With only 31% who want Richard M. Daley reelected, what’s likely to happen? First, don’t think for a moment that he’ll give it up. He’s a political creature who can’t imagine living without the mayoralty. No matter what happens to Maggie…terminal illness, incapacitation or death…he’ll run. And he’ll be sure to show tears whenever she’s mention. These aren’t crocodile tears. He means them. But no matter, he must run. He can’t help it. A limited, totally un-introspective man this is his life. So he’ll run.
Understand The Squid is not a democratic (with a small “d”) organization but is left-wing fascist-like in machinations… one whose candidate can survive unpopularity, scandal, anything and get elected with the benefit of vote fraud or a consortium with the supine media. It is preparing to do so now. For one thing there’s nobody around who can beat Daley. The only formula to do so is to find somebody with a billion dollars ala Mike Bloomberg—but obviously a vastly different type (Bloomberg is a New York Jew, a self-made man familiar in style and ethnic qualities to New Yorkers: not a Chicago type at all).
I suppose you could conjure up the idea that this could fit Pat Ryan, the retired chairman of AON but he’s 73. Aside from age, though, he could fill the bill: a white-haired helmeted, ruddy faced Irishman…self made multi-billionaire…a back slapper who hosted fund-raisers for George W. Bush…then Barack Obama. Heading the Olympic drive that failed hasn’t hurt him (it would have, had the Olympics decided to come here). A friend of Daley’s but friendships melt in politics like a snow cone in July. But no matter: he’s too old. Enough.
The idea that liberal reformers…ala David Hoffman…could do it is ridiculous. If anyone was promoted by the media beyond his political competence, it is Hoffman. Patrick Fitzgerald could probably do it but he’d have to have a lot…and I mean a lot…of money. Still I don’t know if his personality…which always struck me as frosty, Jansenist, purer-than-thou…would pull him through. Maybe if the media got behind him—but in order for them to do this, Fitzgerald would have to be super-liberal on social issues.
Still, we’re in an age of political unrest, tumult and revolution.
Who do you think could do it? Not just who you like ideologically—who do you think could actually carry it off?
SNAP’s Agreement With the Catholic Establishment.
In the past I interviewed the two leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. I’ve also interviewed from time to time a woman I greatly admire for her constancy in dealing with the bishops of the USCCB: Anne Burke. SNAP is going to have a convention here soon…and Burke, who was interim head of the investigatory group formed to ferret out abuse and structure recompense of the Catholic bishops organization, will speak.
Frankly, I’m not anti-SNAP because I wouldn’t count on the Church personnel itself to blow the whistle…even though I know that Jeff Anderson, the Minnesota lawyer, makes his living with lawsuits and presumably helps fund SNAP. When I asked Blaine and her assistant how they were funded and if they profited from Anderson and the personal injury bar, they stuttered, stammered and turned away. But there is no doubt that they do.
Neither SNAP nor the Catholic establishment is willing to comment on whether or not the cause of the difficulty is not the Lavender Priesthood. Both shy away from the question because of fear of violating the inflexible canon of political correctness that dominates our society in almost every feature of life.
Archbishop Dolan’s Response.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was shown on YouTube smiling and applauding the introduction of a Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/
Bisexual Group at a New York church…known for its condescension of the gay lifestyle. He had just celebrated Mass there and was seated in the altar throne when leaders of the congregation hailed the various gay-oriented groups. The question arose whether or not the groups were advocacy or not. The huzza’ing of the crowd would seem to argue that they were advocates.
The YouTube scored an impressive number of viewers and of course Dolan, a man of infinite eloquence, was required to respond given that the sexual practices of the group are not consonant with the teachings of the Church.
His statement was brief and said that he was impressed with the compassion that the group held out to gay people—not because it ever dawned on him that they were celebrating permissively such practices—although it must be said that nothing in the service indicated their opposition to homosexuality.
But the archbishop says otherwise.
*: St. Jerome Emiliani [1481-1537]. After an exciting time in the Italian military where he was engaged in the defense of Castelnuovo, taken prisoner and escaped, he made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Treviso to fulfill a vow. Appointed to a high municipal post in Castelnuovo he returned home to supervise the education of his nephews. In his spare time he devoted himself to the study of theology and practice of charity. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1518, he spent a major part of his time serving the poor. In 1528 a year of famine and pestilence he seemed to be everywhere and showed zeal especially for orphans. He rented a house to care for them near the church of St. Rose and with the assistance of some laymen ministered to their wants. He also added another project: the building of a hospice for the incurably ill.
He founded a community dedicated to the care of orphans, aged and incurably ill. He contracted a fatal disease while caring for the terminally ill and died at Somascha. He was beatified by Benedict XIV in 1747 and canonized by Clement XIII in 1767. He has been designated as the patron saint of orphans and abandoned children.