Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Gloves Come Off

John McCain and Sarah Palin are trying hard to change the subject by going negative on the front-running Obama-Biden ticket which is opening up a widening lead both in national polls and electoral college projections.

The Obama campaign is hitting back hard with a cleverly produced retrospective on Savings and Loan scandal involving Charles Keating and John McCain. Before subprime there was the Savings and Loan crisis...well at least this stuff is true. The Sarah Palin-led guilt by association attacks, practically calling Barack Obama a terrorist, questioning his patriotism, yada yada yada...won't win many undecided voters who are worrying about the ECONOMY, stoopid!

I'm dismayed they've decided to react this way because it'll be hard enough to govern in the likely environment of January, 2009. Tonight's debate between the two presidential candidates could indeed be when "the gloves come off" between the two and not just their campaign surrogates. I hope Obama keeps his cool. It works for me and I think lots of other folks. Let the other guy squawk and talk balderdash. A flash of righteous anger over the troubles of the Middle Class (and downright po' folks) will probably be good but it's becoming time for Barack Obama to start looking and acting Presidential.

Here in the Archipelago...Archbishop Angel Lagdameo tells Radyo Veritas that
“This is not a war between religions just because each religion happens to have their own position o this RH bill.”

I wonder what he would say about the following ex-cathedra (infallible teachings) of the Roman Catholic Church:
"There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all can be saved" (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)

"We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff" (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302.)

"[The Holy Roman Church] firmly believes, professes and teaches that none of those who are not within the Catholic Church, not only Pagans, but Jews, heretics and schismatics, can ever be partakers of eternal life, but are to go into the eternal fire 'prepared for the devil, and his angels' (Mt. xxv. 41), unless before the close of their lives they shall have entered into that Church; also that the unity of the Ecclesiastical body is such that the Church's Sacraments avail only those abiding in that Church, and that fasts, almsdeeds, and other works of piety which play their part in the Christian combat are in her alone productive of eternal rewards; moreover, that no one, no matter what alms he may have given, not even if he were to shed his blood for Christ's sake, can be saved unless he abide in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church." (Mansi, Concilia, xxxi, 1739.) (Pope Eugene IV, The Bull Cantate Domino, 1441).
What a hypocrite!


Anonymous said...

I find totally despicable the guilt-by-association attacks. It has become a "how low can you go" game for the McCain/Palin campaign, which just translates to a total FAIL that, in my opinion, has a better chance at eroding the GOP's chances at winning November even further.

Obama's campaign has been good at handling this, wisely allowing McCain to throw the first punch.

Deany Bocobo said...

The race is definitely heating up. It's so exciting. This is where America shines: corrigibility!

EQ said...

Senator Obama:In your next debate,can you please refrain from saying "Senator McCain you are absolutely right" so many times.

These are the specific times Barack showed too much respect to an angry old man:

1)"Well, I think Senator McCain's absolutely right that we need more responsibility"

2)"Well, Senator McCain is absolutely right that the earmarks process has been abused"

3)"Senator McCain is absolutely right that the violence has been reduced as a consequence of the extraordinary sacrifice of our troops and our military families."

4)"And, John, I -- you're absolutely right that presidents have to be prudent in what they say"

5)"No, actually, I think Senator McCain and I agree for the most part on these issues."

Ben Vallejo said...


The universal Church isn't the one headquartered on Vatican Hill. However this Church subsists on the one headquartered in the Vatican.

Also, all Christians are really and canonically subject to the Pope of Rome even if separated Christians refuse to accept this.

True you have to be part of the universal Church in order to have a chance of being saved. But the Popes never required formal membership in the Church (unlike Iglesia ni Cristo) for salvation. There is this so called baptism of desire for which the Popes say one can be saved without even becoming Catholic!

This is the reason why John XXIII and his Vatican II can say that heretics are really "separated brethren" and their communities are in imperfect communion with Catholics.

BTW, the website where you got your information does not represent official Catholic teaching. To get the official one, get the CCC from www.vatican.va

john marzan said...

mccain's role in the keating 5 scandal was a bit overstated.


Deany Bocobo said...

Pope Boniface taught ex-cathedra that:

"We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff"

Maybe in Latin or Italian the above sounds more like the way you said, which is so much nicer.

But it sounds like well, religious imperialism to me!

Deany Bocobo said...

John Marzan,
McCain and Charles Keating were a lot, lot closer than Obama and Ayers ever were, let's put it that way.

Unknown said...

John McCain loved the shangri-life that Keating had on offer. He said so in his memoirs

Anonymous said...

Instead of character assassination, the candidates should be focusing on how they can help the nation progress. On other hand, this election does get a bit interesting with all that mudslinging!