Founder of Catholics for Kerry Pleads Guilty

Saturday, July 11, 2009 \PM\.\Sat\.

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Hattip to Notes on the Culture War.  A follow up to this earlier post.  Eric McFadden, founder of Catholics for Kerry in 2004, a Democrat political operative, former director of  Democrat Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s Faith-Based and Community initiative and head of the Catholic outreach of the Clinton campaign last year, pleaded guilty on Thursday in a plea bargain to two felony counts of pimping for prostitution a 17 year old girl on the internet.  Sentencing will occur on August 20.

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Pope John Paul II Doesn’t Sound Like A Reaganite

Saturday, July 11, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Here is a good portion of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis written in 1987 and is followed up by Pope Benedict’s most recent. It is a relevant passage because it deals directly with the subjects dealt with in the ongoing discussion on “Guatemala” et al, on the debated need for apology/examination of our American conscience for abuses- or some would argue not- by our American leadership and elite interests, in regard to other nations- particularly poorer, weaker ones. There seems to be the idea floating around in conservative political circles that Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan were cut from the same cloth. I do not believe the approach to foreign relations by those who praise the Reagan/Bush years, holds up to Catholic scrutiny. But here are the words of our previous Holy Father- and no I do not accept the argument that we can distinguish where the Peace and Justice crowd at the Vatican is speaking and where the Pope is- that sort of treatment of these official Encyclicals is beneath my contempt. I will offer commentary on the latest encyclical after I have time to digest it, I refuse to rush my judgment on such important Church offerings. : Read the rest of this entry »


Heart of Oak

Saturday, July 11, 2009 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.  A departure from my usual selections of Irish songs against the English!  I have always been a sucker for the Age of Fighting Sail, and Heart of Oak , written by David Garrick  in the Annus Mirabelis of 1759, captures the spirit of that age when the Royal Navy transformed the seas into an English lake. Read the rest of this entry »