Friday, June 16, 2006

Liberalism and Catholicism collide in Commonweal's article "Benedict at Auschwitz." My thoughts are in the comments, June 17. Jews continue to seem to be an inordinately useful and seemingly fissionably combustible chemical reagent in politics and society. In Pfaff's piece in Commonweal, we learn that the 'clash of civilizations' involving the U.S. and Islam 'results from Washington's largely uncritical support of Israel,' the war in Iraq has as one it's main cause 'to defend and promote Israel's security interest,' and, in case the complex sentences are interfering with your learning, 'Jihad terrorism is merely a sideshow in the affair.' Goebbels call your agent; is methodology patentable? And then again a good article from an American student in Germany on what the pope said in the class he taught as a professor in 1968.

2 comments:

Dymphna said...

The article is behind a sign-in shield. Wish I knew how Benedict has evolved, or not, in the intervening almost-forty years...I sure have.

I hope he has. The world of 1968 is dead beyond recall. Another century with billions of deaths in the interim.

michael said...

I was a little disappointed in that too, but all you have to do is click 'register,' whereupon you will be asked for 4 brief phrases: name, email address and to repeat a password twice.