April 18th, 2004

Loyola Faculty Portrait


A concise and damning summary of what the major issues are: from a column in Business Week.

Blame Bush for What Came After 9/11
The real issue isn't why the U.S wasn't ready for the attack, but why the Administration used the tragedy to invade Iraq
By Ciro Scotti
Updated: 12:00 a.m. ET April 16, 2004

A funny thing happened on my late-night cab ride uptown a couple of weeks ago in New York City. I had been reading Against All Enemies, the controversial new book by former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke, with its riveting account of the Bush Administration's extraordinary performance in the hours after the September 11 attacks. I had watched a somber Clarke on 60 Minutes and saw him grimly but eloquently stand his ground on Meet the Press.

So as the taxi whizzed past the new Time Warner Center, it was somewhat surreal about to spot Clarke standing on the corner with another man, laughing heartily. It's good that Richard Clarke can laugh once in a while because he has taken on the most serious of tasks: Calling to account a Presidency that failed in its vigilance but more important -- used the death of innocents to lead the country into a war it had been longing to wage. Collapse )


I had venison steaks tonight that Dan Kern grilled up over at this place, although it turned out that Christine actually killed the buck (she laughed at me and called me a sexist for assuming that Dan had shot it). Now I have to hope that I don't get a neurological disease from eating the beastie, although it came from northern Wisconsin away from where all that happened....
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Theology Notebook: Cardinal Franz König of Austria, Hero of Vatican II, Dies at 98

Oh, no. It's been over a month, but I only now just learned that Franz Cardinal König died. It is, of course, to his great gain in the Kingdom of God, but is our great loss. I've read a great deal about his work at the Council over the years. All I can say is, "Oh, there were giants here once...."

National Catholic Reporter
, March 26, 2004

Austria's Franz König dies at 98

Last remaining cardinal named by John XXIII was Vatican II luminary


Cardinal Franz König, the last remaining cardinal named by Pope John XXIII and one of the giants of the reform movement inside Catholicism that crested in the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), died March 13 in Vienna. He was 98.

König was named archbishop of Vienna in 1956, and held the post for almost 30 years, becoming one of the best-known figures in global Catholicism.

In Austria, König broke the traditional alliance between the Catholic church and the conservative People’s Party, encouraging Catholics to vote their conscience and hence legitimizing support for the Social Democrats, seen as the party of the working class. König earned the derisive nickname “the Red cardinal,” but historians today believe his policy was central to healing social tensions.

In Catholic circles, König was known as an ardent champion of aggiornamento, the updating of the church called for by Pope John XXIII. Together with other luminaries such as Cardinals Leon Suenens of Belgium, Bernard Alfrink of the Netherlands, Julius Döpfner and Joseph Frings of Germany, Maximos IV the Melkite patriarch, and Gianbattista Montini and Giacomo Lercaro of Italy, König led Vatican II’s progressive majority.
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I've had to smile at hearing from an old friend. I dated Jenny when I was an undergraduate: full of drama and me being very young and stupid. We've gotten back in touch after nine years, as I've been trying to arrange a bit of reunion of people from college--which I completely have neglected working on the last few weeks. Yikes!

What's great about this girl is that even after a decade, happily married and far down the path of her own life, she still has the energy and love to light up the people around her, even an old, distant acquaintance like me. People like that are Quality.

What I really had to smile and laugh at, though, was even getting into an ongoing email debate with her about, well, take a look. These bits of excerpts from letters struck me as pretty funny. Her first, after I'd complimented her on making a big "life decision"....

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