Saturday, April 11, 2009
How to catch a pirate: New York Times
The strange thing about this roundup of solutions is that the authors who claim to know the real deal when pirates are concerned are fully of certainty only about what is not going to work. None of the know-it-alls has a solution other than wait and see what happens.
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I made a pro-life connection when I first saw this image
Is or isn't this baby connected to his/her mother's body?
Are you satisfied you are looking at two people?
In any event, this is product for sale so let me plug the vendor Peekathru at mom4life.com and HT to urlesque.com
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:58 PM Permalink
Friday, April 10, 2009
Vale, Edward Cardinal Egan
I wish Cardinal Egan well in whatever assignment he receives from the Pope. It is ironic that he is getting the greatest amount of local television coverage now at his exit. This wasn't true with his three predecessors during my life. Cardinal Egan was the master of his ecclesial domain and confronting the culture of death was a secondary concern for him. It will take the perspective of history to judge if he left the Church in New York in better condition than he found it.
As I blogged earlier the Cardinal made himself a prisoner of precedent and invited candidate Obama to the Al Smith dinner on the basis that while he was pro-abortion, he wasn't Catholic, and therefore not subject to the Church's "discipline".
Best wishes as well for Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Labels: church, culture, new york, obama, politics
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I see a pattern emerging (and I will explain the pirate picture)
In the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal it seems that legions of anonymous cowards have stepped forward to verbally defecate over every news item or blog posting that mentions "priest" to make a crude reference to child molestation. Before I give an example of this, so you too can recognize it, let me give you two core truths about the scandal of sexual abuse:
Here are the links:
Let me also mention that Curt Jester blogged on this earlier in the day. Labels: anti-catholic, blogs, culture, extreme
Let me also mention that Curt Jester blogged on this earlier in the day.
Labels: anti-catholic, blogs, culture, extreme
Monday, April 06, 2009
Going Wobbly Dept.
Maybe Notre's Dame's invitation could be good for the unborn
Archbishop Quinn in America blogged on googlinggod
The bigger question though which Bishop Quinn addressed in the first few paragraphs of the article is a doozy: How do unborn get served in the end by either withdrawing the invitation or by allowing President Obama to speak? Which ends up serving their needs best?My comment:
Yet another pathetic "call to dialog" with the killers of the unborn. The foolish Catholics and Catholic institutions have been doing this since before Roe. It is easy to answer the question of "how does it help the unborn" -- because it can deny Obama (or his surrogates) an updated clone of the infamous Cuomo political cover "...as I said in my September 13, 1984 speech at Notre Dame..." which every pro-abortion Catholic pol uses today as their position slip to defy God and his Church.
This dialog has only served to confuse, confound, and contradict clear Catholic teaching on the right to life of the unborn.
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Sunday, April 05, 2009
Catholicism and Economics
At the Nassau Community College, Center for Catholic Studies
The speakers were
It was not capitalism's day to shine. It's wasn't a classic debate along the lines of "Resolved: The United States should abandon capitalism for socialism." or "Resolved: The United States should abandon capitalism for distributism" it was more like put the texts of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations through Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse into a pinata and beat it around.
Really, there were so many lies and half-truths said about the "c" word, there would be scarcely any time to offer up criticism on socialism and distributism.
Michael Novak, I think, fell into several traps, citing government interventions into political matters as favorable evidence for capitalism. I thought citing the provision for patents and copyrights in the Constitution as a very odd way of defending capitalism -- an example of how the government grants a limited monopoly. Rather, it demonstrates that government often intervenes into markets.
Rather than convincing me to stop being a capitalist, I heard many familiar complaints which I could have answered like "capitalism necessarily increases income inequality", but I also heard a few that made me think about things: how different the country would be if it were not so easy to create limited liability corporations.
The lasting impact on me was a resolution to reread Rerum Novarum (1891) and its sequels through Centesimus Annus (1991) to get a better sense of how they connect to Catholic social justice.
Finally, if they do this again, it should include someone who can argue for more capitalism -- that the Louisiana Purchase was unconstitutional because it was not an enumerated power, and that "commerce clause" cases all the way back to Gibbons v. Ogden were decided in contravention of the principles of capitalism. Don't stop with unwinding creeping socialism in FDR's new deal, let's unwind all the way back to George Washington.
Labels: capitalism, distributism, social justice, socialism
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