The Pope Made Me Do It

It’s no secret that the Catholic Church is responsible for pedophilia. But did you know that the  Church is also the reason why Mexicans are always late?

Writing in The Americano, Ricardo González explains why:

In traditional Catholic teaching in Latin America you do not go immediately from death to be with the Lord as taught in Protestant churches. There is a break in the timeline. There is actually kind of a “time-out” built into the Catholic religion between “life” and “death.” In religious vernacular it is called purgatory. Also, in real life in Latin America, the Catholic church is not typically an activity or project based institution as is the Protestant church here in the United States. It is not concerned with church growth. This does, in fact, affect our view of time. Priests are not charged with building large and dynamic ministries. They are charged with the oversight of the community in which they are placed. They are typically not evangelistic from an outreach standpoint. Pastors and missionaries, on the other hand, are very driven by the desire (need) to grow their ministries which naturally then puts them on a much more linear path. Frankly, if a missionary, for example, doesn’t product some results within whatever time period the supporting churches deem reasonable, he is probably going to be out of a job. The same is true with Pastors in the United States. If their churches don’t grow, they are in serious danger of losing their ministries. The need for growth within a certain period of time forces the churches to be very linear in the way they view and teach time management. This is not true in the Catholic church in Latin America and it is a real difference that impacts the cultures.

So, why is Jesus holding a shotgun?

 

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April 19 Times Three

Fifteen years ago, from the Hilton Istanbul I watched the news of the Oklahoma City bombing before going downstairs to a cocktail party organized by the English-speaking community. Everyone there hoped and prayed that it wasn’t the work of some crazed Arab. “We’ll have hell to pay if the Arabs are involved,” said one elderly Jewish man.

Only two years before, on the same day, the U.S. Government blew the smithereens out of a religious compound in Waco. I was in Mexico when that happened.

Two years to the day after the Oklahoma City bombing, I was repatriating my late mother’s Seville to the U.S., driving up Interstate 35 at an excessive rate of speed, only to be stopped by the very same Oklahoma State Trooper who nabbed Tim McVeigh. As he’s handing me a citation for not using a seat belt, I notice his name, and I ask him “Are you…?” as I look toward the freeway exit. Yes, he was. Yes, over there.

But there’s another chapter in this story, and that involves McVeigh’s accomplice, Terry Nichols. He would go on to be defended by Ponca City lawyer Brian Hermanson, who would shut down his solo practice and put his own life on hold to accept the challenge. Today Hermanson’s practice is back in full swing, and he’s running for District Attorney for Kay and Noble Counties.

The next time you think that what’s heard halfway around the world doesn’t affect small-town lawyers, think again.