Author Archives: Jim Bowman

Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, —, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago’s North Side, where four of his and Winnie’s six children live close by.

Pope asks for huge grant to skin hospital in Rome, gets it, plus flak

This sharp comment by auditors gives a flavor of said flak:

The Board of The Papal Foundation recently approved an unprecedented grant of $25 million to a dermatology hospital in Rome. The following summary will explain why both the process by which the grant was given along with the grant itself are disturbing,

In my opinion as Chairman of the Audit Committee, these recent actions will make it virtually impossible to recruit new Stewards [big-bucks donors], or to retain the membership of many current Stewards.

In many respects, the decision to grant $25 million to a dermatology hospital in Rome without proper due diligence is a disaster for the Papal Foundation. Not only is the decision process flawed, but the recipient has a dubious past.[Italics added]

Money for the poor. Why did Francis authorize this huge gift, unprecedented and highly suspect?

For brutal analysis of this business, see Life Site News, for whom a huge hat tip.


Buried in hard-copy Chi Trib: I-D card good for voting by non-citizens

I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh say that Dems want illegals because they can count on their votes. That’s a stretch, I thought. Now I don’t think it’s a stretch at all, because of this story buried in our Sunday paper. It pays to look!

Municipal ID cards that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching for undocumented immigrants and others will be a valid form of identification for people both registering to vote and voting in Chicago, according to a letter aldermen received Friday.

Clerk Anna Valencia, who’s heading up the CityKey program, cited state election rules to explain why the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will accept the card.

“The Illinois Election Code requires the Board of Elections to accept current, valid photo identification cards and other local governmental documentation that includes an individual’s name and address, as proof of identity and residency,” Valencia’s letter reads in part. “The CityKey fits both of these requirements.”

There you go. Clerk Valencia’s argument/explanation for those who thought non-citizenship was a non-starter when it comes to voting:

Valencia’s letter [announcing the card] notes that voters currently aren’t required to prove they are American citizens under state law. They simply must attest to their citizenship.

Valencia spokeswoman Kate LeFurgy said the clerk’s office consulted with city elections officials before determining the cards pass muster as one of the many types of identification that can be used as voter ID.

And you thought voter-ID was a way to prevent voter fraud, when actually it’s a facilitator — in Chicago, where fast-talk wins the day.

But worry not:

“We want to underscore that if you are undocumented, it is illegal to vote even with any of the documents accepted as proof of identity or residency under the Illinois Election Code — everything from a debit card, utility bill or union card,” LeFurgy said in an email.

Well. For a minute there, I was worried. But wait.

Valencia has said [apparently on another occasion] the city will make the municipal card appealing to people other than those who have trouble getting state ID cards — such as those in the country illegally, homeless people and those recently released from prison. But it’s still unclear exactly what types of broader benefits the ID will provide.

You see, the cards were for getting at broader benefits, as an alderman questioning the use as voter I-D, said.

“This was portrayed to us as a way for people to get basic services,” said Ald. Anthony Napolitano, 41st. “This is exactly what we were concerned about and we raised those concerns with the clerk. I know I have colleagues who would not be on board with this.”

One would think so.

They turned swords into buying and selling in a free market

How Capitalism Tamed Medieval Europe

Even England Catches On

London was behind Italy or Flanders, but it was catching up. The city had started to grow as a trading hub in the 12th century, and its mayor, William Hardel, was the only commoner to witness the Magna Carta in 1215 and helped secure Clause 41, which stated that all foreign “merchants are to be safe and secure in departing from and coming to England” without “evil exactions.”

I.e., tariffs and the like.

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While The Nations rage . . .

Trump Makes Gains Ahead of Midterms but Risks Remain for GOP

After losing voter support in every state during his first nine months in office, Trump begins his second year with his popularity on the upswing.

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The cardinal rattled cages with this one, including mine. What was (is) he thinking?

Commentators on Homosexual Blessing Scandal Call for Correction or Dismissal of Cardinal Marx – OnePeterFive

The recent statements made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference and papal counselor, concerning the possibility, even if only in some parishes, of blessing same-sex couples has caused quite a stir in the Catholic world. …

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This POTUS does not mince words

In this case in responding to the Schiff memo:

On Saturday morning the president said on Twitter: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”

We know what he’s thinking. The previous POTUS, a mainly photo-op fellow, not so much.

Quinquagesima Sunday – Prepare for the fight of your life!

From the witty, informed, perspicacious Fr. Z.:

In our traditional Roman calendar, Sunday is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  This is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent.

The priest’s vestments are purple. No Gloria.  No Alleluia. The prayers and readings for the pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St. Gregory the Great (+604).

The Consilium’s liturgical engineers under Annibale Bugnini and others eliminated these pre-Lent Sundays, much to our detriment.  (Cf. BugniniCare).

via Fr. Z’s Blog | Formerly entitled: “What Does The Prayer Really Say?” – Clear, straight commentary on Catholic issues, liturgy and life by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf    o{]:¬)

Heresies we always have with us, Jesus did not say — but might have

From 17th-century wise man Thomas Browne:

That Heresies should arise, we have the Prophesie of Christ; but that old ones should be abolished, we hold no prediction.

That there must be Heresies, is true, not only in our Church, but also in any other: even in doctrines heretical, there will be super-heresies; and Arians not only divided from their Church, but also among themselves.

For heads that are disposed unto Schism and complexionally propense [inclined by temperament; I love his terminology] to innovation, are naturally indisposed for a community, nor will be ever confined unto the order or economy of one body [restlessly nonconformist]; and therefore, when they separate from others, they knit but loosely among themselves; nor contented with a general breach or dichotomy with their Church do subdivide and mince themselves almost into Atoms. [Make mincemeat of their new grouping!]

Browne, Sir Thomas. Religio Medici – Enhanced Version (p. 13). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Kindle Edition.

Italics all mine, ditto bracketed items.

More smart talk on immigration

From an improbable source, when the winds were blowing in one direction.

Hillary Clinton: “Mexico is such an important problem. Mexican government’s policies are pushing migration north. There isn’t any sensible approach except to do what we need to do simultaneously, you know, secure our borders with technology, personnel, physical barriers, if necessary, in some places.

“We need to have tougher employer sanctions and we need to kind of incentivize Mexico to do more. If they’ve committed transgressions of whatever kind, they should be, obviously, deported.” [Speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, October 31, 2006]

Statesman like, eh?

Stirring words in defense of tough immigration policy

In 1995.

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.  It is wrong and, ultimately, self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.

[Emphases as in the spoken original, see official transcript—it was followed by a 15-second standing ovation.]

By President William Jefferson Clinton in his State of the Union address.

Not bad, when you get down to it.

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