Because CESJ’s annual rally at the Federal Reserve was today, we had very little time to prepare the weekly news notes — and we’re late getting them up, anyway. Plus, since most of the week was spent preparing for today, the big news is the rally itself, so —
|We got a few video interviews down on tape.|
• The annual rally at the Federal Reserve was done a little different this year. Instead of going directly to the Federal Reserve building in downtown Washington, DC, we went to Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. We had to share space with two other groups, both of which were protesting, while we are offering a solution. A number of people stopped by and were very interested in what we had to say. We even garnered a few video interviews asking the questions, 1) Would you rather own, or be owned? And 2) Why? Afterwards we drove to the Federal Reserve and handed a letter requesting a meeting with Janet Yellin. The people at the Federal Reserve were very positive, one guard even requested an “Own or Be Owned” tee shirt.
|Fr. McGlynn, dissenter.|
• We received a biography of Father Edward McGlynn, "the rebel priest," this past week, which corroborated much of the information we already had about the story behind Rerum Novarum, as well as how it has been misinterpreted. We have two other books on order, but have to locate another copy of one that was listed for sale in error.
• A publisher has accepted the book about what happened to the understanding of social justice, and it has been submitted for an “imprimatur.” An imprimatur is not an endorsement of a book, but a statement that a book has been examined and contains nothing contrary to Catholic beliefs. While CESJ is not a Catholic or even a religious organization, we do rely heavily on an interpretation of Catholic social teaching with which some commentators disagree. An imprimatur will assure readers of the book that, while they may disagree with the book’s (or CESJ’s) position, there need be no disagreement on religious grounds.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 65 different countries and 52 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, Poland, Kenya and Australia. The most popular postings this past week were “The Purpose of Production,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “You Asked, Kelso Answered,” “Halloween Horror Special XIII: Mean Green Mother from Outer Space,” and “Aristotle on Private Property.”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least those that we know about. If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.” If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you. All comments are moderated, so we’ll see it before it goes up.