Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church

Growing up in an Italian Catholic family, I went to Catechism class twice a week, confession twice a month, and Mass every Sunday.  My father, who died when I was 12, never went, but my mother loved the Catholic Church and dragged us along. I, at times, would ask my mother, “Why doesn’t daddy come to church with us?”  She would answer, “He was an altar boy when he was young,” as if to mean he already put in his time! Or maybe there was another reason which we never knew.

 

I was baptized, received 1st Holy Communion, Confirmed and Married in the Catholic Church.  When I was a child Catholic priests came to our house to bless us after our family was involved in an automobile accident.   The only bad thing I remember about our church was one day after mass, Father Fleming, our pastor of Saint Williams Catholic Church in Euclid, Ohio, was in the parking lot trying to direct traffic to untangle a traffic jam, and he apparently lost his temper and shouted, “God damn it!”  My mother heard him and was in complete shock and said, “Oh my, did you hear what the father said?  He said G.D.”  “G.D?  What’s that mom?”  She could never say ‘God damn it,’ after all she just received holy communion and was in the state of grace.  But, then wasn’t Father Fleming also in the state of grace who served her communion?

 

There were times, sitting in the dark confessional booth, telling a strange voice on the other side of the vale or shade, (the priest), how I sinned. Eating meat on a Friday! Eating candy during Lent, when I had given it up for Lent. And, of course, with ever young american boys going through puberty, impure thoughts, masturbation, always thinking about sex, etc. Girls. And if I didn’t want to confess one of those dark, immoral, depraved sins, then I knew for sure I was going to hell when I received holy communion on Sunday! And I would be worried sick, and felt so guilty!

 

I remember Sister Cecilia – the Catholic Nunn teaching my catechism class saying, “Remember children, playing with your skin is a MORTAL SIN!!”  Oh my God, I’m going straight to hell, I thought!

 

So today, on August the 15th, a day my parents and grandparents observed and to this day my siblings and cousins celebrate the “Feast of the Assumption” in Little Italy in Cleveland, Ohio. As I write this thousands of people are congregating on Mayfield Road, near Murray Hill Road, right outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church, observing this scared holiday as other Catholics are around the world, and what do you know? It’s another day of news of sexual abuse by catholic priests, bishops, and well the entire Catholic Church. 

 

From the Wall Street Journal:

            “Catholic officials in Pennsylvania systematically covered up the molestation of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests over the past 70 years, according to a report released Tuesday on one of the most exhaustive investigations into the church’s sex-abuse scandal.”

           

Most people reading this probably reacted with a “so what else is new?” attitude, because it has happened so often.

 

Priests sodomizing young boys, bishops and even cardinals covering it up and sending the priests on their way to sexually abuse more children.  How could this happen so much, for so long, with nothing ever being done to stop it?  Why did the Pope, the Cardinals the bishops not stop it? The lives of these innocent, faithful Catholics, scarred.

 

These things are constantly churning over in my mind, I just can’t square them away.  While I tried desperately to live by the tenants of the Catholic Church, thousands of priests, bishops, and cardinals were sodomizing little boys and girls, getting caught and doing it over and over again. And then celebrating Mass, hearing confession, marrying young couples, presiding over funeral masses, in their homilies, instructing us how to live?

 

It’s been a while since I joined the 2nd largest religion in America, “Former Catholics,” for this reason and just recently I, with my family, attended a catholic funeral service, and I felt the need to return to the church.  So now, this again.

 

What do I do?  I don’t know.  Who do I trust?  I don’t know. 

 

What do I believe?  I believe Jesus Christ was the son of God, who came down from heaven and died on the cross for our sins, and three days later he arose from the dead and ascended into heaven. 

 

That’s all I believe right now.  That’s all I got right now.  But, you know, I think that’s enough.

NBC News Bias!

Now that we’re ragging on local TV News let me tell you what I saw on a local newscast in San Diego.  The station, I believe, was NBC 7, owned and operated by NBC.

 

A reporter was doing a story on an immigration demonstration and a sound bite appeared by an African American who appeared to be a Catholic Priest.  He said, Donald Trump is a racist and Trump hates all immigrants.  Then you saw a sound bite of President Trump saying “They are animals.” 

 

Now you probably know that Trump was referring to MS 13 the violent gangs who rape young girls and mutilate their bodies.  But the news report left that out!  Making it look and sound like he said all immigrants are animals!   This is a blatant lie by the television station, the news department and the reporter.

 

Later I was listening to NBC Radio News, and a report referred to Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell.  When Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, McConnell said we should wait until after the upcoming election.  Now that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court McConnell wants him confirmed before the upcoming election.  NBC left out the fact that Obama was at the end of his presidency and a new president would be elected and McConnell made the point that a new president should have the honor of appointing a new justice. While, with the Kavanaugh nomination the upcoming election is a MID-TERM election with no presidential election! 

 

You see the subtle difference?  Leaving out the Information makes it sound like McConnell is bad, is hypocritical. Leaving out President Trump saying he was referring to MS 13 makes it sound like the president is a racist.

 

Remember the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, about 6 years ago.  NBC edited the sound of the 911 call and made it appear as though Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being asked, when the full tape revealed he only did so when responding to a question by the dispatcher.

 

This is unscrupulous, immoral, and corrupt.  The bias is pathetic.  And are they held accountable for it?  No. 

MONSOON IS A SEASON - NOT A STORM!

Well once again I get ticked off when journalists or broadcasters misuse the word monsoon in their reporting. After all when you read a news story or listen to a newscast your assume it is factual, right? For example there is a weekend news anchor on a tv station of which I am very familiar with, reports a "monsoon" is rolling in from the north, he is wrong, which totally destroys his credibility. A political commentary in the Wall Street Journal refers to "summer monsoons sweeping across the valley." 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/arizona-republicans-brace-for-a-storm-1533936117?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=4

As a retired meteorologist and TV news anchor, I bristle every time a member of the media refers to a thunder or dust storm as a monsoon. The definition of "monsoon" is a seasonal shift of the winds that creates a change in the weather, and most likely an influx of moisture which creates a rainy season.

The emphasis here is on the word "season." Monsoon is a "season", not a storm. A thunderstorm during the monsoon is called a thunderstorm, or if you prefer, a monsoon thunderstorm. And by the way, a dust storm is nothing more than a thunderstorm where the moisture has evaporated. This has been an ongoing campaign of mine for the last 30 years or so as it indicates to me that someone did not do their homework when it comes to using facts. Not a good way to begin a commentary about Arizona politics.

My Review of Dave Munsey's Book, "Munsey Business"

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In February of 1987, I packed up my family in our mini-van, 4 kids and a dog, and moved across the country, from Lansing, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona to begin a new life.  I had no idea what the future had in store, as the geographic splendor of this nation revealed itself to me as we rolled west, my apprehension increased, would I be welcome in a strange land? 

 

My first encounter on my new job as a TV Weatherman was Dave Munsey.  He welcomed me warmly, showed me the ropes, had me laughing continuously, and encouraged me.

 

That’s what kind of guy Dave is, and it shows in his book “Munsey Business.”  I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter.  Hilarious in some chapters and poignant in others. 

 

And more than anything, it is inspirational. It shows that, if you work hard and dedicate yourself to your God given talents, and your career, success can come your way. As Dave and I said many times in our private conversations, no one handed us anything, it was not always easy, we worked hard for everything and just kept going and enjoyed every second of it. 

 

This book also serves as kind of a history of the once legendary Phoenix Television Station, Channel 10 in Phoenix.  The stories and struggles are just fascinating. 

 

Dave is a great talent and humanitarian which shows in his efforts to save children from drowning in his “Watch Your Children Around Water” campaign, which he created and fought to keep on the air against wishes of dim-witted management.

 

“Munsey Business” serves as testimonial to how one guy from a small town in North Dakota can make difference in one of the nation’s largest cities. And it is so much fun to read!  I know you will enjoy it.

 

Rick D’Amico  

Bill Cosby and my Mother

Back in the '60's my mother was a salad chef at the Hospitality Motor Inn in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.  This was the place where major show business stars of the day stayed when they were appearing at a theater nearby. Most of them had breakfast in the coffee shop.

My mother was thrilled to meet these show business icons.  She would come home almost every day with autographed pictures and autographed napkins and other memorabilia from the likes of Danny Thomas, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Sammy Davis Jr. and more.  She would become well known to the entertainers and many of them would go into the kitchen to see if she was there, and kid her about here salads or orange juice.

You may have noticed that I said most of them had breakfast in the coffee shop.  One big star of the day never left his hotel room, he always ordered room service.  That was Bill Cosby.  It was rumored that he always had a number of young girls in his room.  One day he walked into the coffee shop and my mother grabbed him and said, "You should be ashamed of yourself, be true to your wife!"

That's why these accusations about Mr. Cosby never really surprised me.  But honestly, to see this giant show business star who represented true American values as Dr. Huxtable in his extremely successful television show, this truly funny stand-up comedian, who's humor was all about family and raising children, to see this man be accused and found guilty of drugging and raping women over years and years, this is one of the most depressing days for me and for America.

Are we in a Civil War?

I don't know who wrote this, but this is scary!

Food for serious thought....

How do civil wars happen?

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can't settle the question through elections because they don't even agree that elections are how you decide who's in charge. That's the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a
countdown to a civil war.

 

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it's not the first time they've done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn't really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There's a pattern here.

 

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don't accept the results of any election that they don't win. It means they don't believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

 

That's a civil war.

 

There's no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

 

This isn't dissent. It's not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they're the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don't win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

 

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it's inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can't scratch his own back without the judge's say so, that's the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that's not the system that runs this country. The Democrats' system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

 

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He's a dictator.

 

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can't do anything. He isn't even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has 'discretion' to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn't even have the 'discretion' to reverse him. That's how the game is played That's how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn't yet won that particular fight.

 

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren't even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

 

The Constitution has something to say about that.

 

Whether it's Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

 

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can't serve in it if you're not a member. If you haven't been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren't in the club. And Trump isn't in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren't in the club with him.

 

Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

 

That's not a free country.

 

It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an 'insurance policy' against Trump winning the election. It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win did.

 

Have no doubt, we're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

 

More on the School Shooting Tragedy in Florida

       I originally wrote the blog below on February 18th, today March 3rd, 2018 , the current news about this tragedy is even worse.

       Police officers sworn to "Serve and Protect" cowardly stayed outside the school, while children were being gunned down.  Now let me ask you a simple question:  If your child were in that school at the time of the shooting would you have run inside regardless of what the inept sheriff of that county said?  Of course you would, so would have I, even If I didn't have a weapon.

      And how many times does it take for police to investigate a mentally ill young man, who expresses his desire to shoot and kill innocent people, with an arsenal of guns, how many times does it take before someone says, "Hey we better stop this guy before he harms someone!"

      And the tarnished FBI who disregarded the warnings is even more disgraced.  

       So now the gun control idiots want to make it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to buy a rifle.  What happens when a 17 year old joins the army, serves his country for a 3 year enlistment as a soldier in battle, and when released at the age of 20 cannot buy a rifle?  Good question?

      So the bottom line is, for some time now, mentally ill people are no longer cared for, some can and will buy guns and shoot innocent people, and guns should be restricted from law abiding people who want to protect themselves and their families from these mental deranged killers?  

BAN THE GUN!!! IT'S THE GUN'S FAULT!

         The last time I visited my granddaughter’s school I took note of the security systems in place. 

         A huge and high perimeter fence surrounds the campus, there is only one entrance and exit during class time.  You approach the front entrance and you’re on camera. You enter thru a vestibule where you’re on camera and buzzed into the main lobby. 

         There in the main lobby you see the administrative staff behind bullet proof glass, and you're questioned as to your appointment.

         You are then given a security pass to allow you on campus, and oh yes say hello to the Phoenix Police Resource office on campus. (Yes, he's armed, of course.) He’s been there a number of years and the kids love him, why he even acts as an emergency substitute at times, other times he teaches classes about drug abuse and bullying.

         The Paradise Valley School Superintendent James P. Lee sent out an email to all parents on what they are doing to keep our kids safe.  And I believe him.

         “ Throughout the school year, our principals and teachers routinely practice Emergency Response Plan protocols such as fire, lockdown, shelter-in-place and other drills with students. The Emergency Response Plan is reviewed annually and updated. In addition, all schools have a School Emergency Response Team (SERT) that routinely meets to review school safety, which includes conducting two table top exercises.  All employees are required to watch an active shooter video annually”

         So here’s my point what were the authorities in Florida doing to keep their children safe on campus?  Here’s the shocking answer:  Nothing! 

         The school campus where the shooting took place, was easily accessible from the street, just walk right in!  No security procedures at all, just walk right in! And open fire in a gun-free zone! Who’s responsible for this? 

         What were the police doing to keep the kids safe, absolutely nothing, they were called to the Florida shooter’s home over 16 times for suspicion of violent behavior, and did nothing. 

         And the FBI?  What did the FBI do to protect the students?  Nothing.  They got word that the shooter warned he was going to shoot up the school, but his name was a common Spanish name and they thought it didn’t warrant any further “work” to discover who he was! And then, the FBI received a tip with detailed information about the shooter and his plans and the FBI ignored it!

         So then comes the tragedy and what do you hear from the politicians and Media talking heads – BLAME THE GUN! It’s the gun’s fault, ban the guns! 

         Florida Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and a real air-head in my opinion (I saw him once being interviewed on a local Orlando TV Station and the man is a bloviating fool!)

Nelson says it’s the AR-15 that’s the problem. He exclaimed, “It’s not a hunting rifle!”  Huh?

         Question:  What did Senator Nelson do to protect the students? Nothing!  What did the school authorities do to protect the kids?  Nothing!  What did the Florida State Legislature do to protect the kids?  Nothing!

         Do you suppose they are aware of what we do here in Arizona to protect our children?  If so, why are they not doing the same?

         And the media?  Even Fox gets it wrong.  Brett Baier succumbed to the hysteria by proclaiming, “There have been 11 school shootings already this year!”  --A lie.  11 shootings near a school, some at night, others while the school was empty, some where a gun accidently discharged, and two on campus murders. Liberal lie, generated by one of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun organizations. I, by the way, corrected Baier, via Twitter, and they seemed to have dropped that lie from their coverage.

         And Stuart Varney, my favorite News Anchor on the Fox Business Network, said, “he wouldn’t want his kids to go to school if people (police officers and administrative staff) on campus were armed, it was too dangerous!” Come on Stuart, we've been doing that here in Arizona for many years.  You know there is a real world between the coasts.

         On a morning talk show, I watched and laughed when a talking head said, “You can’t have armed police officers on school campuses, that’s dangerous!”  Believe me, I know from my over 50 years in the News Media, these people are un-informed mental midgets, who’s primary objective is to look good on camera.

         This is all part of that east coast liberal media and political elite who have no idea how to stop this violence.  Except take the easy way out, ban the gun. 

         The solution is to make it extremely difficult for a shooter to get on campus in the first place, and if and when he does, he must be met with deadly force.

         “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun!”   ….The NRA.

         

Hulu goes blank in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl!

         OMG!!!   So there we were watching the most exciting Super Bowl game in history….

         New England’s Tom Brady was making a last-ditch effort to make a miracle and get the ball down the field to tie the 41 – 33 score against the Eagles….

         Could he do it?  He’s done it before………and then what do we see on our screen?  A blank TV screen!  With a message from Hulu…   “game cannot be shown because of rights restrictions!!!”

         You gotta be kidding me!  Frankly, I’ve been getting upset with Hulu lately, a lot of buffering, video freezes, etc.  I’m told You-Tube TV did not have the same problem.  What a mess.  So I had to dump out of the live feed and re-load Hulu to get the game back up and by this time Brady had already been sacked forcing the turnover giving the Eagles possession of the ball.

         This rivals the Heidi Movie/NBC fiasco from some years back. The Heidi Game or sometimes called the Heidi Bowl was in November, 1968 when the Oakland Raiders, beat the New York Jets, after an exciting finish when the Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final minutes 32-29!  HOWEVER….NBC broke away from the game while the Jets were still wining to air the movie HEIDI!

         Hulu is owned by a consortium of the major broadcast networks, come on guys get your act together!! 

 

UPDATE:!!  On Wednesday February 7, 2018, I received this email from HULU: 

 

We Owe You An Apology

We know you waited a whole year for this. You prepped the snacks, picked your team and cranked up some JT. We did too. Your Super Bowl Sunday was everything it should have been, until our last-minute fumble. 

We are investigating what caused this issue to occur for you so that we can make sure it doesn't happen again.

So, to help make it up to you, we will be crediting your account with 1 month of your Hulu with Live TV subscription.*

With the Winter Olympics, March Madness and World Cup coverage coming soon, we want you to stick around because the 2018 year in sports is just beginning. As devoted fans ourselves, rest assured preventing any future tech issues is our top priority.

We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you for choosing Hulu.

 

I love them again!