I’m Shocked! Shocked!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

Rembert Weakland, former Archbishop of Milwaukee, writes a memoir in which he admits that he is gay.  This will astonish all Catholics who have forgotten the $450,000 that Weakland had paid to his former male lover Paul Marcoux.  Weakland also admits in his memoirs to returning priests he knew were guilty of sexual abuse to active duty without notifying parishioners or police.    Father Z has all the details here.  What a travesty that this man was ever ordained, let alone be made an archbishop.

On Liberalism, Equality and Positive Freedom

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

Listening to this week’s EconTalk interview with Alan Wolfe, author of the recently released The Future of Liberalism, I was struck by the following quote from the book, “Modern liberalism promises equality through what [Isaiah] Berlin calls a positive conception of liberty. It is not sufficient for me merely to be left alone [which is negative liberty]. I must also have the capacity to realize the goals that I choose for myself. If this requires an active role for government, then modern liberals are prepared to accept state intervention into the economy in order to give large numbers of people the sense of mastery that free market capitalism gives only to the few.”

In discussion with host Russell Roberts, himself quite libertarian, Wolfe says that liberals do and should concede that at times empirical evidence will show that such government intervention actually reduces personal autonomy, in which case he advocates changing one’s position. He cites school choice and welfare reform as to examples of traditionally conservative positions he has adopted because he considers that these were both cases of alleviating dependence created by government programs.

But the examples that Wolfe provided of intervention to assure positive freedom struck me as interesting, and provided me with some insight into how thoughtful liberals view the world.

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Hill 875

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Charles J. Watters

Medal of Honor

On January 17, 1927  Charles Joseph Watters first saw the light of day.  Attending college at Seton Hall, he made the decision to become a priest and went on to Immaculate Conception Seminary.  Ordained on May 30, 1953, he served parishes in Jersey City, Rutherford, Paramus and Cranford, all in New Jersey.

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