Monday, November 29, 2010

When Small is Sensible: Culture, Technology, and Subsidiarity

by Thomas Storck

The following little story is a fitting way to begin this article, since it illustrates well the principle I am about to discuss:
"A Cistercian Abbey, which according to the general idea of Cistercian life, is rooted in the soil and continues its praise of God in harmony with the woods and fields around it, had for forty years relied upon the weather-sense of its principal lay-brother. He could go out in the morning and sniff the air to discover what sort of tricks the sky was about to play, and so make plans for haying, harvesting and suchlike. He knew the locality thoroughly, and hills, trees, mists all told him the secrets of the future. The day came when a well-intentioned visitor presented the community with a splendid radio. Guests could be entertained by it, but for the monks its only utility was the weather forecast, and to the despair of the old brother and the harm of his farming, the Abbot despatched a monk every morning to take down the often-inaccurate prognostications of the B.B.C. (Conrad Pepler, Riches Despised, chap. 3)"
Most readers of these pages would probably agree that what the abbot did was wrong. But exactly why was he wrong?...Read on

A moment in the life of Brian Wolke, his wife,
his kids and their challenge


Home Foreclosures Roll on at Record Rates...lenders foreclosed on 93,000 U.S. properties in October; Banks are sending out roughly 100,000 letters of default a month on these 5 million. Banks also seized properties in foreclosure at an average rate of 91,000 a month throughout 2010, from January through October...More

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--->Holder says WikiLeaks under criminal investigation... "The Justice Department will prosecute anyone found to have violated U.S. law in the leaks of classified government documents by online whistleblower WikiLeaks, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday."

--->Clinton calls leaked documents attack on world... (See video...)

--->Clinton ordered diplomats to spy on UN: WikiLeaks docs...

--->GOP Rep. asks Clinton to declare WikiLeaks a ‘foreign terrorist organization

--->WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Next Wants To Spill Wall Street
Corporate Secrets...

--->DN Video: U.S. Facing Global Diplomatic Crisis Following Massive WikiLeaks Release of Secret Diplomatic Cables...Amy Goodman reports [guest Daniel Ellsberg]

--->Did you know? Che Guevara was "a cold-blooded murderer who thought nothing of firing a gun into the stomach of a woman six months pregnant, whose only crime was that her family opposed him," a "sadistic torturer, a coward in battle, a hypocrite who lusted after material luxuries while carefully cultivating his image as a lover of the poor and oppressed," and who wanted "to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles?"

The better way: Oscar Romero and the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice by Fr. John Dear. "Even when they call us mad, when they call us subversives and communists and all the epithets they put on us, we know we only preach the subversive witness of the Beatitudes, which have turned everything upside down...“Before an order to kill that a man may give, the law of God must prevail that says: Thou shalt not kill! No soldier is obliged to obey an order against the law of God." ---Oscar Romero

--->Raw Story Report: CIA implanted electrodes in brains of unsuspecting soldiers, suit alleges...(click 1) [If true, clearly a gross violation of the Nuremberg Code...(click 2)]

--->The Awareness Center operates as "the make a wish foundation" for Jewish survivors of sexual abuse... [We're all struggling together against such infiltrations of abusers]

--->Pakistan Gov't Barred from Pardoning Christian on Death Row...

--->Robert Fisk: Oceans of blood and profits for the mongers of war...

--->December 16, Washington DC: Stop these wars rally...

Decoding "Austerity Plans" across the globe: raise taxes, eliminate safety nets, raid pension plans = all the money goes to the New Order Super Regions bankers...

--->Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world...

--->Top 5 Most Shocking Things About Most Recent Wikileaks...

--->Catholic Church is Africa's primary caregiver for AIDS victims

--->TAN Books and publishers for Christmas, get / give the fathers and Catholic classics...

--->Ignatius Press: get / give the classics and contemporary theology...

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