Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Personal Aside: Bill Daleys Weird Description of Catholic The Tribunes Stretching of Credulity Carol Marin, Mary Anne Ahern and Sneed and More.
Wont You Come Home, Bill Daley?
In an Op Ed published in the economically and intellectually bankrupt Tribune, Bill Daley, the mayors kid brother, criticizes Cardinal Francis George of Notre Dame by saying that the prelate widens the gap between the church, its members and the rest of America.
Aquinas would judge Daleys as vincible ignorance. Meaning, of course, that Daley knows better but believes the Church should allow beliefs of all kinds and ideologies all the better to accommodate the current state of his Catholicism which is exceedingly perilous. Daley is divorced from his wife Loretta with whom he fathered three kids-- and has announced he will shortly remarry. Divorce and remarriage ends formal Catholic affiliation unless one has secured an annulment which because of prior abuses in this country particularly Boston with the Kennedys and John Kerry. Kerry, the richest man in the Senate, owns the world cup for gigolo now that Virginias John Warner has retired. Once married to Julia Thorne a multi-millionaire heiress, Kerry found her bouts of depression tiresome. Now he has another heiress: the widow of John Heinz, mega-billionaire of the catsup family.
Teresa was a widow so her Catholicity was a-OK but Heinz was divorced. No one knows if lavish contributions to specific archdiocesan charities greased an annulment as they were rumored to do so with the libertine Kennedys or if an annulment was ever granted since the media is too decorous to askbut every time H.J. Heinz stock rises, Kerry falls in love with billionaire heiress Teresa Heinz (she kept her old married name) all over again.
Similarly, if the local media could drop its old protective ways and be inquisitive again, they would inquire as to whether Bill will get an annulmentbut its very doubtful since Loretta appears to be the innocent party.
Bills Divorce Problem.
As a man insatiably eager to scratch an itch but cant reach it, Daleys ambition for political office supersedes any other consideration with him. Events seem to be blocking him every step of the way. One was the supposed messy details of his divorced. He decided not to run for governor earlier against Blago in 2002 after Alderman Dick Mell Blagos then loyal father-in-law threatened to go public with the details of Daleys divorcewhich caused Daley to rethink it. Mell evidently had the goods that would have turned the campaign into a referendum on Daleys personal life so his plans fizzled.
Daley was ready to run for governor in 2010 when testimony exploded in the Al Sanchez trial with testimony that Daley was instrumental in starting the notorious HDO (Hispanic Democratic Organization) which served as a conduit for rigged political hires in city government. When asked Daley said he could not recall any such meeting. Uh-huh. Of course not: thats Daley denial! Immediately afterward he decided once again to scrap running for governorsaying he wants to see how Pat Quinn does. Uh-huh. Without this latest embarrassment, Daley would have been ready to run and obviously in the campaign would continue to call himself a Catholicwhich seems to be important to his breed even if hes not one. He might even receive communion sacraments unworthily in order to capitalize on his affiliation as do many others who are in denial. But divorce and remarriage is the toughest hurdle for one who, like Daley, wants to continue to cash in as a Catholic. Why? Theres an historic advantage to being one politically not breaking with the Church formally which is a political no-no even if you receive the sacraments in sacrilege.
The stumbling block is that in the Churchs eyes, marriage is a contract: not just a civil one but a sacred covenant by which God established marriage as the natural means of procreating and educating. The Church that Daley claims he belongs to and may not in the future through his own choice believes that when marriage is between two baptized persons, the contract becomes a sacrament. The partners have agreed to take each other as husband and wife and to continue taking each other through death. All this Daley knows but pretends he does not.
Thus because of his coming remarriage, it is very understandable that Daley calls himself a Catholic and advocates a much wider dimension for his church in his Op Ed. He is a very smooth, corporate board-room article far different than his oldest brother long ago separated the articles of his Faith from his political actions beginning when he moved into the national political arena and took on a leadership role in behalf of Bill Clinton, a pro-abort in order to please the majority of the Democratic party.
At that time, former Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, a Democrat and pro-lifer, became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President and wanted to address the 1992 Democratic convention but was denied permission to do so by the self-same Bill Daley, a Clinton operative who believed that Caseys pro-life beliefs were inconsistent with the goals of the Democratic party and barred Casey by fiat. This is the same Bill Daley who wants the Catholic church to open its doors to those of broader beliefs on abortion and other issues and be, well, tolerant. This is what Aquinas meant by vincible ignorance: vincible because its inconsistent.
Inconsistentbut then inconsistency is a jewel for Bill Daley as he pursues his vincible ignorance in other things. Now he preaches in the Tribune that Obama should be allowed to speak at Notre Dame because a majority of Catholics voted for him. Hmmm. He knows better than try to sell that. Its an intriguing view of how to formulate moral law: count noses. A majority of Pennsylvanians voted for Bob Casey as auditor general and then as governor, toobut somehow those majorities didnt affect Daleys mind even though Casey turned down overtures to become a Republican, staying loyal to the Democratic party.
In his Op Ed piece, Bill Daley worries that politics might somehow become intermingled with religion basis Cardinal Georges views. Good heavens we dont want that to happen! That the ornate ceiling and walls havent fallen in on him in his office as Midwest Chairman of JP Morgan Chase is a tribute to the magnanimous mercy of Almighty God. The Democratic party here in Chicago entertains all manner of black preachers turning their pulpits over to the Democratic party on Sundays as well as a blond-haired white Catholic priest, Fr. Michael Pfleger, who has made his pastorate at Saint Sabinas a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic party and who has threatened to split and start his own church-front church if hes ordered out of Saint Sabinas. And Daley worries that by objecting to the invitation extended to the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history by an ostensibly Catholic university purportedly committed to the teachings of the Church, Cardinal George has threatened to erase the line between religion and politics!
Bill Daleys position is easy to understand. Again, its vincible ignorance, the quest which knows better, a quest for an apparent good over an ultimate good.
The Tribune Editorial.
Being lectured on matters of principle by the bankrupt Tribune, is like being called spineless by a gerbil. The paper has renounced any claim it had to its past intellectual integrity when it let its board of directorsbusiness types with no ballast in the field of ideasdecide it should back Obama because he is black and a Chicagoan which would mean advertising dollars (which didnt pay off) and not to do so would generate too much heat on the papers sensitive backside.
Earlier the paper slid mushily to pro-abortion and pro-gay rights in order to placate the liberal mob. Now the so-called editorial board a rudderless group of mostly liberals including a black woman who edited the papers cookbook is headed by Bruce Dold, a Catholic, vincibly ignorant, knowing better but is a stenographer for his business department bosses and powerless to affect the papers editorial content. Dold or whomever he delegated to write the papers editorial did the usual journeyman job of stringing together irrelevancies.
It begins by saying the editorial page doesnt presume to tell a church how to practice its faith but then proceeds to do so right out of the old malleable Unitarian-cum liberal psalm book where majoritynot principlerules. It argues that by opposing Obamas speech and honorary degree at Notre Dame was rude of George. It asks speciously whether Catholicism means one must refuse a president who doesnt agree with all the beliefs of the Church. Then it recycles the Bill Daley argument: since Obama and Biden got a majority of the Catholic votes, Obamas position should be honored by the Church. Then it concludes by simpering: How many Catholics of the archdiocese do you think were moved to tears on Nov. 4 by the election of [the] first African American president? Sob-sob.
And then to ensure the tears continue flowing the page cites its once editorial editor, Don Wycliffe, a Catholic black, elevated by the editorial to a kind of Black Everyman who feels good that another black is president: a wonderful reason to let Obama speak. For that inestimable service you can take the day off, Dold. Get some rest: It wont be long before you start answering phones as an account exec at Edelman & Associates public relations.
Hers is a case of invincible ignorance which absolves one for having to know better. Mal-educated and a prematurely orange haired 50ish matron with a yen for the `60s and her contact with the late Msgr. Jack Egan and his nun secretary. Egan, a Saul Alinsky revolutionary, was a throwback to the civil rights era who made damned sure that when he marched with King he Egan wasnt arrested (while others who linked arms with him were). Egan convinced Marin thats what the Church should be: women priests, elected bishops, a double-duty dispenser social benefits and a loud advocate of statism to get it done.
Once in Chicago when Alinskys people marched, a number of them including a good friend of mine were locked up for a time. Not Egan. He skipped beyond the paddy wagons and had a date with the City Council to speak with misty Irish eyes and timely weeping where he made headlines. The remainder of the group heard his testimony on the radio in jail.
Jack was a boozy old roman-collared blowhard who got himself sculpted in bronze free which rests on a pedestal at DePaul really! As a literal gift from the MacArthur Foundation for his support of blessing its funding of Catholics for Pro-Choice, a letterhead group. He once told my audience in front of Andy Young that Young saved Jacks life at Selma. When he left full of tears, Young looked at me wide-eyed and said to me privately, who was THAT? Young never met him before.
Fiction not fact constituted Jacks almanac.
In memory of Egan, Catholic feminist Marin gnaws her fist in anger because the Church isnt concerned solely with alms-giving instead of icky, sticky old male chauvinist moral dogma which makes everybody uncomfortable including Carol who wants to feel warm-warm-warm. So she interviews guess who?...the retired provost of DePaul whom Marin describes apropos of its own brochure as the nations largest Catholic university without a solitary comma or parenthesis to observe the truth DePaul violates the central rule of free inquiry turning into an advocate to placate key lavender faculty members by conducting its infamous Queer Studies: 101 to young freshmen who themselves are insecure in their sexuality.
Marin believes she has the clinching argument as to why Obama should speak at Notre Dame. The Church faltered stumbled all over itself on pedophilia so it has no right to say or do anything now that would keep a pro-abortionist from receiving a Notre Dame honorary degree. Logical, no? Shes right about some of the hierarchys culpable conspiracy to protect pedophiles right about the Churchs spiriting Cardinal Bernard Law out of Boston to Rome but she does not care to record that all clerical abuses by all clergymen not just Catholics amounted to 4% of the total. Four percent is 4% too high and the micro-percentage that is Catholic clergy is a woeful number especially in Chicago where complicity played a part in ordaining Dan McCormack but Marin cannot bring herself to present the unvarnished truththat most abuses of children in the nation come from public school teachers.
So she argues that this micro-fraction of Catholic clergy abuses and the lamentable past toleration of sexual practices should make the Church endorse Obama when he comes to Notre Dame. Her invincible ignorance prevents her from understanding that the inaccurate Spirit of Vatican IIs fraudulent sentimental braying ruined honest inquiry of thought and installed in its place culpable toleration of ideas that makes no distinction between good and evil, truth and falsehoodthe unique tenet of rampant liberalism.
That led to toleration of misbehavior, the belief that somehow everyone has a right to express themselves sexually, to be liberated in whatever way which led to child abuse and homosexuality which is the bane of the clergy. But Marin is forgiven: as former Texas Governor used to say in her southern twang: Poor thing, she caint hep it! Liberal toleration of right and wrong, truth and falsehood is something Marin is not equipped to understand.
Mary Anne Ahern.
When grimacing Joel Weisman orchestrated the Land of Nod on WTTWs Chicago Weak [sic] Review asking a slanted question about the Cardinal to which everybody on the panel nodded NBC general assignment reporter Catholic, Irish-looking Ahern decided to make the most of the opportunity and did a self-promotion cameo for herself, echoing Marins how do they square opposing Obama at Notre Dame when they let Cardinal Law go to Rome? Ahern, who owes her life to Marin when Ahern choked on a morsel and Marin applied the Heimlich Maneuver to pop a chunk of food from her throat echoed Marin with the how do they dare block Obama when they let Law go to Rome! A touching payback. Whenever Marin retires from the Channel 5 slot, one of her three jobs, Ahern should be first in line to become the stations political editor but they are so identical that nobody will know the difference.
Sun-Times Editorial and Sneed.
Michael Sneed, a several-times divorced and remarried, which very well may mean she is Catholic no more no matter how she insists. She writes a generally good gossip column for the Sun-Times, has good fed prosecutorial sources and has adopted a mans name because she out-competed men in the newsroom and savors that she has all the guts and bravado of a man. Ergo: she is vinceably ignorant because she knows better. She writes in snippets so her comment was tied to Tony Blairs conversion to Catholicism and his forthcoming speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (which used to be the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations) on the fault lines of faith. Fault-lines is right. Everything I read about Blair is that he is as pro-abort as is his cradle Catholic wife, Cherieso thats one big fault-line. Maybe the reason is that the priest who converted him is named Father Michael Seed. Seed, not Sneed. I kid you not.
Sneed reports Georges objection to Notre Dames invitation to Obama and says gimme a break. That means, I guess, Irish is as Irish does and Notre Dames graduating class which wants to tout a POTUS as speaker and honorary degree recipient is the central issue. Okay.
Meanwhile, the economically and intellectually bankrupt Sun-Times editorial under the stewardship of Tom McNamee, a Catholic, says Obama should receive the degree because of the electoral majority he received from Catholics. Then McNamee about as malleable as his colleague Dold over at the bankrupt Tribune ventures into theology: The Catholic Church is pro-life. That is church doctrine. But the church is also so much more [sic]a champion of the poor, for the oppressed, for love and peace. Now we see. Social dispensation of goods means more than preservation of life for Mr. McNamee.
Continuing: When the church reduces Catholic identity to unwavering allegiance to a single matteropposition to abortionit paradoxically erodes support for the pro-life cause while trivializing all the other excellent work of the church in Chicago and around the world.
Hardly worth answering except to note that McNamee has raised alms giving and relief to a higher status than defense of human life which means hes well on his way to crafting a theology of his own. Eventually, who knows, he may be a parishioner at Fr. Michael Pflegers store-front church if the archdiocese ever musters the resolve to unhorse Pfleger?