Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California, the head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued a statement for Labor Day that is simply put one of the most forceful statements from the USCCB in a long time. He sets forth a vision for the nation's economic and political life that could scarcely be more at odds with the Ayn Rand-inspired Tea Party social Darwinism that has come to dominate so much of public discourse.
Jon Chait is one of the funniest writers in DC today, but even by his high standards, today's post about the NYTimes' David Brooks is especially hilarious. Brooks wants someone to call out Rick Perry for the kookie ideas he holds and his general unsuitability for the presidency. Chait suggests a mirror, or Ross Douthat.
To be clear, a person who has been sexually abused as a child is allowed to be angry for the rest of their lives. I get that. And, to be clear, groups like SNAP and BishopAccountability.org have undertaken an important task of monitoring the Catholic Church’s compliance with its own public commitments regarding the protection of children and the prosecution of clergy predators. I get that, too. Members of SNAP are to the clergy sex abuse crisis what survivors are to the Holocaust, the people whose memory we must always respect and, more to this point, those whose sense of alarm has a particular moral authority.
From the Dept of "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" - Qaddafi's secret crush.
Thursday afternoon, the Archdiocese of Boston announced that it has compiled a list of all the archdiocese’s clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children and is placing it at one, easy to access, location on its website.
A total of 159 clerics are listed at the new website and it includes all clergy who were accused and found guilty by either criminal or ecclesiastical courts, all clergy who were accused and laicized, and all clergy who were accused but subsequently exonerated.
I was almost beginning to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. He did not have much of a platform for his candidacy to begin with. He can't very well run on his signature accomplishment while Governor of Massachusetts, universal health care with an individual mandate! And, his prowess as a businessman suffers from the fact that he made a lot of his money by exporting jobs overseas. Then, there is that obnoxious clip of him defending abortion rights with a highly personal story about the death of his cousin whom he loved because she had a botched illegal abortion in the early 60's. But, hey, he was a grown-up and the frontrunner.
Not anymore. Fresh from the getting the posse ready to rough up Ben Bernanke, Gov. Rick Perry is now atop the latest Gallup poll.
If Romney thought his front-runner status lent his campaign an aura of inevitability, he was barking up the wrong tree. Ask Hillary Clinton how that inevitability thing works. But, now he is not even the front-runner. Why does he think he can win this thing?
I confess - I am a such a computer Luddite, the idea of being concerned, or even interested, in the departure of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple did not occur when I read the paper this morning. But, Rocco has the scoop for those of you who care about such things with some ecclesiastical parallels that further confuse me but may be intellgible to MACheads.
Over at American magazine, Kevin Clarke has a thoughtful essay on tyhe significance of the fall of Qaddafi for the future of international relations. He is especially precise in his examination of what the events in Libya portend for the Right to Protect. Well worth the read.
Why has evolution, of all things, become a hot topic in this year’s presidential race? It is an interesting question. After all, very little a president does has to do with the teaching of evolution. But, because evangelical Christians have become the base of the GOP today, the issue matters greatly.
First, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, incorrectly, that in Texas both creationism and evolution are taught in the schools. Of course, in the religious schools, creationism is taught and in the public schools evolution is taught. But, repeated court rulings prohibit the teaching of creationism in the public schools because it is a religious belief.
Somebody at the Vatican has WAY too much time on their hands. The official Vatican website, which now includes Latin as one of the languages, has a new feature: how to render modern words unknown at the time Latin was still a spoken language. Who knew that "hot pants" is properly rendered as "brevissimae bracae feminae" or that "mini golf" was "pilamalleus minutus." As for "factotum" I thought that was already in Latin.
In any event, check out the full list here but be prepared to laugh out loud.