Monthly Archives: February 2011

Helping Jesuits get their groove (back)

New v.p. for mission & ministry at the Jesuits’ St. Louis U. The post is not new. It caught my attention because the same appointment was made last March at Wheeling (WV) Jesuit U., where it is new, apparently in anticipation and certainly expectation of Wheeling Jesuit’s hiring its first non-Jesuit president.

The position allows educationally experienced Jesuits who do not want to head a college or university and/or would not be considered for such a job to help shape one in the Jesuit tradition.

This one at St. Louis U. held a similar position at Wheeling Jesuit, in fact, as director of campus ministry — maybe also as director of Mission and Identity, as the release has it. Hmmm. “Campus chaplain” begot “director of campus ministry” begot “director of mission and identity” in the ever-vibrant world of denominating people assigned to college or university.

Point is, the fellow is supposed to steer the institution — St. Louis U. has a Jesuit president, by the way — in direction of its “Catholic, Jesuit identity, character, history and heritage,” which by no means can be taken for granted in the ever-vibrant world of Catholic, Jesuit higher education.  Stay tuned, my friends, stay tuned.

Bishops complain about government non-spending, never about spending

The western front of the United States Capitol...

In gummint we trust.

Another budget-issue article, from NCReporter, all about damage from cuts:

Responding to the demands of new tea party-backed members of Congress and concerns among independent voters about the growing federal deficit, the White House and congressional Republicans proposed steep cuts in the federal budget, many of which will affect programs that aid the poor and vulnerable.

Many Catholics have warned that the budget is being balanced on the backs of the poor and the U.S. bishops conference has urged Congress to maintain funding for programs that aid the poor.

In a letter to members of Congress released last month, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on Congress specifically to spare cuts to community health centers, job re-training and affordable housing programs, as well as aid to migrants. We remind Congress that the poor and vulnerable have a priority claim on our limited, although still substantive, financial resources, Blaire wrote.

Is there a bishops’ committee on fiscal responsibility? How government spending hurts poor people by encouraging inflation and endangering the fiscal well-being of the nation? Tell me which of these Departments & Programs has or provides room for such a committee?

African American Affairs 

Aid to Central & Eastern Europe

American College Louvain

Asian Pacific Island Affairs

Audio

Canonical Affairs

Catechism

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Catholic Communication Campaign

Catholic News Service

Catholic Relief Services Collection

Child & Youth Protection

Church in Latin America

Clergy, Consecrated Life, Vocations Consecrated Life
Diaconate
Priestly Life & Ministry
Vocations & Priestly Formation

Communications

Cultural Diversity
African American Affairs
Asian Pacific Island Affairs
Hispanic Affairs
Native American Affairs
Pastoral Care of Migrants,
Refugees and Travelers

Defense of Marriage

Digital Media

Divine Worship

Doctrine

Domestic Social Development

Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs

Education

Environmental Justice Program

Evangelization and Catechesis

Faithful Citizenship

Finance/Accounting

General Counsel

Generation Christ

Government RelationsHYPERLINK “http://www.usccb.org/hm/index.html”

Home Missions 

Hispanic Affairs

Human Resources

International Justice and Peace

Justice, Peace and Human Development

Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth

Liturgy (Now Divine Worship)

Media Relations

Migration & Refugee Services

National Collections
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Catholic Communication Campaign
Catholic Home Missions Appeal
The Catholic Relief Services Collection
Collection for the Church in Central
and Eastern Europe

Collection for the Church in Latin America
Peter’s Pence Collection
Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa

National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage

National Religious Retirement Office

Native American Affairs

Natural Family Planning

New American Bible

North American College

Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers

Peter’s Pence

Pro-Life Activities

Publishing

Roman Missal

Science & Human Values

Social Development & World Peace (Now Justice, Peace and Human Development)

USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation

Video

World Mission

World Youth Day

Even bishops with heart in right place — we can’t assume that of all of them, fallen human nature being what it is — are caught up entirely in results of de-funding. Except for abortion and same-sex marriage, have they ever objected to government interference or complaisance? Are there no moral issues bound up in the statist approach?

Day care threatened: why?

Chi Trib’s Vikki Ortiz Healy comes up with featurization of real problems, a tear-jerker well done. But something’s missing as it is in many, I’d say most, such stories, namely any nod towards the fiscal insanity that has led to this situation and the need to cut the budget before worse things happen, far worse than this loss to young apparently unwed parents in Cicero.

Parents and child at Morton East (Trib pic)

Thank heaven for little girls, sang boulevardier Maurice Chevalier, and thank it for a culture and perhaps religious motivation that leads them to have their babies in the first place. But is it hard-hearted to ask for a little balance in such stories?

Wind shifts in abortion camp

Pro-choicer Frances Kissling urges retrenchment for tactical reasons.

Writing Feb. 20 in the opinion section of The Washington Post, Kissling said abortion rights advocates can no longer pretend the fetus is invisible. … We must end the fiction that an abortion at 26 weeks is no different from one at six weeks. … We need to firmly and clearly reject post-viability abortions except in extreme cases.

More more more at NCReporter.

There’s a long history of such message-changing. Birth control advocates once urged eugenics reasons, switched to women’s rights.

Wis. protesters on sleep-over

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Students protest, just like the old days

Chi Trib’s Dan Hinkel does protesters (as linked below). This morning he gave us a comfy-cozy, ain’t-we-havin’-fun account of Madison statehouse protesters. It’s front-page stuff on home-delivery hard copy today, including a 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 mid-page pic of college kids reliving sleep-over days in the house down the block in third grade.

“We all sleep together [in the statehouse], and we all wake up to the sound of the drums,” says protester Damon Terrell in a pull quote atop the picture.

Hinkel had spotted Terrell looking “as if he were headed off to his bedroom at home.” Instead, he was heading for what the protesters were calling “the people’s house.”

It was happening in “famously liberal-minded Madison — sometimes derided as an island of idealism in a sea of reality” — in a protest of “sustained intensity” such as Madison’s “longtime activists” could not remember.

Not only that, it had “diversity” — “construction workers wearing hard hats, firefighters playing bagpipes, liberal activists waving placards, students scooting into sleeping bags.”

Teachers too, as we know. Terrell wants to be one, and “so many teachers have protested that schools throughout the state have been forced to shut down.” But they are not part of this story, which is mostly a celebration of youth and activism. Hinkel is a UW-Madison alum, ’04, so you can’t blame him for getting nostalgic.

As for editors who asked for the story (I presume) and gave it such play (I know they did that), please: What kind of world do they live in and who do they think their readers are?

Nostalgia not from Hinkel directly, but from former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who is running for mayor:

“There’s nothing like it,” said former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who says he was tossed to the ground and beaten by police with nightsticks at a bloody war protest in 1967. [Three years before the UW
physics department was blown up and a
researcher killed
as antiwar protest]

“In a decade of antiwar protests, we were never able to reach the building trades, the Teamsters and the nonunion people that this touched in the first 48 hours,” said Soglin, who is again running for mayor.

Money, money, money, Paul. The market has determined response. It’s the way people are. Teachers have a good deal and want to protect it. Unionists see theirs in jeopardy. Antiwar protests fizzled as soon as the draft was ended, Paul. No market for protesters seeking not to get killed or serve in Army. It’s as clear as the bushy mustache on his face.

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Boo-hoo and your father’s mustache, Scott Walker!

Protesting Scott Walker

To the Madison streets!

They come at you hammer and tong, do they not?

Messing with unions in Madison is like messing with Notre Dame football in South Bend. Think twice, no matter how many votes you got in the last election.

These folks don’t give a hoot about no stinkin’ election but truly believe that democracy has its limits.

Action in the streets and in the capitol are what does it. Brown shirts help but are not always necessary. In the case of Wis. Gov. Walker eating out, all you have to do is boo.

It’s mostly about unions at Chi Trib . . .

. . . . not so much about saving Wisconsin [& Indiana &
Ohio] fiscally
. (Heads are not the story, but they proclaim it, do they not?)

  • Wisconsin protesters band together day and night

    Wisconsin protesters band together day and night

    February 26, 2011 …socks, clutching a toothbrush. Protesters of a proposal that would defang public…dozens, scores and even hundreds of protesters have bunked overnight in the 94-year…that has lured hundreds of thousands of protesters. Unlike some causes, such as wars…

    By Dan Hinkel

  • Wisconsin Assembly heads toward vote on collective-bargaining measure; state Senate Democrats continue to stall in absentia

    Wisconsin Assembly heads toward vote on collective-bargaining measure; state Senate Democrats continue to stall in absentia

    February 24, 2011 …legislators will return. The crowd of union protesters in the Capitol building appeared somewhat smaller…committee. michael.muskal@latimes.com dan.hinkel@tribune.com Hinkel, a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune …

    By Dan Hinkel and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

  • Union fight extends to Indiana

    Union fight extends to Indiana

    February 24, 2011 …Unions have flooded state capitals to oppose the legislation. On Wednesday, the Capitol in Indianapolis was swarming with protesters, who chanted, sang, ate pizza donated by well-wishers, and hoisted signs that proclaimed, “Stop corporate greed…

    By Abby Sewell and Dan Hinkel

  • Union battles in 3 states escalate

    February 22, 2011 …Ohio, an estimated 5,500 protesters stood elbow to elbow in and…as drums and chants from protesters outside echoed through the…winter cold. Among the protesters was Jeri Hendricks, 56…simon@latimes.com Hinkel reported from Madison and…

    By Dan Hinkel and Richard Simon, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times

  • Wisconsin in near-chaos over anti-union bill

    Wisconsin in near-chaos over anti-union bill

    February 18, 2011 …stick to his guns. “The protesters have every right to be heard…passed out bratwurst. Protesters carried signs, including…Democrats still in hiding, protesters saying they would stay the…riccardi@latimes.com Hinkel reported from Madison, Wis…

    By Dan Hinkel and Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times

  • Wisconsin budget battle rallies continue

    Wisconsin budget battle rallies continue

    February 19, 2011 …Capitol rotunda echoed with drums and chants while pro-labor protesters outside chanted ?Kill the bill.? The tea party-led activists…Andrew Breitbart, as he took the stage before the pro-Walker protesters. ?It?s the battle of our times.? dhinkel@tribune…

    By Dan Hinkel, Tribune reporter

  • Opposing crowds surround Wisconsin's Capitol in union rights standoff

    Opposing crowds surround Wisconsin’s Capitol in union rights standoff

    February 19, 2011 …crowd of supporters of Walker’s state budget measure. The Capitol rotunda echoed with drums and voices while pro-labor protesters outside chanted, “Kill the bill.” “Tea party” -led activists responded with chants of their own: “Do your job…

    By Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune

Those mood-shifting blues

Rahm Emanuel, Rahmbolina

He'll have to step lively.

Are there newspaper-reading moments when you’d like to see respect for good-old-fashioned mood?

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said Friday hes looking for a partner in reform, and he is heartened if Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) is prepared to forge that alliance.

No, Fran Spielman, or whoever to whom you call in your stories, he’s looking for a partner and would be heartened if etc. etc. There is more to life than the indicative, is there not?

And I’m saying this even if you, and to some extent I, have a mayor who also is stranger to mood changes:

Im looking for a partner in reform. If hes ready to do that, Im heartened because we must reform. This is the era of reform, Emanuel said.

Your Honor, attention please: if he’s ready (a big if, very big if), you would be heartened etc. etc. It’s in doubt, Your Honor. In a lot of doubt, in fact. Can you respect that (publicly)?

Continuing:

I want to turn the page and usher in that era, and Im pleased that the alderman is gonna be part of that [you don’t know
that, but say it anyhow] because City Council, the mayor, people I appoint must participate [now you’re talking: this is indicative with a dose
of imperative] in the reform and changes necessary to put the city, its economy, its school system and its public safety on a different course.

And if they do not, then what, Your Honor? Wait. Do not tell us. We want to see this thing work out in its own time. There’s this optative mood in Latin, for hoping and wishing. We could try that.

Ald. Burke might cooperate:

Given the crises that Chicago is confronting right now, we dont have the luxury of engaging in those kinds of divisive matters. Weve got to all pull together. We owe it to the people of Chicago” [he says].

Uh-oh. Those kinds of matters, eh? How many kinds would that be, Alderman, and which ones have priority? Listen, there’s one kind of matter that you are talking about, and it’s white-knuckles economic-catastrophe, let’s-not-fall-in-the-lake matter.

Yes, I like that optative for now. It’s the best I can manage.

The bastille must fall!

"The Storming of the Bastille", Visi...

July 14 of what year? Come on, you know it.

Hoo-wee, see what happens when you attack unions?

When aldermen head for Cal City

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Mt. Baldy, M...

City council could flee to the dunes.

Chicago’s new mayor has big municipal money problems, of course. No kicking can down road can be contemplated.

The changes that Emanuel is likely to pursue could put him on course for conflict with the citys large unionized workforce. The labor unions representing the rank-and-file members of the two biggest components of city government the police and fire departments endorsed Gery Chico over Emanuel, as did the union for city garbage-crew laborers. Emanuel angered them but may have scored points with the broader, tax-paying public with a campaign ad in which he said City Hall is not an employment agency.

I picture him — he’s for hope and change, isn’t he? — calling for major cuts and finding teachers and others lining up outside The Hall for doctors’ permits for missing work, aldermen heading for Michigan City or Evanston, the whole kid and kaboodle (sp?) of labor-union democracy. Fun times ahead as he (we hope) tries to keep Chicago from falling into Lake Michigan.

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