Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 22 - 28, 2018)


A quotation of F. Ray Mouton on 'clergy sex abuses,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Squirrel nests on bald treetops in winter in Toronto: April 2, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 15 - 21, 2018)


A quotation of Martha Graham on 'adversity,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A house on fire in Huntingwood area of Toronto at 11:21 p.m.: July 3, 2018) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Intellectual and Emotional Closeness of Pope John Paul II and Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka


Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Pope John Paul II as a cardinal in a skiing trip in Poland
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Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Pope John Paul II in the Vatican
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According to the BBC Panorama programme, titled The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul, aired in mid-February of 2016, revealed that letters between Pope John Paul II and Poland-born American philosopher Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka demonstrate an intellectual and emotional closeness between them. These letters were being held in the archives of the National Library of Poland since 2008 and were inaccessible to people for decades. Ultimately, after much efforts, a BBC journalist was able to see only the letters of Pope John Paul II, while the letters of Mrs. Tymieniecka are still kept in the dark. 

This contact, some call it 'intense friendship,' others 'unrequited love,' started in 1973 when Pope John Paul II, known as Karol Wojtyla, was the archbishop of Krakow in Poland and lasted until his death in 2005. 

The BBC mentioned that their correspondence that started in a formal tone graduated to more intimate tone as the years passed by. 

Marsha Malinowski, a rare manuscript dealer who facilitated the sale of the letters, said: " I do believe she completely fell in love with him during the first phase of their relationship."

But a spokesman of National Library of Poland's archives told BBC:"John Paul II was surrounded by a circle of friends -- including clergymen, nuns, and laypeople -- with whom he stayed in close contact. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka was within this circle of friends -- John Paul II's friendship with her was neither secret nor extraordinary."

The archives let the BBC journalist look at the letters of Pope John Paul II only, but for some unknown reasons, not those of Mrs. Tymieniecka, although she herself in interviews previously denied her love for the Pope. Then, what is there in the letters of Mrs. Tymieniecka that hinders them to make them public? If the letters are innocent, they should be made public. The Catholic Church asks the laity to be transparent in their words and deeds and why doesn't it apply to the members of the hierarchy? We hope that the National Library of Poland archives will do the right thing to release Mrs. Tymieniecka's letters for public view and help people better understand St. Pope John Paul II (Pope Francis declared him a saint on April 27, 2014) and Mrs. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. According to the Bible, the truth shall make us all free. Otherwise, some people will always have a doubt about the pope's saintliness. 

To learn more on the topic, please read the following:


  • In Defense of Pope John Paul II:
(Updated on July 12, 2018)


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 8 - 14, 2018)


A quotation of Banksy on 'graffitti,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A graffitti on a park wall in Toronto: July, 2018) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Philippine President Duterte Calls God 'Stupid' For Allowing Adam and Eve To Commit Original Sin



President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines
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President Duterte (front) praying at a wedding Mass in a Manila church on Sept. 16, 2017
Photo courtesy: www.philstar.com
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, a Roman Catholic, in a recent televised speech in Davao, condemned the Original Sin story of Adam and Eve and termed God 'stupid' for doing that. 

 "Who is this stupid God? You [God] created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work," he said.

Criticizing the concept of the Original Sin, that automatically taints all human beings because of their descent from Adam and Eve, he told his audience:"You weren't born yet, but now you have original sin." He then added: "What kind of religion is that? I can't accept it."

His comments on God generated widespread adverse reactions, but President Duterte said what he spoke about God was his personal belief and that "not in a million years" would he apologize for blaspheming God this way.

This President, in the past, criticized Pope Francis in a crude language. He also cussed against and cursed Catholic priests in the Philippines. He claimed that he and another boy were abused by a foreign Jesuit priest when they were studying in a Catholic school.

For more on this issue, please read the following: 


(Updated on July 7, 2018)


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (July 1 - 7, 2018)


A quotation of Dean Koontz on 'benefits of caring for a dog,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A lady with a pair of warmly-attired dogs on the Woodbine Beach of Toronto, Canada: April, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (June 24 - 30, 2018)


A quotation of Chef Susur Lee on 'comparing oneself to others,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A rotten tree branch collar in Scarborough, Toronto: April 24, 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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