Archives for March 2010

Another Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

Another sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church. I find this appalling. It literally makes me sick to my stomach when I hear about these priests abusing our children. I want my readers to know that my anger has nothing to do with the Catholic religion itself, but it is directed to those in authority who abuse our children and those in authority who cover up the abuse. I know there are more who do good within our churches than those who do evil, but child sex abuse should never be ignored at any level. I also know that their have been innocent people accused of such heinous acts, but I believe that it has been proved that the majority of the time the victims do not lie about such acts.

I believe that allegations must be brought to light and dealt with in the appropriate manner. It’s a crime, and it should be dealt with as such. If true, I think it’s a shame that the Pope and everyone involved in the Catholic church sex abuse scandal could turn their back on our youth and ignore the fact that innocent children were and are being taken advantage of by pedophiles in leadership positions. This is been a topic of discussion for years, and here we are again.

If I ever found out that my grandson was molested/raped by anyone, I would fight until my death for justice. To find that it was someone within the church would only add fuel to my fire. There wouldn’t be enough of Holy Water to put out the fire that raged within me.

Can someone explain to me how anyone could stop the prosecution of a priest or anyone else who has admitted molesting at least 200 children over a 20 year period? How do you condone this type of violation? The explanation the church gave, They did not complete the process to defrock Father Murphy because he was elderly and in very poor health, and living in seclusion and no allegations of abuse had been reported in over 20 years.” How can this explanation be acceptable to anyone? The rapist/molester tells the man who is now the Pope, that he wants to live out the rest of his life in dignity. What about the dignity of the children who was molested.

I wonder how people who abuse and people who cover up the abuse go to sleep at night knowing that a parent placed their child under the trust and care of the church and they are being violated. I also wonder how anyone can cover for a man because he is now old and he hasn’t raped any other children over the last 20 years can sleep at night.

I listened to two of the victims who are now adults, and they stated that they both wrote notarized letters to the Catholic church detailing their abuse. Neither have been acknowledged. In God we trust. If you can’t trust your child in the church, where can you send them? I shudder to think about the amount of money that has been paid out to victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic church, but whatever the amount is it will never right the wrong. These children will suffer in some manner for the rest of their life. In spite of this, the bishops and cardinals are allowed to remain within the church and carry their titles forever. Now the lowly priests are removed, but most are just transferred to another church. What sense does this make, a child molester and rapist is what it is regardless of title.

I watched Doubt last week with Meryl Streep. She played that role, and the basis of the movie is what we’re discussing in this post. It happens over and over. I just can’t comprehend this sick act.

The violation of innocent children is unforgivable. I wonder how the parents in the Catholic church can stand for this. What’s up people? Those who violate innocent children should be brought to trial and thrown under the jail. Why should there be a cover up for priests, bishops and cardinals who violate innocent children. If I was a pedophile, I would have spent time in jail. They should have to do the same.

I would love to hear your opinion on this travesty of justice.

Quote of the Week

Never lend your car to anyone whom you give birth. – Erma Bombeck

I Want Candy Mommy

I want candy and I know where to get it. Cohen Stone just couldn’t resist this glass case filled with sweets and teddy bears. He needed to satisfy his sweet tooth, so he managed to climb inside the machine and eat until his heart and tummy was content. You’re saying what, right? Can you believe it. He figured out how to climb inside the machine, unfortunately he couldn’t figure out how to climb out.

This adorable 2 year old toddler was at a party with his mother. She was playing with him in the arcade area, and turned for a few minutes to assist with the food coming to their table, and when she turned around Cohen had disappeared. Thinking that he couldn’t possibly have gone far in that time frame she searched the room. To her surprise, Cohen was in the glass enclosed case filled with candy and teddy bears. Kyra, Cohen’s mother, said she initially thought he had climbed through an opening in the back. When she checked the back there was no opening.  She than searched the top of the machine, to her surprise there was no opening there either.  The only way in was the opening where you collect your candy and/or toys.

When I read the article, I was thinking how that could be possible.  How could a toddler maneuver their way inside that opening.  Well, anyone who has a toddler or has raised one knows that they can end up in the most unbelievable situations.  I remember my nephew getting his head stuck between the banister rails at my house.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how he got his head between the railing, but he did. 

Cohen once again proved that a toddler can wiggled their way into anything.  Frightened Kyra called a locksmith to open the hatch door.  While the locksmith was at work, they kept the toddler occupied and cool by opening the chute so they could blow air through it and by having Cohen eat one of the lollipops and throwing the teddy bears down the chute.  Kyra said she phoned her husband to tell him what happened, but he initially thought she was joking.  I think I would have thought the same way.  He finally heard the fear in her voice and realized it wasn’t a joke. 

This brave mom captured the experience on video once she felt confident that her son would be removed safely.  Can you image watching this family video on a Friday or Saturday night.  Thank goodness the toddler was removed safely.  It will be a long time before I will be able to walk by one of those machines and not think of him.  I’ll be holding my grandson’s hands a little tighter when we encounter one as well.

As your child wiggled their way into an unbelievable and heart felt situation?  Tell us about it, we would love to hear from you.

Quote of the Week

Human beings are the only creatures who allow their children to come back home. – Bill Cosby

Wordless Wednesday: Hat Creativity

                                                                 Do You Like My Hat?

Thomas The Engine

I’ve had the winter blues for the past few weeks. I’ve decided to get out of my funk by making a list of things that I would like to do with my grandson this spring and summer. At the top of my list is taking him to see Thomas the Engine. I love this little guy as much as my grandson.

A Day Out With Thomas has been scheduled for the past 15 years at various locations across the country. In 2010, there will be 45 stops. My little sweetie is almost 3, so I think he will be old enough to enjoy this adventure.

A Day Out With Thomas includes a 25 minute train ride, a photo with Sir Topham Hat, storytelling, and other activities at the train station. The cost is $18.00 per ticket. Not bad for day of fun with grandma and a great memory.

Check out the 2010 Day Out With Thomas schedule. Thomas may be chugging along a track near you.