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Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 34

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...In today’s world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs a greater risk of being distorted or reduced to some of its secondary aspects. In this way certain issues which are part of the Church’s moral teaching are taken out of the context which gives them their meaning. The biggest problem is when the message we preach then seems identified with those secondary aspects which, important as they are, do not in and of themselves convey the heart of Christ’s message. We need to be realistic and not assume that our audience understands the full background to what we are saying, or is capable of relating what we say to the very heart of the Gospel which gives it meaning, beauty and attractiveness.

Pope Francis nailed it, and what he said here applies in spades to the media coverage of this very apostolic exhortation.

Pope Francis under fire from the right.

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Pope Francis has used language to describe problems in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, which has rubbed some sensitive areas among some in the conservative blogosphere/talk radio world. The Pope, of course, has admitted recently that he is not an expert on the technical matters of an economic system.

Immortal words?

President Abraham Lincoln is popularly credited with having delivered one of the greatest orations of all time, known as the Gettysburg Address. It seems to me this speech has much poetry and surprisingly little real substance. And should the great American experiment collapse from the weight of the progress-inspired contradictions of the last couple of centuries, people will eventually realize that the speech failed to provide much in the way of prophesy.

Technical challenges of the healthcare enrollment website...

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As any systems engineer can tell you, there are a number of major technical challenges in implementing a system as large as the federal healthcare enrollment website. They include (1) defining healthcare benefits data standards for the purpose of information interchange, (2) defining plan enrollment rules to define the operation of the website, (3) defining plan implementation rules and standards to qualify participating companies, (4) defining customer plan qualification rules to determine eligibility standards for customers with a given medical history, income, etc.

America 3.0?

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In "America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America", authors James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus have given us an optimistic look into a possible future.

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