March 13, 2009

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público

Last week, March 6, 2009, La Prensa San Diego published “The Williamson Affair: Has Pope Benedict XVI Lost His Credibility? By Patricio Rice, which caused a lot of reaction and letters. Below are two letters that exmplified the letters received. Most of the letters were in support of Bishop Williamson.

I am not a friend of the state of Israel or of its policies toward the Palestinian people but I have to agree with Patricio Rice’s piece: The Williamson Affair (March 6, 2009).

The Roman Catholic Church has already been battered by the sexual abuse scandal that came to the surface in America in 2002. The credibility of the church in regard to induced abortion has already been compromised: if the church could not defend the rights of the conscious how can it defend the rights of the unconscious?

The seriousness of the Williamson affair is not based on his traditionalism but on his denial of truth. The Nazis meticulously recorded the extermination of Jews and all other races considered to be inferior according to their distorted interpretation of science. We also have the living testimony of American soldiers who saw with their own eyes the piles of emaciated corpses prepared to be burned at the crematoria of the death camps.

We do not do future generations a favor by trying to deny the abyss of inhumanity to which one of the world’s greatest civilizations descended at the middle of the 20th century.

The founder of Christianity said that he was truth. Those who claim to speak in his name should not hide from the disturbing realities revealed by the darkest chapter in the history of western civilization. Who knows? We may be close to repeating the same mistakes of the past.

Ramon Oceguera
San Diego

Your article reveals your lack of knowledge concerning the “Lefebrvrists” as you disrespectfully call them. You say it is uncommon for a Catholic Bishop to deny the holocaust.... bishop Williamson did not deny the holocaust... he questioned the sacred number of 6 million....that is not denial!! You seem upset that the four bishops have had their excommunications lifted by Pope Benedict XVI....and because of his gesture of good you now put a label on the Pope as losing his credibility?

What is your problem? Why are you so concerned? These four bishops have every right to be a member of the Church as anyone else. It is these Bishops....”Lefebvrists” that will have a role in steering the Church back on the right course.....and this is what troubles the liberal leaning clergy.

Your article even tells us what the four Bishops are THINKING as if you possess a crystal ball.

Bishop Williamson is a very intelligent man and actually uses his intelligence to great advantage for Catholics. Apparently you have found it necessary to reach way back to 1971 in order to discredit the Bishop. All this scandal and mean-spirited journalism shows just how far society has fallen in disgrace. Perhaps you might use your time to write something more uplifting rather than persecuting four good faithful traditional bishops.

“You wish to remove the speck in your brother’s eye when you have a log in your own!”

Anne Canada
via email

Special Message to Community Contractors:

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) during the week of February 27, 2009 held a series of meetings with the construction industry for input on a Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA), which will be used by SDUSD on its $2.1 billion dollar Proposition S bond projects. The bond was approved on Nov. 4, 2008 by 55% of the voters, to modernize and remodel various schools throughout San Diego Unified School District, for better class rooms and schools for our children. This bond was also sold to the tax payers and voters to support local businesses, contractors and creation of jobs for construction workers. This money could not have come at a better time, when so many of us are loosing our jobs, have lost our homes and going out of business, due to the worst economy since the ‘Great Depression’.

The San Diego Unified District $2.1 billion dollars proposition S bond money, will go a long ways to help stimulate our local economy, and help stabilize local San Diego businesses. We all owe the tax payers and voters our gratitude, whose commitment as tax payers is first to our children’s future and secondly committed to helping the people of San Diego, with jobs and business opportunities which will help our local economy. The San Diego Unified School District’s in carrying out its mission for better schools for our children, business and equal employment opportunities for our San Diego local citizens, has called upon the San Diego construction industry to help lead the way. The tools that are to be used will be a PSA, which shall spell out the conditions of the District’s mandates to the business and labor community.

The National Black Contractors Association (BCA), in fairness to the tax payers and historically under utilized business enterprise community (HUBE), also known as “emerging business enterprise” (EBE), takes the lead in asking the San Diego Unified School District for a 25% EBE programs, to level the playing field which is made up of Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), to be exempt from the PAS as an incubation program for the EBE community, which will also include DBE union contractors as well. The BCA also suggest that 75% of the PSA remaining should be divided up by Unions, 37.5% and the other 37.5% go to non-union contractors without a PSA. This PSA is further recommended to be reviewed in 3 years to measure its success, with inclusion of local contractors and workers participation, as well as the non-union side, to see which programs works best for equal opportunity for the citizens of San Diego. BCA calls on responsible Government accountability to its commitment to our Children, by leading by example for fairness and equality for all.

Abdur-Rahim Hameed
President-National Black Contractors Association

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