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Pope Francis’ ‘Door Open’ For Ending Priestly Celibacy Will ONLY Be Universally Welcome IF Gay Marriage Is Allowed!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Related posts:
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing Wall

>>May 30, 2014.
>> Cardinal Bertone and missing $2M —
>> May 29, 2014.
>> Frontline “Secrets of the Vatican” —
>>Feb. 26, 2014.
>> ‘Legionaries of Christ’ — Feb. 27, 2014.
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Click to access NBC News coverage. Google 'pope celibacy' for much more.

Click to access NBC News coverage. Google ‘pope celibacy’ for much more.


My thinking here, as is invariably my wont, is very straightforward, candid and brutally honest. I could, as ever be wrong, but this is my opinion.

I am not at all convinced, by a long chalk, that all Catholic priests, worldwide, are sexually ‘normal’ (in its broadest constatations) and are, moreover, all hetrosexual IF given the chance.

My basic premise, oft stated with candor, is that I really, based on my personal, hands on experience, do not believe that a normal, healthy ‘young’ man can commit to a life of celibacy UNLESS there is something not right with him or he does not, for a minute, intend to take the vow of celibacy seriously. All the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of egregious sex crimes committed by Catholic priests, for so long, provide ample irrefutable testament to that thesis that many Catholic priests think that their vow is celibacy is a joke. As I have chronicled in my ‘Popes and Papacy’ blog Austria is supposed to have at least 300 legally married Catholic priests who openly defy the Church administration!

I also believe, and I could be, as ever wrong, that at least 50% of worldwide Catholic priests that have normal or even semi-normal sexual ‘feelings’ (if not ‘urgings’) are NOT hetrosexaul. Google this. There is even a Wikipedia entry about this! My reasoning is based on that I think the celibacy ‘cloak’ provides a nice convenient cover for those that do not want their orientation to be too obvious.

I think you can work out the rest. Basically what I am saying is that UNLESS Gay Marriage is also permitted — and I think pigs will fly first — all Catholic priests, across the world, will not be delighted IF the Church ever puts an end to clerical celibacy. Because without that cover, they will have to answer questions as to “why aren’t you married?”

But before I conclude this, it is important that I point out YET AGAIN that this latest pontification by Francis is nothing other than provocative IDLE CHATTER to get media coverage. What he says is true. All of us who understand the buts-and-bolts of Catholicism know that clerical celibacy is not dogma. But it is deeply entrenched Catholic ideology and teaching. Yes, of course, the pope can change it. Yes, he has the power. But, here is the rub and nub. This pope does not have the motive or intention to change it. Behind this ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ public persona is a very-conservative Jesuit. He had to have signed a OATH before he was created a cardinal that he would uphold all existing Church teachings — and clerical celibacy is on the Top 5. Yes, popes love to break oaths, but this one won’t especially on the matter of sowing oats.

So just be careful.


Sri Lanka: May Full Moon Was ‘Vesak’, June 13, 2014 Full Moon Is Another Big Holiday, ‘Poson’ — Arrival Of Buddhism.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Sri Lanka Vesak stamps Anura Guruge

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Vesak greeting — May 14, 2014.
>> Happy Vesak 2014>May 13, 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols>May 13, 2014.


∠∠ Buddha’s descendants May 17, 2014.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use link to access the original and MORE from ‘Lanka.com’.

Link to access ‘Lanka.com’ description.

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From a Sri Lanka ‘Sunday Observer’ article from 2013. Worth reading. Click to access.


It is a never ending procession of holidays in Sri Lanka. I think they have cut back dramatically but in the 1960s when each ‘Poya‘ day [i.e., full moon of EACH month] was a holiday it was said that Ceylon (as it was then) had a holiday (as in no school and no work), on average, every 18 days!

So last month was Vesak — the mega Buddhist ‘trifecta‘.

This month, June 13 (my deceased adoptive mother’s birthday), is Poson. Yes, July’s Full Moon, Esala, is another important Buddhist holiday too. We will get to that later. August too. 

Buddhist pilgrims climbing 'Mihinthalaya' on Poson, June full Moon.

Buddhist pilgrims climbing ‘Mihinthalaya’ on Poson, June full Moon. Click to access good article in ‘Sri Lanka Travel Guide’


Google’s Congratulations To The Class Of 2014; Not A Google Doodle, Lets Call It A Google Footnote.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Last Google Doodle:
>> Mary Anning’s 125th May 21, 2014.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (sidebar)


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This footnote that was on the Google search page on May 30, 2014,
is no longer there.

It is not in the Google Doodle archive either — and that makes sense since it is not a Google Doodle.


The YouTube video you get when you click on Google’s “This is for you” link …

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Click to access.

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New Hampshire LakeFest 2014, On July 3, Looks Like A Blast.



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Click to access their blog for all the details.

Click to access their blog for all the details.


We do have a brand new kayak that we bought c. 2010 — but it has not seen the light of day in 3 years. It is in the back of the garage. I have been using my Stand-Up Paddle Boards (yes, we have two). I guess I could take the SPB but it might be dangerous — because if I fall (and that is always possible though I don’t fall that often) I will fall on a bunch of kayaks.


Alton Central School (ACS) N.H. — So I Guess Monday, June 2, 2014 Board Meeting etc. Fell By The Wayside.

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Related posts:
>> Principal search update —

>> May 28, 2014.
>> ACS Administration again drops ball
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>> Not a single proficient piano player in ACS
>>May 23, 2014.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos — Nov. 18, 2013
>> & Nov. 24, 2013.

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Alton Central School (ACS) Superintendent William (‘Bill’) Lander had this to say on his blog from May 23, 2014.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access his blog that the ACS IT person insists on calling 'blander'.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access his blog that the ACS IT person insists on calling ‘blander’.

Link to access the ‘blander’ blog:
http://www.myacs.org/pages/AltonCentralSchool/sau72/blander


So what gives?

B. Lander couldn’t get the dysfunctional Alton Central Board to jump through the hoops like he normally does? Remember how he forced through the hiring of  HIS $3,000 facilitator? If not … here is a link.

I don’t know why but I have a horrible feeling that B. Lander might try to get this facilitator, his friend, Jean Richards, as the new Principal. That should be fun.

So, I wonder when we will find out …

Have a great weekend. As far as I know, B. Lander, does not work Fridays. So nothing will happen on this front today.


Disclosing Pope Francis’ Prayer At Jerusalem’s Wailing (Western) Wall Is Plain Wrong.

Francis-at-the-Western-Wall-May-26-2014Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Cardinal Bertone and missing $2M —
>> May 29, 2014.
>> Frontline “Secrets of the Vatican” —
>>Feb. 26, 2014.
>> ‘Legionaries of Christ’ — Feb. 27, 2014.
++++ Search on ‘pope‘  & check Category ‘Religion’  for loads of other pope related posts >>>>
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Search on ‘prayer’  for other posts >>>>


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Click to access the original at ‘The Jerusalem Post’.


To me this is wrong on multiple levels.

1. I am not an expert on prayer but I had thought that prayers were supposed to be private and confidential. Does the “The Western Wall Heritage Foundation” divulge any and all prayers placed in the Wall at will — though I am sure they had to have got approval from the Vatican before they released the pope’s prayer.

2. Though I grew up in a family steeped in prayer I as an adult was totally confounded by the notion of prayer. So I don’t actually get why people, especially supposedly rational adults, pray BUT I fully appreciate that it is their prerogative.

3. Though I, as a committed papal historian, better understand that Jesus was born a Jew and died a Jew (and would be totally confounded if he saw what Saul (sic.) did to his teachings) I think a pope praying at the Wailing (Western) Wall is but politics, posturing and pandering. [Yes, I also think that the Pope inviting Shimon Peres, President of Israel, and Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine to the Vatican to pray for peace on June 8 is just political theater.]

4. If praying at the Wailing Wall is so profound and potent why don’t we already have peace in the Middle East?

5. As an historian it bothers me to see folks defacing an ancient, very historic artifact — i.e., the Western Wall. That Wall should be preserved, sans human contact, as we now do with the Parthenon and Stonehenge (and I talk as one that was lucky enough to visit both before they banned public encroachment). Sticking pieces of paper into it always makes me cringe. To me it is sacrilegious to poke holes in this historic monument. (And yes, I had a puppy, Rosseau, that lifted up his leg and peed on each and every one of the stones in Stonehenge c. 1972.)

6. Israel, as I well know (having done tons of consulting for Israeli companies from 1992 — 2000) is big into technology. So why this archaic, primitive and, of course, ultra superstitious means of praying. Sticking pieces of paper into a crumbling wall. Can’t they just provide a bank of iPads in front of the Wall whereby the gullible can just e-mail their prayers to God or maybe just send a Tweet if they can keep it succinct? The paper things seems so outdated and puerile like Buddhist using prayer wheels and prayer flags to cast prayers to the wind.

7. The Pope using the Lord’s Prayer as his prayer was trite and maybe even insulting to his hosts. Lets face it, they don’t exactly subscribe to all that is in the Lord’s Prayer — though they should.

Enough said. Peace.

P.S., Don’t worry. I have at least a dozen folks, including a number of Catholic priests, that pray for me, hoping that I will see the light. Cracks me up how many times I get told, via e-mail, that my name got mentioned during a Mass because folks are praying that I will change my mind about prayer. Bless them.


A Pleasant, Conciliatory Letter About The Uncalled For Alton-Barnstead JMA ‘Tempest In A Teacup’. I Tip My Hat.

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Related posts:
>> Cogent letter re. JMA — May 22, 2014.
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This is the 2nd reflective, lets exercise some ‘common sense’ letter on this issue in two weeks.

I am impressed, relieved and gratified.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original in the local newspaper. I don't agree with the last paragraph but that is my own opinion.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original in the local newspaper. I don’t agree with the last paragraph but that is my own opinion, but I appreciate that it is in keeping with overall tone of this heart-warming letter.

Link to access original newspaper … on Page 4 of the May 29, 2014 issue.


And then there was this related story on the front page:

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Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access the newspaper. This is on the front page. Hhhhmmm!


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