Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rudy or Hillary: pick your poison
Meet the only two candidates worse than Bush and Cheney. From Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, at CounterPunch.
Both ... are committed to the war. Both refuse to rule out expanding the war to Iran and beyond. Both are totally in the pocket of the Israel Lobby. Both defend the police-state measures that “protect us from terrorism.” And neither gives a hoot for the US Constitution and the civil liberties it guarantees. ...creatures of ambition, not of principle.
Iran’s secret weapon: the Pope
Iranian officials are quietly laying the groundwork necessary to turn to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican diplomats for mediation if the showdown with the United States should escalate toward a military intervention.

Catholicism and Shi’a Islam have a surprisingly similar structure and approach to their different faiths.
A hierarchy, saints, relics...

Anarcho-Catholicism: Dorothy Day’s day has come
In the face of Empire, the Way of Love.
The faith and this blog are not pacifist but Joshua Snyder honours this holy woman, who died 27 years ago today, as is meet. She saw that the hippies had a point. Theologically and liturgically, from her mantilla to her Little Office (more), she was not a Modernist.
Vietnam should remind all conservatives that whenever you put your faith in big government, for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder.
— Karl Hess, Barry Goldwater’s speechwriter

Jim Forest knew her.
Dorothy’s sensitivity for the sacred helps explain her love, rare at the time, of the Orthodox Church (and the Russian Orthodox Church in particular), famous — or infamous — for its reluctance to modernize, rationalize, speed up or simplify its liturgical life. She longed for the reunion of the Church.

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