This week’s notes on the Catholic clergy abuse crisis

posted by Mike on February 17th, 2019

Here’s a summary I wrote for this week’s radio show that I thought I’d post here.

This week we are seeing a historic meeting on clergy sex abuse, including some Worcester participants; expanded rights for victims of abuse; financial difficulties in the Diocese of Worcester; and even some relevant anecdotes from my own life as a faithful Catholic.
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Amanda Kidd Schall (508 #322)

posted by Mike on February 17th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we interview Amanda Kidd Schall of the Worcester Arts Council, master picture framer at Framed in Tatnuck, sometime Clark University art professor, visual artist, and long-time Worcesterite. Topics include the Worcester arts scene, local funding, great art in Worcester, recent news from the Catholic clergy abuse crisis, money laundering in contemporary art, John Wick, and Hamlet.

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Unwooable (508 #321 b/w #320)

posted by Mike on February 9th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Conan O’Brien, policy choices in a post-woo society, and clear-bag recycling. The audio version of the show also includes a previously-unreleased radio episode from late 2018 on municipal finances.

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Václav

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 2nd, 2019

A recent sermon on the carol Good King Wenceslas reminded me of this text of mine six years ago:

Quando dou comida aos pobres, chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres, chamam-me de comunista.

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.

Hélder Câmara

In the carol, King Wenceslas did everything right to be called a saint. The “poor” was “gathering winter fuel” on St Stephen’s. Who would collect the fuel otherwise? When else? – What other time? What’s wrong with collecting fuel? Even if it were wrong, the king’s response was not – “Let’s reorganize the system for energy in the neighbourhood around my palace” but to call his page. All right – a feast might be had by all on St Stephen’s if the entourage made it to yonder the poor’s.

But on the festival of St John the Evangelist, on the Day of the Holy Innocents, the King remains king, the page page, the poor still poor. Only that the King now sleeps sounder on the 27th of December and will not look out. He may then commission the carol writer later in the afternoon for his hagiography. The unnamed “poor man” does not stop collecting winter fuel – even come January.

(New Year’s Day 2013)

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Christmas, Hagiography, Heresy | on January 2nd, 2019 | Permanent link | No Comments »

Credo

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 14th, 2018

Credo – uskon siihen, että: Taivas ja Maa on täynnä Jumalan kirkkautta. Hänen luomakuntansa avautuu kuin sateenkaaren värit kirkkaasta valosta. Rauhan liiton merkki on monivärinen. – Mekin kaikki saamme osallistua Jumalan ikuiseen liittoon. Kun syömme yhdessä, leipä ja viini tulevat meille lihaksi ja vereksi. Näin osallistumme Kristuksen seurakuntaan. Hoosianna! – Pyhä Henki liikkuu meissä, kun puhumme ja ymmärrämme toistemme kieliä. Näin osallistumme taivaan valtakuntaan.

Credo – I believe: Heaven and Earth are full of the glory of God. God’s creation opens up like the colours of the rainbow coming out of the bright light. The sign of the covenant of peace is multicoloured. – We too can participate in the eternal covenant of God. When we eat together, the bread and the wine become for us flesh and blood. This is how we become part of the fellowship of Christ. Hosanna! – Holy Spirit moves within us when we speak in tongues … when we understand each other’s languages. This is how we get to the realm of heaven.

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Megan Myers of the Worcester Blades (508 #319)

posted by Mike on December 14th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Megan Myers, professional hockey player, captain of the Worcester Blades, and assistant coach of the Becker College women’s hockey team, about hockey, the Worcester Ice Center, newly-opened weed stores, Doctor Who, Marvel + Netflix shows, and Liam Neeson.

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Unlimited Weed Licenses (508 #318)

posted by Mike on December 11th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we navigate technical difficulties and talk about snow removal, how Worcester can best regulate marijuana, weed as a 2019 campaign issue, Smokey and the Bandit , Taken vs. The Grey, Massachusetts tourism, regulating Christmas tree sales, and the local response to the Catholic clergy abuse scandal.

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stART at the Station (508 #317 w/Nikki Erskine)

posted by Mike on November 23rd, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Nikki Erskine about this year’s stART at the Station, the lack of large indoor festival space in Worcester, Worcester 2019 election campaign issues, 2018 election results for Worcester County District Attorney and 17th Worcester District State Representative, David LeBoeuf’s Xxxtreme Agenda, and ewoks.

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Kelley Square, Regressive Taxes, Mandy (508 #316)

posted by Mike on November 22nd, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the redesign of Kelley Square, a distributional analysis of the tax systems of all fifty states, “Taxachusetts,” hating masks, the New French Extremity, and Nicolas Cage.

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Frank Kartheiser (508 #315)

posted by Mike on November 19th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Frank Kartheiser about how Worcester could annex Holden, the Mustard Seed, Worcester Interfaith, and community organizing.

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