By Mike Cunningham On January 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am
We, the Sisters of Nazareth, aim to share the love of God through our ministries of care and education and our openness to respond to the needs of the times. Sisters of Nazareth have been supporting and caring for those in need at all stages of life. We do this by living our core values of love, compassion, patience, respect, justice and hospitality.
Young people at Sisters of Nazareth properties in Derry were known by numbers rather than their names, and many were allegedly subjected to humiliation, threats and physical abuse, said Christine Smith QC, senior counsel for the inquiry.
Outlining the nature of the allegations, Smith told the inquiry that as well as making children eat vomit when they were ill, nuns used sticks, straps and kettle flexes to beat their young charges. The nuns removed Christmas presents from some children as punishments, Smith said.
She said those who had given testimony also accused the nuns of locking them in cupboards and threatening to transfer them to an adult mental hospital at Muckamore Abbey. in Co Antrim, if they did not conform.
Rather than sending the children to school, the Sisters of Nazareth sent them out to work on farms or in the home’s laundry, Smith said. She said allegations also included sexual abuse by older children, visiting priests, employees and in one instance a nun.
It could be just an anomaly, it could be all just rumour, and it could be all down to the Sisters not reading their own Mission Statement; but somehow, I tend to believe the poor bastards who were placed in those ‘sanctuaries of love, compassion, patience, respect, justice and hospitality’
By Mike Cunningham On December 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 am
So, you are a practicing member of the Jedi faith, and as everyone knows, the very thought of being near high-strength adhesives, impact glue and other sticky materials is anathema to your very existence. This is because the ‘Force’ rules everything, and if something refuses to stay put on a wall, or a bookshelf fails, the ruling is that because the ‘Force’ did not allow the shelf to exist, or the mirror to be hung from a bracket stuck to the wall in the first place, they should not continue, or something like that.
Your work, strangely enough, is at Home Depot, Corner Hardware, B&Q, or even Homebase; so in pursuit of your religious rights and freedoms, you state that you will not sell any adhesives whatsoever to any customer.
So should the management be suprised when reading headlines like this?
By Mike Cunningham On November 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
I propose to write seven words in illustration of stories which may well run into the thousands, just seven words; but I am sure you will recognise the outline, and then think upon the people in charge; these people who simply knew, and truly believed, that they knew best. Alongside, of course, the foolish ones who believed that those in charge were just like them, Catholic and Christians.
Catholic. Unmarried mother. Betrayal. Irish. Silence. Secrecy
The film Philomena is not one which I have seen, but I reckon I would like to have said “I saw it!”
By David Vance On May 17th, 2013 at 7:30 am
I blame the Churches myself;
One in four people no longer believes in any religion, official analysis of national census returns found yesterday. It revealed Christianity is in decline and Christians are increasingly likely to be older or retired people. Many young people, young men in particular, appear to be rejecting religious belief altogether. Nearly one in three under-25s – 32 per cent – say they do not have a religion.
It wasn’t always like this of course and not ALL religions in the UK are in decline. One is growing massively. (Yes, you can guess it) The turning away from faith is sad to witness but I can understand why. Churches have become bland, anaemic, places that seek to be all things to all men. They are riddled with hypocrisy and faithless clerics who outdo each other to be “modern”. For me faith is not about modernity, but rather eternity. I walked away from Churches when I decided that they were whited sepulchres. But I could never walk away from my faith. I am also reminded of the aphorism that when people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything. You see the results of that on daily basis. I think having faith - having a religion if you will – is a courageous thing in this secular age. It’s not an easy thing but then again the road to hell is paved with smooth stepping stones.
By Mike Cunningham On February 12th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
If the Ities elected him as Prime Minister about four times, its a comparatively easy election to sway.
h/t to Cranmer for the pix
By David Vance On February 9th, 2013 at 10:57 am
Think we will see more and more of this as the Church abandons eternity and embraces modernity.
The minister of an Aberdeen church and its members have become the latest to leave the Church of Scotland in protest at the Kirk allowing the appointment of gay ministers. Gilcomston South’s minister Reverend Dominic Smart and its membership of more than 300 have been discussing the issue for some time. The Church of Scotland said it was sorry and saddened by the decision.
The congregation took issue with the General Assembly approving the appointment of the openly gay minister Scott Rennie to Queen’s Cross church in Aberdeen in 2009. Revered Smart said: “Our decision to leave was the culmination of careful study, sincere discussion and prayer over the past four years. “We have weighed up many different options and believe the decision we have reached has the most integrity. “We are looking forward to the first chapter in the life of our new generation”
Undoubtedly this is the right thing to do. The gayification of the modern Church is an inevitable consequence of its failure to appreciate that following latter day opinion polls are no basis for the tenets of Biblical faith.
By David Vance On January 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am
Say what you want about the Church of England but when it comes to persecuting those within it who dare to espouse traditional teachings, well, God help you;
“The chairman of the Church of England’s House of Laity is facing a vote of no confidence. A bid to oust Dr Philip Giddings from his post was launched after women failed to win the right to become bishops at the General Synod in November – a measure he had spoken against. The legislation failed in the House of Laity, one of three houses which makes up the Synod, by just six votes.
So, when the liberal wing of Anglicanism fails to gets it way, it has a hissy fit!
Canon Stephen Barney is moving the vote of no confidence in Dr Giddings during the House of Laity meeting in Church House, Westminster. Setting out the reasons he has no confidence in the chairman, Canon Barney cited the speech Dr Giddings made before the crucial vote. He said the speech had convinced many undecided members of the House of Laity to vote against the legislation to introduce female bishops. Bit it did not represent the views of the House of Bishops as a whole and also directly contradicted the views of incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The horror of a Bishop such as Dr Giddings actually speaking up for what he BELIEVES IN and ..wow ..”convincing” people to oppose liberal shills like Barney is too much to take! This petulance shows just how twisted and intolerant the liberal wing of the COE has become.
By David Vance On January 12th, 2013 at 10:39 am
Interesting views here;
More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. They claim that, taken in combination with equalities laws and other legal restraints, the Coalition’s plans will prevent Catholics and other Christians who work in schools, charities and other public bodies speaking freely about their beliefs on the meaning of marriage. Even the freedom to speak from the pulpit could be under threat, they claim. And they fear that Christians who believe in the traditional meaning of marriage would effectively be excluded from some jobs – just as Catholics were barred from many professions from the Reformation until the 19th Century.
I think they are quite far sighted in this regard and one dismisses their argument with some peril. The entire “equalities” industry is about restricting liberty and when it is combined with gay militancy, it becomes toxic to those who seek to maintain traditional Christian values. So, a cleric standing up in a Pulpit quoting from Leviticus, for instance, is going to find himself frog marched off to the nearest rehabilitation center tout for some emergency treatment!
By David Vance On January 5th, 2013 at 10:48 am
The Anglican Church digs an even BIGGER hole for itself as it tries to modernise and abandon tradition;
“Gay clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops, following an apparent U-turn from the Church of England. Despite rejecting proposals to allow women to become bishops, a new ruling means homosexual men can be appointed as long as they remain chaste and repent for any past sexual acts. The Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, released a statement on behalf of the Church yesterday, saying it would be ‘unjust’ to exclude them if they were ‘living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality’.
Can anyone see gay bishops going with this? How will it work? How will the authorities KNOW if they are having sex? If they are gay, then it seems to me that their attraction will run skin deep so why this banal ban? The Anglican Church should come out and say that homosexuality is AGAINST the teachings of the Bible but that those who choose a gay lifestyle are welcome in the Church (we are all sinners) BUT can have no place in the hierarchy until they repent of their gayness. The alternative route is to accept sin which ..erm..rather invalidates the Church in the first place.