Monday, March 15, 2010

Stuff from around the web

Just a bunch of links of interest:

On President Obama, and his continuation of Bush policies in everything but name, we have Andy Worthington noting that the president continues to stand by his commitment to protect those who enacted and authorized torture in previous years. And this from the administration that claims transparency is its hallmark! Such policies continue to make friends abroad ... um, or not.

On the up side, Federal Judge Wayne Andersen is allowing a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, agreeing that he is not above the law.

And here's another former CIA agent (retired in 2004) who acknowledges that waterboarding (along with other "enhanced interrogation" techniques) is both torture and wrong.

Also, film reviewer and columnist Steve Greydanus agrees that torture is a sin, and should be condemned even when our own country does it. Welcome to the Coalition, Steve!

Something of a tangent from the focus of this site: John C. Wright notes that a major vote on health care reform will take place today. While the U.S. Bishops have strongly supported a reform of our health care system, they note that the current legislation makes abortion a federally funded activity. Write, call, text your elected officials! Let them know that abortion is not health care. Let them know that a "right to choose" doesn't imply a "right to have other people pay for my abortion".

12 comments:

  1. RE: Americanism

    In 1899 Pope Leo XIII wrote an Encyclical titled "Americanism" wherein he warned of a heresy of this same name in which American Catholics surrendered certain points of Catholic faith and morals in order to better fit in with the larger culture. (interestingly The Servant of God Dorothy Day expressed great concern over this heresy.)

    Until the GWOT many faithful American Catholics expected that Americanism would always be a phenomena of the Catholic political Left. Many of us were shocked when Catholics from the political right embraced this heresy via torture and unjust war. Indeed Catholic Rightists have proven to be every bit as fanatical as Catholic Leftests in promoting their version of this heresy.

    Throughout the history of the Church heresy has always survived and even flourished despite the clear teachings of Popes and Councils. We have to remember that Christ's kingdom is not of this world and not identify too closely with any particular political ideology or party for they are all passing things.

    We should only identify completely with Christ who alone is enduring and will never pass away.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  2. Amen, Richard. I am human by nature, Catholic by the grace of God, and American by an accident of birth. I love my country, but exactly because I love her I see the need to remind her of the laws of nature and nature's God.

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  3. Red Cardigan:

    BTW a very nice summery and links to interesting articles Mistress.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  4. Richard, I agree that this is nice! But it's Robert's work (and I'm very glad to have him as a contributor!).

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  5. Red Cardigan:

    Mistress, that is very Un-business like of you. You are supposed to steal credit. Kindly get with the program.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  6. "On President Obama, and his continuation of Bush policies in everything but name"

    what a bunch of baloney.

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  7. "Many of us were shocked when Catholics from the political right embraced this heresy via torture and unjust war."

    Unjust war? tell that to the Kurds who were gased by Sadaam.

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  8. "Indeed Catholic Rightists have proven to be every bit as fanatical as Catholic Leftests in promoting their version of this heresy."

    3 terrorists waterboared (Catholic right supported)
    50 million dead unborn babies (Catholic left supported)

    both are equally bad says the Mark Shea crew.

    ..and you wonder why your type is not invied on EWTN.

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  9. Jasper,

    Actually, "our type" have been invited on EWTN. Some have regular series there. I'm sure you're a regular viewer, so I don't understand how you missed that...

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  10. jasper:

    You are a political partisan are you not?

    "Unjust war? tell that to the Kurds who were gased by Sadaam."

    Tell that to the Christians who have been uprooted from their ancient Christian communities in Iraq since the war.

    Or perhaps Iraqi Catholcis do not figure very high on your political party's list of talking points?

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  11. Jasper:

    "3 terrorists waterboared (Catholic right supported)
    50 million dead unborn babies (Catholic left supported)"

    Sadly it now appears that the USA water boarded thousands. (See Col. Stuart Herrington "Silence Was A Weapon").

    Sadly we also had all too many of the Catholic Left in support of unjust war and torture and far too many on the Catholic Right out to lunch when it comes to artificial contraception, abortion and sodomy.

    You guys really have to work on your talking points.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  12. "Actually, "our type" have been invited on EWTN. Some have regular series there. I'm sure you're a regular viewer, so I don't understand how you missed that..."

    yes, I am, I'm not sure what regular series others are on there, but they certainly won't put up with this kind of nonsense...

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