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Stephen Ellis

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Have forgotten more on Personalism than I remember. Graduate of Franciscan University (Theology 93) Married to Jane (Gurrieri) Ellis (FU Theology Philosophy 94). Father of 3.


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Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 2 at 10:19am | see this comment in context

 I think a part of the loss of virtue is the state displacing the family and church. Often the blame is placed on changes in civil law (i.e. Abortion-contraception etc) yet early in the colonies and later in the "wild west” there was fewer laws regulating people’s lives and yet those persons generally displayed greater virtue.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs has become disjointed. As a result of the government providing the basic physiological needs with no accountability the higher psychological needs develop with an increased narcissistic leaning void of empathy. I liken it to a baby being fed by a machine rather than its mother; as a result bonds are not formed affecting the growth of both mother and child.

I am convinced that to argue for a socially conservative political agenda will not work. We kill the beast by appealing to the narcissism and arguing for limited government, constitutionalism and liberty. Ron Paul’s platform moves US towards that end. Paul’s foreign policy does take me out of my comfort zone, particularly as a guy, but maybe that’s a good thing. As a guy I am not always thinking as a child of God.

Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 1 at 9:35pm | see this comment in context

Kevin from what ive gathered he had been asking for intervention prior to 9-11 because of the civil war & humanitarian crisis. The presense of al-Qaeda the agressor in the 9-11 attack was further justification for our action. Unfortunately I do not have a reference to point you to. 

Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 1 at 12:07pm | see this comment in context

I adore JP II but is it possible that his support of the war in Afghanistan was wrong? He was a human and it was not a dogma of the church that we go there. When we leave there will be much bloodshed. Suffering before,during and after. It will revert to what it was. What good will our soldiers sacrafice have done?

I assume we all trying to merge our loyalty to our country, our faith, our intellect and reality. Thats quite a stew . Each will taste different. I wont question your motive or call you disingenuous because your stew  tastes different. I would appreciate it if you would respect mine.

Is human dignity defended by a law that allows the US military or other police agencies to detain US citizens caught on US soil without trial or hearing indefinately. A law was signed by BO on dec 31, 2011 as a provision within the NDAA that does just that. Ron Paul has spoken out against it Santorum is for it.  
Rick Santorum thinks thinks its OK to ignore the 5th, 6th, 7th ammendments and habeas corpus. And thats the candidate you think best at defending human dignity. Really?

Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 1 at 11:10am | see this comment in context

Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 1 at 10:35am | see this comment in context

Mike in a secular nation I dont think we can expect our President to carry our water as Catholics. WE have not made the arguement WE have not educated our people.

If you want every aspect of Catholic Social teaching applied in the US then make your case get the constitution changed and replaced with the CCC. Until then we are legally a secular nation with a constitution that in order to avoid the anarchy that you claim Paul represents must be adhered to.

Unless and until there is a constitutional ammendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman (and that is not going to happen) the courts will continue to inflict gay marriage upon US  we must be proactive instead of reactive. I think we should go one step futher and eliminate govt from recognizing marriage at all. Instead it should only recognize civil unions and leave "Marriage" to the church. I had two great aunts who were sisters in Ireland who would have benefited greatly from the opportunity to have a civil union.

 

 

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