Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Personal Aside: Durbin Pleads for George Ryan Pardon Marion Brooks Keeps a Straight Face to Interview Jeremiah Wright Catholic Colleges are a Misnomerwith Few Exceptions.
Yesterday, the leading political hack of the U. S. Senate, Dickie Durbin born without a sense of shame so he matriculated well in that cavern of raise-your-eyes-to-heaven hypocrisy pleaded for George Bush to pardon Republican former Gov. George Ryan because good ol George has suffered enough for his transgressionsand his wife, Lura Lynn wants him home for Christmas. As this website predicted, the publication of a laudatory biography of Ryan and Durbins plea were orchestrated by Jim Thompson whose lieutenant governor Ryan was and who can likely sully Big Jimbo in the annals of history if he is not pleased with Jimbos due diligence in his behalf. Jimbo assigned his top lawyer, Dan Webb, who has the boyish face of a cabbage-patch doll, to take the case. Any ordinary hack could have done as well as George lost on all counts before the jury and all pleas subsequently failed.
NBC-TV assiduously played Dick Durbin straight last night and magnanimously failed to mention why bulbous-nosed ol George is in stir: because five kids were cremated in an accident caused by an illegal alien who got his CDL courtesy of bribing one of Georges crooked driving inspectors. Im sure Mrs. Ryan misses ol George for it was she who contacted Durbin. I would imagine Rev. Willis misses his kids, too but nobody cries for themcertainly not Dickie Durbin who has apparently some debts to pay to the old fraud who betrayed his trust to bed down with the Democratic party in order to taint the jury pool with liberal benefactions going to Cuba to salute Castro switching from pro-life to pro-abort switching on OHare to please Richie Daley and before the polls closed in 2000 when he was state chairman of the Bush effort, met with Daley to concede Illinois.
I doubt whether Durbins professionally somber puss on NBC will impress George W. Bush who has at least one deserving candidate to pardonScooter Libby who didnt deserve being convicted on a case that started out as who-leaked-Plame when in fact the prosecutor knew who it was all along and told Bob Novak and others to shut up about it.
Another stellar star on NBC-TV is Marion Brooks she of Atlanta fame who as a TV journalist there conducted a 4-year sleep-in with the mayor showing her unique brand of ethicsafter which she was promoted here in contrast to Amy Jacobson who took a dip in a swimming pool with a news source and hasnt been forgiven yet.
But Marion is uniquely sensitive to race which is why she is here. Now voila! she came out to WVON to interview that terribly wronged raving black racist Jeremiah Wright. She carried the assignment off without cracking up citing everything favorablecoverage of a Protestant pastor friend of John McCain who is an anti-Catholic bigot and exclaiming oh-dear-the-media carried Wrights stories far more copiously than the GOP pastor forgetting to add, of course, that Wright god damned the United States and accused whites of inoculating black babies with HIV. Just a slight oversight in her reportage.
Catholic (Ahem) Colleges.
A study by the Cardinal Newman Societys Center for the Study of Higher Education has released a poll surveying Catholic college students behavior and beliefs. Get these figures:
60% of Catholic students polled say abortion should be legal. 60% say premarital sex is not a sin. 57% say same-sex marriage should be legal. 39% say they heard college officials encouraging contraceptive use. 31% say they have heard college officials encouraging acceptance of homosexual activity. Findings were published last week in the National Catholic Register.
The reason I am so everlastingly bitter cranky about so many Catholic bishops in the U.S. is because they have done such an abysmal almost criminal job in refusing to deal correctively with so-called Catholic colleges. I was lucky enough to graduate from a university that pursued the old veritiesa university I refused to send my kids to later because it has taken on the coloration of abject secularism.
Defenders shouldnt shove off on me the hoary excuse that colleges and universities wont respond to ecclesial prodding prodding meaning threatening to remove permission to use the name Catholic from these secular (and worse) institutions. A prelate who dilly-dallies out of timidity from pulling the Catholic designation from DePaul and Loyola which flaunt the name in their promotions but which are nothing less than recruiting stations to lure the very young into homosexual lifestyles by (in DePauls case) instituting a minor, Queer Studies: 101 is failing his duty as a bishop--notwithstanding protestations to the contrary. The reasons are many but the central one is that many bishops are ceremonial political figures, fearing the condemnation of the media for being authoritarian. Gee, youd think theyre running for office, trying to win plaudits from various constituencies. Well, theyre not. Or they shouldnt be.
Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said the data was collected in May and June of this year. The 506 respondents are current or recent Cathllic college attendees age 18 to 29. They represent at least 128 different Catholic colleges and universities constituting 62% of the total number of 208 institutions. More data: 46% of current and recent students said they had engaged in sex outside marriage 84% said they had friends who engaged in premarital sex one out of five knows someone who has had an abortion or helped pay for one 57% said attending a Catholic college or university had no effect on their participation in Mass or confession. 54% said their attendance had no effect on their support of Catholic teachings 56% said the experience had no effect on their respect for the Pope 6% who were Catholic while attending a Catholic college are not now Catholic. Only 1% who were not Catholic while attending college are today Catholic.
Women more likely than men tend to engage in sex outside marriage50% to 41%...and listen to this: more men than women said attending a Catholic institution had a positive impact on them i.e. receiving the sacraments and supporting church teachings, 40% to 23%.
Thus dont tell me just being a bishop now is worthy of near-deification Catholics of the `50s used to confer. Most of the men in years past were bishops in every sense of the word. Not glorified semanticists, p. r. men for fund-raising as manyeven mostare today. These dont get nor do they deserve the sanctimonious status they receive today.
Not in the face of these numbers. Not when so many parade down church aisles preening their authority with crosier and miter warming to the accolades of the largely mal-catechized sheep lack the intestinal fortitude to do anything about itfearing reproach from their own priests, from wealthy alums from powerful largely Democratic political leaders who affiliate with the secular Catholic colleges and in the press.