Pope apologizes for residential schools

The Pope apologized today for the Catholic church’s role in the abuse found in residential schools.

The Vatican says the pontiff expressed his sorrow at a meeting today with victims and representatives of native Canadians. During the meeting, at which the group was able to share stories and concerns, Pope Benedict emphasized that ?¢‚Ǩ?ìacts of abuse cannot be tolerated.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù

Finally.

The Anglican church apologized 1993, the Presbyterian Church in 1994 and the United Church in 1998. The federal government apologized last year.

I’m not sure why the Catholic church, which ran 75% of the schools, took so long to apologize. At least they did.

Sure, they didn’t actually say, “I apologize”, but if Phil Fontaine can view such an aabsence as not diminishing the statement, so can I.

There will always be a lower class

I was reading recently an article in which an interviewee was championing the idea of getting the poor onto the ladder of middle class. As I thought about this, I wondered about how feasible this is.

Let’s pretend we spend billions of dollars on ensuring the entire lower class get enough education and skills in order to get jobs paying well enough for them to move into what is now the middle class.

Now there is no lower class: just middle and upper class.

Or is there?

Does such a programme eliminate lower class, or does it simply raise the line that delineates between the lower and middle classes?

I guess one could argue that at least in this situation, the poor are richer. That being said, with more money, comes more spending, and the rich wold be the main beneficiaries of that spending. As the poor get richer then, so the rich get richer, and the income-inequality gap remains unbridgeable.

Income inequality would still exist, the cost of living would go up, and the lower class would be back at the bottom of the ladder again.

So, should we just let things be, or is there value in helping the poor get into the middle class?

Consecration Isn’t Just About the Poor

In my last Gospel Doctrine lesson, the class and I discussed the Law of Consecration. I’ve been thinking about that conversation lately, and I noticed a common thread among the comments: people seem to look at the Law of Consecration as a means to help the poor.

I don’t see it that way.

I look at the Law of Consecration as a equalization measure. It not only ensures no one has not enough, but that no one has too much. Everyone has the same amount, and everyone gives the same amount.

It’s not just about teaching us love as we give to the poor, it teaches us selflessness as we sacrifice our excess.

It isn’t just about altruism.

Priesthood Advancement

In stake conference today, one of the brethren who had been attending our quorum was presented to be advanced to the Melchizedek Priesthood. I was ecstatic.

He is in his thirties and had been a priest. After he started coming back to church about 1.5 years ago, we had been working with him to encourage him in his efforts and help stay focused on his spiritual journey.

He is a much better person than I am. He is always willing to share the gospel with others; he studies the scriptures for an hour or two every day; he is always wiling to be of service to others; and he has such a simple, innocent faith.

We had been working with him as an elder quorum presidency, but I think in a lot of ways, he was working with us.

I look forward to tonight when I get to participate in his ordination, as he has invited me to do.

What I liked about being a Primary teacher

The first calling I ever had in which I felt I had anything to do was teaching the CTR B (now CTR 8) class right before my mission. Here are the things I liked about it.

1. Playing tag in the classroom when the class was done early.

2. I got to decide if we had class on the floor.

3. I was the lowest voice during singing time.

4. The children would get excited when I tried to touch the ceiling with my head during “Do As I’m Doing”.

5. I received a tonne of letters on my mission from the Primary children.

6. Most of the female teachers were close to my age. ;)

7. Free food at Inservice.

8. Seeing my class all get baptized before I left.

9. Class members spontaneously sitting on my lap.

10. Reviewing gospel basics before my mission.

What I liked about the MTC

This fall will be 17 years since I entered the MTC in Provo. While pondering that today, I came up with a list of things I enjoyed the three weeks I was there.

  1. Ice cream at every meal
  2. Unlimited salad at dinner and supper
  3. Unlimited cereal at breakfast
  4. Farting
  5. Singing in the MTC choir
  6. The bookstore
  7. Sister missionaries winking at me
  8. Farting
  9. Pranks
  10. Time capsules
  11. Going to the mall
  12. Farting
  13. Going to the temple weekly
  14. Being on my own

What did you like about the MTC?