At the Federalist Adam Cassandra notes that Monday on the feast of the Annunciation, the day Catholics celebrate Mary saying “Yes” to God at Notre Dame they were celebrating something exactly the opposite:.

Davis — who rose to stardom in the political world following her 2013 filibuster of pro-life legislation in Texas — ran the gamut of pro-abortion, anti-Catholic talking points during an event Monday hosted by the University of Notre Dame Department of Gender Studies. The department co-sponsored the event in coordination with the College Democrats of Notre Dame, the Progressive Student Alliance, Notre Dames, Women in Politics, and bridgeND.

The Notre Dame Department of Gender Studies touted Davis’ abortion advocacy in a description of the event posted on the department’s website, calling her “a modern-day Texas heroine”

Of course if Mary took Wendy’s Davis’ advice there would be no Church and frankly no University period as the Catholic Church gave us the University system but I suspect that was lost on those in attendance.

It’s worth noting that Notre Dame was so proud of this event that they pulled its description  their site but it was screen capped by the Cardinal Newman Society, where the Federalist piece first appeared.  The Newman society’s mission is to:

promote and defend faithful Catholic education, following upon Pope John Paul II’s 1990 release of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Ex corde Ecclesiae was written by St. Pope John Paul II’s which says in part:

13. Since the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture(16), every Catholic University, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:

“1. a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;

2. a continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;

3. fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;

4. an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life”(17).

14. “In the light of these four characteristics, it is evident that besides the teaching, research and services common to all Universities, a Catholic University, by institutional commitment, brings to its task the inspiration and light of the Christian message.In a Catholic University, therefore, Catholic ideals, attitudes and principles penetrate and inform university activities in accordance with the proper nature and autonomy of these activities. In a word, being both a University and Catholic, it must be both a community of scholars representing various branches of human knowledge, and an academic institution in which Catholicism is vitally present and operative”

One hates to be critical but it seems to be that the folks at Notre Dame aren’t doing very well in this regard. but fortunately for those who might wish to give their children an actual catholic education The Newman society has a handy dandy map of Catholic Colleges worldwide that are the real thing

While the news cycle obsesses on the primaries, the rest of the world has been reading about a huge trove of legal records from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm, revealing

the secretive offshore companies used to hide wealth, evade taxes and commit fraud by the world’s dictators, business tycoons and criminals.

They were

initially obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and subsequently the subject of a yearlong investigation, led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and involving more than 100 publications from nearly 80 countries.

Those are the Panama Papers.

As the ICIJ disclaimer states,

There are legitimate uses for offshore companies, foundations and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Power Players interactive application have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly. If you find an error in the database please get in touch with us:

Some, like Jose Benegas, decry the Panama Papers as Fiscal Big Brother’s Big Eye ( link in Spanish), which it may be. I am of two minds:

a. The use of offshore accounts is a useful, legal, business tool. A business has the responsibility to use its resources in the most efficient way, and an individual can legally avail itself of legal tools to protect his or her capital. I am appalled that a group of journalists have stolen (no need to be euphemistic here) eleven million documents from a law firm, and are releasing them to the public. It makes you wonder if the journalists would be as thrilled to have their sources made public – for all the world to see – by a group of lawyers.

The toothpaste is out of the tube, and I posted a list of all the Latin American people mentioned in the ICIJ website.

Among them is Argentina’s newly-elected president, Mauricio Macri, who had a business incorporated in the Bahamas which was later dissolved in 2009. Nothing in the information points to criminality in Macri’s actions.

Missing from the list are Cuba and Haiti, two cesspools of corruption.

b. At the same time, this Wall Street Journal editorial makes an excellent point:

Governments have to enforce their tax laws. But it’s hard to see how the big question in this story is whether everyone with a company in Panama paid the correct amount of tax. The far more important question is how so many public officials in so many governments managed to accumulate so much money.

For instance,

Longtime friends and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin channelled $2 billion through Panama over the years, ICIJ says in its report on the documents.

Of course, they now claim “Putinophobia”.

When it comes to Macri vis-a-vis the Russians, as the saying goes, “these two things are not alike.”

The fatal flaw of the ICIJ investigation is the theft of confidential material. The assumption that all listed are guilty is anti-democratic; the onus falls on each country’s government to be competitive in the tax treatment of its citizens and businesses, fight corruption, and administer justice so the rule of law applies to all.

That’s the unwritten takeaway, leaks or not.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.



In yesterday morning’s post I noted that Donald Trump’s complaint about it being “unfair” that he has to get 1237 delegates to support him and used a Jackie Robinson reference to explain why there is nothing unfair about it.

But there is another argument that is not only better but actually devastating to both conservatism and the Trump campaign

Put simply Donald Trump is objecting to the rules as they are and based on his interpretation of “fairness” suggests the rules should be ignored.

Can someone explain to me how that is any different than what Illegal immigration advocates are saying.

They are claiming that obeying the law, going though the normal channels to enter the country legally is an undue burden. That suggesting that people follow the law and enforcing the law by building the border fence is racist.

To them it’s all “unfair”

So think about this for a second a billionaire candidate who happens at this moment to be the public face of enforcing immigration laws against largely poor people is whining about having to obey rules?

Frankly I’m shocked the left hasn’t had every single surrogate beating this in every single segment on every single TV show every single day and I’m even more surprised that the MSM hasn’t thought of this and started playing it up. It’s the ultimate gimme for them.

Once they do, this will make the damage Donald Trump did damage to the Pro-Life moment by his idiotic comments look like a walk in the park.

Now we know the reality is this is all about money, the money for the interests looking for cheap labor and the money contributed to Democrats and establishment republicans for keeping that labor cheap and the power and wealth that comes from the vote Democrats get from opposing the enforcement of the law.

But in a year that’s all about unreality none of that is going to matter

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