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ENDNOTE: The Pope’s Problem with Basic Economics


The Pope’s Problem with Basic Economics

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As Rothbard has written:

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.

When it comes to economics, the Pope’s views reflect the uninformed views of most of the masses. He is one among billions.

Catholics and atheists should give him no special attention on this topic.

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Unfortunately, I think that Pontiffs, straying outside of faith and morals, have damages the image of the Church.

This Pope’s embrace of “climate change”, “greedy businessmen”, and “pedophilia” has just destroyed the moral high ground that he should occupy.

It’s just more “watermelon”— green on the outside and red on the inside — trying to take away individual liberty and give power to Gooferments.


It’s hard to be a big C “catholic” any more.

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ENDNOTE: Notre Dame is tested?



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Dear CV Friend,

Do you remember March 20, 2009?

That was the day the University of Notre Dame announced they would honor newly-elected President Obama as their Commencement speaker.

Under intense pressure, Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins called the invitation a “catalyst for dialogue.” He noted that Presidents of both political parties had spoken in the past, and that the invitation was in no way an endorsement of President Obama’s well known hostility to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life.

Will Notre Dame continue their tradition and invite President Trump?

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I doubt it and that’s what will expose what’s wrong with “Catholic” institutions.

We’ll see.

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Update: CV reports that ND didn’t invite DJT45, but did invite the VP. Does that tell you anything.

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ENDNOTE: SNAP funded by contingency-fee attorneys?


Bozell & Graham Column: Tables of Transparency Turn on the Litigious Left
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | February 11, 2017 | 7:59 AM EST

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But CNN and the other television networks haven’t touched the amazing story of the shoe going on the other foot in the last few weeks. Suddenly, SNAP is falling apart after a lawsuit alleging they were funded largely by kickbacks for contingency-fee attorneys extracting billions of dollars in settlements. 

On January 17, former SNAP development director Gretchen Rachel Hammond filed a lawsuit claiming to have been fired after discovering “SNAP does not focus on protecting or helping survivors – it exploits them….Attorneys and SNAP base their strategy not on the best interests of the survivor, but on what will generate the most publicity and fundraising opportunities for SNAP.” 

The lawsuit claimed the group receives “substantial contributions” from attorneys sometimes totaling more than 40 or 50 percent of its annual income. An unnamed Minnesota attorney who represents clergy abuse survivors (local news reports suggested Jeff Anderson) reportedly donated several six-figure annual sums, including over $415,000 in 2008. Anderson admitted he gave to SNAP, but denied it was a quid pro quo arrangement.

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While as disgusting as the “clergy abuse” is, I find it interesting that this hasn’t gotten any publicity at all.

Perhaps, it’s overblown or not all it seems to be.

Now even one case is ONE too many.

But perhaps, some truth in reporting might be needed.

Maybe someday we’ll find out the truth. Till then, you really can’t believe anything the press reports.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: The best Super Bowl party post and video



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Of all the Super Bowl party posts I’ve seen, this one was by far and away the best.

That’s true charity.

Yes, it doesn’t save their lives — but then maybe it does give them hope.

I’m shamed that I didn’t think of something like that or take action like that. My failings. Donating money to charities seems like a pittance in comparison.

I’m sure my fellow Jaspers do much better.

Hope this fellow wins the lotto or something else big. 

But then he’s already stored his treasure in Heaven imho.

Loved the video with the fellow with two plates of food — one piled high with hot dogs. Made me sad.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Fasting?


3 Reasons You Should Abstain from Your Vices During Springtime
By: Maggie McCrackenJanuary 29, 2017

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If you grew up Catholic, you’re already familiar with the practice of giving something up for Lent. In fact, the idea of fasting or parting with our vices for a predetermined period of time isn’t specific to Christianity. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and pagan religions all have various traditions of fasting, generally as a means for developing compassion for the less fortunate, disciplining one’s mind and honoring a higher power.

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Isn’t that a subtle dig at Catholics?

I never understood this and wrote about it in my “opus”. Although calling it an “opus” seems pompous!

“Always sounded dumb to her, how would my not eating help a starving kid in China.” — Character Jody — CHURCH 10●19●62 page 73

Maybe now I understand that we were supposed to put money in “mite boxes”. But I’m really not sure. 

Small sacrifices aren’t going to “save the world”. What’s needed imho is a change in thinking. Now I know to call it memes and paradigms. Memes, like their counterpart genes, are those “ideas” that keep the common folk in poverty. Paradigms, “pair of dimes”, is how we see and interpret the external world. Either can kill us or enslave us.

So sad.

IMHO Gooferment is the meme that imprisons up to thinking that we don’t have to take personal responsibility. Yes, we are our brother’s keeper.

IMHO Gooferment doing “charity” is the paradigm that makes us think it’s OK for us to rob our neighbor for the things we think are good for everyone. Argh!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: So Pope Pius XII was a good guy; not like the liberal media portrays him


Church of Spies Reads Like a Thriller
By Peter
January 28, 2017

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“Church of Spies” will inspire many Catholics. It brings to life the heroic priests and ordinary faithful who did not sit on their hands, and who shed their own blood in the Pope’s high-stakes espionage to stop the Third Reich.

This book will also interest students of the Holocaust. It provides a new context for evaluating Pope Pius XII, who opted for quiet clandestine operations instead of loud public speeches. Although not uncritical of Pius – Riebling writes that “he should have spoken out” – the book shows the German resistance itself begged the Pope not to do or say anything publicly that would cause retribution against Catholics in Germany who were concurrently planning assassinations and coups against the Third Reich.

Written with the attention to detail that one finds in Rick Atkinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II books, Church of Spies reads like a thriller. But the nearly 100 pages of source citations remind us that what happened here is true. And savoring that truth makes reading “Church of Spies” all the more compelling.

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I vaguely remember the Good Brothers in Good Shepherd grammar school making this same point. 

Since they were all vets, I took them at their word. 

Turns out they were correct.


Have to read this one.


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ENDNOTE: The Women’s March? Like the astroturf anti-war movement!


The Women’s March is a sham
By Dissident Mama on Saturday, January 21, 2017 

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And, of course, the biggest sacred cow of them all, “reproductive freedom.” Translation: Women have a right, rather, a duty to kill the parasites that grow within them, especially boys, without restriction and without payment, and even demand subsidization of birth control and misogynist tampons. These female zealots are completely ignorant of history, and the fact that most of the early women’s rights activists were pro-life. They would rather celebrate Lena Dunham than Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger rather than Susan B. Anthony, and Sarah Silverman rather than Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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An excellent exposure of the astroturfing!

I often wonder how these women can be sucked into this political “barbara streisand”?

I thought women, in general, were smarter than that.


All we can do is be firm in our resolve that everyone should have the freedom and liberty we want for ourselves.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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