I’m having a difficult time deciding how I feel about the “bailout package.” I thought about what I would have done yesterday if I were a member of Congress. I decided I probably wouldn’t have voted for the bailout package either. To me it seems like a band-aid made for a paper cut that is trying to fit over a gaping wound that is a hundred times the size of a paper cut. Maybe this band-aid is the wrong shape and size. Maybe it’s not even a band-aid that we need.
The Catholic Church in Liverpool adds its voice to the environmental lobby this week. ‘Caring for God’s Creation’, a major presentation on the environment, is coming to Liverpool on Tuesday 30 September. Led by Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, who speaks on environmental matters for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and natural history producer, Mary Colwell, the presentation will take place at 7.30 pm at the Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation, on Croxteth Drive. Admission is free.
The economic crisis facing our nation is both terribly disturbing and enormously complicated. I write to offer the prayers of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and express the concerns of our Conference as you face difficult choices on how to limit the damage and move forward with prudence and justice. As pastors and teachers, my brother bishops and I do not bring technical expertise to these complicated matters.
However, we believe our faith and moral principles can help guide the search for just and effective responses to the economic turmoil threatening our people.
The Brazilian government faces criminal charges after a report found that the Amazon rainforest is being deforested three times faster than last year as rising food prices encourages more illegal logging.
This site www.nationalpriorities.org/tradeoffs has an interesting mechanism that lets you see the costs of different governmental programs, including the proposed bailout, how much it costs your state/city and what that amount of money could buy in other areas. Very useful in helping people understand the amount of money we’re talking about here.