I'm curious to see your reaction to the US election.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 9 November 2016 at 13:43
Third grade primary school in Scotland more than eighty years ago was First Communion Class.
According to Church teaching,children reached the "age of reason ". At seven we could tell right
My birthday was in December. I was a few months shy of the requisite age when I started learning about the Sacraments.
Baptism was first. The message was firm:
"Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven".
We learned an infant, born with the stain of original sin, deceased before christening could never see the Face of God. Limbo was the place for throw-aways.
It struck me as less than fair but at six you don't argue with the teacher. Especially a nun. Priests and nuns enjoyed superior status.
My sister trained as a nurse in her teens. She worked full shifts for less than pocket money. Was required to attend lectures and pass hefty tests over a period of three years. At the end, she was allowed to wear a special cap and badge of registration and still work for next to nothing.
When Kathleen came home,she passed on what she learned from lectures. Years later,I recalled lectures she didn't, to her great exasperation.
A choice tidbit was how in mediaeval times, French priests put dirty hands inside a mother's body to administer the Sacrament before delivery.
I would be sixteen then. I was not impressed.
Reading was a large part of my life. Much of it,after the war, about fascism and how it took hold in Europe.
Hitler took a page from the teaching manual of Holy Mother Church. Children learned fascism from earliest years. They were encouraged to report parents if anything disloyal to the concept was heard at home.
Hitler's Youth were magnificent physical specimens. Tall, fair, well fed, daily physical exercise, summers at the farm, marching ,singing; as close to automatum as possible for humans to be.
At war's end, allied soldiers were shooting children of fourteen,taken from their classrooms,
put into uniform, given a gun and sent to the Russian front. Russians didn't take prisoners. They
hung them from tree branches in the forest.
In final irony, Hitler married his mistress then committed suicide in a bunker.
Mussolini had a different fate at the hands of his countrymen.
The church has changed it's teaching since then. Now they hold that life begins at conception. Abortion is murder. A woman's right to choose is not an option.
What I learned when I was six is history. Seldom mentioned.
The deaths of six million Jews in Nazi death camps in Poland and Austria are history.
Denied by some.
A belligerent bigot has been elected President of the United States.
It is what it is.