Mixed news coming from the Big Apple this morning. Though the Yankees handily defeated the Tigers, the New York Times reports that Catholic Archbishop Dolan of New York, while speaking at a homeless shelter, defended the Islamic building of a mosque near the former WTC.
“Archbishop Dolan invoked the example of Pope John Paul II, who in 1993 ordered Catholic nuns to move from their convent at the former Auschwitz death camp after protests from Jewish leaders. ‘He’s the one who said, “Let’s keep the idea, and maybe move the address,” the archbishop said. “It worked there; might work here.”
Without taking sides in the whole controversy, I must admit, I fail to see the parallels between the two situations.
Who’s who in the archbishop’s thoughts:
A.? Catholic nuns = New Yorkers
Muslims = Jews
B.?Martyred Jews = Martyred 9/11 Americans
Nazis = Muslim Terrorists
If the archbishop compared the martyred Jews to the martyred Americans and the Muslim terrorists to Nazis, his comments would make sense. Sadly, I’m afraid it’s the former in his mind. And, it should be admitted rather loudly, it’s this kind of wishy-washy, fuzzy reasoning and cowardice that has led to the failure of the Church to deal decisively with the pedophilia scandal.
Better news from Indianapolis. Liberty Fund, Inc. celebrated its fiftieth anniversary yesterday. God bless, Mr. Goodrich, for fifty years of promoting western civilization, meaningful conversation and friendship, and many epicurean delights.
Better news, also, from Cupertino. David Wagner reposted an excellent article from the Heritage Founding, regarding Steve Jobs’s war against pornography.
Just one more reason to admire this man. Oh wait, there’s yet another reason. Jobs has been listed as a top CEO, not surprisingly.
And, from Auburn, Alabama. The Mises Institute posted a powerful excerpt from Von Mises’s book, Theory and History, yesterday.
Near Portland, Oregon, the ever interesting and talented Carl Olson republished (from 2003) some moving reflections on why or why not to become a Roman Catholic:
And, last but not least, from Bules Creek, N.C., a blog worth checking out:
The blog is run by Campbell economist, Mark Steckbeck, a fine man.
. . . and, here in Hillsdale, I’m off to a day of fall course preparation and the enjoyment of some English prog rock, some family time, and some Russell Kirk reading under Michigan skies. Have a good one.
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