Today’s word: antinomianism.
Read my article Roger Kimball remembers Daniel Berrigan.
Today’s word: antinomianism.
Read my article Roger Kimball remembers Daniel Berrigan.
Rafael Correa is in New York City today to promote business in Ecuador. Unfortunately, as Glenn Garvin states,
The World Bank predicts Ecuador’s economy will shrink 2 percent this year, and Correa’s popularity is going even faster. The research company (CQ)Market says his approval rating has dropped to 31 percent, and only 28 percent of those polled believe what he says.
Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015. Ecuador’s approval of 16 amendments to its Constitution were recently deemed by Freedom House to be in violation of democratic principles.
A reader also pointed out that
A whole host of international organizations have repeatedly denounced Ecuador’s record on corruption, repression and freedom of speech. See some of them here.
No word on whether the people meeting with Correa in NYC know or even care about that, but he will present a paper at the Vatican’s Centesimus annus: 25 Years Later conference, along with Bernie Sanders adviser Jeffrey Sachs and Bolivia’s Evo Morales. Bernie is a participant.
And then some wonder why I am a lapsed Catholic.
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Following up on yesterday’s article, did Bernie Sanders invite himself to the Vatican?
Sanders’s Vatican Invitation Sparks Accusation of ‘Discourtesy’
The president of the academy said Friday that Sanders didn’t follow proper protocol — he failed to contact her office — and that his presence threatens to make the event political. The academy’s chancellor said he arranged the invitation and defended the Vermont senator.
The office of the pope moved to distance the pontiff from the visit. Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said Sanders had been invited “not by the pope but by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” Lombardi told the Italian news agency Ansa: “For the moment there is no expectation that there will also be a meeting with the pope.”
Bernie will be at the Vatican on tax day, April 15.
One, and only one, U.S. presidential candidate has been invited by the Vatican to attend the Centesimus annus: 25 Years Later conference – Bernie Sanders. Sanders adviser Jeffrey Sachs, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa are presenting a papers.
Read my article, Tax Day, 2016: Bernie goes to the Vatican
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) April 8, 2016
Pope Francis concluded his visit with an in-flight press conference that got him and Donald Trump more mileage than the flight itself.
Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Orders Release of Jailed Senator. A Brazilian senator who was arrested in November on charges of obstructing a federal investigation was ordered released from jail on Friday after a judge on the country’s Supreme Court accepted a petition from the senator’s lawyers.
Delcídio do Amaral had been arrested in November on charges of obstructing a federal investigation
You must read this: A Mexican Impasse for the Pope
The shape of things to come: As Socialist Economy Implodes, Venezuela Creates Army-Run Oil Firm. President Maduro Hands Over New State Company to the Military amid Criticism from Own Supporters
Venezuela’s parliament approves amnesty law in first salvo against the government.
An amnesty law designed to free Venezuelan opposition leader including Leopoldo Lopez has been approved, but faces a long battle to be enacted
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) February 19, 2016
Yesterday’s headlines highlighted two old guys arguing: One, Pope Francis, is 79; the other one, Donald Trump, is 69.
The two have much in common: Both appeal to the emotions, based on faith, of their followers. One heads a country, the other wants to head a country. Both are heavily protected by armed bodyguards. Both are populist politicians. Both hog the headlines everywhere they go. Both make social media explode.
Trump then added a bunch of blustery Trump stuff.
Still, I think he’s right. There are a lot of conservative Catholic Francis apologists pretending right now that this is entirely metaphorical, and when Francis speaks of “building walls” he means only metaphorical walls. Rather than, as is obvious, physical walls, with the metaphor of divisions between Christian fellowship attached to those walls.
There’s also the matter that he seemed to have been asked specifically about Trump.
This is a socialist/internationalist conceit — that the third world has the right to pick up and move itself to America, if it wants to, and that it is evil, wrong, racist, and now also unchristian for America to insist upon its borders and insist that it gets to decide who gets to come here and become a citizen.
You may note that during his Mexico trip, Francis said Mass at the U.S.-Mexico border and opined on U.S. immigration, but did not opine on Mexico’s immigration policies, much less go to the Mexico-Guatemala border.
The Security and Civil Defense Services Department manages security and public order, together with the Pontifical Swiss Guard and with related Vatican departments and, when necessary, in conjunction with similar services in Italy and other countries.
In it website you’ll find,
The population of Vatican City is about 800 people, of whom over 450 have Vatican citizenship, while the rest have permission to reside there, either temporarily or permanently, without the benefit of citizenship.
About half of the Vatican’s citizens do not live inside Vatican City. Because of their occupations (mostly as diplomatic personnel), they live in different countries around the world. The conferral or loss of citizenship, authorization to live inside Vatican City and formalities for entering the territory, are governed by special regulations issued according to the Lateran Treaty.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Vatican a couple of decades ago, and first entered it through St. Peter’s Square. You may have been there, or remember it from the movies:
The Square is designed to lift the spirit, and it does. Wide open, beautiful, a masterpiece of the Renaissance. You can enter it freely. Decades ago, security to enter the Museum, Library, Sistine Chapel was very heavy and almost redundant. There were checkpoints at the entrance to each, from inside the Vatican, in contrast to the openness of the Square.
The rest of the Vatican is surrounded by a 1,000 year old wall:
Yesterday the wall became a point of contention, with Trump supporters claiming it as a symbol of the pope’s hypocrisy, and Pope supporters and supporters of illegal immigration insisting that the wall simply doesn’t exist.
.@FreedomDefined1 There is no wall, you dipshit. That’s the exterior of the Vatican Museum.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) February 18, 2016
It exists, and The Daily Mail has a brief history,
HOW A RAID BY MUSLIM PIRATES PROMPTED VATICAN OFFICIALS TO BUILD THE WALL
Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world. An enormous stone wall acts as a boundary between the micronation and the rest of Italy.
Nowadays, it serves as a way for the Swiss Guard to control the stream of tourists coming in and out of the Pope’s home.
But, just over 1,200 years ago, it was an integral form of protection for the Pope, who was a targeted figure after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire .
The fortification was first built after a raid by Muslim pirates in 846. Arab raiders sacked Rome in a bid to find treasures. They didn’t reach St Peter’s but the attack forced the Vatican to take precautions.
Watch towers were put in place to watch for would-be intruders.
It also helped to protect Pope Gregory VII around 200 years later when the Holy Roman Emperor besieged Rome.
In the 1640s, Pope Paul III expanded the fortifications, and additional defenses.
In 1870, the Pope’s residency in the Vatican was left in flux when Rome was annexed by the Piedmont-led forces which had united the rest of Italy.
They had created the Kingdom of Italy, a change opposed by Pope Pius XIII as it undermined his autonomy in some areas.
Between 1861 and 1929 the status of the Pope was referred to as the ‘Roman Question’ and the walls served as a way of keeping him isolated from the rest of Italy.
Within the walls, Italian politicians did not challenge the Pope’s autonomy. But, in other parts of the country, church items were confiscated.
In 1871, the Palazzo Quirinale, the Papal palace since 1583, was confiscated by the king of Italy and became the royal palace.
Thereafter, Popes resided undisturbed within the Vatican walls.
Certain papal prerogatives were recognized by the Law of Guarantees, including the right to send and receive ambassadors.
But the Popes did not recognise the Italian king’s right to rule in Rome, and they refused to leave the Vatican compound until the dispute was resolved in 1929.
Ever since the autonomy of the Vatican within the walls has not been challenged by the Italian government.
Liam Stack at the NYT:
There are, to be sure, formidable walls in Vatican City, and much of of the site, including the gardens and the modest guesthouse that is home to Francis, is set behind them. But the walls do not entirely enclose the city-state, and in the modern era they are not meant to, historians said.
Through all this, Trump is still a disgraceful blowhard, the Vatican still has a wall.
The real issue, however, remains that,
By injecting himself in the Republican presidential race, the pontiff placed Kasich and other GOP contenders in the awkward position of either disagreeing publicly with the pope or defending Trump for proposing a wall.
The pope may have handed Trump a win in the South Carolina primary: His remarks might stir enough anti-Catholic, anti-immigration voters to turn up at the polls.
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The excellent Diplomad: The Pope Blesses Donald Trump
First, full disclosure: I expressed mixed views about this Pope when he took office, and over time have begun to develop an increasingly negative view of him. I think he has revealed himself as a typical 1970s Latin American social justice warrior. I ran into those types, including priests, in my tours in Latin America, and found them tiresome, hypocritical, anti-American, and–ahem–insufferably Holier than Thou. Hypocritical? Yes. Many SJWs were foreigners; when the poop hit the fan, they relied on their foreign passports to get them out of town, leaving behind their local flocks to face the angry wolves. The Pope, likewise, reeked of hypocrisy when he implicitly criticized Trump for wanting to build a wall on our southern border to stem the tide of illegal migrants. The Pope, after all, lives behind massive walls, has an elaborate security apparatus, and commands jet planes and bulletproof vehicles for his safety and comfort. The Vatican, of course, is free to invite several thousand Central American migrants, including members of MS-13, along with thousands of “Syrian refugees” into the the confines of the Vatican and resettle them. Ain’t gonna happen.
Not that the pope apologists will ever admit to it.
The heir to Havana airport is suing for compensation, now that commercial flights from the U.S. are about to start,
And unlike after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when heirs of property owners in the former East Germany received compensation for seized assets, the confiscators in Cuba are still in power.
Or, as the bard said, what a tangled mess.
Pope Francis, who started his current trip in Havana, urged young Mexicans to resist the lure of easy money through crime, and is baffled by the cult to Saint Death, while approving the use of the Aztec language Nahuatl in Mass. He ignores the Aztec origins of the cult of death.
Even James Bond movies highlight the Day of the Dead,
Maybe Francis ought to bring back Latin Mass.