Many readers may be surprised to learn that I am religious considering my musings about the corrupt nature of the Catholic Church. I was very involved in my church. I stopped being involved when I started to look closely at the history of organized religion. I knew about the part the Church played in the… Read More Pope Knew That Catholic Church Hid Jewish Children From Family
There are individuals today who are bewildered by the coverups of the Catholic Church and its pedophiles. Their belief in an “infallible” and pious Church makes them question whether the pedophile controversies are an attack on the Church or the persecution of the Church for individual agendas. But the Church has a long history of… Read More The Catholic Church and the Nazis
Unless you believe that cultural diversity means speaking only English, or that culture is defined by the Anglo-Saxon way, then you know there is an ongoing cultural war being fought across the country. The cultural war has many levels of intensity – from basic arguments over what is culture, to accusations of cultural misappropriations. Some… Read More Columbus Day in the Age of Cultural Wars
On Saturday, as I was getting ready to watch the México-Russia Confederations Cup futbol match, or soccer for the uninitiated, I noticed Javier “Chicharito” Hernández praying before the match. (By the way, México beat Russia 2 goals to 1!) I had seen Hernández pray frequently before soccer matches, but this time it reminded me about… Read More The Dichotomy of U.S. Christianity
I have written numerous times about the culture of corruption that permeates through El Paso. It is a mindset that embraces corruption and discourages honesty in business and in politics. As I have written previously, the El Paso economy is fully dependent on government largess. As such, there is no incentive for honest politics in… Read More O’Rourke and Margo and the Culture of Corruption
I found it interesting that the El Paso Times had a piece about the Pope’s recent visit and the rise of the worship of the Santa Muerte in Mexico. Any understanding of Mexican culture and its relationship with the Catholic faith understands that the worship of Santa Muerte is part of the dichotomy between Catholicism… Read More Santa Muerte Should Not Surprise Anyone
I have been slowly developing a nexus for you between corrupt acts that are seldom discussed publicly and drug trafficking as well as public corruption. When discussing corruption, many individuals are under the impression that corruption is the actual exchange of money or goods for a favorable action. This is true, but corruption involves many… Read More Pope Should Address Narcolimosnas
Through the passage of time, history is often distorted or forgotten because of political necessities. As many of you know, the borderland is gearing up for a visit from the Pope. As many individuals tend to believe that Mexico is driven by Catholicism, I believe that this upcoming visit perpetuates the myth that Mexico is… Read More The Pope is Visiting Mexico and It Is Not a Good Thing
Note: This concludes the four-part series. If you like, you can download the entire essay as an Ebook by scrolling to the bottom of this page. It started out as a case of two men kissing at the Chico’s Tacos restaurant on June 29, 2009 that mushroomed into a citywide debate about gay rights. By… Read More Ostracizing Michael Rodriguez Part 4
The November 21, 2011 memorandum by the Mendham Borough Police Department gets right to the point. It reads, “Father Briganti was the victim in this case. Our investigation found that all the communications were between the adult victim and the adult suspect. We found no evidence of inappropriate behavior involving juveniles.”  This piece of… Read More The Philip Briganti Case – Part III
Author’s note: This is a four part series starting today and concluding on Thursday. If you are offended by language of sexual abuse I caution you to be careful reading Wednesday’s edition. I am careful to keep the detail to a minimum and only reference directly from a police report. It is one paragraph that… Read More Incubating the Culture of Corruption: A Four-part Series
Anyone that has any basic understanding of dealing with the personal issues of drug addiction, alcohol abuse or dealing with weight or health problems because of over eating, understands that the first step in the recovery process is acknowledging that there is a problem. Acknowledging that a problem exists requires verbalizing the problem in order… Read More The El Paso Culture of Hiding Dirty Laundry
When I first read Octavio Paz’ collection of essays in The Labyrinth of Solitude it awakened in me a need to comprehend my identity as a Mexican. As most people, I used to spend my days wrapped in the cocoon of experiences and the stimulus of my surroundings, as if the world was the same… Read More The Flavor of Mexican Catholicism: An Ongoing Rebellion
Author: Theresa Caballero On October 7, 2002, El Paso Commissioners Court held its weekly meeting. One of the items slated for action was consideration of how the county would dispense with some of our tax dollars. Naturally there were several groups and individuals present asking for funds for their particular projects. One of these groups… Read More EPISO: Division of Church and State?
Author: Theresa Caballero As established in the previous article, EPISO is an arm of the Catholic Church which has entered the fray of public policy and the fight for public monies. EPISO (driven by the Catholic Church) has become a political action group shrouded under the mantel of “men and women of the cloth.” In… Read More EPISO: How Much Does It Cost?