In 2019, the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas have promised that they will release the names of priests who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor from 1950 on. The move was announced by Bishop Edward Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. The Church indicated that the bishops from the 15 Texas dioceses decided on September 30 to release the lists of names by January 31, 2019 as part of their effort “to protect children from sexual abuse.” One might argue that the priestly cows already left the barn while the Church was holding open the barn doors and even directing them to the next pasture where they could graze on unsuspecting Catholic youth. Still, Red encourages any move in a positive direction towards further exposure of this horrific scandal that has eaten away at the very soul of the Church. Priests need to know that there is now nowhere to hide and that as Dostoyevsky put it “the path to redemption leads through confession.” But this confession needs to be in the public square not hidden in the confessional. It will not heal the wounded, but it needs to be done.
“If you say, ‘Well, I don’t have any symptoms of the flu,’ well, great! That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Just keeping saying that. ‘I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu.’ Inoculate yourself with the word of God.”
Texas Televangelist Kelly Copeland.
Red would like to inoculate himself with something that would make it impossible for him to hear or read the words of crazy TV beggar preachers.
From the Annals of the Methodists – In 1838, Rev. Jesse Hord entered Texas at Gaines Ferry on the Sabine River. Hord had volunteered for service in Texas and was assigned to the Texas Mission District by the Methodist Church in October of 1838. In October he traveled by horseback with his fellow missionary Isaac Strickland to Texas. The day after entering Texas he preached his first sermon at San Augustine. Hord had converted to Methodism at age 17. Four years later he was admitted on trial into the Tennessee Conference where he was ordained him a deacon in 1836 and an elder in 1837. He was charged with forming a circuit in the Houston area and he established the first Methodist congregations at Richmond, Matagorda, Brazoria, Bay Prairie, DeMoss, Texana, Velasco, East Columbia, and Houston. His 500-mile circuit included twenty congregations. He is considered the founder of Methodism in Texas.
From the Annals of the Mystics – In 1620, María Coronel took her religious vows to join an order in Spain known as the Blue Nuns. The Blue Nuns wore an outer cloak of coarse blue cloth over the traditional brown habit. Taking the name Sister María de Jesús de Agreda, she had more than 500 mystic experiences in which she envisioned visiting an unknown land. Franciscan authorities somehow decided that the mysterious land was in New Mexico and West Tejas. In her visitations, Sister María contacted several Indian cultures, including the Jumanos, and instructed them to seek out the isolated Spanish missions. In July 1629, fifty Jumano Indians appeared at the Franciscan convent of old Isleta near Albuquerque. The Jumanos claimed they had been sent to find religious teachers. They apparently had some basic knowledge of the Christian tenants that they had learned from the “Woman in Blue.” Fray Juan de Salas led a mission to find more Jumanos and encountered a large group of Indians in Texas who also claimed to have been visited by the Woman in Blue who told them they would be met by Christian missionaries. When interviewed by church authorities, Sister Maria acknowledged that she was the Woman in Blue.
NPR reports that anti-Muslim fervor is picking up in Texas. The epicenter of the confrontation appears to be in the Metroplex and Irving in particular.
Just last week, the Texas Rebel Knights, a white supremacist group associated with the Ku Klux Klan, announced they too want to protest at the Irving mosque, though the date keeps changing.
The Islamic Center of Irving is a domed arabesque building in the middle of an Irving residential suburb; its religious leader, Imam Zia Sheik, says his mosque finds itself in a tough place these days.
“On the one hand, we have to try to maintain good relationships with everyone, and to show the Islamic hospitality and good manners,” he says. “But when you have these kinds of rallies and protests on your doorstep it becomes difficult to do that.”
The large and thriving Muslim population in the Dallas area lives and works in an environment that’s growing more hostile toward their religion. Note a recent sermon delivered by the Rev. Robert Jeffress — pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, one of the largest, most influential members of the Southern Baptist Convention — on the Sunday after the ISIS attacks in Paris.
“Make no mistake about it,” he said from the pulpit in downtown Dallas, “Islam is just not another way to approach God. Islam is a false religion and it is inspired by Satan himself.”
At the end of the sermon, Jeffress received a standing ovation.
When in doubt, always fall back on Satan and make sure you are aligned with the Klan.