Monday, May 21, 2018

'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': rise of the religious left



From healthcare to tax and immigration, Rev William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign are driven by faith to focus on the disadvantaged

by Lauren Gambino in Washington


Mon 21 May 2018 08.13 EDTFirst published on Mon 21 May 2018 07.38 EDT


In his prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week, a prayer delivered against a backdrop of violence in Gaza, the evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress said Donald Trump was a moral leader who stood “on the right side of you, oh God”.

Will evangelicals come out for Trump's Republican party in November?

Half a world away, outside the Capitol in Washington, the Rev William Barber led a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers.

As one group of faith leaders celebrates the fruits of a decades-long alliance with the Republican party, another is mounting a multi-faith challenge to the dominance of the Christian right, an attempt to recapture the moral agenda.

“There is no religious left and religious right,” Barber, a pastor and political leader in North Carolina, told the Guardian. “There is only a moral center. And the scripture is very clear about where you have to be to be in the moral center – you have to be on the side of the poor, the working, the sick, the immigrant.”

Vatican calls for an authority to regulate financial markets to prevent abuse



THE CHURCH | 2018/05/17

The Vatican is calling for an impartial authority to regulate financial markets, so they do not create a greater poverty.

The Holy See is asking through an official document on ethics and financial markets, prepared by two large departments of the Curia: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. It has personally been approved by the pope and is entitled "Economic and Financial Issues."

 MSGR. LUIS LADARIA Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"It was not a direct assignment by the pope, but rather, it grew from concern and talk. We have to study this theme. The pope encouraged and supported the idea, but the idea of originally came from speaking to everyday people."

CARD. PETER TURKSON Prefect, Dicastery Integral Human Development
"The text does not begin referencing the Bible, but appealing to popular wisdom and different peoples. This appeals to what we are, first addressing our anthropological system and then morality. + FLASH 03:53 The document includes a large part about regulation. It speaks of how to introduce this in human activity, after the crisis." The Vatican calls on those who work in finance to play fair and not get rich at the expense of others, to "spread wealth and eliminate inequalities." The Holy See recalls that although speculation operations or offshore companies are legally viable, they pose serious ethical problems. The document proposes that an external authority prevent toxic products from entering the market and issue sanctions for those who don't comply. Two of Italy's leading finance experts explained the implications of the text.

LORENZO CAPRIO Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan)
"The importance of regulating is emphasized, especially since it is already done in practice. And also reminds of the implications of this process for the common good."

LEONARDO BECCHETTI Universiy of Rome Tor Vergata
 "Fortunately, the world's wealth continues to grow. It is estimated that next year it will be 3.9 percent of global GDP. But there is a huge distribution problem because it doesn't mean that each of us will be 3.9 percent richer." Cardinal Turkson hopes that those who read it will not only appreciate the analysis of the crisis, but can help find realistic solutions.

CARD. PETER TURKSON Prefect, Dicastery Integral Human Development "Once, in the Deutsche Bundesbank, we presented a similar document. They liked the analysis of the moral and ethical causes of the crisis. But when we spoke about regulation, they didn't like it. They said that this area of human activity cannot be regulated." The Vatican has also requested that business schools include an ethics course in their study programs, so that their students do not renounce the dignity of the human person or the common good.


Source


Texans turn to God as school rocked by latest shooting



Michael Mathes


May 20, 2018




Residents leave flowers at a memorial for victims of a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, TexasResidents leave flowers at a memorial for victims of a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)More


Grief-stricken families in southwestern Texas gathered in churches throughout Santa Fe on Sunday seeking spiritual succor following a massacre at the town's high school, the nation's latest mass shooting.

As federal investigators search for a motive in the deadly attack, hundreds of people attended an emotional funeral service for a Pakistani exchange student, one of 10 people killed in Friday's rampage. Many of the men wore traditional Muslim garb, kneeled and prayed.

The gunman has been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student who is alleged to have used his father's shotgun and revolver to kill fellow classmates and two teachers.


At Arcadia First Baptist Church, Texas Governor Greg Abbott hugged survivors of the shooting and their parents and urged them to stay strong.

"We're here to support you," Abbott said.

Some 500 congregants bowed their heads as interim Pastor Jerald Watkins offered prayers.

"It's time like this when all of us realize how fragile our lives really are," he said.

Santa Fe 10th grader Joshua Stevens, 15, said he was glad to see the governor in attendance, adding, "It's important that after a tragic event like this we just come together and worship."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Inter-American Adventists Move to Revitalize the Medical Cadet Corps



May 18, 2018

Focus will switch from service in the Armed Forces to community relief in disasters.

By: Deena Bartel-Wagner & Inter-American Division News

A historic meeting for the revitalization of the Medical Cadet Corps (MCC) program took place during a special training session held in Levittown, Puerto Rico, from April 30 to May 3, 2018. The meeting provided special training for MCC officers who are currently involved in the program across the North American and Inter-American divisions, as well as initiating other leaders who are interested in reviving the MCC in their regions.

“The MCC program originally helped Adventist servicemen serve according to their conscience,” said World Service Organization–General Conference (WSO-GC) director Mario Ceballos. MCC cadets are trained and equipped to provide spiritual comfort, and other services such as first aid during emergency situations, explained Ceballos.




Medical Cadet Corps presenters and leaders from the Adventist World Church, North American and Inter-America during the special training session held in Levittown, Puerto Rico, April 30 to May 3, 2018. [Photo: World Service Organization]




MCC leaders in East Puerto Rico train young people on a Sunday at the Adventist school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. [Photo: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News].


(From left to right): Mario Ceballos, director of World Service Organization at the General Conference; Hiram Ruiz, director of WSO-Inter-America; Ivan Omaña, associate chaplaincy ministries director for North America; and Darold Bigger, retired Rear Admiral of the US Navy. [Photo: World Service Organization]


Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna Hawaii

Anti-Christ -Wikipedia, the definition and identification of the Anti-Ch...

Vatican calls for an authority to regulate financial markets to prevent ...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

In US evangelical capital, a new progressiveness and differing views on Israel



For many on the Christian right, the state of Israel has been seen as a key to fulfilling prophesy. A new generation has other ideas


Josiah Hesse in Colorado Springs

Sat 19 May 2018 12.16 EDT First published on Sat 19 May 2018 07.00 EDT



Bruce McCluggage enjoys a coffee at the Wild Goose, in Colorado Springs.
Photograph: Josiah Hesse



This week, the Trump administration completed its move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At the opening ceremony, two of the American speakers were evangelical superstars: Pastor Robert Jeffress, the author of several doomsday books about Israel, and John Hagee, who interpreted recent lunar eclipses as evidence that the end times were nigh. The Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, meanwhile, declared that Trump had “fulfilled biblical prophecy”.

The ceremony coincided with massive protests, in which 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.

Thousands of miles away, in her home outside Colorado Springs, Kimberly Troup sat in a cluttered basement office. She is an evangelical Christian who takes to heart the Bible verse in which God speaks of the Jewish nation: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”

Accordingly, she has devoted 22 years to Israel. She is now the US director of Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, an advocacy group with a Zionist ideology. Two other CFIC employees work with her. This week, they have been very busy.

Ever since she was a child, in Kentucky, Troup has been immersed in Israel. Her father saw the creation of the state in 1948 and the six-day war of 1967 as evidence of biblical prophecy surrounding the end of the world. Troup believes in such prophecies, though she does not pretend to know when they will occur. She sees it as her Christian duty to care for Israel, to defend it against “Arabs” who are “not interested in peace”.

As she described her position an associate, previously silent, spoke up, quoting the book of Isaiah: “You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”

Christians around the world have always had an intense interest in the Holy Land. It has often been believed that the restoration of the Jews in Palestine will bring about a holy war between good and evil (as prophesied in the Book of Revelation), after which God will set up a holy kingdom on Earth.

In the 1970s, Troup’s father was one of millions who purchased a book called The Late Great Planet Earth, which interpreted events in Israel as evidence that the great war of Armageddon would happen by the late 1980s. The non-fiction bestseller of the decade, it was followed by the wildly popular end times conspiracy tome The New World Order, by the televangelist Pat Robertson, and then the Left Behind novels and films, which concerned violent clashes in Israel that would bring about biblical prophecy.

To outsiders, these pieces of doomsday pop culture seem like far-fetched lunacy. For millions of Christians, they are a roadmap to the end of the world.


‘We’ve been through all this before’

Without a Wedding Garment


Without a Wedding Garment

This chapter is based on the following verses:
Matt. 22:1-14

THE parable of the wedding garment opens before us a lesson of the highest consequence. By the marriage is represented the union of humanity with divinity; the wedding garment represents the character which all must possess who shall be accounted fit guests for the wedding.

In this parable, as in that of the great supper, are illustrated the gospel invitation, its rejection by the Jewish people, and the call of mercy to the Gentiles. But on the part of those who reject the invitation, this parable brings to view a deeper insult and a more dreadful punishment. The call to the feast is a king's invitation. It proceeds from one who is vested with power to command. It confers high honor. Yet the honor is unappreciated. The king's authority is despised. While the householder's invitation was regarded with indifference, the king's is met with insult and murder. They treated his servants with scorn, despitefully using them and slaying them.

The householder, on seeing his invitation slighted, declared that none of the men who are bidden should taste of his supper. But for those who had done despite to the king, more than exclusion from his presence and his table is decreed. "He sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city."

In both parables the feast is provided with guests, but the second shows that there is a preparation to be made by all who attend the feast. Those who neglect this preparation are cast out. "The king came in to see the guests," and "saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment; and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The call to the feast had been given by Christ's disciples. Our Lord had sent out the twelve and afterward the seventy, proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand, and calling upon men to repent and believe the gospel. But the call was not heeded. Those who are bidden to the feast did not come. The servants were sent out later to say, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage." This was the message borne to the Jewish nation after the crucifixion of Christ; but the nation that claimed to be God's peculiar people rejected the gospel brought to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many did this in the most scornful manner. Others were so exasperated by the offer of salvation, the offer of pardon for rejecting the Lord of glory, that they turned upon the bearers of the message. There was "a great persecution." Acts 8:1. Many both of men and women were thrust into prison, and some of the Lord's messengers, as Stephen and James, were put to death.

Thus the Jewish people sealed their rejection of God's mercy. The result was foretold by Christ in the parable. The king "sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." The judgment pronounced came upon the Jews in the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the nation.

The third call to the feast represents the giving of the gospel to the Gentiles. The king said, "The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage."

Vatican and World Council of Churches announce details of visit by Pope Francis



Ecumenical News Reporter |Wednesday, May 16 2018



(Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC)Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary and Rev. Andrzej Choromanski of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The Vatican and the World Council of Churches have revealed details of the June 21 landmark visit of Pope Francis, a visit the WCC described as "a gift to churches."

"The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the World Council of Churches in the year of our 70th anniversary, is an historical milestone in the search for Christian unity and for the cooperation among the churches for a world with peace and justice," said Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, at a May 15 press conference.

Due to illness, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was represented by Rev. Andrzej Choromanski of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who is also a consultant on the WCC's Faith and Order Commission.

"I think His Holiness wanted to participate in this anniversary to express his gratitude to the ecumenical movement that the WCC has made over 70 years as part of the world church movement," Choromanski.

"His Holiness is very much invested in the cause of Christian unity. He has said we should aim for an ecumenism that involves us walking together. When we walk together we pray together."

Vatican offices urge re-calibration of financial markets



Vatican City, May 17, 2018 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Vatican offices called Thursday for the development of new forms of economy and finance with regulations directed to the common good and respect for human dignity.

“It is especially necessary to provide an ethical reflection on certain aspects of financial transactions which, when operating without the necessary anthropological and moral foundations, have not only produced manifest abuses and injustice, but also demonstrated a capacity to create systemic and worldwide economic crisis,” read Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones, (Economic and financial issues), a document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development presented May 17.

The document, signed Jan. 6, presents considerations for an ethical discernment of economics and finances, and argues that profit should not be an end in itself, but must be pursued with the goal of achieving greater solidarity and a more equitable distribution of wealth.

It presents fundamental considerations, such as the need for ethics for the economy to function correctly, and treats at length of specific ethical issues in financial and economic markets.

It was presented during a press conference by Archbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Sitting alongside the prefects were professors Leonardo Becchetti from Rome’s Tor Vergata University and Lorenzo Caprio, from the Catholic University of Milan.

Archbishop Ladaria said the aim of the document is to provide a correct anthropological vision for the current market, since “the common good has disappeared” from many areas of economics and finance.

Vatican Calls for Ethical Discernment in Face of Great Economic Inequality








(Daniel Ibanez/CNA)


Blogs | May. 17, 2018

Vatican Calls for Ethical Discernment in Face of Great Economic Inequality

Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’ urges a recovery of what is ‘authentically human’ and dependence on the Lord to avoid a ‘slide towards social collapse.’

Edward Pentin


In a world of vast wealth inequalities, dishonest financial practices, and an emphasis profit over the authentic good, an ethical discernment is needed if the world is not to slide towards social collapse with devastating consequences.”

These were the words of warning today from Archbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the publication of Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones —Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System, a document written by the Congregation and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Archbishop Ladaria said in view of current ethical challenges in the financial world, the considerations aim to take an “honest look” at certain areas of finance, and to “offer an ethical discernment on certain aspects of those areas.”

The document, signed on the Feast of the Epiphany and running to just over 11,000 words, begins by noting that, although global economic wellbeing has grown at a “magnitude and speed” never seen before, it is important to note “inequalities” that have grown within and among different countries and, moreover, that the number of people who live in “extreme conditions of poverty continues to be enormous.”

It speaks of a time to “initiate the recovery of what is authentically human” in an age which has “shown itself to have a limited vision of the human person” who is generally understood to be a “consumer whose profit consists above all in the optimization of his or her monetary income.”

The document stresses that, on the contrary, the human person has a “relational nature” whose wellbeing is “reducible neither to a logic of consumption nor to the economic aspects of life.”

All Chilean Catholic Bishops Resign On Mass due to sex abuse scandal


The Mark In Hand or Head - Pastor Charles Mills

Beware of Man-Made Tests / Maranatha / May 19

Bill Hughes - Part 1: Daniel 12

Friday, May 18, 2018

Priest pleads guilty to molesting two boys in 1990s




Priest pleads guilty to molesting two boys in 1990s


By Associated Press

May 18, 2018 | 9:11am




Fernando SayasayaPhilippine National Police


FARGO, N.D. — A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony gross sexual imposition.

Court documents show that Fernando Sayasaya entered the pleas Thursday during a scheduling conference. He’s accused of abusing two underage siblings from 1995 to 1998, while he was assigned to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Fargo area.


Sayasaya was returned to the United States in December from the Philippines, where he had been since 1998.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 30. Sayasaya faces up to 20 years in prison.

A Philippines court ordered Sayasaya’s extradition in 2010. He appealed, lost and was ultimately arrested in November.

Pat O’Day, Sayasaya’s attorney, did not return a phone message seeking comment.





Every bishop in Chile submits resignation to Pope Francis


May 18, 2018

VATICAN CORRESPONDENT



Members of Chile's bishops' conference Luis Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez, right, and Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, meet the journalists at the Vatican, Friday, May 18, 2018. Pope Francis on Thursday ended his emergency summit with Chile's bishops by thanking them for their "full willingness" to do whatever it takes to recover from a sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has discredited the Church. (Credit: Andrew Medichini/AP.)



ROME - Chilean bishops speaking at a Vatican news conference on Friday announced that all the country’s active bishops have submitted a written resignation to Pope Francis, in the wake of a three-day summit in Rome to discuss their Church’s massive crisis over sexual abuse and abuse of power.

The decision about the bishops’ fate is now in the hands of Pope Francis, who can either accept the resignations or reject them.

The bishops presented the resignations on Thursday, and the pope will make a decision in the weeks to come.

The bishops began a written statement on Friday thanking Pope Francis for listening to them and for his “fraternal correction,” saying that they want to “specially ask for forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims, the pope, the People of God and the country for our grave errors and omissions.”

RELATED: On Chilean abuses crisis, Francis says removing bishops is ‘needed’ but not enough

“Thank you to the victims, for their perseverance and their bravery, despite the enormous personal spiritual, social, and family difficulties they’ve had to face so many times, amidst the incomprehension and the attacks from the ecclesial community itself,” the bishops wrote.

The new Pope Francis documentary is a lucid portrait of a quiet radical


Steering away from hagiography, Wim Wenders’s Pope Francis — A Man of His Word presents a stirring case for the pope’s theology.

By Alissa Wilkinson
on May 17, 2018 11:30 am




Pope Francis delivering his Easter blessing in 2018.
Franco Origlia/Getty Images


It would seem a tad worrying that Wim Wenders’s documentary about Pope Francis had the full participation of the Vatican. Usually “authorized” documentaries about public figures come off as more hagiography than actual examination of the person’s life and legacy.


But in this case, it’s to the film’s advantage. Francis has not been terribly shy about talking with media and appearing on camera, but most of what the average person gets to hear and see about him is filtered through the broader news media or political commentary, or perhaps religiously oriented analysis.


Rating

For Pope Francis — A Man of His Word, though, Wenders actually sat down with Francis on several occasions. The interviews form the backbone of the film, mixed with footage of Francis all over the world meeting with refugees, prisoners, children, hospital patients, victims of natural disasters, aid workers, and more.

The result is less biographical documentary and more a lucid and coherent presentation of Francis’s theological framework, with some exploration of how it springs from the man whose name he adopted, the 13th-century St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis is charming and engaging, and he speaks with conviction and wit. Pope Francis — A Man of His Word isn’t likely to convert any of Francis’s critics, but it might just convince the indifferent that he has something to say to our world.

Google’s The Selfish Ledger (leaked internal video)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation


Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation


Days after the F.B.I. closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016, agents began scrutinizing the presidential campaign of her Republican rival, Donald J. Trump.
Al Drago for The New York Times


By Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos

May 16, 2018


WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.

Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.

The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation. But at the time, a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane.

The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau. Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival. The two cases have become inextricably linked in one of the most consequential periods in the history of the F.B.I.

[Read our briefing on secret government code names]

This month, the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release the findings of its lengthy review of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Clinton case. The results are certain to renew debate over decisions by the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, to publicly chastise Mrs. Clinton in a news conference, and then announce the reopening of the investigation days before Election Day. Mrs. Clinton has said those actions buried her presidential hopes.

Those decisions stand in contrast to the F.B.I.’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Not only did agents in that case fall back to their typical policy of silence, but interviews with a dozen current and former government officials and a review of documents show that the F.B.I. was even more circumspect in that case than has been previously known. Many of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Agents considered, then rejected, interviewing key Trump associates, which might have sped up the investigation but risked revealing the existence of the case. Top officials quickly became convinced that they would not solve the case before Election Day, which made them only more hesitant to act. When agents did take bold investigative steps, like interviewing the ambassador, they were shrouded in secrecy.

Fearful of leaks, they kept details from political appointees across the street at the Justice Department. Peter Strzok, a senior F.B.I. agent, explained in a text that Justice Department officials would find it too “tasty” to resist sharing. “I’m not worried about our side,” he wrote.


Rock n' Roll Mind Control ~ Beatles to Doors to Dead

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health announce new joint operation company



By: Curtis Driscoll cdriscoll@willitsnews.com

POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:01 a.m.
UPDATED: A DAY AGO


Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health have announced they will be forming a new joint operating company that will expand health care access in Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

Under the joint operating company, Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health would integrate clinical activities and services, while both would keep their existing hospital names, licenses, capital assets and employees, balance sheets and assets.

"Adventist Health and St. Joseph Health believe this is the right thing to do for the communities we serve," said Jeff Eller, Adventist Health president of the Northern California region. "Patients will benefit from more access points, better health outcomes, and controlled costs by coordinating their care across the spectrum of their health needs."

Eller said the agreement would improve quality and services to smaller communities in the Northern California region, like Willits, by partnering with other hospitals along the Highway 101 corridor.

Rather than having individual hospitals trying to manage alone, the health organizations hope that the strengths of having a more extensive organization gives them access to more sophisticated services regionally and keeps more patients closer to home than having to go to the Bay Area or beyond.



Scot Peterson, disgraced Parkland school cop, starts getting $8,702-a-month pension




FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

Published May 15, 2018

 






Video shows deputy's action during Parkland shooting

Raw video: Footage from surveillance cameras shows deputy Scot Peterson's actions during massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

Scot Peterson, a former deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, has reportedly started to receive a hefty pension — three months after he retired amid the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Peterson, a 33-year law enforcement veteran, was the resource deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 when 17 people were killed by gunfire.


Video

Father of Parkland victim sues Broward County deputy

As one of the largest mass shootings in modern U.S. history unfolded, Peterson never entered the building where alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz was opening fire and instead took up a position outside the building that was under attack.

Peterson, 55, was widely criticized for his actions and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel opened an internal investigation. The deputy resigned and retired on Feb. 23, "rather than face possible termination."

Peterson, the Sun-Sentinel reported, has received a monthly state pension of $8,702.35 since April. He was paid $101,879.03 last year, according to the news outlet, which cited sheriff's office records.


Prosecutors seek media ban on trial of Papal aide Pell




AFP

May 15, 2018




The trial of top Pope aide Cardinal George Pell for alleged historic sexual offences could be held in secret after prosecutors sought a blanket ban on media coverage (AFP Photo/Mal Fairclough)



Melbourne (AFP) - The trial of top Papal aide Cardinal George Pell for alleged historic sexual offences could be held in secret after prosecutors on Tuesday sought a blanket ban on media coverage.

Pell's case returns to the Victoria County Court in Melbourne on Wednesday, when trial dates are expected to be set and the judge is due to rule on the media ban.

Pell will be the highest-ranked Catholic to face a jury after being committed to stand trial a fortnight ago. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But reporting could be off-limits after prosecutors applied for an order to suppress "any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding".

The application was made to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice", amid concerns the 76-year-old may not get a fair trial due to the intense publicity surrounding the case.

It also seeks a media blackout on the number of complainants, the number of charges and the nature of the charges.

Their exact details remain confidential, other than that they involve "multiple charges and multiple complainants" dating from the 1970s and 1990s.

At a hearing earlier this month, Pell's barrister Robert Richter argued that because the charges related to different locations and were 20 years apart, they should be split and heard in two trials.

Pell, a former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop, who has been on leave from the Vatican, was one of Pope Francis's most trusted aides -- handpicked by him in 2014 to make the Church's finances more transparent.

It cemented a meteoric rise by the Australian, who was Archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney before being named to the Vatican's powerful College of Cardinals at the behest of Pope John Paul II in 2003.