Catholic Priests And The Twisted Views Of Sexuality

If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a case involving an 11-year-old boy — will Pope Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?

And will Francis, who has already denounced a “culture of cover-up” in the church, take the investigation all the way to the top, where it will inevitably lead? McCarrick’s alleged sexual misdeeds with adults were reportedly brought to the Vatican’s attention years ago.

The matter is now on the desk of the pope, who has already spent the better part of 2018 dealing with a spiraling child sex abuse, adult gay priest sex and cover-up scandal in Chile that was so vast the entire bishops’ conference offered to resign in May.

Obviously something is seriously wrong in the Catholic Church when it comes to pedophiles in vestments.   The church needs to stop the insane celibacy rule which only exists until the choir boy has his jeans down in the vestry in front of the priest.

The issue of not allowing for open sexuality in the private lives of priests has contributed to the indefensible crimes which take place far too often in that denomination.   Let priests marry, have homosexual relationships if they desire, and act like every other member of their congregation.   The church has for too long tried to control the sexual side of their entire membership.   From the horrible ideas they plant in youngster’s minds about masturbation, to the banning of contraceptives leaves the vast majority of both Catholics and non-Catholics rejecting the insanity from the pulpits.

There is never an end to the horrible stories of not only abusive priests but the cover-ups which reach to the papal offices.

Meanwhile the lowly parishioner is asked to dig deeper and provide more money—lawyers after all–do not come cheap when trying to explain why Father X has abused yet another kid.  And then been routed to another parish.

Climate Change And Suicide

Japan set a dubious record on Monday, recording the country’s highest ever temperature — 41.1 degrees Celsius, or 106 degrees Fahrenheit — in a city northwest of Tokyo called Kumagaya.  More than 40 people have died in Japan in an unprecedented heatwave that has lasted for nearly two weeks.

Now there is more evidence of how climate change impacts people.  We know that climate change has tragic — and unexpected — effects.

One of those is its effect on the suicide rate. Suicide is more common on unusually hot days. And the authors of a recent Nature study estimate that, by 2050, climate change will cause an additional 14,020 suicides in the United States. The magnitude of this change is on par with “the estimated impact of economic recessions, suicide-prevention programs, or gun-restriction laws.”

Today in Georgia–Did Donald Trump Endorse Another Loser?

Georgia Republicans decide a bruising gubernatorial runoff today that is testing the loyalty of conservative voters to Donald Trump and their frequent rejection of the establishment in favor of outside, bare-knuckled politics.

The match-up between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pits the White House, which backs Kemp, against outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who backs Cagle. Democrat Stacey Abrams awaits the winner in the fall, seeking to become the first black female governor of any American state.

Election watchers have reported there is no real ideological difference between the GOP contenders.  So it is not a conservative vs. a moderate.  The difference seems to be the that  Kemp looks to be the weaker general-election candidate given his outlandish views on immigration and guns.  What will be interesting to watch both tonight and in November is whether Trump once again endorse the weaker candidate?

House Seats Move In Direction Of Democratic Gains For 2018

Larry Sabato has for many election cycles been one of the voices reporters and candidates follow for his expertise with campaigns being waged for congressional seats.   His latest newsletter shows gains in the making for the Democratic side of the aisle.

— Democrats are now a little better than 50-50 to win the House. This is the first time this cycle we’ve gone beyond 50-50 odds on a House turnover.

— We’re making 17 House ratings changes this week, all in favor of the Democrats.

— One of those comes in OH-12, where the last nationally-watched special House election is taking place in a couple of weeks.

Sabato writes…

This week’s changes leave a very large number of Toss-ups: 36, 34 held by Republicans and just two held by Democrats. That leaves 200 districts at least leaning to the Republicans and 199 at least leaning to the Democrats, assuming the non-Toss-ups go the way we currently project (and there are shaky seats in both “Leans” columns).

That basically means that the party that wins about half of the Toss-ups (18 of 36 for Republicans, 19 of 36 for Democrats) will be the majority party in the House. At this point, we see the Democrats with slightly better odds to get their required share of the Toss-ups based largely on the environment, but also because they appear to have well-funded and credible challengers in these districts that can capitalize on that environment. But, as noted above, it’s not a slam dunk, and the GOP has the ability to hang on even if the big-picture national indicators (Trump’s approval and the generic ballot polling) do not get better for them. The danger for Republicans, and one thing that could put the House out of reach for them, is if those indicators get worse.