Tag Archives: First Amendment

POSITRACTION: Priest stopped going in the correct direction


Boston priests say they understand police policy at Marathon bombing site
CWN – May 10, 2013

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Two Catholic priests who were turned away from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing have said that they understand the reasons why police refused to allow them access to wounded bombing victims.

Father Tom Carzon, OMV, said that media reports suggesting tensions between police and priests were mistaken. He told the Boston Pilot, the archdiocesan newspaper, that he understood the desire of police officers to keep people away from what was still considered a danger zone.

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While I understand that the police have a tough job, I don’t understand by what authority they can prevent the clergy to an area?

I don’t want to be an asshat, but the clergy are not tourists. And as smart people, they know the risk and how stay out of the way. If they are willing to risk their lives going into danger freely, willingly, and intelligently, then why should they be prevented from doing the Lord’s work.

I find it inspiring when people go towards danger to help. Hope I have that type of courage when the time comes. 

I’d suggest that the clergy have some serious conversations with the police about the First Amendment.

And may all our challenges be much smaller.

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ENDNOTE: Will the “values” vote?


This came in from a Jasper.

I think.

I’m a lousy clerk. It came in from an email account I think has a Jasper on the other side of the glass.

“A great ad by the Roman Catholic Church.”

I asked for a confirmation.

But, regardless of authorship, it makes an excellent point.

Will “catholics” rally to defend the First Amendment?

I’m no saint. I’m sure of that!

I’m no patriot. I hope that, like brave men and women in history — Franz Jägerstätter comes to mine — I can stand tall when needed?

I’m not even a good “activist”. If I was, I’d be with the libertarian patriots in Keene NH working to create a “tipping point” in one small state.

Regardless of how “pure” a “catholic” you are or you think you are, this is going to be big “tipping point” imho!

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ENDNOTE: Coddling politicians has to stop


February 22, 2012The Coming Age of the Laity
by Christopher Manion

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Well, that is going to end.

Why? Because for years the USCCB has coddled the Democrats who are now our most hostile enemies in this war. Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and company will not care a whit that we cheered them on with partisan pastorals on racism, economic justice, and amnesty, while we pulled our punches on homosexuality, reception of the Eucharist, and ObamaCare. Laymen understand what bishops apparently don’t: politicians have allowed us to play in their taxpayer-funded trough because we have played by their rules. To put it bluntly, politics is tit for tat. Our former pals are not going to continue scratching our back if we punch them in the nose.

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[JR: I don’t think that the R’s are any better than the D’s. But it seems that there are a lot of CINOs with a D label. “Secular Progressives” preaching “Social Justice”! Think that the Church Leadership is ready to say “no” to the Gooferment? It’s going to be messy. Will a Catholic Hospital just shut its doors? Not sell out. Not allow the Gooferment to take it over. Just close. Make a fight! First Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fourth, Tenth. Any? What “hill” will Holy Mother Church “die on”. And, how many of us will be there with her? May be surprising. Have we reached the breaking point?]

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ENDNOTE: Liberty of conscience was / is part of the larger issue


American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil
Paul A. Rahe · Feb. 10 at 5:21pm

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In the nascent American republic, this principle was codified in its purest form in the First Amendment to the Constitution. But it had additional ramifications as well – for the government’s scope was limited also in other ways. There were other amendments that made up what we now call the Bill of Rights, and many of the states prefaced their constitutions with bills of rights or added them as appendices. These were all intended to limit the scope of the government. They were all designed to protect the right of individuals to life, liberty, the acquisition and possession of property, and the pursuit of happiness as these individuals understood happiness. Put simply, liberty of conscience was part of a larger package.

This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot. In the 1930s, the majority of the  bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.

In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.

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While this is a little nose-bleed-ish for this fat old white guy injineer, it does strike to the heart of the issue.

I’ve critiqued the decision not to fight Gooferment Skrules on a First Amendment basis. The Gooferment should not be propagandizing future voters. And, dumbing them down. That was the goal of the Prussians when they introduced the whole idea. And, “We, The Sheeple” just went along.

How do we put some spine back into the Church folks and the American People in general?

Maybe BHO44 has done that for us?

This is just the first shot at religious freedom. If BHO44 gets reelected, then Obamacare will open the flood gates of these type issues.

Do Catholics have the courage of a MLK or Gandhi to stand together in defiance of the civil authorities?

Sadly, I don’t think so.

It’s a war for the soul of America. A war that may have been lost in 1913. And, these are just the final skirmishes. Before there’s total capitulation to the “Secular Progressive” meme.


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POSITRACTION: Separation of School and State?


Catholic Schools and the Common Good

Posted by Andrew J. Coulson

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One of the first things you learn when you start to study the comparative performance of school systems is this: on average, Catholic schools are much more educationally effective and vastly more efficient than state-run schools. And then you learn that their impact goes beyond the three R’s. I wrote a little about these facts a few years ago, while I was with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and my Mackinac friends have resurrected the post for Catholic Schools Week. I’ve appended an excerpt below, but you can read the whole thing here.

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It’s nice to see the positive contribution of Catholic Schools recognized. Shame that we Catholics no longer have First Amendment rights in the USA.

“What!”, you say.

Guess you haven’t been paying attention. Notice that Catholic Schools are disappearing. Why do you think that is?

Because a pay for service can’t compete with the Gooferment, when that Gooferment gives away the same service for free.

And, if you think that is an “unintended consequence” then you are … let’s be charitable … naive.

The Prussians invented the school system to: (1) make good soldiers (i.e., cannon fodder) for the Army; (2) “reliable” factory workers; and (3) citizens who were easily led by the elite.

Doubt it? Where do politicians send their kids to school?

What should you do?

Probably too late. But, you could contribute your attention, time, talents, and money to an inner city school.

Good Shepherd school is fighting back. The Administration has reached out to its alumni and they are giving back.

Perhaps, if everyone fights really hard, then we can overcome the Laws of Economics.

Politically, we might be able to have the Separation of School and State?

All depends upon you.

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