Saturday, July 27, 1996


Peter Steinfels reported in The New York Times, July 27, 1996.
...Then on the Fourth of July, the 69-year-old prelate tossed a firecracker into the welfare debate. In an op-ed article in The Washington Post, the Archibishop urged President Clinton to refuse the scores of Federal waivers necessary for Wisconsin's sweeping reform of its welfare system.


Archbishop Weakland wrote that the plan, Wisconsin Works, or W-2, which requires almost all welfare recipients to take jobs, some for subsidized wages, was "not morally justifiable."


"The Bishop should come back to Wisconsin and read his Bible instead of playing piano in New York," snapped Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin.

Monday, July 1, 1996

July 1996

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July 25-28, 1996

Vacation in Charleston, South Carolina.




Michael Naughton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Theology and Management at the University of St. Thomas, spoke on "Work and Leisure," at a breakfast presented by the Peter Favre Forum.




Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity by Alan D. Sokal


A Swedish writer, observing the flight of gulls in a storm, at first thought that they flew backward, then understood that they were letting the wind carry them where it wished, for they lacked the power to resist. But they did not alter course--fly with the wind. Some inner mechanism informed them which was the way. Had they flown with the wind, they would have lost their sense of direction. Better to move backward, let the wind have its way, but retain the sense of direction.

In the face of the storm it is harder to fly backward than forward; and to do so with dignity demands more of people, as of gulls. True, flying backward, people and gulls alike make little progress. But they keep their sense of direction, know which way is forward.

--Oscar Handlin, "The Unmarked Way," The American Scholar Summer 1996, p. 355