Saturday, April 14, 2012

Catholic group criticizes Paul Ryan - Politico

Cardinal Dolan weighing in on Republican's devasting policies for the poor -
guess whose side he's on?

Apr. 14, 2012 - 9:43 AM EST
Just compare the two quotes.

From the Catholic group "Faith in Public Life":

“Simply put, this budget is morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good. A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can’t be justified in Christian terms...”

and Dolan:

"...commending the Wisconsin Republicans’ “continued attention” to Catholic social justice “in the current delicate budget considerations in Congress,” and praising his attention to fiscal responsibility, the role of the family, the dignity of human life and attention to the poor."

Just asking...

Since when does a righteous moral stance require consideration of "delicate budget considerations"?

Which statement could you hear coming out of Jesus's mouth?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cardinal Dolan's Faith and Politics

WNYC News Blog
Cardinal Timothy Dolan Says Faith Has a Place in Politics

Sunday, April 08, 2012 - 04:37 PM
By The Associated Press

Comment from K Webster:

What exactly was Sen. Santorum's "good point" on Kennedy's speech? Kennedy, faced with tremendous anti-Catholic bias, chose to uphold the best of what the US tries to be: a place of religious tolerance where no one religion holds sway over any other -while never ever disavowing his own faith.

As to Dolan's views on contraception, it never fails to amaze how the Catholic Church feels no hesitation to find comfort in US law when it suits. Like filing for bankruptcy to avoid paying settlements to children who were sexually abused by their priests and subpoenaing those victims' organizations. But claims it's a violation of religious freedom to provide equal treatment to women for health care -as our laws would stipulate or claims it's a violation of "sovereign immunity" to be required to report the crimes of pedophiles to the authorities -as our laws would stipulate.

The Church hierarchy, dominated by men and male culture, has clearly demonstrated they have no ability to think outside of their own self-interests. They would willingly risk women's lives, health and ability to determine their own futures as mothers, they exploit the labor of nuns, lie for and protect victimizers, harass organizations who defend the victims of their priest's abuse and shield themselves from any responsibility. All to hold onto earthly power and prestige.

Far from washing the feet the survivors of abuse as did the Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Ireland, Dolan and his brethren instead attack U.S. elected officials who intend to insure women have equal access to health care and uphold our laws that would have criminals brought to justice.

Dolan says: "U.S government is engaged in a "dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the church" ...

Your own base has been calling out loud and clear -perhaps you are in need some dramatic radical intrusion?

Zuccotti Park Owners Were Right to Eject OWS Protesters: Judge?

WNYC News Blog
Zuccotti Park Owners Were Right to Eject OWS Protesters:
Monday, April 09, 2012 - 11:14 AM
By WNYC Newsroom

Protesters face off with police after the police in riot gear removed the protesters early in the morning from Zuccotti Park on November 15.

The owners of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Properties, were within their rights to eject protesters from the park last November in order to clean it, a Manhattan judge ruled last week.

The judge issued his ruling Friday as he refused to dismiss trespassing, disorderly conduct and other charges against an Occupy Wall Street protester.

The judge wrote that "it is clear that when the defendant was ordered by the police to vacate the park, he was not legally entitled to refuse."

The judge further ruled that there was no evidence that Brookfield's move was applied to the defendant and other protesters because of a disagreement with their message.

With the Associated Press

Comments [1]

K Webster from NYC:

The "Law"...

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. - Mahatma Gandhi

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. - Thomas Jefferson

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem. - John Lennon

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

Apr. 09 2012 01:57 PM