Saturday, April 26, 2008
(via Christ Our Hope, which was kind enough to also link here, and which I have side-barred.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
On an excruciatingly slow August day in New York City, a resolution was coming up for consideration, apparently, at the U.N. General Assembly. ... "You should go," one of my superiors said to me. "It won't be a big deal. Just take notes." ... I went to the meeting hall and took my seat at Israel's place... Although I didn't recognize him, the Italian representative greeted me and shook my hand. Then he leaned in and said, "So you know, the vote is definitely going to happen today after all."Check out what happens next...
His book (the above is from a Salon excerpt) defintely looks like an interesting read.
The hosts were drawn from TV personalities and news broadcasters. They either were completely unfunny or unaware. A news anchor from a local TV station turned to the priests and seminarians in the front and asked them on the main microphone if they were going to vote for Obama or Hillary. She was promptly booed by the entire crowd. Suddenly flustered, she tried to laugh it off by saying she respected the separation of Church and State. She was then booed once more by the entire crowd.He's also been sidebarred.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Can. 401 §1. A diocesan bishop who has completed the seventy-fifth year of age is requested to present his resignation from office to the Supreme Pontiff, who will make provision after he has examined all the circumstances.
Permit me a brief word on the several events. The first was not on the official program. It was the news conference on the plane coming over. The first question, not surprisingly, was about the sex abuse crisis. Benedict’s response might be described in other contexts as a preemptive strike. [Emphasis mine.]
Joseph Bottum notes that Obama's friend is really a professor of education, which is something less than a professor of English. (I prefer my Ayers A.J. actually.)
(direct link to original Dowd column)
I must say I've been enjoying reading Bill Kristol in the Times.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The Holy Father and the President devoted considerable time in their discussions to the Middle East, in particular resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict in line with the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace and security, their mutual support for the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, and their common concern for the situation in Iraq and particularly the precarious state of Christian communities there and elsewhere in the region. The Holy Father and the President expressed hope for an end to violence and for a prompt and comprehensive solution to the crises which afflict the region.This is probably one of the places in the world the Pope can have the most impact by something other than simple suasion, given the Maronite power in Lebanon. It's interesting to see him flex his muscle there.
So says Kreuz.net, but that seems very unlikely.
For one thing at 71 isn't he too old?
Hayes was 51. Spellman was 49. Cooke was 47. O'Connor was 64. Egan was 68. Though that's not too many data points and they do seem to be trending a bit older. But Spellman and Hayes were both dead by 71.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The issue, presumably the last of the 50th anniversary issues is bursting with interesting articles. The theme of the issue is "Conservative Reflections on Neglected Questions and Ignored Problems".
So far I've read with interest James Kurth on "The Tragic Death of the Hapsburg Empire" and Catesby Leigh on "Building More Value into the World We Build". The latter, describing conservative approaches to architecture, was an excellent complement to Dino Marcantonio's recent lecture on traditional Catholic architecture.