June 11, 2017

Two Sponsors Pull Out of Trump-Assassinating Play; Will CNN Parent Time Warner Follow Suit?

Two large corporations have withdrawn as sponsors of “Free Shakespeare in the Park” in New York City because of the theater group’s presentation of a modernized version of Julius Caesar where a man who is clearly a stand-in for Donald Trump is assassinated. Given the play’s offensive content, a very pertinent question to ask would be: “When will Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, which at least pretends to be an objective news organization, pull its sponsorship?”

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Despite Obama’s Hostility and Stunts, CNN Blames Trump For ‘Strain’ Between Two

President Donald Trump has been in office for almost five months. CNN’s Kevin Liptak, whose network bio still brags about how he, as “White House producer,” “has traveled the world covering President Obama,” noted in a Saturday report updated Sunday morning that Trump and Obama “haven’t spoken or seen each other” since Inauguration Day. Gosh, I wonder why?

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As London Police Chief Bizarrely Celebrates Diversity of Victims, AP Hides Non-Diversity of Terrorists

In remarks so bizarre and out-of-touch that satirists at outlets like The Onion would have rejected them if someone had suggested their inclusion in a made-up story, London’s police chief has described the diversity of the city’s London Bridge terror attack victims and witnesses interviewed as positive things. Gregory Katz at the Associated Press did his part to play along with the charade by failing to identify the lack of diversity among those who carried out the attack.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Mother Teresa was heroic – but maybe not for the reasons you think

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 7, 2017 / 06:01 am

There are many things about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta that could be called heroic – her tireless service to the world’s most rejected and her courageous witness to millions of what it is to live the Gospel, just to name a couple.

But the priest who oversaw her path to sainthood said that for him, one thing stands out above all the rest: her experience of spiritual darkness and what she described as feeling totally abandoned by God for the majority of her life.

“The single most heroic thing is exactly her darkness. That pure living, that pure, naked faith,” Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator for Mother Teresa’s canonization cause, told CNA in an interview. Fr. Kolodiejchuk is a priest of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, founded by Mother Teresa in 1989.

By undergoing the depth and duration of the desolation she experienced and doing everything that she did for others in spite of it, “that’s really very heroic,” he said.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910 in Skopje, in what is now Macedonia, Mother Teresa joined the Sisters of Loretto at the age of 17, but later left after she felt what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and to live among the poor.

She went on to found several communities of both active and contemplative Missionaries of Charity, which include religious sisters, brothers, and priests.

The first community of active sisters was founded in 1950. An order of active brothers was founded nearly 20 years later in 1968. Then two contemplative orders came, one of women (in 1976) and one of men (in 1979).

In 1989 the Missionaries of Charity Fathers was established, and is a clerical religious institute of diocesan right whose members make promises of poverty, chastity, obedience, and wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.

Additionally, an order of lay missionaries was also founded in 1984, and several movements who organize various works of charity have also been born as part of the Missionaries of Charity spiritual family.

One of the first steps in declaring someone a saint is to determine their heroic virtue. Fr. Kolodiejchuk said that Mother Teresa’s entire life was lived heroically, which was clear from what he had seen firsthand and heard from the testimonies of others, even though he himself has only been a part of the Missionaries of Charity family for 20 years.

He said the most heroic aspect of Mother Teresa’s life and vocation is the more than 50 years of darkness and abandonment she felt after receiving what she termed “a call within a call” to leave the Sisters of Loretto and found the Missionaries of Charity.
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