Amy Coney Barrett scrutinized over religion vs. law

Second of two parts.

Professor Amy Coney Barrett, addressing law school graduates at Notre Dame University in 2006, delivered a stark admonition to the future lawyers: She told them a law career was “but a means to an end.”

“That end is building the kingdom of God,” she said. “If you can keep in mind that your fundamental purpose in life is not to be a lawyer, but to know, love and serve God, you truly will be a different kind of lawyer.”

As confirmation hearings begin Monday for Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, she will have to answer just how different a lawyer — and judge — her faith has made her.

To her detractors, she is a “Catholic judge.” To her supporters, she is a judge who is Catholic.

The difference between those views dominated her confirmation hearing three years ago, when she won a seat

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Pope says free market, ‘trickle-down’ policies fail society | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said on Sunday that the COVID-19 pandemic was the latest crisis to prove that market forces alone and “trickle-down” economic policies had failed to produce the social benefits their proponents claim.

In an encyclical on the theme of human fraternity, Francis also said private property cannot be considered an absolute right in all cases where some lived extravagantly while others had nothing.

Called “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All), the encyclical’s title prompted criticism for not using inclusive language after it was announced last month.

In Italian, Fratelli means brothers but it is also used to mean brothers and sisters. The Vatican said it was taken from the “Admonitions,” or guidelines, written by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century to his followers and could not be changed.

The pope says in the first line of the 86-page encyclical that St. Francis had “addressed his brothers

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Free Yourself From Wealth, Religion and Politics

Early men were leading a nomadic like. They were hunters and food gatherers. They were as free and as happy as wild animals. Gradually they started agriculture and lived in settlements. When agricultural production increased, the concept of property and wealth came into existence.

With the accumulation of wealth, people became worried for the security of life and property. Because people of one settlement plundered the wealth of other settlements. So people started believing in two powers – one is supernatural power and other is human power. They believed that the source of supernatural power is God and the source of human power is King. Either all people believed in these two powers wholeheartedly or few people forced others to believe and keep faith in them. The later possibility appears to be true. For few people became wealthy and few people became religious leaders or rulers.

Few people who projected … Read More

Politics and Religion

Politics, defined as “social relations involving authority or power,” dominate a religious organization when the religion is no longer relevant; the operational words being “social,” and power.” When a religion becomes more of a social event instead of living up to the original tenets of religion, which is personal transformation toward an ideal, then the religion is forced to react to the whims of its practitioners. It does this by offering increasingly more strident forms of entertainment and activities to keep its flock coming back. A sermon on Iraq, immigration, or same sex marriage will keep parishioners involved; a sermon about love and goodness will put practitioners to sleep. The church with the music survives; the church that asks its flock to sacrifice fails. It’s not rocket science.

Serious religious practices have all but disappeared. Ask most any Catholic if they are familiar with the contemplative saints, and you will … Read More