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Here at my web site, I've archived the earlier entries to this page.
Powell's Book Store is one of many with a pet cat that roams the premises, but you can read about Fup's adventures.
Shaazka Beyerle writes on The Middle East’s e-War.
The ACU has unveiled its revised web site. Still has "click here" links.
Reconsiderations: Society and History
Jonah Blank wrote in 1999 that in Kashmir: Fundamentalism Takes Root.
It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.with the American Constitution Society's goals.
We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful -- and traditionally central -- place in American law. We want to strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of -- and the public case for -- a vision of the law in which these values are paramount -- on such issues as: privacy; freedom of speech; federalism; antidiscrimination and affirmative action; gay rights; a woman’s right to choose; labor and consumer rights; protection of health, safety, and the environment; the death penalty; and the criminal justice system.
Added to my library:
Heard Mr. Nagel speak on the book at a meeting of the local chapter of the Federalist Society. He was kind enough to sign my copy.
Sex and the City of God
[Rev. Thomas R.] Malia was asked to resign [as pastor of Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill, Florida] last week by the archdiocese after he informed officials that in 1999, he hired Robert Gee, a friend he met when he attended seminary in Milwaukee, as interim music director of Holy Cross. Malia admitted to church officials that he knew Gee had been convicted two years earlier of child sexual abuse.
This morning's newspaper reports on Milwaukee's new archbishop. Here's a brief biography of Timothy Dolan, a column by George Weigel regarding his becoming a bishop, and an interview of Bishop Dolan on the recent bishops' meeting in Dallas. For more in the Bishop's own words, here are excerpts from his book, his talks at the Vocations Congress of the Archdiocese of Halifax, Talk I and Talk II, and his explanation of why the pope visited St. Louis.
He's the brother of local morning talk radio host Bob Dolan. I emailed Mark Belling to ask if the cathedral will now get Wellington Stained Glass Windows (Bob is Wellington Windows' on-air pitchman) but don't know if the question was asked or answered.
This is a big change in the relationship of church and talk radio. In his effort to crush Catholic Family Radio,
The [former] archbishop [Weakland] last year  voiced skepticism about call-in talk shows, the format for most of Catholic Family's programming, and remarked that "it seems many of the (organizers) have been divisive in the church in the United States. We don't need any more of that."["Divisive" meaning on his enemies list; "we" meaning him.]
No word yet if the new Archbishop drinks Budweiser.
Bob Dolan reports that when Timothy was a kid, he'd play at being a priest with a card table, tablecloth, grape juice, and Wonder Bread mashed flat. I believe it. My late brother Michael did the same thing at the same age and almost went to the seminary.
Fr. Rob Johansen predicts what Milwaukee can expect from Archbishop Dolan, and vice versa.
This month's Bold Type includes poems excerpted from W. S. Merwin's new book.
Working toward an M.B.A.? Here's the career outlook now.
A Madison, Wisconsin, correspondent brings to my attention this small law firm in downtown Denver, Colorado.
Reading notebook: Axis of evil, axes to grind
Went last night to Ravinia to hear Itzhak Perlman with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Together they played Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. The orchestra then also played the first Ravinia performances of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead: Symphonic Poem after Bocklin's Painting, Op. 29, and of Rachmaninoff's Three Etudes tableau, The Fair, Op. 33, No. 7, The Sea and the Seagulls, Op. 39, No. 2, and March, Op. 39, No. 9, orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi. Some of that description will mean more to the musically trained than it does to me. Mr. Perlman is always striking to hear, and the Isle of the Dead was pretty spooky.
Like many such outdoor venues, Ravinia is park-like. In fact, it began as an out-of-town leisure destination developed by the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad, an electric interurban, to add passenger traffic. The North Shore Line is long gone but its tracks past Ravinia were alongside those of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, now part of the Union Pacific. So Ravinia still is sometimes described as the world's only train station with its own symphony orchestra.
Picnicing on the lawn before, and during, the concert continues. I, for one, miss the bats that used to cruise among the tops of the oak trees. There seem to be a bit fewer oaks each year, as well.
Today is the Feast of Saint Terence, Bishop of Iconium (1st Century), who might be the Tertius of Romans 16:22.
Heard yesterday from another Cyclone 13 skipper, Harold Gillis of Springfield, Oregon, owner of US1060.
This recent phenomenon of of web logs or on-line journals on various topics has raised the question of just how narrow a blog's focus might get. One indication might be the new blog by Neal Obstinate which points out spelling and grammatical errors in Catholic blogs.
Last night we attended a lecture by Frank Zeidler and John Gurda, "Almost Yesterday: Milwaukee Since World War II.," presented by the University of
Some initial problems with the sound system were handled with a quote from former Marquette University basketball coach Al McGuire, "I've seen more dead mikes than an Irish undertaker."
Mr. Gurda characterized the recent spate of scandals in Milwaukee as "a perfect storm, politically." One factor common to them is the perceived use of public funds for private benefit, directly or indirectly. He quoted Mr. Zeidler,
Milwaukeeans like their public officials to come into office poor and leave penniless.
At the end, the (inevitable) question was asked, why Milwaukee has a kind of inferiority complex. Mr. Gurda answered that this goes back to the mid-nineteenth century when it became obvious that Chicago, 90 miles south, would become and always remain the much larger city. He drew the analogy to Canada's relationship to the United States.
I took the opportunity to have Mr. Zeidler autograph my copy of his version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, "translated into modern verse" (1979).
Sex and the City of God
A brochure for the [Archdiocese of] Milwaukee-run "Sexual Attitude Restructuring" course said the program begins with "examining how we were trained (or not trained) to hold restricting attitudes about our sexuality. Rev. Andrew Nelson will trace the influence of our religious tradition on this thinking and some current attitudes toward sexuality."
Received my rating as a light air (up to 10 knots) keelboat skipper.
This upload of Reading Rat completes version 4.12, which takes into account works quoted in the Great Treasury of Western Thought, Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, eds. (1977).
One of these days, I'll have to archive part of this page.
Readling log: The God that Failed (1950), by Andre Gide, Richard Wright, Ignazio Silone, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, and Louis Fischer; Richard Crossman, ed.
A Madison, Wisconsin, correspondent notes this article [registration required].
In the 1890's, Pope Leo dispatched two letters to the American hierarchy condemning what he called the heresy of "Americanism." He inveighed against "the passion for discussing and pouring contempt upon any possible subject, the assumed right to hold whatever opinions one pleases upon any subject and to set them forth in print to the world."My correspondent comments that,
One suspects the saint who inspired Aeterni Patris would have been amused by the quote here from its author.
Your tithe dollars at work
So what about the $450,000 in hush money paid from the slush fund? According to this Catholic Herald article,
In his apology, Weakland conceded "there is understandable concern" about the payment, and, in hindsight, it has "the appearance of 'hush money.'"It not only has that appearance, it was "hush money," as the Catholic Herald noted in interviewing Bishop Sklba the week before.
Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba, who was elected administrator of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Friday evening, May 24, said the primary challenge for Catholics in the archdiocese is to experience "a sense of healing" following news of former Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland's relationship with another man and a $450,000 settlement to keep it private.The article also notes that Bishop Sklba is concerned that these revelations will give donors the impression that they cannot be sure what use will really be made of their contributions.
Sklba said the $450,000 settlement paid to Marcoux in 1998 did not affect the archdiocese's operating budget that year. "Certainly not. I see the budget every year ... because I'm part of the cabinet that works through what the resources are each year."Somehow we are to think that this $450,000 payment had no effect, but that what we do or do not donate does. And from what Bishop Sklba says, a reader would think donors had no reason to doubt Church financial statements because, for example, they could see the $450,000 payment if they looked at the 1998 budget. They could not, however, according to this article [registration required].
Recent reports of accounting cover-ups, most notably in Milwaukee and Palm Beach, Fla., have only drawn more attention to the inability - or refusal - of many dioceses to disclose where their money comes from or where it has gone.On the other side of the ledger, there is the continuing issue of what relevance amounts characterized as contributed by the former Archbishop to the Archdiocese has to the $450,000 payment. None, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said in commenting on his apology in this editorial.
Furthermore, Weakland still apparently thinks that the $196,723 he earned through honorariums and other means and gave to the archdiocese is somehow a credit against the $450,000 payment to Marcoux. As we said earlier - when Weakland was claiming he had earned more than twice as much as he actually had - it isn't. That money was earned in Weakland's role as archbishop and could have been used for far better purposes.Perhaps he had been told that donating the money was to his credit, and so had the bookkeepers treat that literally. The Catholic Herald article on his apology continues,
In a statement released after the service, the archdiocese said the stipends, honoraria, and gifts it has received because of Weakland's work total $148,928.82. That amount has earned $47,794.38 in interest over the years, for a total of $196,723 since June 30, 1978 -- Weakland's first fiscal year in office -- and is maintained in a separate, interest-bearing account, according to the statement.No explanation is given why this money was kept in a separate account. Perhaps I should check if money my pastor donates to our parish is likewise kept in a slush fund. Note that the $450,000 is not shown by the archdiocesan financial statement for 1998 but the amount in the slush fund is known to the penny. Note also that interest earned by the slush fund is credited, but there is no mention of the interest that would have been earned by the $450,000.
And the Catholic Herald further says the $450,000 was not, in fact, paid from the former Archbishop's account, in this article.
A spokesman for the Milwaukee Archdiocese said last week the $450,000 settlement paid to Paul Marcoux under a 1998 agreement between Marcoux and the archdiocese and Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland was from money transferred into its general budget from its real estate and properties account.We've been cautioned that withholding donations will only hurt the needy. What can we be shown as evidence for that if we cannot believe even audited financial statements of the archdiocese?
John Shiely, president and C.E.O. of Briggs & Stratton Corp. in Milwaukee, reviews some past dealings with former Archbishop Weakland.
SEX AND THE CITY OF GOD
Marie Rohde reports from Dallas.
Ich bin ein Frankliner
Our suburban weekly reports on the selection of a neighbor's daughter Andrea as the 2003 Franklin Junior Miss, "Beyond the spotlight: Junior Miss competitors count friendships as winning during scholarship program," by Janine Jones; Franklin Hub, June 13, 2002, p. 12.
Andrea's fellow competitors were not so surprised at her win, and said they had a feeling she would be the judge's first pick.Along with the title, Andrea receives a $1,250 college scholarship.
Sex and the City of God
The New Oxford Review of April, 2002, has as the last of that issue's editorial notes one on episcopal fundamentalism in the Catholic Church.
Let's face it. Many Catholic bishops today don't want interference from the Holy See, and they don't want the laity sending them ecclesial texts with passages underlined. They would like to run their bailiwicks as they themselves see fit.You might find the note quite pertinent to the issues before the current conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops, or in contemplating the bishops' rap sheets.
Project Gutenberg has announced its music web site launch.
Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is proud to inaugurate the Music Website as the principal outlet for the Chamber Music Archive. You'll find free scores and parts of public domain music, digitized in a variety of printable, playable and editable formats. The initial postings are classical chamber music, including quartets by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Brahms in Coda Music's Finale (.MUS) format. For further information regarding procedures, the files, and the site, please see entries in the FAQ and Volunteer pages, or contact Geof Pawlicki directly.
We're very proud of our niece, Caitlin, who was honored with this year's Lydia Dosman Award at her graduation from the MacDowell School in Milwaukee. The award was created by the parents of Lydia Dosman, who died of cancer while a student at MacDowell. Lydia's mother is a MacDowell teacher and her father had been vice-principal there. The award is for service to others and Caitlin received it for her work helping some of her classmates study for the eighth grade proficiency tests. In presenting the award, Shelley Hummel-Dosmann said that Caitlin's work made it possible for some of her classmates to graduate.
Caitlin also gave one of the two student graduation addresses.
MacDowell. A second home to all of the graduates here tonight. A place where we have found an education, support, and unforgettable friendships.
The September 2001 issue of koinonia, published by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, has an article "How old is your church? And how old is Orthodox Christianity?" The article gives the Orthodox version of the argument of historical continuity, common in Catholic apologetics, to show that the writer's church is the church founded by Christ. The koinonia piece contains this ecumenical typo.
If you are a Roman Catholic, your Church shared the same rich Apostolic and doctrinal heritage as the Orthodox Church for the first 1,000 years of its history, since during the first millenium they were one and the same church. In 1054, the Pope of Rome broke away from the other four Apostolic Partriarchates, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, by tempering with the original Creed ...P.S. The Annunciation Church building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Reading notebook: Winnie th' appeaser
Ten years ago it was generally felt that Italy was the chief menace to the peace of Europe. Few people think so now. Indeed, it would be fair to say that Mussolini is commonly regarded as one of the safeguards of Peace. Yet he feels it necessary, for domestic reasons, to extol the glories of war ...
I will go in to the alter of God
Mark N. C. Sullivan quotes extensively from the article "Renewal and Renovation," by Thomas R. Sloan, S.J., A.I.A., from America (May 6, 2002). After discussing the Church documents he considers relevant, Fr. Sloan takes this position on particularly contentious issue.
The documents nowhere require that the tabernacle be visible from the main body of the church. What is required is that the place where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved be conspicuous, that is, easily found by a person intent on praying before the Blessed Sacrament.Assuming that Fr. Sloan is interpreting words in the English language, it is true that conspicuous does not mean the same as visible. For example, if a building code required that the fire exit signs be conspicuous, it might not be sufficient for them to be merely visible. Yet Fr. Sloan interprets conspicuous to mean less than visible, i.e., "easily found by a person intent" on finding what is being sought. So to a liturgical architect, conspicuous means inconspicuous. But there's nothing to be gained in pointing this out.
While there is plenty of bad design done in the name of the reform, as there is plenty of bad liturgy done in the name of the reform, none of this discredits the reform itself.There also is plenty of equivocation in the name of the reform, but nothing, it appears, can reflect any discredit on the reform. It's almost as if we must know, love, and serve the reform.
Reading notebook: This race goes to the Swift
Dave Pawlek commented Monday, June 3, 2002, "On Yesterday's Celebrations and Long-winded Sermons."
The priest who celebrated the Mass -- a good man who takes his priesthood seriously, I must say -- preached for half an hour. And we're not talking Fulton Sheen-caliber stuff, either. Long, rambling, disjointed, repetitive. In a speaking style more suited for auctioneering than preaching. Good material in it, but lost in the presentation and lack of organization.Reminds me of the commercial in which no one has the nerve to tell the boss he has bad breath. "Father, you may excommunicate me for this, but here's a brochure for Toastmasters."
A Chicago correspondent brings these to my attention.
The Great Ideas: The University of Chicago and the Ideal of Liberal Education, An Exhibition in the Department of Special Collections The University of Chicago Library, May 1, 2002 - September 6, 2002.
Ich bin ein Frankliner
Walter Burkhalter, former Director of the Franklin Public Library, has returned to Wisconsin. He becomes Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System Director on July 15th. He is comes there from the Shawnee Library System in Carterville, Illinois, where he has been since September of 2000. Prior to that and after leaving Franklin he had been System Director at Southwest Library System, serving there from 1997 to 2000.
Last night's sailing instructor had formerly been with the U.S. military and assigned to NATO. As some shore birds passed overhead, he either said they were common tern or comintern.
SEX AND THE CITY OF GOD
HARK! THE HERALD
Bishop Sklba writes,
Even the truth can be dismissed as more cover-up.More cover-up?
Reading notebook: Minions for defense, but not one Nichols for tribute
A Madison, Wisconsin, correspondent brings to my attention this from yesterday's John Nichols column.
The State Historical Society of Wisconsin continues to spiral deeper and deeper into crisis because of the failed leadership of outgoing director George Vogt and a Board of Curators that seems to hold Wisconsin and Wisconsinites in contempt.Has Mr. Nichols exposed only Delaware minions? A peek in the files shows otherwise.
The vice president [Al Gore] needs to put aside his own fears, his own ego, his own sense of self-image. He needs to become the tribune of the people who rode the bus and walked in the rain and stood in those long lines to vote for him. He needs to say, "Look, Florida has a long history of political shenanigans, vote fraud and disenfranchisement. But it stops here. It stops when Jeb Bush and his minions seek to deny the office of the presidency to the elected president of the United States."Minions present put Mr. Nichols in mind of the ghosts of minions past.
Running on an anti-corporate platform quite similar to the one on which Nader campaigns this year, and pledging himself to restore democracy by banishing powerful special interests from positions of political influence, La Follette offered a radical alternative to the rule of the robber barons. The barons and their minions promptly set out to destroy not just the candidacy, but the man.Why, it's almost as if Mr. Nichols thinks there are minions under every bed. Those of you who know Madison might suspect Mr. Nichols and his newspaper target a Madison demographic that believes Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was a documentary. More likely, Mr. Nichols must write on deadline and has no minions to help keep him from reaching the required word count using cliches of Progressivism.
You can read more about our state and its Progressive Era at the Wisconsin Historical Society, formerly the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
R.I.P. Howard Eisenberg
Eisenberg was chosen by former Archbishop Rembert Weakland to lead the community commission to review the Milwaukee Archdiocese's handling of alleged sexual abuse by priests.Many of my colleagues over the years have been graduates of the Marquette Law School. Many of them still resent what they consider petty indignities, almost hazing, at the hands of faculty and administration. While this provided me with vicarious anecdotes, having nothing comparable from my years at the University of Wisconsin Law School, it made it tough for Dean Eisenberg to raise funds from alumni from the years before his arrival. Early in his time as Dean, he talked specifically about this issue in what otherwise would have been a routine fund-raising appeal letter to alumni. I don't know if the letter succeeded in raising money for the school, but it was obvious that it left some of the alums a little less bitter. Too bad there are not more leaders in our universities, and the Church for that matter, who would be as forthright.
SEX AND THE CITY OF GOD
There's another Milwaukee blogger, Karen Marie Knapp.
Milwaukee is divided north from south geographically by the Menomonee River valley and she lives near one end of one of the arterial viaducts that span it.
During the open housing protests of the 1960s, the 16th St. viaduct became an emblem of the racial division between the community's largely black north side and mostly white south side. In the 1980s, the city renamed the viaduct the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, in honor of the late civil rights leader who led the protests. (see article)As a former parishioner of Fr. Groppi's, I well remember his strongly-held views on racial justice. I also remember, and have heard of from others as well, his impatience with those who disagreed with or did not respond as he wanted to his chosen strategy or tactics. It seemed to me that keeping to his schedule of progress had priority to bringing everyone along, and so it seemed fitting, in a way, that he gave up being a shepherd to be a bus driver. (see biographical sketch).
SEX AND THE CITY OF GOD
Much to my surprise, a reader writes in to comment on a posting.
If my memory serves me well, and I think it does, the A.D. 2000 piece [2002-05-27] distorts in a fundamental way Weakland's response to the listening sessions. They make it sound as though he was criticizing the Church's position as being too rigid, when actually he explicitly endorsed the Church's position and said that the rigidity and fundamentalism of some pro-lifers was inconsistent with Church teaching. I can't say if he was right or wrong about that, but it's not what A.D. 2000 said he said. As Casey Stengel might have said, you could look it up.
That may be the thrust of the A.D. 2000 piece, but my post was directed at his comments on pro-lifers. He's preaching to people who believe that each week, in this country alone, thousands of unborn children are being killed at their mothers' request. Our former Archbishop then wonders why the long faces.
Catholics for a Free Choice gives his remarks pretty much the same interpretation as A.D. 2000 in this article.
A new understanding of conception is beginning to take hold in the church. In 1990, Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, held a listening session on abortion and acknowledged that he would "never be so glib in talking about the ‘moment of conception,’ since from a medical point of view that is far from accurate: Conception is a long process, not a moment." [citing Archbishop Rembert Weakland, "Listening Sessions on Abortion: A Response," Origins, May 31, 1990.] Because the process of conception takes approximately two days, a woman who goes to a Catholic hospital emergency room within 24 hours of being raped should be offered emergency contraception. This practice would be entirely consistent with the [Ethical and Religious] Directives [for Catholic Health Care].
Your critique of criticism of our former Archbishop is rather like that made by Paul Wilkes in this article.
The afternoon [Milwaukee] Journal's headline blared, WEAKLAND: 'FALLING IN LOVE ALL THE TIME.' His criticism of celibacy was old news. Years before he had said that accepting only unmarried men for the priesthood did not work in the best interests of his church. As for "falling in love all the time," yes, the archbishop had said it, but in a discussion about the loneliness he and others who lead celibate lives experience and how he was as normal as the next guy when it came to having an attraction to the opposite sex.
The airline we took to Las Vegas announced on take-off that there was no food service "for security reasons," presumably the airline's financial security.
Las Vegas has its serious side, as in this article.
Los Angeles-based artist Amy Adler is understandably a little uncomfortable about the Las Vegas debut of her new Centerfold exhibit. After all, the provocative photographs are of the young Adler herself posing in, ahem, various states of undress. ...
SEX AND THE CITY OF GOD
Letter to Mary Ann Glendon and the Holy See's Delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women (August 29, 1995), by Pope John Paul II