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.

A bid to understand the police raid at the Vatican

Someone there is who does not like an auditor general. Two years ago one was forced out, arguably for trying to do his job.

. . .  consider this measure of the Vatican’s commitment to financial transparency: In June 2017, when [Libero] Milone resigned, the Vatican promised that a new auditor general would be appointed “as soon as possible.”


More than two years later we’re still waiting. Instead of filling the post, in February of this year the Vatican issued new statutes for the office of the auditor general, trimming his powers.


via Catholic Culture


Five Vatican financial officials suspended after prosecutor’s raid

A case of quis custodiet custodes.

Di Ruzza was appointed by Pope Francis in 2015 as director of the AIF [ Financial Information Authority], serving under the president, Rene Brulhart. The AIF, ironically, was established in 2010 to monitor Vatican financial affairs, to guard against graft and money-laundering. [emphasis added]


Prior to his current assignment in the information section of the Secretariat of State, Msgr. Carlino [also suspended] was secretary to then-Archbishop (now Cardinal) Angelo Becciu, who until June was the sostituto, or deputy secretary of state, in charge of the daily administration of Vatican affairs.

Big job!

(He is now prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.) According to L’Espresso, the suspicious transactions that are now under investigation date back to the period when Cardinal Becciu was sostituto. [Again, emphasis added]

He had a say in who became a saint? What next?

via News Headlines | Catholic Culture

Botham Jean’s Brother Forgives Ex-Cop in Sobbing Embrace, Gives Extraordinary Testimony: “Give Your Life to Christ” |

One for the ages here.

Dallas County sentenced former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for murder after she shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Guyger said she “mistook Jean’s apartment as her own and thought he was a burglar. Guyger lived one floor directly below Jean. She was off duty, but still in her uniform when she shot Jean.”

The final verdict for the case occurred this week.

Jean’s brother, Brandt,  provided a victim statement after the jury announced Guyer’s sentence. Brandt addressed Guyers, giving a powerful statement that truly represents Christ’s mercy and forgiveness.

Listen to his statement, which begins:

“I don’t want to say twice or the hundredth time…how much you’ve taken from us,” Brandt began. I think you know that. But I hope you go to God with all the guilt, all the bad things you’ve done in the past.”

“If you truly are sorry, I know, I can speak for myself–I forgive you, and I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you.”


Rosenstein and Mueller May, 2017, on same page

Mueller “shares my views,” says R.

Lawyer blogger Hinderaker says he “would love to cross-examine R. on what he means by Mueller ‘sharing his view.'”

Me too.

Trump’s Moby Dick Debate in 2016

In an elaborate comparison of a 2016 Hillary-Donald debate, a longtime liberal news sheet worked up a latter-day Moby-Dick story that made of Donald a thwarted Ahab, obsessed with his enemies the Clintons but unable to harpoon them.

D. had planned to confront H’s husband Bill with four female accusers, thus to embarrass the old womanizer and do him and his protector-enabler serious harm but had to settle with seating them in his family box.

The sheet’s conclusion:

Trump may have now fulfilled his destiny. Perhaps it, too, was foretold in some Fedallah’s prophecy. [Of doom for his captain, in Melville’s novel.]

But his party is now as shattered as The Pequod, [Ahab’s ship] and Trump’s presidential ambitions are sinking to the bottom of the sea. [Yow.]

How wrong can an insider source be? They were so sure and were themselves so thwarted a few months later, when Trump won, as to become instantly Ahab themselves, obsessed.

via Washington Monthly

The Durham Investigation Is Widening

Lots going on there, per Rush L.

To worried Caller, worried about the avalanche of impeachment news:

. . .  You better be patient, because apparently the Durham investigation has gotten so big that they’ve had to rent office space in Washington to have a place to house all the investigators.

So if you were thinking — and I’m told the Horowitz investigation, for the same reason, is finding so much that it will not come this month. So I hear you! “We need a win.”

We’re in a race with these people that ran this coup, and we’ve got to win this.

These two, Durham and Horowitz, and what you could call counter-investigators. Wish them well.

via The Rush Limbaugh Show

NYC bans residents from saying phrases ‘go back to your country’ and ‘illegal alien’

BRAVE new world!

Corrupt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Actions Require Justice Department Probe

Hey, investigate Nancy! I like it.

via LinkedIn

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, #3: Catholics being Christians — glad-handing pro and con but mostly con

Kissing or not-kissing?

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

In response to #1 and #2 of this brief series, faithful readers chimed in, March of ought-six.

Bob K., with a brighter view:

Sometimes it is good for Christians to reach out . . . and communicate with each other. The MASS is as good a time as any and better than most to do so. It is when we GATHER TOGETHER to worship and celebrate the Transubstantiation and our gathering of power from the spirit . . . .

If we can’t talk to each other (whom we see and know and who are standing right next to us), how can we talk to the Lord (Whom we . . . have not seen or cannot see) or to the world (whom we are to evangelize)? At that time of [mass], I make it a point to talk to those near me — the wheel chair kid, the three…

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Vernacular: the cause that won hands-down

Mystery dissolved . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

More serious than glad-handing in the post-council reform (and more successful) was the all-church changeover from Latin to, in our part of the world, English. The centralized planning and execution here was enough to make a statist weep with envy.

The world over, Catholics got used to mass in everyday language. It became part of the worldwide social engineering taking place — change by design, not by natural influences, not organically, as explained and favored by then-Cardinal Ratzinger.

Vatican II celebrated the freedom of the children of God, but it did not work that way when it came to liturgy. Latin, declared by Pope John XXII on the eve of the council as a very good thing and by the council itself as “to be preserved” had to go. Latin went. Rebels were marginalized. Only decades later did Latin return with church authority’s blessing.

So it went, change…

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