Not for the first time Pope Francis has said ‘God speaks through children’ and received applause from an ever docile audience.
Pope continues to do very little. Basically nothing.
Yesterday, was a good case in point.
‘Cardinal’ George Pell’s lost his appeal for being being a convicted pedophile. He, a cardinal elector, has now been in prison for 6-months and faces at least another 3+ years. Pope does nothing. Pope claims that HE THINKS he is innocent. Children have spoken. But, he ignores them.
Pope Francis talks out of all side of his mouth.
George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.
He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).
He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).
So, by a 2-1 decision (by a panel of three-judges) his current conviction was UPHELD, but he was given the option of filing an appeal with the ‘High Court’ — the final court of appeal in Australia.
Earlier in the year Pell had claimed that he WOULD NOT APPEAL if he lost the June 2019 appeal. He has LOST, but, he, of course, can’t be trusted. I am sure there will be another appeal.
But, he REMAINS in prison BUT, the good thing for him, is that the clock is inexorably ticking away. He has now served 6-months of his mandatory sentence. He could seek parole in 3 years and 2 months.
The Vatican and the pope are standing behind him — of, bloody, course.
I do NOT think this can be dismissed as FAKE news. I am NOT there in Kandy, to go and check, but the pictures look real. [Yes, it was over 50-years ago BUT I used to visit the Temple often, have fed the elephants and, moreover, have, unlike most, had the privilege of seeing the REAL tooth relic (inside the innermost sanctum) as opposed to the replica that is on display and paraded in the perahera.]
This is distressing. There is NO excuse for this.
I am kind of surprised and puzzled. In general, ‘we’ (i.e., Sri Lankans) take good care of our elephants — despite some unnecessary stupidity like getting them to kneel to worship Buddhist statues. This is beyond the pale.
This kind of inhumane treatment has no place in any culture, let alone a culture that CLAIMS to value compassion.
I, alas, now, have ZERO contacts in Sri Lanka. I left 52-years ago — this month.
But, I ‘messaged’ Neranjan Wijeyeratne via Facebook. He was one of the many surrogate sons my parents adopted. He lived with them in Paris for years. I was living in the U.K. at the time. But, we visited Paris often and as such I knew Neranjan well. Let’s see if I hear back from him.
IF YOU have contacts in Sri Lanka — ideally with clout, PLEASE do something about this.
This is ANOTHER blot-in-the-copybook for Sri Lankan Buddhists.
In over 40-years of using credit cards I have never, ever, experienced such atrocious customer service as that I got (or more to the point did NOT get) from Barclaycard’s moronic Call Center in the Philippines.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Not so Barclaycard’s. Theirs is worse than a nightmare. The representatives are barely literate. I kid you not. They have no idea what you are talking about. I don’t think they have ever used a credit card themselves. All they can do is read a script. I feel sorry for them.
As a proud and patriotic Brit, I am ASHAMED that Barclaycard is British. Barclaycard is a sad affront to the long and mainly distinguished legacy of British banking. I, as a teenager, had my very first bank account at Barclays. I was chuffed to be a Barclays’ customer.
Not anymore. I closed my damn Barclaycard account.
Their Filipino Call Center. I don’t want to be TOO RUDE, but ‘Boy of Boy’. Talk about incompetence. Talk about rank stupidity. But, not their fault. Barclaycard has NOT trained them.
Barclaycard really has let the side down with this Call Center. I can’t tell you how BAD they were. It was that bad.
Take my word. I never mislead you. Do NOT deal with Barclaycard. IF you do, YOU will live to regret it.
Close your Barclaycard account. Burn your Barclaycard.
In my experience you cannot go wrong with a ‘Bank of America’ credit card. You get to deal with Americans not folks whose English is marginal.
So, ditch Barclaycard, get a BofA Credit Card. You will THANK ME for this advice.
Search ‘credit cards’.
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I said it before, just as recently as June of this year — IBM only needs to lay off Ginni Rometty to slowly but surely get back on a more even keel.
She has, of course, as we all know, been a total and utter disaster. Easily the worst CEOs in IBM’s 108-year lifespan. IBM did NOT deserve her.
Keeping her on with everything at IBM tanking is grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.
She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.
Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.
First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.
This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.