Monday, March 18, 2019

ATASH: A Publication of Toronto

Atash -- a weekly from Toronto
It's a bilingual (Farsi and English) weekly for the Iranian community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) providing news, views, features, and articles on politics, economy, business, entertainment, real estate, health and fitness, education, food, beauty care, sports, and more.

It's available online at Atash

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (March 17 - 23, 2019)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'gossiping,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Image design by Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (March 10 - 16, 2019)

A quotation of Elie Wiesel on 'remaining silent
and indifferent being the greatest sin,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Artwork © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (March 3 - 9, 2019)

A quotation of Alex Trebeck on 'principles vs. prejudices,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Jerome D'Costa (Jan. 26, 2019)

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Vatican Summit On Protection of Minors Ends, Abuse Victims Disappointed

Pope Francis delivers his closing address to the Vatican Summit
for Protection of Children on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
Photo courtesy: Giuseppe Lami via

The Vatican summit on the protection of minors, from February 21 to 24, ended with the promise of 'decisively confront' the abuse, but actual clergy sex abuse victims expressed their frustrations and were doubtful about the Church's future actions. 

Pope Francis, in his final address to the participants of the summit, vowed to confront abusers with "the wrath of God' felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this "brazen, aggressive and destructive evil," report the AP. 

The Pope said the sexual abuse of children happens in the family, but it becomes even more scandalous when it occurs in the Catholic Church, "for it is utterly incompatible with her moral authority and ethical credibility." 

For more on the summit, please read the following:

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Four-Day Vatican Summit On The Protection Of Minors Opens In The Vatican

Pope Francis speaks to the participants at the Vatican summit
on the 'protection of minors' at the Synod Hall
 on Feb. 21
Photo courtesy: Vatican Media, via CNA

Pope Francis, on February 21, opened the Vatican summit on the 'protection of minors' from Catholic clergy sex abuse, with more than 200 world bishops, cardinals, Vatican officials, priests, experts, and clergy sex abuse victims in attendance. Abuse victims came from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. 

In his opening remarks, the pope gave a list of "21 talking points" for the participants that include "suggestions to have periodic reviews of protocols on safeguarding, handbooks of steps authorities should take in abuse cases, provisions for facilitating the participation of lay experts in investigations, and the direction to inform civil authorities and higher Church authorities in compliance with civil and canonical norms," reports the Catholic News Agency (CNA).

The summit will also deal with raising the minimum age of marriage for women from 14 to 16 years and make it universal in the Church, psychological evaluations of the seminarians for the priesthood, and proper penalties for priests or Religious who commit the abuse.

Some observers feel that the Vatican now is dealing with only one type of problem (clergy sex abuse of minors -- also known as pedophilia), but, in reality,  there are priests all over the world with other types of sex abuse problems, for example, bi-sexual priests (going after both men and women), heterosexual priests (going after women and nuns -- some priests even having illegal abortions done on their lovers, and others having secret children of their own), homosexual priests (going after men), and so on. These priests need to be dealt with, too, to have greater accountability and "sexual chastity" in the Church. Who, then, will bell the cat in the future? 

For more on the ongoing Vatican summit, you may read the following:

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