MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

The Nobel, the GOP and the Taliban

Friday, October 9th, 2009

A Democratic National Committee spokesman “reacted furiously” to RNC chairman Michael Steele’s statement regarding President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:

“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the president for receiving the Nobel Peace prize,” DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said. “Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the president of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize – an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party.

The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore — it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”

The president speaks for himself here.

Boy, oh, boy

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

I have been thinking this for a while. The signs are too obvious to ignore. Maureen Dowd explains it well in her column today in the Times.

The crux: “But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”

Is Murdoch stupid?

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

This column, by my friend Frank Wilkinson of The Week, is worth reading closely. It’s about the culpability of Fox News in whipping up not only opposition but quite possibly violence against the Obama administration, or the president himself.

Excerpt:”Casual incitements to violence were once the portfolio of the radical left on American campuses and the streets. They now appear to be the job description of select Fox News personalities.”

Rising popularity

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Beliefnet reports here: For years, pundits believed that the only Catholics a liberal Democrat could win en masse were theologically liberal, “Cafeteria Catholics” who don’t attend mass or listen to the Pope very often. While Obama did clean up with those lefty Catholics, a new survey by Professor John Green of University of Akron, shows that he also made stunning improvements among more traditional white Catholics.

America the Beautiful

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

My oldest daughter called from Washington, D.C., this morning at about 7:15 a.m. “We made it!” she screamed. “We made it into the city. You can’t believe it. So many people. I sat next to a guy on the metro who came here from Ghana just for this! It’s amazing. This is the happiest place ever!”

It’s a new day, America. We can all be proud. And hopeful.

Immigration reform optimism

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

“A sense of optimism about the coming year is starting to settle in among advocates for immigrants who had begun to weary after years of unsuccessfully seeking reform of immigration laws and policies.” Story and survey results here.

We are all immigrants…

Monday, December 8th, 2008

How soon so many have forgotten.

The New York Times writes in an editorial today: “If Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona is confirmed as homeland security secretary, she will leave behind a state in full Republican control, with immigration zealots embedded in both houses of the Legislature, and not enough moderates to go around. That is the down side of President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to bring Ms. Napolitano to Washington. For years, she has been the most powerful voice of reason in a state that continues to hatch some of the dumbest, cruelest ideas anywhere for getting tough on immigrants.”  

The entire editorial is here.

Who decides if it’s a miracle?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

PARIS (AP) — An international doctors’ panel appointed by the Roman Catholic Church says it’s getting out of the “miracle” business at Lourdes. The panel will no longer judge whether pilgrims to the French shrine could have benefited from “miracle” healing — a huge shift from the centuries-old way of deciding what makes the cut as a divine cure.

Full story here.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, as I discuss in my book, still makes use of a panel of independent and well-regarded doctors from Rome who review the medical records of individuals purported to have been healed miraculously. These doctors do not determine whether a miracle has occurred, rather they decide (by a majority vote on a panel of five) whether a cure is “medically inexplicable.” If the doctors decide that, a panel of clergy researches who was prayed to and then make a judgment about whether a miracle had taken place.

The Obamas’ choice

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Washington Post religion columnists ask: Can the Obamas choose a church? Will we let them?

What C.S. Lewis meant

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

A clear and compelling essay by Joseph Schriftman on the nature of miracles, as defined by C.S. Lewis, one of the great Christian writers and thinkers of our time.

Schriftman writes: “Thus C. S. Lewis wrote Miracles, where he presses the question about the reliability of the Gospels to an even more essential question: ‘Can the events told in the Gospels – including their miracles and predictive prophecies – happen at all, or are they absolutely impossible?’ ” The entire essay is here.