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 Ambiguity analyzed

And found to be, among other things, “an intellectual pigmy.” Maybe, anyhow. He keeps us guessing.

The more I read him, the more I am persuaded that we are punished with a Pope that doesn’t know very much what he thinks, but seems determined to say it anyway.

Things have come to such a level of confusion and embarrassment, that most recently a Vatican spokesman, Father Rosica, had to clean some of Francis’ mess, and to say very clear those who die in their atheism will go to hell.

Obvious, you will say. Christianity 101. Every child of six knows it. Well, apparently some doubts about whether the Pope’s understanding of Christianity is as good as a five years’ old are justified enough to force Father Rosica to intervene. The brutal fact is that the Holy Father expresses himself in such a confused way you never know whether the problem is in his utter inability to express himself properly – which should be reason enough not to improvise – or, more worryingly, in his inability to think soundly.

via Pope Francis And The Confused Mind. | Mundabor’s Blog


Ricketts and DNA news: What’s a union for, anyhow?

Ricketts puts the problem this way:

Ricketts appears to harbor a special animus toward unions, which he believes “promote a corrosive us-against-them dynamic that destroys the esprit de corps businesses need to succeed.”

Or, put another way, they institutionalize discontent. Having been president of a Newspaper Guild unit for a major Chicago daily, negotiating a contract, etc., that’s how I would put it.

via Ricketts to Reporters: Drop Dead | by Michael Greenberg | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Check out this perceptive comment on “the media” since the ’70s

via Laura K. Van Onymous Quote – Liberty Quotes Blog

The guy who shot the Texas church shooter used an assault rifle

A fact obscured by liberal media, who say only “rifle.”  Aren’t we glad this hero could get himself an “assault” rifle?

via Instapundit » Blog Archive » CARL ARBOGAST: Observe How The Media Describes Stephen Willeford’s Firearm Vs. Devin Kelley. No…

Crafty, cagey Francis crafts his message . . .

. . . for co-conspiring bishops in advance of alleged open-“dialogue” synods.

It’s here as told by said bishops, in the know — new at the game but willing, oh so willing.

via Papal Promises and Maneuvers: the Revelations of Cardinals Sistach and Meisner – OnePeterFive

For intance:

. . . what Archbishop Bruno Forte . . . revealed less than a year after the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, in May of 2016 . . . .  reported, as follows:

Archbishop Forte . . . revealed a “behind the scenes” [moment] from the Synod: “If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried,” said Archbishop Forte, reporting a joke of Pope Francis, “you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.” [emphasis added]

With the holiest of wink and nod.

And . . .

. . . Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, the retired Bishop of Barcelona. Sistach . . . . appointed by Pope Francis to participate in both the 2014 and the 2015 Synods on the Family. In February of 2017, in an article in L’Osservatore Romano,  . . . [telling how Francis instructed him]:

This greater potential “integration” [sic] of the divorced and “remarried” includes different forms, which could extend to the celebration of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.

Remember that this new orientation during the Synod – to talk about greater “integration” rather than about receiving absolution and the Eucharist – was introduced in the synodal assembly in mid-October 2015.

After the coffee break, as I walked back into the classroom, I had the privilege to converse with the Pope, who told me it was better to talk about integration. I immediately prepared a proposal with this new orientation . . .  and I distributed it to my friends (cardinals) in the different groups. . . . we prepared a new proposal speaking of “integration”, and within the group three similar proposals were formulated, [preparing] . . . one formulation, which was approved by the group and was then included in the final document, and therefore our work [that day] became part of the final draft of Amoris Laetitia.

I think it was a very positive change in orientation; rather than focusing on the ability of our brothers and sisters to be able to go to confession and receive Holy Communion, we agreed to talk about greater “integration” in the Christian community.

And we know that in order for greater integration to be achieved, it takes an accompaniment and discernment which are the instruments of this integration. [emphasis added]

And presto change-o, we have what we want. Slipped one over, you know. Bingo!

Gay Talese Would Like to write Profile on Kevin Spacey

Sympathetically, of course, the two of them being confirmed elite-America icons.

Veteran journalist and Library Lion Gay Talese conferred with New York Times owner Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in one corner of Astor Hall before dinner. Talese, who has done as much as any writer to turn the magazine profile into an art form, broke away from his conversation to tell Vanity Fair about the one he would want to write right now.

“I would like to talk to Kevin Spacey,“ he said.

News had come that afternoon that Netflix was cutting ties with the House of Cards star after multiple men had accused him of sexual harassment, beginning with actor Anthony Rapp, who told BuzzFeed that Spacey made a sexual advance towards him in 1986, when he was 14.

“I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career,” continued Talese, who possibly had not kept up with the growing scope of the accusations online. “So, O.K., it happened 10 years ago . . . Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”

Talese, visibly agitated, pressed on: “I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago.”

Gesturing to the roomful of media titans sipping champagne around him, he added, “You know something, all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of. The Dalai Lama has done something he’s ashamed of. The Dalai Lama should confess . . . put that in your magazine!”

No problem, Gay.


Don’t Recycle: Throw It Away! | Mises Institute

​Have been meaning to look this up. Did so, and find my suspicions confirmed.​

Recycling has a high moral status, mostly because kids come home with bad information from schools and, in turn, use it to intimidate their parents. One poll revealed that 63% of kids have told Mom or Dad to recycle.

Parents, be ashamed no more! Throw that trash away. There’s no virtue in recycling trash that the market won’t pay you for. What our kids are learning is grounded in left-wing ideology, not fact or science​

​Common sense from the Mises people.​ Highlights? Each amplified in this article by Roy Cordato, “Don’t Recycle: Throw It Away!” The Free Market 13, no. 12 (December 1995).

* there is no landfill shortage.

* if your goal is to maximize the number of trees, don’t recycle.

* Recycling doesn’t save resources.

* Children are also told that recycling will reduce pollution. They are not told that the recycling process itself generates a great deal of pollution

* curbside recycling programs require more trash pickups per week. This means more trucks on the road generating more air pollution

* The recyclers have a much more ambitious agenda than they admit to children in public schools . . . “The so-called ‘standard of living,'” they conclude “has to be reduced.”

* Here we have the real goal of the recycling elite. And tragically this reduction in living standards has been achieved in the many cities that bought monstrously expensive recycling plants leading to fantastic waste, high taxes, and financially crippled local governments.

* Recyclers are not better citizens. They are just ill-informed. Save the earth, save the trees, stop pollution, and this holiday season, unwrap those presents, stuff the paper in a big plastic bag, and throw it all away.

Free, you and me, from time lost picking which kitchen receptacle. Count all those damn hesitations. No more. De-program yourself!

Cardinal Cupich: Thoughts and prayers for shooting victims ‘are not enough’ – Chicago Tribune

​Fancies self as civic leader. Democrat at that, wanting ban on “assault weapons.”

Wow. Foolish man.​ Who elected him?

Catholic Bishop sends advice to Congress about taxes

Among principles he commends, as enumerated by Rev. Thomas Reese SJ in Natl Catholic Reporter, is this, which tips his hand:

4. Adequate revenue for the sake of the common good.

Unlike many Republicans, the Catholic bishops do not see government as the enemy, but as the way by which citizens unite for the common good. Again, quoting from “Economic Justice for All,” the bishop writes, “the tax system should raise adequate revenues to pay for the public needs of society, especially to meet the basic needs of the poor.”

The bishop is no Reagan Democrat, or Reagan anything in this matter. He does not find with Reagan that “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are the “the nine most terrifying words in the English language.

Nor is he one with Catholic laywoman, of Catholic Worker fame, Dorothy Day, who referred with poignant irony to “holy mother the state,” taking over the care of the poor.

It’s just something to keep in mind when a Catholic bishop gives advice in such matters.

Russia dossier investigators suspect reporters were paid to spread collusion claims

​Say it isn’t so, John and Jane Doe, reporters!

In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Fusion GPS, the dossier’s financier via the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign money, is fighting a House committee chairman’s bid to find out if the opposition research firm paid journalists

In U.S. District Court in Florida, a self-described dossier victim wants a judge to order the news website BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in full, to disclose who gave it to them.

The cases underscore how a Moscow-sourced memorandum created as opposition research against Donald Trump in the presidential campaign last year often dictates the debate about politics and reporters’ rights in Washington​.

​Another case of those Democrats following up to get at the truth, whatever the cost. Just kidding!

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