Greeley in America Mag

The Jack Egan connection:

Former editor Thomas J. Reese, S.J., shared this story with us: “When Thurston Davis, S.J., was editor of America, he received a call in the early 1960s from Jack Egan, an influential Chicago priest, telling him about a young parish priest who just finished his doctorate in sociology. ‘You should encourage him to write,’ said Egan. Neither recognized that they were opening a floodgate of prose and fiction that would have such a profound impact on the church.”

I was a “4th-year father” at West Baden (Ind.) College, finishing my 14th year of Jesuit training, when Andrew Greeley, who died day before yesterday, wrote in one of a dozen or so articles offered by America Mag about the “Jesuit college administrator” who

observed: “For four hundred years we [Jesuits] have been in the apostolate of Christian education, and now we suddenly find that our seminarians are demanding that we justify this apostolate.”

And a confrere added: “Jesuit seminarians are the most radical people in the American church–bar none.” Neither of the two was opposed to the New Breed, just puzzled by them.

I go into this phenomenon in Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968, now available as Nook or I-Pad download.

For instance, this on page 119:

We younger Jesuits were said to think that each had the Holy Spirit to guide him individually, as opposed to church authority, its divinely licensed leadership, whose guidance should have been enough for us. We did think that way. We thought each had the Spirit, whom we had got at confirmation and had been relying on ever since. So did Martin Luther, and there you had a problem.

More later about Andrew Greeley.

Catholic hymn to normalize mood swings

Not for attribution

Let us hear it for the bad Catholic’s bingo hall, where we read today that maybe “the permissive will of God allows great evils to occur to plant the seeds of some greater good.”

For instance,

Be Not Afraid. This nasal, repetitive drone is too simplistic to accompany the Teletubbies, much less the Eucharist. While its message is apparently intended to be reassuring, NIMH clinical trials have shown that it reduces serotonin levels in the brains frontal cortex, mimicking the short-term effects of cocaine withdrawal or clinical depression. For this reason, we suggest its use is indicated on patients suffering from the manic phase of bipolar disorder, to normalize mood swings and render them compliant with hospital staff.

Lots more from this Baaaaad Catholic.

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The doctor who won’t take insurance

Michael Ciampi in Portland, Maine has his reasons:

[T]he decision to do away with insurance allows Ciampi to practice medicine the way he sees fit, he said. Insurance companies no longer dictate how much he charges. He can offer discounts to patients struggling with their medical bills. He can make house calls.

Im freed up to do what I think is right for the patients, Ciampi said. If Im providing them a service that they value, they can pay me, and we cut the insurance out as the middleman and cut out a lot of the expense.”

Could be the start of something.

Wizard politics

James Madison on those who never let a crisis go to waste:

“[Y]ou will understand the game behind the curtain too well not to perceive the old trick of turning every contingency into a resource for accumulating force in the government.”

It’s also in this book here:

As for “never let,” go here:

May 20 Village Board: Order in the village

Oak Park Chronicles

At one point in the May 20 village board meeting, Village President Anan Abu-Taleb described three Oak Park business strips as each unique — Oak Park Avenue from Van Buren to Garfield, OP Ave. south of South Boulevard, and Lake Street. This in a general discussion of zoning variances and how to give them.

This gave pause to Trustee Ray Johnson, sitting to his immediate right. “Does this mean applying different standards to each?” he asked.

Abu-Taleb paused a fraction, then asked, “Why not?”

To which, Johnson, taken aback, replied, “That would cause confusion.”

Here, in businessman Abu-Taleb’s first full board meeting as president, was the evening’s stark contrast between and entrepreneurial mentalities.

As entrepreneur, you look for your opportunities and you seize them. As organizer, you bring order out of chaos or what looks like it. The one optimistically (some would say myopically) moves ahead. The other cautiously (some…

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Bible publisher vs. HHS mandate

Tyndale House publishers, in Carol Stream IL, west of Chicago, got temporary relief while fighting the HHS mandate. Their lawyer, Matt Bowman (no relation), is optimistic, nails Obama admin. extremism in defense of secularism:

Bowman stated that, altogether, at all levels of the legal system, the Obama administration has lost 19 cases challenging injunctions in court and has won six.

He told CNA [Catholic News Agency] that it seems fairly obvious that the administration decided to drop the case because theyre afraid that their anti-religious argument will be shown to be completely absurd because their position is that not even a Bible publisher can exercise religion.

The government does not want to have to defend that position in court, and theyre going to try to delay or hide from that position in court, he said in an explanation of why the Obama administration may have dropped the appeal.

Bowman also contended that the administrations decision to end the appeal undermines the governments interest in imposing the mandate universally and demonstrates that the mandate is not really about womens health; its about politics.

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‘Is Oak Park Hosting the Next Gosnell?’

This Oak Park IL doctor will revive Kansas’ abortion practice.

OAK PARK, Ill., May 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — There’s only one abortion clinic in the state of Kansas, and Oak Park family doctor Cheryl Chastine owns it. The clinic, South Wind Women’s Center, recently opened in the same office in Wichita where notorious abortionist George Tiller operated. Like the recently convicted Kermit Gosnell, Tiller performed late term abortions on babies that were unquestionably old enough to survive outside the womb.

Kansas law requires that medical facilities be owned by a licensed doctor. When they couldn’t find a physician in the entire state of Kansas willing to take on ownership of South Wind, investors and abortion advocates seeking to re-open Tiller’s Wichita location tapped Oak Park’s Cheryl Chastine to put her name on the business and perform abortions there. Chastine agreed, and has signed herself onto the deadly legacy of Gosnell and Tiller.

Pro-lifers will demonstrate:

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. (Central)

WHERE: In front of Total Wellness, Inc., 917 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304


Chastine’s new job previously reported here.