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Moral bankruptcy leads to financial bankruptcy. Clergy misconduct? Sex abuse!

Quoting Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA Network, “There’s a real sense from this Holy Father that if we really want to change the structures that govern our economy, we need to be able to address these technical issues head-on,” he said.

The Pope, in fact, made a point to stop by the pontifical academy in the early afternoon. His lengthy and detailed written speech continued to hammer home basic and reasonable ethical principles; an end to money laundering, the arms industry and tax havens that drain billions from national economies; stopping repeated tax cuts for the wealthy; and relieving crushing, unsustainable debt burdens, to name a few. Perhaps the Pope should stick to the teaching of the church and leave global economics to those who understand them. Focus instead on why the church has lost millions to the sex abuse scandal.

When the Cardinal has his annual dinner, who will be invited? The wealthy!

Tom Wolos
Tom had a zest for life. He loved to hike and covered a lot of ground in his 71 years. The Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Although he wasn’t Irish, he was a stalwart volunteer at the Irish American Heritage Center. He had an infectious smile, and was charismatic.

Tourism Ireland
Friday, March 13th, Cliff Carlson and I were the guests of John Griffin, the Kerry Tourism Officer. A luncheon was held at the Gage Restaurant on Michigan Ave. John Griffin is an old and dear friend. I met him in 1993 when he headed up the Jeanne Johnston Project, building an exact replica of the famine ship on the Bay of Tralee.

Three Chicago pipe fitters from local 597, Patrick McCartin, John Fanning, and John Wutheridge, spent many months in Ireland fitting out the ship.

You can find the Jeanne Johnston docked in the Liffey River in Dublin.

The original Jeanne Johnston sailed during the Famine years and had a doctor on board. The ship is famous for never losing a passenger to disease.

Irish Stereotype
Have you seen him, the unkempt, unshaven, drunken brute? Do you have any idea of how he thinks? John Fourniers’ cartoon appeared in the Chicago Tribune on St. Patrick’s Day. It was another thoughtless piece of ethnic slander. Who will he go after next? Little Black Sambo, or the Frito Bandito? Would you dare to do that Joe? Next time you stick your pen in the inkwell Joe, put the Whisky away. I’m sure our Governor would appreciate your leaving him out of your cartoons.

St. Patrick’s Day
Parades, parties and pubs were all cancelled or postponed due to Covid19. A real setback for the Irish culture; dancers, musicians, and singers rehearsed for months and alas, no venue to perform in. Nowhere to showcase the depth of our culture. No Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, no celebration at the Irish American Heritage Center; no visit to the museum or art gallery. Our friends at Gaelic Park suffered the same fate as well as our friends at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati who were pulling on an oar in the same boat.
Sometime in the future we will celebrate our heritage. “The wild geese spread the gray wing on every tide . . .”

Booker Politics
Corey Booker, the black junior Senator from New Jersey wants racial justice and economic justice. He also wants a black female Supreme Court justice. We had a black Supreme Court Justice by the name of Thurgood Marshall, a great man. And, presently we have Clarence Thomas. What Corey Booker wants is a liberal justice.
Cory couldn’t continue due to lack of funds.

John Hirschauer, writing for the National Review, had this to about Corey Booker, “One move that almost certainly had no bearing on Biden’s step to the cusp of the nomination Tuesday? New Jersey senator Cory Booker’s endorsement, which he offered Monday over Twitter.

In one sense, the contrast between Booker and Biden could not be clearer. Booker, for all of his insipid theatrics as a senator - from the “I am Spartacus” gambit to the “tears of rage” performance - is a young, capable politician in control of his faculties. He is also a black man in a party eager to project diversity. Biden, by contrast, is an old white man who can hardly finish a paragraph without slurring his speech or succumbing to some cringe-inducing gaffe that betrays his cognitive decline.”

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