In the confusion of voices now vying for our attention, from our struggling economy (“Shopping is a patriotic act!”) and from a venomous Washington (“We cannot afford the future!”), another, barely audible voice is telling us the truth. It is the voice of Advent, and it is telling us that as a country we are in danger of losing our souls.
United Nations member nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. That event is commemorated on different dates throughout this month.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the U.N. general assembly on Nov. 20, 1989, and Children's Day or the International Day of the Child, is commemorated on various dates in different countries.
We do not — as yet — however have a comparable universal pledge to defend children from sexual abuse and exploitation and a day to commemorate that pledge. Why not?
William K. Black writing on the Huffington Post:
Simultaneously, his administration is launching another petulant attack on his strongest supporters. The administration's daily floggings will continue until morale improves among progressives -- and generations of political scientists will marvel at this administration's self-destructive reflexes.
Jesus was born a poor man and he ministered to the poor. He spoke about his special love for the poor. Unfortunately, it seems his voice would not be welcomed among the Republicans, including Republican Catholics and Christians who have seemingly forgotten the roots of the very faith they claim to represent.
It is unbelievable that such Republicans and some Democrats would instead have a preferential option for the very rich that represent no more than 1 percent, if even that, of the total population.
These politicians would rather give unfair tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires than support the poor and unemployed through longer extensions of unemployment benefits, including to those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Instead of supporting immediate job creation programs, they instead want to allow the very rich more money to stash away or to buy one more luxury item.
Despite their clamor for reducing the deficit, they’d rather give more tax breaks to the very rich that almost all economist agree only adds to the deficit because those tax cuts are not paid for.
But it’s the callousness and lack of humanity that bothers me the most.
Today’s front page Washington Post profile of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum makes it pretty clear that the controversial one-time lawmaker plans a run for president. He is spending a lot of time in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – home to the first three 2012 presidential nomination contests.
The Pioneer Press this morning reports that Minnesota Catholics will return to the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis about 2,000 of the 400,000 copies of a DVD mailed out by the archdiocese calling for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Read more here.
New Rochelle, N.Y.: Nun Is Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $1.2-Million From Iona College
ROME -- New government pressures on the Catholic church in China, including the election of an illicitly ordained bishop as the new president of a government-controlled bishops’ conference, threaten to “turn the clock back to the times of Mao Zedong,” according to an influential Vatican China-watcher.
On his God's Politics blog, Jim Wallis says that President Obama should have fought tax cuts for the wealthy.
Read the full entry: President Obama Should Have Fought This One
A press release from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests:
In her just-released book, Living Gospel Equality Now, Loving in the Heart of God: A Roman Catholic Women Priest Story," Bridget Mary Meehan shares her journey to priesthood as a Roman Catholic woman. See: Living Gospel Equality Now
The following "press release" is an imagined dialogue between the Pope and Bridget Mary.
Pope Benedict: It's Jesus' fault. He didn't ordain women priests. Why blame me for everything?
Bridget Mary: Don't blame Jesus! He didn't ordain anyone -- male or female.
Pope Benedict: He had only male Apostles.