September 15, 2005

Random Musings

I keep seeing signs in grocery store parking lots that warn you not to move their shopping carts outside of the parking lot or the wheels will lock. Call me a vandal, call me a miscreant, but I have a a burning desire to move as many carts as I can to just outside the lot.

But with my luck I'll find out that this is just a ruse designed to keep people from stealing carts and instead of a hundred carts with locked wheels I'll create a 35 car pileup on the street which is cool to see at the Indy 500 and not so cool on Ventura Boulevard.

If you are Catholic you may be offended by my next few comments, or maybe not. But when I read this story it made me shake my head for a variety of reasons. The story is regarding a probe that the church is making regarding homosexuality and the church.
"The newspaper said a Vatican document prepared to guide the process and given to The New York Times by a priest, surfaces as Catholics await a Vatican ruling on whether homosexuals should be barred from the priesthood.

American seminaries are under review as a result of the sexual abuse scandal that swept the priesthood in 2002, the year the probe which is now starting was announced.

In a possible hint of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop supervising the seminary review said "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity or has strong homosexual inclinations," should not be admitted to a seminary.

The Times said Edwin O'Brien, archbishop for the United States military who is supervising the seminary review, told The National Catholic Register that the restriction should apply even to those who have not been sexually active for a decade or more.

O'Brien was once the rector of the North American College, a seminary for Americans studying in Rome and has familiarity with both the Vatican and the U.S. Church.

The issue has been in the spotlight because a study commissioned by the Church found last year that about 80 percent of the young people victimized by priests were boys."

Being gay is not equivalent with being a pedophile and it seems to me that the more important and more pressing issue is handling those issues as opposed to engaging in a witch hunt for men who like other men. I don't understand this thought process.

In other news I perused various news sources who used the AP report about the current Three Day summit at the UN where Vlad Putin called for the UN to be a leader in the fight against terror. I also found this section of the article to be of particular interest.
"In his speech, Bush broadened the terrorism fight beyond the military arena, saying world leaders have "a solemn obligation" to stop terrorism in its early stages.

Declaring that poverty breeds despair and terrorism, he challenged leaders to abolish all trade tariffs and subsidies to promote prosperity and opportunity in poor nations, a move that would be worth billions of dollars.

"Either hope will spread, or violence will spread, and we must take the side of hope," he said.

This approach and Bush's support for achieving development goals such as halving extreme poverty by 2015 was welcomed by many leaders.

Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concerts and campaigns against poverty, said he was sitting in the General Assembly chamber with U.N. anti-poverty chief Jeffrey Sachs and they couldn't believe what they heard.

"I think he's really throwing down the gauntlet. It's a very bold move," Geldof said of Bush's trade tariff proposal, adding that he was impressed with the president's acknowledgment that terrorism "comes from despair and lack of hope."

I think that the war on terror has to be a combination of diplomacy and force and this could go a long way in helping to curb terror and support for it, but it must also be remembered that a large portion of the war on terror is being fought for ideological reasons.

These are disagreements that are not based upon levels of wealth but upon ideas and that is a significant point that cannot and must not be overlooked. This must be given attention or the war will fail.

6 comments:

Stacey said...

"I keep seeing signs in grocery store parking lots that warn you not to move their shopping carts outside of the parking lot or the wheels will lock."

This is the 2nd blog I've read from a Californian about locking shopping carts. What is up with the people out there? How weird.

I agree with you about the gay witchhunt. That is not the way the Catholic Church should proceed.

awaterpixie said...

LOL.. I would have a friggin CART PARADE!!!

Jack's Shack said...

A cart parade. That is pretty funny. What do you think SQ.

Lil Bit said...

Cart Parade! Great idea!! LOL

And am I the only one who finds humor in the fact that the Catholic Church is sending out a PROBE? bwahahahaaaaaa!
Sorry, feeling awfully giddy today.

dorothy rothschild said...

It galls me that he can say this about other countries but does not see it happening in the one he supposedly leads.

Oh, and I wouldn't be able to resist moving the carts.

LiquiDiamonds said...

i need someone to explain to my how the shopping carts wheels "lock, when they are taken from the parking lot? is this some sort of sensor technology, akin to the EZ Pass lanes at tolls? If that's the case, I would imagine that the carts are pretty expensive...so they are trying to save $ on having to buy new carts, by replaceing them with more expensive carts that are going to end up in a parade anyways? wow, I thought only Massachusetts was that insane...

As for the Vatican item...
The Catholic church is wringing its hands trying to figure out what to do. Bear with them, non-Catholics. They are behind the times, so to speak. so it is not out of step with their thinking to link homosexuality and pediaphilia...that's what people thought in the 50s. A better litmus test for would be seminarians would be a complete psychological evaluation, but that sounds like too much sicience, I would imagine, for the Vatican. (Although I hear that Pope Bendict appreciates the role of science in the world) While I admire the Catholic Church for trying to get at the root of the problem (albeit a misguided attempt), the problem still remains that -at least here in the Poeple's Republic of Massachusetts - the Church knew what was going on, and let it go on. That is the bigger of the problem , in my estimation. The abusers should have been immiedately defrocked and subject to arrest. But again, this is Massachusetts...we only arrest people with speeding tickets.