If you thought things in the Church were eventful these days, check out this fandango:
Third prominent banker found dead in six days
January 31, 2014 11:33AM
Normally HousingWire wouldn’t cover deaths in the industry, but what’s strange is that Dueker is the third prominent banker found dead since Sunday.
Whistleblowers or canaries in the mine?
Or overzealous movie fans?
It’s no secret that Pope Francis has continued the century-plus long tradition of keeping “social teaching” very central in the Catholic discourse, so, despite my many reservations about the man, I admit his economic views don’t trouble me. Where they are mere bromides and slogans, they will flutter away like all sloganeering, but where they spring from the depths of the integral view of man as “a created creator,” they deserve the prominence they’re getting. The corporatist context of many of the pope’s economic statements so far should not be forgotten (the ancillary weirdness of this non-Catholic account of it notwithstanding). Here is a similar, but more programmatic, piece by a non-Catholic, as well. Here is one other piece that looks at Catholic Social Teaching from the outside.
Apropos matters financial, you may have noticed that I recently added a “Donate” button to FCA’s sidebar. I was encouraged by a couple readers to do so, but as soon as I added it, I told them that “it feels weird.” One of them explained it to me, thus: “You’re not panhandling; you’re contributing something of value. Basically, I think writers should get paid and shit.” Another reader told me that I’m speaking up for not a few folks in the Church, and if the ox gets a few grains for his labor, so much the better. My family recently moved, and it put us under an unusually tight budget, which is probably the main reason I gave in to my readers’ request. (St. Christopher was a wonderful advocate during the little journey!) By no means do I intend to “guilt trip” anyone here. As my friend also said, “If they contribute, fine; if not, fine.” Agreed.
Lastly, along similar lines, I think this piece by the Rad Trad provides some timely advice about how to engage “the poor.” So, of course, if you want to show your support, I deeply appreciate any prayers you send me (via comments or email or mysteriously by the Holy Spirit). Thank God for all you have, and, coming from one who recently suffered “mover’s shock,” even try to thank Him for all the things you don’t have.