Most of the activity this week (except for the office pool betting when the Dow is going to hit 17,000) has been taking advantage of outreach opportunities resulting from last week’s meeting in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The number of potential contacts was more than enough to show the effectiveness of the “door opening” strategy, and to inspire others to duplicate its success in promoting the Just Third Way:
• This past week members of the CESJ core group have been sending informational packages to the people suggested by Msgr. Stuart Swetland, with whom we met last week. We have also sent out a number of packages to other people whom we thought might be interested in urging Pope Francis to issue an encyclical on the principles of economic justice (participation, distribution, and social justice), and in promoting the Justice University concept.
• A new review (May 28, 2014) has appeared on Amazon for the Just Third Way Edition of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Freedom Under God: “This is a great read — so incredible to see what a man of God could see in society decades ago and how it has come to fruition in today's world. Good source for a compass for today's society.” — C. Portilla.
• This past Tuesday, His Eminence Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, chairman of the committee advising Pope Francis on administrative reforms, gave a talk at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The Cardinal’s talk was featured at “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism,” an event organized by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. The tenor of the Cardinal’s remarks suggest that he would be very open to learning about the Just Third Way, especially the monetary and tax reforms intended to remove barriers that inhibit or prevent ordinary people from becoming owners of the capital that is displacing them from their jobs, and causing increasing reliance on the State.
• Guy S. in Iowa sent a beautiful photograph of his parents, his brother, and he. Everyone except Mom was wearing the family bowling shirt.
• CESJ will have the services of a volunteer, Astrid, from Belgium for two months this summer.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 65 different countries and 50 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia. The most popular postings this past week were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “‘Inequality Is the Root of All Social Evil’,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” “‘Inspired Amateurs Should Avoid Politics’,” and “Why Did Nixon take the Dollar off the Gold Standard?”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least 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 anyway, so we’ll see it before it goes up.