Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Belief In A Just World - - - Separation of Church and State - - - Wrongly Condemning Homosexuals

It is alarming that like with Hitler the general population seems somehow untouched by the violence happening to other human beings around them like they are in some kind of hypnotic trance of social acceptance. The public perception of a pope and the hierarchy remains one (though less since the child sexual sandals) that these are holy men, who are all compassionate, kind, truthful and can do no wrong. Many wrongly believe that they are next to God and that God somehow speaks to them and tells them what to do. This is what many people believe even though those conceptions are heretical; because they go directly against the core of Roman Catholic theology, the First Commandment and Christ’s words that there is only one God, who is in heaven. Regardless, it is easy to understand why people in general would believe a pope or a member of the hierarchy is always telling the truth, even if they wrongly condemn innocent people, like all homosexuals. There are "no checks and balances" for the pope and the hierarchy. How are they able to get away these crimes?

We know from social psychology that in general we tend to want to believe that "bad things happen to bad people" because it helps to nurture the false belief that we are living in a “just and fair world.” It is a defense held collectively by people to help maintain a sense of social calm that life is safe, orderly and predictable that “bad things cannot happen to me because I am a good and innocent person.” However, it obscures the reality of life that “bad things do happen to good people.” The tendency is to believe that people who are disadvantaged, who are poor have less because they did something to deserve having less. And so if a pope or a bishop or a cardinal points the finger at someone accusing them of some kind of wrong doing we are likely to believe the pope, bishop or cardinal first before the accused even if the accused is innocent. We tend generally do not consider the facts and details of the situation. “Blaming the victim(read more) is another concept if something bad happens to someone, it is because that person must have done something to have caused it. This is part of what is called the... Photo

Fundamental Attribution Error read more  Ex: 12 Angry Men - movie
· people do what they do because of the kind of people that they are, not because of the situation they are in
· people tend to underestimate external influences when explaining other people’s behavior Read more - video
Martha Mitchell Effect -> “Martha’s hysteria then was overt, but despite a certain amount of public skepticism, it turned out that her cries about official skulduggery had a solid basis in fact.”
May 21, 1973 – TIME – read more

The Fundamental Attribution Error (read more)blaming the victim (read more) can easily be seen how it favors Benedict XVI and his hierarchy attempts to cover-up the public sandals of their criminal negligence of the child sexual abuse cases, "failing to protect children." In fact, they counted on people in general to be “blaming the victims” of child abuse that it was the victims’ own fault. Benedict and the hierarchy were able to get a way with people believing their century old public persona of sanctity and goodness over the victims’ stories, for decades that is before theInternet became more wide spread. The world found out almost instantly that goodness had nothing to do with them. Victims and their families were able to connect, compare notes with other victims and found out that they were not alone. Before that no one would believe them. Many of the victims and their families went to report the sexual abuse and instead of finding compassion and understanding what people would expect going to see a bishop or cardinal, they were surprised that they were mistreated, intimidated, some even threatened to be silent and just told to go away. Many victims were not believed even by their families, and blamed for telling lies. All these hierarchical happenings remained hidden behind close doors, as Benedict XVI and his hierarchy’s work continue to be done in the dark away from the public view. Now, with instant global communication of the Internet, they are less able to hide their misdeeds in the dark and intimidate new victims, expecting people in general to keep blaming the victims. However, Benedict XVI and his hierarchy are responsible for an even more global form of criminal negligence of an implicit form of child abuse, "failing to protect children." Again, much of the general population is in another kind of hypnotic trance of social acceptance, however, the majority of these people are victims themselves of "ghosts in their nurseries."

Note: According to documentation on the continuum of sexual orientation research 90%  of USA citizens have some degree of a homosexual orientation, the harm caused is severe and extensive. USA Kids and People Are Being Hurt!!!

Written by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Important note: I mean no disrespect to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids are being hurt!!!

Related links:

Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin, November 2009 -Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child abuse against clerics of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Read complete report->Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

What is Propaganda? 

Today, the word sounds ominous, conjuring up images of falsehood and manipulation, brainwashing and servility. It stands as the antithesis of objectivity, rationality, and truthfulness. But what is propaganda? Learn more

Incitement to Genocide When is violent language a crime? Learn more ---Photo 

Scholars, journalists, and politicians have long argued about how to properly define propaganda and distinguish it from other forms of mass communication. Propaganda is biased information designed to shape public opinion and behavior.

Propaganda techniques - Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant information or distorting it. Read more – Source Watch

fear - "Once a government resorts to terror against its own population to get what it wants, it must keep using terror against its own population to get what it wants. A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop. If such a government ever lets the fear subside and rational thought return to the populace, that government is finished."—Michael RiveroPhoto Duke University Libaries 

glittering generalities - Glittering generalities are words that have different positive meaning for individual subjects, but are linked to highly valued concepts. When these words are used, they demand approval without thinking, simply because such an important concept is involved.

name-calling - is a form of ad hominem attack that draws a vague equivalence between a concept and a person, group or idea. By linking the person or idea being attacked to a negative symbol, the propagandist hopes that the audience will reject the person or the idea on the basis of the symbol, instead of looking at the available evidence. - Read more – Source Watch

How Does Propaganda Work?

Modern propaganda draws upon techniques and strategies used in advertising, public relations, communications, and mass psychology. It simplifies complicated issues or ideology for popular consumption, is always biased, and is geared to achieving a particular end.

Propaganda generally employs symbols, whether in written, musical, or visual forms, and plays upon and channels complex human emotions towards a desired goal. It is often employed by governmental and private organizations to promote their causes and institutions and denigrate their opponents. Propaganda functions as just one weapon in the arsenal of mass persuasion. Photo 

In contrast to the ideal of an educator, who aims to foster independent judgment and thinking, the practitioner of propaganda does not aim to encourage deliberation by presenting a variety of viewpoints and leaving it up to the audience to determine which perspective is correct. The propagandist transmits only information geared to strengthen his or her case, and consciously omits detrimental information.

Not all propaganda is bad. Propaganda is used to shape opinion and behavior. Public health campaigns, for example, can utilize propaganda. Elections, even in democratic states, often display elements of propaganda, as candidates and political parties vie for office. The real danger of propaganda lies when competing voices are silenced –and unchecked, propaganda can have negative consequences. Read complete article - What is Propaganda? - UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

How to safeguard Marriage Equality 
LGBTQ&I Human and Civil Rights Globally -> Education

To protect the sanctity of Marriage Equality and LGBTIQ human and civil rights around the world, we need knowledgeable LGBTQI people, professionals, researchers, and scripture scholars regarding human sexuality not to allow any such statements like Cardinal Barragan go unchallenged. Not by any name calling or stooping to a lower level, but strictly by challenging the inaccuracies of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy with the plain honest facts of human sexuality and offering possible links where people can learn more on their own. It is important to show that all the facts about human sexuality are documented. This alone will show the difference between substantiated and unsubstantiated facts. Social psychology has shown us that people are motivated to pay attention to facts and they are most persuaded to change their attitudes by presented facts that are logically sound.

If all that Catholic and Christians in general hear are these blatant inaccuracies about human sexuality from church leaders, they have little to nothing to help them see and understand the broader accurate picture of reality. Again, we must remember that around 90% of the human population has some degree a homosexual orientation. When we are thinking of LGBTQI people from research we know that this group is much larger than the general population are afraid to admit.

From my personal experience “coming out” to a Roman Catholic parish as a gay priest I found that the people almost become calmer instantly when they are given the honest facts about human sexuality. I truly believe to achieve Marriage Equality and LGBTQI Human and Civil Rights Globally is by Education. To achieve any lasting attitudinal change only comes through education.

Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.

“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.” Erik Erikson

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