I actually found an article on that crazy Mecham/Quinn “On Faith” thing that I like. It’s a Jesuit calling out Catholic Bishops for spending so much time combating masturbation and teh gay that they forgot about the fucking economic crisis:
What is most remarkable about this meeting is that it took place in the middle of the most devastating economic downturn since the Great Depression, and the bishops said nothing about it. It was as if they did not know that almost 10 percent of their parishioners are unemployed, that the new Congress is going to take aim at programs helping the poor and that now is the time to speak out for social justice. Their silence was deafening.
I have two questions here. One, why are Jesuits so much more thoughtful than other Catholic clergy? And two, does the complete lack of interest in the jobless that we see now from all elites — religious elite, media elite, political elite — have any historical precedent? I know it wasn’t like this during the Great Depression, but was it ever like during any other serious recessions?