Tuesday, July 6, 2021


 On Wednesday, July 7, President and Mrs.(Rosalyn) Jimmy Carter celebrate their 75th Wedding Anniversary. God bless them and their witness to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony!

Plains, Georgia is in the Albany Deanery of the Diocese of Savannah.

Photo from the dedication of Albany, Georgia’s new museum in 1983. I don’t know who the priest is offering the invocation, but Fr. Allan J. McDonald was the Associate Pastor of St. Teresa Church in Albany from 1980 to ‘85.


Disgruntled Observer said...

The Albany Aquarium, where that photo was taken is a nice tourist attraction. Unfortunately, because it is located in Albany, it is something akin to "lipstick on a pig". It is surrounded by boarded up and closed businesses and Albany's horrible crime rate speaks for itself.

If you are driving to Albany from Tifton (after exiting I-75) you have to pass through a town called Poulan. BEWARE: It is a speed trap with poorly posted signs and abrupt changed in the speed limit.

"Poulan" is a variation on the French word for "chicken". It certainly applies to that nasty little hamlet. What they do to drivers passing through is as chicken as a sucker punch.

Chip said...

I was shooting people and breaking things for Uncle Sam at that time. Always wondered how the Navy could produce a nuclear sub crewman who could become President and still not be able to pronounce "nuclear". Apparently it was because his focus was on being a successful husband and business farmer/politician.

Father, you folk watch out later this week for tornadycanes in any of those passing rainbands from Elsa, as they are always hiding in those passing squalls along with higher winds always stronger than forecast.

Anonymous said...

Off from the above the subject, but does anyone realize that over 10 Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches have been burned to the ground in Canada this year!! They have been burned down by the indigenous people as they are called in Canada we call them Native Americans in the states, all stemming from past abuse by Catholic and Anglican priests suppressing the language and culture and worse, however burning down Catholic and Anglican churches is not going to help there cause, yet no mention of this in the Leftwing MSN, can you imagine if these were Mosques? The outrage of Islamaphobia would be loud and relentless.

Just The Facts said...

No menton on MSN...

Oh Really?

From the MSN Website: "More churches burn down on Canada indigenous land - 6/27/2021"


"At least 9 Canadian churches set ablaze amid indigenous anger over residential schools
Peter Hasson 2 days ago"


"Tensions flare over Anglican church burned down on Gitwangak First Nation
Duration: 02:08 3 days ago"


"Century-old church is destroyed by fire in Canada
Duration: 00:45 5 days ago"

There are none SO BLIND as those who will not see.

More Facts said...

Yeah Anonymous, how DARE you not research and nitpick to death any possible coverage by the Church-hating networks, those great models of journalistic integrity!

Seriously, a good bit of that story and its anti-Catholic bias has been debunked. Here is a SECULAR source--certainly from no friend of the Church--that does just that:

Jumping to Conclusions Without the Facts in the Indigenous Residential Schools Question

REAL Women of Canada believes that our Members and contacts should be aware of the report by Dr. Scott Hamilton, Anthropologist, at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Dr. Hamilton was retained by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to review the indigenous school cemeteries. He has extensively reviewed the problem of cemeteries including the former Kamloops residential school where 215 children were reportedly buried.

The media has written numerous articles about this tragedy without investigating the facts which reveals another perspective on the situation.

Attached is a summary of Dr. Scott Hamilton’s report.

Jumping to Conclusions Without the Facts in the Indigenous

Residential Schools Question

Sensible persons in Canada can no longer believe or be influenced by the media, since it has proven itself to be undeserving of either confidence or respect.

Media manipulation and inadequacies were exposed in the horrendous story about innocent, helpless Indigenous children being buried and forgotten in a cemetery on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops. According to the media’s account, the cemetery was a mass grave (the term usually describing war crimes or massacres) of children who were neglected, abused, and abandoned in the residential schools and buried in the cemetery to hide their deaths. It would be a shocking story if it were true.

However, Dr. Scott Hamilton from the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, was retained by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address the question of deceased children living in residential schools and buried on school lands. His examination of this issue tells an eye-opening, and very different story from the perceptions created by the media. Anyone who has any doubts about the following summary should read Dr. Hamilton’s 44-page report themselves which can be found at: .

Just More Facts said...


Dr. Hamilton’s Report

Dr. Hamilton starts his report by explaining that it is difficult to find answers because some Indigenous residential schools were rebuilt in various locations under the same name, physical evidence was difficult to find since the story extended over a century in many cases, and archival documentation was not always available. Dr. Hamilton’s work, therefore, focused on the documents that did survive. His report is an eye-opening explanation about the approximately 100 years of operation of 150 Indian residential schools in Canada. The search indicates that at least 3,213 children were reported to have died in these residential schools.

Aboriginal Mortality

According to Dr. Hamilton, communicable diseases were a primary cause of poor health and death for many Aboriginal people during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tuberculosis, for which there was no cure, was rampant during this period. It affected Aboriginals more than other Canadians. Indigenous people had limited resistance to the European newcomer’s diseases. The generally poor living conditions within the residential schools would have increased the problem. Some children had likely contracted the disease prior to attending the school, but others were infected within the crowded, and poorly constructed residential school, built by the Department of Indian Affairs, not by the various churches.

The annual federal report by Dr. Peter Brice, the Chief Medical Officer for Indian Affairs in 1906, outlined the extent of the Aboriginal health crisis. He noted: “the Indian population of Canada had a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population”. In his 1909 report, Dr. Bryce stated that he had undertaken a detailed examination of 243 students at seven residential schools, and concluded that there was a marked presence of tuberculosis among all age groups. He reported, “there was not a child that showed a normal temperature”. Tuberculosis was not the only epidemic during these years, there were others, such as the devastating Spanish flu in 1918. There were no inoculations available to stem the deaths. Neither were anti-bacterial drugs such as penicillin and anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs available at that time. It is significant that by 1948, the death rate of indigenous children in the schools had substantially decreased. Prior to 1948, student illness or death was high and the subsequent lower death rate can be attributed to medical developments.

The Residential Schools

Prior to 1883, Protestant and Catholic missionaries established churches and schools, and in some cases, hospitals to care for Aboriginals of all ages. These schools were intended to provide basic literacy to acculturate children to non-Aboriginal social and religious values, and to provide vocational schools to enable them to more easily assimilate into society.

It was not until 1883 that the Canadian Government under the Indian Affairs Department took control of and established further larger institutions, known as the “residential school system”, for Indigenous children which were to provide both academic and industrial training, with an eye to aid their employment and integration within the increasingly dominant Euro-Canadian society. The 1920 amendment to the Indian Act gave to the Department of Indian Affairs the authority to send any school-age Indigenous children to a day or residential school. It was not until the early 1970s that the number of residential schools in operation began to decline sharply, and finally ceased operations in 1996.

Just More Facts said...


The Burial Policy of the Department of Indian Affairs

Surprisingly enough, Indian Affairs did not have a formal, written policy on burial of children from residential schools until 1958, which was fully 75 years after the rapid expansion of the residential schools system. Although not written, the practice of the Department was to not pay funeral expenses unless the cost of long-distance transportation was less than the cost of burying the student where he died. This is consistent with the practice that occurred throughout the whole history of the residential school system, namely, to keep burial costs low which discouraged sending bodies of deceased students back to their home communities. Correspondence over the years from Indian Affairs indicates that under normal circumstances, the schools were expected to cover the costs of burial of students who died at their schools. The most cost-effective way of doing this was to undertake burial in a cemetery on school grounds. Such cemeteries often contained not only the bodies of students, but also those of teachers and religious personnel in the schools who had died while working there. Over time, the wooden crosses marking the graves deteriorated, as did the fencing surrounding these cemeteries. As a result, some of these cemeteries became lost to time. Another problem was the maintenance of these residential school cemeteries. Indian Affairs did not accept responsibility for maintaining them. This responsibility fell on the religious congregations which operated these schools with inadequate government funding. Another problem was that these residential school cemeteries were also sometimes used for burials of members of nearby municipalities, but the municipalities did not accept any responsibility to maintain the cemeteries.


It seems that throughout the history of the Indian Residential Schools, there were financially driven procedures and barriers that prevented the return of deceased students for burial and the maintenance of the cemeteries near the schools. The wooden markers on the graves disintegrated over time as did the fences surrounding the cemeteries which became heavily overgrown by forest vegetation. Over time this made it difficult to determine the parameters of the cemetery and to learn about the individuals buried within them.

There is no evidence whatsoever of an intent to hide these graves. Further there is no indication that the children buried in these long-forgotten cemeteries died of abuse or neglect. But one is led to believe this by the media’s accounts. The story of the residential schools is heartbreaking from many perspectives. However, it is not reasonable, based on the facts, to accuse the Catholic Church and other faith organizations that operated the schools of neglect of the children or callous behaviour towards them that led to their death. If there is any fault, it lies with federal Indian Affairs which did not provide adequate funding for the residential schools, the children and the cemeteries. According to the media this Canadian tragedy was the failure of the Catholic Church and other religious organizations, which is outright anti-Catholic bigotry. It is another attempt to discredit religious faith and to drive religion from the public square. The residential schools are the tool which is being used to do so.

Just More Facts said...

More Facts 12:32 - You obviously missed - or are you among the blind who will not see - what Anonymous 11:22 posted.

To remind you, "...yet no mention of this in the Leftwing MSN..."

See that? "tes no mention."

Now, I merely, not nitpickingly mind you, posted what the so-called leftwing MSN had posted regarding these tragic events.

And, now, you quote these reports that, one can assume, are factual and, one can reason, do explain a great deal about the death of the indigenous children undeer the care of these schools. And, yes, there is anti-religion bigotry at play.

BUT, none of that applies to Anon 11:22's assertion which I have merely shown to be incorrect.

Isn't that true?

Chip said...

Wow...a photo of Carter at an aquarium from 1983 is just too good an opportunity to pass up to go on and on about Canada, church burnings, treatment of natives, etc etc etc. It makes sense...if you just live to argue on the internet and no topic too narrow to contain the rage.

Tom Marcus said...

"...if you just live to argue on the internet and no topic too narrow to contain the rage."

Best comment I've read in days.

Michael A said...

I'm not sure that I would post a picture of myself with Jimmy. Tear this page out of your scrapbook Father. Congrats to him for being married for a long time, but I can't think of too many other things that he can be credited for. I recall how he couldn't understand how Reagan didn't give a $!%# about the memo he gave to Ronnie that had all of Jimmy's keen insights in it. Can you imagine someone not taking Jimmy's advice on being president? He still can't figure out stagflation. It took Reagan about 30 seconds.

Pierre said...

Michael A,

The leftwing media hated Reagan because he was not on board with Abortion and Gay issues. That’s all they care about

Michael A said...


Yes indeed, abortion is the supreme sacrament in the church of climate change, radical feminism, LGBT and anti-white supremacy. Going through with a sex change is a close second. Trump had his faults, but he is second to none on the abortion issue. And we know how the media treated him.

Anonymous said...

"The leftwing media hated Reagan because he was not on board with abortion and gay issues..."

Oh, my.

Was that the same Ronald Reagan who signed a liberal abortion law when he was governor of California? The same Ronald Reagan who appointed some "duds" to the Supreme Court when it came to abortion (referring of course to Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy).

As for the left wing media, Reagan was able to win 49 states in his 1984 landslide even with such opposition---and that was when the Big e (ABC, NBC and CBS) were even more dominant than today. No FOX to turn to, no Internet. Of course it helped he faced the hapless Walter Mondale, Carter's former vice president.

Luckylady said...

"Anonymous" above,

What continue like you do?
Most people who follow and contribute to this blog have an IQ higher than a boiled potato; and are also aged over 17? And are rarely impressed.
Are you not aware of that?

Is it not often the case with many people that he or she may be a left of centre liberal and or a Democrat voter or Labour Party voter up to middle age; but during middle age, or a bit older, grow up politically and move to a right of centre position on politics, various social (even religious) issues...

Also, there were and are many like Reagan, for whom it was more the case the Democratic Party left them, more than they left the Democrats.

Now, is there anything above you can find to irrelevantly nitpick?

Cyril Davies said...

Like so many other items on this blog, this post has devolved into a political argument. I could rage on about how infecting the Church with politics has all but ruined it. I could express my indignation at the sheer immaturity of everyone demonstrating an obsessively ravenous appetite for the "gotcha" or the last word. I could ramble about the importance of staying on topic. I could even complain about the obvious trolls who come in to these discussion to try to poison them with their own personal misery.

Folks, we're way beyond that now. Is this REALLY where you want to take this? Because I can tell you , the vast majority of us ARE NOT INTERESTED in watching you try to self-therapize your personality disorders here. You're just making this part of the blog boring. BORING. B-O-R-I-N-G!

So go ahead and keep on bickering and making fools of yourselves. I have only one thing...well maybe a couple of things to say to your self-righteous one-upmanship fest:



Anonymous said...

Dear Cyril,

If you are bored by much that appears on this blog, why follow and read it?

If you were so bored by this particular thread and blog posting, why such a verbose, rambling comment about it?

And was your comment an attempt at having the last (c.100) words here?

As this is a Catholic blog, I'll say a Hail Mary for you tonight. Okay?


Dr Cecil Clutterbuck.

Pierre said...

Anonymous K at 10:00 PM,

Reagan's views on abortion, unlike yours, evolved and he walked away from it because it was poisonous, yet you still vote for the Party of poison. Reagan won in a landslide because he talked over the media and he had done such a great job, normal people blew these old lefties off. Yes he appointed some duds but not utter leftwing disasters like Kagan and Sotomayor. You and Justice Kennedy have a lot in common!

zzzzzzZ said...

Cyril - I find your self-therapy, so plainly evident in your post at 6:52, fascinating.

Maybe you'd like to offer us more of your self-revelatory considerations, or maybe not.

Looking forward to more of the same, I am faithfully, yours...

Pierre said...

Anonymous at 10:00 PM,

Cyril Davies has nailed you to a tee!

Anonymous said...

Pierre - $50.00 fine (plus court costs) for mixing metaphors. Step down. Next case.

Pierre said...

Anonymous K is losing his touch and obviously has nothing productive to do today

Luckylady said...


I agree.
With some people their basic decency and integrity or their honesty can shine out of almost every sentence they write.
With others it can be their inherent hysterical traits, especially when frustrated or challenged.

Anonymous said...

Uh Pierre and Lucky Lady, before I sign off for the night (responding from 10 last night):

Pierre, I did not know you were so knowledgeable about my views on abortion. Have we ever met? I actually voted for Reagan in 1984 (it was my first presidential vote ever). And Lucky Lady, obviously I am over 17---otherwise I "voted" for Reagan before I was born. I am simply saying that Reagan made some errors before being president and with some of his court appointments, but overall was a pretty good president. Like Ike in 1960, he probably could have won a 3rd term in 1988 (though just as well he did not given his developing dementia).

With regard to Carter, well, yes, congrats on 75 years of marriage (just don't call it a "sacrament: in front of Baptists1), but Carter has been critical of Catholics when it comes to our refusal to ordain women and I am just betting his views on abortion and gay "marriage" are to the left of most everyone on this blog. Maybe Jimmy and Rosalyn are closet Episcopalians?!?