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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:38 am, Wed Jun 20, 2012.

Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic U.S. bishops in a story that appeared June 15. Whatever became of religious values put forward by Christ, such as helping the poor and disadvantaged?

The bishops have had a hand in the sex abuse scandal, attacks on nuns and now the fight with the government over contraception coverage. Bishop Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton, inherited the sorry Oliver O'Grady affair in Lodi from retired L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony. Blaire stood alongside Michael Kelly during the sex abuse civil trial, which went against Kelly, and saw this man flee to Ireland.

The Nazis had a wonderful propaganda machine, but it was no match for the determination of free people. The bishops can embrace communication tools, but will they change their way of conducting church business? They are now embarked on the fruitless adventure of "Forthright for Freedom" and have issued our first, most cherished freedoms as church salvos in the contraception controversy.

This is hardly the time to park one's car near a parish church with an Obama bumper sticker. Not advertised is that former Catholics are now the nation's second-largest religious group.

Tom Sullivan

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8 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:32 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Chang... Always mocking... always off topic

    Mr Chang's intent... to characterize people that he disagrees with in a way where he hopes people do not take them seriously.

    Anyone can stomp their feet and throw childish tantrums like yourself.

    Hopefully you will decide to be an adult and offer substance instead of silly meaningless nasty put downs.

    Unfortunately, I cannot say Bravo ... just shake my head in wonderment in how someone as intelligent and compassionate as yourself can lower himself to such a low level.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 5:08 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1132

    Darrell, you're the consummate performer...

    Always on stage...

    Waiting on cue...

    And never to far off script!!

    Bravo!!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:26 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Chang stated...This time, Tom's effort is called absurd.

    Mr Chang, your point is absurd. I did not say anything about the letter except Mr Sullivan's observation that the church is violent... which wasabsurd...if i only comment about a small part of his overall letter, why state that I think the whole thing is absurd...

    Mr Chang stated...You don't like rants against the church, do you?...

    No... I do not like rants that are dishonest and inaccurate about any person place or thing... its why I so often respond to what you say.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:01 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1132

    Wow LNS, you're not allowed to to use the word n-a-z-i-s??

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:00 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1132

    But it's just a load of wacky baloney and a dig on the president.

    But you dig the dig and then add your own silly remarks!!

    So what's up?

    You don't like rants against the church, do you?

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:00 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1132

    He mentions Christ, abuse, "attack nuns", civil trials and AWOL priest.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 3:59 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1132

    Wow!

    Darrell, you normally agree with the weird letter writers.

    This time, Tom's effort is called absurd.

    This could of been an exciting letter...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Tom Sullivan stated...This is hardly the time to park one's car near a parish church with an Obama bumper sticker.

    How absurd.
    The Catholics and its church has not shown violence as implied... I think it much more appropriate to state that Obama should not park his car next to a union office. According to Politico, union leaders are bitter and angry of Obama's decision to abandon them in Wisconsin and other events.

    I also think it wise for Tea Party members to avoid parking their car at Occupy meetings as well as MSNBC headquarters. Real violence takes place where unions and the left meet... not the church.

     

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