Friday, June 13, 2003
What's so bad about Pax Americana?
In discussing what it means for America to be an empire, unimagined by those imperialists like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, the thoughts turned towards the British Empire (specifically from the defeat of Napoleon to 1914)
We don’t want to fight; but, by Jingo, if we do, We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, and got the money too.
And the two lines which give a historical context:
We've fought the bear before And while we're Britons true The Russians shall not have Constantinople.
The attitude we call today "jingoism".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:34 PM Permalink
UK Guardian: L.A. Cardinal Criticizes Panel Official
One of the most powerful Roman Catholic leaders in the nation said in an interview published Friday that he may ask fellow bishops to consider removing former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating as head of a national panel reviewing priest abuse allegations.
Spokesman for La Cosa Nostra were also critical of Keating saying that the comparison of itself to admitted abusers of children and superiors who cover-up and lie about it was an outrage. "La Cosa Nostra is about making money from crime, not the destruction of innocence and sexual perversion."
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:11 PM Permalink
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Separation of Church and State Watch
Says the Queens Library: "Brooklyn-Queens Day originated as a Protestant holiday celebrated in the City of Brooklyn in 1829. Back then it was known, and fondly remembered by some, as Anniversary Day. Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the first Thursday in June, commemorating the founding of the First Sunday School on Long Island. The first parade was held in Brooklyn June 1829.Schools in Brooklyn and Queens are closed.
A little history: politically "New York City" was simply Manhattan and then Greater New York was constructed from "New York", the Bronx, Staten Island, and the parts of Long Island: The City of Brooklyn corresponded to the county of Kings and kept the better-known name of Brooklyn. The County of Queens included the towns of Flushing, Jamaica, and Long Island City and became simply "Queens". So M,BX,SI,B and Q became the five boroughs of New York City. It had a sort of federal form of goverment which gave disproportionate representation to Staten Island and the Bronx. Under a "one man-one vote" lawsuit, this was abandoned in favor or making the mayor more powerful.
601 am is a good NYC blog.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:05 PM Permalink
CNS News: Psychiatric Association Debates Reclassifying Pedophilia
In a step critics charge could result in decriminalizing sexual contact between adults and children, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently sponsored a symposium in which participants discussed the removal of pedophilia from an upcoming edition of the psychiatric manual of mental disorders.
First they were unwilling to call it a sin, or a crime, merely an illness. Now they are going to make it impossible to call it an illness.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:16 PM Permalink
National Review Michael Novak: Errors of Mass Destruction
The Bush administration has made two errors regarding weapons of mass destruction. First, it is now failing to make clear that prior to the war the administration did not have the burden of proving that there were, or were not, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That burden fell on Saddam Hussein. (This simple conclusion should have always been clear to all, since the U.N. inspectors never carried the burden of proof either.)
Don't hold your breath waiting for a response to this. The conclusion that Saddam had WMD's was bipartisan by the way. It's just anti-Bush agitation.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:53 PM Permalink
Fast Moving News Can Overwhelm a Blog
I was tempted yesterday to blog the news account that Cardinal Egan (the silent invisible one) was going to be very, very quiet about the priests who were suspended but not indicted by the District Attorney.
"No comment" on whether or not the lay panel investigating that old allegations were going to return the priests to ministry, maintain the suspension, or seek laicization.
But that would be wrong. The always wrong-headed Jimmy Breslin rushed to his Underwood to pound this out: Newsday Jimmy Breslin: Royal Stench Of Arrogance
The affair was in the dining room with the wine cooler for 40 bottles of the best and a stove on which whole sides of beef could be cooked. The kitchen cost something like $220,000, the money for which came from such collections of the faithful in the parishes of the diocese as the Bishop's Appeal. "Send money to keep Mansion Murphy eating big thick roast beef!"But that was then and this is now
Cardinal Edward M. Egan announced yesterday that he would make public the name of any priest permanently removed for sexually molesting children, a change from what his spokesman had said was the cardinal's position.
Don't bother wondering if Breslin will find something else to complain about.
The only significant thing that's not in what I quoted above, is that if a priest is cleared, it will be the priest's option to request that the archdiocese name him as having been investigated and there is no reason to not have him return to ministry or just have no public comment.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:21 PM Permalink
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Drudge tells you that Arnold Schwarzenegger
extremeCatholic gives you a few links to his Austrian Catholic background:
Cranky Critic Interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger on End of Days
CrankyCritic: Was your faith and religion part of the package?
Hold your horses, there. There's some bad news too in this ABC profile
Schwarzenegger describes himself as "very liberal" on social issues. He favors legalized abortion, some gun control measures and gay adoption. His wife, Kennedy cousin Maria Shriver, is a Democrat.
We have to wait and see if a better candidate emerges. It's becoming harder and harder to be elected pro-life in California at the state level as it is in New York.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:16 AM Permalink
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Man Bites Dog Dept.
A Long Island priest is suing five members of his parish accusing them of defamation. The parishioners are upset that their church elementary school is being closed.
Do both. I don't know what the merits of the case are. Here's what the CCC has to say about defamation:
2497. By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation.
In the United States, if the defendants are considered media and covered by the First Amendment under Freedom of the Press (see Wired for a story on this) -- then the very high standard has to be met.
Rev. Thomas Coby would have to prove that the charges were made in reckless disregard for the truth and the defendents had actual malice. Very, very few cases are successful in proving both of these.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:28 PM Permalink
I'll have a Pastrami on White with Mayo
(Washington-AP) -- Senator Charles Schumer, a New York liberal who supports gay and abortion rights, is teaming up with an unlikely ally as he takes on annoying spam e-mails the Christian Coalition.
The editor at WCBS radio gave it the URL "strange bedfellows". I think mine is more clever. Schumer has never taken any anti-porn positions so I suspect this for some other agenda.
Seven years ago the Christian Coalition launched a now-defunct affiliated group called the Catholic Alliance. The best explanation of what it was supposed to be about is in old First Things article
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:07 PM Permalink
On the other hand, Pope Pius XII is not forgotten
Neat piles of paper stacked on the floor of the Rev Peter Gumpel's office testify to the 20 years he has spent researching the case for raising one of Roman Catholicism's most contested figures of the last century - Pope Pius XII - to sainthood.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:26 PM Permalink
Zenit: Cause begins for Pope John Paul I
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 10, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation for Sainthood Causes has given its consent to begin the canonical process on the holiness of Pope John Paul I.
I know what you are saying -- he was only Pope for 33 days -- was that sufficient? Well, I don't know much about Pope John Paul I -- other that to say that he's a favorite of conspiracy kooks who believe that he was murdered to keep silent about something.
This very slow loading web site is the official Pope John Paul I site
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:09 PM Permalink
One Cheer For Democracy
Santiago, Jun. 10 (CWNews.com) - A democratic society can easily be manipulated if it is not built on the proper social foundation, Pope John Paul II has warnedMy list is a bit longer:
And the last two are very important for creating accountability and reducing corruption.
Where I am a loss to integrate my list with the Pope's is on the matter of whether strong family life is the fruit of a good society or whether the good society emerges from strong families.
In my own observation, the strongest families can be found in the strictest Muslim families where the father and mother are absolute in their control and demands upon children.
And if a tradition of respectful debate was important, then the world would be ruled from Irish pubs.
And what a world that would be!
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:32 PM Permalink
Monday, June 09, 2003
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:37 PM Permalink
Like having your movie open the same weekend as Star Wars
Rather than repeating the criticism of the the author of "Rewriting History" let me recommend a newly published book:
And if you click on this button below to get to Amazon something wonderful happens to me:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:54 PM Permalink
New York Times: op-ed David Gibson, The Bishop and the Prosecutor
The bishop has been taken out of any oversight role," Mr. Romley said. "He becomes ceremonial in a lot of ways." This remarkable statement marks a small but significant shift in the balance of power between church and state — a battle that has existed since the Middle Ages, when popes and princes jousted with one another.I'm not familiar with David Gibson but this is the echo of what I've been writing here for months. He is or was the Religion writer for the Newark Star-Ledger (I guess the Times didn't want to credit a New Jersey paper).
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:17 PM Permalink
Sunday, June 08, 2003
Associated Press: (Philippines) Roman Catholic bishop accused of sexual misconduct
One of the Philippines' most popular Roman Catholic bishops apologized and offered to resign Sunday after his secretary accused him of sexual misconduct -- the latest sex scandal to batter the country's dominant religion.Am I reading this right? He's apologizing for something that he wasn't accused of doing -- and he has (through his spokesman) denied what he has been accused of.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:05 PM Permalink
Know Thy Place
A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. This is the image of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that one would have seen to up around, say, 1968.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:59 PM Permalink