The Good Popes Don’t Last

Welcome to ONELOVESPACE! This article is titled the good Popes don’t last. It is a reaction to the recent resignation of the good Pope Benedict XVI, drawing a parallel between him and Pope John Paul who was assassinated after only 33 days in office. Happy reading!

Pope Benedict XVI officially resigned from his position as leader of the Catholic Church yesterday (28th February 2013). He is said to have resigned as a result of ‘failing health’. Records show that resignation from the Office of the Pope is an almost unheard of thing. There are only five Popes on record who have resigned their positions. All of which happened between the 11th and 15th centuries.
Noteworthy is the fact that Pope Benedict did not suffer from any specific health crisis or disease that could have forced him to quit. Yes, he was 85 years old at the time of quitting and so could quite rightly claim to be fettered by his health, but he surely was aware before taking office that his papacy should have lasted until his death. Pope John Paul II who was his predecessor struggled with serious health concerns, and yet fought on until the end of his life. Was Benedict XVI’s resignation caused by poor health or for some other reason?

Sources say his resignation was as a result of frustration with the system. They say that the Pope was frustrated with not being able to assume a firm control of the Church, and instill the discipline needed to rebuild faith in the Church.

The allegations of Catholic priests sexually exploiting alter boys have largely gone unsolved, while it is said that many more unpublicized cases of said exploitation exist. As a matter of fact, some quarters dismiss the Catholic Church as one big sex scandal.
There is overwhelming evidence that the Catholic Church shielded pedophile priests from investigation by relocating them, sometimes to other countries, where they usually continue their unpriestly activities. A few citations are given here in case the reader wishes to make further investigation:

A few cases of Pedophilia in the Church

In 1994 Micheal Ledwith resigned as President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth when allegations of sexual abuse were made public.
In Canada In August 2006, Father Charles Henry Sylvestre of Belle River, Ontario pled guilty to 47 counts of sexual abuse on females, aged between nine and fourteen years old between 1952 and 1989.[76] Sylvestre was given a sentence in October 2006 of three years, and died January 22, 2007 after three months in prison.

In April 2010 it was reported that former bishop of the Norwegian Catholic Church, Georg Müller, had confessed to the Norwegian Police in early January 2010 that he had sexually abused an underaged altar boy 20 years earlier. The Norwegian Catholic Church was made aware of the incident but did not alert the authorities. Müller was made to step down as a bishop in July 2009.

Sources say that the lack of cooperation in solving the mystery behind such incidences was the major reason the pope stepped down. If that is true then a parallel is drawn between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul I, the Pope who reigned for a month. Why the parallel? Read about Pope John Paul I below.
(click the link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_sex_abuse_cases )

Similarities between Popes John Paul and Benedict XVI

Pope John Paul I, after his installment as Pope, on 26th of August 1978, promised to reform the Catholic Church. During the period leading to his Papacy the Church was mired in monumental corruption. Apparently, the people in charge of the Vatican Bank were merely using the bank to launder drug money. They were also giving out outrageous amounts of money as loans to friends and family members. They called them ‘friends of the Church’. Unfortunately, many Bishops and Cardinals were involved in this scandal, and were sworn by fraternal bonds to protect each other. Many of those involved in the scandal were Freemasons. Freemasonry is forbidden in the Church.
Pope John Paul the first was advised against trying to fight the Church Mafia, but stubbornly refused. Pope John Paul I steadfastly continued in his endeavor to rid the Catholic Church of vice. After about two weeks, he was found dead in his bed chambers.
After a caricature Post Mortem, they said he died of natural causes!

Known Facts about Benedict XVI

A closer look at the character of the Pope Benedict XVI shows that like Pope John Paul, Pope Benedict tried to reform the church.
Before becoming Pope (1981-2005) Benedict was the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith-the Church’s watch dog organization, dedicated to fighting pedophilia and all such vices. He did a terrible job. But then he was not yet Pope, and might not have had the power to adequately fight the vice as he should have. The Pope did sign documents authorizing pedophile priests to be relocated to far away provinces which usually meant that the evaded prosecution. This is true, but since he was not yet Pope at the time, it appears that he merely bowed to pressure from the majority of Cardinals, some of whom might have held offices higher than his own.
The Pope publicly apologized for the abuse: “No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse,” the pope said in a 2008 homily in Washington, D.C., before meeting with victims of abuse for the first time. “It is important that those who have suffered be given loving pastoral attention.” During the same trip to the U.S., he met with some of the victims for the first time.
That means that he was one of the first to admit the existence of this evil within the Church, Apologize for it, and seek redress for the victims. That man is a saint!
This proves that courage and integrity have no place in the Catholic Church. Some conspiracy theorists say that if the Pope had not resigned, he would have been assassinated!

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Should cocaine be legalized?

5 REASONS WHY COCAINE SHOULD BE LEGAL

Should cocaine be legalized? That is a tremendously profound question. In fact, that question has the capacity to cause so much frenzy that it may seem a better idea not to raise such a question at all. Some people who come across this article will even question the sanity of the writer. But this is because for many years, the people’s minds have been conditioned to believe that drugs- cocaine in particular-are bad, and that the war on drugs is necessary to protect the balance of society. This article disproves that theory. After reading this article the reader will see the hypocrisy of, and the conspiracy in the war against drugs.

What is cocaine?

Best known in its white powdery state, cocaine is obtained from the coca plant. It gets its name from “coca”, and the suffix “ine”. It is a stimulant, an appetite suppressant, and an anesthetic. That means that cocaine gives more mental alertness, creates a feeling of euphoria, and well being. To put it plainly, cocaine makes you feel good. Cocaine also makes you eat less (and lose weight), and it numbs pain.
However, cocaine is illegal in almost every country, except for strictly monitored medical use. The reason for this is:

Some negative effects of Cocaine

Cocaine is addictive, and is known to have dependency symptoms which include itching, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. In other words; people who get hooked on cocaine have an uncontrollable feeling that something is moving under the skin, they may start hearing voices and seeing things which are not real, and they often become nervous wrecks, given to mood swings and fits of rage. Some also struggle with depression.
That is the balanced, truthful story of it. Still cocaine should be legalized because:

The war on drugs: the hypocrisy, the conspiracy

In the United States, during the period from 1920-1933, what is called the Prohibition Act was in force. That law made the production, distribution and possession of alcohol illegal within the United States. The law was said to have been enacted to “protect the working man from the negative effects of alcohol.” At first glance, that may seem like a very noble, caring, well-thought-out law. It was not! Consider the outcome:

Chaos. Sheer chaos

Distilleries, breweries, hotels, restaurants and bars closed shop, and the “working man” was thrown out of work. Out, of work, the working man was unable to care for his family. Just imagine how many children suffered starvation.

The rise of the mafia

As the law did not stem the demand for alcohol, both from the working man, and from the rich class, there arose a vacuum which needed filling. Standing up against the law required men of guts and fury. It also brought rich rewards as the men who dared do so quickly became rich. A few of them are listed below:

Alphose (Scarface) Capone

Sam Bronfman

Larry Fae

Tom Dennison

The men listed above could not, and did not succeed all by themselves. They had plenty of help from within the government. It is common knowledge that they had on their payrolls men of the Customs and Border Protection, Federal Agents, and very many Policemen. However, it has not been so publicized that they were friends and allies of the law makers. (More on this later in the article)

In any case, the Prohibition (1920-1933) solved nothing. It only made a few people staggeringly rich and powerful; and killed others, either from hunger, or from poison. (Yes, the Government really did poison the people)

That was as it happened during the alcohol Prohibition. How is the cocaine Prohibition faring?

The cocaine prohibition

The illegality of cocaine has not reduced its demand. If anything, it has only made it more popular. Young people today seem to want to be seen as rebellious, unconforming social misfits and so they take cocaine as a means of expressing this attitude. Thus the demand for cocaine rises. In simpler terms, people just love cocaine, and drugs in general.

This demand has to be met. Larry Hoover, Rick (Freeway) Ross, Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, as well as many other less known names have made immense fortunes meeting this demand, while Ismael Zambada and Joaquin Guzman Loera (a.k.a El Chapo) continue to make mega millions in profits in the cocaine business.
The status quo is not going to change; as long as there continues to be a demand for the product, there will always be supply. In other words, the war on drugs is a war that cannot be won.

So why are we fighting a lost war?

1. Policemen such as Hernan Eaton, Robert Rogers, Marlene Kalb, Robert Wahls, Winston Dean Jackson and David Finley Jr. are getting rich selling drugs. These are junior officers we know about. Imagine the kind of money being made by the senior officers.
2. Some people who have the power to change the laws have interests in the drug business. That is why they favor prohibition. They control (to an extent) the availability and price of the drug.
3. Alternatives to cocaine (pills) which are produced by local drug companies would see a drop in demand. If there is a drop in demand then these drug companies will become less profitable. These drug companies are owned by very powerful people.

SUMMARY: 5 REASONS WHY COCAINE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED.

#1 THE COCAINE BAN MEANS THAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE SHUT

#2 THE COCAINE BAN FAVORS CRIMINALS AND CORRUPT LAW OFFICERS

#3 Legalizing Cocaine will make it cheap and unprofitable, effectively breaking the back of
Big criminal Organizations.

#4 Legalizing Drugs will make it available at dispensaries, thus putting gangsters and thugs out of business, and bringing down the rate of violent deaths.

#5 SOME CONGRESSMEN ARE PROTECTING DRUG COMPANIES WHO REAP HUGE PROFITS FROM ALTERNATIVES TO COCAINE

A way out of the impasse

The simple solution to this whole mess is to make cocaine a legal substance. People will get high, and lives will be ruined-that is exactly the situation today! But if cocaine should be legal, then its price will drop as supply will exceed demand. This is because many new dealers (maybe even this writer) will enter the business. To put it simply, it will cease to be the lucrative monopoly that it is today.
Furthermore, those of us who are not addicts today are not addicts, not because we could not find some cocaine to get hooked on; no, we are not addicts because we choose to stay clear of cocaine. We choose to live happy lives. (you might wonder what that means)

In conclusion: the millions of dollars wasted in the pointless war on drugs could be redirected to provide better education, health care, or just to fund better projects.

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How Not To Fight For Love

Welcome to One Love Space where we teach you to live loving lives. This article is titled How Not to Fight for Love. Of course, fighting for love is depicted in movies and stories as noble, poetic, and dramatic. My favorite such story is not Goldilocks; it is Troy.

However, we are not here to discuss fairytales. This is OneLoveSpace-and we are about real life issues.We are about love. The following story is about love, and about life.

It is not my custom to write about events of which I am not a first hand witness, but something happened within the two weeks that I was away from town that I felt I must share.

It happened that a young man had a girl friend (baby momma would be a more accurate description) whom he believed to be cheating on him based on second or third hand, or fictitious reports.

The young man in question diligently sought out his rival and confronted him. A fight ensued during which he stabbed the guy. Now there was no way of knowing that the tiny little hole which he created in the guys body would spill a pool (a river actually) of blood. There was no way of knowing that the guy would collapse and need to be rushed to a hospital. There was no way of knowing that he was about to enter the club of murderers.

The young man has since been deposited in jail were it is understood that he is likely to spend the next 25 years.

Was it wise to fight for love?

Assuming his baby momma really was cheating on him (in which case he would be justified for getting mad) has he not proved himself the biggest idiot?

I know sometimes love can hurt. I have written a whole book about love but I just do not agree with his actions.

The woman he was fighting for is now a free agent, capable of donating her member to the highest bidder-or the lowest if she chooses-and there is nothing that he can do about it. The thought of it should kill him!

And of course the child. The toddler should be a full fledged woman by the time he gets out of prison. By that time she could be completely detached from the concept of paternity. I just pray she does not end up like her mother-a jezebel who goes around spreading her legs, leaving death in her wake.

Anyway you look at it that man is finished. I can only imagine him sitting in a cold, dark cell, staring at the ceiling, and saying “God, I am screwed.”

I say all of this should never have happened. Today, people seem to prefer acting like animals and hacking each other at the slightest provocation. Anybody can have disagreements but does it always have to end in violence?

Have you ever had to fight for love? How did it turn out? Please share your story.

Further reading:
How to Be Happy

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How To Survive When Feeling Down, and Come Out Stronger

Welcome to OneLoveSpace; where you learn to live loving lives. This article is titled How To Survive When Feeling Down, and Come Out Stronger Depression

The purpose of this article is to help the reader attain a balanced view of unhappiness, to make the best of it, and to come out stronger. This article will treat the following subheadings on the way to this:
• Feeling a little down
• A balance and a rhythm
• Coming out stronger

It is hoped that after reading this short article, the reader will come out rejuvenated, with a positive view of things.

• Feeling a little down

Perhaps at this very moment you are feeling down. Maybe there is something that is weighing on your mind, causing you to feel sad. Could it be a health condition? Or could it be your financial situation? Other things that could cause a mental low could be the death of a loved one, unfaithfulness of a mate, or a natural disaster. There is also a kind of inner sadness that occurs when one just feels lost.

Granted, nobody wants to feel pain, hurt, sad, lost, or depressed. There is nothing funny about feeling that way and if it is continued for a long period of time, it can have negative health effects.

• A balance and a rhythm

Thankfully, there is a plethora of writing that is directed towards helping you come out of such a state of mind. Why, even my humble self have written about the subject. So, before you find yourself losing sleep, and losing your appetite for a long period of time, please check out helpful tips to return to happiness. But the purpose of this essay is not to publicize old posts, either by this writer or by others.

As much as we would like our lives to be filled only with laughter and happiness, as much as we hate to feel even the slightest pain, as much as would like our lives to be beds of roses-it cannot be so.

The ebbs are just as important as the tides-they work together to shape us into a balanced mental consciousness. Some of my best writing efforts have been done at times when I could have committed suicide (God forbid). And I am not alone in this-I understand that countless painters, song writers, musicians, novelists, and sportsmen have produced their best at times when their worlds seemed all but shattered.

What happened there is that we have just tapped into the power of our emotions, and used this power to create something beautiful. The power is always there, but at times we may need something to help us connect to it. Remember that the mind is a powerful tool which man is only beginning to understand.

• Coming out stronger

This is not advising anybody to take up destructive behavioral patterns, or to plunge into the pit of absolute sadness. No, far from it.

This is just saying that if you cannot beat it, benefit from it. If you cannot (and it is true that you cannot) help feeling a little sad, or very sad, or so sad that you could end it all, then embrace it. What doesn’t kill you, they say, will make you stronger. And besides, if you don’t taste the bitter side of life once in a while, then you will not appreciate the good side.

And even you will be pleasantly surprised when you see that which you have put you energies to while you were feeling down.

Ike Pius wishes you a better family life than he has had-but then the experience has made him better for it.

It is hoped that this article has inspired you to Survive When Feeling Down, and Come Out Stronger

Update 20-October-2010

How to Survive When Feeling Down(Depression):

1. Accept the situation you cannot change.

2. Be humorous about it.

3. Do something productive. That could be a passion, a craft, a hobby. (mine has been writing)

Further reading:

How to be happy

Finding Mr. Right

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Love Versus Religion-Making the difficult choice

Welcome to ONELOVESPACE. This article is titled “LOVE SHOULD BE A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE”.

This article has is titled Love Versus Religion-Making the difficult choice. It has previously been published on an article depository but I republished it here, not knowing that it was considered spamming (that seems like a rather big issue on the internet).

I am however unwilling to take it down because I feel that the contents are very helpful to all who read it. I hope this article spreads like wild fire not because of my personal ego (no matter how big that may be) but because of my true desire to help.

Therefore, I urge you to read and share with friends.

Recently, I received an email so interesting that I felt I must not leave it unrecorded. A young woman (resident in Pakistan) asks if it is advisable to continue her budding relationship with a young man who does not share her religious background. To keep sentiments at bay, I will only state here that one (of the couple) is Christian and the other is Muslim.

It goes without saying that this union will face challenges. Even as the couple may very well love one another, they cannot be totally deaf and blind to the centuries old animosity and hatred that exists between the members of their different religious communities.

These communities still hold a fairly firm grip on the lives of their members, dishing out punishments for wrong doing as their leaders may find appropriate. Falling in love with an infidel is no doubt considered wrong doing (punishable by death?) and we must not forget the Christian admonition to “marry only in the lord”.

That last sentence has generated so much confusion that one wonders whether it should not be abandoned in the interest of the development of humanity. To illustrate: Anglicans will consider marrying Catholics as “marrying out of the lord”, just as Mormons will consider marrying Jehovah’s witnesses, as sinful-and yet they all profess one Lord!

Going back to the story, it appears that success in this relationship will depend to a large extent on the willingness of the couple to be estranged from their different religious communities. (Well, the bible does say that a man will forsake his father and mother and will stick to his wife, doesn’t it?)

Therefore, love should cover all. As long as they both have each other’s interest at heart, then there is no reason not to continue to love and love more.

I have often wondered whether Christians and Muslims believe adherents of other religions to be created by another God. (Or the devil) Because they certain behave that way. Even though one has reason to believe that it is the leaders of these religions who deliberately mislead their followers into these wrong conceptions. What that means is: do not hate members of other religions; but if you decide to hate their leaders, well, you may be forgiven. (author humor).

To conclude, times of loneliness help us to appreciate true companionship better. Love and happiness are not available for purchase on every street corner. Therefore, when we do have the opportunity to find them; we must do all that is possible to make them ours forever and ever, and with whomever! No matter the age, creed or color!

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