Hurricanes, global warming, and the foolish approach of Trump and Pruitt

Writes Tom Friedman in the NY Times, "In possibly the most intellectually corrupt declaration of the Trump era — a high bar — Scott Pruitt, a longtime shill for oil and gas companies now masquerading as the head of the E.P.A., actually declared that even discussing possible links between human-driven climate disruptions and the recent monster storms was “insensitive.” He said that after our country got hit by two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes in the same year for the first time since records have been kept — storms made more destructive by rising ocean levels and warmer ocean waters...Frauds like Pruitt like to say that the climate has been changing since long before any human drove a car, so how could humans be causing climate change?...That is the Pruitt-Trump Doctrine — soon to be known as “Trump’s Folly.” more »


Catholics condemn racist violence in Charlottesville

Writes the Catholic Committee for the South, "Wherever it exists, racism is a sin and completely inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. A blight on the nation's soul, its presence on this land predates the founding of the United States of America." more »
Catholic Democrats respond to seminal analysis of US Catholic conservatives

In an article published on the Catholic website CRUX, Catholic Democrats President Steve Krueger responds to the argument made in the Italian Jesuit journal that American Catholic conservatives have hurt the Church by using it to advance the Republican ideological agenda. "[These] authors lift the veil on the dark side of the decades-old ecumenical accord between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in the United States. They correctly observe, I believe, that it has metastasized into an unholy alliance yielding the bad fruit of an 'ecumenism of hate' - particularly with respect to 'its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations.'" more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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