Pope Francis vs Donald Trump?

Writes Timothy Egan in the NY Times: "Pope Francis is the anti-Trump. He has more power, media magnetism and authenticity in his lone functioning lung than Donald Trump has in his entire empire of ego. Trump may dismiss the 78-year-old leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Yeah, so he's got his little 109-acre Vatican City, with those silly Swiss Guards. It's the smallest country in the world one-eighth the size of Central Park! As Joseph Stalin asked: How many divisions does the pope have? And this guy from Argentina with the goofy grin no golf courses, resorts or even women who, sadly, are no longer a 10. He's celibate!" more »

Candidates respond to questions on poverty

An anti-poverty coalition called Circle of Protection invited video responses from candidates regarding their plans to address hunger in America. Several Republicans responded by absolving the government of any responsibility. But Democrat Bernie Sanders said, "It is not acceptable to me, nor should it be acceptable to any American that we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth...that we have millions of families who are working longer hours for low wages...We need to stop the horrendous cuts coming from the Republican leadership, cuts that want to throw 27 million people off of health insurance, cuts that want to make it harder, significantly harder for young people to go college, [cuts in] nutrition programs that help feed hungry kids." more »
Catholic Democrats respond to the papal encyclical

"The encyclical will present challenges for all us across the ideological spectrum," said Catholic Democrats president Steve Krueger. "However, what is troubling in this debate is how seemingly well educated people can dispute a preponderance of scientific evidence. To the extent that they do, prudence and care for the most vulnerable dictate that those critics should engage in a constructive debate on the best policies to address our significant ecological challenges." more »


Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"


"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Friday, September 4, 2015

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama

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