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Or could it be that economists don’t like what they’re hearing?)
day of reckoning for Bank of America
military action against Iran
"When, therefore, the only options the government leaves a citizen are to violate his/her religion or violate the law, that is the same thing as making the practice of Catholicism illegal." Read how the Obama administration’s relentlessly anti-Christian agenda continues to cause pain for Catholics and non-Catholic Christians throughout the US.
"Is the problem really with technology or could it be, say, a problem with parenting?" This is a
must read article for any parent with children under the age of 18. I keep wondering whether there is need for a ‘Christian Web’ where basic information and services could be provided in a non-intrusive environment.
the Feast of Christ the King – The Canonry of St. Leopold have written an excellent piece on the significance of this feast and perusing their thoughts will, I suggest, be a wonderful way to commence your week.
people ‘living on financial knife edge’ – (The US and the UK could be facing future poverty such as we have not seen since WW2)
‘Bullying husbands who shout at their wives could be found guilty of domestic abuse under new crackdown’ – (Very well, no one wants to see domestic abuse, especially when a dominating male uses his strength to assert himself .. and numerous laws were introduced many years ago, both in the US and Europe, to address this. But now, the government want to regulate how we speak to one another. Its not that this isn’t an important area with valid concerns, its that (again) the government are taking control over those areas of our lives which should be the responsibility of the individual. The proposal cites that
"criticising a partner’s looks can be an indicator of physical abuse". Yes sure, and there are doubtless hundreds if not thousands of other phrases and comments which are capable of causing upset in various ways – the point is where do you draw the line between allowing people to act responsibly and inviting the state to intervene? Experience shows that the more we regulate, the more opportunity there is for the abuse of these same ‘protections’ through misuse, threat (which is reverse control) and false accusation. Why too does this initiative focus on ‘bullying men’ when it is widely reported among Britain’s consultative professions (doctors and psychiatrists) that they believe there are a roughly proportionate (some would argue greater) numbers of women who harmfully manipulate their husbands or partners both verbally and physically! At the end of the day when you permit state intervention at this level in what, just some years ago, would have been considered ‘matters of family’, you are admitting that national family life has broken down to such an extent that the only solution is to involve the government. This is just one of the many issues in which the Church needs to be confidently vocal but .. there is all too often a still silence. Where all this will lead is not hard to see. As a people, generation-by-generation, our freedoms are being stripped away)
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