Politics/United States

A lot is being said about Laudato Si both from supporters and critics — of which I guess I am both. I would fall in the camp of the Acton Institute…

Here are eight links worth reading and watching as you digest and work through the new encyclical.

1) Acton Institute critique by my friend Kishore Jayabalan: Don’t Blame Markets, but Sin for Environmental Problems 

2) Acton Institute presents There is a ‘more hopeful and human way forward’ than what Pope Francis suggests

3) What to do when the Pope gets is wrong?

4) Eleven Things you Probably Won’t hear about Pope Francis’ Encyclical

5) Further materials from the Acton Institute on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment

6) Fr. Fessio and Mark Brumley and others frpm Ignatius Press respond to the encyclical in writing and a video presentation

7) Fr. Sirico reviews the encyclical on Fox News:

8) Cardinal Wuerl on Fox News explaining the Pope and his new encyclical (great job)

 

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By Susan Wills:

George Santayana’s famous statement — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” — would be a great subtitle for a little known essay called “The Fate of Empires” (1976) by the little known British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb.

He explains that we generally fail to learn vital lessons from humanity’s past errors because history is taught in disconnected chunks, narrowly focused on this region or that era and almost never as a comprehensive study of the history of humanity. Plus historians, like the rest of humanity, are not above lying to burnish their nation’s history and tarnish the memory of ancient foes. 

Sir John Glubb confined his analysis of superpowers to the 3,000-year history of the Middle East and Europe — from Great Britain to Russia — where his knowledge was broad and deep, conceding that he was not an expert in the history of the Far East or of South America. In comparing the rise and fall of the eleven great empires that flourished between 859 B.C. and 1950 A.D., he uncovered a pattern of conquest, growth, maturity and decline that, remarkably, was common to all.

What surprised him even more: for each superpower, the whole process took place over ten generations or roughly 250 years. He saw the same trajectory being repeated in the United States of America. The most pressing question we now face is this: Can the values and habits that made America a great nation be restored or is its collapse — within the next 25 years — inevitable?

Seven ages can be identified in US history and in the histories of eleven past superpowers (Assyria, Persia, Greece, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, Arab Empire, Mameluke Empire, Ottoman Empire, Spain, Romanov Russia and Great Britain). The Age of — 

(1) Pioneers (“The Age of Outburst”)
(2) Conquest
(3) Commerce
(4) Affluence
(5) Intellect
(6) Decadence
(7) Decline and Death

We sometimes think of pioneers and conquerors as “barbarians,” like the Mongolians who conquered Persia or the Germanic tribes who sacked Rome, and assume that they conquered “effete civilizations.” But that’s not always the case.

For example, the pioneers in what became the US subdued “less advanced” tribal groups, but still fit the arc. Sir John describes pioneers as “normally poor, hardy and enterprising and above all aggressive”; “they abound in courage, energy and initiative, overcome every obstacle and always seem to be in control of the situation.”

For the whole insightful article click here.

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Today, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. The very institution of God’s design for marriage as only between one man and one woman is on trial.

As hard as it is to believe, nine people will decide if our nation will honor God and obey Him, or turn its back on the most fundamental building block of society and on God himself.

This will be the most important decision in the history of America along with the Roe v Wade that legalized abortion.

I think all Christians, rational folks and people of good will need to … pray.

Here are four prayers to help you express your heart and mind to God.

Please, for the sake of our nation, Pray. (Posted by AFA ActionAlert edited by me)

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Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians

April 7, 2015

I have been telling my wife and kids and others — that the big persecution coming to Christians will be from the militant Gay Totalitarianism. I am not hateful of gays — to the contrary, I love them like everyone else.  Do I oppose the Gay Lifestyle? Yes. I also oppose other aberrant and perverted [...]

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Time Magazine Gives Scandal-ridden Hillary Clinton Surprising Cover Story

March 12, 2015

The new cover of Time Magazine will surely give Hillary an ulcer, if she doesn’t have one already. Candidates for president crave attention and magazine covers–but not like this.  After a week that has put her on a bumpy downhill road and exposed her arrogant cockiness, I hope all the attention will scuttle her once-assured [...]

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Obama Completely Distorting Islam’s Role in America’s History

March 12, 2015

This article is excellent and carefully explains the misinformation presented by Obama and lays out the truth in a detailed manner. It was written by LARRY TOMCZAK and published HERE where you can read the whole article (recommended)  The truth be known, [Obama] is both inaccurate and dishonest in what he communicates to Americans and others [...]

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Okay, what about Catholics and the Death Penalty?

March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 By Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer   (see also The Stream’s: “Should Catholics Oppose the Death Penalty?“) “Dr. Steven Long beat me to it. His rejoinder to the “Capital punishment must end” editorial of America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, andOur Sunday Visitor is essential reading even if, in some places, Long’s essay, “Four Catholic [...]

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Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress – Excellent!

March 3, 2015

I thought his speech was brilliant and I’m embarrassed that our president and so many of our leaders refused to attend. They’re acting like spoiled brats. Here you see a real world leader — I wish we had one. Here is the link to listen and watch if you missed it earlier today.

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Welcome to “Throuples” – the next wave of “marriage” possibilities and realities in a twisted America

February 22, 2015

Yup. I knew it was coming. It was a mathematical certainty. Remove the traditional definition of “marriage” and all relationships and arrangements will be considered equal — and legally valid. If marriage is not defined and and protected in a society as a man and a woman in an exclusive and matrimonial relationship  with the [...]

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President Obama’s Moral Cowardice – Refusing to Call Egyptian Martyrs “Christians”

February 18, 2015

News Article and Commentary The Muslim radicals of ISIS said they were killing the Egyptians, not because they were Egyptians but because they were CHRISTIANS! – the People of the Cross. These were foreign workers in Libya who came to work so they could send money home to their families (the women crying to the [...]

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We Want to Crush ISIS, but why the Silence about their Counterparts Boko Haram in Nigeria?

February 6, 2015

Today we were informed that the ISIS beasts are raping, torturing and marrying young girls of 10 – 12 years old – among many other atrocities. They are also slaughtering Christians and burning churches. They need to be destroyed. But the same thing is happening in Nigeria and the Christians are suffering in exactly the [...]

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Cowards Among Us: Gary Sinise (“Leiutenant Dan”) and Bret Baier (Fox News) Succumb to Gay Bullies and the LGBT

January 20, 2015

Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. … There exists a highly organized cadre of LGBT activists whose job it is [...]

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Two Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse Themselves from ‘Gay’ Marriage Cases

January 19, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies. The justices announced last Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be [...]

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US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

January 17, 2015

Archbishop: “It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage … consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal” WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) – The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the [...]

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Politico on Obama’s Continuing Flip-flop on Same-Sex “Marriage”

November 4, 2014

“President Barack Obama has evolved again on the issue of same-sex marriage, saying he now believes that the U.S. Constitution requires states to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. “‘Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,’ Obama told the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, referring to language [...]

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Check-off List for Today – VOTE!

November 4, 2014

Janet and I voted a month ago knowing we’d be in Turkey today. We voted for everyone who would oppose Obama, the most inept, over his head, scandal-ridden president our country has ever known. Jimmy Carter must be happy since he will no longer have the reputation as our countries worst president. We voted straight [...]

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