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Arch-Diocese Of New York Agrees To Meet To Discuss The St. James Church Cat Situation

First and foremost, since our last update to you, we can report that the valiant caretakers are getting some food to the cats, but of course this is not how a colony should be cared for, as you all know. We are not putting the cats’ health in jeopardy, and we would not use them as bargaining chips. That said, our primary goal is to keep them where they are and restore daily care as quickly as possible.

Secondly, before all of your calls and e-mails were received, the Archdiocese of NYC had insisted that the lockout of the cat caretakers at St. James Church was just a one-parish issue that they would not get involved in. Now, more than 1,000 calls and e-mails later, they have reconsidered. The Archdiocese of NYC has agreed to meet with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals on Tuesday, March 27, to discuss the situation. Obviously, this is much more than a one-parish issue.

Thank you for your articulate and ardent letters and calls urging the church to allow the cats to remain where they are and underscoring the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). While the benefits of not removing a group of neutered, vaccinated cats living peacefully and being well cared for is obvious to many of us, many people still don’t understand that removal just doesn’t work.

This small colony of cats has received international attention, and what is decided here will set a precedent for others wishing to evict TNR’ed feral cat colonies from other places. The church has an opportunity to make a wonderful statement on behalf of humane care for feral cats if they make the correct and progressive choice to not remove the cats. We all know that removal is both ineffective and inhumane.
Keep up the pressure:
Call Joseph Zwilling, Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New York, at (212) 371-1011 x2997.
E-mail the Archdiocese of New York at communications@archny.org. Father Gonsalves, the Vatican, and the NYC Feral Cat Initiative will be copied on your e-mail.
The rest of the story and info about the cats to use:

Okay. They have now shown no compassion for kids and animals. Are the elderly and/or disabled next? They seem to have it in for the powerless unless they are unborn.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:46 AM (8 replies)

Rethinking His Religion: A Southern Catholic's Awakening (Great read)

This man attended Catholic services every Sunday in a jacket and tie, feeling that church deserved such respect. I kept a certain distance from him. I’d arrived at college determined to be honest about my sexual orientation and steer clear of people who might make that uncomfortable or worse. I figured him for one of them.

About two years ago, out of nowhere, he found me. His life, he wanted me to know, had taken interesting turns. He’d gone into medicine, just as he’d always planned. He’d married and had kids. But he’d also strayed from his onetime script. As a doctor, he has spent a part of his time providing abortions.
I’m struck more than anything else by how much searching and asking and reflecting he’s done, this man I’d so quickly discounted, who pledged a fraternity when he was still on my radar and then, when he wasn’t, quit in protest over how it had blackballed a Korean pledge candidate and a gay one.

Because we never really talked after freshman year, I didn’t know that, nor did I know that after graduation he ventured to a desperately poor part of Africa to teach for a year. College, he recently told me, had not only given him a glimpse of how large the world was but also shamed him about how little of it he knew.
He grew up in the South, in a setting so homogenous and a family so untroubled that, he said, he had no cause to question his parents’ religious convictions, which became his. He said that college gave him cause, starting with me. Sometime during freshman year, he figured out that I was gay, and yet I didn’t conform to his prior belief that homosexuals were “deserving of pity for their mental illness.” I seemed to him sane and sound.
(great story at the end)
more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/opinion/sunday/bruni-a-catholic-classmate-rethinks-his-religion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

There is hope.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:36 AM (9 replies)

Pit Bull Searches for Lost Cat

He seems to really like Cheetoh!
That's one big cat!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:19 AM (2 replies)

Cheney got his heart from


Pol Pot's wasn't available and Liz wouldn't give hers up.
They are the only ones that won't be rejected.
It's all a cover anyway to make him seem human. He has never had a heart.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 25, 2012, 04:00 AM (19 replies)

Elaynes Boosler weighs in on the new topic: The Fashion Of Crime

Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler)
3/23/12 3:33 PM
I've never been hurt by anyone wearing a hoodie, but I've been destroyed by white men in suits with briefcases, & so has America.

Suits, especially black ones, make me nervous.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Mar 25, 2012, 03:38 AM (10 replies)

Priests Starving Feral Cats In NYC

Pope Benedict XVI is a prominent cat lover who has lovingly tended to feral colonies in his day and has defended the care of feral cats on Vatican property.

He’d be appalled at what’s happening right now at St James Church in lower Manhattan.
Father Lino Gonsalves and Father Walter Tonelotto have locked out caretakers who have tended to the church’s feral cat colony for years in an effort to starve the cats off church property.

Every cat in the colony is neutered and vaccinated per Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) guidelines, the only proven effective and humane method for managing feral cat populations. The priests refuse to meet with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to discuss any plans for the cats’ care even though caretakers have expressed their willingness to address concerns the priests may have for hygiene or security.

In recent weeks the incendiary situation has heated up, with one groundskeeper hinting that the cats would be poisoned and rescuers arrested for trespassing. The cats have gone more than two weeks without food.

Have those ASSHOLES ever heard of St. Francis of Asissi?

One of the animal rescue groups is having a meeting with them. It has turned into a huge kerfuffle

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:21 PM (45 replies)

Lower Swatara Township Church's Mock Raid Draws Criticism

The men burst into the church classroom and ordered the 15 teens in the youth group to the floor.
They covered the teens’ heads with pillow cases and bound their hands. One man waved an unloaded gun, while another yelled, his face daubed with camouflage paint.
Instead, they found themselves face down, hugging the linoleum floor, said the Rev. John Lanza, who described what happened. If they listened, they wouldn’t get hurt, their assailants said.
After bursting in on the youth group without warning, the raiders prodded the hooded kids into a church van and drove across the parking lot to the pastor’s house.
They led the teens through the garage, past the pastor’s motorcycle with crucifixes painted on its gas tank to an interrogation room in a dark corner of the musty basement.
Dust and loose insulation covered the floor beneath a single-bulb painter’s light suspended from the ceiling. It illuminated a lone chair.
The men questioned each teen for 30 seconds in the room, raising their voices to invoke fear, before releasing them, Lanza said.

They can try to justify this with whatever excuse they can dream up. They only wanted to play soldier or cop or something.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 09:14 AM (9 replies)

Tee-tiny 4oz puppeh named Beyonce:

This tiny little girl was born on March 8th and was so small that she could fit into a spoon. Her mother, Casey, is a very young Dachshund mix that was rescued from Devore Animal Control after being abandoned by her previous owner. By the time Casey was abandoned she was too far along to be spayed so Devore Animal Control contacted Grace and asked us to take her in.

So, in the early hours of March 3, one of our wonderful volunteers met a transport for Devore Animal Control on their way to deliver dogs to Oregon and picked up Casey and two Chihuahua mixes. When she arrived at the ranch, she was very far along and so big that we were worried she might not be able to deliver safely on her own. Casey was taken to Blue Ravine Animal Hospital where she was given an ultrasound. They found that she was pregnant with 5 puppies, one of which was abnormally small. They also determined that she is under a year old and this was probably her first heat.

Casey delivered her puppies in the late hours of March 8th. Beyoncé was the last of the five puppies to be born. At birth she was not breathing and had no heartbeat. Luckily, Dr. Michael Russell, who is mainly a large animal veterinarian, was standing by. He performed heart compressions and was able to get her heart started. Although her heart was now beating strong, Beyoncé was still not breathing. Beth DeCaprio, Founder and Executive Director at Grace and foster mom to Casey, quickly stepped in to give little Beyoncé mouth-to-mouth and was able to get her breathing normally.

Casey and the 4 other puppies are doing great. Beyoncé is unusually small for a puppy of almost one week, but despite her rough start to life, she is normal in every other way. Because of her small size Beyoncé needs to be bottle fed every hour because her mouth is still too small to be able to nurse properly.
More: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150666292094131.412625.46729294130&type=3

A little fighter too.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 08:05 AM (5 replies)

Dilbert provides insight into corporate America:

That nails it!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 04:46 AM (1 replies)

Shelter dog saves teen from attack by registered sexual offender

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A St. Petersburg dog is being called a hero for helping to save a 17-year-old girl from an attack. The teen was volunteering for the Friends of Strays animal shelter on a Saturday afternoon, a few weeks ago.

As she walked down a path behind the building with Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, the girl was attacked. County deputies say Michael Bacon, a registered sexual predator, chased her down, grabbed her by the hair, then pinned her down.

The teen couldn't get loose, but the 38-pound dog did, scaring the attacker off, and allowing the girl to escape.

"To see something like that happen, it's just unfathomable," said Donna Thomas, from Friends of Strays, adding they've never had any problems before. "...a dog, its bark, its growl, and defending its owner, is always a deterrent."

Yay Mabeline!

Sentences should be much longer for repeat offenders. They can't be cured. In addition,if they are released, they are the parolees that should be given top priority. These are the criminals who should be filling the jails instead of drug users.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:56 AM (12 replies)
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