Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Las Vegas Massacre

The saying "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is, for now, inapplicable.  Once again, we all woke to the news of another mass shooting.  A deranged man named Stephen Craig Paddock began shooting at a crowd from his hotel room on the 32nd floor at the Mandalay.  The people present were there for a Country music concert.  Performer Jason Aldean was onstage as the shooting began.  On video taken by participants at the concert, one can hear what sounds like numerous firecrackers exploding in the background.

Participants had no idea what was going on until about 30 seconds had passed according to some interviewed by the media.  At first, they believed the sounds were part of the show.  Jason Aldean himself was not sure what was going on and was looking back at the band, possibly to check if it was a sound feedback problem.

In the end, over 50 people were killed and over 500 injured.  The tragedy was called "evil" by President Trump. He ordered flags to be set at half-staff until Friday.  Many took to social media to debate the topic of gun control after the tragedy. Others, criticize the actions of Jason Aldean who ran off stage instead of leading concert goers know via the microphone that there was a shooting taking place.  For a time, a woman named Marilou Danley was a person of interest. Her photo was posted online with requests to locate her.  It is not clear what her connection to the shooting is.  At first, she was located and news reports stated that she was no longer a person of interest.  However, the latest police presser stated that she is a person of interest and is in the Philippines.   Conflicting reports claim that she had warned concert goers that they were going to die. However, it is not clear if this was Danley or another woman.

The brother of Paddock, Erick Paddock is shocked at what his brother did.  He stated that Paddock had no religious affiliation; possibly an atheist, and just had fun gambling and staying at hotels.  He is said to have gambled tens of thousands a day at casinos.  He was retired, but also has an arrest record for being a bank robber.  To date, there is no information on what his motive was.  Earlier reports claimed that ISIS took credit for the shooting.  However, the authorities refuted those claims stating that there is no Islamic terrorism involved.  Paddock was found dead from an apparent self-inflicting gunshot wound. 

A Gofundme was set up to help victims of the shooting. To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

I will update this post as I learn more details.  Let us pray for all involved. This news is just heartbreaking.





Source:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/las-vegas-police-investigating-shooting-mandalay-bay-n806461/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/las-vegas-shooting-death-toll-rises-59-apparent/story?id=50223240

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/stephen-paddock-las-vegas-shooting-suspect-identified-n806471

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/stephen-paddock-vegas-shooter.html

https://www.axios.com/suspects-brother-he-had-no-religious-or-political-affiliation-just-hung-out-2492022978.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4592774/las-vegas-shooting-marilou-danley-with-stephen-paddock/

http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/police-woman-of-interest-connected-with-mass-shooting-in-las-vegas-believed-to-be-located

https://coconuts.co/manila/news/police-locate-filipino-american-woman-named-person-interest-las-vegas-mass-shooting/

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/10/las_vegas_shooting_die_tonight_woman.html

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bronx Gay/Bi Student Stabs & Kills Alleged Bully at PS 67

This post is so tragic that I am having trouble organizing it.  It hits so close to home.

Yesterday, 18 year old Abel Cedeno stabbed and killed a 15 year old classmate named Matthew McCree and injured a 16 year old named Ariane Laboy as well at a Bronx school, PS 67.  A neighbor of mine in my old Bronx neighborhood used to work at this school. He is now retired in Florida.

The events that led to the stabbing are unclear. One story says that Cedeno slapped a girl and that the boy he stabbed defended her two weeks ago. The tension was still alive among them and boiled up to the stabbing. Another version says that the boys bullied and harassed Abel Cedeno because of his effeminate demeanor and Hispanic heritage. I am still trying to sort the facts out.  In any event, the media is painting the tragedy as a gay victim of bullying who snapped. Cedeno is said to have been bullied by others since the start of the school year.

According to police, the two boys threw pencils at Cedeno during third period history class. They argued and Cedeno went to the bathroom.  He returned and the pencils flew again at his direction. Cedeno was upset and said something to McCree.  McCree stood up and walked to Cedeno and punched him. This then led to things getting physical with Cedeno pulling out a 3 inch switchblade and stabbing McCree in the chest, as well as, Laboy as he tried to intervene and defend his friend.  Cedeno then calmly walked out into the hallway and handed the blade to a counselor and walked to the principal's office where he waited for police. Cedeno was arrested and told the police what happened. He was later arraigned and charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  Cedeno's mother is stuck in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria and is not aware of her son's situation in the mainland. His brother has stood in as guardian.

Outside, parents were ready to riot pushing each other and upset with officials. They were not kept up to date on what was happening and were not given access to their children.  PS 67 houses an elementary, middle school and high school. The setup for this school is a bit odd since usually bigger kids are kept away from smaller ones. Uneek Valentin, a parent of a student at the school stated to reporters that weeks before, a student brought a weapon to school. Calls to install metal detectors then were ignored, according to Valentin. Other parents are upset that it took this tragedy for the school to finally install metal detectors.

Abel Cedeno is said to have identified as bisexual, according to his close friends. Savannah Hornback, a family friend who is transsexual stated that Cendeo also struggled with mental illness.  Hornback declined to be more specific.  According to Hornback, Cedeno was a homebody. He loved video games and often remained at home. Hornback also claims that Cedeno's mother complained to school officials about the bullying that her son face. Her pleas went to deaf ears.  The school took no action, according to Hornback.

Matthew McCree, 15 deceased
Teachers present during the altercation are said to have done nothing. They just stood there and did absolutely nothing, according to 16 year old Frankie Santiago.  School officials declined to comment on this.  He claims that Cedeno was not bullied by his friend McCree and that Cedeno was looking to fight. At court, Cedeno signed an order of protection promising to avoid Laboy who is still at St. Barnabas Hospital. His lawyer also ordered that he go under a psychological evaluation.  He was sent to jail without bail.

PS 67 has a history of being an under performing school, according to Board of Education records. Parents have long complained about the mixing of younger students with older ones.  They have also complained about the lack of security via metal detectors. Apparently, the school has also ignored complaints of bullying. One parent, Kayesha McIntosh, 32, told officials at the school that students were pulling the hair of her daughter. McIntosh claims that the school told her to change her daughter's hairstyle to that of a bun. Another parent and former PTA president, Jovanna Russell said that she took her daughter out of the elementary school after a high school student flashed his genitals to her at a stairwell.  The school did nothing about the incident.  Many wonder why Cedeno is 18 and still in high school with 15 and 16 year old classmates.  Apparently, Cedeno did not have enough credits to graduate in June.  He was held over.

The whole scenario is just tragic. I know the school well and walked by there so many times as a kid and now as a young adult. Nearby, is the parish of St. Thomas which welcomed me as an atheist into the Catholic Church.  There is also Tremont Avenue, where I often shopped at for food, school supplies and toys as a kid. I did not attend PS 67, but remember it was used as a triage for victims of the "Happy Land" club fire. The bodies of those injured and deceased were brought to the school. The building has seen its share of tragedies.  I cannot say that anyone in this recent tragedy was "right."  Abel Cedeno was apparently bullied and is said to have snapped. Whether this is true or not is yet to be determined. We still need to see the evidence that support the alleged facts.  In any case, we must analyze many things here.  Schools are not doing enough against bullying and the safety of students.  My own nephew has faced some incidents as well while in elementary school and now in middle school. While not as a grave as the case at PS 67, it is, nevertheless, troubling. School officials never take reports seriously.  They excuse it as "kids being kids," "that is how society is," or just plainly ignore it.  This is extremely troubling.  The teacher's union has a big role in this nonchalance. Teachers are not allowed to get involved during a fight.  In my day, teachers quickly got in the middle to separate students.  Today, they just stand and watch while waiting for security to come.

If that is not bad enough, incidents of bullying witnessed by staff must be reported; however, many times they are not.  Children are treated as cattle being rounded up.  They are not "people," so to speak.  This is sad indeed.  While the public school is not perfect, in my day, it was much better. Those days are days gone bye. While there were fist fights here and there, it never escalated to anything involving weapons or death.  Today, it is much different.  I believe this has to do with the break down of the family.  Kids grow up in single parent homes, some in absent parent home.  What I mean by this is that the parent(s) is never around.  Moreover, there is no moral instruction of children.  Families are abandoning values and letting the media raise their kids. These ideas of stabbing, fighting, premarital sex, hedonism all come from the music and media kids are exposed to.  We as Catholics must take back society. We must restore the values that America was known for.  If we do not, we will continue to see these incidents at schools and elsewhere.  When God is pushed out, the devil takes over.

Abel Cedeno is said to bisexual and suffering from mental illness.  His instagram handle is "Abel_diviel."  Is the "diviel" mean to be "devil?"  I cannot say for sure, but we must leave the idea open.  The LGBTQ have the highest rates of mental illness when compared with other social groups.  The ideas of gender theory cause a lot of harm to our youth. They grow up confused and are mocked because of it.  Imagine growing up in a world where you are trying to figure yourself out while the world tells you that you can be any gender you want. This causes anxiety and frustration. Children, especially teens, have trouble as is trying to "fit in" a circle, if you will.  Cedeno is one of these kids who is obviously is a victim of the errors of the world. His victims are not far behind.  Unfortunately, African Americans in the inner city are often raised to take on a "thug" demeanor in order to fit in.  They need to have "street credit."  This is just abuse.  African Americans who choose an alternate take are labeled as traitors or "white imitators."  McCree and Laboy were known as the "bad boys" of the school. We must ask why?  Why were this way and why was it not weeded out of them?  There are so many questions and few answers.  No one here won. Cedeno did not win by killing one and injuring another.  McCree and Laboy did not win by allegedly bullying and causing havoc in the school.  We need to do more.  Catholic Churches must have strong youth groups that help shape the consciences of young people in the inner city.  Hopefully, the archdiocese of NY will work on this.

Let us pray for all involved.  The situation is just tragic.  Babies killing babies.  We cannot have this in our world.  Cedeno, McCree, Laboy and others deserve to live good childhoods, get good education and move on to live productive lives. We cannot have schools where tribalism is the rule of law.  I will continue to update this post as I learn more details.


UPDATE: October 2, 2017

The surviving victim of Cedeno's rage, Ariane Laboy woke from a two day coma at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. He said that he was not really hungry, but asked for an eggroll after his family bought in some Chinese takeout.  He asked his dad if he could give the rest to his friend Matthew, apparently, believing Matthew was in another hospital room. Laboy's father then informed him that Matthew was deceased.  Laboy was in shock and became speechless after asking that everyone leave him alone. Laboy's family plans to sue over the incident.  Moreover, cops now say that the two teens did not bully Cedeno over his sexuality.  Cedeno apparently stated that he got the wrong teens and that he did not even know who they were.  This may possibly harm any attempt to present his defense as self-preservation or insanity.  Another knife was found the day after the incident at the same school in the same classroom.  A janitor found the knife under a radiator.  Cops say the knife is unrelated to the attack perpetuated by Abel Cedeno.



Updated Sources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-stabbing-victim-awoke-coma-learns-best-friend-dead-article-1.3532887

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/family-sue-student-stabbed-bullied-classmate-article-1.3535126

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Another-Knife-NYC-Classroom-Stabbing-Death-449058903.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-teen-killed-classmate-mocked-homophobic-slurs-article-1.3527507
   

Original Source:

http://abc7ny.com/what-we-know-about-school-stabbing-suspect-abel-cedeno/2464314/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/28/bronx-school-stabbing-teen-student-charged/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/nyregion/bronx-school-stabbing-abel-cedeno-bullying.html?mcubz=1

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-teen-killed-classmate-mocked-homophobic-slurs-article-1.3527507

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/video-bully-hit-classmate-school-harassed-student-killed-teen-article-1.3528152

nypost.com/2017/09/28/mom-claims-video-shows-bullying-at-murder-school/

abc7ny.com/what-we-know-about-school-stabbing-suspect-abel-cedeno/2464314/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/28/bronx-school-stabbing-teen-student-charged/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/nyregion/bronx-school-stabbing-abel-cedeno-bullying.html?mcubz=1




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Buy My Books & Help Harvey Victims


We have all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey left behind in Texas and Louisiana. People lost everything, some, their own lives. The images on the news is horrific. However, we can all help by donating and volunteering if we are near the affected areas. One way to help is by purchasing my books: Atheism Is Stupid, Atheism Is Silly and Introduction to the Catholic Church.  A portion of sales after the sale of 1,000 books will be donated to charities working to help Harvey victims get back on their feet, so to speak.


Please help raise money with your purchase so that we can help our brothers and sisters in need.  

My books can be found on Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble and other book stores online and offline.

See these links with more information:

Atheism Is Stupid
http://www.sacerdotus.com/2015/12/my-book-atheism-is-stupid-on-sale.html

Atheism Is Silly
http://www.sacerdotus.com/2016/04/my-childrens-book-atheism-is-silly-on.html

Introduction to the Catholic Church
http://www.sacerdotus.com/2017/02/new-book-introduction-to-catholic.html

Remember, the more books are sold, the more will be donated to Harvey victims.  Let us raise a lot to help our friends in the Harvey affected areas!   God will reward you!  






Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DACA is Deported

The DACA program or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" was rescinded today by President Donald J. Trump via Attorney General Jeff Sessions. DACA was introduced via the executive branch in 2012 by former President Obama. The program was meant to prevent the deportation of children of illegal immigrants who were brought here. These people obviously grew up in America and know nothing of their nation of birth.

Many find their stories heartbreaking, and rightfully so. These people did not ask to be brought here at an early age. To better the situation, Obama ordered the DACA program be put into place. Along with preventing deportation, DACA applicants would be allowed to work in the United States, but would then have to renew this permit. They were only allowed to stay in the United States for two years. However, no one wants to be deported so obviously, they all stayed here. This is where the problem begins.

Since these people stayed here, they have become a burden on tax payers. Tax payers have been forced to pay for the education, health and other expenses of these illegal immigrants. This is unjust and immoral. Many conservatives were upset when Obama instituted DACA which was a breach of federal law to begin with. Many "dreamers," or DACA receipients have taken to the streets to protest.
















Some in the Catholic Church have even cried foul at President Trump for ending DACA. Cardinal Dolan and many others have joined the cause claiming that Trump's actions are inhumane. The USSCB also issued a statement condeming the action of the president.





I have countered these Catholics leaders by reminding all of what the Catholic Church actually teaches about immigration. See the photo in the tweet below:






The Catholic Church teaches that each nation has a right to protect its sovereignty and borders. Those who come as immigrants must respect the laws of the nation that is housing them. Just because "dreamers" were brought here by their parents does not mean we should reward them. Once they learned that they were illegal and became of age, they should have proceeded to change their status from illegal to legal. Many of them do not do this and want to have their cake and eat it too, so to speak. Some of them have even committed crimes against Americans. Since they are undocumented, it is hard for law enforcement to locate them and prosecute them. This is just wrong. Instead of keeping illegal immigrants legal, The bishops, clergy and religious should advocate that they become legal. They should encourage parishioners who are illegal immigrants to become legal. This is the moral thing to do rather than taking a "Robin Hood" mentality to solving these kinds of problems. We cannot steal from others to help others. It is immoral.

Moreover, I come from NYC which is a very liberal and progressive town. It bothered me greatly in my college and high school years seeing friends of mine who are Puerto Rican get turned away from scholarships and other benefits in favor of illegal immigrants. How can illegal people have it easy in our nation while legal citizens are given such a hard time? This is unjust.

Some have gotten upset with me because of my tweets condemning the "dreamers" and DACA. However, they did not see what I saw in NYC nor experienced the unfairness my friends and others faced due to illegal immigrants. Furthermore, many people have suffered having their identities stolen by illegal immigrants. This is wrong. Imagine working all of your life, doing the right thing, obeying the law and you find out someone was using your social security number to live a lavish life in the shadows of the law. This is what has happened to many people I know. In Puerto Rico, birth certificates had to be reissued because Dominicans and others were stealing the identities of Puerto Ricans. Some were using the certificates and social security numbers of the deceased!

We must not let misguided compassion get the best of us. I as a rational person see black and white, right and wrong. Immigrants are all welcome here, but they must follow the laws. Moreover, the media is painting "dreamers" as kids when in fact they are young adults. Again, they are capable of applying to citizenship. What is stopping them? Do they want freebies? Do they want to live above the law? We cannot have this.

The end of DACA today does not mean lost hope for "dreamers." President Trump tweeted that he wants Congress to find a legal way to keep DACA and gave a six month timeline to do so. If they do not, he tweeted that he will revisit the issue. Clearly, Trump is not this coldhearted man the media is portraying him as. He wants to do things right and legally. While he is not perfect, we must applaud his respect for the executive branch and how it relates to the law.






Let us pray for all. I know it is hard for "dreamers," but there are better options. Living here illegally and not doing anything to change that status is wrong. Taking advantage of welfare and other benefits meant for citizens who are struggling is immoral.  Illegal immigrants need to show sincerity and do the right thing by becoming legal if they really love our nation and want their dreams realized.





Source:

http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2017/09/05/14-things-msm-wont-tell-daca/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/politics/jeff-sessions-trump-daca-decision/index.html?sr=twCNN090617jeff-sessions-trump-daca-decision1055AMVODtop

http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/murder/dreamer-shot-young-man-to-death-in-arizona/

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/05/ag-jeff-sessions-announces-end-of-daca-immigration-policy/23197431/


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Charlottesville Unite the Right White Supremacy March

In a scene that looked like it was straight out of the Civil Rights era, a large group of Caucasian males marched in Charlottesville, Virginia holding tiki torches. They walked to the University of Virginia and were met with opposition. All hell eventually broke out with both sides throwing fists, saliva and anything else they can get their hands on.

The march was billed as a "Unite the Right march" and was begun with the intention to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee who led the Confederate army during the Civil War.

 Social media has been exploding with many commentaries. The media has been airing the story all day and has had passionate commentators from both sides speaking on the situation. Some blame Trump and his speeches for empowering the so-called "Alt-Right" who are labeled as White Supremacists. Others say that this is nothing new and has happened for decades.

 As the day went on and Virginia's authorities tried to keep law and order, a 20 year old Caucasian man plowed his car onto a crowd near the downtown mall injuring dozens and killing a 32 year old female marcher. James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio was later arrested and is facing charges. To add to the horror of the day, a helicopter carrying two State Police officers monitoring the protests crashed killing two officers.






















I will continue to update this post as I learn more. Hopefully, everyone will calm down and will resort to discussing how to remedy the existence of White Supremacy groups in America.






Source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-protest-white-nationalist.html 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-car-crash-suspect-idd/index.html 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/car-hits-crowd-protesters-white-nationalist-rally-virginia/story?id=49179590 

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/346359-horror-and-hate-in-charlottesville 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40914643 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tensions-as-white-nationalists-gather-in-charlottesville/2017/08/12/895a15e6-7f53-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_gallery.html?utm_term=.b176c08cf90b



Friday, August 11, 2017

Study: Atheists Are Serial Killers



Those of us who deal with alleged online atheists or those who call themselves the "new atheists" have probably noticed that these people can be insane. They love to harass, troll, slander and even dox (post private information of others). Because of this, atheists have gotten a very bad reputation. No one takes them seriously.  Many others see them as immoral and psychopathic. A new study seems to show that the sentiments against atheists are indeed universal.

The study, "Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists," published in the journal Nature Human Behavior found that many find religion to still be a staple in morality while finding atheists to be immoral and even serial killers. Three thousand people from 13 different countries participated in the study.  The study was conducted via a survey by associate professor Will M. Gervais




Source:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0151

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/health/atheists-religion-study.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4758164/Atheists-naturally-assume-immoral-people-atheists.html

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charlie Gard Goes Home to God

The day most of us dreaded has finally come. The baby boy at the center of a parents vs socialized medicine battle has been called home to the Lord. Terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard lost his battle today from his mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. According to a family spokeswoman, the child passed away after machines extending his vital signs were removed.

 Let us pray for his parents and loved ones who must be devastated. Losing a child is not easy. It is not something we overcome overnight or even in a lifetime. The sense of loss remains.

Many of us have many questions. Why would God allow this baby to suffer? Why did He not cure the child? These questions are normal and should be pondered. We may never find an answer to them. All we know is that God works in mysterious ways and that all men, women and children are destined to die one day. How we will die is not specified, only that we will die. Only God can reveal to us the reason behind these horrific deaths. All we can do is trust God and ask Him to comfort Charlie's parents.

 Eternal rest grant to Charlie Gard Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Charlie Gard through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 Charlie is in heaven. He was baptized and was too young to engage in actual sin. His life will not be forgotten. He will be the cause for change in the United Kingdom and other nations who dictate when a human life deserves to live or not. Rest in peace lil guy.












Source: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/07/28/beautiful-little-boy-charlie-gard-dies/



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Atheism Declining in Russia



Atheism is on the decline worldwide. This is nothing new.  However, it has fallen dramatically in Russia.  According to a recent poll by the Levada research center, atheism has declined by 50% in the once Communist nation which was ruled by atheism.  Theists total about 86% of Russia's population. 44% of those polled represented themselves as "quite religious," while 33% stated they were "not too religious."  Only 9% were described as "very religious."  Russian Orthodoxy has the dominant control of religious beliefs in the nation with Catholicism coming in second.  However, 92% view the Catholic Church favorably despite being Russian Orthodox.

This is good news indeed. Atheism is not as strong as some atheists would want us to believe. The ideology seems strong due to its activity on the internet.  However, in the real world, atheism has no such power nor influence. We have seen this with the constant failures of the so-called "Reason Rally" in the United States.  Elsewhere, atheism lurks in the shadows of the left.

Atheism is answerable.  I have dedicated much of my ministry combating its errors and have written my first volume of "Atheism Is Stupid" which is geared towards refuting atheism at its core using science, philosophy and other fields of academia.  You can purchase it at several book stores, see: http://www.sacerdotus.com/2015/12/my-book-atheism-is-stupid-on-sale.html.   Atheists feel like they have refuted God and religion.  In reality, they have only unmasked their ignorance and misconceptions.  Russia was once the powerful Soviet Union ruled by atheism, now, it is slowly becoming more democratic and atheism is dying in this nation.  We must continue to refute atheism and push back against its errors.  It looks like Our Lady of Fatima is stopping Russia from spreading her errors indeed!






Source:

https://www.levada.ru/2017/07/18/religioznost/

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/07/27/report-atheism-in-russia-falls-by-50-percent-in-three-years/

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/july/atheism-drops-dramatically-in-russia



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Bans Transgender from Military



After former President Obama ushered in more acceptance of the LGBTQ community, the current president, Donald Trump has turned things around. In a series of tweets on Twitter, President Trump stated that Transgendered individuals will no longer be allowed in the military. He cites costs as the main reason.










As expected, there is an outcry over this decision to ban Trangender people. Many are pinpointing that the Pentagon spends more on Viagra than on Transgender people and are using the word discrimination to describe the president's decision.











The decision comes as a surprise after Trump had tweeted in the past that he supports the LGBT people and would support transgender individuals.





Source:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/26/discrimination-plain-simple-senators-react-trump-ban-transgender-military/23049496/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/26/the-military-spends-five-times-as-much-on-viagra-as-it-would-on-transgender-troops-medical-care/?utm_term=.70a27cebc3e1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/26/trump-transgender-military-ban-behind-the-scenes-240990

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/07/trump_s_transgender_ban_will_weaken_the_military.html




Study on Football Brain Trauma

Baseball is known as America's pastime. However, there is another game that has out shined baseball. This game is football. Every year, Americans look forward to the Superbowl where opposing league teams battle on the field for the Lombardi trophy.

The game is extremely popular with kids and even on college campuses.  However, a danger lurks in the game which has been ignored for decades. This danger involves the unseen injuries players receive due to the blunt force physical contact that is part of the game. The constant collisions have led to many players experiencing concussions. However, the damage is far worse.

A study done on over 200 brains from dead football players with 111 originating from professional NFL players has demonstrated extreme cerebral damage.  Close to 90% of the brains showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.  This condition is caused by the constant bombardment the heads on the field. CTE causes cognitive problems such as, problems with memory and learning as well as emotional illness. The study was conducted by Boston University's CTE Center.

While the study is not perfect - researchers claim limitations - it can be helpful in the advancement of better ways to protect players of the game.  Images of brains from players with CTE show significant decrease in brain matter. This would explain the symptoms experienced by the players when they were alive.




Source:

jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2645104

https://www.livescience.com/59936-football-players-brains-cte.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social#?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=2016twitterdlvrit



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Michael Voris' 'Church Militant' Site Hacked

Shortly after a video claiming that the gays are taking over the Church was posted (https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-told-you-so1), the site Church Militant was hacked and taken offline.

Church Militant is a site run by Michael Voris. Voris has been a controversial figure in the Church. His videos and content have an ultra conservative and pre-Vatican II nostalgic slant and are always critical of bishops and Pope Francis. Voris has been banned from speaking in many dioceses and the World Youth Day due to his controversial messages, heretical statements and promotion of Catholic Triumphalism. He has been compared by some as the Catholic Alex Jones of InfoWars.  Voris' take on Catholicism is often out of touch, judgmental and pharisaic.  In one video, Voris endorses the idea of a Catholic monarchy ruling the United States of America.

In a broadcast on Periscope and Facebook, Voris did not offer much details as to who hacked his site, but claimed that the payment system and user passwords were not compromised; clearly, concerned about scaring away those who donate to him.  Some of his followers, who are often engaged in conspiracy theories, believe that Voris was hacked for investigating the "Gay Mafia."  Voris himself does not know why his site was attacked and stated that his technicians will be investigating the source while at the same time installing safeguards so that such an attack does not happen again.   






I will update this post as I learn more.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dubia Cardinal Joachim Meisner Dead at 83



Cardinal Joachim Meisner, former Archbishop of Cologne and "Dubia" cardinal has passed away at the age of 83.  He died in his sleep while on vacation at Bad Fรผssing.  The cardinal was born on December 25th in Breslau which was formerly Germany but is now Wroclaw, Poland.  He had a very close relationship with St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and was considered the leader of the conservative German prelates.  May he rest in peace.












Source:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-joachim-meisner-dies-at-83

https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/07/05/cardinal-meisner-one-dubia-cardinals-dies-83/

http://www.newsday.com/news/world/german-cardinal-joachim-meisner-dies-1.13784005

https://www.domradio.de/themen/erzbistum-koeln/2017-07-05/kardinal-meisner-mit-83-jahren-verstorben

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia Shot & Killed

It has happened again. An NYPD officer was ambushed while sitting in a mobile command center truck on Creston Avenue and 183rd Street. I know the area well. A cousin of mine used to live nearby and a friend from St. Nicholas of Tolentine parish also lives on the block. The area is known for heavy crime, shootings and drug activity. This was why the command center truck was parked there monitoring things. Police Officer Miosotis Familia, 48 and of Dominican descent was sitting with her partner doing her job on the Fourth of July during late night hours. At around 12:30 a.m., she was ambushed and shot in the head via the window of the truck's door. The attack was not preventable.

It just came out of nowhere and unprovoked. The attacker was Alexander Bonds, 34 and on parole. Witnesses say that he walked out of a bodega and shot the officer for no apparent reason. A motive is still being investigated and most likely has to do with hatred for law enforcement. Her police partner can be heard on radio records panicking as she shouted for help. The ordeal must have been overwhelming. Almost immediately, nearby officers tracked Bonds. He pulled out the weapon he used to assasinate Familia, but the officers shot and killed him. One innocent bystander was struck by a bullet. It is not sure if the bullets was from Bonds' weapon or the NYPD responding officers. The bystander was shot in the stomach and was taken to the hospital. A silver revolver was found at the scene after Bonds was shot dead.  According to Infowars, Bonds was a Clinton supporter and hated cops.



Officer Familia was rushed to St. Barnabad Hospital, a hospital I also know well. I used to visit patients there and helped the late Monsignor McGarry who was the chaplain. My mother also worked there. It is the main trauma center in the Bronx. However, the talents of the medical staff was not enough to help Officer Familia. She succumbed to her head shot would and was later transported to Bellevue Hospital which is the place I was born. The news is heartbreaking. Familia leaves behind three children. Two twins and and older daughter. The NYPD is once again in morning. It seems that this is starting to become a pattern. In the past few years, officers have been gunned down in NYC. See these old posts:

http://www.sacerdotus.com/2015/01/nypd-officers-shot-in-bronx.html

http://www.sacerdotus.com/2015/05/nypd-officer-brian-moore-shot-passes.html

http://www.sacerdotus.com/2015/10/nypd-officer-shot-in-head-killed.html?m=1

The Black Lives matter propaganda seems to be the main culprit from inspiring hate against police officers nationwide. I have friends from high school who are officers and worry about them constantly. Moreover, my nephew participated in the NYPD explorers program and got to know officers personally. News of officers being shot and killed is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine how Familia's children and family must feel right now. Imagine celebrating the Fourth of July with your mother and then hours later learning that she is dead. It is just sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the NYPd family. This will be a hard time for everyone. The judicial system must do better and not let criminals out so fast. They tend to repeat their crimes.

I am not sure if a Gofundme page has been set up to help Familia's family. If I find out anything, I will update this page.  In the mean time, I recommend contacting the PBA to inquire about donations:


Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
125 Broad Street, 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10004-2400
Phone:  (212) 298-9100

Benefits Office:
Phone: (212) 349-7560

https://www.nycpba.org/contact.html



Here is reaction on Twitter to the shooting:



















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Source:

http://pix11.com/2017/07/05/nypd-officer-shot-in-unprovoked-direct-attack-in-the-bronx-dies-police/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/5/miosotis-familia-new-york-city-cop-fatally-shot-wh/

http://www.amny.com/news/miosotis-familia-s-family-devastated-by-nypd-officer-s-death-brother-in-law-says-1.13783180

https://www.infowars.com/anti-cop-hillary-supporter-assassinates-mother-of-three-in-unprovoked-attack/



Sunday, July 2, 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: God is More Important

This week's readings have had a common theme regarding discipleship. We are all disciples of the Lord.  During Ordinary Time, we are taught directly from Christ in the readings.  There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time. While the other seasons of the Liturgy are focused on the events of salvific history, Ordinary Time focuses on Jesus' teachings. Today's readings remind us of the importance God has in our lives and how we must welcome those who preach the Lord to us and make them feel at home.

The first reading tells us of Elisha, the prophet. A woman of influence was having trouble conceiving. This woman would dine with Elisha for quite some time. One day, she invited Elisha to stay over.  The woman prepared a room for Elisha and furnished it.  She wanted Elisha to feel at home.  Elisha appreciated the gesture and asked his servant Gehazi if there was something he could do for the woman.  His servant told Elisha that the woman and her husband had no son.  Elisha asked for the woman and told her that in the next year, she would have a baby son. Here we see how God rewards those who help others.  God will repay whatever we spend on others. I know this from personal experience. I am sure that you reading this have had your share of moments when you literally saw how God rewarded you for a good act.  This is why it is important to help others whether they are a friend, part of the family or stranger.  I understand that we live in a world with lots of crazy people who do harm.

However, we must be helpful always without forgetting to be smart about it. God does not want us to put ourselves in harms way in order to help others. We must let God present the moment. My uncle who is a permanent deacon learned this the hard way. While setting up equipment at his former parish. He was approached by a local woman who was known by the neighborhood as a homeless person.  She would often stand at the now defunct supermarket Met Foods in Little Italy in the Bronx and open the door for people hoping to get a quarter. Well, this time, she came to the parish asking for help. My uncle got her some food for her.  Instead of being grateful, she slammed the food on the sidewalk and began cursing at my uncle. These are things that happen. This is why I say that we must be careful when helping others. We must analyze the situation first.  God will present the opportunity for grace to us. We should not go look for it. As the saying goes, "don't try to be a hero."  God will set everything up and will reward us based on how we responded. This is why I constantly ask fellow Catholics and others to help me run this ministry. I trust and hope that those who visit my site or read my content will be generous and will donate.  God truly rewards when we give.  This is why today's responsorial Psalm says that we will sing the goodness of the Lord.

God's goodness will be visible in our lives if we trust Him and do good things.  Being a Catholic is not just going to Mass, praying, receiving the Sacraments and what not.  We must do good works (Matthew 25:35-40).  This does not mean that we must go out there like St. Francis or St. Teresa of Calcutta. What this means is that we must look for when God presents an opportunity for us to help another person in any way that is of course moral. There will be those who will criticize us. On social media, I see how some people who call themselves Christian cry foul when others help refugees or those who seek help.  Our job is not the judge the character of others or if they are deceiving us.  What God expects is for us to help in His name.  As the second reading tells us, we were baptized into Christ. We died and were buried with Him.  We are now part of Christ's Body, the Catholic Church.  We must be dead to sin; dead to the world and alive in Christ.  The world will hate us for this.  Let it.  Spoiler Alert: Christ wins in the end. Those of us who remained faithful will win as well (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Lastly, in the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we must love Him above everyone else, including parents. I know this is hard. Our parents brought us into the world, raised us and introduced us to what it means to be a human being in society. To love anyone more then they is absurd.   Our parents are so important that we even have two days in the year to honor them (Mother's/Father's day). However, Christ is above them. Christ is God; the second person of the Blessed Trinity.  While our parents are important, they would not exist had it not been for God.  We would not exist had it been for God.  God is the source of all that exists.  He is the creator. No one can be above the creator.  No one can be more important.  We who chose Christ must take up our crosses and love God above all things.  Last month, many celebrated the so-called "Pride" month which honors the LGBTQ agenda.  It shocks me the amount of Catholics who disregard the Church's teachings on homosexuality because they have a relative or friend who is LGBTQ. These Catholics even support so-called same-sex marriage.  We cannot love this world and God at the same time.  Jesus tells us today that we cannot love anyone more than He.  We cannot call ourselves Catholics and avoid carrying the cross.

The pop singer Ariana Grande made headlines a few years ago for abandoning the Catholic faith (see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2800399/my-brother-told-god-didn-t-love-ariana-grande-reveals-turned-kabbalah-homosexual-brother-shunned-catholic-church.html).  She claims that since her brother is gay and the Church teaches that the gay lifestyle is wrong, that she cannot be Catholic anymore.  The idea goes against the Gospel today. She loves her brother more than Christ.  We can pretty much assume that she is destined for hell if she does not repent. Those of us who claim to be catholic but love others more that God are disobeying Christ.  If our friends or relatives are gay or are participating in something that is counter-God, we must rebuke them and invite them to center themselves back to reality with Christ.  Moreover, Jesus says that those who find their lives will lose it.  This means that those who believe they have succeeded in life and did it without acknowledging God, will lose that life.  All things come from God, including wealth. Those who lose their lives for God's sake will find it.  This means that those of us who deny this world and what it offers will earn the true life in heaven with Christ.

As stated before, we must welcome disciples of the Lord. This means one another.  If we receive them, we receive Christ.  We must be welcoming of our clergy, religious and fellow lay people.  We will be rewarded for this.  I try hard to be a disciple of the Lord by evangelizing here and offline. I hope my fellow Catholics will welcome me and help me in regards to running this evangelization effort.  In light of this, I ask you to please be generous and help me.  If I come into your computer, devices and home via my content as a postmodern prophet of the Lord, please do not forget the cold cup of water, so to speak, and help me run this ministry by donating or becoming a regular patron. God will reward you for this. You are helping spread His Word.

Please donate at:

www.gofundme.com/sacerdotus
http://www.sacerdotus.com/p/donate-to-ministry.html

You can also elect to advertise your own site or business for cheaper than other advertising agencies. See: http://www.sacerdotus.com/p/advertise.html

Let us continue to help one another as Christ expects us to do and let us remember to put God above everyone else (John 13:35, Mark 12:30-31). No one is more important that God.  May Jesus Christ be praised!

 


Readings:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070217.cfm




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