Politics

The ‘People’s Broadcasting Service’

Number of Views :1109The Citizen remembers Sesame Street. The Electric Company. Zoom. And – can anyone forget Mr. Roger’s neighborhood. Fred Rodgers, a minister, is likely weeping today. PBS – once the Public Broadcasting Service – has become something much different. It has become a network that might actually have tossed Fred Roger’s loafers on…


Another Spin on ‘The Catholic Lever’

Number of Views :1400According to historical record, Archimedes once said ‘Give me a lever long enough, and I can move the world’. In a recent essay, the Citizen wrote about a Catholic lever in the voting booth. Before Mass, after prayer, it is my wont to sit back and let my mind roam free –…


The ‘Catholic’ Lever

Number of Views :1319When the Citizen first gained the franchise – oh so many years ago, now – you could vote for individual candidates or simply pull the ‘party lever’. With one fell swoop, this selection would automatically register all of your votes for the candidates of the chosen party. The lever disappeared a number…


Student Prayer – Protected under the Constitution

Number of Views :1338A young lady graduating from UCLA taped her pre-commencement sentiments recently and was told by a Director of Student Affairs that her reference to Jesus Christ as her inspiration, Lord, and Savior was inappropriate for a public institution and would be deleted. I understand that this faculty member is a professor of…


1984? Orwell was off by 25 years…

Number of Views :1356The Citizen picked up his battered copy of 1984 recently. No matter how many times you read some books, they always seem to beckon you to delve into their pages on occasion. Little did I know how germane this Orwell’s vision has become in the recent months.  The prophetic vision of Orwell…


The Need for a strong USCCB

Number of Views :1191Cardinal Francis George issued a statement ‘congratulating’ President Obama for his comments about the Conscience Clause. I am grateful for President Obama’s statement on May 17 that we should all “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion,” and his support for conscience clauses advancing this goal… Caring health professionals and…


Why ‘Catholic’ is more than just a box to check

Number of Views :1154Nancy Pelosi – a staunch abortion-rights activist and …. ‘devout’ Catholic? Joe Biden – also abortion supporter and ….. willing to shove his rosary beads down your throat if you question him? Robert McElvaine – a professor of history who wants to impeach the Pope – and a Catholic? Afraid so, people.…


The ‘Socialist Gospel’ – A Preemptive Strike

Number of Views :3868On the way to mass this morning, the Citizen’s bride shared today’s readings – a longstanding practice. She noted that there will be those who would use this to justify socialism – after all, didn’t the first reading proclaim that There was no needy person among them,  for those who owned property…


Numbers don’t always tell the story…

Number of Views :1994The Citizen remembers his statistics course. On the first day, the professor announced that in the right hands, numbers can be made to say anything. A recent Gallup poll indicated that Catholics overwhelmingly support the President. The report further asserted that they could conclude that in the case of the Notre Dame…