Faith in Markets?

Excerpts from Gary A. Anderson’s article “Faith and Finance” in First Things.
“But by putting such emphasis on social policy and the equitable distribution of resources, a distinctive element of charity, theologically considered, has fallen from view. Early Judaism and Christianity placed an extraordinary value on direct service to the poor for other reasons…

Why, one might wonder, has this classic approach to almsgiving fallen from view in our era? Surely one cause has been the rise of the modern state, which has allowed laypersons to shape public policy in a way unimagined in the patristic period. As a result we have developed a larger interest in redistributing income legislatively than in providing a rationale for sacrificial giving on the part of the laity.

But this transformation of almsgiving into a form of redistribution of income has also allowed a crucial aspect of this theological virtue to fall from view. Service toward the poor becomes a means of rectifying social inequities rather than a theological claim as to how the world is ordered. There is, of course, much to be commended in these legislative efforts. Breaking the back of structural poverty should be the desire of every Christian. But it is worth recalling that many Catholic laity were already worried about the increasing role of the state in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Echoing the theology of Daniel, they complained: “If the state assumes responsibility for feeding the poor in place of us, how will we be redeemed?” Almsgiving was not just a Lenten discipline; it was the backbone of Christian identity. Continue reading


NY Post: Obama’s First 100 Days

First 10 Obama mistakes from Op-Ed piece which is in it’s entirety on my page “Obama’s First 100 Days”
1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. ‘Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,’ Obama said.” — McClatchy, 3/11

2. “There is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.” — Obama during the campaign.

3. This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!

5. “The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties.” — ABC News, 4/15 Continue reading

Jihad on the Constitution: One Front, War on Terror

    Squeamishness is neither law nor morality. And moral exhibitionism is beneath contempt, when it sacrifices the safety of those who live within the law for the sake of self-satisfied preening, whether in editorial offices or in the White House.

Brilliant once again. Thomas Sowell succinctly defines, in his latest article “Survival Optional,” why a terrorist or even an enemy soldier should not be released – because the war is not over.

    Even under the Geneva Convention, enemy soldiers have no right to be turned loose before the war is over. Terrorists– “militants” or “insurgents” for those of you who are squeamish– have declared open-ended war against America. It is open-ended in time and open-ended in methods, including beheadings of innocent civilians.

Why have we endangered ourselves, weakened our security? Why are we “…depriving the people of the protection of their laws, in order to pander to mushy notions among the elite.” Because it makes us the “nicer guys?” Continue reading

Immigration: Providence College Blocks Rep Tancredo Speech

The Catholic college has blocked former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) from speaking about immigration at the college. The college’s reason for doing so is that Tancredo’s “anti-immigration” stance is in conflict with the Catholic Church’s teaching.

So where is the outcry from the left that “open and honest debate” and “differing view points” require an open mind and open reception at all learning institutes? After all, Imanutjob was able to speak at Columbia University under the same guise. Continue reading

Bravo! Prof. Mary Ann Glendon – “No” to Notre Dame

Invited to speak as the recipient of the Laetare Medal, Prof. Glendon, former ambassador to the Vatican & feminist pro-life Harvard Professor, soon saw that Fr. Jenkins also hoped that her presence and speech would “balance out” the graduation now dominated by the most pro-abortion politician, President Obama.

Prof. Glendon was placed in an unsavory position. As it turned out, Prof. Glendon felt she had to refuse the Laetare Medal and not participate in the graduation.

Bravo! Continue reading

Group, Roman Catholic Womenpriests, “Ordain” Two Women in Philadelphia

    Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali has said that those who participated in a “pseudo-Ordination” of two women on Sunday have been automatically excommunicated by their act.

There is no such thing as a Roman Catholic woman priest.
CNA Article

Obama’s Bi-Partisanship: “I Won.” & Bush Did It. Change We Can Believe In?

First President Obama invited Republicans to dinner, then to the Super Bowl Party at the White House, then he told them “I Won” when it came time to discuss the largest spending package ever put to Congress.

Now Pres. Obama is looking to go around a potential filibuster for his proposed Nationalization of Health Care by allowing the proposal to be treated as a budget resolution. The Republicans are outraged, rightly, as where the Democrats when Bush did the same for tax laws. What is Obama’s excuse? Bush did it. I thought Obama was the anti-Bush?

Is this the change we can believe it?