Prologue: This article was published on December 28, 2013. In 2014, Chicago experienced a record number of shootings, many of them were not fatal. Sadly, many young children were shot, and some of those shootings were fatal. On the night of December 19, 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son was the victim of a strong armed robbery just steps from the mayor’s family home. According to the Sun Times‘ review of the report: one assailant got the mayor’s son in a chokehold. The other punched the 17-year-old in the face, chipping a tooth and knocking him to the ground. They rifled his pockets and forced him to give them the pass code to his cell phone. Continue reading Chicago Crime Statistics Seem a Fiction Story (Update)
In November 2012, I published a fiction mystery/thriller, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, about an attempt by the Jesuits to take over the Vatican and its bank. The book is well researched and was published before Pope Benedict XVI resigned and before Pope Francis I became the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church.
In one of the subplots, the Jesuit leadership insists that all priests—whether heterosexual or homosexual—renew their vows of chastity and celibacy. One of the fictional priests mentions (he does not describe) a past affair with a murdered priest. He explains that they long ago ended the affair and both renewed their vows. Continue reading Pope Francis: “Gays Should Not Be Marginalized.”
Catholics are aware that some priests have affairs with adult women. Even Popes have had mistresses. The popular television series, The Borgias, is historical fiction about the intrigues and love affairs of Pope Alexander VI. Catholics are also painfully aware of cases of sexual exploitation of children by priests. Lawsuits in the United States have been well-publicized. In Ireland, Father Brendan Smyth, an alleged pedophile, was the center of a scandal–spanning 40 years and allegedly involving 90 raped and abused children–that helped collapse the Irish government’s Fianna Fail Labor coalition in the 1990’s. Continue reading Brief History of Gays In the Catholic Church