Quoting a story on www.Hamptonroads.com:
“More than 45,000 of the faithful cheered the smiling, soft-spoken pope and waved tiny gold-and-white Vatican flags as he passed in front of the stands. Later, in his homily, the pontiff hailed Americans as “a people of hope,” who at times have fallen short in efforts to build a nation of freedom and opportunity. “Let us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lord for pardon and strength,” Benedict prayed.” END QUOTE.
I watched a part of this live on EWTN today and the crowd was Lively but surprisingly it wasn’t a full house. Nationals stadium is not a Small ballpark, and I know that It can hold more then that many people. I was surprised to see the place not SRO. what can ya do…. Further quoting the story:
“The Pope’s message continued his efforts to confront the American church’s embarrassment at revelations of priestly abuse of minors. “No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse …,” he said. “Nor can I adequately describe the damage that has occurred within the community of the church.” Benedict said the church has made “great efforts” to “deal honestly and fairly with this tragic situation and to ensure that children – whom our Lord loves so deeply and who are our greatest treasure – can grow up in a safe environment. “These efforts to protect children must continue,” he added, urging worshipers to “pray that the Holy Spirit will pour out his gifts upon the Church, the gifts that lead to conversion, forgiveness and growth in holiness.” END QUOTE. For the entire story, click here—> http://hamptonroads.com/2008/04/pope-speaks-crowd-more-45000-washingtons-nationals-park
The church did not want to have this happen, it did not willingly create this situation. But it did foster an atmosphere that allowed it to happen, and bishops protected priests who did this nasty crap. Those Bishops are as culpable for the crimes by covering them up as the Kid touching bastards are of the crimes themselves. It will take a while for the Church to regain the trust that It lost, but the Pope speaking at length in public about this subject is a good start.
In Other News, Zimbabwean Protesters in South Africa are asking the South African Government to Put pressure on the Zimbabwean Government to release the election results from the election that happened over two weeks ago. Quoting a Story from The Voice of America:
We need the world to help us, because we alone cannot do it,” he said. “We need some help from the world.” Protester Barbara Mondiwa says she fears it will take widespread violence in Zimbabwe to trigger global intervention. “They must not wait for people to die,” she said. “We need help now. We need help now.” Many of the demonstrators wore shirts with the word “crisis” painted in red. It was a rebuke to South African President Thabo Mbeki’s assessment last weekend that Zimbabwe is not experiencing a political crisis. Activists here say Mr. Mbeki’s comment is fueling an increase in violence against Zimbabwe refugees in South Africa.” END QUOTE. for the whole story click here —> http://voanews.com/english/2008-04-17-voa38.cfm
I believe that these protesters wishes will fall On deaf ears. I don’t see the world, In particular those countries Bordering Zimbabwe, doing much of anything here. They see Zimbabwe as a land that threw off the shackles of The Colonial masters, and will be less likely to do much to stop the injustices that are going on there. If they really wanted to do something, something would have already been done. Nothing has been Done, and the way it looks now, and I hope I’m wrong about this, Is that Nothing will be Done. Mugabe will hold Onto power and there is frankly Nothing short of Civil war that can be done to stop him from keeping control Of Zimbabwe.
It is a shame that this has happened. I would call on the Government Of Zimbabwe to Show me The Results, but who the hell am i to them? If they don’t care about the wishes of thier own people, how the hell are my words going to reach them? The Nation of Zimbabwe, by being left alone this long, is effectively being told by the rest of the world “Handle it yourself” Which is a shame, because those people need all the help the world can give right now. And that help should be coming from South Africa, and it’s other African neighbors. But apparently they don’t care enough to help, or maybe they have enough on thier own plates. Some U.N. Help would be Nice, perhaps? Why is Ban-Ki Moon sitting On his hands? One Wonders….
That’s It for The Pope’s Visit and The Zimbabwe Update. As a matter of fact that’s it for me. Gotta go. I have work to do. Later!
Today’s Nuggets: “Most people are bad; if they are strong they take from the weak. The good people are all weak; they are good because they are not strong enough to be bad.” – Commoro, a chief in northern Uganda, speaking to explorer Samuel Baker in 1864.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it conscientiously. Blaise Pascal
“A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering, and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God.” Pope Benedict XVI
Latest Update: 9:40 p.m. EDT 4/17/08