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, — Lulu.com, 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.

Latest in long line of Latin-American tyrants has very effective 1984-style way to keep citizens in line

Venezuelan shortages of everything are widely acknowledged. But there is less recognition that strongman Nicolás Maduro is using control of food to stamp out opposition.

Hyperinflation has shriveled household budgets and the government has taken over food production and distribution. Most damning is evidence that access to government rations has become conditional on Maduro’s good favor.

Pope Francis is well known for taking Latin-American tyrants down a peg, right? Don’t cry for him, Venezuela. He’s on his way. (He is?)

via Venezuela Is Starving Its People – WSJ

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Smarty-pants Asian-Americans and the Harvard way

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the use of race in Harvard University’s admissions practices and has accused the university of failing to cooperate with the probe, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The Justice Department is investigating complaints that formed the basis of a federal civil lawsuit filed in 2014 in Boston, according to the documents. That suit alleges Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asian-Americans by limiting the number of Asian students who are admitted.

Well. Bastion of liberalism caught with its quota down. Tsk, tsk.

via Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies – WSJ

Francis as Peck’s bad boy of the holy Roman Catholic church

Tosses in a footnote and then what?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is unquestionably an innovator. But in method, before it can be seen in results.

He always introduces the innovations in little doses, on the sly, perhaps in an allusive footnote, as he did with the now-famous footnote 351 of the postsynodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” only to say later with candor, when questioned on one of his equally famous airborne press conferences, that he doesn’t even remember that footnote.

And yet those few cryptic lines were enough to ignite within the Church an unprecedented conflict, with entire episcopates squaring off, in Germany in favor of the innovations and in Poland against, and so all over the world between diocese and diocese, between parish and parish, where what is at stake is not only the yes or no to communion for the divorced and remarried, but the end of the indissolubility of marriage and the admission of divorce within the Catholic Church too, as is already taking place among Protestants and Orthodox.

Twinkle in eye should have warned us.

via Bergoglio’s Revolution. In Little Doses, But Irreversible – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

When is a privilege not a privilege?

When it’s a gift.

[A] significant vote [in last week’s U.S. bishops’ meeting] was the election of Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville as the chair of the newly established Committee for Religious Liberty . . .

[He] noted that one of the most important aspects [of] the committee is [its] role to “clarify . . .  what the great gift of religious liberty is in our nation.”

“Part of that clarifying is to be able to say that the gift of religious liberty is . . . meant to be, first of all, not a special privilege, but, rather an opportunity consistent with your . . . religious belief and conscience to witness and to serve.” This includes aiding and praying for persecuted Christians and other victims of genocide around the world. [Italics added]

Not to mention speaking up when U.S. Catholics and others face compromising activity by the federal government.

via USCCB Meeting Recap: Consensus Amid Challenges

Time to hurry up at OPRF | Articles | News | OakPark.com

Right at the very end of Tuesday evening’s blunt and searing forum on race and education at OPRF [High School], a young woman, a freshman at the school, came to the microphone. She has attended public school in Oak Park through elementary and middle school, now high school. And in those years, she has never once had a teacher who wasn’t white

So what?

via Time to hurry up at OPRF | Articles | News | OakPark.com

Papal Embarrassment

It’s his proclivity for headlines that requires dipping into the waters of leftist popularity. This fellow explains why he ignores it.

If [a pronouncement] has nothing to do with saving souls, if it’s trendy with the global elite, if it’s humanist or immanentist or keeps our eyes focused here and not heaven, Francis is all about it.

Which explains the latest bit of anthropogenic Catholic climate change from His Holiness, conveniently titled (so you don’t need to bother reading the article), “Pope rebukes climate deniers as ‘perverse’ in Bonn message“.

If you’ve ever wondered why we spend so little time here covering the pope’s ecological opinions, the answer is simple: [we] just don’t care.

via Why We Don’t Write About Laudato Si and Other Papal Emissions – OnePeterFive

Francis the Crafty takes a Cardinal Sarah position after taking him down a peg

You have to get up early in the morning to beat him at this game.

via Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says | National Catholic Reporter

Stinko Al Franken exposed as a molester

By a woman who has a message for the senator who as a comedian used her as a prop on an ISO USO trip to entertain troops. (Sorry)

Senator Franken, you wrote the script. But there’s nothing funny about sexual assault.

You wrote the scene that would include you kissing me and then relentlessly badgered me into ‘rehearsing’ the kiss with you backstage when we were alone.

You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.

While debating whether or not to go public, I even thought to myself, so much worse has happened to so many others, maybe my story isn’t worth telling? But my story is worth telling.

Which she does, tellingly.

via Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It | KABC-AM

Gummint report has good news about cost of turkey

Stuff like this beats anecdotes any day.

via Details in BLS report suggest that earnings differentials by gender can be explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked – AEI

Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich takes a header . . .

. . . as his fellow American bishops go with another to head their pro-life operation.

Yesterday [Tuesday], something very unexpected happened.

In their Fall General Assembly for 2017, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held votes on several items, among them, the chairmanship for their pro-life committee.

Faced with a choice between a bishop with a pro-life track record and a reliably progressive cardinal who has made serious compromises on life and doctrinal issues, the bishops — expected by many to follow “tradition” and vote for the man of higher ecclesiastical rank — broke with protocol and chose the pro-life candidate instead.

Is it a sign of new things to come as regards relations with Pope Francis, whose man Cupich has been to the Nth degree?

The liberal National Catholic Reporter called it giving Francis “the middle finger”!

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