Catholic Theology and Splits

Thu, 2017/09/14 - 12:32pm | Your editor
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I have to stop writing about is Catholic theology, according to a VA reader who studied it seriously. Apparently the secrecy of the confessional is needed in order to push sinners to stop doing whatever wicked things they get up to, and they are assigned a penance to push them to reform. The assumption is that they want to stop sinning, why their crimes are not reported to the cops.

This leaves a logical gap however: by the 2nd or 3rd or 4th confession of the same crime of sexually molesting children the carrot has proven to be useless and (being a real Old Testament type) I think a stick needs to be used.

My education in Catholic theology is spotty. When I was a kid, a friend of my father's who had gone to St John's to study law under the GI Bill used to teach it to me as a joke. His famous query was: “how many angels can stand on the head of a pin?” The answer is however many you want as angels are “immaterial”.

Speaking of religion, the Jewish year 5778 begins at Sundown on Sept. 20 and there will be no blog on the 21 but, because I am reform, I will write on Friday the 22. The holiday is held over two days because of uncertainty about when the new moon will appear. The Muslim calendar, also based on when the new moon appears, this year used the same date as the Jewish calendar in Indonesia and Malaysia, while the rest of the Muslim world in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas will start the new year on Thursday at nightfall and on Friday. Shias mourn the new year working up to the death of Hussain Ali at Karbala on Day 10 while Sunnis are mostly feasting and feting the Prophet Mohammed's flight from Mecca to Medina to propagandize his new religion. They believe the 10th or Ashura is when Noah's ark landed and when Moses led the Hebrew children out of Egypt.


In addition to problems with telephones today I am locked out of my primary brokerage account. It doesn't accept the middle name of my daughter which I know for sure in order to change passwords and it doesn't recognize my voice on the cellphone as opposed to the landline.


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