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.

USCCB Ponders Canonical Penalties Against Defenders Of US Borders

Some pungent observations on the canonical penalties matter.

via Restore-DC-Catholicism: 

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Catholic bishops rebuke Trump’s asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’

I’d go farther with this, excommunicating Trump supporters and while you’re at it the entire U.S. Congress, which has never abolished the Border Patrol and has allowed the immigration service to fulfill its duties.

Whatever happened to condign penalties?

via  Religion News Service

How to Reduce Your Risk of Death by Gun Violence

Eleven good ideas, including:

Don’t commit suicide. This is the most common gun-related death, being about 63% of all firearm deaths in the US.

Do not join a gang. Violence is the accepted norm among gang members, resulting in many becoming victims of gun violence.

Stay away from Gun Free Zones. One study showed that 98% of all mass shootings happen in these places. Gun Free Zone signs tell violent people this is a spot where the picking will be easy. As for everywhere else, these predators may be deterred since they have to wonder if there’s already a good guy with a gun on the property.

And a final (unnumbered) word to the wise:

Thankfully, the odds of anyone in the U.S. dying from gun violence each year is exceedingly low. Implementing the suggestions here will reduce those odds even further.

The other eight good ideas are here: Foundation for Economic Education

How to Reduce Your Risk of Death by Gun Violence

Eleven good ideas, including:

Don’t commit suicide. This is the most common gun-related death, being about 63% of all firearm deaths in the US.

Do not join a gang. Violence is the accepted norm among gang members, resulting in many becoming victims of gun violence.

Stay away from Gun Free Zones. One study showed that 98% of all mass shootings happen in these places. Gun Free Zone signs tell violent people this is a spot where the picking will be easy. As for everywhere else, these predators may be deterred since they have to wonder if there’s already a good guy with a gun on the property.

And a final (unnumbered) word to the wise:

Thankfully, the odds of anyone in the U.S. dying from gun violence each year is exceedingly low. Implementing the suggestions here will reduce those odds even further.

The other eight good ideas are here:  Foundation for Economic Education

Meet the ‘plain old guy’ who could end Mitt Romney’s political career

From nowhere comes a very interesting candidate.

Mike Kennedy’s “just a plain old guy” who “comes from dirt.”

Mike Kennedy is not really plain or old. He’s a physician, and a lawyer, and a three-term state legislator, a husband and father of eight children. He’s a practicing member of the Mormon LDS Church and an Eagle Scout. And he’s 20 years younger than his opponent.

Well maybe not nowhere, but voters can and mostly will vet the “plain old guy” shtick.

via Meet the ‘plain old guy’ who could end Mitt Romney’s political career

BEER @MONKSOFNORCIA

A good cause here. You must agree.

We have to support our good religious orders, especially the newer communities.

Today I read about a solemn profession at Norcia, in Italy, where there is a great foundation of Benedictines (including not a few Americans).

You might recall that they a) are very traditional and faithful, b) they suffered the loss of buildings and their beautiful ancient church to terrible earthquakes a couple years ago, and c) they make spectacular beer. [Italics added]

Please click and visit their site.  HERE   And learn about their terrific BEER.

I agree.

via Fr. Z’s Blog

Fr. James Martin to give keynote at World Meeting of Families

Ridin’ high.

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Aug. 21-26 with the theme “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World.”

It is organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and will include the participation of Pope Francis.

Fr. Martin is an editor at America Magazine, and in 2017 was appointed a consultor to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

He is also author of “Building a Bridge,” which addresses the Church’s engagement with those who identify as LGBT and which has drawn significant criticism.

Not everywhere:

Some critics say the book does not directly address Catholic teaching on celibacy and chastity or engage with Catholics who identify as LGBT while observing the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Martin has suggested that same-sex attraction should be referred to as “differently ordered” rather than “intrinsically disordered,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states.

He’s hot in bishops’ circles.

via Catholic World Report

MSNBC Analyst Compares Trump’s NoKo Efforts To Ronald Reagan

Pigs are flying at MSNBC.

During a Tuesday morning appearance, [MSNBC analyst and Washington Post columnist Eugene] Robinson praised Trump for sitting down with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and called it very “significant.”

Robinson compared Trump’s press conference after his meeting with Kim Jong Un to Reagan’s “tear down this wall” moment during the Cold War.

Nice.

via: The Daily Caller

The president and the others at G7

Worth at least a thousand words.

via Caravaggio at his best – The Art of the Deal

Watch: Trump Shuts Down CNN Reporter at G-7 Summit

The guy (gal?) asked a hostile question and got a hostile answer.

My question: Why should a public figure turn the other cheek when it’s a fight he is in? Answer: He shouldn’t.

Sic transit nice guy with sign on back saying “kick me.” Looking pained, you know. No, no, no.

via Watch: Trump Shuts her Down

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