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#Christianity has a *massive* problem with child abuse, sexual abuse, and child sexual abuse. Christian fascɪsts like Mr. @MattWalshBlog (himself prey to rather obvious paedophiliac impulses) have been working overtime to concoct distractions from Christianity's problem.

@MattWalshBlog, @Timcast, @ChayaRaichik10, and other fascɪstic troublemakers have been trying as hard as possible to pin the blame for abuse and molestation on scapegoats, mostly on the LGBTQ+ community. but the real problem is #Christianity and its sexual sicknesses.

there's been a strong tendency to think of abuse and molestation in #Christianity as a problem limited to #Catholic priests. there's reasons for this. the Church of the @Pontifex is authoritarian, secretive, and extremist in its dogmatic posture towards sex and sexuality.

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I think I need to write something about the last Catholic Mass I attended in a church, b/c in its homily a priest too young or naive to know better, talked about getting an 11th hour call from his eminence, who apparently wanted to glom onto the young priest’s prison ministry, 1/
2/for some Holy Thursday foot-washing optics. The young priest was all excited about the call, too much so go realize what it all meant.
3/He puts on a great show;but remember when this Opus Dei sympathizer threatened to close down Catholic Charities when they failed to support DOMA? Remember his T rump bootlicking >
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I find it disgusting that a man with such contempt for his #LGBTQ #Catholic siblings should be permitted to minister in any #Catholic or #Christian context. 1/
2/Deacons are ordained! This is entrusted with ministering to vulnerable ppl he encounters in parish life. He is obliged to do so reverently, compassionately.
3/I realize that his ordinary Bishop Michael C. Barber, @oakdiocese is quite conservative, but my guess is even Bishop Barber might find the abusive tone, #islamophobia, puerile gridiron fetishism, extra-vicious #homophobia & #transphobia & >
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"Night in the Woods", #NITW, is a game that I've seen a lot of valid criticism about.

there's also the unfortunate fact that the game's music—music that's vital to the emotional appeal of "Night in the Woods", was composed by Alec Holowka, who stands accused of rape.

shortly after the accusation surfaced, Holowka took his own life. thus "Night in the Woods" has a permanent shadow thrown across it by real-life events—a macabre irony, considering that the game is about revelations of crime and death.

our system values the game highly.

even though I agree with criticism of the political content of #NITW, even though I agree the game is maybe just a bit too sentimental and softened as a depiction of the small-town American experience...the game can't help but appeal to me, because I had my "Mae" moment.

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#CSLewis may have nudged me in the direction of #Christianity, but Chesterton's influence was more decisive: I was reading lots of his writing not long before I decided to seek adult #Catholic conversion.

a mistake? maybe. oddly I think I needed to do it.

to do what I need to do...I needed to be on the *inside*.

#GKChesterton had a profound love for ordinary and mundane things; it was one of his most charming traits as a writer.

certainly more charming than his antisemitism, for example, or his Orientalist stereotyping.

I love #GKChesterton, and thus I must love *all* of him, even the parts that it pains me to behold; I must somehow deal with his bigotry, as well as his brilliance and wit. but Chesterton himself, I hope, would have approved.

to love Chesterton is like...loving Pimlico.

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I was curious to learn if I could consider myself as _de facto_ excommunicated by the #Catholic Church, even though I've not been formally expelled.

yes indeed, it turns out that the Church of the @Pontifex has gotten rather promiscuous about automatic excommunications.

and, like many terrible decisions of the #Catholic Church, it was a relatively *recent* thing, not codified until 1983. so, thanks Pope John Paul II!

this is called excommunication _latae sententiae_, i.e. "by sentence already passed".…

there's a big list of sins that the #Catholic Church regards as *so evil*, you're automatically thrown out—well sort of. more on that later.

"an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic" is excommunicated _latae sententiae_. well that's YOU out, @DouthatNYT...

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1/ #Catholicism is not an identity. There is no "#Catholic identity."

Catholicism is the proclamation of an encompassing message of transformation suited to all times & places.

Identity is a #postmodern preoccupation.
2/ As #Catholicism is suited to all times & places that's fine. But the assertion of #Catholic identity rarely (if ever) intends to embrace #postmodernism (or even modernity).
3/ Identity comes from the Latin "idem" for "same," which a casual historical exploration would tell us #Catholicism never is. It has had countless historical and cultural expressions.

At the most obvious level, today the #CatholicChurch is 23 rites.
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1. It was the haphazard remark of a photographer, an agnostic I believe, that opened my eyes... it was to the effect

#CatholicEdChat #Jesus #Twitter #Bible #books #BookTwitter Image
2. that if Christianity were true, obviously the Roman Catholic Church, with her authority was right.

It was the testimony of a man who had no ax to grind. A Jewish dentist made the same remark in effect to me shortly afterwards. The man-in-the-street
#Catholicism #Christianity
3. testifies the same with his: ‘If I were religious, I’d be a Roman Catholic.’


I entered upon an intensive study of the point. I read the history of the doctrine,

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@Goodtweet_man @melbataj @GaussNP @kwhitaker_ @wbbcctv @xpstudiospnguin
I am considering making a Facebook group for #ProLife for the #Whole Life (#ConsistentLifeEthic) Christian leftists of various kinds, from #socdems, to #socialists, to #distributists, and
others, to combat these following false stigmas about #Christianity(including #Catholicism) and #leftism:

1. That #Christians(including #Catholics) can’t be #leftists/#socialists/etc.
2. That leftists can’t be #religious
3. That leftists can’t be #ProLife

Do you think this
is a good idea? I want to find more people who have a similar mentality of me. Or maybe I could expand it to just do prolife religious leftists in general, considering some other pro-life whole-life religious leftists may also face scrutiny by both American leftist and
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One of the leading figures of French #islamologie in modern times was Louis Massignon (1883-1962) chair at the Collège de France on #Islam and whose name is forever associated with the study of Sufism and an #empathetic study of #Islam 1/ ImageImageImageImage
In fact his turn to faith before WW1 followed a trip to #Iraq in 1907 and encounter with Muslim hospitality and spirituality reawakened his #Catholicism along with the #intercessionary friendship of Joris-Karl Huysmans (1838-1907) and the hermit Charles de Foucauld (1848-1916) 2/ ImageImage
After his own doubt, De Foucauld became a Trappist monk living in Morocco, Syria and then in the Algerian Sahara with the Tuareg when he was martyred in 1916 and is currently in the process of being canonised by Pope Francis… 2a/
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Around 3000 BCE in eastern #Europe, a Proto-Balto-Slavic #language started to diverge from #ProtoIndoEuropean.

The #Slavic branch of the #IndoEuropean #languages began about 2,000 years later when Proto-Slavic deviated from Proto-Balto-Slavic.

[Image:…] Source: The Indo-European L...
As the #Slavic-speaking area expanded during the first millennium CE (striped area on map), Proto-Slavic transitioned to Common Slavic. The #language underwent minor changes that occurred mostly uniformly across eastern #Europe, thereby maintaining mutual intelligibility. A map of eastern Europe sho...
Around the year 1000 CE #CommonSlavic began to split into the South, West, and East branches to which all modern #Slavic #languages belong.

Roughly 315m people speak a Slavic #language, mostly in Eastern #Europe (including the #Balkan peninsula), #CentralAsia, and #Siberia. A map of Europe highlightin...
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That having been said, I think Roman Catholics should understand that their current Pope, Pope Francis, is a childish, resentful, anti-American, antisemitic fool, who is bad for the Church & for the world & who is failing as a positive spiritual leader. 2) #PopeFrancis
He is no John Paul II by any means. More like a Pope Pius XII (Pacelli). Whose moral compass often was compromised for expediency. 3) #AntiTrump #immigration #AntiAmerican
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The colonial encounter
between Europeans and Africans
did not always end with Europeans triumphing.
Either at first, or later.

Thread # is #Africanarchive
Check out this fascinating moment
in the history of
colonial encounters between Europeans and Africans:

From 1557 to 1632,
#Jesuit missionaries from Portugal and Spain
endeavored to convert the #Ethiopians
from their ancient form of #Christianity
to Roman #Catholicism
After fifty years of failing to convert Ethiopians,
the Portuguese sent a new group of Jesuits to Ethiopia in 1603,
including a priest named Pedro Paez,
whose diplomacy and sympathy for the
tenets of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
enabled him to convert the emperor.
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Short thread on #Catholicism (lapsed, in my case), #highered, #divorce, & what it means to allow grace into our lives on Holy Thursday & always.

#HolyThursday is my favorite day of the Catholic year: It's a day to reflect not only on serving others, but on letting them serve us.
As a child in the Catholic Church, I knew service represented the core of my family's faith. How can we use our gifts to enrich others? How can we make ourselves humble before the tasks of service? How can we bless others via care?

Turns out, this is the EASY part of service.
It is EASY to serve my students, my friends, and my family by loving them. By showing mercy when mistakes are made. By offering space and by offering closeness. By loving others in ways that work for THEM, not just ways that would work for ME.

Being a servant this way is easy.
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1 The man who leads weekly Bible studies for members of Trump’s cabinet, as well as members of the House and Senate, wants to inculcate your state legislators and local government officials with his biblical worldview…
2 Ralph Drollinger teaches: God only hears the prayers of Christians, Christians in government have an obligation to hire only other Christians, social welfare programs are unbiblical, and the death penalty is required by the Bible
3 Drollinger says the Bible doesn’t permit women to teach men, but does have some “unambiguous responsibilities” for women: homemaking, home management, mothering, teaching younger women, displaying hospitality, and dressing modestly
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