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 —

Announcement_AureliusAugustinusofHippo_062814

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

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Aphorism LXXIX

June 28th, 2014

Violent, oppressive, and genocidal fanaticism at the state and regional level sometimes makes war a necessity, just as organized and brutal crime makes the police a necessity. To disarm an aggressor is a moral act. But before war is made, all non-violent means must be exhausted. And after war is made, all who participated are responsible for rebuilding and peacemaking.

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Podcast of the 6/24/14 Talk, Margaret More Roper: Translator of Erasmus, Bridge to More, Homeschooler

June 25th, 2014

I’ve posted the podcast of the just-completed 6/24/14 talk entitled, Margaret More Roper: Translator of Erasmus, Bridge to More, Homeschooler, which was presented as part of the School of Catholic Thought at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Chicago.

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