Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves. Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and effect change.
On Pope Francis’ orders, the Vatican will convene an urgent meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people’s lives. Billed as an “extraordinary” assembly of bishops, the gathering could herald a new approach by the church to the sensitive topics.
The run-up to the synod has been extraordinary in itself, a departure from usual practice that some say is a mark of the pope’s radical new leadership style, and a canny tactic to defuse dissent over potential reforms.
Within a few months of his election last year, Francis directed every diocese in the world to survey local attitudes on family and relationships and report back to the Vatican, a canvassing of a sort that few of the faithful can recall previously. The results are being tallied and synthesized behind the walls of the Vatican.
Still blowing up and shit. I wish we didn’t live in the poorest country on earth and could afford to fix our infrastructure. Oh well!
Yes, the poor have flat-screen TVs and cell phones. So? What has that got to do with the lack of living wages, affordable rent and the ability to make your living expenses?
Funny, how even otherwise thoughtful people defend the right of employers to keep as much of their money as possible, and expect the employees to live on what’s left over.
H/t to Seth Okin.
Oh, no. Hell, no. What kind of frickin’ con game is this?
What is is that the feds do not understand? We don’t care about Credit Suisse or some damned French bank that ignored sanctions. We want the bankers who crashed the economy and stole people’s homes, not the ones who sold tax shelters to the uber rich. They are so far down on the list. We want the men at the top of the mortgage casino operations, the people who ruined so many lives with a nod and a wink while their underlings did the dirty work.
Are we supposed to be impressed that the feds are throwing us what they allege to be a bone? Nothing has changed. The same banks that are too big to fail are still too big to jail:
Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world’s biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
In doing so, prosecutors are confronting the popular belief that Wall Street institutions have grown so important to the economy that they cannot be charged. A lack of criminal prosecutions of banks and their leaders fueled a public outcry over the perception that Wall Street giants are “too big to jail.”
[block]The new strategy underpins the decision to seek guilty pleas in two of the most advanced investigations: one into Credit Suisse for offering tax shelters to Americans, and the other against France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, over doing business with countries like Sudan that the United States has blacklisted. [/block]
Addressing those concerns, prosecutors in Washington and New York have met with regulators about how to criminally punish banks without putting them out of business and damaging the economy, interviews with lawyers and records reviewed by The New York Times show.
The new strategy underpins the decision to seek guilty pleas in two of the most advanced investigations: one into Credit Suisse for offering tax shelters to Americans, and the other against France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, over doing business with countries like Sudan that the United States has blacklisted. The approach applies to American banks, though those investigations are at an earlier stage.
In the talks with BNP, which has a huge investment bank in New York, prosecutors in Manhattan and Washington have outlined plans to extract a criminal guilty plea from the bank’s parent company, according to the lawyers, who were not authorized to speak publicly. If BNP is unable to negotiate a lesser punishment — the bank has enlisted the support of high-ranking French officials to pressure prosecutors — the case could counter congressional criticism that arose after the British bank HSBC escaped similar charges two years ago.
Such criminal cases hinge on the cooperation of regulators, some who warned that charging HSBC could have prompted the revocation of the bank’s charter, the corporate equivalent of the death penalty. Federal guidelines require prosecutors to weigh the broader economic consequences of charging corporations.
Economists warned after the crash that the economy would never really recover until the toxic banks were allowed to fail. The whole mess was a house of cards, and the Obama administration’s policy of “extend and pretend” simply didn’t work. The ripple effects spread through the economy, and it’s not coming back.
Can’t we at least see some of the perpetrators on trial, people like Jamie Dimon? Because if we don’t, no one should be surprised that we call this out as the farce it is.
I wonder if I’ll ever learn to like the taste. Not horrible, but not great. This is a Kale Apple Banana Smoothie. It tastes sort of like a produce-flavored wallpaper paste, but I just have to think of it as medicine — since it is. Still, it takes the fun out of lunch.
Of course it’s unconstitutional! Have any of these ALEC-written laws been upheld yet?
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A state judge has reaffirmed his ruling that Pennsylvania’s embattled voter-identification law is unconstitutional. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley on Monday rejected the state’s motion to reinstate the law, starting a 30-day period for a potential appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley on Monday rejected the state’s motion to reinstate the law, starting a 30-day period for a potential appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The governor’s Office of General Counsel and the attorney general’s office say they’re reviewing McGinley’s decision.
Witold Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says the permanent injunction McGinley issued bars enforcement of the law unless the state’s high court does something to change that. The ACLU helped lead the legal challenge. The law is one of the country’s strictest and required nearly all of Pennsylvania’s 8.2 million voters to display photo identification.
Oh, and here goes another one!
Now that I’m easing into gluten-free and quasi-paleo, does anyone have any fabulous recipe suggestions? Must be relatively simple and have commonly available ingredients, so good luck with that. Don’t forget, I hate to cook!
I did make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies yesterday and even if they did have a somewhat grainy consistency, they had a nice satisfying crunch.