Monday, August 27, 2012

Something to Think About . . .


Related Off-site Links:
Parables of the Not-So-Social Gospel – James Martin, S.J. (The Huffington Post, August 23, 2012).
What the G.O.P. Platform Represents – Editorial (New York Times, August 21, 2012).
For G.O.P., Storm Has Already Gathered – Eugene Robinson (, August 24, 2012).
Time to Get a Grip, America – Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (, August 26, 2012).
How to Speak Republican – Pete Kotz (The Village Voice, August 22, 2012).
Oops, A Republican Told the Truth – They Do Hate Black People – Wendy Gittleson (, August 23, 2012).
It's About White Male Privilege, Not President Obama's Birth Certificate – Colleen Kochivar-Baker (Enlightened Catholicism, August 26, 2012).
Arizonification of the Republican Party – Jeff Biggers (, August 24, 2012).
Marco Rubio Touts G.O.P. Abortion Platform That Suggests Women Are Not Humans – Sarah Jones (, August 26, 2012).
The G.O.P.’s Hidden Campaign Against Obama – Bill Boyarsky (, August 24, 2012).
How the Republican Convention Contradicts the Republican Convention – Max Slavkin (, August 27, 2012).
Timothy Dolan: The Republican Party Cardinal – Andrew Sullivan (The Daily Beast, August 23, 2012).
Dolan is Playing a Dangerous Game – Editorial (National Catholic Reporter, August 24, 2012).
Cardinal Dolan, Bain Capitol, and Archbishop Romero – Frank Cocozzelli (The Open Tabernacle, August 24, 2012).
Cardinal Dolan, Nuns, and the Conventions – Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker, August 25, 2012).
Who Best Represents American Catholics? – Viviana Hurtado (NPR, August 24, 2012).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – August 22, 2012
Theologian Daniel Maguire on Paul Ryan's "Catholic Problem"
Quote of the Day – April 10, 2012
Marching on the RNC (2008)


Phil said...

It's not just the GOP that could use a visit from Jesus.

Go to any Catholic forum, suggest that fancy church buildings be sold and the money reinvested in service to the poor, and see what happens...

Terence Weldon said...

Spot on - thanks

Anonymous said...

It's funny - didn't a character in the new testament say something like this?

"Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?
It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages
and the money given to the poor.”

The poor need salvific beauty just like every body else. Indeed, the mentally ill flock to beautiful churches. Why? because it reminds them that there is more to the world than the bread that perishes.

And let's not forget that the Catholic Church is perhaps the single greatest supplier of food, shelter and clothing to the poor.

Please put to bed the paper tiger.

Jesus said...

"If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." (Matt. 19:21).

Phil said...

Let's give the hungry a choice between a meal and stained glass windows, and see what they say.