Saturday, May 28, 2016

D é j à _V u - Violence Disguised As T R U T H - 1986 - 1997 - 2012 - 2014 - 2015 - | - Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived - Benedict XVI - - Welcoming gay people - Synod 2014 & 2015 - Where was the truth??? Where was the dialogue??? There was no love!!!


This entire posting has been previously sent out as a US group mailing prior to posting it here on the Thalamus Center.


Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi













SCIENCE and RELIGION of Homosexuality = Truth = LOVE 
I N S E P A R A B L E 
DIALOGUE not ISOLATION 
John Paul II - 1988 and Benedict XVI - 2009


“[Galileo] declared explicitly that the two truths, of 
faith and of science
can never contradict each other, 
'Sacred Scripture and the natural world 
proceeding equally from the divine Word, 
the first as dictated by the Holy Spirit, 
the second as a very faithful executor of the commands of God'
as he wrote in his letter to 
Father Benedetto Castelli on 
21 December 1613…”
FIDES ET RATIO - John Paul II - 1998


What is important, as we have already stressed, is that the 
dialogue should continue and grow in depth and scope. 
In the process we must overcome every 
regressive tendency to a
unilateral reductionism, to 
fear, and to 
self-imposed isolation
What is critically important is that each discipline should continue to enrich, nourish and challenge the other to be more fully what it can be and to contribute to our vision of who we are and who we are becoming…

For the truth of the matter is that 
the Church and the scientific community 
will inevitably interact; 
their options do not include isolationPhoto 
John Paul II - 1988
https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1988/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_19880601_padre-coyne.html


Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith: 
this also holds true for political reason, 
which must not consider itself omnipotent. 
For its part,
religion always needs to be purified by 
reason in order to show its authentically human face. 
Any breach in this dialogue 
comes only at an enormous price to human development…  Photo
CARITAS IN VERITATE - Benedict XVI - 2009




SCIENCE and RELIGION of Homosexuality =
                     Truth = LOVE

A mature and a more thorough educated understanding of sexual orientation from a variety of academic disciplines of science, biblical studies and theology - will help to gave a more broader and unifying perspective  - to be able to view sexual orientation as not exclusively limited to sexual behavior - rather that it is about expressing and receiving the totality of the meaning of love and that we will find it is the binding force that though we are many it binds us all together as one. It is the key to understanding the reality of the words of Christ regarding the Last Judgment. It is the wonder of how God created us - a slice of heaven on earth.

The Last Judgment 
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Matthew 25:31-46


NO SCIENCE - RELIGION of Homosexuality  Truth  LOVE


A startling immaturity and even more alarming - an irrational and ruthless antigay obsession - originating initially from the dictates of a small group of fundamentalist (a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture in a religion) curia staff members, ("hiding behind the cardinal skirts of Ratzingerhttp://articles.latimes.com/1986-11-07/news/mn-15599_1_congregation) to globally silence, by permanently removing and discrediting anyone in the Church promoting the education or open discussion on the emerging science of the sexual orientation or supportive of gay people. Photo

'A great temptation is to say that there is only one way to practice any religion. That may sound benign, …because it simplifies things, but it really leads to ban the books, change the faculties in the seminaries and universities and, at the limit, mount a crusade.

The science on the sexual orientation of homosexuality began emerging over the pass 60 years, after Evelyn Hooker completed her international accepted - ground breaking research in 1957 - that found “…that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, as there was no detectable difference between homosexual and heterosexual men in terms of mental adjustment…(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Hooker).” This science and historical evidence kept increasing that led to its universal acceptance by all the “mainstream medical and mental health organizations” that homosexuality is a normal part human sexuality. Photo

Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality
American Psychological Association
Is homosexuality a mental disorder?
No, lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding. Therefore, these mainstream organizations long ago abandoned classifications of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

However, in direct contrast, this small group of curial fundamentalists in the Vatican became increasingly evermore obsessive in maintaining the absolute silence in the Church regarding this emerging science on homosexuality. Gradually over a period of 30 years, they covertly increased in number and assumed the height of Church authority within the Vatican - using fear as the controlling force. “Don’t make waves!” 

…A major problem with the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church is that there are no “checks and balances.” When the necessary “checks and balances” are not in place to protect any organization, it leaves "not making waves" the rule that governs the hierarchy and opens the way to many devastating mistakes harmful to everyone and allows corruption to grow… 


D é j à  V u


In the early 1980s - this curial group of antigay fundamentalists was identified as ruthless and inept extremists who strove to “coerce doctrinal uniformity by punishing dissenters.” In 1986, remarks were addressed to “Vatican inquisitors” and not to then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Photo

Archbishop Asks Rome To Ease Up 
September 28, 1986 
MILWAUKEE — Rembert George Weakland long has been regarded by his peers as the brightest member of the hierarchy in the American Roman Catholic Church, but now the soft-spoken Milwaukee prelate is cultivating a reputation as the nation`s boldest bishop, as well… 
Archbishop Weakland, a Benedictine monk who has been Milwaukee`s archbishop since 1977, is the first American Catholic leader of wide repute and influence to publicly raise alarm over the perceived crackdown by Rome on prominent and liberal U.S. Catholic thinkers who question Vatican stands on sexual morality and other issues…
…in his columns, titled “The Price of Orthodoxy,” Archbishop Weakland appeared to be directing his remarks to Vatican inquisitors
He contended that previous efforts to monitor and safeguard Catholic doctrine have been undertaken in an atmosphere where “amateurs-turned- theologians easily became headhunters and leaders were picked (on the basis of) the rigidity of their doctrine, so that often second-rate and repressive minds, riding on the waves of fear, took over. 
“Religion under such circumstances then can become an ideology that tolerates no obstacle and that values ideas more than people,” he wrote…
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The examples given were the use of Draconian measures (Draconian - meaning great severity, that derives from Draco, an Athenian law scribe under whom small offenses had heavy punishments (Draconian laws) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draconianin their crackdown against Archbishop Hunthausen who was supportive of gay people and Fr. Curran who in 1968, questioned the justification of several issues listed in Pope Paul VI's controversial encyclical - Humane Vitae, including in some cases the support of homosexuals. “In 1979, the congregation sent Curran a 16-page list of the "principal errors and ambiguities" in his writings. Curran refused to back down, claiming that his views were shared by a majority of Catholic theologians, and that responsible dissent is permissible to teachings not taught as "infallible" church dogma (http://articles.latimes.com/1986-11-07/news/mn-15599_1_congregation/3).” 

In 1986, Archbishop Weakland criticized the actions taken against Hunthausen and Curran - he sternly warned that “the desire to preserve doctrinal purity in the church must ‘avoid the fanaticism and small-mindedness that has characterized so many periods of the church in history--tendencies that lead to much cruelty, suppression of theological creativity and lack of growth (http://articles.latimes.com/1986-11-07/news/mn-15599_1_congregation/4).’” It was reported then, in 1986 that Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was being “used” - “exploited” being made out to be the "the ax man, the bad guy" who was forcing the severity of the crackdown against Hunthausen and Curran, stating that “the impetus for the moves against Curran and Hunthausen originated not with Ratzinger or Pope”John Paul II. 

Now, months after the Synod sessions on Family 2014 and 2015 - the curia’s antigay fundamentalists who had been "hiding behind the cardinal skirts of Ratzinger” for over the past 30 years had overplayed their hand by attacking Pope Francis because he strongly promoted the open dialogue on homosexuality. Photo

Vatican Says Rumors About Pope's Health Are Attempt To Undermine Him - October 22, 2015 

In the last 50 years a pope has not been criticised so brazenly - 13 November 2014
US bloggers and “culture warriors” – even the now-former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke – have publicly laid into Pope Francis in the media, criticising the calling and content of last month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
But I do not think that US culture warriors should publicly criticise Pope Francis, who is not only restoring episcopal collegiality but the scriptural based notion of God’s “infinite love and mercy” rather than just man-made Pharisaic and poorly drafted canon law.
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Pope Francis has a brain tumor? Sharp denials amid synod silly season - October 21, 2015 
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Oct. 21) categorically denied a story from an Italian news agency that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible…
The scoop was quickly called into question, in part because the story provided so few details and because the Vatican has been swirling with rumors this month during an intense and contentious debate over church teachings among 270 bishops gathered for a global synod on the family.
The synod has featured unusually open arguments and no small amount of public sniping among churchmen, as well as revelations of a secret letter to the pope and accusations of behind-the-scenes “rigging” and “manipulation.”…
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Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family - October 25, 2015 
…But there were limits. Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said that when he raised the idea in his working group at the synod that committed same-sex relationships could have spiritual value, “bad feelings came up.”
In the end, he said he was pleased that the synod did not delve deeper into the issue of homosexuality.
“That is a point for next time,” he said. “Better to leave it for later than discuss it in a hot and bad atmosphere.” Photo
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They were unaware that they were no longer protected by the Vatican’s shield of bureaucratic anonymity - as they were during the crackdown of Hunthausen and Curran. They publicly exposed themselves by repeating - throughout the Synod 2014 and 2015 - the same degree of “fanaticism and small-mindedness” as described by Weakland in 1986 that led “to much cruelty, suppression of theological creativity and lack of growth” by forcing their same unsubstantiated - strict rules on homosexuality (Lays Down Rules - Homosexuality  http://articles.latimes.com/1986-11-07/news/mn-15599_1_congregation/3).

Are conservatives at the high-stakes Vatican summit overplaying their hand? - 10/16/15
VATICAN CITY — Ever since a Vatican summit last year raised the possibility of making the Church more open to those whose family lives may not mirror the Catholic ideal, conservative foes have been in an uproar, waging an intense campaign to block any reforms from being adopted.
Yet as a follow-up meeting this month has progressed, the enthusiasm of the traditionalists could be overwhelming their tactical judgment — annoying and even angering enough of their fellow bishops that they may have weakened what was once considered a strong position…
With all these twists and turns, the saga was quickly becoming as absurd as it was convoluted, and it might have been seen as just another chapter in the legacy of Vatican intrigue that stretches from the era of the Borgia popes to the novels of Dan Brown — except that the plot seemed so backhanded it made the synod look faithless as well as foolish.
“The general opinion I detected among the bishops was a sense of disgust,” Bishop Marcello Semeraro, an Italian who is on the final drafting committee along with Wuerl, told Vatican Insider.
Another synod delegate, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Australia, called the leaked letter affair a “typically Roman melodrama” that was “not untinged with psychodrama.”
The problem, Coleridge wrote on his blog, is that episodes like this tend to “aggravate the sense that the Synod is not much more than a political caucus, with ideological riptides swirling around us and the odd stinger drifting by.”
Already, he said, the deliberations are struggling to battle against “a fear that can become a kind of paranoia.”…
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The fact that Pope Benedict XVI has been in retirement, since, February 2013, there clearly appears to be a definite pattern emerging that he is not the force behind this 30 years antigay fundamentalism. The pattern that is emerging is that Pope Benedict XVI has been possibly endlessly exploited and that the butler was most likely truly tying to protect him during the Vatileaks 2012. Photo

Pope's butler was trying to protect Benedict XVI from ‘wolves' - 8/Oct/2012

Vatican leaks: No respite for Pope Benedict as more documents published - 3 June 2012
Butler Paolo Gabriele believed to be one of 20 whistleblowers trying to oust pontiff's prime minister, Tarcisio Bertone

As Vatican Manages Crisis, Book Details Infighting - June 3, 2012
…Above all, “VatiLeaks” has once again revealed how the Vatican is not only a global force with one billion faithful worldwide, but also a deeply Italian institution where connections and loyalty often count more than merit and Machiavellian power plays are the rule more than the exception…

What is becoming ever so clear is that the ruthlessly obsessive antigay crusade made of the majority members of the curia and hierarchy - like Cardinal Burke are losing all their cover, including that of their accomplices. What is needed to remove this entrenched corruption of the curia is more light - a lot more light. Cardinal Burke is self-destructing simply by making his public statements and the revelations of his supporters. Photo
Focus of Controversy : Ratzinger: Point Man for Vatican 
November 07, 1986 
In the five years since Pope John Paul II handpicked him to be the church's official "defender of the faith" and ultimate judge of Catholic scholars, Ratzinger has shaped the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith into a powerful weapon against dissent. 
Bitter Attacks 
And in the wake of the recent disciplining of American scholar Father Charles Curran and Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, no one--the Pope included--has come under such bitter attack as the 59-year-old Ratzinger and his "watchdog" congregation. 
The congregation's actions against Curran, who lost his authority to teach as an official church theologian, and Hunthausen, who was relieved of pastoral responsibility in five key areas, have triggered an outpouring of protest by U.S. theological societies, priests, lay persons and even bishops. 
Critics of the congregation contend that regional church councils and bishops could adequately defend the faith and that the Vatican body is too rigid. Because of its broad powers to ferret out and punish dissent, opponents say, the congregation creates a chilling effect on innovative theological work and a climate of suspicion that reaches even to local priests and their parishioners…
' Lightning Rod' 
At the same time, Ratzinger is the acknowledged "lightning rod" for the Pope, deflecting criticism that would otherwise be heaped on the Pontiff directly. 
"Ratzinger's job is a thankless one," declared a high Vatican official, who, like most other church officials interviewed, spoke on the condition that he not be identified. "It's inevitable that he would be seen as the 'fall guy.' And general civility within the church would avoid an overly blunt, personal attack on the Pope." 
However, a top church official, an American in Rome, said the impetus for the moves against Curran and Hunthausen originated not with Ratzinger or the Pope, but with church conservatives in the United States. These conservatives are "hiding behind the cardinal skirts of Ratzinger" and making him "the ax man, the bad guy," the official said…
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ANTIGAY FUNDAMENTALISTS  and  
GAY PORNOGRAPHY 


How this antigay group made up of members of the curia and hierarchy came to be and to grow to the size that it has - becoming a global dominating force of fundamentalists - needs to be thoroughly investigated - so that we can prevent it from ever happening again. There appears to be several interesting correlations related to the flourishing of fundamentalism among global terrorist groups and world powers. There are a few striking characteristics shared among these powerful fundamentalists groups - to name a few - their (1) complete lack of human compassion, (2) irrational and arbitrary ideologies, (3) entrenched corruption, (4) severe and lethal antigay tactics and (5) they are the world’s largest consumers of gay pornography (http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2016/04/gay-adult-pornography-and-sexual.html).  


FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

GAY ADULT PORNOGRAPHY - and - SEXUAL REPRESSED HOMOSEXUALS & BISEXUALS 
- | - RC’s Curia and Hierarchy Violent Reaction Formation - “The Machine of The Slime” and Antigay Crusade Continues - Exploiting Pope Benedict XVI - - - - KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!!

They would be hysterically extremely more overwhelmed by Pete Kuzak naked butt and completely unconcerned about the lifetime harm that they are endlessly inflicting on children as young as 4 and 5 years of age, globally - by their obsessive antigay crusade that is completely unsubstantiated by science or scripture. And this is the human atrocities that are caused by the mindless contagion effect of the fanatical antigay obsession of fundamentalism, it is a fatal group blindness to science and religion.   Photo

Catholicism can and must change, Francis forcefully tells Italian church gathering - November 10, 2015
FLORENCE, ITALY Pope Francis has strongly outlined anew a comprehensive vision for the future of the Catholic church, forcefully telling an emblematic meeting of the entire Italian church community here that our times require a deeply merciful Catholicism that is unafraid of change
Francis said Catholics must realize: "We are not living an era of change but a change of era."
"Before the problems of the church it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally," the pontiff said at one point during his remarks.
"Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives -- but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened," said the pope. "It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft fleshit is called Jesus Christ."
"The reform of the church then, and the church is semper reformanda  ... does not end in the umpteenth plan to change structures," he continued. "It means instead grafting yourself to and rooting yourself in Christ, leaving yourself to be guided by the Spirit -- so that all will be possible with genius and creativity.”…
"A new humanism in Jesus Christ…”
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If we are able to look closer at these extreme antigay fundamentalists, (because we have first looked closer in the same way to fully examined ourselves) - we are likely to find this is exactly the way they were treated as children, as young as 4 and 5 years of age and no one cared enough to protect them. And the only way children are protected is by adults who are responsible enough to removed the plank from their own eyes first, before attempting to follow unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms - to cure gay people. When we are successful in this process - commanded by Christ (Matthew 7:3-5) - Pete Kuzak's butt - will not be a caused of uncontrollable hysteria and paranoia - but rather an appreciation for the beauty of God's creation, like any sunrise or sunset. It will be the forward movement in the moral developmental maturation process described by Jean Piaget from the Heteronomous Morality Phase to the Autonomous Morality Phase (http://www.simplypsychology.org/piaget-moral.html). This early childhood development process will be explained below in more detail. 

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Piaget's Social Theory
Rheta L. DeVries
University of Northern Iowa
Piaget's (1932/1965) description of sociomoral development was expressed as movement from anomy (non-regulation by others or the self) to heteronomy (regulation by others) to autonomy (self-regulation). He described two types of morality corresponding to two types of adult-child relationships, one that he believed to promote children's development in all domains and one that he believed to retard development.
The first type of morality is a morality of obedience. Piaget called this "heteronomous" morality, reflecting roots meaning regulation by others. Therefore, the individual who is heteronomously moral follows moral rules given by others out of obedience to an authority who has coercive power. Heteronomous morality means that the individual does not regulate his or her behavior by means of personal convictions. Rather, his or her activity is regulated by impulse or unthinking obedience. 
The second type of morality is autonomous, reflecting roots meaning self regulation. The individual who is autonomously moral follows moral rules that are self-constructed, self-regulating principles. These rules have a feeling of personal necessity for the individual. The individual who is autonomously moral follows internal convictions about the necessity of respect for persons in relationships with others…
These two types of morality correspond, in Piaget's theory, to two types of adult-child relationships. The first type [Heteronomous morality] is one of coercion or constraint in which the adult prescribes what the child must do by giving ready-made rules and instructions for behavior. In this relation, respect is a one-way affair. That is, the child is expected to respect the adult, and the adult uses authority to socialize and instruct the child. The adult controls the child's behavior…
…According to this view, when children are governed continually by the values, beliefs, and ideas of others, they practice a submission that can lead to mindless conformity in both moral and intellectual life…In Piaget's view, a life dominated by the rules of others through a morality of obedience will never lead to the kind of reflection necessary for commitment to internal or autonomous principles of moral judgment. Piaget warned that coercion socializes only the surface of behavior and actually reinforces the child's tendency to rely on regulation by others
Piaget contrasted the heteronomous adult-child relationship with a second type [autonomous] that is characterized by mutual respect and cooperation. The adult returns children's respect by giving them the possibility to regulate their behavior voluntarily. This type of relation Piaget called "cooperative." He argued that it is only by refraining from exercising unnecessary coercion that the adult opens the way for children to develop minds capable of thinking independently and creatively and to develop moral feelings and convictions that take into account the best interests of all parties. The method by which this relationship operates is co-operation…Co- operating means striving to attain a common goal while coordinating one's own feelings and perspective with a consciousness of another's feelings and perspective…The motive for cooperation begins in feelings of mutual affection and mutual trust which become elaborated into feelings of sympathy and consciousness of the intentions of self and others…
…Piaget was not advocating that children have complete freedom because total freedom without any constraints is inconsistent with moral relations with others…
…The child's construction of moral rules begins with learning to follow parental commands. However, these norms must be generalized because commands cannot specify all possible situations. According to Piaget, when children are encouraged to think for themselves and reflect on the moral issues in their lives, they rework commands through differentiation, reinterpretation, and elaboration in the course of lived experiences. The individual who does not do this reworking to construct new and personal norms with a feeling of personal necessity remains susceptible to the vicissitudes of others' opinions and directions…
Piaget (1932/1965) emphasized that ego development necessitates liberation from the thought and will of others (that is, from heteronomy). Lack of this liberation results in inability to co-operate. How does this liberation come about? For Piaget, it is through the child's experience of being respected by the adult who co-operates with the child. Learning to understand others begins as others show that they understand the child's inner feelings and ideas. In this way, Piaget (1932/1965) noted that co-operation is a factor in the creation of personality as a stable ego. Personality is the result of continuous interaction with others--comparison, opposition, and mutual adjustment. For affective and personality development, as in the development of reasoning and moral judgment, Piaget argued that heteronomous relationships are counterproductive, and that co-operative relationships are necessary. For Piaget, therefore, co- operation is an essential characteristic of developmentally-oriented education not simply because it is a culturally valued virtue, but because of its psychodynamic developmental significance…
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Dr. Rheta L. DeVries
University of Northern Iowa 


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Pope Francis is an example of an autonomous person, because he understand the meaning of being one with everyone. He takes into account "the best interests of all parties." He remains secure in his faith, and as the leader of the Catholic Church, while at the same time, as demonstrated by his example,  he works hard through dialogue to understand and be inclusive of everyone. Now, that seems to be the true meaning of being Catholic, universal. This is a sign of an autonomous person. Pope Francis through decades of personal dialogue, always appears to fine new ways of genuinely connecting to an enormous number of people. It is an example of someone who struggled endlessly to know himself, which is no easy task, as well as, a never ending task. He confirmed this fact when he stated, in 2013 that he is a sinner, literally a sinner. Even though, the life struggle is endless, he appears to be happy, able to laugh at himself and enjoys being with people. He seems to mirror rather well the words of St. Paul about childhood and adulthood, including the words of Christ about  the storeroom and the use of its treasures.   


When I was a child, I talked like a child, 
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11


Therefore every teacher of the law
who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven 
is like the owner of a house 
who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
Matthew 13:52

He most courageously demonstrated this extraordinary phenomenon, on his in flight news media conference from Brazil back to Rome July 29, 2013. 

On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’
 July 29, 2013 
ROME — For generations, homosexuality has largely been a taboo topic for the Vatican, ignored altogether or treated as “an intrinsic moral evil,” in the words of the previous pope.
In that context, brief remarks by Pope Francis suggesting that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation, made aboard the papal airplane on the way back from his first foreign trip, to Brazil, resonated through the church. Never veering from church doctrine opposing homosexuality, Francis did strike a more compassionate tone than that of his predecessors, some of whom had largely avoided even saying the more colloquial “gay.”
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told reporters, speaking in Italian but using the English word “gay.”…
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It had the feel of the childhood fairy tale about "Sleeping Beauty" and the words proclaimed at the Easter Vigil - "In Christ a new age has dawned, the long reign of sin is ended, and a broken world has been renewed." There is absolutely no emotional sentimentality intended by referring to the fairy tale about "Sleeping Beauty," quite the opposite is true. It is rather a psychological clinical assessment - profiling of the behavioral characteristics of the immaturity of organizational culture of the curia for the past 30 years. It is an assessment that strongly indicates that it is an organizational culture that has been stagnated at the immaturity of Jean Piaget's heteronomous phase of early childhood moral development. This assessment is publicly back up - with all the endless tantrum tirades, and histrionics - threatening walks out if they don't get their way. Including the public theatrics of - endlessly whining, greatly exaggerating the idea they are being torture, when no one has even touched them. Hysterically, out of control  resisting any change, while absolutely refusing to enter into any form of dialogue, to maturely explain objections, than outrageously scream they are being martyred. Regrettably, however, undeniably due his endless public statements - Cardinal Burke represents, including his supporting cohorts, Jean Piaget's heteronomous phase of moral development. As Jaen Piaget notes, "For affective and personality development, as in the development of reasoning and moral judgment, Piaget argued that heteronomous relationships are counterproductive, and that co-operative relationships are necessary." 

Burke, along with the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy, fiercely refuse to openly acknowledge, let alone discuss - the science on gay sexual orientation that has emerged over the last 6 decades or the alternative scriptural passages on the topic. Therefore, Burke has led the way to completely separated the (1) science from the religion in his understanding the sexual orientation of homosexuality and (2) refuses to enter into any open dialogue to discuss his reasoning. He, along with the others, have publicly demonstrated this fact endlessly - and it is a direct violation what both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI emphatically stated that science can never be separated from religion and that an ongoing dialogue is essential to search for truth - and - without truth there is no love. For the truth of the matter is that the Church and the scientific community will inevitably interact; their options do not include isolation (John Paul II  https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1988/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_19880601_padre-coyne.html).” “Any breach in this dialogue comes only at an enormous price to human development…( Benedict XVI http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate.html that isolation is not an option).” Photo



This separation and refusal to keep open a dialogue between the Church and the scientific community regarding the sexual orientation of homosexuality - strongly appears to be the key factor that is related to the obsessive antigay crusade. It is the preverbal saying about the Elephant in the room, and  not Pete Kuzak's behind that is the deadly problem. It is a term associated with substance abuse. The “‘Elephant in the room’ or ‘Elephant in the living room’ is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. It is based on the idea/thought that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room).” More explanation on this topic will be detailed below. Again, to emphasis the fact that Pete Kuzak's tush is most definitely not the problem, it could be considered, a symptom of the problem.  

Sadly, what Burke believes to be the truth, according to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI is not the truth and therefore it is not love. It seems evident from the perspective of the continuous dialogue between the science and religion regarding homosexuality for the past 6 decades - that Burke was betrayed about what is the truth, long ago during his early childhood years growing up in Wisconsin, listening to rantings and ravings of  US Senator Joseph McCarthy regarding his unsubstantiated reasoning for his national terrorizing witch-hunt for homosexuals. A child subjected endlessly throughout his early childhood years to the terrorizing antigay demagoguery of Senator McCarthy would have been a severe and intolerable form of coercion to socialize a child's behavior. It would be counterproductive, to the moral developmental process of the child. As Piaget states:


...when children are governed continually by the values, beliefs, and ideas of others, they practice a submission that can lead to mindless conformity in both moral and intellectual life…In Piaget's view, a life dominated by the rules of others through a morality of obedience will never lead to the kind of reflection necessary for commitment to internal or autonomous principles of moral judgment. Piaget warned that coercion socializes only the surface of behavior and actually reinforces the child's tendency to rely on regulation by others…

This may help to begin to explain in part why Burke is and has been throughout his life - completely adamant against any attempt to discuss the topic of homosexuality, as well as, his ruthless tactics used to silence and remove anyone in the Church who does or is supportive of gay people, including Pope Francis. It is a most extreme example of the lifelong harmful effects caused to children during their early childhood years - by the influence of unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms. Burke by his own public example gives sufficient evidence to these lifelong harmful effects, especially how identically he has mirrored the obsessively fierce antigay demagoguery of Senator McCarthy.   

It was McCarthy's fierce antigay demagoguery,  which was the motivation that triggered Dr. Evelyn Hooker in completely her international - ground breaking research in 1957 - that found “…that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, as there was no detectable difference between homosexual and heterosexual men in terms of mental adjustment…(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Hooker).” Photo

Cardinal Burke warns of ‘betrayal of truth,’ even by bishops - May 18, 2016
“The follower of the truth written by God on every human heart will suffer persecution at the hands of those who prefer the immediate convenience and pleasure of lies, even the grossest of lies,” Burke said.
“The suffering is greatly increased by the betrayal of the truth by those who claim to follow Christ and to be members of his Church, even bishops, priests and consecrated religious,” the cardinal added.
Among other things, Burke appeared to suggest that Catholic institutions in secularized cultures need to be prepared to sacrifice public support in order to remain true to the Church’s teachings.
“I think, for instance, of the threat of the loss of tax exemption, with its disastrous effects on many apostolates of the Church, which may be the necessary result of holding true to our faith and the moral law,” he said.
In general, Burke said Catholics struggling to uphold traditional positions should be prepared for scorn, including from fellow Catholics.
“Such martyrdom is the daily witness offered by every faithful Catholic in a totally secularized society, and in the Church which too suffers secularization,” he said.
“We embrace indifference, ridicule, rejection, and other forms of persecution because we love Our Lord and all our brothers and sisters in Him, in his holy Church,” Burke said.
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Truly facing oneself though exhausting - always releases more mental energy, relieves stress, which leaves us feeling physically healthier. Because otherwise - we will end up wasting a tremendous amount energy and our lives running away from our problems. Always being angry, and forever condemning other people's faults, which are pretty good signs - we are on the run from ourselves. Because whatever problems we are attempting to run away from or trying to repress or forget - they will keep bubbling up unconsciously. It will cause us to stagnate in life, because it will be using all our energy running away, while increasingly being filled with tremendous amounts of unidentified anger, which unknowingly, though wrongfully, we will being projecting our problems onto others, and forever condemning them for our unidentified problems. It is, a sure recipe for becoming a fundamentalist, losing sight to reality, truth and leaving us isolated from love.  So, if we are excessively overwhelmed and upset by Pete Kuzak's tush, claiming some fanatical and unsubstantiated religious reason for condemning it, we got some serious unidentified problems. And this is the core problem of the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy for the past 30 years, that stagnate not only their lives, but the life of the Church - because their unsubstantiated antigay crusade was never based on truth - the truth found from not separating science and religion. This why Cardinal Burke, "likened the Roman Catholic church to 'a ship without a rudder'" after Pope Francis expressed compassion and support of gay priests, gay people (http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/burke-church-under-francis-ship-without-rudder). Pope Francis appears to be moving the direction of the Church, along with his entourage of consultants from the stagnated phase heteronomous morality to autonomous. And this is the meaning of the two above mentioned scriptural passages that involves not separating science from religion before we begin our search for the plank in own eyes first and before projecting our problems onto others - and then under the dissociated pretense attempt to remove the speck from the eyes of our brothers and sisters. To repeat:


When I was a child, I talked like a child, 
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11

Therefore every teacher of the law
who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven 
is like the owner of a house 
who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
Matthew 13:52

Pete Kuzak's tush is and never was the problem, it is God's creation. However, our personal reaction to his behind will be enormously revealing of our moral maturity in regards to the above scriptural passages.  The posting of the pictures of Pete Kuzak's behind - here - is a test for sanity, regarding the severity of the early childhood repression of a child's gay sexual orientation and identifying the phase moral development in adults, whether it caused a stagnation at the heteronomous phase or moved forward to the autonomous phase.  It is a test set up to globally protect children - from the lifelong harmful effects, as demonstrated by the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy - from the influence of unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms.

Pope’s Press Conference on Flight from Bangui to Rome (Unofficial Transcript) - November 30, 2015 
[Question]
You paid tribute to the message of peace in the Central African Republic but there’s more religious fundamentalism today that threatens the entire planet. We have seen it in Paris. Do you think the religious authorities, bishops, imams, should enter more into politics?
[Pope Francis]
If you mean enter into politics, no! Let them be a priest, a pastor, an imam, a rabbi, [because] that’s their vocation. But one does an indirect politics by preaching values, true values, and one of the bigger values is brotherhood among us. We are all children of God, we have the same father. And in this sense one must make a politics of unity, or reconciliation, and – though I do not like the word, but I must use it –tolerance. So, fundamentalism is an illness that is in all religions.
              We Catholics have them, not a few but many, who think they have the absolute truth, and they go ahead throwing mud on others with calumnydefamation, and they do harm. I can say this because it is my church: also we, and we all. One must fight, because religious fundamentalism is not religious. Why? Because it lacks God. It is idolatry, just as money is idolatry. To do politics in the sense of convincing the people that have this tendency is a politics that we religious leaders must do. But fundamentalism that always ends in a tragedy or in crimes is a bad thing, but a piece of it comes in all religions…
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Given Uganda's homophobia, why does it lead the way in Googling gay porn? -  10 January 2014 Is there a connection, then, between homophobia and suppressed homosexuality, along the lines of "me thinks he protesteth too much"? Is it that homosexual desires, when shut out because of some sense of shame, can easily express themselves as a form of homophobia? When the US conservative evangelical pastor Ted Haggard, well known for his anti-gay preaching, was discovered to have been paying a masseur for gay sex, he explained that "I think I was partially so vehement because of my own war". Freud coined the description "reaction-formation", in which anxiety-generating feelings are masked by an exaggerated reaction in the opposite direction. There is some experimental evidence to back this up, with one study showing that 20% of those who self-described as "highly straight" indicated some level of same-sex attraction. This discrepancy is often put down to highly controlling parents who do not allow their children room to explore their sexual identity.
Yes, of course, there are many people who do not experience same-sex attraction who are anti-gay. But one of the features of reaction-formation is its paranoia and lack of proportion. And this is precisely what the scaremongering nonsense about gay people being out to get our children – a common line in the Ugandan debate – clearly demonstrates. In conservative religious environments where God is depicted as a powerful all-controlling parent, it makes sense to me that this reaction-formation will be particularly strong…  Photo

17 Antigay Leaders Exposed as Gay or Bi - January 27, 2016 
The internet was buzzing in January when an editor at a gay website in Virginia wrote that he'd encountered an antigay Republican lawmaker while on Grindr, without naming the person. Not every antigay crackpot is actually gay, but there's no shortage of those who actually are. Here are some hypocrites who just couldn't practice what they preached…
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The fact that it did happen to us and that it lasted uninterrupted - for nearly 4 decades - causing an incalculable number of global human atrocities - clearly illustrates we have an organization that is not self-correcting. We not list all the examples, as to why the Roman Catholic curia and hierarchy as an organization is not self-correcting, e.g. child sexual abuse cover-ups. How ever, this investigation is accomplished - the findings need to be made public, though, in this day and age - there is little that remains secret. Transparency is essential, especially among the members of the curia. 

Transparency Breeds Self-Correcting Behavior
By Russ Linden - October 2010
Public agencies benefit in many ways when they operate more transparently. Employees feel more accountable for their behavior; there’s greater focus on performance and outcomes; and the public has more knowledge of an agency’s operations and how to access them. Perhaps most importantly, however, public trust in government grows…

On the Concept of a Self-Correcting Organization
Martin Landau
Public Administration Review
Vol. 33, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1973), pp. 533-542
Abstract
Public bureaucracies are inflexible and inadequate problem solvers because they are not scientific enough. The proper application of scientific principles to management reinforces the Weberian concept of bureaucratic administration as the exercise of control on the basis of knowledge. Within this perspective, the cardinal function of bureaucratic administration is to prevent and correct errors. Accordingly, they must be concerned with rules of adequate solution, not rituals of authority. Two classic devices in public administration, the pre-audit and the post-audit, are represented here as analytic instruments capable of error detection with respect to policy making, planning, and programming. Policies are reinterpreted as the equivalent of theories; plans as models; programs as experiments - in the interest of displacing rationalization by verification, and establishing the spirit of criticism as the essential property of a scientifically managed organization.
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It is amazing how much was revealed, when members of the curia and hierarchy, especially like Cardinal Burke, who appeared completely unaware that they were no longer under the Vatican’s shield of bureaucratic anonymity, when their immediate emotional outbursts condemning the synod 2014 midterm report supportive of gay people were publicly broadcasted globally. The most blatantly obvious missing factor that was the overall complete absence of  offering any corresponding rationale to substantiated the intensity of their collective immediate emotional outbursts. Even more alarming was the fact that this intense emotional hysterical reaction (1) was demonstrated by the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy and (2) that it was considered as appropriate and acceptable behavior for the top leaders of the Catholic Church. This is an extraordinary lethal blind spot that has went unnoticed for the past 30 years, most deadly form of groupthinkIt was like a DNA sample that identified their covert - irrational, ruthless and deceitful antigay tactics, once arrogantly rationalized and believed would never see the light-of-day - stretching as far back to Archbishop Hunthausen of the 1980s, connecting one event, after another, including those used against me beginning in 1997 and lasted for the next following 19 years.

This is perfect example how science and religion, while remaining completely separate and distinct academic disciplines - are interconnected and are not in conflict. Groupthink is a psychological research phenomenon that validates the crucial importance to heed the words of Christ - in the gospel text about the plank and the speck. 


Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye 
and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, 
and then you will see clearly 
to remove the speck from 
your brother’s eye.
Matthew 7:3-5



Ethical Breakdowns
Max H. Bazerman, Ann E. Tenbrunsel
APRIL 2011 - Harvard Business Review 
Motivated Blindness
It’s well documented that people see what they want to see and easily miss contradictory information when it’s in their interest to remain ignorant—a psychological phenomenon known as motivated blindness…
It does little good to simply note that conflicts of interest exist in an organization. A decade of research shows that awareness of them doesn’t necessarily reduce their untoward impact on decision making. Nor will integrity alone prevent them from spurring unethical behavior, because honest people can suffer from motivated blindness. Executives should be mindful that conflicts of interest are often not readily visible and should work to remove them from the organization entirely, looking particularly at existing incentive systems…
The Managerial Challenge
Companies are putting a great deal of energy into efforts to improve their ethicality—installing codes of ethics, ethics training, compliance programs, and in-house watchdogs. Initiatives like these don’t come cheap. A recent survey of 217 large companies indicated that for every billion dollars of revenue, a company spends, on average, $1 million on compliance initiatives. If these efforts worked, one might argue that the money—a drop in the bucket for many organizations—was well spent. But that’s a big if. Despite all the time and money that have gone toward these efforts, and all the laws and regulations that have been enacted, observed unethical behavior is on the rise.
This is disappointing but unsurprising. Even the best-intentioned ethics programs will fail if they don’t take into account the biases that can blind us to unethical behavior, whether ours or that of others. What can you do to head off rather than exacerbate unethical behavior in your organization? Avoid “forcing” ethics through surveillance and sanctioning systems. Instead ensure that managers and employees are aware of the biases that can lead to unethical behavior. (This simple step might have headed off the disastrous decisions Ford managers made—and employees obeyed—in the Pinto case.) And encourage your staff to ask this important question when considering various options: “What ethical implications might arise from this decision?
Above all, be aware as a leader of your own blind spots, which may permit, or even encourage, the unethical behaviors you are trying to extinguish. 
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Fr. Marty Kurylowicz




SCIENCE and RELIGION of Homosexuality = TRUTH



Only in TRUTH does CHARITY shine forth, 
only in truth can charity be 
AUTHENTICALLY  L I V E D 
Benedict XVI

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

CURIA’S & HIERARCHY’S Heteronomous Morality | Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived - Benedict XVI - - Welcoming gay people - Synod 2014 & 2015 - Where was the truth??? Where was the dialogue??? There was no love!!! - 1st Posted - APRIL 7, 2016 | Revised & Updated 4/30/16
http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2016/04/heteronomous-morality-only-in-truth_29.html



This entire posting has been previously sent out as a US group mailing prior to posting it here on the Thalamus Center.


Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi




















When I was a child, I talked like a child, 
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11


Therefore every teacher of the law
who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven 
is like the owner of a house 
who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
Matthew 13:52

It vexes me when they would constrain science 
by the authority of the Scriptures, 
and yet do not consider 
themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
"The Authority of Scripture in Philosophical Controversies"
Galileo Galilei

Update: 4/27/16







“Is the Pope Catholic?” suddenly a serious question - April 20, 2016 

Too Late for An Easier, Softer Way? - April 8, 2016 

Fr. Hans Kung says Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma - April 26, 2016  Photo
Editor's note: Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds "to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility."
Küng declined to show the letter to NCR, citing "the confidentiality that I owe to the Pope," but he says the letter was dated March 20 and sent to him via the nunciature in Berlin shortly after Easter.
Küng says the letter shows that "Francis has set no restrictions" on the discussions.
Küng also said that he is very encouraged by Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love'), "I could not have foreseen then quite how much new freedom Francis would open up in his post-synodal exhortation," Kung wrote in statement released to NCR and other media outlets. "Already in the introduction, he declares, 'Not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium.’”…

Francis: Love not theology or 'liturgical rubrics,' but 'has another way’ - April 27, 2016
…Jesus gives the parable in response to a question from a lawyer, who says he is following the commandment to love God and neighbor but asks: "Who is my neighbor?"
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Francis said the man "wants a clear rule that permits him to classify others as 'neighbor' and 'not neighbor,' who can become a neighbor and who cannot become a neighbor."
The parable, the pope says, gives a different response. He said it "teaches us that compassion, love is not a vague sentiment but means taking care of the other even at a personal cost.”…


CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH MUST END MEDIEVAL PRACTICES, POPE URGED BY ACCUSED - 20 April 2016 
Investigation of accusations should be reformed and anonymous denunciations ended, high-profile signatories insist
An international group of bishops, nuns, priests and lay people, who have all been investigated by Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, have written to Pope Francis calling for a reform of the investigation process and specifically an end to anonymous denunciations.
…In their letter to the Pope, which was also sent to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the group warn that as the CDF acts as "investigator, accuser, judge and jury" the process cannot offer justice. The process is outdated and follows the "absolutism of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe" as a model, the signatories said.
They suggest a new set of procedures that would require greater transparency and accountability while imposing a strict time limit on any investigation and direct personal face-to-face communication between the accused and the Vatican congregation. One of the signatories, Australian historian and author Paul Collins, said that the current process makes no presumption of innocence and those accused are never told who has accused them nor who is judging them. "They don't even know who their defence counsel is. They are usually never given a chance to defend themselves verbally and in person. Letters go unanswered for months or are 'lost'," he criticised.
The signatories highlight that those investigated by the CDF find the process completely draining, isolating and exhausting and this is often linked to CDF imposed exclusion from ministry. "It seems designed to wear you down psychologically. It is completely alien to the values of Christ and the gospels," Paul Collins said...
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J e a n   P i a g e t
The Shift from Heteronomy to Autonomy




Curia’s and Hierarchy’s Morality - 30 Years   



Heteronomous Morality (5-9yrs) - Jean Piaget 
The stage of heteronomous morality is also known as moral realism – morality imposed from the outside. Children regard morality as obeying other people's rules and laws, which cannot be changed. They accept that all rules are made by some authority figure (e.g. parents, teacher, God), and that breaking the rules will lead to immediate and severe punishment (immanent justice). The function of any punishment is to make the guilty suffer in that the severity of the punishment should be related to severity of wrong-doing (expiatory punishment).
During this stage children consider rules as being absolute and unchanging, i.e. 'divine like'. They think that rules cannot be changed and have always been the same as they are now. 
Behaviour is judged as “bad" in terms of the observable consequences, regardless on the intentions or reasons for that behaviour. Therefore, a large amount of accidental damage is viewed as worse than a small amount of deliberate damage…

Autonomous Morality - Jean Piaget 
The stage of autonomous morality is also known as moral relativism – morality based on your own rules. Children recognize there is no absolute right or wrong and that morality depends on intentions not consequences.
Piaget believed that around the age of 9-10 children’s understanding of moral issues underwent a fundamental reorganisation. By now they are beginning to overcome the egocentrism of middle childhood and have developed the ability to see moral rules from other people’s point of view.
A child who can decentre to take other people’s intentions and circumstances into account can move to making the more independent moral judgements of the second stage. As a result children’s ideas on the nature of rules themselves, on moral responsibility and on punishment and justice all change and their thinking becomes more like that of adults…


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Piaget's Social Theory
Rheta L. DeVries
University of Northern Iowa
…Piaget’s (1932/1965) description of sociomoral development was expressed as movement from anomy (non-regulation by others or the self) to heteronomy (regulation by others) to autonomy (self-regulation). He described two types of morality corresponding to two types of adult-child relationships, one that he believed to promote children's development in all domains and one that he believed to retard development. 
The first type of morality is a morality of obedience. Piaget called this "heteronomous" morality, reflecting roots meaning regulation by others. Therefore, the individual who is heteronomously moral follows moral rules given by others out of obedience to an authority who has coercive power. Heteronomous morality means that the individual does not regulate his or her behavior by means of personal convictions. Rather, his or her activity is regulated by impulse or unthinking obedience
The second type of morality is autonomous, reflecting roots meaning self regulation. The individual who is autonomously moral follows moral rules that are self-constructed, self-regulating principles. These rules have a feeling of personal necessity for the individual. The individual who is autonomously moral follows internal convictions about the necessity of respect for persons in relationships with others. On a practical level, without belief that rises from personal conviction, children will not be likely to follow moral rules given ready-made by adults.
These two types of morality correspond, in Piaget's theory, to two types of adult-child relationships. The first type is one of coercion or constraint in which the adult prescribes what the child must do by giving ready-made rules and instructions for behavior. In this relation, respect is a one-way affair…the child's reason for behaving is thus outside his or her own reasoning and system of personal interests and values. Piaget calls this type of relation "heteronomous." …Heteronomy can range on a continuum from hostile and punitive to sugar-coated control. According to this view, when children are governed continually by the values, beliefs, and ideas of others, they practice a submission that can lead to mindless conformity in both moral and intellectual life…In Piaget's view, a life dominated by the rules of others through a morality of obedience will never lead to the kind of reflection necessary for commitment to internal or autonomous principles of moral judgment…
Piaget contrasted the heteronomous adult-child relationship with a 
second type that is characterized by mutual respect and cooperation. The adult returns children's respect by giving them the possibility to regulate their behavior voluntarily. This type of relation Piaget called "cooperative." He argued that it is only by refraining from exercising unnecessary coercion that the adult opens the way for children to develop minds capable of thinking independently and creatively and to develop moral feelings and convictions that take into account the best interests of all parties. The method by which this relationship operates is co-operation. Piaget hyphenated this word when he wanted to emphasize the etymological root meaning. Co-operating means striving to attain a common goal while coordinating one's own feelings and perspective with a consciousness of another's feelings and perspective…
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Dr. Rheta L. DeVries
University of Northern Iowa 


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Jean Piaget - Heteronomous Phase
…This phase, more common among children, is characterized by the idea that rules come from authority figures in one's life such as parents, teachers, and God. It also involves the idea that rules are permanent no matter what. Thirdly, this phase of moral development includes the belief that "naughty" behavior must always be punished and that the punishment will be proportional.

Jean Piaget - Autonomous Phase
…The second phase in Piaget's theory of moral development is referred to as the Autonomous Phase. This phase is more common after one has matured and is no longer a child. In this phase people begin to view the intentions behind actions as more important than their consequences. For instance, if a person who is driving swerves in order to not hit a dog and then knocks over a road sign, adults are likely to be less angry at the person than if he or she had done it on purpose just for fun. Even though the outcome is the same, people are more forgiving because of the good intention of saving the dog. This phase also includes the idea that people have different morals and that morality is not necessarily universal. People in the Autonomous Phase also believe rules may be broken under certain circumstances. For instance, Rosa Parks broke the law by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, which was against the law but something many people consider moral nonetheless. In this phase people also stop believing in the idea of immanent justice.

Rosa Parks Biography
Civil Rights Activist (1913–2005)
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP's highest award…
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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) 
was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement”. Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in California and Missouri (February 4), and Ohio and Oregon (December 1)…
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Jean Piaget - Stages of Moral Development:
…Based upon his theory of cognitive development, Piaget stated that moral reasoning takes place through-out stages that children pass at certain approximate ages. (Piaget, 1932). The first stage is known as the premoral judgment and starts from birth till 5 years and coincides with the pre-operational stage of Piaget's cognitive theory. According to him, children begin in a "heteronomous" stage of moral reasoning, because their cognitive structure is characterized by egocentrism i.e. young children have a poor conception of other people's consciousnesses and are unable to take into account their own view of things with the perspective of someone else’s.
As a result, it is impossible for them to have a sense of morality or understand the concept of rules. Their thinking is based on how actions affect them or what the result of an action is i.e. consequences rather than the motivation behind them. Moreover, since children’s first exposure to social rules are commands handed down by parents or other authority figures, they view them as fixed laws. This relative powerlessness of young children results in a strict adherence to rules and obedience to authority.
The second stage is called moral realism, which lasts from the age of 5 to 10 years and corresponds to the concrete operational stage of Piaget’s cognitive theory. Children at this stage understand the concept of rules, but still see them as external and rigid. They evaluate wrongdoing in terms of its consequences, not intentions, and obey rules mainly because they are there. They recognize the sanctity of rules and that they have to play by them and cannot make up new ones to a game.
Piaget called this, "moral realism with objective responsibility" i.e. being concerned with outcomes rather than intentions of an action or valuing the letter of the law above the purpose of the law. Moral realism is also associated with a child's expectation that punishment automatically follows acts of wrongdoing. (Harris, 2002)
The third and final stage is called moral relativism and begins at about 10 years onwards. It coincides with the formal operational stage in Piaget's cognitive theory, during which children are able to carry out complex thought processes, first on concrete examples, and then abstract concepts.
Children now develop a more flexible view of moral issues and begin forming their own internal morality, which is different from external rules. They progress to an "autonomous" stage of moral reasoning, where they learn that rules are social conventions governed by mutual consent and that it is permissible to break or alter them without being punished. (Harris, 2002). They start to critically examine rules, determining whether they are fair or not, and applying them to other situations based on mutual respect and cooperation. Actions are now evaluated more in terms of their intentions and motives behind them than their consequences. In short, there is a shift in the child's cognitive structure from egocentrism to perspective taking.
Thus according to Piaget, morality and moral development cannot be inculcated into children through dictates of parents and teachers; it is through active relationship and involvement with peers that children develop moral concepts (Nucci, 1997)…
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Piaget’s Heteronomous Moral Reasoning
Moral realism - is associated with "objective responsibility", which is valuing the letter of the law above the purpose of the law.
This is why young children are more concerned about the outcomes of actions rather than the intentions of the person doing the act.
Shauna M. Adams, Ed.D.
University of Dayton
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Moral realism is associated with "objective responsibility", which is valuing   
the letter of the law above 
the purpose of the law. 
Jean Piaget
The Shift from Heteronomy to Autonomy





Midterm report: Synod of Bishops on the Family   
Oct 14, 2014 - Excerpt:
Welcoming homosexual persons
Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community...
...homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority...



Closing Mass of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly - October 25, 2015       Photo




An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, 
but no sign will be given it except 
the sign of Jonah the prophet. 
Matthew 12:39





H e t e r o n o m o u s   P h a s e


Secret Letter Allegedly Sent To Pope Francis By Conservative Cardinals Fuels Speculations At Vatican Synod - 10/12/15
…In the letter, the senior churchmen said that if the reformers succeeded in changing the church’s approach to modern families it could send the Catholic Church down the path of Protestant denominations that abandoned “key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of pastoral adaptation.”
…The mystery also fueled intrigue about the three-week meeting, called a synod. It also spotlighted increasingly bold efforts by traditionalists to thwart any changes to church doctrine or practices, in particular proposals to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.
…as well as efforts to make the church more open to cohabiting couples and gays and lesbians — has become a focus and flashpoint for the wide-ranging synod of 270 bishops from around the world.
…This fall’s gathering follows a previous synod that Francis convened here last October as part of his effort to foster dialogue within the hierarchy and to discuss possible reforms to pastoral practices (though not necessarily doctrines) that could make the church more welcoming and inclusive.
Yet raising the specter of any change set off alarm bells for conservatives who have been lobbying fiercely, in public and behind the scenes, to ensure that the synod acts to remove any doubts about the possibility of changing church teachings or policies…
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Opposition to Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet - December 4, 2015
…First up is Cardinal Raymond Burke’s recent op-ed in the National Catholic Register. The flamboyant cardinal uses the old trick of attacking someone close to the pope, rather than the pope directly, in this instance, Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J. Fr. Spadaro had written that the synod opened a door toward the divorced and remarried. +Burke replies: “The fact is that the synod could not open a door which does not exist and cannot exist, namely, a discernment in conscience which contradicts the truth about the supreme sanctity of the Most Holy Eucharist and the indissolubility of the marriage bond.” Who said anything about “contradicting” the truth? The contradiction – and it is only an apparent one to us poor humans who have more theological work to do – is between “the truth” about marriage and the Eucharist and “the truth” about God’s mercy and, relatedly, “the truth” about the practice of our sister Churches of the East. But, Cardinal Burke expects everyone to use his lens, his weighting of the issues, his sense of what is, and is not, possible. Someone needs to tell him that he was not elected pope in 2013…


Cardinals publicly battling over divorce -September 18, 2014 
VATICAN CITY – The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.
Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment can receive Communion.
They have written a book, “Remaining in the Truth of Christ,” to rebut German Cardinal Walter Kasper, whom Francis praised in his first Sunday blessing after he was elected pope as “a great theologian” and subsequently entrusted with the setting the tone for the two-year study on marriage, divorce, and family life that the Vatican will open Oct. 5…
The outcry that ensued has turned the 81-year-old Kasper into the biggest lightning rod for internal debate that the Catholic Church has seen in some time.
Conservatives, including the five cardinal authors, have vehemently opposed Kasper’s suggestion as contrary to Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.
…Francis has asserted church doctrine on the matter but has called for a more merciful, pastoral approach: He reportedly told an Argentine woman earlier this year that she was free to receive Communion even though her husband’s first marriage was never annulled. Knowing the issue is divisive, though, he has convened the whole church to debate the issue.
The new book asserts there really is no better solution – and no grounds to argue for it citing the practice of the ancient church – since Catholic doctrine is clear. The authors include two of the highest-ranking Vatican officials, both appointed by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, a great friend to conservatives and traditionalists: Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, and Cardinal Raymond Burke, the American head of the Vatican’s supreme court.
“These are not a series of rules made up by the church; they constitute divine law, and the church cannot change them,” the book says. Kasper’s assertions, reading of history and suggestions for debate “reinforce misleading understandings of both fidelity and mercy.”…


Archbishop Chaput ‘disturbed’ by Vatican synod debate, says ‘confusion is of the devil’ - October 21, 2014  


Burke: Church under Francis is a ‘ship without a rudder’ - October 31, 2014


Cardinal [Burke] urges pope to take hot-button issues off table for next synod - November 19th, 2014
…Lashing out at the “so-called contraceptive mentality,” he warned it was “anti-life” and blamed it for “the devastation that is daily wrought in our world by the multi-million dollar industry of pornography” and the incredibly aggressive homosexual agenda, which he claimed could only result in “the profound unhappiness and even despair of those affected by it.”…
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Cardinal Raymond Burke: 'Feminized' church and altar girls caused priest shortage  - January 7, 2015


Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same - 3/27/15


European church gears up for battle at Vatican's family synod - Gadecki - Ignorance & Lack of Charity - June 20, 2015
…The president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, chaired the meeting and used his keynote speech to denounce a litany of modern-day ills, including same-sex unions, divorce and contraception.
He warned against "modifying the church's discipline" for those in unmarried relationships, and urged "people with homosexual tendencies" to undergo therapy and not expect pastoral help…


Gay Catholics Will Be Silenced During Pope Francis' Philadelphia Visit: Archbishop - June 25, 2015


Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican - September 7, 2015 
  VATICAN CITY — On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis.
A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive voices on divorced Catholics as well as gays and lesbians. In front of the camera, Burke said he would “resist” liberal changes — and seemed to caution Francis about the limits of his authority. “One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope,” Burke told the French news crew…  
[Burke states] “We have a serious issue right now, a very alarming situation where Catholic priests and bishops are saying and doing things that are against what the church teaches, talking about same-sex unions, about Communion for those who are living in adultery,” the official said. “And yet the pope does nothing to silence them. So the inference is that this is what the pope wants.”…
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B U R K E  - S L A N D E R S - G A Y  P R I E S T S

Cardinal Raymond Burke: ‘Feminized’ church and altar girls caused priest shortage - January 7, 2015 
...In the interview, Burke also blamed gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” were the ones who molested children.
Researchers have disputed that claim, and experts note that the reported rise in the number of gay men entering the priesthood since the 1980s coincided with a sharp drop-off in abuse cases…
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Part 2 - OBEDIENT to WHOM??? - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz’s 1997-2015 Protecting Gay Children - vs. - Burke’s Hysterical Antigay Demagoguery - JULY 7, 2015


In letter to CDF, theologians and bishops call for reform of Vatican doctrinal investigations - April 19, 2016 
VATICAN CITY A group of prominent global Catholic theologians, priests and bishops who have been criticized by the Vatican's chief doctrinal office have come together to call for a new process for theological investigations in the church that would be marked by openness and transparency instead of deep secrecy.
In a letter sent to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last month, the theologians argue that current procedures for investigations -- characterized often by a lack of adequate defense or possibility of appeal -- are "contrary to natural justice and in need of reform."
The writers sharply criticize current practice. They say that current norms are outdated and follow a model based on "the absolutism of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe." They identify that:

The person under investigation is not allowed to meet or speak to their accusers;

The doctrinal office often acts as "investigator, accuser, judge and jury" and also imposes any penalties and hears any appeals;

The accused is often not in direct contact with the Vatican -- the doctrinal office rather works through the person's religious superior or bishop, and;

Procedures can "drag on for years, with sometimes negative consequences for the mental and physical health of the accused."

The last point carries special significance, as many who have been investigated by the Vatican describe the process as particularly debilitating.
Jesuit Fr. Gerald O'Collins, who assisted famed Belgian Jesuit Fr. Jacques Dupuis with a doctrinal inquiry that continued for three years, has said the stress of the process led to a hospital stay and perhaps even an early death for Dupuis…
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Vatican Says Rumors About Pope's Health Are Attempt To Undermine Him - October 22, 2015 
After repeatedly denying reports that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor Wednesday, the Vatican is going a step further, calling the rumor "false information" that's meant to destabilize the papacy. The doctor named in the reports also says they're untrue…
From Rome, NPR'S Sylvia Poggioli reports:
The suggestion that the tumor report was part of a plot against Pope Francis was put forth by the official Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano. It wrote, "the timing of the claim reveals there was an intent to manipulate and cause a dust storm of confusion."
"Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was part of an effort to undermine the bishops' assembly…
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In the last 50 years a pope has not been criticised so brazenly
13 November 2014
US bloggers and “culture warriors” – even the now-former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke – have publicly laid into Pope Francis in the media, criticising the calling and content of last month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
In language similar to that of Bernard Fellay’s, the head of traditionalist Society of St Pius X, who said the Synod had opened “the gates of hell”, Cardinal Burke went further and likened the Church under Pope Francis’s leadership to “a ship without a rudder”...
I appreciate that some bishops who are criticising Pope Francis’ leadership passed the litmus test for their appointments under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. But I do not think that US culture warriors should publicly criticise Pope Francis, who is not only restoring episcopal collegiality but the scriptural based notion of God’s “infinite love and mercy” rather than just man-made Pharisaic and poorly drafted canon law.
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Pope Francis has a brain tumor? Sharp denials amid synod silly season - October 21, 2015 
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Oct. 21) categorically denied a story from an Italian news agency that Pope Francis has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, calling the report “unfounded” and “seriously irresponsible…
The scoop was quickly called into question, in part because the story provided so few details and because the Vatican has been swirling with rumors this month during an intense and contentious debate over church teachings among 270 bishops gathered for a global synod on the family.
The synod has featured unusually open arguments and no small amount of public sniping among churchmen, as well as revelations of a secret letter to the pope and accusations of behind-the-scenes “rigging” and “manipulation.”…
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Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family - October 25, 2015 

  …But there were limits. Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said that when he raised the idea in his working group at the synod that committed same-sex relationships could have spiritual value, “bad feelings came up.”
    In the end, he said he was pleased that the synod did not delve deeper into the issue of homosexuality.
   “That is a point for next time,” he said. “Better to leave it for later than discuss it in a hot and bad atmosphere.” 
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Synod 2015 - Burke’s Violence Against Gay People - “You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” — KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!! - 12/2/15 | Repost 12/17/5 "FRUIT BOWL" - Vatican City | Update 1/5/16



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When I was a child, I talked like a child, 
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11



A u t o n o m o u s   P h a s e


On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’- July 29, 2013
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told reporters, speaking in Italian but using the English word “gay.”… 


Pope Francis - Holy law is not an end in itself 
Oct 13, 2014 
Be open to God's surprises, not closed to the signs of the times and remember holy law is not an end in itself...


Catholicism can and must change, Francis forcefully tells Italian church gathering - November 10, 2015
FLORENCE, ITALY Pope Francis has strongly outlined anew a comprehensive vision for the future of the Catholic church, forcefully telling an emblematic meeting of the entire Italian church community here that our times require a deeply merciful Catholicism that is unafraid of change
Francis said Catholics must realize: "We are not living an era of change but a change of era."
"Before the problems of the church it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally," the pontiff said at one point during his remarks.
"Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives -- but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened," said the pope. "It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft fleshit is called Jesus Christ."
"The reform of the church then, and the church is semper reformanda  ... does not end in the umpteenth plan to change structures," he continued. "It means instead grafting yourself to and rooting yourself in Christ, leaving yourself to be guided by the Spirit -- so that all will be possible with genius and creativity.”…
"A new humanism in Jesus Christ…”
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Pope Francis continues his critique of religious fundamentalism - Dec. 3, 2015
…”In the Catholic church we have some -- many -- who believe they possess the absolute truth and they go on sullying others through slander and defamation and this is wrong. Religious fundamentalism must be combated. It is not religious, God is lacking, it is idolatrous.” http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/pope-francis-continues-his-critique-religious-fundamentalism


Pope’s Press Conference on Flight from Bangui to Rome (Unofficial Transcript) - Nov. 30, 2015 
…We are all children of God, we have the same father. And in this sense one must make a politics of unity, or reconciliation, and – though I do not like the word, but I must use it –tolerance. So, fundamentalism is an illness that is in all religions.
We Catholics have them, not a few but many, who think they have the absolute truth, and they go ahead throwing mud on others with calumny, defamation, and they do harm. I can say this because it is my church: also we, and we all. One must fight, because religious fundamentalism is not religious. Why? Because it lacks God. It is idolatry, just as money is idolatry. To do politics in the sense of convincing the people that have this tendency is a politics that we religious leaders must do. But fundamentalism that always ends in a tragedy or in crimes is a bad thing, but a piece of it comes in all religions…


Pope Francis at Mass: Love and justice are more important than attachment to the laws - 31/10/14
...This way of life of being attached to the laws, distanced them from love and from justice.  They followed the laws and they neglected justice.  They followed the laws and they neglected love.  They were the models.  And for these people Jesus had only one word (to describe them): hypocrites...
...This is the path that Jesus teaches us, totally opposite to that of the doctors of law. And it’s this path from love and justice that leads to God.  Instead, the other path, of being attached only to the laws, to the letter of the laws, leads to closure, leads to egoism.  The path that leads from love to knowledge and discernment, to total fulfilment, leads to holiness, salvation and the encounter with Jesus. Instead, the other path leads to egoism, the arrogance of considering oneself to be in the right, to that so-called holiness of appearances, right?...
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Pope at Santa Marta: God goes to the limit so no one should be lost - 6 November 2014
..."Being a half-way shepherd - Pope Francis said - is a defeat". "A shepherd must have the heart of God, go to the very limit" because he does not want anyone to be lost:
"The true shepherd, the true Christian has this zeal within: no one should be lost. And this is why they are not afraid to get his hands dirty. He is not afraid. He goes where he needs to go. He risks his life, he risks his reputation, he risks losing his comforts, his status, even lose his ecclesiastical career as well, but he is the Good Shepherd. Even Christians have to be this way. It is so easy to condemn others, as they [the Pharisees] did - the tax collectors and sinners - it's so easy, but it is not Christian! It is not [the attitude of] the children of God. The Son of God goes to the very limit, the giver of life, as Jesus gave his for others. He cannot be content, keeping to himself: his comfort, his reputation, his peace of mind. Remember this: no half-way shepherds, never! No half-way Christians, never!,,,
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The biggest unreported synod influence: human experience  
Oct. 30, 2014 - Eugene Cullen Kennedy
...Besides offering his fellow cardinals a model of how to get transferred to Malta, Cardinal Burke, who loves to drape himself in the trailing yards of crimson silk of the old church's cappa magna, claims to be fighting for the integrity of church teaching in a world that irritates him by now being more sympathetic to homosexuals than to the vanished glory of the cappa magna.
Burke provides a sad example of a churchman who doesn't get or simply overrides the theological wisdom of human experience. By insisting that homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered," he aligns himself with other church leaders who have no clinical or theological basis for making such a judgment. Indeed, he employs a philosophical category that does not fit the human dignity of homosexual men and women.
...We can be thankful to Cardinal Burke for providing us with the contrast needed to see the understanding of human personality that may be the hallmark of Francis' papacy as well as of the synod on the family. The crimson-wrapped Burke is headed for exile on an island, the fate of a faux Napoleon who, thanks to the Peter Principle, has reached the level that matches his ignorance about and fear of homosexuals. He vindicates the sensible judgments tested by human experience while revealing how out of sync he is with the church he claims to defend...
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7 lessons from the Vatican’s wild and crazy Synod on the Family - October 20, 2014
  5. Speech is free
  Amid all the lobbying and armchair analysis, it’s important to step back and realize that in the three decades before Francis was elected pope, bishops, priests and theologians could have been investigatedcensuredsilenced or fired for many of the ideas that were being openly discussed at the synod.
  That is perhaps the real earthquake, and it’s one that Francis himself wanted...
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Cardinals Attack 'People's Pope' With Familiar Wingnut Tactics 11/04/14
...Burke is, to me, the worst kind of Church prelate, known not only for his rigid views on abortion and gays and his willingness to aid the Republican right wing, but for his love of the kind of gaudier ceremonial frippery most cardinals had the taste to leave behind a half-century ago. (All for the greater glory of God, I'm sure.)...
  As an authoritarian, of course, he was not so quick to address the sexual abuse scandal. As the National Catholic Reporter noted last month:...
...And since he got demoted, he's doing his best to damn Francis with faint praise:...
...Hey, we've seen "The Borgias," Cardinal Burke. We know what you're doing! (We've also seen Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and Fox News in action.)
Conservatives have privately labeled Francis "the anti-Christ" and illegitimate, just as Obama was "the Kenyan" who couldn't legally be president. In the National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters calls them "Tea Party Catholics"... 
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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin defends Pope Francis from Cardinal Burke - November 6, 2014
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has a message for the conservative clerics loudly criticizing Pope Francis in the press – don’t be afraid, the sky isn’t falling...
Archbishop Martin said he was “quite surprised at the remarks of some commentators within church circles about the recent Synod of Bishops, often making accusations of confusion where such confusion did not exist and so actually fomenting confusion.” 
...But Archbishop Martin scoffed at Burke’s claim. During a mass at the Dublin Institute of Technology this week Martin questioned how strong the faith of the pope’s critics can be can be if they are so threatened by discussions about groups they usually prefer to condemn?
Archbishop Martin said he believed that “a longing for certainties may spring from personal uncertainty rather than strong faith.”
“A strong – and indeed orthodox faith – is never afraid of discussion,” he added...
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Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Francis 11/14/2014
The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown. The self-proclaimed leader of the resistance movement has become Cardinal Raymond Burke. To understand both the nature of the threat, and its limits, a closer look at Cardinal Burke is warranted...
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Therefore every teacher of the law
who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven 
is like the owner of a house 
who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
Matthew 13:52





POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
AMORIS LÆTITIA
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS CONSECRATED PERSONS CHRISTIAN MARRIED COUPLES AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY






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Curia’s and Hierarchy’s Morality - 30 Years   

 H E T E R O N O M O U S    vs    A U T O N O M O U S 


There is a common thread of extreme violence disguised as love and believed by the perpetrators who are members of the curia to be love, deemed by God. For the past 30 years, this disguised violence as grown and spread out to members of the hierarchy - infecting the seminaries and then onto members of the laity. This disguised violence is easily identifiable,  in a person - because normally hidden below the surface - it remains emotionally charged 24/7 at the same level of intensity throughout the life of this person - though when provoked it instantly raises to the surface fiercely denouncing the sexual orientation of homosexuality. Photo

Having been a victim, myself, of this ongoing violence for the past 19 years, since March 1997 for coming out for the protection of children growing up gay or bisexual, as young as 4 and 5 years of age, from the lifelong harmful influence of unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms - I have been well aware of the covert nature, the type and degree of intensity of this violence. Normally behind closed doors in "private meetings" numerous tactics of coercion are used to force compliance to silence any open discussion on the science or scriptural interpretations of homosexuality and to avoid any public oversight, as I have experienced on two occasions 1997, 2008, however, never is there any explanation or educated rationale given. These clandestine meetings are not only illicit, but there is a definite nature of immaturity that is pervasive and seemly collectively condoned among the members of the curia and hierarchy. Why all the secrecy? Truth is truth, if you are convinced about having truth, why the necessity to be obsessively secretive about it? Why all this “cat and mouse” behavioral? It is childish. Unless, on some level of consciousness you are not convinced that you have the truth about homosexuality.  


It was not until this organizational culture of immaturity of the curia began imploding, as noted in the Vatileaks 2012 and after the election of Pope Francis, especially their explosive reaction against the midterm report of the Synod session 2014 - Welcoming gay people and valuing gay loving and committed relationships that was sustaining to forcefully prevent the continuation of this open discussion at the Synod session of 2015 that they had publicly blown their covert cover exposing their violent antigay behavior. Equally, revealing was the fact that they were unabashed by the immaturity of their forceful public statements in that they completely lack offering any supporting substantiating data. 



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Update: 4/17/16


HETERONOMOUS MORALITY 
Unnatural Suppression - Child's Sexual Orientation

There is a common thread of extreme violence that is disguised as love and believed by the perpetrators who are members of the curia - to be love, deemed by God. For the past 30 years, this disguised form of violence has grown and spread out to members of the hierarchy - infecting the seminaries and then onto members of the laity. This type of violence is the direct result of the lifelong harmful influences caused to children, as young as 4 and 5 years of age, in their early childhood psychological developmental years growing up gay or bisexual by the unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms. It is the result of the implicit and or explicit forms of the unnatural suppression of a child's sexual orientation, which are all severe forms child abuse. 

The symptoms (i.e. depression, narcissism, inability of form lifelong meaningful relationships, etc.) that once were used to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder have been proven to be, nearly 6 decades ago, not to be the cause of homosexuality but instead caused by the unnatural suppression of a child’s gay sexual orientation. These are the some of the same symptoms that Pope Francis listed as the ills of the Roman curia on December 22, 2014 (http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/12/22/pope_francis_christmas_greetings_to_curia/1115668). 

Understanding Sexual Orientation 
American Psychological Association
Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions to men, women or both sexes…Research over several decades has demonstrated that sexual orientation ranges along a continuum, from exclusive attraction to the other sex to exclusive attraction to the same sex. However, sexual orientation is usually discussed in terms of three categories: heterosexual (having emotional, romantic or sexual attractions to members of the other sex), gay/lesbian (having emotional, romantic or sexual attractions to members of one's own sex) and bisexual (having emotional, romantic or sexual attractions to both men and women). This range of behaviors and attractions has been described in various cultures and nations throughout the world… 
…sexual orientation is defined in terms of relationships with others…sexual orientation is closely tied to the intimate personal relationships that meet deeply felt needs for loveattachment and intimacy. In addition to sexual behaviors, these bonds include nonsexual physical affection between partners, shared goals and values, mutual support, and ongoing commitment.…

Sexual Orientation & Attachment 

What scientific research has proven over the past 60 years, just as sure as it determined 400 years ago that it is earth that revolves around the sun - is that the sexual orientation of a person whether heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual is a normal, natural and vital involuntary life sustaining function of a human being. Sexual orientation is solely involved with the most basic human need - the need to be loved, to love and to feel one with another. Sexual orientation is expressed through the interpersonal relationship process of human attachment, which is the child’s ability to develop basic trust in his or her caregivers and self.

It is through this crucial emotional developmental process of the parent-child relationship that the child is learning how to form and interact in human relationships that will service as a template - for how the child will relate and interact in all the child’s future relationships throughout the child’s lifetime. During the early childhood years growing up - it is more clearer to understand how the intrinsic nature of sexual orientation is whether gay, bisexual or heterosexual is solely related to the ongoing emotional development of the most basic human need that we cannot live without, which is - love, learning how to connect, relate and form - lifelong fulfilling relationships.

Attachment theory
The most important tenet of attachment theory is that an infant needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for the child's successful social and emotional development, and in particular for learning how to effectively regulate their feelings…

Bowlby's Attachment Theory
Around the age of three these seem to become part of a child’s personality and thus affects their understanding of the world and future interactions with others (Schore, 2000).  According to Bowlby (1969) the primary caregiver acts as a prototype for future relationships via the internal working model.
There are three main features of the internal working model: (1) a model of others as being trustworthy, (2) a model of the self as valuable, and (3) a model of the self as effective when interacting with others.
It is this mental representation that guides future social and emotional behavior as the child’s internal working model guides their responsiveness to others in general…

Sexual Orientation & Autonomic Nervous System

The enduring emotional nature of sexual orientation is about the most basic of all human emotions - love. In fact, from an psychoanalytic perspective it is understood that “love relates to all the other affects like white light to all colors (http://www.ibrarian.net/navon/paper/Chapter_8__Psychoanalytic_Approaches_to_Trauma__A.pdf?paperid=16436404).” Because of this enduring emotional nature of sexual orientation means that sexual orientation is not a stagnant label or term or that it is a choice, but that it is a continuous fully operative bodily function. What it means is that the continuous functioning of our sexual orientation, like the continuous functioning of our breathing and the our hearts beating - they are under the control of the autonomic nervous systems. “When it comes to emotion, all roads lead to the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Whether it is the generation, expression, experience, or recognition of emotion, the role of the ANS is critical (http://conium.org/~ucbpl/docs/10.1177_1754073913512003.pdf).” 
The bodily functions that are under the control of the autonomic nervous systems - means that they are not under our conscious control. They function involuntary and reflexively. However, their continuous functioning is crucial to keeping us alive. They are our survival mechanism, because - we cannot live without breathing or our hearts beating or exist without love and any impairment to these functions will shorten our lifespan.

Sexual orientation (bisexual, homosexual and heterosexual) - functions automatically and continuously throughout life - as part of the autonomic nervous system - like breathing, or the heart beating, they functions unconsciously meaning we do not have think about breathing that we need to take a breath. A research study, at Cornell University found that measurements of pupil dilation taken while study participants viewed erotic videos of people they found attractive - was a robust indicator of - a person’s sexual orientation and of the activation of the autonomic nervous system. The results of bisexual men was of significant importance in this new study that revealed they had substantial pupil dilations to sexual videos of both men and women.

Autonomic nervous system
The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal…

The Eyes Have It: Sex and Sexual Orientation Differences in Pupil Dilation Patterns - August 3. 2012
…pupil dilation to stimuli indicates activation of the autonomic nervous system. This system is associated with many automatic processes such as perspiration, digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate. For this reason, pupil dilation has been used as indicator of automatic response, for example, in studies of implicit reaction and cognitive load. Other research suggests that pupil dilation can reflect automatic attention, or attention that is likely not in the conscious control of participants. It is therefore unlikely that participants suppress pupil dilation to stimuli they are sexually attracted to. Pupil dilation patterns could therefore reflect, with high sensitivity, automatic attention related to sexual attraction and sexual orientation…




Sexual Orientation & Turn-Blue-In-The-Face

Even if we attempt to hold our breaths till we turn-blue-in-the-face our bodies will override our efforts and force us to begin breathing again (http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/spells.html). 

Turn blue while holding your breath
When the oxygen levels in our blood drop, that blood turns a darker shade of red. Now, if you hold your breath long enough so that the oxygen level in your blood drops to about 80 percent of what it normally is, you’d start looking bluish. This is due to the way our tissues absorb and reflect back light.
Obviously, you can’t hold your breath long enough for your oxygen levels to drop to the required level. You’d pass out long before the oxygen level in your blood dropped low enough to make you turn blue. And at that point, you’d automatically start breathing again…

This is also true that we cannot permanently - suppress the continuous functioning of our sexual orientation, just like breathing our bodies will override our efforts to do this. Research studies have shown that male individuals can be mentally dissociated, in varying degrees of severity from being consciously aware of the reality of their gay or bisexual sexual orientation. However, the research reveals that physically - the biological nature of sexual orientation is not under our conscious control, as stated above, - it is under the control of autonomic nervous systems - it never stops operating - just like breathing or hearts beating. The functioning of our individual sexual orientation never skips a beat.

Update: 4/21/16

This helps to account for the curia and hierarchy 30 years obsessive antigay crusade and their never ending concern about gay adult pornography. If sexual orientation was under our conscious control, and not under the control of autonomic nervous systems - then curia and hierarchy would be considered responsible adults - who through extensive education on the science of homosexuality would have graduated from a heteronomous morality to an autonomous morality (Piaget's stages moral development). They would not be so fiercely emotionally adverse to any open discussion on the science and biblical interpretation on the subject of gay people.


Research studies have shown that male individuals can be mentally dissociated, in varying degrees of severity from being consciously aware of the reality of the functioning of their gay or bisexual sexual orientation, however, physically - the biological nature of sexual orientation is under the control of autonomic nervous systems.

Is Homophobia Associated With Homosexual Arousal? 1996
…The results of this study indicate that individuals who score in the homophobic range and admit negative affect toward homosexuality demonstrate significant sexual arousal to male homosexual erotic stimuli…                                                          Photo

Many intensely antigay public male adults may be severely dissociated from the reality of their gay or bisexual sexual orientation. However, their obsessiveness is not unlike the fierce and sustaining antigay public demonstration by the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy to the Synod on Family 2014 - 2015 - welcoming gay people and valuing gay loving committed relationships. This fact has been proven publicly endlessly when male politicians, male church leaders and the like - who speak out so obsessively and fiercely against gay people, only to be found in public restrooms having anonymous sex with men or are found traveling with a gay escort.

The Closet: Psychological Issues of Being In and Coming Out October 1, 2014 - By Jack Drescher, MD
Dissociation
What psychological mechanisms facilitate separating one's sexual identity from the rest of one's persona? Sullivan's (1956) concept of dissociation may be illuminating, particularly its most common aspect: selective inattention. A ubiquitous, nonpathological process, selective inattention makes life more manageable, like tuning out the background noise on a busy street. However, through dissociation of anxiety-provoking knowledge about the self, a whole double life can be lived and yet, in some ways, not be known. Clinical presentations of closeted gay people may lie somewhere in severity between selective inattention--most commonly seen in the case of homosexually self-aware patients thinking about "the possibility" that they might be gay--to more severe dissociation--in which any hint of same-sex feelings resides totally out of conscious awareness. More severe forms of dissociation are commonly observed in married men who are homosexually self-aware but cannot permit the thought of themselves as gay (Roughton, 2002)…
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Sexual Orientation - Curia & Hierarchy 
Dissociated Homosexual Arousal - Groupthink 

The fact is that a person who is severely dissociated from the reality of their gay or bisexual sexual orientation - is unaware that he is. Though he has been able to suppress the truth about being gay or bisexual from himself - it remains observable to others. This nearly lack of awareness - is an indication that this severe dissociation took place back in his early childhood years growing up and was a direct cause by the very same unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms that he is obsessively promoting publicly - that wrongly believes being gay or bisexual is choice. He is reenacting the same severe form of child abuse that he was victimized  by as a child. It is difficult to breakout of this generational self-perpetuating of violence. 

It is even extremely more difficult if you are a members of closed and isolated group of the same type of celibate men known as the curia and hierarchy, who “…believe unquestioningly in the inherent morality of their ingroup.  To the extreme end, this belief could incline the members to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions (http://web.stanford.edu/group/scie/Career/Wisdom/groupthink1.htm).” The consequences of Groupthink can and have been fatal disasters responsible for millions of lives of innocent adults and children. The same will be written about the Roman curia and hierarchy - in their deadly treatment of gay adults and gay children, which thy publicly demonstrated during the Synod on Family 2014 - 2015. They were hostilely unwilling to dialogue or to consider any of the science on homosexuality accumulated over the past 6 decades.

March 4, 2008 - Children Growing-up Gay & Vatican's Impact Harmful -GROUPTHINK - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz 

GROUPTHINK - Symptoms
Groupthink is a psychological terminology used to describe the mode of thinking that persons engage in when concurrence-seeking becomes so dominant in a cohesive ingroup that it tends to override realistic appraisal of alternative courses of action.  It refers to a deterioration in mental efficiency, reality testing and moral judgments as a result of group pressures…
The groupthink type of conformity tends to increase as group cohesiveness increases.  Groupthink involves nondeliberate suppression of critical thoughts as a result of internalization of the group's norms.  The more cohesive the group, the greater the inner compulsion on each individual to avoid creating disunity, which inclines him/her to believe in the soundness of whatever proposals are promoted by the leader or by a majority of the group's members…
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Pope Francis faces an uphill climb to get the synod he wants - October 3, 2015 
…This synod is actually round two of a process that began last October with a first summit on the family. Back then, fierce debate broke out over homosexuality, the pastoral care of divorced Catholics, and what to make of other “irregular” relationships.
The hope had been that the year between the first synod and the second one might allow time to cool those tensions and find common ground, but there’s not a great deal of evidence that things have played out that way.
Instead, there seems to be a mounting tendency on all sides to suspect skullduggery and underhanded tactics.
…If these opening salvos are any indication, the synod may be defined not just by disagreements on substance, but also suspicions of Machiavellian maneuvers along the way. That’s not exactly a prescription for meeting in the middle.
More basically, the emotional intensity of the synod is amped up because of perceptions that the pope’s position is still a work in progress.
Whenever topics such as homosexuality and divorce are on the docket, feelings will run strong. What’s new now is a sense, however exaggerated, that movement might actually be possible. That’s elicited strong passions both from those who see such movement as desirable, and those who view it as alarming…
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Pope lectures Catholic elders at closing of synod on family - October 25, 2015 
VATICAN CITY…In a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica… - Francis seemed to target narrowness, focusing his homily on the biblical story of a blind man named Bartimaeus whom Jesus engages during a journey.
“None of the disciples stopped, as Jesus did,” Francis said in what at times appeared to be a scolding tone.
He continued, “if Bartimaeus was blind, they were deaf. His problem was not their problem. This can be a danger for us. In the face of constant problems, it is better to move on, instead of letting ourselves be bothered. In this way, just like the disciples, we are with Jesus but we do not think like him.”
“We can speak about him, work for him, but still live far from his heart which is focused on those who are wounded,” the pontiff said. “This is the temptation of the spirituality of mirage.”
He added, “A faith that does not know how to grow roots into the lives of people stays barren. And instead of an oasis, it creates more deserts.”
…This year, homosexuality became less a focus than divorce. But some conservative bishops argued that the synod was being hijacked by liberals…
Africans more generally, he said, had far bigger problems …
…But there were limits. Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said that when he raised the idea in his working group at the synod that committed same-sex relationships could have spiritual value, “bad feelings came up.”
In the end, he said he was pleased that the synod did not delve deeper into the issue of homosexuality.
“That is a point for next time,” he said. “Better to leave it for later than discuss it in a hot and bad atmosphere.”…
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Groupthink - Case studies - Politics and military
Groupthink can have a strong hold on political decisions and military operations, which may result in enormous wastage of human and material resources. Highly qualified and experienced politicians and military commanders sometimes make very poor decisions when in a suboptimal group setting. Scholars such as Janis and Raven attribute political and military fiascoes, such as the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal, to the effect of groupthink. More recently, Dina Badie argued that groupthink was largely responsible for the shift in the U.S. administration's view on Saddam Hussein that eventually led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States. After 9/11, "stress, promotional leadership, and intergroup conflict" were all factors that gave rise to the occurrence of groupthink. Political case studies of groupthink serve to illustrate the impact that the occurrence of groupthink can have in today's political scene…
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Case Studies of Groupthink
Groupthink is a phenomenon that occurs when members of a cohesive group are concerned with quickly reaching a consensus in their decision making without critically analyzing and evaluating ideas. The term was coined by William H. Whyte in 1952 and was studied extensively by Irving Janis. Janis analyzed numerous foreign policy disasters such as Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Bay of Pigs and found group cohesion to be the cause…

The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
A Study in Organizational Ethics

NASA and the Columbia Disaster: Decision-making by Groupthink? - July 8, 2003



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Princess Diana bows to Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, after the two met briefly at the Missionaries of Charity's residence in the Bronx on June 18, 1997.


Nineteen years ago on, Friday, March 7, 1997, I flew to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the weekend long National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry "The Church Teaching/Teaching the Church: A National Dialogue on Lesbian/Gay Issues and Catholicism.” The Symposium began that evening with Richard Isay MD delivering the keynote address.


Ministering in New Ways to Gay and Lesbian Catholics and the Church
In 1997, our twentieth anniversary year was a banner year for the ministry. In March, we sponsored the Fourth National Symposium, entitled "The Church Teaching/Teaching the Church: A National Dialogue on Lesbian/Gay Issues and Catholicism." Over 650 Catholic leaders and pastoral ministers gathered in Pittsburgh for a weekend-long in-depth and extensive discussion of topics ranging from same-sex marriage, family relationships, civil rights, homophobia, heterosexism, pastoral care, and lesbian nuns.
At that meeting, Bishop Gumbleton made another historic statement: he called on all gay and lesbian Church workers--"including priests and bishops"--to come out of the closet and acknowledge their sexual orientation. Little by little, awareness of gay and lesbian Church personnel is becoming a reality in Catholicism.
October 1997 saw the publication "Always Our Children," a historic pastoral statement from the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Life. This document, directed to parents and pastoral ministers, is one of the strongest affirmations of the goodness of lesbian and gay people in the Catholic Church. "In you, God's love is revealed," the bishops say to gay and lesbian people at the close of this document which calls Catholic parents and leaders to initiate dialogue, outreach, and affirmation of the gay and lesbian members of their families and parishes…
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Richard Isay
Richard A. Isay (December 13, 1934 – June 28, 2012) was an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist. He was a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a faculty member of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality…

Obituary: Richard Isay/ Pittsburgh-born doctor fought illness label for gays Died June 28
July 2, 2012 
…”He changed the way the psychoanalytic world viewed the subject of homosexuality," said Jack Drescher, a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York and the author of "Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man." "He was a pioneer, a very brave man. He was attacked by psychoanalysts. He took a lot of flak."
During the era in which Dr. Isay trained, homosexuality was viewed as a "lower level of psychological development," Dr. Drescher said. It was something to be cured in therapy, and openly gay professionals were barred from training as analysts at institutions accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association, the oldest professional group for analysts in the United States and one of the most influential, with many training institutes and affiliated societies.
Early in his career, Dr. Isay accepted the mainstream view. Troubled about his own sexuality, he thought psychoanalysis might help, and he had 10 years of therapy. In the early 1970s, soon after the analysis ended and he was supposedly "cured," he realized, he said, that he was homosexual. By then, he had a wife and two sons…
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AN IMPERFECT MAN: THE STORY OF DR. RICHARD ISAY - 09 JULY 2012


It was the knowledge from Dr. Isay’s address that was the foundation for my reasoning to come out 3 weeks later during Holy Week, March 1997. I came out for the immediate protection of children as young as 4 and 5 years of age growing up gay from the lifelong harmful influences caused by the unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms. These antigay norms are unsupported or proven by evidence - they are solely driven by a collective behavior of societal ignorance and fear. It is like driving blind with young children in the car. This unchecked irrational reasoning continues to lead parents, in varying degrees of severity, to forcing the suppression of the gay sexual orientation of their children - growing up during their early childhood years. It is as unnatural as it was, in the past, forcing left handed children to be right handed, however, the suppression of the sexual orientation of gay children was and is far more severely life threatening (http://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/stigma-and-discrimination.htm). 

Stigma and Discrimination
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Homophobia, stigma (negative and usually unfair beliefs), and discrimination (unfairly treating a person or group of people) against gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men still exist in the United States and can negatively affect the health and well-being of this community.
These negative beliefs and actions can affect the physical and mental health of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, whether they seek and are able to get health services, and the quality of the services they may receive. Such barriers to health must be addressed at different levels of society, such as health care settings, work places, and schools to improve the health of gay and bisexual men throughout their lives.
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These lifelong harmful effects, depending on the severity of an authoritarian parental suppression of a child’s gay sexual orientation, range anywhere, varying degrees of intensity, from: depression and anxiety, to suicidal ideation, to problems in forming close, fulling and lifelong relationships, to a marked form of aggressiveness and interpersonal hostility, to violent behavior directed indiscriminately at all gay people (http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=4040). 

PARENTING AND HOMOPHOBIA 
Parental Autonomy Support and Discrepancies Between Implicit and Explicit Sexual Identities: Dynamics of Self-Acceptance and Defense - 2012 
When individuals grow up with autonomy-thwarting parents, they may be prevented from exploring internally endorsed values and identities and as a result shut out aspects of the self perceived to be unacceptable. Given the stigmatization of homosexuality, individuals perceiving low autonomy support from parents may be especially motivated to conceal same-sex sexual attraction, leading to defensive processes such as reaction formation… 
…Psychodynamic traditions hold that people have a preferred view of themselves, which may not reflect reality. When this idealized view is threatened by contradictory thoughts or feelings, people engage in one or more unconscious processes to defend against the threat to self. Among defensive processes that have been recognized as having some empirical support is reaction formation, a process indicated in the modern body of research on self-esteem preservation (e.g., Baumeister, Dale, & Sommer, 1998).  Reaction formation refers to the process of adopting values or beliefs, or engaging in behaviors, that are in opposition to feelings or impulses experienced within oneself that are deemed unacceptable. Empirical work has shown reaction formation processes with respect to sexism (Sherman & Garkin, 1980), sex guilt (Morokoff, 1985), and prejudice (Dutton & Lake, 1973), indicating that individuals sometimes defend against self-relevant, threatening information by engaging in opposing behaviors… 
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Also, among these lifelong harmful effects is a noticeable behavioral immaturity in the defenses used that “include projection, acting out, isolation, devaluation, autistic fantasy, denial, passive aggressiveness, displacement, disassociation, splitting, rationalization, and somatization (http://www.west-info.eu/files/Ciocca_et_al-2015-The_Journal_of_Sexual_Medicine.pdf).” 

PsychoticismImmature Defense Mechanisms and a Fearful Attachment Style are Associated with a Higher Homophobic Attitude - September 8, 2015
…We demonstrated the involvement of psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms in homophobic attitudes, while a contrasting role is played by neurotic defense mechanisms and depressive symptoms. Moreover, secure attachment is an indicator of low levels of homophobia compared with the subjects demonstrating a fearful style of attachment. Hence, in the assessment of homophobia and in the relevant programs of prevention, it is necessary to consider the psychologic aspects described earlier…
Homophobia is a significant social problem that involves specific personality features in the subjects, with an intrinsic aversion toward homosexuals. Psychoticism and immature defense mechanisms specify people with higher levels of homophobia, highlighting a remarkable association between dysfunctional aspects of personality and homophobic attitudes. This association could generate two possible victims: potential sexual offenders, and above all, homosexual subjects. Moreover, our study follows a controversial issue regarding homophobia as a possible mental disorder, and it also discusses the possible clinical implications that cross inevitably into the area of psychiatric epistemology. Therefore, to know and to assess the relationship between psychopathology and homophobia is a fundamental challenge in preventing the stigma toward homosexuality. 
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American Psychiatric Association - Official Actions 
Position Statement on Issues Related to Homosexuality - Dec. 2013
  …It is the American Psychiatric Association’s position that same-sex attraction, whether expressed in action, fantasy, or identity, implies no impairment per se in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities… 


This identifiable form of an irrational - “intrinsic aversion toward homosexuals” has been found to be a dissociated form of latent homosexuality, (http://www.shrink-friendly.co.il/tau/article/homophobia.pdf). Latent homosexuality is an erotic inclination toward members of the same sex that is not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action. This may mean a hidden inclination or potential for interest in homosexual relationships, which is either suppressed or not recognized, and which has not yet been explored, or may never be explored (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latent_homosexuality). Again, these are the lifelong harmful effects that adults experience, who as children as young as 4 and 5 years of age suffer from the impact of the influences caused by the unsubstantiated antigay social and religious norms. 

It is important to remember that at 4 and 5 years of age - a child does not have any concept of the adult understanding of what “gay” means or anything about human sexuality, as well. A child’s expressions of his sexual orientation, whether gay, straight or bisexual - at this very young age - are completely about “wanting to be loved and wanting to love and wanting be one with another” that any forced disruption at this time would be experienced by the child as traumatic, disorienting, causing a disturbance and fixation in their psychosexual (Freud) and moral (Piaget) developmental stages of the early childhood years growing up. Because a child at this young age is beginning to learn how to express love for another - in the only way that comes naturally to him, and therefore - the child is completely startled by the unexpected disapproval, rejection or worst - is traumatizing. 

A child - will do anything to please and avoid disapproval of his parents and instantly will suppress any visible behavioral actions from his parents and even from himself. And here begins what Erik Erikson defines as - “the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” A traumatized child out of fear will unquestioningly obey whatever his parents say and come to rigidly believe that his natural expression of love - is bad and therefore he is bad. The child will no longer trust his natural expressions of love and to avoid any further traumatizing disapproval of his parents - the child will rigidly follow his parental rules

However, the reality about sexual orientation whether it is gay, straight or bisexual - it cannot be permanently suppressed or changed. It is forever continuously functioning autonomically - like our hearts beating or our breathing - it is operates automatically, not under our conscious control regulating our bodily functions - sustaining our lives. In brief, sexual orientation is all about our most basic human emotional need that we cannot live without - love and human attachment. Attractions and the need for love, are forever operative out of our control and no matter how hard we try to suppress our sexual orientation - it cannot be done. 





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Matthew 8:5-13
The Faith of the Centurion
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
1Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.


‘Amoris Laetitia’ and Gay Marriage: A Closer Look
Francis X. Clooney, SJ - Apr 11 2016
I grant that none of this, including my opinion, adds up at all to the evidence required to persuade the Vatican to rethink its stance on gay marriage. But it should be evident to anyone with their eyes open, that gay marriage is in many ways similar to marriage as is esteemed by the church, and that analogies abound, including those I have mentioned. It is hard to see how or why Pope Francis might think that gay marriage could be entirely dissimilar and equivocally unlike heterosexual marriage. It is hard to see why Pope Francis, even if quoting quotes from other documents, would be willing to say that the marriage of a gay couple is entirely outside God’s plan. Is there anything or anyone outside God's mercy and compassion? Later in "Amoris Laetitia" Francis writes,
We put so many conditions on mercy that we empty it of its con­crete meaning and real significance. That is the worst way of watering down the Gospel. It is true, for example, that mercy does not exclude justice and truth, but first and foremost we have to say that mercy is the fullness of justice and the most radiant manifestation of God’s truth. For this reason, we should always consider “inad­equate any theological conception which in the end puts in doubt the omnipotence of God and, especially, his mercy.” This offers us a framework and a setting which help us avoid a cold bureaucratic morality in dealing with more sensitive issues. Instead, it sets us in the context of a pastoral discernment filled with merciful love, which is ever ready to understand, forgive, accompany, hope, and above all integrate. That is the mindset which should prevail in the Church and lead us to “open our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society” (No. 311-12).
Though I am a Jesuit, I do not have the pope’s ear, nor the ear of those who have the pope’s ear. But were I to speak to him, I would thank him heartily for "Amoris Laetitia," its content and tone—and also ask him to rewrite No. 251 in light of Nos. 311-312, in his own hand, from his own heart.
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Robert Lewis | 4/13/2016 - 1:56am
…Oh, I know about “Go and sin no more,” spoken to the woman at whom the Savior would not throw the first stone, but “go and sin no more” was not said when Jesus Christ was actually extended the perfect opportunity to explicitly rebuke “same-sex love” and attraction. I have explained it before on these threads, and my explanation was censored by the editors of AMERICA, probably as giving too much “scandal” to the good, conservative Catholics who tune in here, but it’s important, I believe, that they know, in order to open some space for the operations of conscience that Pope Francis writes about, of the occasion in which Jesus Christ did NOT hesitate to give “scandal” to fundamentalist and puritanical Jews regarding homosexual relationships, so please allow publication of what follows: [Matthew 8:5-13 | The Faith of the Centurion]
…Classical scholarship has, in the past few decades, made abundantly clear what were the officially prescribed relationships between Roman citizens and their slaves in the Graeco-Roman world, and sexual access to slaves of both sexes by their masters was sanctioned by law, and, indeed, culturally approved. This is directly relevant to the Scriptural account of the healing of the centurion’s “servant,” because “servant” is NOT the accurate translation of the Greek "paieus" of the original text, which actually means something like “minion,” and signifies a beloved slave, not a servant. Christ heals the sick slave boy at the Roman centurion’s request and pronounces that He has not seen such faith amongst the Jews. He does NOT rebuke the centurion for enjoying a physical relationship with his slave boy, and sends him on his way without a scolding. Some extraordinarily paranoid fundamentalist Christians who know of this likelihood respond to this claim, which I’m not the only one to make in recent times, that the Savior, in his “omniscience,” would have known that there was no sexual contact in that particular Roman’s relationship with his slave boy, but my response to that is that the Lord was, at the very least, “giving scandal” to the Jews standing around witnessing the confabulation, because they would have known very well what were the practices of their Roman occupiers, and would have expected to hear, at the very least, a request that this particular Roman “sin no more,” but the rebuke is not there, and the centurion’s enormous gratitude for the saving of the life of his adolescent male lover is preserved in the passage of the liturgy of the Mass, which repeats “Lord, I am not worthy, but only say the word, and my soul” [beloved] “shall be healed.”…
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CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S. _ October 3, 2015
(CNN)The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.
Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi said the visit was arranged personally with the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States.
"Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug," Grassi said.
The meeting between the Pope and gay couple adds another intriguing twist to the strange aftermath of Francis' first-ever trip to the United States. Since news broke on Tuesday of Francis' meeting with Davis, conservatives have cheered the seemingly implicit endorsement, while liberals have questioned how much the Pope knew about her case. Davis spent six days in a Kentucky jail last month for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The two encounters -- one with an openly gay couple and one with a government official who ardently opposes homosexuality -- have left the Vatican scrambling to issue statements that seek to de-politicize the Pope's meetings and agenda…
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Pope Francis Replaces Ambassador Who Arranged Kim Davis Meeting - April 12, 2016
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio in Mexico, to the same position in the U.S., replacing the Vatican's ambassador who set up the pope's meeting with controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis last fall.
The move had been anticipated since the exiting nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 earlier this year.
News of the pope's meeting with Davis surprised many of his American supporters last year; for some, it came as the lone controversial element of an otherwise harmonious visit to the U.S. Only weeks earlier, Davis had been put in jail over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples…
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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016


Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived - Benedict XVI - - Welcoming gay people - Synod 2014 & 2015 - Where was the truth??? Where was the dialogue??? There was no love!!!
http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2016/04/only-in-truth-does-charity-shine-forth.html



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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

A U T O N O M O U S  Morality | Only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived - Benedict XVI - - Welcoming gay people - Synod 2014 & 2015 - Where was the truth??? Where was the dialogue??? There was no love!!!




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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

Malta - Priest hits out at Church’s ‘nonsensical’ doctrine on homosexuality - March 1, 2016 - | - | - Gay romantic film - “Weekend” - Italian Bishops Conference’s HYSTERIA


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American Psychiatric Association - Official Actions 
Position Statement on Issues Related to Homosexuality - Dec. 2013
…It is the American Psychiatric Association’s position that same-sex attraction, whether expressed in action, fantasy, or identity, implies no impairment per se in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities… 


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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016
Without Truth there is no Love - Benedict XVI - Welcoming gay people - Synod 2014 & 2015???


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Letter Sent (by Fedex) to Pope Francis, January 16, 2016 - by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz



Contents of the letter will be posted at a later date - pending additional information.



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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015


"FRUIT BOWL" - Vatican City - - - Synod 2015 - Burke’s Violence Against Gay People - “You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” - - - Apostolic Exhortation — KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!!




This entire posting has been previously sent out as a US group mailing prior to posting it here on the Thalamus Center.


Until this moment, Senator, 
I think I never really gauged 
your cruelty or your recklessness …
 Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator… 

You've done enough. 
Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? 
Have you left no sense of decency?
Joseph Nye Welch - June 1954
Army-McCarthy hearings

US Senator Joseph McCarthy - Wisconsin 
Cardinal Raymond Burke - Wisconsin 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Leo_Burke 




In just reviewing all of the documented facts that took place before, during and after the two sessions of the Synod on Family 2014, and 2015 - as vivid as a flashing neon sign, a thousand times bigger than St. Peter’s Basilica - Cardinal Burke, and the majority of the members of the curia and hierarchy blinded by the symptoms of groupthink (http://web.stanford.edu/group/scie/Career/Wisdom/groupthink1.htm) - OUTED themselves as severely violent closeted repressed homosexuals. Photo

First, by their instant volcanic emotional eruption triggered by the midterm report 2014 regarding - the idea of welcoming gay people and valuing gay loving committed relationships. Second, this was followed by their year long orchestrated planning to disrupt the proceedings of the Synod 2015 - to prevent any open discussion on these issues. Surprisingly, this included a scheduled bombardment of attacks against me for nearly 7 months before the Synod 2015. It seemly was meant to keep me in a state of distressed unable to continue writing anything that would be considered of importance for the Synod 2015, as it seemed was the case for the Synod 2014. It is hard to believe that I could be perceived as such a substantial threat - meaning has anyone really been reading my postings on the Thalamus Center. Photo

However, my postings rely heavily on ample amounts of documentation, because I think that it is important for people to have enough access to information to begin their own investigation into any one issue. It is what good teachers do. So, if am a threat - it is only because I am the direct opposite of Cardinal Burke, I do not believe in forcing anyone to have to accept anything I say or think. I really prefer hearing an endless variety of sincere view points - I believe that is a major part of education. I realize that, instead for Burke this is a major threat, because, like Joseph McCarthy, a fully rounded education - takes all the wind out of his fierce demagoguery, which is solely hot air and no documentation (http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2015/07/part-2-obedient-to-whom-1997-2015.html). And in addition, it exposes his homophobia, his own personal gender issues (http://ncronline.org/news/people/cardinal-raymond-burke-feminized-church-and-altar-girls-caused-priest-shortage) and his obsession searching for pornography. Burke made this demagogic statement about gay priests, “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” however, because it completely baseless - it then is a projection of his own internal conflict about his own gender that he is confused about (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/cardinal-raymond-burke-gays-remarried-catholics-murderers-are-all-the-same/2015/03/27/2c2125b8-d4b5-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html). Just because I prefer to read and will challenge his false and demeaning statements - so harmful to children for life - that is not a reason to try to have me removed from the priesthood. It does present a problem - remove me and then there will be 100s of priests like Burke.  


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015


"FRUIT BOWL" - Vatican City - - - Synod 2015 - Burke’s Violence Against Gay People - “You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” - - - Apostolic Exhortation — KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!!




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Part 1 - - OBEDIENT to WHOM??? - 1997-2015 Protecting Gay Children - vs. - Burke’s Hysterical Antigay Demagoguery: LOBOTOMY on Truth & the GENOCIDE of Gay Children - Received Mercier’s Letter on March 20, 2015 - KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!!

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Part 2 - - OBEDIENT to WHOM??? - 1997-2015 Protecting Gay Children - vs. - Burke’s Hysterical Antigay Demagoguery: LOBOTOMY on Truth & the GENOCIDE of Gay Children - Received Mercier’s Letter on March 20, 2015 - KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!! 

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Part 3a - - OBEDIENT to WHOM??? - 1997-2015 Protecting Gay Children - vs. - Burke’s Hysterical Antigay Demagoguery: LOBOTOMY on Truth & the GENOCIDE of Gay Children - Received Mercier’s Letter on March 20, 2015 - KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!! 

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Part 3b- - Protecting Children - Pope Francis - “Sharply Distinguishes” - Homosexuality - From - Pedophilia - Making Bishops Accountable Child Sexual Abuse Coverups | - | OBEDIENT to WHOM??? - 1997-2015 Protecting Gay Children - Fr Marty Kurylowicz

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Gay Adult Pornography - Roman Catholic Hierarchy Reaction Formation - Violent Homophobia - Nazi Racial Purity - & Globalization - - - Roman Curia “The Machine of The Slime” Continues - Exploiting Pope Benedict XVI Antigay Crusade - KIDS ARE BEING HURT!!! - Update: Nov 3, 2015 

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Cardinal Burke - Covert Antigay - Vindictive Tactics - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - Synod 2015 - Pope Francis - Update: Nov. 15, 2015

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Fr Marty Kurylowicz’s - Appeal Letter Sent to Pope Francis - “Coming Out” March 1997 - Gay Catholic Priest - For Protection of Children - January 16, 2014
Original post: January 16, 2014

Part 1 - Ghosts in the - Synod of Bishops on Family - October 2014 - Repress Unacknowledged Need for Empathy?
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - September 16, 2014

Part 2 - Ghosts in the - Synod 2014 ---- & ---- Fr Kurylowicz’s - Appeal Letter - “Coming Out” March 1997 - For Protection of Children - 1/16/14
Repost 3/04/15 -- “Cold-blooded Murderers”- Revised 1/31/15 - Update 3/14/15:

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A new command I give you: Love one another. 
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, 
if you love one another.
John 13:34-35






Any attempt to save face in a sense of collegiality among the members of curia and hierarchy - by discrediting even in the slightest the person with the protocol number 20131723/F or refusing proper restitution - for the harm inflicted upon me by the Vatican - with all due respect, if you will pardon the expression - you can kiss your ass - Good-by! 

I say this in no way to protect myself - because the issue is not about me it is about truth and children - all children globally.  The only thing I can be accused of - is resisting risking my life - in standing up for children, by “coming out.” And isn't that the very core of what it means to be a priest that we willingly sacrifice our lives for others, most especially for children! Or did you become a priest so that you could wear a dress! I willingly admit - I tried to get out of what I knew I had to do, however, now - it has been passed on to you. Photo

I will explain, as I have written to many US politicians, how I handled this situation: 


WELL-INFORMED CONSCIENCE
Protect Religious Freedom - but not 
Tyranny in Religion 
June 20, 2011
  The way to begin for us all, not only the NY State Senators, to protect Religious Freedom and not Tyranny in Religion is by obtaining a well-informed conscience.  We start by individually approaching and studying in great detail, because it involves the lives of children, from the best and the brightest (1) scripture scholars regarding the references related to homosexuality and (2) scientists in the field of study of human sexuality, in particular, but [not] limited to, the onset of sexual orientation. The prerequisite to the formation of a well-informed conscience is making a thorough study of all sides of the issue from all available authoritative data and research, including opposing views. Then in this way we are better equipped to decide who and what needs government protection in regards to the gay marriage bill. This exhaustive procedure follows to the letter the Gospel quotation about the “plank” and the” speck.”

How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 
Luke 6:42

  The “plank” for us is ignorance.  If we satisfactorily resolve this ignorance, then together we will be able to see more clearly, whether or not, as NY State Senators (government officials) and as citizens we are colluding with the Catholic Hierarchy and are harming children, as was found to be the case in the Ireland Murphy Report.
  …This piece of legislation the gay marriage bill is not like any other in that it involves the well-being of children, at its very root…
  How I resolved this situation was through hours upon hours of continuous prayer. Afterwards, I came to the realization that my life had already been altered – changed forever. Because there was no way I could pretend I did not know what I knew, how severely children are harmed for life by the Vatican unsubstantiated antigay teachings and antigay social norms. I decided that I could not live with the regret knowing that I had a chance to make a profound difference for the better for others, most especially children and that I did nothing. My life would be nothing. I took the bungee jump and I came out to my parishioners. It definitely was not easy, but one thing that happened to me is - I gained a real sense of peace and well-being that has remained constant and unshaken. The scripture passages that kept repeating over and over in my head were:

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 
Matthew 16:25


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What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 
Luke 9:25

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Anyone who loves their FATHER or mother more than me is not worthy of me;… Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:36-38

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…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 
Matthew 18:6


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Background information - 1997 - 2015:  Photo

Fr Marty Kurylowicz’s “Coming Out” 1997 
News Reports: 

March 29, 1997 - Parishioners Supportive of Gay Priest - “coming out” for the protection of children. 
(check The Grand Rapids Press for accuracy)

June 28, 1997 - Kurylowicz Comes Out 
“...U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference said Kurylowicz” coming out to his congregation, first in a newsletter then from the pulpit on Holy Thursday, is “unprecedented.”
(check The Grand Rapids Press for accuracy)

Update: 12-15-2015

Overcome indifference and win peace: 2016 Peace Day Message - Pope Francis  - Dec 15, 2015
..Kinds of indifference 
3. Clearly, indifference is not something new; every period of history has known people who close their hearts to the needs of others, who close their eyes to what is happening around them, who turn aside to avoid encountering other people's problems. But in our day, indifference has ceased to be a purely personal matter and has taken on broader dimensions, producing a certain “globalization of indifference”. 
The first kind of indifference in human society is indifference to God, which then leads to indifference to one’s neighbour and to the environment. This is one of the grave consequences of a false humanism and practical materialism allied to relativism and nihilism. We have come to to think that we are the source and creator of ourselves, our lives and society. We feel self-sufficient, prepared not only to find a substitute for God but to do completely without him. As a consequence, we feel that we owe nothing to anyone but ourselves, and we claim only rights…
In other cases, indifference shows itself in lack of concern for what is happening around us, especially if it does not touch us directly. Some people prefer not to ask questions or seek answers; they lead lives of comfort, deaf to the cry of those who suffer. Almost imperceptibly, we grow incapable of feeling compassion for others and for their problems; we have no interest in caring for them, as if their troubles were their own responsibility, and none of our business.[9] “When we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure... Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off.”[10] 
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October 8, 2005 - Impending rules on gay priests creates Catholic divide
…Rev. Martin Kurylowicz...said...the struggle would be made harder for many others if the Vatican issues new rules that reportedly would ban gays from becoming priests… “Kids as young as 4 or 5 know they're different," said Kurylowicz... "They grow up with this pervasive guilt, which sabotages their growth and motivation." The result is thousands of dollars in therapy to accept their natural orientation, he said, adding, "Does the Vatican want to take that on, like the tobacco industry had to take on for the damage it caused consumers?”...
(check The Grand Rapids Press for accuracy)

May 27, 2006 - Gay priest removed from ministry
(check The Grand Rapids Press for accuracy)
Note: Bishop Hurley unethically manipulates canon law misrepresenting my situation: by excluding the factual details of the Vatican’s equally unethical punitive sanctions and threats imposed on me for “coming out” for the protection of children in March 1997, e.g. lost of the possibility of future assignments, regular priest salary and educational benefits, to  coerce my compliance to be reeducated - to assure my silence in protecting children or to force me to leave the priesthood. Hurley’s dishonest response to the press was meant to destroy my credibility and reputation. Hurley also disclosed the cost of my psychotherapy sessions, a breach of employer employee confidentially. There are No USA civil laws to protect gay priests from such a fatal destructive public attack on my reputation. The same tactic was used, again in 2012, against Vatican Bank, ex-president Tedeschi, who was attempting to increase the transparency of the scandal-ridden Vatican institution. There is “…the publication of a letter from a psychotherapist detailing the mental health of the Vatican's recently ousted bank chief…and appeared aimed at further discrediting and humiliating the Vatican bank's ex-president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, once a top papal adviser…”(http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9VBK7581.htm

   Hurley’s deliberate distortion of the facts of my situation was meant to humiliate me publicly, a character assassination against me. This was not just one single isolated character assassination attack made against me. The exact pattern of this character assassination attack, since 2004 to 2014  has been over used by the Vatican under Benedict XVI - against anyone - deemed as a threat to their specific ideology, especially related to gay sexual orientation. On, April 30, 2014, Cardinal Muller of the CDF, issued a forceful public statement against the LCWR leaders that is confusing and irrationally based on a misrepresentation of unsubstantiated facts. Cardinal Burke during and after the Synod on the Family, October 2014 - fiercely demonstrated by his unwillingness to even discuss issues related marriage and gay sexual orientation, the pervasive hostile attitude against homosexuality. 


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March 4, 2008 - Children Growing-up Gay & Vatican's Impact Harmful -GROUPTHINK 
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz 

December 26, 2008 - AUSCHWITZ - CHRISTMAS 2008 - A flashback far more severe than in - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Reposting

April 2009 - SEXUAL ORIENTATION is less about sex and more about LOVE, being one with another human being. Attachment Theory - LOVE & RELIGION - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz 
Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love ones. Healthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times...

December 17, 2009 - Roman Catholic hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests, WATERGATE? Fr. Marty Kurylowicz 
...A major problem with the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church is that there are no “checks and balances.” When the necessary “checks and balances” are not in place to protect any organization, it leaves "not making waves" the rule that governs the hierarchy and opens the way to many devastating mistakes harmful to everyone and allows corruption to grow...

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July 2010 - The letter sent out by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz to USA government officials and others – a victim of structural violence - for protecting children - seeking legal assistance as a citizen of the USA  (a copy found on the link below)

February 10, 2013 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter sent to US government officials...
I made an appeal to counteract Bishop Hurley’s manipulation of canon law in order to be able to charge me on a technicality “not returning home” by separating it from the situation that caused it after I came out 1997. Letter gives an extensive accounting of my “coming out” situation of 1997 - not separated from Hurley’s charges against me. 


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November 26, 2013 - Letter from Bishop Walkowiak - regarding Bishop Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove Fr. Kurylowicz from the priesthood - ultimatum 

December 30, 2013 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter of response to Bishop Walkowiak - and has appealed his case to Pope Francis 





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Injustice anywhere is a
threat to
Justice everywhere
Martin Luther King

The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr.




What you cannot do is accept injustice.
From Hitler – or anyone.
You must make the injustice visible
– be prepared to die like a
 soldier to do so.
Mahatma Gandhi


Kids Are Being Hurt!!!




“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, 
well considered and yet fervent public conviction that 
the most deadly of all 
possible sins 
is the mutilation of 
a child’s spirit.” 






…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6




Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.


Kids Are Being Hurt!!!