Reader: Reaction on ‘Vatican’ talk of world bank, Perry offers flat tax, Birther talk sadly revived, Win a baby contest?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.

Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J.

There was lots of reaction to the news reports of “The Vatican” supposedly endorsing the creation of a world centralized bank. has an article by Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican in which he implores people to actually read the text of the document. George Weigel says it’s “rubbish” to compare the Vatican to Occupy Wall Street. But Thomas Peters says that’s exactly what Fr. Reese was implying. Bill Donohue notes that the terms “supranational Authority” and “supranational Institution” are neologisms that did not appear in the latest Papal encyclical. Tom Hoopes says this Pontifical Council’s report also recognized Pope Benedict’s emphasis on subsidiarity. Samuel Gregg wonders why a global central bank wouldn’t have the same problems that a European central bank has.

Rick Perry is planning a re-boot of his floundering campaign with the unveiling of his flat tax plan on income. The plan sets the income tax at 20% and keeps both the mortgage deduction and the charitable deductions. It increases the standard deduction for individuals and each dependents at $12,500. That would mean a family of four would pay no income tax on their first $50,000. Every dollar above that would be taxed at 20%. The corporate tax would also fall to 20%. Perry pitched the plan in the Wall Street Journal.

And yet, just as he is focusing on re-booting his campaign, Rick Perry chats up the “birther” talk. Reporter John Harwood said: “In [a] CNBC interview, Perry tells me why he kept Obama birther issue alive: ‘It’s a good issue to keep alive. It’s fun to poke at him.’” Uh, maybe that’s a joke suited for the White House Correspondents Dinner but not the campaign trail. Perry better not take the birther issue seriously or his campaign is toast.

Quote of the Day

“We are now enemies of the State … We all know what the power of the state can do to its enemies.” — Ed Mechmann, at the Archdiocese of New York’s blog, commenting on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s calling opponents of same-sex “marriage” as anti-American.


I promised you the interview with Sen. George LeMieux yesterday. But the news cycle yesterday involving the Vatican prevented that. So, Lord willing, I’ll post it this afternoon.

Christine Schilling will soon be blogging here at Christine is a mother of ten and is married to Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-IL. Stay tuned!

Other articles of interest:

Yuck: A Canadian music station launched a “Win a Baby” contest, offering to pay $35,000 in fertility treatments to a winning couple.

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims three saints, saying their lives demonstrated that true faith is charity in action.

Media watchdog Brent Bozell says ABC should report on the widespread anti-Semitism found at Occupy Wall Street protests.

In New Hampshire, the House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a bill restoring marriage as a union of one man and one woman.



  • Hibernian Faithful

    When did Thomas Reese become a Catholic I thought he was a high priest of Alinsky.

  • Charles

    There is nothing wrong with revisiting the birth certificate issue. If it were possible to produce several different “digitized” only birth certificates for whatever situation requires a birth certificate (i.e. Passports, driver license etc) I would say Perry has no standing and should simply forget about it.

    That being said, have you ever tried to do the same thing yourself?? Does the government office accept your “digitized” copy??

    No, I didn’t think so.

    So how about we play a game called, “we can interpret the Constitution however we want to.” Say I want to produce porn and call it first amendment protected right. Oh, wait – that IS the case now isn’t it? And because they got away with it, and created “precedent” by doing so, it is now the law of the land.

    So if Obama’s not a natural born citizen, he has set precedent for the next guy by abusing the Constitution.

    So far, the evidence casting doubt on his status and demanding more proof is considerably more than the 2 different versions of his digital BC. Where is there a problem??

    Am I the only one left in America with a critical thinking ability??


      Dear Charles ~ Is there one scintilla of evidence that President Obama was NOT born in Hawaii? Who organized this massive conspiracy around an 18 year old mother and a newborn? How did they manipulate the local newspapers and slip a forgery into the county records? Why? Did the plotters set this up knowing that he’d be a presidential candidate 44 years later? Were the UFO’s at Roswell part of an advance party to set up the operation? If we pursue this, will shameless self promoters like Orley Taitz and Donald Trump ever be satisfied? Would they be satisfied if we waterboarded the President until he confessed? Pax tecum. ~ Greg

  • Davide

    That bill in N.H. also maker incest civil unions legal. Nothing to boast about.

  • Davide

    maybe a bishop should declare Cuomo enemy of the faith!!!

    • Hibernian Faithful

      No he should admonish him for his public scandal to the Body of Christ and advise that absence a proper reconciliation and repentence, he should refrain from the Sacrements. He still must go to Mass etc. The fact that he is a public and egregious sinner does not make him any less of a Child of God or Roman Catholic.

  • Marcus

    Centralized Bank and Global Public Authority sounds similar to Revelations 13. Is this the beginning of the New World Order and the Mark of the Beast?

  • Gani Bautista

    One thing I don’t understand that this Cuomo is a Catholic and yet he went against the teaching of the Catholic Church that ban same sex marriage. This person has double standard when it comes to this issue in order to look good with his constituents who support it. When it comes to God there is NO compromise either your right or left.

    I hope the Catholic Church will do something about this kind of behavior and should be ex-communicated.



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