By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
In late 2018 Pope Francis, while speaking about victims of church sexual abuse, said:
“the pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults”.
Despite, that statement by the leader of the Catholic church, which could sound inspirational to advocates for victims of sexual abuse, the church actually spent over $10 million dollars lobbying against bills that could make the church responsible criminally and civilly for the heinous crimes of their clergy.
According to a new study that was revealed by CBS News, in the eastern part of the United States, between the years 2011-2018 the church spent:
$5,322,979 in Pennsylvania
$2,912,772 in New York
$875,261 in Connecticut
$633,458 in New Jersey
$537,551 in Massachusetts
$134,345 in New Hampshire
$124,260 in Maine
$61,961 in Maine
Over $10.6 million in total to challenge bills that if passed into law, could challenge the current restrictions on the statute of limitations and make it a lot easier for adults who were sexually abused as kids to seek justice in a criminal and or civil court against the Catholic church.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
On the small South Eastern Asian nation of the Philippines, the Island’s Catholic community celebrate Good Friday a little different than most other nations. Instead of simply going to church or celebrating with family members, in the city of San Fernando, Pampanga, they re-enact the bloody crucifixion of their lord and savior Jesus Christ.
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ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY ARE AS FOREIGN TO AFRICA LIKE A TIGER ON THE AFRICAN PLAINS
YET THEY HAVE DONE MORE TO DESTROY THE AFRICAN CONTINENT THAN FAMINE OR AIDS
THEY HAVE CAUSED ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS CLASHES
AS THEY BRAIN WASHED THE MASSES
AS WE PRAY TO THE SPIRTUAL MASTERS, OF OUR OPPRESSORS!
-LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
AMERICA :DIVIDED WE STAND? !
VOLUME #2 : POETRY OF WE THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE!
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BY : LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
Since October 8th, the seventh church, six of them predominantly African-American, and the 7th ( Shrine Of St . Joseph ) which had a majority white congregation, but was located in a mostly black neighborhood has been set on fire in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
In an area close to Ferguson Missouri, where some many protests against police brutality and racism have taken place, many people in the African-American community believe the police department is not doing enough to solve the spree of what seems to be white supremacist domestic terroristic arson attacks on the black christian community.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
In post racial America, another African-American house of God was set on fire in St. Louis , the fifth church in ten days. This time the
New Life Missionary Baptist Church.
According to , St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, the fire was set on the door and the damage to the building was minimal.
The last outbreak of arson attacks on black churches happened days after The Dylann Roof, Charleston AME Church massacre this summer , seven black churches were burned down by suspected white supremacists, also in ten days.
Pastor David Briggs told local fox2now:
“I have forgiven them. I don’t want the communities to be angry. I don’t want the churches to be angry, because it is in these moments that our character is tested”.
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