Tuesday, June 2, 2020

President Donald Trump in Cartoons

Cartoon courtesy: ottawaherald.com/

The world, especially the U.S., is gripped with the consequences of the childish behaviour of President Donald Trump. His narcissism, irresponsibility, quirkiness, and total lack of love and empathy are causing many people to suffer unnecessarily. 

You may see the reflection of this in the following cartoons, provided by the U.S. News and World Report website: 

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Monday, June 1, 2020

The Racial Killing of George Floyd and the Catholic Church Reactions

George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA,
was brutally killed by police on May
Photo courtesy: nytimes.com/

A mural of George Floyd of Minnesota, USA
Photo courtesy: medium.com/

Police arrested George Floyd, an African-American man, on a complaint of passing a spurious 20-dollar bill in a store in Minneapolis on May 27. He was handcuffed and the police tried to place him in a police vehicle but failed as he was unwilling to enter the vehicle saying that he was claustrophobic. Then four policemen pinned him to the ground with their knees. In spite of his cries, " I can't breathe," " I can't breathe," one policeman, Mr. Derek Chavin, kept on pressing his knee on his neck for minutes. When his limping body was taken to hospital, he was pronounced dead.

The whole scene of arrest and policemen's brutal behaviour toward him was videotaped by more than one spectator. The videos became viral and spread throughout the world like wildfire. Condemnation and anger were expressed around the world including the USA against this blatant racism. 

The U.S. Catholic Church leaders were quick to express their resentment and outrage, too. A number of priests, bishops, laypersons, and Catholic charities and organizations condemned the racist and dreadful behaviour of the policemen and demanded justice for it. 

 On May 29, U.S. Bishop Chairmen (of seven committees of U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops) gave a statement in the wake of the death of George Floyd and national protests, saying: "We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our own eyes. What's more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion." 

The statement also said: "We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice."

 On May 31, Archbishop Jose H. Gomes of Los Angeles and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a separate statement said: "The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man's life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens?

"I am praying for George Floyd and his loved ones, and on behalf of my brother bishops, I share the outrage of the black community and those who stand with them in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and across the country. The cruelty and violence he suffered does not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement, who carry out their duties with honor. We know that. And we trust that civil authorities will investigate his killing carefully and make sure those responsible are held accountable."

It further states, "We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation's sacred promise -- to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all."

The Catholic Church has its own drawbacks, too. It needs to be consistent, insistent, and striving all time to see changes in the discriminatory behaviour in all spheres of life. Its own people are not immune from racism, casteism (especially in south India, where the higher caste Catholics have separate seats in certain churches and separate graveyards than the low-caste Catholics), and other types of injustices. 

For more details, please read the following: 

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (May 31 - June 6, 2020)

A quotation of Napoleon Hill on 'use of one's brain
and mind taking one's own decisions,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (an abacus) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (May 24 - 30, 2020)

A quotation of Father James Martin, S.J. on 'following Jesus
in caring for the coronavirus patients,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design: Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (May 17 - 23, 2020)

Quotations on U.S. President's Leadership 
and Empathy During Times of Crisis and Grief

  • “I can think of many presidents whose finest hours included times of mourning. In these and other times, the president binds us as a nation by acknowledging and giving voice to our shared sense of loss, grief and pain and pointing the way to better times ahead. [President Donald] Trump hasn’t shown himself capable of this, in my view.” –David Greenberg (presidential scholar at Rutgers University, USA)
  • “It takes a strong man to open his heart. But it also makes a very good and memorable president [who exhibits compassion and empathy].” –Craig Shirley, a Republican operative and President Reagan biographer
  • “In virtually all of F.D.R.’s [Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s] talks, he played a pastoral role. He was always empathetic, and even when he was talking about economic dislocation, unemployment, etc., he introduced spiritual notes.” –Susan Dunn, a Williams College professor and author of several books on Roosevelt
  • “He [President George W. Bush] was really passionate about connecting with people especially because he took this type of tragedy so personally. He used that passion to express his remorse and sadness, but also to connect with people to make them feel better. He would say it wasn’t about him. It was about the presidency and he wanted to share the presidency with them.” –Eric Draper, the White House photographer who accompanied President George W. Bush
  • “In five years of watching him, I’ve never seen [President Donald] Trump display a shred of empathy or grace towards another human being. I’m not sure he has that capacity, at least he’s never shown it in public.” –Jon Favrean, chief speechwriter of President Barack Obama
  • “…His [President Donald Trump’s] role should show hope and inspiration, but I think it should show compassion. There are a lot of people that are experiencing a lot of fear, so I do think it has a time and a place.” –David Mangan, one of the survivors of coronavirus, and a pharmaceutical sales representative from Hot Springs, Arkansas
--Quotations compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Source: "Amid a Rising Death Toll, Trump Leaves the Grievieving 
to Others" by Peter Baker, The New York Times (April 30, 2020)

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (May 10 - 16, 2020)

A quotation of Sister Joan Chittister, OSB,
on 'real leadership,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design: Jerome D'Costa

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