truman racially integrated the military in the 50’s. Truman did the right thing because the color of a person’s skin doesn’t effect their ability to carry out military missions and the costs and troubles of segregating were a waste of resources.

    Sex and “gender identity” on the other hand do have an effect on the ability to carry out many military missions. Men and women are simply built different and women cannot continually perform at the same level as men under the rigors and pressures of combat. The gender confused and the queer are mentally ill and dealing with their issues adds to expense and distracts from the mission. The commander-in-chief needs to consider the overall effectiveness and costs of keeping our military ready to fight, everything else is a distraction.

  • United States Nuclear Arsenal Controlled By 1970s Computers With 8-inch Floppy Disks

    07/25/2017 8:06:44 AM PDT · 43 of 68
    Flying Circus to thoughtomator

    My first real job was working for IBM in 2000 and we still had a shop floor control program written by a team of programmers in Pascal in the ‘80s. Management spent million$ to replace it with state of the art shop floor control systems but at certain parts of the process (cutting a wafer into 1000s of heads) they were not able to replace the program because the newer programs ran too slow and made bottlenecks.

    The team that wrote the control system had retired except for one cranky old character that management hated and repeatedly tried to fire. But he had become irreplaceable to the business as the only one who could support the legacy program. When I needed things done I would show up with a can of Pepsi and listen to him complain about the systems they were trying to replace his with and him brag on how good his program was while he would move my request up to the front of the queue and get it done right there.

    Something about the discipline of having to fit your algorithm into a limited number of precious punch cards made that generation of programmers wizards at writing tight, well optimized code that ran fast and light on memory. He bragged his program was so well optimized that the average response speed to the shop floor was less than the rated seek times of the drives while the newer software had to do several seeks on the drives before they could respond to the shop floor. All those seeks added up to operators waiting for the system before they could move parts.

  • Street sign warning that police ‘startle easily’ appears at St. Paul intersections

    07/24/2017 1:20:11 PM PDT · 92 of 147
    Flying Circus to ifinnegan

    It is really hard to justify shooting an unarmed woman in her pajamas who was looking for the police help with what she thought was a crime in progress. No one has claimed that she did anything aggressive or threatening toward the officers only that there was a loud noise nearby that startled them. But those two startled officers were able to go home safe that night so all is OK.

  • Cast Aside Everything You Thought You Knew – This Is How It Really Is.

    07/23/2017 3:24:55 PM PDT · 51 of 51
    Flying Circus to JBW1949

    Prior to being president he had 8 years as governor of California. That is more time in elected office than George W Bush, equivalent to Jimmy Carter and only a couple years less than Obama. Professional actor was probably really good preparation for political life too. He was far more of a pro coming into office than Trump.

  • Cast Aside Everything You Thought You Knew – This Is How It Really Is.

    07/22/2017 8:49:52 PM PDT · 47 of 51
    Flying Circus to JBW1949

    Reagan was absolutely a professional politician and a very smooth one at that. He also was very principled and while he compromised where he had to he stuck to those principles closely.

    Trump is a different beast. He is definitely not a professional and probably the least politically experienced president in our history. He also does not appear to have any consistent political ideology, but one important principle. That principle seems to be he promised to do a certain set of actions and he is committed to fulfilling those promises to the best of his abilities. He is also crazy like a fox and seems to be a master of misdirection who keeps his opponents guessing about what he will do next.