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Christmas 2005

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    A number of folks have complained that even though I have a digital camera, I haven't been using it enough. Thus I tried to take some pictures of the Godkids from Christmas Morning, 2005.

May 04, 2005

Maybe If We Just Stop Any Mention of It, It Will Be Ok

Christmas_meditationThe cardinal to the left, Keith Cardinal O'Brien was invited to give a Christmas meditation to the national Parliament of Scotland on December 22, in a slot of time set aside for such reflections before the start of the day's business.  The Cardinal however ran afoul of some of the legislators:

Cardinal O’Brien quoted Christ quoting Isaiah: “He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken; to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.” The Cardinal then mentioned the poor in spirit in Scottish society, “There are many in our communities who are captives in some way or another—captives to an addiction to drink, drugs, sexual aberrations or whatever.”

The Cardinal’s mild and indirect apparent reference to Catholic teaching on homosexuality prompted one leftist MSP to propose a motion to prohibit any religious minister from speaking against homosexuality.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie tabled a motion, quickly signed by 16 other members, to prohibit the expression of dissent from the homosexual agenda. The motion read, “That the Parliament condemns the use of the phrase “captives … to sexual aberrations” to describe Scotland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” The motion called Cardinal O’Brien’s observation a ‘gratuitous insult.’

Since then the rules for ministers giving the Time for Reflection have been revised to prohibit ‘discrimination.’ Speakers’ comments, the new rules say, “will be consistent with the principle of equal opportunities for all and should not include remarks or comments which are discriminatory.”

A spokesman for the Archdiocese said the new rules make Parliament seem ‘petty and mean spirited. “Discrimination is in the ear of the beholder,” he said. “If MSPs don’t want to be questioned or challenged, it calls into question the whole purpose of the slot. Maybe they should consider scrapping it altogether if they are not willing to entertain freedom of expression.”

Now I think it is worth noting that the Cardinal did not specify same sex attraction or homosexuality by name, that he did not use any derogatory or insulting terms, that all he did, in fact, was suggest in passing that there might be anything wrong with homosexual practice - and so indirectly that, had I been there, I would have missed it!  Yet, that was enough to make the Parliament of Scotland decide that they would just have to restrict the free speech of any religious leaders that come in the future to offer reflections.   So much for free speech.

Full text of the Cardinal's reflection here.

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December 05, 2004

Glasgow University Awards PhD For Thesis That Some Pedophilia Might Be OK

Glasgow_university_2_1Don't look now folks, but the sky grows steadily darker. Glasgow University, in Glasgow, Scotland, has awarded a student named Richard Yuill a PhD for his thesis that, in some cases, particularly male-male cases (is anyone surprised?) reportedly says that sexual contact between adults and children might not really be so bad.

I say reportedly because the University has restricted access to Yuill's research for five years and thus the public cannot read what their tax money helped to fund.

From a piece in the Guardian about the controversy this has generated:

Richard Yuill said his research, based on interviews with paedophiles and their victims, "challenged the assumption" that sexual relations between adults and under-16s were inherently abusive.

"The conclusions are that in such relationships I think you've got the good, the bad and the ugly, and that's where I stand on that," he said in the Times Higher Education Supplement....

Mr Yuill, who was awarded his doctorate this week, interviewed paedophiles by describing himself as a "boylover" and said his work could challenge the law which states that children under 16 are incapable of giving informed consent to sex with adults.

"The law may well take that view," he said. "The only thing I'm reporting is that the research findings do not concur with that overall picture. A number of respondents would concur with the law ... but others found positive experiences or at least what I'd call neutral."

To be fair, child protection advocates have attacked the award, and rightly so in my view, but in awarding Yuill a degree the university has erred grievously by appearing to suggest any sort of value to "research" which would conclude that adults having sex with children is remotely OK.

 

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David Meets JPII

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    In November 1996, through a series of truly unexpected events, I met John Paul II, at a audience in Vatican City. I have not generally told many people about this meeting; in part becuse I have been embarassed by how much I have been blessed and because I have regretted not having matured even more from the experience of grace the meeting represented. But now John Paul's days with us in the flesh may be numbered and I can feel more patience with and compassion for the man I was then. I have also come to recognize that letting more people know about this meeting is part of of accepting its importance in my life.

My Family In Christ

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    Mike and Dian are among the key people in my life. They are among my best friends and their first born, Brinnaria, is my first Godchild. These are photos we took while on vacation together on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in May, 2003.