March 26, 2010
The headline in today's Washington Post: "Beleaguered Vatican under pressure to be more open." I would guess so! Thousands of boys were molested by priests and the Vatican was more concerned about keeping it all a secret to avoid criminal prosecution than it was with protecting vulnerable youngsters? Whoa Nelly!
Officials in Europe "are calling for the Vatican to open the files on more than 3,000 abuse cases." I would hope so!
Yesterday the NYT reported on Wisconsin's shame involving at least 200 molested deaf kids by a priest in charge of a Catholic home, yet the Vatican did nothing. Leave it to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican paper, to put it all in perspective: "A media campaign is underway against the Pope showing the evident and shameful attempt to strike Pope Benedict." The Vatican paper concluded that the Pope had acted with "transparency, firmness and severity." Poppycock!
A priest in the U.S. defended the Vatican. He alleges that there is "a despicable attempt to smear the Pope." Youser! How about the victims?
Haven't heard from the bishops in Wisconsin. Speak-up, please.
NLRB: Once upon a time, it was the declared policy of these United States to promote peace in labor relations. Congress passed the NLRA establishing a five-person board--two Democrats, two Republicans and a chair of the president's party--to the National Labor Relations Board. All five were appointed by the president, but the appointees were approved by both parties.
So, 3-2 decisions were frequent, but there was a camaraderie among the professionals. The majority did not run roughshod over the minority because they were likely to lose that status in the next election and neither side wanted to be trounced. Besides that, both parties believed in enforcing the law fairly. Ah, but those were the good old days. Now the Republicans are out to destroy organized labor. One weapon is the filibustering of President Obama's choices for the NLRB. The result? The NLRB has been rendered useless. Craig Becker has been nominated by the president. The GOP rushed to seat Scott Brown early to stop the Democrats from cloture. Becker is stuck.
One hopes Obama will make a recess appointment so Becker can be seated.
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How do you think monsignors, bishops and cardinals are appointed? Surely not from priests who are critical of bishops, cardinals and popes.
You don't have to go to Rome to figure this one out. In fact, you don't even have to leave southern Wisconsin.
-Franz Frapplfrappl | Stoughton, WI | March 26, 2010
What you neglect to mention in your posting is the Chief Justice Roberts has essentially told the Obama administration to hurry up and make recess appointments or a whole series of labor ruling could well be tossed out.
Obama is, once again, taking the long and patient view on all this. But, we are in the midst of a crisis for working people and what is needed is immediate, prompt, and decisive action.
Of course Obama has never been shy about tossing people under the bus. Look how public option for health care and card check for union organizing have been tossed under the table.
He gets away with this because people who supported him are so damned desperate and to prove that their choice was right that they just cannot bring on the heat needed to move this idiot along.
The times demand action and not the musings and long haul thinking of a popped up preppy who has never had a real job.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI. | March 26, 2010