I will repeat what I said on my first trip. I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior...Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no? ... But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well...this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism. Then there are traditions in some countries, in some cultures that have a different mentality on this problem. I think that the Church must not only ask forgiveness – like that “Marxist Cardinal” said (laughs) – must not only ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended. But she must ask forgiveness to the poor too, to women who are exploited, to children who are exploited for labor. She must ask forgiveness for having blessed so many weapons. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times – when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners! – Christians must ask forgiveness for having not accompanied so many choices, so many families...I remember from my childhood the culture in Buenos Aires, the closed Catholic culture. I go over there, eh! A divorced family couldn’t enter the house, and I’m speaking of 80 years ago. The culture has changed, thanks be to God. Christians must ask forgiveness for many things, not just these. Forgiveness, not just apologies. Forgive, Lord. It’s a word that many times we forget. Now I’m a pastor and I’m giving a sermon. No, this is true, many times. Many times … but the priest who is a master and not a father, the priest who beats and not the priest who embraces, forgives and consoles. But there are many. There are many hospital chaplains, prison chaplains, many saints. But these ones aren’t seen. Because holiness is modest, it’s hidden. Instead it’s a little bit of blatant shamelessness, it’s blatant and you see so many organizations of good people and people who aren’t as good and people who … because you give a purse that’s a little big and look at you from the other side like the international powers with three genocides. We Christians – priests, bishops – we have done this. But also we Christians have Teresa of Calcutta and many Teresa of Calcuttas. We have many servants in Africa, many laity, many holy marriages. The wheat and the weeds. And so Jesus says that the Kingdom … we must not be scandalized for being like this. We must pray so that the Lord makes these weeds end and there is more grain. But this is the life of the Church. We can’t put limits. All of us are saints, because all of us have the Holy Spirit. But we are all sinners, me first of all! Alright. I don’t know if I have replied.I'm not going to grab the obvious bait. Nothing new to say there. We already know what this monster is. Instead, I'll take him at his word that he's just being a pastor. He talks about prisoners, so let's focus there. Do prisoners need or want a pastor who doesn't judge, a pastor who CAN'T PUT LIMITS, a pastor who takes all sides of an issue at once? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Professional criminals can't stand wiffling and waffling. They respect a man who holds his GROUND, who provides a fixed REFERENCE POINT. Criminals have an extremely strict moral code, which agrees with the Old Testament moral code in most ways. The only real disagreement is on Thou Shalt Not Steal. Everything else is Natural Law, even unto A CORRECT UNDERSTANDING of Thou Shalt Not Murder. A robber doesn't kill randomly; he kills in self-defense to halt people who interfere with his Stealing. If you can get a pro criminal to reverse the polarity of his Stealing battery, the rest will fall into place. But his system cannot allow an open-ckt input for random noise, which is exactly what Francine is trying to provide. All wires must connect logically and firmly, and all neutrals must be spiked to the earth of Natural Law with #00 copper rods. This is why Islam is spreading in prison, why Islam does a better job of reforming than Christianity. Islam is a tight coherent structure, solidly grounded. = = = = = Graphic sidenote 1: At first I had a dummy ckt in the picture, then decided to make it functional. This little JFET ckt sort of models the notion of a two-way morality detector. Graphic sidenote 2: What's that tool in Antichrist's hand? Can't quite remember what it's called.... Graphic sidenote 3: I really enjoy the idea of soldering iron as symbol of reconnection. It works for me.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.