Well, the lame duck arrived in
Under the watch of the USA and its foreign policies, over 2,000,000 have “disappeared” throughout Latin America, a term which translates to killed, tortured, buried in mass graves, thrown to the ocean, raped, burnt, kidnapped children, human trade, slavery, ethnic cleansing through the massacre of Indians in Guatemala as denounced by 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu , among other “creative” human rights violations enforced through the zone. I could bet my life, that History classes within the
Ironically, Bush’s lack of attention to the region was the fertile soil for what they feared the most: socialism.
During the last seven years
Under his presidency,
Unlike how it was presented by Anderson Cooper 360,
But maybe Chavez, shamans and priests are up to something when they claim a “cleansing ceremony is needed” after Bush leaves the region.
My heart goes out to Thomas Roberts and all of those that have been abused by the Church. Unlike other Christian denominations, the Catholic Church has always been sexually repressive, with views that sex is only permissible for reproduction purposes. Priests and Nuns are married to the Church, and are meant to keep a vow of chastity among other.
Priests are supposed to be leaders, counselors, someone to trust as you would trust The Father. They have access, through the rite of confession, to your most inner demons. To take advantage of someone who is seeking solace, not only is predatory, but deep inside shows a rotten instinct that makes you even turn against your vows and promise to God. And if you believe in sins, that for me, would be the worst one.
As guilty as we – Catholics - are raised to feel about our body and sexuality, you add shame, humiliation and confusion it is the perfect mental storm. NO ONE DESERVES THAT!
Someone once told me that being a good Catholic was hard, that its rules and dogmas were the reason why many churches and Christian denominations deserted the Church in order to seek more flexible rules ( like decapitating your wife in order to remarry).
But the truth is, if you are going to become a priest or a nun, you know what you are going into. Their preparation takes years. And if you can’t control your urges, just get out! It is not a matter of sexual preference. It is a matter that this people chose and vowed to not have sex at all. And the respect and the trust that is granted by their order is something to respect, it is basic human decency.
But somehow, I think the Church lost its way. Gone are the times of social justice and renovation of Pope John XXIII and Paul VI. The winds of change were shut down, in came the cult of personality and the return to orthodoxy. I was lucky, my schools were Jesuits and Redentorists, it could have been Mercedarians.
But I’m glad this abuse is been brought to the open, it must be discussed and justice have to be made.
I only hope they might heal.
Soledad O’Brian is in
Some people have claimed that AC360 is staging the stories, like the Afganistan Base attack, Lebanon and Planet in Peril “jungle”, was the immigration piece also “staged”? I don’t know and I hope not.
Which goes back again to my constant bickering: the lack of production and research! Last Friday they ran a re-run of Anderson Cooper’s Hollenbeck Gangs story. It was a literal before and after. He was incisive, he seemed involved, it was well researched and documented. It was Anderson Cooper at his best. Would it be too much to ask them to go back to basics? It’s Anderson Cooper’s credibility at stake. And they are playing with it. As a producer you protect your talent and your stories. And CNN is failing miserably with both.