absolute evil, exposed
In his weekly homily, Bishop Gumbleton expounds the Gospel of Mark:
There's a current piece of legislation that will raise that minimum wage up to $7.25 over a three year period. It failed before the Congress broke for the summer recess. It was a good thing it failed, because the Republicans had added to the bill a tax relief for the richest of the people in our country that in over 10 years would cost a trillion dollars. This is absolutely evil. It just seems so incredibly evil that we let this kind of thing go on. And so when the Congress comes back, we have to do something, each of us, to try to make sure that our representatives in that Congress and in the Senate vote for what is just and what is right.
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Posted by: -
Sep. 12, 2006 3:45 PM ET USA
Hegel would be proud of the bishop. Let us pit one class of society against another and destroy the whole thing. I remember a high school teacher who once said to us that communism was the best form of government because all would be treated equally. History did not bear that statement out. That the comment was made by a Jesuit scholastic was even more curious.Many years and much observation has led me to firmly believe that the best possible government would be that of a benevolent despot.
Posted by: JP810 -
Sep. 12, 2006 11:07 AM ET USA
Bishop Gumbleton doesn't understand that the "rich" pays over 94% of all Federal taxes in the U.S. The poor don't pay anything or very little. Then, there's the matter of the "death" tax which only hurts the rich, and *NOT* the poor! Sigh...
Posted by: Convert1994 -
Sep. 12, 2006 8:20 AM ET USA
Bishop Grumbleton does a grave disservice to the poor because you cannot raise up the poor by tearing down the rich! Tax relief for everyone is a good thing no matter the income. The more money we keep in the economy and out of the hands of bureaucrats the better. The rich create jobs. Let's say a rich family decides to build a new home, for example. Look how many people are employed while building it!
Posted by: SentimentalGent -
Sep. 11, 2006 9:00 PM ET USA
The bishop sounds a bit judgemental. I thought that was the only sin?
Posted by: rpp -
Sep. 11, 2006 7:30 PM ET USA
Too many ametuer economists can spoil the soup. All those people out there (about 5% of taxpayers) able to afford to actually spend money on non-essentials, like college for their children, already pay more than 85% of the entire US budget and are taxed at confiscatory rates. I know I am one of these "rich" people. Funny thing is I don't feel rich. I do know that indirectly I employ many people. Lower my taxes and God and other people get more.
Posted by: Janet Baker -
Sep. 11, 2006 7:04 PM ET USA
I suppose we should be grateful that he at least acknowledges that there is such a thing as "absolute evil". Now if only we could get him to picture abortion, sodomy, etc in such light, we'd be making some real progress. But yes, he is retired, so what is he doing in a pulpit?
Posted by: Gino -
Sep. 11, 2006 5:44 PM ET USA
Isn't the good bishop retired? Retired bishops should just go into a Monastery somewhere to reflect on what happened to the Church in America. We have an uneducated Catholic laity, a sexual scandal, hiding and transferring pedophiles, declining vocations, dissolution of convents, lack of mass attendance. They have enough failures to spend a lifetime reflectiong; insted we keep hearing their useless babble.
Posted by: Fr. William -
Sep. 11, 2006 12:29 PM ET USA
A prayer for such traitors as Bp. Gumbleton on 9-11-2006: May our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Apostles, the 264th Successor to Saint Peter, Christ's Vicar on earth, reprimand all traitorous bishops: placing Bp. Tumblegum et al. in a facility with 12'x12' cells, with no internet, no phone (except for emergencies), with two meals a day, & where they can do penance, pray, offer a private Mass each day. I'd be willing to take a turn as chaplain & sacristan of such a facility.
Posted by: Gaby -
Sep. 11, 2006 10:01 AM ET USA
Does he speak as forcefully about abortion?!?!
Posted by: Convert1994 -
Sep. 11, 2006 9:00 AM ET USA
Why is it so cool to hate rich people?
Posted by: -
Sep. 10, 2006 6:51 PM ET USA
The schoolyard liberal stamps his feet and demands victory for his side. Gott mit Uns.