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ADV: It's official — Damien of Molokai takes his place among the saints  (The News)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI elevated Father Damien of Moloka'i to sainthood today, 120 years after his death from Hansen's disease in the Kalaupapa settlement.

SB: World embraces caring soul

Maui News: Saint Damien: Emotions run high in Rome, at home

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ADV: Hawaii's saint fulfilled humanity's ideals  (No, he fulfilled God's ideals)  (Gramscian rollback Part 1)

Kalaupapa was a remote peninsular colony for those diagnosed with Hansen's disease, which was many decades from a cure. It was a hellish dumping grounds when Damien landed in 1873.

The patients left there could hardly be called patients at all, since authorities had abandoned them to die. That inhumane (un-Godly) treatment reverberated in the inhumane (un-Godly) way they treated each other.

Damien's response? He met them with love, became not only their priest but their teacher, champion and helper. No task was too menial if it meant his people could find a little happiness and comfort.

(Softly, softly--barely noticed--goeth the Adv's Gramscian editors.)  TOTALLY RELATED: Antonio Gramsci Reading List , Secular Humanists push back against St Damien

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SB: Damien a hero to all  (arrogant secularists can barely contain themselves)   (Gramscian rollback Part 2)

"Particulars of the Roman Catholic Church's process of elevating a deceased church member to sainthood might sometimes be of passing interest. Today's canonization of Father Damien de Veuster is not such a case, for his heroics and goodness amid the leprosy sufferers of Molokai merit elevation that crosses denominational — indeed, theological — lines and should be celebrated by all....The emphasis on miracles might bring sneers from those outside the Catholic Church and even from within.  The process (which the SB sneers at also) should not color the justification of the result: Saint Damien."

(Not so softly goeth the SB's Gramscian editors)  TOTALLY RELATED: Antonio Gramsci Reading List , Secular Humanists push back against St Damien

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SB Oi: No religious divisions in call to serve others (arrogant secularist on full display)  (Gramscian rollback Part 3)

The issue has hardly lain dormant. The U.S. Supreme Court tackled the matter this week in a case about whether the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion had been violated by a cross put up on federal land as a memorial for fallen American veterans....

Though most of the justices were concerned about the propriety of the land transfer, the court's bulldog, Antonin Scalia, focused on the constitutional question.  (Secularists called Pope Benedict "God's Rottweiler" perhaps they are running out of metaphors?)

Scalia, as most know, is a Catholic. While on the bench, his intelligent devotion is to the law, yet it would be impossible for him to set aside his beliefs and faith. Still, that doesn't excuse what he displayed as an inability to look at the question from a different perspective.

When a lawyer argued that a cross "is the predominant symbol of Christianity" and thus might exclude veterans of other faiths, Scalia barked, "What would you have them erect — some conglomerate of a cross, a Star of David and, you know, a Muslim half-moon and star?"  (Next session, secularists will use St Damien Day to justify making Islam Day permanent.  It doesn't.  St Damien Day is not "Christianity Day".)

The remark was insensitive at best, narrow-minded at worst. (It wasn't a 'remark'.  It was a question and a very good one.) The declaration reflected disrespect for others (no it shows respect for the law) who do not share Scalia's world ensconced in law books and privilege,  (No, that's what Oi's column is.)  a realm where life's grit is sprinkled primarily through words on paper.

Another Catholic man presented a different spectacle of his faith this week. In recognizing Damien de Veuster, Hawaii Bishop Larry Silva set secondary the pomp of canonization, celebrating instead Damien's spirit, "his dedication to those who are in need."

(And Oi apparently needs to tear down crosses everywhere.  She wants readers to believe that St Damien is with her in this???  BTW:  How many of the churches and crosses does Oi want to tear down on the public land at Kalaupapa?????)

(Full blown Gramscian version.)  TOTALLY RELATED: Antonio Gramsci Reading List , Secular Humanists push back against St Damien

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SB: Polanski case highlights shift in views on sex with minors  (Who the Gramscians are)

The arrogant secularists still trying to make pedophilia OK.  They're soooo enlightened....

TOTALLY RELATED: Child molester back at work at Hawaii Legislature

TOTALLY RELATED: Antonio Gramsci Reading List

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Pohakuloa protesters: Marines are "Dirty Bumbs"

Here's what Albertini's Hawaii "Catholic (sic) Worker (sic)" offshoot Malu-Aina was doing as St Damien was canonized.

TOTALLY RELATED: Antonio Gramsci Reading List

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Hawaii rail transit Mufi election campaign faces tight schedule

Breaking ground in December will represent the culmination of decades of on-and-off planning for the massive public works project, while providing a major political victory to the train's biggest champion, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

But to get there the city has to avoid being derailed by a prolonged environmental impact review, legal challenges or financing problems.

Not breaking ground in December could also sap momentum from the project and lead to further attempts by state lawmakers to raid transit tax revenues to balance the state's budget, city officials have said.

The first indictor of whether the city can stick to its schedule is whether the Federal Transit Administration approves the project's environmental impact statement.

That milestone was expected to be reached in August, then September. Now the FTA approval is expected to occur this month, said city transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka. The delays shouldn't affect plans to start construction in December, he said.

(Keep on dreaming.  This is Hawaii and we are about to have another train wreck.)

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Alleged mobster in custody in Honolulu after indictment

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi denied the government's request on Wednesday to order Pipitone held in custody without the opportunity for bail pending his transfer to New York and ordered Pipitone released on a $50,000 signature bond.

Kobayashi noted that Pipitone turned himself in, is a lifelong resident of New York, does not have a criminal record, has a sponsor who does not have a criminal record and does not have a significant history of travel to foreign countries.

The government is appealing Kobayashi's order to a district judge in Brooklyn.

(If the Mob figures out how soft the judges are here, they will all come on 'vacation'.  'Soft on crime' could be a new way to promote tourism.) 

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