All Flavors of Religion

Little SistersFinally, the news of Pope Francis’s travels to Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia is dwarfing the coverage of the county clerk who suffers from religiosity and a lack of respect for law and order.

Yet, there are still plenty of religion related news items that are just as disturbing. It seems the Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to the D.C. convent of Little Sisters of the Poor. They have been suing the Obama Administration over Obamacare. They don’t feel they should have to pay for birth control coverage with their health insurance under the Obamacare regulations. Having been given a dispensation is not good enough. The pope is quoted as saying “Freedom of religion also means the ability to live out your religion.” There is nothing in the Vatican Constitution separating church and state, so sorry padre, there are limitations. Read the story here.

For centuries we have put clergy on pedestals and we have forever been devastated and heartbroken when the pedestal has crumbled. Religious, whether ordained or

Pope Francis receives surprise visit of the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis receives surprise visit of the Holy Spirit.

not, are still human and subject to human foibles. History gives a glimpse of the number of nuns who have become pregnant. Still, I do agree, they should not all be subjected to the cost of birth control. If the Republicans do not get their way, those that need it can go to Planned Parenthood for their fix.

What gave me a chuckle was something in this article Pope Francis steers clear of politics in NYC homily “Sister Ellen O’Connor, a… member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious order…said she got in only because someone had an extra ticket, and was thrilled by her good luck.” Sister, Sister, Sister, wasn’t it divine intervention that got you in? Catholics are not supposed to believe in luck!

Getting away from the Catholics, there was an interesting article in the The Guardian today regarding Jews and antisemitism around Europe. As the article named A new exodus? The reality of being Jewish in Europe today states ” Europe has also been hit by the sectarianism and fanaticism that seeps out of the Middle East.” With the influx of immigrants, this can only cause increased concerns for Jews.

Then there are the stories coming from Mina where people are making the pilgrimage to Mecca as required as one of the five pillars of Islam.

More than 700 people have been killed and more than 900 have been wounded. mecca-mosqueThere are 220 ambulances with 2,200 emergency workers at the ready. In 2006, a stampede there killed at least 363 people. It seems each year since 2006, fatalities have continued to happen regardless of the attempts to improve the situation by the Saudi government.

Coincidentally, “On September 11, just days before this year’s Hajj started, a construction crane crashed through the roof of another Hajj destination, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 107 people. At least 238 others suffered injuries when a powerful storm toppled the crane.” CNN

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.