More on Religious Cleansing in Mosul; Comments by Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, Iraqi Nun

July 27th, 2014

The situation is desperate for the Christian refugees being driven from their homes by ISIS fanatics. Here is the EWTN World Over Live segment of 7/24/14 on Mosul

–featuring comments by Mother Olga Yaqob of the Sacred Heart, an Iraqi nun from the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth who began her ministry as a teen recovering the bodies of the war dead in Iraq, and Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom.

Refugee families with small children are reportedly being stripped of their possessions and driven out of the cities into the 120 degree heat.

Please appeal to your government representatives to take action on behalf of these refugees!

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In Memory of Just Man: Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali

July 26th, 2014

Christian news sources are reporting the courageous death of Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a Muslim lawyer and professor, who apparently died in Mosul recently at the hands of ISIS extremists for defending the rights of Christians who were being driven from the city.

Civilized society depends on just men like Professor Al ‘Asali. May he be remembered whenever history considers the just.

Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake
(Leviticus 19:15).

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Christians Driven from Mosul

July 23rd, 2014

The extremist Islamist purge of Christians from Mosul and other Middle Eastern towns after almost 2,000 years represents the authentic beliefs of no religion, for such acts contradict all religion.

Please contribute to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, which is trying to help the refugees.

Please also contact your own government representative. Too many governments are silent about this injustice!

Here’s an editorial in the 7/22/14 Wall Street Journal on Mosul.

Supporters of the exiled Christians are now displaying the Arabic letter nun, which the extremists used to mark the homes of Christians (n for followers of Jesus of Nazareth).

Nun

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Aphorism LXXXII

July 17th, 2014

The pillar of our era is the principle of moral equivalency, applied to governments, politics, lifestyles, and religion. It is only when one seeks the truth that one abandons moral equivalency, which provides a comfortable excuse for not seeking.

A dialogue demanding the acceptance of moral equivalency is no dialogue, but a mutual evasion.

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Aphorism LXXXI

July 6th, 2014

Some dictatorships and rogue states are kept alive by larger states to serve as disruptor states, to undermine and divert the resources of the rivals to the larger states. Several of the world’s dictatorships would not exist but for the fact that they served another state’s disrupting purpose. In this way, human misery is prolonged, human rights are eroded, and progress toward human freedom is delayed.

States that feed disruption in smaller states for the purpose of geopolitical strategy thus commit crimes against humanity.

For example, both the Nazis and the Soviets fueled anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for geopolitical reasons. While both the Nazis and the Soviets are gone, their legacy of strategic hatred endures, and may endure for centuries.

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Aphorism LXXX

July 6th, 2014

A photo of two weeping, bare-chested men bonding with a newborn baby deeply moves those who identify with the men. But those who identify with the baby, who has been gifted by God and nature with neonate reflexes to crawl and to root for the mother’s breast, are instead moved at the baby’s loss of the chance to nurse and to be nourished at the mother’s soft and smooth breast, and are also moved by the baby’s futile search on the hairy chests of males for these natural gifts. From the very first moment of his or her life, this child may have been denied a human benefit of natural nourishment and comfort. When the welfare of the baby comes first, this loss does not happen.

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Remembering Dr. Erich Klausener, 1/25/1885 – 6/30/1934, German Catholic Action Leader Shot by Hitler’s Henchmen

June 29th, 2014

I’ve written previously of Dr. Erich Klausener, one of the very first victims of Hitler’s 1934 “Night of the Long Knives” purge on 6/30/1934, now 80 years ago —

Source: www.frankjankowski.de

Dr. Klausener was the leader of Catholic Action in Germany, shot at his desk, whose crime against Hitler was to co-author the Marburg Speech by German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen, which criticized the violence and mob rule of the Nazis. Dr. Klausener also gave an anti-Nazi address just a few days prior to his death.

Erich Klausener is considered one of the first Catholic martyrs against Hitler, and is memorialized as such in a Berlin church, Maria Regina Martyrum.

To my knowledge, while there is a biography of Dr. Klausener in German –

Adolph, Walter. 1955. Erich Klausener. Berlin: Morus-Verlag.

– one is still lacking in English. Quite a pity! When critics write about the “silence” of German Catholics against Hitler, they conveniently leave out Dr. Klausener, the head of German Catholic Action, who publicly witnessed, and quickly died a martyr’s death.

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Talk: Growing as a University Research Center Leader and Manager

June 29th, 2014

Here is a recording, dated 3/7/14, of my copyrighted talk entitled “Growing as a university research center leader and manager,” which was presented as a session on center management and leadership skills during the 2014 meeting of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations held at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Talk on St. Augustine of Hippo at 6PM, 8/28/14 at the St. John Paul II Newman Center Library

June 29th, 2014

I’ll be presenting a free talk entitled “Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis: Saint, Bishop, Doctor, Opponent of Human Trafficking,” for the School of Catholic Thought at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at 6PM Thursday, August 28, 2014, after evening Mass at the St. John Paul II Newman Center Library, 700 S. Morgan St. Chicago, info@schoolofcatholicthought.org, 312-226-1880. Here’s the flyer in PDF format.

Here’s a png version —

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A podcast of the talk will be posted here when ready.

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