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Matt D

Joined: Feb. 23, 2014

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I’m a custodian at Portsmouth HS in NH. In between sweeping floors and cleaning bathrooms I ponder the pupose of life. “I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping, while my guitar gently weeps”.  My interest include: art, history (more recently catholic history),chess, music, philosophy and theology. 


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Re: Marriage and Freedom

Mar. 25 at 6:33pm | see this comment in context

 Kate, you are correct, God does exist outside time. God, uncreated and eternal existed before time. Your mangled explanation,like mine, is due to trying to explain the supernatural in the language of the natural. We do have free will and God does know the past,present and future of all our actions. God created time and all the laws of the universe. Everything within the universe is knowable and explainable. Nothing can be known of that which is outside the universe. Explaining that which is Divine is therefore mangled.

 Alice v H. taught me the meaning of "good". Good can mean "pleasurable" or "beneficial". Many people define marriage as good,meaning pleasurable. In the long history of marriage; the institution has always been defined as beneficial. I believe there is a serious intentional corruption of the definitions of words like marriage, love, family,person, man, women, life... God/god. Words that were ez to define are now very complected. The confusion is everywhere. To combat this we must live the good life with the understanding that good means beneficial. We need to think less short term self-interest and more long term best interest for all.             

Re: Teaching kids about sex

Mar. 20 at 4:58pm | see this comment in context

"So was I  once myself a swinger of birches."-R.Frost

Hope it all works out Katie. It's all a part of the journey. 

Re: Teaching kids about sex

Mar. 14 at 9:57pm | see this comment in context

I'm reminded why the Pilgrims left the Netherlands. They feared extinction because their children were becoming more and more Dutch. Dutch morals were too libertine. That was in 1660ish!  I've never been there but I don't think it is acurate to say there are so few religious people in Holland. You just need to look in the local mosque. Katie, can you be more specific why you are feeling sick to you stomach?  I understand the parental concern. I only ask because I work in a public high school. Are you upset with the school or the subject or the kids growing up too soon? 

Re: fired for pregnancy

Feb. 25 at 5:07pm | see this comment in context

Thanks Rhett, After this we can move on to something easy like defining the Trinity. I read the news story...

"A Montana Catholic school gave a mom-to-be the boot after learning she was pregnant out of wedlock. Shaela Evenson must find another way to pay the bills after Butte Central Catholic Schools, where she’s worked for the past nine years, kicked her to the curb for defying church doctrine...." 

The language bias tells the real story. This situation has many perspectives: the teacher, the administration, the students, the parents...the general public. I was please with the news stories public comments. Most agree with upholding the morality clause. Still, it's a sad situation for all except those that will use this cause celeb for another attack on the church. 

Peace



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/montana-catholic-school-fires-unwed-pregnant-teacher-article-1.1603327#ixzz2uN6oB2yT

Re: fired for pregnancy

Feb. 25 at 10:15am | see this comment in context

Jules, Based on what we know the teacher is unfit for two reasons. 1) She broke the Morality Clause.2) She hid her pregnancy. Rhett tells us this became a displinary issue when she began to"show". In loco perentis gives all schools the right to decide what is in the best interest of the students. I understand this right is not absolute. If this was a public school I would say she is fit to teach in a public school. If this was a large Catholic University I would lean more to letting her teach. University students are adults. The pregnancy is not a sin. The administration must decide what is in the BEST interest of the student. In a regular, average Catholic school it would not be in the best interest of the students to have a unwed pregnant teacher as a role model.

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