Setting the Record Straight II-
CNN Criticizes ‘Lavish’ Archbishop Residences
CNN Versus the Catholic Church
-dedicated to Saint John Paul II, whose first feast day as a Catholic Saint is celebrated today!
Like it or not, status and the symbols associated with status play crucial roles in society.
- Wealth in the form of cars, houses and fine clothing elicits respect in a commercial society.
- Battle scars, medals and rank elicit respect in a military society.
- Publications in erudite journals reflect status in an academic society.
Status and symbols of status stand for our achievements and testify to the credentials we have acquired. They are often earned and are often very meaningful.
Symbols of Respect
Symbols of status are not only earned, but are also given as signs of respect to those whom we revere and to whom we are grateful.
- A gold watch might be given to a faithful employee upon retirement.
- A bouquet of roses is be given to a sweetheart or to a mother.
- Magnificent buildings are constructed for societal institutions–
the World Trade Center was a symbol of America’s flourishing economy,
the monuments of Washington, D.C. reflect our respect for government,
European Cathedrals testify to Christian Europe’s devotion to God and to Faith,
and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City reflects the reverence New York Catholics had for their Faith in 1858 when it was built.
So in effect, lavish symbols do not reflect decadence in the person holding the symbol, but often reflect the respect that society has awarded to the authority represented, or to the person representing that authority.
CNN Attacks Catholic Symbols of Respect
This brings us to a recent CNN article which upbraided several Catholic Archbishops for the lavishness of their residences, implying that the Archbishops were decadent individuals because of where they lived.
First on the list to be criticized by CNN was the residence of the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, the previous President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)– the top authority of the Catholic Church in the United States. This is the man who represented the Catholic Church in America as he challenged President Obama over the Contraceptive and Abortion Mandate that was added to ObamaCare in 2012.
Apparently CNN would like to see this Archbishop/Cardinal/President of the USCCB demoted to less impressive living quarters. CNN complains that Cardinal Dolan shares the rectory pictured above with 3 other priests. This is the rectory that housed Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950’s, New York’s Archishop who’s sermons routinely drew 6,000 people to St. Patrick’s and whose television appearances competed with Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. On Good Friday, his sermons were broadcast outdoors to the thousands standing outside St. Patrick’s. Cardinal Dolan today has comparable national and international visibility, meets routinely with political figures and celebrities, and has to plan the visits of religious leaders, including Pope Francis.
CNN would like Cardinal Dolan to run these operations from residence humbler than the rectory pictured above.
Cardinal Dolan’s Living Quarters
If we listened to CNN and tried to demote Cardinal Dolan from his residence adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, what should be done with that residence, which was built by Catholics for the Archbishop in 1858, and is now a national historic landmark?
Shall we demolish it and put up a tent?
That won’t work, the value of Manhattan real estate is so high that the value of the lone tent could be criticized as lavish!
Shall we make the Cardinal live in the suburbs in Queens, schlepping through the subways to get to his Cathedral each morning?
CNN might like that; less time for the Archbishop to celebrate Mass, teach morality and train/ordain priests!
If we did banish the Cardinal’s living quarters to humbler suburbs, what is to be done with the land that had housed his demolished rectory residence?
Open a soup kitchen? That won’t work- not many homeless on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, across the street from Rockefeller Center.
Perhaps we should adopt the ex-mayor of Madison, Wisconsin’s suggestion, who proposed replacing Madison’s Catholic Cathedral with a shopping mall and parking ramp when it was destroyed by arson.
A Saks Fifth Avenue branch might be the New York City equivalent?
CNN might like that!
Why is CNN Attacking the Catholic Church, Anyway?
Because Ted Turner is the founder and owner of CNN.
Ted Turner hates the Catholic Church, openly opposes the Ten Commandments (he makes particular mention of the commanment relating to adultery), makes a habit of mocking religious people, and has openly mocked Pope John Paul II, who is now a saint. Today, October 22, 2014, the Catholic Church celebrates the first feast day of Saint John Paul II.
The following passage is from CNN’s tribute to Turner which was published on the occasion of his 75th birthday:
“He revised the Ten Commandments, which he considered outdated, coming up instead with his Eleven Voluntary Initiatives, which he printed on cards small enough to carry in a wallet. He tossed out the commandments that struck him as outdated — a host of the “thou shalt nots,” particularly the one banning adultery. “People have had a lot of fun breaking that one. I know I did.”
(Ted Turner is)… a man who has been married and divorced three times and keeps four girlfriends in a “loose” weekly rotation, believes people are meant to find a lifetime soul mate. He thinks he still has time to find his.”
Aside from being passionately anti-Catholic, Ted Turner is also one of the world’s richest men, and one of the most overtly anti-Catholic promoters of eugenic population control.
So it comes as little surprise that Ted Turner likes to attack the Catholic Church.
So Where Does Ted Turner Live?
One might think, based on CNN’s criticism ofArchbishops’ residences, and based on Ted Turner’s self-description as “environmentalist and pioneer in sustainability,” that Ted Turner might occupy modest living quarters.
But no, he does not.
The man who attacks the residences of Catholic Archbishops as being “lavish” has more than 20 “major” residences himself. His residences are routinely featured in architectural magazines.
Ted Turner is the second largest individual landholder in North America, and brags on his website that he owns over 2 million acres of personal and ranch land.
Ted Turner is a billionaire worth more than 2 billion dollars.
Ted Turner is about as lavish as a human being can get. Mr. Lavish personified, in fact.
So when it comes to CNN criticism of Archbishops and their residences, it becomes pretty clear that CNN is just making feeble attempts to demote the Catholic Church and to reduce the moral sway the Church holds in the world.
Despite the efforts of CNN and the liberal media, the Catholic Church and the Ten Commandments continue to command respect and are widely acknowledged for the moral authority they rightfully represent.
No matter how many plush residences Ted Turner builds for himself, no matter how many millions of acres and billions of dollars he owns, and no matter how many times he suggest that Catholic Archbishops should move into hovels or tents, Ted Turner will never command the respect, nor be acknowledged as the moral authority that he so clearly envies in the Archbishops of the Catholic Church.
Ted Turner’s Revision of the Ten Commandments
“I wrote recently about staying with Ted Turner for a few days at his stunning estate in Florida. Was struck by his incredible wit and passion for life, and we got talking about his philosophy for living life to the full.
“The rules/commandments we live by were written some two thousand years ago. Rules shouldn’t be written in stone. They should be updated with time. Here are Ted Turners 11 voluntary initiatives:”
|Ted Turner’s Voluntary Initiatives||(Syte’s) Translation of Initiative|
|1. I promise to care for planet earth and all living things thereon, especially my fellow human beings.||1. My definition of “caring” will include eliminating all unwanted human beings by abortion or by euthanasia.|
|2. I promise to treat all persons everywhere with dignity, respect and friendliness.||2. I am SO naive that I even plan to treat ISIS with friendliness. I am sure that my friendliness will dissuade them from beheading my fellow Americans and journalists.|
|3. I promise to have no more than one or two children.||3. I will kill all the rest of my children, eitner as embryos with contraception, or as fetuses with abortion. But actually, no! Too late for me. I already have five children. These rules are actually only for other people, not for me.|
|4. I promise to use my best efforts to help save what is left of our natural world in its undisturbed state and to restore degraded areas.||4. As the second largest landowner in the nation, I will keep most of those undisturbed areas for myself.|
|5. I promise to use as little of our non-renewable resources as possible.||5. Please don’t ask me how operating more than 20 principal residences for one person fits into using as few resources as possible.|
|6. I promise to minimize my use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and other poisons and to encourage others to do the same.||6. Fortunately, surrounded by millions of acres, nobody will see what I am doing to get rid of the scorpions and other pests on my numerous ranches which are featured in Architectural Digest.|
|7. I promise to contribute to those less fortunate, to help them become self-sufficient and enjoy the benefits of a decent life including clean air, and water, adequate food, health care, housing, education and individual rights.||7. My biggest charity is the United Nations Foundation, to which I gave $1Billion. As Chairman of the Board of this Foundation, I am donating to something I head and control myself. In essence, I am my own favorite charity. My UN foundation furthers “empowering women and girls,” a buzz phrase for global abortion. I don’t give a hoot about the rights of unborn human beings.|
|8. I reject the use of force, in particular military force, and I support United Nations arbitration of international disputes.||8. I will repel ISIS with my niceness and my friendliness in place of force. And the whole world will have to listen to the United Nations Foundation, in which I am conveniently at the helm. In essence, international disputes should be solved by rich and powerful people like me.|
|9. I support doing everything we can to reduce the dangers from nuclear biological or chemical weapons and ultimately the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.||9. By disarming America I will let the bad guys of the world be the only ones with weapons of mass destruction. Isn’t that a brilliant idea? Then I will ask ISIS nicely not to use their weapons of mass destruction on me. Islamic ISIS is really likely to approve of me and my promiscuous lifestyle.|
|10. I support the United Nations and its efforts to improve the conditions of the planet.||10. As chairman of the board of the United Nations Foundation, I will get to define what is an improvement for the planet and what is not. I’m not power-hungry; I just want to rule the planet!|
|11. I support clean renewable energy, and a rapid move to eliminate carbon emissions.||11. Since carbon emissions are directly proportional to degree of civilization, this means I advocate reducing prosperity and power in today’s leading nations. And who should have power instead? Why me, of course, through the United Nations.|
- Ted Turmer, founder and owner of CNN, hates the 10 Commandments and hates the Catholic Church.
- Ted Turner has even suggested replacing the 10 Commandments with 11 Initiatives of his own.
- Ted Turner clearly resents the teachings and the moral authority of the Catholic Church and of her Archbishops, and would like to replace religious authorities with the United Nations, where he himself has status.
- This is why Ted Turner routinely attacks the symbols of respect which the world awards to the Catholic Church.
- Ted would like to be less biased in his bellicose attacks toward religion, but Catholicism is his favorite target due to the size of it’s membership, high degree of organization ( hence attacking Archbishops) and global influence.
The Rosary, Saint John Paul’s favorite prayer: