Socialism, Capitalism, Cronyism

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The most corrupt form of socialism is cronyism. The most corrupt form of capitalism is cronyism. It doesn't improve things to have socialism for the poor and capitalism for the rich (vs. the other way around) when cronyism is the underlying system.

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for April, 2016

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VATICAN CITY, 31 March 2016 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April is: "That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour".

His intention for evangelization is: "“That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20160331 (70)
Published by VISarchive - March 31, 2016

 

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"Sleepers awake!"

Every year, on Holy Saturday morning, the second reading of the Liturgy of the Hours (from an ancient homily, according to the notes), Jesus is portrayed as taking the hand of Adam and proclaiming "Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

"I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

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Yet another detail occurred to me as I listened to the Passion from St. John's Gospel. In John 19:29 we read "There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth." This can be read in the context of Luke 22:17-18 - "Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, 'Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.'”

Republic or Empire?

I've noticed that Trump's supporters are very impressed by the fact (so it seems) that he built a real estate empire and that he's a great deal maker. I can see how that background and that skill puts him in a place by himself for building an American Empire.

My question is how will either his background or his skill set help to repair our failing republic?

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for March, 2016

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VATICAN CITY, 29 February 2016 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for March is: "That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments."

His intention for evangelization is: "That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church."

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20160229 (70)
Published by VISarchive - February 29, 2016

 

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Pornography is a public health crisis, but it is a symptom of a larger malais.

Michael Cook, writing at MercatorNet, makes excellent points in "Is pornography a public health crisis?". Clearly we do not live in a "Theology of the Body" informed culture. This article touches on the impact of pornography on marriage, parenting and the desensitization of the normal aversion to violence and exploitation.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for February, 2016

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VATICAN CITY, 1 FEBRUARY 2016 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February is: "That we may take good care of creation – a gift freely given – cultivating and protecting it for future generations".

His intention for evangelization is: "That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20160201 (70)
Published by VISarchive - February 1, 2016

 

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On putative moral partisanship

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What separates the partisan moral philosopher from the non-partisan is that the latter believe no particular group of people has a greater claim to merit self-indulgence or to be especially indulged by society. What separates partisan moral philosophers from each other is the group they have decided most deserves to be indulged by the rest of society.

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