I Write and Play – To Win!

Bennett Rosamond Grand Master of Orange Order

Above is a photograph of Bennett Rosamond the Grand Master of the Orange Order in Canada. Bennett is with members of Lodge 389 in Lanark, or, Almonte. The image on the banner is that of William of Orange who is carried in Orange Parades. That is Bennett on the far right, looking like Gandalf, or, a Levite Prophet. He is a giant.

According to the History of the Rosemond Family by Leland Rosemond, the Rosamond family were members of the Orange Order in Leitrim Ireland, and fled to Canada after a Rosamond son killed a Catholic lad who was invading the Rosamond home with a gang bent on doing my kindred harm.

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/keep-clear-of-catholic-church-15067675

Two hours after my last post, I run into a real obstacle as I lie on the couch with my tablet. I love problem solving, research – and discovery! It looks like Victoria’s Orange Parade has been canceled due to a problem with a Catholic priest. Really! How predictable. My Rosamond ancestors were Orangemen, and three brothers had to flee Ireland after they shot a Catholic lad who invaded their home. This is what Peter was saying about the Old Saint Andrew’s course. If you designed it today – you would be sued! Everything has to run its course. You play the ball where it lie. To see our President swinging away in a deep sandtrap of his own design, is, pathetic. We are left wide open – for attack!

I made up my mind when I began my Bond novel to tackle the hardest problems of our time, because, I want US to beat our enemy. I don’t want to best them in a game of golf, I want to utterly destroy their reason for picking a fight, any fight – with anyone! Priggish Priests and Ministers make the worst generals in the world! What’s morality got to do with it? Putin rose to power as a ruthless homophobic. He plays every shot out of a mud hole.

Now it’s time for Pope Francis to tee-off, from the bottom of a cesspool! Who designed this fucking course? Why is it this way? How can we change it so WE can all play? Hitler and the Nazis never played fair. There is no retreat. Tackle the toughest problems, or, turn in your badge, your cross, and your bum-fuck excuses. Let the winners step up to the plate! Swing for the fence – mother-fuckers! Swing as hard as you can!

I do not condone violence. Being a original hippie was a study in non-violence. We took the hard way. The sound of that glass bottle bouncing off the steel grating, is chilling.

John Presco 007

Victoria’s Orange Parade

Being  part Dutch, and able to trace her lineage to William The Silent, got Victoria Bond an invite to march in the Orange Parade. But, when she insisted she play her ‘Contraption’, some of the most diplomatic folks of the Isles slithered up to her, and, as calm as can be, tried to talk her out of it.

“There will be trouble!”

“What kind of trouble? There’s always trouble. I’m not giving up my pipes – mon! That would be like me, asking you, to give up your nuts. Coo’mon! Drop em!”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2018

The Orange Order has cancelled a planned walk after it was banned from passing a Catholic church where a priest was allegedly attacked.

Glasgow City Council told the organisation it would have to re-route Saturday’s march away from St Alphonsus’ Church in Trongate.

Police warned riot officers would have to be deployed to combat a counter-protest if had gone past the church.

But on Friday it emerged the Orange Order has now scrapped the event.

A council spokesman said: “Yesterday’s public processions committee imposed a new route and start time on a march by Orange and Purple District 37, due to take place this Saturday.

“The organiser has now informed the council that it no longer intends to go ahead with the event and the procession has been withdrawn entirely.”

 

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Has the Pope and the Catholic Church’s Stance on LGBTQ People Evolved?

Pope Francis has upset some conservative Christians with his evolved rhetoric on gay people, but has anything really changed?

The World Meeting of Families is currently underway in Dublin, Ireland, with Pope Francis visiting on Saturday and Sunday.

The gathering is a celebration of, and reflection upon, the family within the Church, and comes as it continues to struggle with how to respond to the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

 

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Additionally, it occurs in the shadow of lingering questions over gay rights, and what constitutes a family to the Church.

The Catholic Church has long opposed the march toward LGBTQ liberation, but under Pope Francis there have been signs of progress. At least, it seemed that way to many. The extent to which true progress is being made remains an open-ended question, with plenty of signs of work still needing to be done.

Signs of Progress?

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Those words from Francis, delivered to the press in 2013, caused a stir in both the LGBTQ community and among the faithful. To many, it was a clear sign that the Church would move in a more tolerant direction.

There have also been headlines suggesting Francis has signed off on civil unions for gay couples, based on something he said during a conversation with French journalist Dominique Wolton, who published the material in the book Politics and Society. In actuality, he said little of substance on the matter… but more on that later.

On the topic of civil unions, he said he sympathized with countries that have legalized them, noting the importance of accounting for “different situations of living together.”

More recently, the Pope again made waves when a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz (pictured below), said Francis told him God made him gay, and that both He and the Pope loved him that way.

 

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This would signify perhaps the most open-minded statement he has made on the issue.

This year is also the first time there has been a pro-LGBTQ family talk during the World Meeting of Families.

Rev. James Martin noted that many in the LGBTQ community had been “deeply wounded” by being treated like “lepers” by the Church.

 

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Martin (above) spoke of an autistic man who told him “the pastoral association said that he could no longer receive communion in the Church, because even saying that he was gay was a scandal.” He also noted the Church’s lack of understanding of the transgender community, urging it to do more to listen to their experiences.

He spoke to a packed house and received a standing ovation, The Irish Times reports.

Has Anything Really Changed?

While those steps forward do represent some degree of change, if only in rhetoric, the devil, if you’ll forgive the pun, is in the details.

Francis’s “who am I to judge?” question heard round the world is much less revolutionary when you look more closely.

 

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While the individuals themselves might be pardoned from judgment, their behavior is not. As it so happens, Francis did not say anything that went against the Church’s official doctrine on the subject.

“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church reads.

“This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”

 

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A nun walks by a flag held by members of Italian gay rights group demonstrating, 31 July 2003, at piazza San Pietro in the Vatican City against the publication of a document opposing marriage equality.And what does that look like exactly? Chastity.

“Homosexual persons are called to chastity,” it goes on. “By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”

Viewed under this light, it becomes clear that his reported comments to Cruz are, while seemingly affirming, not veering from any official doctrine.

As for his comments on civil unions, the quote that inspired headlines declaring he was in favor of them reads as anything but. In fact, he only invokes the term to differentiate such partnerships from “real,” as in heterosexual, marriages.

Francis said:

What can we think of marriage between people of the same sex? “Matrimony” is a historical word. Always, in humanity, and not just in the Church, it was a man and a woman. It’s not possible to change it just like that […] It’s not possible to change it. It is part of nature. That’s how it is. Let us call it, then, “civil unions.” Let us not play with truths.

It’s true that behind all this we find gender ideology. In books, kids learn that it’s possible to change one’s sex. Could gender, to be a woman or to be a man, be an option and not a fact of nature? This leads to this error.

Let us call things by their names. Matrimony is between a man and a woman. This is the precise term. Let us call the same-sex union a “civil union.”

Hardly a ringing endorsement.

 

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Demonstrators take part during a sit-in at St Peter’s Square in Rome to slam the Vatican for its opposition to a UN resolution that would decriminalise homosexuality worldwide, on December 6, 2008.Francis has also called gay parenting “ungodly,” and reportedly told bishops in a closed-door meeting to keep gay men, or anyone suspecting of being such, out of the priesthood.

Meanwhile, his statements on transgender people also leave much to be desired.

The Pope reportedly criticized a trans-inclusive education policy during a private meeting, and instead argued children must be taught to appreciate their “body as male or female.”

He has also criticized medical interventions that assist people in transitioning, claiming it could “risk dismantling the source of energy that fuels the alliance between men and women and renders them fertile.”

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1 Response to I Write and Play – To Win!

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Our Captain is unfit to command. He needs to leave the wheelhouse! The Caine Mutiny comes to mind.

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