Great challenges demand great leadership from ordinary people, and if Pope Francis doesn’t exhibit great leadership during this crisis, it will damage him and the flock that he leads. Peter’s right about a lack of courage causing this scandal. Arguments that they are somehow saving the Church go against the truth that scandal never gets better with age or secrecy.
No large organization is immune to scandal. The Navy, and military in general, has had a host of scandals, the latest being Fat Leonard and poor surface driving skills. Every time the military suffered from the poor choices of its members, the only way it came out on top was to tackle it head on. The reason you don’t read about the Aberdeen scandal was because the members were quickly punished and policy changed to prevent future abuses. The reason you are still reading about Fat Leonard is because justice has not reached finality.
Not dispensing justice will make this scandal linger. On my first Navy assignment, my commanding officer (CO) was fired after two years in command. Officially, it was because of problems with our reactor’s chemistry. Behind the scenes, he was a terrible leader who had no problems screaming at people in public, lying to officials and altering documents to make his command look better than it was. While he was fired, he never went to court martial and was allowed to retire.
I felt cheated by the Navy. The Navy could have taken him to Court Martial. The Navy could have retired him at a lower rank, or even sent him to jail. The Navy could have done something other than shove him out of sight, out of mind. None of this happened. I personally laterally transferred to another branch, and I cited my CO and the lack of justice as a driving reason behind leaving. Plenty of others chose not to reenlist.
If the Catholic Church was a corporation, Pope Francis would be it’s CEO. And in terms of a company, the Catholic Church is pretty impressive: ~1.3 billion members, a few hundred billion in assets, missionary operations throughout the entire world, and the inspiration for great organizations such as Catholic Charities USA. It’s a big order for any single person to run, let alone do so while fighting a combination of Satan and secularism on a daily basis.
While I like Pope Francis as a spiritual leader, I have to say that as a CEO, he sort of sucks. For a CEO, his communication, discipline and snap decisions aren’t great. If you wanted to read an article where I detail that Pope Francis is the anti-Christ…this is not that article. But if you wonder why you’re not happy with the Pope, then maybe this is the article for you.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed this week. You can be forgiven if you missed the announcement, because it certainly didn’t make headlines. I didn’t find out until I checked my email and received my automated Defense News. I’ll go out on a limb and say that because it passed in a normal fashion, it was completely overcome by the 24/7 Russia-Trump news feed.
Looking at details, there is a lot to pay attention to. Here are some highlights, explained in non-defense speak:
I’ve noticed a troubling trend. When faced with adversity, setbacks or the like, a lot of people decide to go off and “find themselves.” You’ve probably heard it too. The vision you and I have is someone trekking off into the woods for a month and then suddenly emerging as a “new man” or “reformed woman,” or something like that.
Well, if you’re thinking about doing this, let me tell you: it likely doesn’t work.
If you visit a cosmetics or bath products shop, you’ll see plenty of advertisements that their products are “cruelty-free,” meaning that they weren’t tested on animals. You can also now buy vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and a host of other products, exactly to whatever belief system you would like. For people who pay attention to what they are using on their body, this is great news.
If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”
I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”
There is a “considerable chance” the number of aircraft-carrying ships available in the Chinese navy will be seven instead of four by 2025 because of a “lower profile defense program” that has already taken shape, a new report indicates.
While the United States spent years dithering over the future of its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun project, China ate its lunch. The Chinese navy plans to field its own secretive version of the electromagnetic railgun on naval vessels as early as 2025, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment first reported by CNBC.
China unveiled its Type 055 naval destroyer on June 28, the latest step in its decade and a half of military buildup. The new Chinese destroyer outcompetes U.S. destroyers and cruisers, highlighting a major failure in U.S. Navy planning that stretches back to the 1990s. Given the 055’s long-range supersonic YJ-18 and YJ-12 over the horizon (OTH) anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), the Chinese destroyer currently outcompetes U.S. Arleigh Burke class destroyers and bigger Ticonderoga class cruisers.
President Trump’s announcement that he wants a Space Force has sparked plenty of complaints and tons of memes. He’s not the first to clamor for a space force, but he would be foolish to let the Air Force (which seems like a logical choice) run the Space Force.
The President needs to put a retired Admiral or Marine in charge of any Space Force if he plans to get it off the ground.