EWTN Live – 2019-09-19 – 09/18/19 Bill Donohue


[MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I’M FATHER MITCH PACWA AND WELCOME TO EWTN LIVE. WE BRING YOU GUESTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND WE WILL BE TALKING TONIGHT WITH BILL DONAHUE OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE ABOUT SOLVING SOME OF OUR CULTURAL PROBLEMS WITH COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM. BUT BEFORE WE TALK TO BILL WE WOULD LIKE TO TALK QUICKLY ABOUT THE ROLE EWTN NEWS PLAYS IN BRINGING THAT COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM TO BEAR ON THE CULTURE AND ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CATHOLIC JOURNALISM. SO WE WANT TO WELCOME OUR EWTN SENIOR NEWS CONTRIBUTOR, DR. MATTHEW BUNSEN. MATTHEW, HOW DID YOU GET TO BE SR.? JUST GETTING OLD?>>AT A CERTAIN POINT PEOPLE JUST REFER TO YOU AS SENIOR.>>BELIEVE ME I UNDERSTAND. I UNDERSTOOD IT BEFORE YOU DID.>>LIKE THE FIRST DAY IN YOUR LIFE WHEN SOMEONE REFERS TO YOU AS “SIR.” IT’S NOT A FOOD DAY.>>IN THE SOUTH WE TAKE IT NORMALLY WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR US? WHAT IS GOING ON?>>A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE EWTN NEWS AS EXPANDED TO AFRICA. AND A LOT OF THE GROWTH THAT IS HAPPENING AND SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING GROWTH FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS WITHIN EWTN NEWS IS HAPPENING INTERNALLY. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON FOR A WHILE NOW IS DEVELOPING THAT COLLABORATION COOPERATION AND COMMUNICATION AMONG ALL OF OUR DIFFERENT ENTITIES. BUT IT ALL HAS ONE OBJECTIVE AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF US ARE AUTHENTIC, PROFESSIONAL CATHOLIC JOURNALISTS. NOTE THE USE OF THE TERM CATHOLIC JOURNALISTS.>>I WAS IN OUR ROME OFFICE MAKING PROGRAMS BACK IN THE SPRING. AND SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE IS THAT THE WHOLE OFFICE WAS THERE TO TAKE CLASSES ON TAMISTIC PHILOSOPHY AND HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF TRUTH AS A COMPONENT FOR DOING JOURNALISM. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS TRUE BECAUSE IT’S TRUE AND THEY’RE STUDYING THE NATURE OF TRUTH. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT A FEW OTHER NETWORKS COULD LEARN FROM.>>I’M GUESSING ALMOST ALL OF THEM OUTSIDE OF EWTN. BUT YOU’RE RIGHT. IT’S THIS FOCUS ON THE CATHOLIC FAITH, ON WHO WE ARE AS CATHOLICS, NOW ENGAGING IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM. I ALWAYS GO BACK TO THE GREAT DOCUMENT FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNSEL WHICH CALLED ON CATHOLICS TO EMBRACE ALL OF THE MEANS OF SOCIALLY COMMUNICATIONS BUT TO DO IT PROFESSIONALLY AND FOR THE PRESS, TO HAVE THAT SINGLE MINDED FOCUS OF PROFESSIONALISM AND MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE INFORMING CATHOLICS TO LIVE IN CULTURE. AND THAT IS ONE OF THE CREDOS THAT WE TAKE AT EWTN NEWS SERIOUSLY.>>THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THAT UPDATE ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS COMING OUT IN THE APPROACH OF OUR NEWS. AND WE’RE GOING TO BE BACK IN A FEW MINUTES WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE BILL DONAHUE TALKING ABOUT THIS CATHOLIC COMMON SENSE. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU. AND WELCOME BACK. OUR GUEST TONIGHT IS CONVINCED THAT MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING IN OUR COUNTRY ARE NOT POLITICAL NOR ARE THEY ECONOMIC IN NATURE — THE PROBLEMS THAT AMERICAN SOCIETY IS IN TROUBLE BECAUSE OF OUR SOCIAL FABRIC COMING APART AND OUR CULTURE IS IN A STATE OF DECLINE. FURTHERMORE, HE SAYS THAT WHAT’S DRIVING THIS CULTURAL DECLINE IS A COLLAPSE OF COMMON SENSE. SO HE LAYS OUT SOME ANSWERS TO OUR ILLS IN HIS NEW BOOK: “COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM, HOW TO RESOLVE OUR CULTURAL CRISIS.” PLEASE WELCOME THE PRESIDENT OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND A FRIEND OF MINE, MR. BILL DONAHUE.>>THAT YOU, SIR. THANK YOU.>>IT IS SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. WE’RE DELIGHTED. AND YOU LIVE NEWSPAPER NEW YORK. THAT’S WHERE THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE IS.>>RIGHT.>>AND YOU HAVE BEEN DOING YEOMAN’S WORK WITH THAT FOR YEARS. BUT NOW YOU’RE WILLING. AND WE’RE BOTH GETTING INTO THAT MATURE REFLECTIVE STAGE WHERE WE MAY NOT BE AS ACTIVE AS WE ONCE WHERE BUT WE HAVE SOME IDEAS. SO I APPRECIATE THIS NEW BOOK OF YEARS.>>I SPEND A GOOD PART OF MY LIFE BEFORE I TOOK THIS JOB IN EDUCATION. AND EVEN AFTER. I HAVE TAUGHT EVERY GRADE FROM 2ND GRADE THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL INCLUDING NEWLY MINTED PH.D.S AROUND THE WORLD AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AND THE FULBRIGHTS. I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE A LOT OF INTELLECTUALS OUT THERE AND A LOT OF GOOD PROFESSOR. HOWEVER WE HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER TODAY, PARTICULARLY IN THE SOCIALLY SCIENTISTS AND HUMAN TEASE, NOT EXCLUSIVE TO THEM, THAT ARE BASICALLY DYSFUNCTIONAL IN THEIR OWN LIVES AND THEIR IDEAS FOR SOCIETY ARE DYSFUNCTIONAL AS WELL. IT COMES DOWN TO BASICALLY THIS. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN HUMAN NATURE AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN NATURE’S GOD, THEN EVERY PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE IS GOING TO BE WRONG — WRONG TO THE PEOPLE, THE LEGISLATORS, WRONG TO THE CULTURE, WRONG TO PUBLIC POLICY MAKERS, BECAUSE IT SIMPLY MADNESS. OF COURSE THERE’S SUCH A THING AS HUMAN NATURE. OF COURSE THERE’S SUCH A THING AS GOD. BUT THE PROFESSORS SO MANY OF THEM, THEY THINK THEIR GOD IS — THAT WE’RE JUST A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION, AND WE’RE LIKE A PIECE OF PUTTY AND WE CAN MOLD THEM ANY WAY WE WANT. THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE IN A MAN OR WOMAN. A WOMAN CAN BECOME A MAN, A MAN CAN BECOME A WOMAN, A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND NOT CARRYING A CHILD — THEY’RE LIVING IN A WORLD OF FICTION.>>THEY’RE DELUSIONAL. THEY’RE EVEN SAYING IN NEWS THIS YEAR MEN ARE ABLE TO HAVE BABIES.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND I USED BE A GIRAFFE IN MY LAST LIFE. THIS IS THE MADNESS THAT IS TAUGHT. AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS. AS I HAVE SAID OVER TO AND OVER SOME OF THE STUPIDEST PEOPLE I HAVE MET TEACH IN COLLEGES. IT’S SAD TO SAY THAT. THIS BOOK, CARDINAL DOLAN SAID TO ME, YOU TRY TO GET THE INTELLECTUALS TO CHANGE AND I SAY GIVE UP ON THOSE THAT FAR GONE. THIS BOOK IS FOR THE LISTENING AUDIENCE AND THE PUBLIC. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC. I WANT PEOPLE NOT TO SECOND-GUESS THEMSELVES. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF COMMON SENSE AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS SUCH A THING AS NATURE AND NATURE’S GOD — DON’T BE INTELLECTUALLY SEDUCE BY THESE CRAZY IDEAS THAT COME OUT OF THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES BECAUSE THEY’RE REALLY — THEY HAVE DONE A LOT OF DAMAGE. AND AT I DID IN THE BOOK IS LOOK AT FREEDOM, QUALITY, AND FRATERNITY. THOSE ARE THE GOALS OF THE FRENCH REVEL E. REVOLUTION. THEY DIDN’T GET THEM RIGHT BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE IN HUMAN NATURE OR GOD. AND WE’RE NOT GETTING IT RIGHT EITHER. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HOW MUCH IN TERMS OF ITS TEACHING IS A REPOSITORY OF WISDOM. TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES ABOUT FREEDOM AND COMPARE IT TO THE DOMINANT CULTURE ON FRATERNITY OR A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. WE R. HAVE A MATURE COMMON SENSE UNDERSTANDING OF THE THREE. NOT TRUE IN THE DOMINANT CULTURE.>>THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE SAY DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH, SOME PEOPLE GET EDUCATED BEYOND THEIR INTELLIGENCE. AND THIS KIND OF THINGS GOES ON WITH THE FOLKS AND IT SHOWS UP AND THEY’RE NOT — WHAT WE CALL HERE, THEY DON’T HAVE WALKING AROUND SENSE, THE KIND OF SENSE YOU NEED TO GET THROUGH LIFE. BUT ONE OF THE POINTS THAT YOU MAKE IN THE BOOK. WHEN YOU SAY THESE ARE THE STUPIDEST PEOPLE. YOU DISTINGUISH VERY IMPORTANTLY FROM THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE AN EDUCATION AND MAY NOT KNOW A LOT OF FACTS. THAT’S NOT WHAT YOU MEAN BY STUPID AT ALL.>>FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A HARD BOILED EGG. IT DOESN’T MAKE YOU STUPID. JUST MEANS YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT. ALL YOU NEED IS THE KNOWLEDGE. I’M TALKING ABOUT A LACK OF COMMON SENSE. THAT’S A DIFFERENT QUALITY. YOU CAN’T TEACH COMMON SENSE TOO EASILY. IF YOU READ THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S TEACHINGS, SOCIALLY TEACHINGS IN PARTICULAR, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT IS COMMONSENSICAL. WE DON’T WORK AGAINST NATURE. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S TEACHINGS MESH AND ARE AT HARMONY WITH THE LIMITATIONS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. YOU KNOW WHAT DO I IN THE BOOK, I LOOK AT THE BOOK OF DONALD BROWN, AN ANTHROPOLOGIST. HE DETAILED OVER 3 HUNDRED UNIVERSALS OR CHARACTERISTICS, ATTRIBUTES WHICH ARE TRUE IN ALL SOCIETY IN HISTORY. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO CREATE A CULTURE WHICH WORKS AGAINST THAT? TAKE IT ONE VERY — VERY SIMPLE EXAMPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, MEN ARE STRONGER THAN WOMEN. THAT DOESN’T MAKE THEM BETTER. BUT THEY ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE. WHY? IT’S CALLED TESTOSTERONE. WE HAVE MORE THAN THEY DO. WHEN YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF SMITH COLLEGE TODAY IN 2019 SAYING THAT MOTHERHOOD IS A CULTURAL INVENTION, THAT’S A FICTION. MOTHERHOOD IS A REFLECTION OF NATURE. THE CULTURE RATIFIES NATURE. BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO TEACH THAT IN THE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO BELIEVE IN NATURE. THEY THINK WE’RE ALL LIKE SILLY PUTTY. THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG. THAT’S THE KIND OF MADNESS THAT LEADS TO THE KINDS OF CONCLUSIONS THEY COME TO IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.>>IT WAS SIMILAR TO THE ARTICLE BACK — I THINK IN TIME MAGAZINE, COVER ARTICLE, AND THE COVER ARTICLE WAS BOYS AND GIRLS ARE DIFFERENT. AND THE REASON THAT WAS ON THE FRONT COVER IS FOR THEM — THAT WAS NEWS!>>YEAH. IT’S BREAKING NEWS. BIG SHOCKER. TO SHOW YOU HOW FAR GONE THESE PEOPLE ARE, THERE’S A MATHEMATICIAN AT NYU, NUMBER OF YEARS AGO AND A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE DONE THE SAME THING. HE IS NOT A MAN ON CONSERVATIVE SIDE. HE’S A MAN ON THE LEFT. BUT HE KNOWS SOME OF THE IDEAS ENTERTAINED IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION ARE INSTITUTIONAL SO HE DECIDED TO WRITE A ARTICLE FOR REFEREE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL. AND HE SAID THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY IN THE REAL WORLD. IT’S A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION, AND MADE UP BY PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SOCIETIES. NOW, HE KNOWS THAT IS NONSENSE. WE SHOULD KNOW. DO YOU KNOW THAT IT WAS PUBLISHED? AND THEN AFTER IT WAS PUBLISHED HE JUST CALLED THESE PEOPLE STUPID, THEY’RE FRAUDS, IT’S SO EASY TO PASS THIS NONSENSE ON AND GET IT PUBLISHED THEY WERE FURIOUS WITH HIM FOR MAKING THEM LOOK SO STUPID BUT THAT’S WHAT PASSES BECAUSE THEY DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING IS FIX AND HAD THEY WANT TO CHANGE EVERYTHING.>>I WANT OUR FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND THIS. THINK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE — THERE’S A SCHOLAR WHO MAKES FUN OF THEM. HE’S DOING A JOKE ON THEM, SAYING THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY; IT IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT. IN OTHER WORDS, SOCIETY MAKES UP GRAVITY.>>RIGHT.>>AND THEY PUBLISH IT AS SOMETHING SERIOUS.>>AND SOMETHING SCIENTIFIC.>>SCIENTIFIC.>>YEAH.>>SO YOU SAY WOULD ANY OF YOU LIKE TO DROP FROM AN AIR PLANE AND SHOW — THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF HAVING NO COMMON SENSE AND LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE. THEY ARE OZ — THE WIZARD OF OZ CREATING THIS WORLD AND SOMETIMES TRYING TO SCARE US LIKE OZ WITH FLASHES OF THUNDER AND IT’S GOOFILY.>>AND THEY TELL US TOO THAT IN TERMS OF FREEDOM — SEE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES FREEDOM ISN’T THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO. IT’S IN THE CATECHISM AND WHAT ST. JOHN PAUL 2ND SAID. FREEDOM IS THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO? THAT’S ABOUT THE OTHER. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. IT’S ABOUT A RESPONSIBILITY AND DUTY TOWARD OTHERS. NOW YOU SAY THAT TODAY ON THE COLLEGE CAMPUSES — FREEDOM MEANS I HAVE TO DO RIGHT BY SOMEBODY ELSE? THAT’S HERESY. FREEDOM IS THE RYE TO DO WHATEVER I WANT TO DO, IT’S MY BODY I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT AND SLEEP WITH WHOMEVER I WANT AND TAKE WHATEVER DRUGS I WANTED TO DO — IT’S MY RIGHT. AND LOOK AT HOW HAPPY THESE PEOPLE ARE. DON’T THEY REALIZE THIS IS SUDDEN DEATH AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT IN BASKETBALL OVER TIME. THIS IS MADNESS. WHEN PEOPLE LIVE A LIFE OF DELINQUENCY, OF RECKLESSNESS, I DON’T CARE WHETHER IT’S MONEY, SEX, DRUGS, FOOD, ALCOHOL — ONCE YOU GET BEYOND THAT AND ONCE YOU GET PROMISCUOUS ACCUSE OR GREEDY YOU’RE GOING TO SUFFER BECAUSE YOU CAN’T BEAT NATURE. NATURE REBELLS. SEE AGAIN WE’RE BACK TO THIS FATHER — THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN NATURE. THEY DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY SUCH THING AS HUMAN NATURE.>>SEE, AN EXAMPLE — JUST SO FOLKS UNDERSTAND, A GOOD EXAMPLE THAT OCCURRED IN YOUR OWN CITY OF NEW YORK, IN MAY OF 2019 THERE WAS AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” SAYING THAT SAYING DESERVE ACTIVE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER THAN THE MORE LIBERAL PEOPLE AND LIBERAL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER THAN UNBELIEVERS OR ATHEISTS. NOW THAT WAS JUST A SCIENTIFIC STUDY, AND IT’S BEEN THE SAME RESULT HAS BEEN SHOWN IN STUDIES GOING BACK THROUGH THE ’80S: BUT HERE IS THE POINT AND IT GOATS SUPPORT YOU. THE REACTION OF THE READERS OF THE “NEW YORK TIMES” WAS OUTRAGEOUS RAGED. HOW DARE YOU SAY CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER BECAUSE THE ONES WITH COMMONSENSE THEN SAID MAYBE I OUGHT TO GO TO CHURCH TO LOOK FOR A SPOUSE AND NOT TO A BAR. THAT’S THE COMMON SENSE REACTION TO THAT FURY AND ANGER IS THE REACTION OF THE — WELL THEY’RE ANGRY BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT’S TRUE. YOU DON’T GET ANGRY ABOUT SOMETHING UNLESS YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE. A FEW YEARS AGO I WROTE A BOOK CALLED THE CATHOLIC ADVANTAGE AND I DETAILED THIS MYSELF. WHAT IS INTERESTING — WE’RE NOT ONLY HAPPIER BUT WE LIVE LONGER AND WE’RE THE MOST GENEROUS AND CHARITABLE PEOPLE. THAT’S WHY IN THIS BOOK I TALK ABOUT THE NECESSITY TERMS THE CHAPTER ON TRADITION, THE TWO CHAPTERS THERE, I HAVE TRADITION AND RELIGION AND FRATERNITY. IF YOU TEAR DOWN RELIGION WHAT ARE YOU LEFT WITH? WE ARE THE MOST CHARITABLE OF ALL PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE ON THE LEFT WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN ANYTHING, THEIR IDEA OF HELPING THE POOR IS HAVING THE GOVERNMENT TO WRITE A CHECK. OUR IDEA IS OURSELVES TO HELP. I BELIEVE IN MOTHER TERESA GOT IT RIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO HELP THE POOR, DO SOMETHING YOURSELF. DON’T TRY TO SAVE THE WORLD. TRY TO SAVE ONE PERSON. AND I SAW THIS, WHEN I WAS WORKING WITH MY DOCTOR AT NYU I WOULD ASK THE STUDENTS IN CLASS VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF THE POOR, I WOULD SAY I WORK IN SPANISH HARLEM WITH THE BLACK AND PUERTO RICAN KIDS AND I’M GLAD TO SEE YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POOR. THEY COULD USE HELP. WILL YOU COME WITH ME ON A SATURDAY MORNING TO HELP THEM? ABSOLUTE DEAD SILENCE. NO. THAT’S FOR SOMETHING ELSE. OF COURSE PEOPLE WHO ARE RELIGIOUS ARE HAPPIER. WE ALSO GIVE MORE IN TERMS OF VOLUNTEER. WE GIVE MORE ABLE TO HAVE HAD AND EVERY OTHER INDEX ON THIS. BUT IT MAKES THE SECULARISTS ANGRY WHEN THEY HEAR THIS THING BECAUSE THAT HE ARE NOT THE GIVERS. THE PEOPLE DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH — DOWN SOUTH — I HAVE LOOKED AT IT COMPARED FOR THE NORTHEAST, THE NORTHEAST HAS THE BIG MONEY AND THEIR MUCH MORE LIBERAL — THEY GIVE LESS IN THEIR INCOME PER CAPITA THAN THE PEOPLE DOWN SOUTH. I THINK MISSISSIPPI LEADS THE COUNTRY IN MASSACHUSETTS IS THE WORST. IT IS STRIKING.>>AND MISSISSIPPI IS USUALLY THE POOREST STATE IN THE UNION IN TERMS OF ITS ECONOMIC BASE, YOU KNOW, COT DONE TEE PLEATED THE SOUTH AND THIS IS THAT I HAVE NOTICED THAT FOLKS WHO ARE UNBELIEVERS AND TO THE LEFT TEND TO DONATE THEIR MONEY TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS BEFORE THEY WILL GIVE IT DIRECTLY TO THE POOR. AND THEY SEE I WANT TO IS SYSTEMIC CHANGE AND NOT CHARITY. SOME OF THEM DON’T BELIEVE IN CHARITY. IT’S A RIGHT AND I WILL CHANGE SOCIETY TO GET YOU YOUR RIGHTS.>>BECAUSE CHARITY PITCHES THE INDIVIDUAL. IT MEANS IT COMES OUT OF MY POCKET. SYSTEMIC CHANGE MEANS I DON’T HAVE TO GET INVOLVED. IT MEANS GOVERNMENT REDISTRIBUTION. THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY RECENTLY SAID THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF MONEY TO PAY FOR ALL OF THESE PROMISE. IT’S JUST THAT THE MONEY IS IN THE WRONG HANDS. SO HE KNOWS WHOSE HANDS IT SHOULD BE IN. SO ONCE YOU GIVE THE POOR ALL THE MONEY FROM THE RICH — LISTEN, DON’T TAKE 70 PERCENT LIKE ALEXANDER CORTEZ DOES AND PEOPLE. TAKE 100%. DON’T BE SO GENEROUS WITH — TAKE IT ALL. TAKE ALL OF THE MONEY FROM THE RICH AND GIVE IT TO THE BOTTOM. NOW AFTER A COUPLE OF FAST WEEKENDS IN ATLANTIC CITY AND LAS VEGAS YOU’RE RIGHT BACK TO WHERE YOU STARTED FROM. SO WHO DO YOU FLEECE NEXT? THE ECONOMY GROWS BECAUSE OF THE ENGINES IN THE MARKETPLACE WHERE YOU CAN INVEST MONEY AND BE A SUCCESS. SO IF A RICH MAN INVESTS IN SOMETHING WHICH IS A LOSER HE LOSES BUT WE DON’T LOSE. IF HE WINS WE ALL WIN. SO THIS AGAIN TAKES COMMON SENSE BUT THEY LIVE IN THIS DREAM MARXIST WORLD. THE PROBLEM WITH THE PROFESSORS, THEIR IDEAS WORK BEAUTIFULLY ON THE BLOCKED. ONCE THEY LEAVE THE CLASSROOM, LOOK OUT. TOO BAD WE DOESN’T INCUBATE THEM BECAUSE THESE IDEAS ARE PERNICIOUS OUT THERE.>>I WILL NEVER FORGET MEETING WITH A SECULAR GENTLEMAN. HE WAS A JUDGE AT A COURT IN THE NORTHWESTERN STATE OF WASHINGTON. IT WAS WASHINGTON STATE. AND HE SAID I’VE GOT A GREAT IDEA. WE CAN JUST GET ALL OF THESE PEOPLE TO HELP EACH OTHER. AND HE CAME UP WITH THE SECULAR PROGRAM TO HELP AND I ASKED HIM THIS QUESTION. IF WE CAN’T GET MONEY TO STAY FAITHFUL TO THE WOMAN WITH WHOM THEY HAVE A CHILD AND STAY FAITHFUL TO THAT CHILD TO CARE FOR EXIT TO THAT CHILD’S ADULTHOOD, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN GET STRANGERS TO DO THIS.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>AND HE THAT HAD NOT OCCUR TO HIM.>>WHEN I HEAR THE PEOPLE SAYING WE SHOULD ALL LOVE THE WORLD, WHY DON’T YOU JUST BEGIN WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY. DON’T WORRY ABOUT LOVING THE ENTIRE WORLD. AND THEY WANT TO BRING ABOUT GREATER QUALITY. LET’S BRING OUT BETTER EQUALITY. THEIR IDEA OF A GREATER QUALITY IS THAT WE HAVE TO FIX THE SCHOOLS. I HAVE STUDIED THIS FOR YEARS. IT’S IN THE BOOK. THE MOST DETERMINANT OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT — TALKING ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE NOW — IT’S NOT THE SCHOOL. IT’S THE FAMILY. IT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SCHOOL. IT’S WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE YOU GOT TO SCHOOL. AND IT’S NOT TO SAY SCHOOL DOESN’T MATTER. WOULD I NEVER SAY THAT. BUT YOU KNOW THIS IDEA THAT WE CAN JUST SPEND MONEY — WE DID THAT IN NO. MAYOR DE BLASIO SAID I DISAGREE WITH MAYOR BLOOMBERG, THE PREDECESSOR BLOOMBERG SAID IF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO FAIL I’M GOING TO CUT THEIR FUNDING. DE BLASIO OPTION IN AND SAID THAT IS THE WRONG APPROACH. WE NEED MORE MONEY. SO I WILL TAKE THE 94 WORST SCHOOLS MOSTLY IN BLACK AND PUERTO RICAN NEIGHBORHOOD AND I WILL GIVE THEM MORE MONEY BECAUSE THEY WILL DO BETTER. THREE YEARS LATER 91 OF THE 94 SCHOOLS FAILED TO MEET THE BENCHMARK. MARK ZUCKERBERG SAID THE SAME THING. ALL THE TAKES TO SUN. SO I’M GOING TO RAISE 2 HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS AND GIVE IT TO NEWARK AND I’M GOING TO PUT UP 100 MILLION DOLLARS, 50 PERCENT OF MY OWN MONEY AND I’M GOING TO RAISE — HE WAS GOD ON THAT. AND HE WENT ON OWN RADIO AND EVERYBODY IS HAPPY AND WONDERFUL. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. IT WAS A TOTAL BALL. OTHER GUY SAID ID GET A THOUSAND DOLLARS AN HOUR TO BE A CONSULTANT, YEAH, THAT WORKED OUT REAL WELL.>>THERE’S A SCHOOL IN WHICH I, AND IT’S VERY WELL-KNOWN. AND IT’S BEEN A JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD. IT WAS THE NUMBER ONE SCHOOL IN THE CITY WHEN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY LIVED AROUND IT. THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGED. THEY DID WELL AND WENT TO THE SUBURBS. NEXT GROUP THAT CAME THROUGH WERE POOR WHITES, POOR BLACKS AND POOR NATIVE AMERICANS. AND THEIR FAMILIES HAD — WERE NOT INTACT AT ALL. THE FAMILIES HAD COLLAPSED ALL THROUGHOUT THOSE COMMUNITIES AND SOON BECAME ONE OF THE LOWEST SCHOOLS. NEXT GROUP COMES IN. OUR LONE, CAMBODIAN AND VIETNAMESE PEOPLE. THEIR FAMILY RESIN TACT. THEY DON’T HAVE TELEVISIONS. THEY SIT AROUND THE TABLE AND THE FAMILY TOGETHER STUDIES AND THE OLDER KIDS HELP THE YOUNGER KIDS. AND THE PARENT WHOSE DON’T KNOW ENGLISH AND ARE IMMIGRANTS CAME ON BOTH WITH THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK HAD NOTHING. THEY BROUGHT IT BACK UP TO THE NUMBER ONE SCHOOL IN THE CITY. BECAUSE THE FAMILY WAS MODERN IMPORTANT THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR WHEN IT WAS THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OR THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN COMMUNITY, FAMILY’S STRENGTH WAS THERE. AND IN STUDY AFTER STUDY PARENTS WHO DO HOMEWORK WITH THEIR KIDS ARE THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR IN GOOD GRADES. SO WHAT THEY SAID IN ENGLAND WELL THAT’S NOT FAIR. SO PARENTS DON’T READ TO YOUR KIDS.>>THE THAT SOLVES A LOT OF PROBLEMS.>>THIS IS WHERE YOU SAY, USE WHAT IS SENSIBLE.>>LOOK WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY. YOU MENTIONED ITS THE ASIANS AND THEY’RE DOING WELL BECAUSE THERE’S A FATHER THERE AND NOT JUST A MOTHER. IT COMES DOWN TO ONE WORD FATHERS. IF YOU DON’T HAVE FATHERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FORGET ABOUT IT. IN NEW YORK CITY YOU HAVE ELITE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOLS. DISPROPORTIONATELY ASIAN AND JEWS. I DON’T CARE. I’M AN IRISH CATHOLIC. IF THESE ARE THE BEST STUDENTS THEY’RE THE BEST. NOW THEY WANTED TO STOP THAT BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE OF COLOR. I THOUGHT ASIANS WERE PEOPLE OF COLOR BUT THEY DOESN’T COUNT THAT, THAT HE ARE TOO WHITE BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE WELL. SO WE DISCRIMINATE AND ASIANS PROSECUTE SUING HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND THEY SAY WE HAVE TOO MANY OF THEM. HOW DO YOU HELP PEOPLE — LIKE I WORKED IN SPANISH HARLEM WITH THE BLACK AND PUERTO RICAN KIDS AND I SAW WHAT COULD I DO WITH THE KIDS WHO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL WROTE OFF LITERALLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM ME. MY KIDS ALL DID VERY WELL. AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF MONEY CAN AND THEY WERE LIKE ANYBODY ELSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BUT WE HAD THE EMPHASIS ON READING WRITING ARITHMETIC, DISCIPLINE AND THE LIKE AND THERE WAS NONE OF THAT ACROSS THE STREET AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. IT CAN BE DONE. BUT THE WAY TO HELP THE PEOPLE IS NOT TO TAKE THE TOP AND BRING THEM DOWN IT’S TO TAKE THE TOP AND MOVE THEM UP! THIS WAS THE THEORY OF THOMAS DEWEY.>>HE WAS THE ONE AGAINST PHONETICS BECAUSE IT HELPED — HE WANTED EVERYONE TO BE THE SAME. AND THE ISSUE THAT I THINK AS I’M READING THE BOOK IS THAT ME AS CATHOLIC WHOSE HAVE THE TREASURE OF CATHOLIC WISDOM NEED TO BRING THAT INTO OUR CULTURE SO THAT WHERE WE DON’T SEE DADS AND MOMS SAY STAYING TOGETHER OR WITH THEIR KIDS. A LOT OF GRANDPARENTS ARE ENDING UP RAISING KIDS IN THE ’60S AND 70S BECAUSE THE PARENTS OF THE KIDS ARE ON DRUGS AND OTHER PROBLEMS. SO WE NEED TO BE THERE TO BRING THAT WISDOM AND WALKING AROUND SENSE. WE DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A PH.D. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PH.D. IN LIFE.>>IF YOU HAVE A PH.D. — YOU WILL END UP LINE THE PEOPLE I’M TALKING ABOUT IN THE BOOK AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION. WE SHOULD STOP WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY AND IT BEGINS AT THE YOUNG GRADES AND GOES RIGHT UP THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL. STOP TRASHING WESTERN CIVILIZATION. THAT’S AN ATTACK ON CHRISTIANITY. WE’RE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE GREATEST ART AND ARCHITECT, WE SAY MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN THE EYES OF GOD AND HAVE EQUAL DIGNITY AND SHOULD BE TREATED I EQUALLY BEFORE THE LAW. WE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF LIBERTY, WESTERN CIVILIZATION GROUNDED IN CHRISTIANITY.>>AND THE CHILDREN INVENTED THE UNIVERSITY.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THE HOSPITAL, THE ORPHANAGE, THE MENTALIST INSTITUTION.>>AND WHAT ARE WE DOING, IN THE NAME OF MULTICULTURALISM WE’RE TRASH I GO IT? WHY SHOULD WE EMULATE CULTURES THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED FOG? I CAN TELL YOU A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO I WAS AT THAT TIME CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY. CARNEGIE MELON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ASKED ME TO COME IN AND TALK TO THE PH.D. STUDENTS AND I DID AND I GAVE A TALK ABOUT AMERICA, AND THEY TALKED TO ME AND SAID WELL YOU SOUND LIKE YOU’RE VERY PRO AMERICAN. AND I SAID YEAH I AM. I’M A VETERAN. AND I KNOW ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY. I’M VERY PROUD TO BE AMERICAN. I SAID I GUESS YOU’RE NOT THOUGH.>>WELL WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WRONG. I SAID OKAY, DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A LAUNDRY LIST RIGHT NOW OF AMERICA VERSUS THE COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND HAT IN AMERICA AND THE MUSLIM NATION AND I SAY CHINA AND RUSSIA AND DO YOU WANT TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS ON HOW THEY TREAT MEN AND WOMEN? WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING WITH THIS. I AND ED SAID SO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS, AND THEY GOT A LITTLE NERVOUS AND I SAID — YOU BELIEVE — MEANING THE STUDENTS, YOU BELIEVE THAT ALL CULTURES ARE BASICALLY EQUAL. THEY SAID THAT’S RIGHT. AND WE SHOULDN’T –>>I SAID SO WE SHOULDN’T EMULATE ONE OVER THE OTHER? NOW YOU ARE GETTING MY POINT. SO I SAID IT’S A MATTER OF DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS. YES, THAT’S TRUE. AND I SAID I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. THEN I HIT THEM. AND THEN THE SMILE WENT OFF THEIR FACE. I SAID SO IN OTHER WORDS THIS N. IN THIS COUNTRY WE PUT PIZZAS IN OVEN AND IN HITLER’S GERMANY THEY PUT JEWS INTO OVEN QUESTIONS AND THAT’S DIFFERENT STROKES FROM DIFFERENT FOLKS AND THEY STOPPED AND STEROID AND STUTTERED AND SAID THAT’S NOT WHAT WE MEAN. AND I SAID OH, EXCUSE ME. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT DO YOU MEAN. YOU’D BETTER GO BACK TO FIRST PRINCIPLES. BECAUSE WHAT I JUST SAID IS A LOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF WHERE YOU STARTED FROM. THAT ALL CULTURES ARE EQUAL. THEY ARE NOT RESIDUAL. SOME OF THEM ARE SAVAGE CULTURES. OUR COUNTRY IS THE COUNTRY THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING TO COME INTO. PEOPLE ARE CRASHING THE BORDERS OF AMERICA TRYING TO COME IN. AND REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD WEST GERMANY AND EAST GERMANY? HOW MANY PEOPLE FROM WEST GERMANY JUMPED OVER THE WALL? DIDN’T THEY JUMP ONE WAY? HAVEN’T YOU GUYS FIGURED THIS OUT YET.>>THEY DON’T KNOW.>>THEY DON’T KNOW.>>WE HAVE TO TAKE AT A BREAK.>>I NEED TO TAKE A BREAK.>>WE WILL BE BACK IN A MINUTE. AGAIN THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE A GREAT PLACE TO GO. YOU CAN GO TO CATHOLIC LEAGUE.ORG OR ALSO GO TO FACEBOOK.COM/CATHOLIC LEAGUE AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING BUT WE WILL GET TO SOME OF THAT LATER BUT WE WILL BE BACK IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES WITH MORE BILL. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE]>>ALL RIGHT. AGAIN WE’RE WITH BILL DONAHUE AND HIS BOOK IS CALLED COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM, HOW TO RESOLVE OUR CULTURAL CRISIS. IT IS ITEM 42091. 42091 AT EWTN RC AND YOU GET OTHER BOOKS THERE SUCH AS WHY CATHOLICISM MATTERS, ANOTHER GREAT BOOK, HOW CATHOLIC VIRTUOUS RESHAPE SOCIETY IN THE 21 CENTURY AND WHY HEALTH AND HAPPINESS — IT’S COMMON SENSE, USING YOUR BRAIN. I BET YOUR MOTHER WOULD BE PROUD. FINALLY, RIGHT?>>YEAH. IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE I MENTIONED TO SOME PEOPLE I HAD KIND OF A LIBERAL FLIRTATIOUS WHEN I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE AROUND 19, 20, 21, 22 YEARS OF AGE AND I WAS GROWING UP IN THE BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND I WAS STEEPED INTO IT AND I WAS AGE I ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY AND I WENT TO NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AFTER THE AIR FORCE AND I WAS FOUR YEARS IN CALIFORNIA IN THE LATE ’60S DURING THE NET NAAMUA PERIOD. AND I GOT BACK EXHIBIT TO SCHOOL AND I LOOKED AT THE PROFESSOR AND THE STUDENTS AND I SAW SO MUCH OF THE HYPOCRISY. IT REALLY BEGAN TO BOTHER ME AND I THINK IT’S COMING FROM A BLUE COLLAR BACKGROUND. I WAS RAISED LARGELY BY MY MOTHER AND — MY FATHER ABANDONED MY MOTHER AND SISTER AND I WHEN I WAS A CHILD SO I CAME FROM A BLUE COLLARRISH BACKGROUND AND THAT TENDS TO GROUND YOU IN EXPERIENCE AND NOT TO TRYST EVERY DELUSIONAL IDEA. THE PROFESSOR IS GREAT ABOUT CREATING UTOPIA ON THE BLACKBOARD, WHICH BY THE WAY MEANS NOWHERE, BECAUSE YOU SAY, THEY’RE TOO SMART TO BELIEVE IN GOD SO THEY ARE GOD. AND THEY’RE TELLING THE STUDENTS WHAT CAN BE DONE AND THEY HAVE ALL OF THESE IDEAS. AND I’M CONCERNED THAT A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY, THEY COME HOME FOR THANKSGIVING, THE BREAK, FROM THE SCHOOL AND ON CHRISTMAS, AND THEY BEGIN TO SPOUT SOME OF THE CRAZY IDEAS THEY HAVE HEARD IN THE CLASSROOM. COLONEL DOLAN SAID IS THIS BOOK WRITTEN BY YOU TO AFFECT OTHER PROFESSOR? I SAID NOT REALLY. I HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE HARD-CORE ONES. THEY’RE IMPERVIOUS TO REASON. THEY’RE IRRATIONAL PEOPLE. I CERTAINLY HOPE TO REACH A LOT OF OTHER PROFESSOR. BUT I WANT TO AFFECT THE PUBLIC. I WANT TEAM TRUST THEIR GUT. IF YOUR GUT TELLS YOU THIS IS NOT COMMONSENSICAL, GO WITH IT. DON’T BELIEVE ALL THIS NONSENSE TAUGHT IN THE NAME OF EDUCATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION. I’M TONAL TALKING ABOUT THE WHACKO STUFF, NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE OFFERING GOOD IDEAS AND GOOD PHILOSOPHY CLASSES. I’M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WOULD REJECT THE IDEA OF GOD AND HUMAN NATURE. BE CAREFUL.>>BE CAREFUL WHAT THEY TEACH.>>ONE OF THE MOST BASIC PROBLEMS IN OUR SOCIETY IS THE RELATIVISM PERMEATES SO THAT YOU SAY I HAVE MY TRUTH AND YOU HAVE YOUR TRUTH. AND I’LL LET YOU BE WITH YOUR TRUTH, YOU LET ME BE WITH MINE, UNTIL WE COME TO A CROSSROADS. AND WHEN WE COME TO THE CROSSROADS, AND WE BOTH ARE AT THE SAME TIME, WHO GOES FIRST?>>THAT’S JUST IT.>>AND THERE’S NO PRINCIPLE IF I HAVE MY TRUTH AND YOU HAVE YOUR TRUTH. THE ONLY WAY TO DECIDE AS TO WHO GOES FIRST IS WHICH SOMEONE DRIVING A YUGO AND WHICH SOMEONE DRIVING AN SUV.>>NOW YOU’RE DOWN TO POWER.>>AND THAT’S ALL THAT RELATIVISTS HAVE. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TRUTH IN BETWEEN THEM.>>THEY DON’T.>>AND THEY CAN’T DISCUSS ON THE BASIS OF TRUTH BECAUSE THEY DON’T BELIEVE IT EXISTS SO ALL THEY HAVE IS POWER, AND THAT’S THE BASIS OF ALL OF THIS WHININESS, THE YELLING, THE SCREAMING, AND IT’S A POWER PLAY BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN TRUTH AND GIVE YOU IDEAS.>>TO PUNCTUATE WHAT YOU HAVE JUST SAID, FATHER, ONE OF THE THINGS I RECOUNT IN THE BOOK IS A BRILLIANT COMMENCEMENT SPEECH BY ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, THE GUY THAT STOOD UP TO THE GESTAPO, THE GULAG, THE KGB. IT’S VERY SIMILAR TO THE WAY — ANYWAY HE CAME TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY IN 78 AND GAVE THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS. THE STUDENTS EXPECTED HIM TO GO ON ABOUT THE SOVIET UNION CAN HOW BAD COMMUNISM WAS. HE DIDN’T DO THAT. INSTEAD HE STARTED TO CRITICIZE WESTERN CIVILIZATION INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.>>I REMEMBER THAT.>>AND HE SAID LISTEN, YES, THE DESPOTS IN THE SOVIET UNION, THE TOTALITARIAN DESPOTS THAT WE HAD UNDER THE SOVIET UNION CRUSHED RELIGION AND CZARS BEFORE THEM THAT WERE BETTER THAN WHAT STALIN GAVE US. BUT STILL, IN YOUR COUNTRY, YOU HAVE ABUSED FREEDOM. AND THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A FREE SOCIETY. YOU’VE BEEN MORALLY DESTITUTE IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>AS MADISON SAID, YOU KNOW, FREEDOM IS SUPPOSED TO ADVANCE HAPPINESS. AND MADISON ALSO UNDERSTOOD YOU CAN LOSE FREEDOM BY THE ABUSES OF FREEDOM NOT JUST SIMPLY BY SOME TYRANT. WE ALWAYS THINK FREEDOM IS GOING TO BE LAST LOST BAY TYRANT. YES HISTORICALLY IT CAN BE. BUT IT ALSO CAN BE LOST WHEN YOU HAVE MORAL ANARCHY. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS? WE’RE GETTING CLOSE TO THAT IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. NO SOCIETY WILL PUT UP WITH TOTAL ANARCHY. THEY WILL DEMAND GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN THE NAME OF RIGHTS AND INSTILL ORDER. NOW I WOULD RATHER ORDER IN SOCIETY BE DONE BY SELF POLICING — NOT THE POLICE. IF YOU HAVE A FREE SOCIETY YOU WENT HAVE SELF GOVERNING INDIVIDUALS AND IF WE DON’T GOVERN OURSELVES WHICH MEANS EXERCISE A MEASURE OF RESTRAINT, THEN THE POLICE ARE GOING TO COME IN AND DO THE ORDER FOR US. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING TODAY. LOOK AT CHICAGO. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY KILLINGS IN CHICAGO? BECAUSE THERE’S NO FAMILIES LEFT AND THE POLICE HAVE TO COME IN THERE BECAUSE THE FATHER IS NOT THERE TO TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN CHILD. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO RACE AND HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE FAMILY. AND AGAIN WE KIND OF RESOLVE THIS PROBLEMS BY USING THE WRONG SOLUTION.>>I HAVE CON SOME PRISON WORK AND I CONSIDER IT A GREAT PRIVILEGE. I LOVE THE INMATES, THE REALLY — IN THEIR OWN WAY THERE IS SOME IMPRESSIVE PEOPLE. BUT HERE IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS COMMON. IS NOT THE RACIAL ISSUE BUT THE COMMON FACTOR IS THE LACK OF FATHERS. 80 PERCENT OF THE BLACK GUYS IN PRISON — 80 PERCENT OF WHITE GUYS IN PRISON, AND 80 PERCENT OF HISPANIC GUYS ARE BORN TO UNMARRIED PARENTS. THAT’S THE COMMON FACTOR. SO OF THE OTHER 20 PERCENT, THE MAJORITY OF THEM COME FROM FAMILIES THAT WERE DIVORCED. IT’S A TINY PERCENT THAT, YOU KNOW, LESS THAN 5 PERCENT — I THINK IT’S CLOSER TO TWO OR SO THAT COME FROM INTACT FAMILIES. THIS SHOULD — WHEN IT DOES COME FROM INTACT FAMILIES IT’S BECAUSE OF DRUG ABUSE. AND WE NEED USE COMMON SENSE TO SAY OH, FAMILY MATTERS! YOU KNOW HAVING THE DAD IN THE HOME IS A HUGE — AND HAVING A MOM AND DAD LIVE TOGETHER IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR IN PEOPLE NOT GOING TO PRISON. AND YOU SEE, EVEN IN THE GROUP I JUST LISTED WHAT GROUP WAS I MISSING? THE ASIANS. BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THEIR TEMPTATION. SO THEY DON’T GO TO PRISON AS MUCH! WE HAVE ONE OF THE CARDINAL VIRTUOUS OF COURSE IS TEMPERANCE. I’M GOING TO ISOLATE ONE VIRTUE THERE, SELF DISCIPLINE. SELF DISCIPLINES AFFECTS HOW YOU CONDUCT YOURSELF SEXUALLY, FINANCIALLY, IN SCHOOL, IT AFFECT HE THE WORK ETHIC AND CAN YOU DO HOMEWORK. NOW A LOT OF THE CHINESE ETHICAL TEACH THEIR CHILDREN VIOLIN, NOT BECAUSE THEY EXPECT THEM TO BE VIOLINISTS, BECAUSE THE IDEA OF GETTING TO BE SELF DISCIPLINED OR IT’S ROTE. IT’S IMPORTANT THANK YOU CONCENTRATE ON ONE THING AND WE HAVE AS A SOCIETY — I LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY AND EVERY DAY, USUALLY A GAL, WALKS INTO ME. I’M A BIG GUY. BECAUSE SHE’S GOT THE HEADPHONES ON AND SHE’S GOD — SHE’S LOOKING AT HER PHONE, WALKING THE STREET. WE WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED 24/7. THE ASIANS ARE DOING THE VIOLIN NOT TO BE ENTERTAINED BUT TO PRACTICE SELF DISCIPLINE. WHEN THE KOREAN GROCERS MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS WORK FOR THEM HE DOESN’T HAVE TO PAY MINIMUM WAGE BECAUSE IT DOESN’T APPLY TO A FAMILY WORKER BUT THAT KID IS GETTING A WORK ETHIC. SHE NOT BEING EXPLOITED. HE WILL DO WELL IN SCHOOL AND THAT SHOWS UP. AGAIN THIS IS COMMON SENSE. WE KEEP THINKING THE WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN THE SCHOOL IS TO WRITE A CHECK, IN IDEA LIKE THAT. THAT’S VERY GOOD FOR THE PROFESSOR, BY THE WAY. ETHIC GET THEIR JOBS ASK WE THINK THEY ARE GOING TO SOMEHOW CORRECT IT. BUT IF THESE THINGS ARE ALL TIED TOGETHER, AND YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE SAID KNEE, WELL, BILL, YOU’RE TELLING ME THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ANSWER? AND I SAID THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I’M TELLING YOU. AND WE HAVE ENOUGH BAD PRESS TO BEGIN WITH. THIS IS A MONTH BOOK ABOUT THE TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN PRIEST DOESN’T HE SAY BISHOPS THAT FAILED US. BUT AS I COUNTED OVER AND OVER AGAIN, EVERY ONE WHO FAILED US IS A PERSON WHO DEPARTED FROM THE TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. THEY WEREN’T FAITHFUL TO THE TEACHINGS OF CATHOLIC CHURCH. YOU CAN’T WIND UP AS A CORRUPT PERSON, AS A LAYMAN OR AS A CLERGY MAN IF YOU FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH. IT’S WHEN YOU DEPART FROM THEM THAT THE CRASH BEGINS TO TAKE PLACE. SO I’M GOING TO GET BE DEFENSIVE TO ANYBODY. THE ANSWERS ARE IN MY RELIGION. IT DEFENSE WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. TAKE A LOOK AT SCRIPTURE AND THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM, THE SOCIAL TEACHINGS OF THE MAGISTERIUM, THAT’S WHERE THE ANSWERS ARE. IT’S NOT DOWN AT THE LOCAL COLLEGE PROFESSOR IN THE HUMAN DEALS.>>NO. AS A MATTER OF FACT YOU LOOK AT THE ORIGIN OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH THE 12 APOSTLES. THEY CONSTANTLY MISUNDERSTOOD JESUS. THEY FREQUENTLY REJECTED WHAT HE WAS SAYING. DON’T TALK ABOUT BEING CRUCIFIED, YOU KNOW, AND WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? YOU KNOW AND THESE ARE THEIR QUESTIONS AND THESE APOSTLES THAT REJECT JESUS’ TEACHING AND ARE UNFAITHFUL TO HIM THAT BETRAY HIM WITH THE KISS FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER AND WHO RUN AWAY WHEN THE POLICE SHOW UP AND WHO STAY IN HIDING. THIS IS A DEPARTURE FROM THE TEACHING OF JESUS. HE DIDN’T TELL THEM TO DO IT. HE TOLD THEM THE OPPOSITE. BUT HE WAS ALSO ABLE TO BRING ABOUT A TRANSFORMATION OF THEM. AND THIS IS ALSO PART OF THE DIFFERENCE OF CATHOLICISM BUT THE SECULAR SOCIETY. SEC YOU LIFT SOCIETY HAS NO PLACE FOR MERCY. THEY ONLY HAVE JUSTICE AND BY KEEPING JUSTICE WITH NO MERCY IN I, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY UNFORGIVING. SO YOU SEE THE WAY THAT — LUKE YOU TALKED BEFORE ABOUT THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS OUR NATION THAT THEY REJECT A LOT OF THE LEADERS AND THEY THRASH THE FOUNDERS OF THE REPUBLIC BECAUSE THEY WERE SLAVE OWNERS. THIS WAS EVIL. AND AS CATHOLIC I CAN BE PROUD THAT THE PAPACY WAS STAUNCHLY AGAINST IT AND PUT UNDER AUTOMATIC EXCOMMUNICATION, BUT THEY EVEN POPES WHO REMEMBER BAD GUYS WERE AGAINST SLAVERY. WE LOOK AT THE FAILURE OF SOME OF THESE MORAL ERRORS AND WE CAN SAY ALL RIGHT THAT DOESN’T TAKE AWAY THE GOOD THEY DID. AND WE CAN DEAL WITH FORGIVENESS OF PEOPLE AND THE LEFT CANNOT. THEY CANNOT.>>THE REASON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS IS BECAUSE, AGAIN THOSE 3 HUNDRED UNIVERSALS THAT THE DONALD BROWN THE ANTHROPOLOGIST MENTIONS THAT ARE TRUE IN EVERY SOCIETY, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CHURCH’S IDEA OF FREEDOM AND FRATERNITY DON’T RUNS AGAINST THE LIMITATIONS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. THEY MATCH THEM. BUT OUR CULTURE TODAY IS IN STARK OPPOSITION TO THEM. WILL SO YES THE FATHER NEEDS TO BE WITH THE CHILD BUT WE’RE SAYING IT’S UNIMPORTANT BUT THAT’S AGAINST WHAT NATURE TELLS US. AGAIN IF YOU DISAGREE WITH NATURE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS. CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS THE ANSWERS THERE IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY REPAIR TO THEM. I KNOW THAT THE LISTENERS AND THE VIEWERS HERE AT EWTN ARE SOLEMN CATHOLICS. THEY HAVE TO GET SOME OF THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO UNDERSTAND, DON’T ALWAYS BE ON THE DEFENSIVE. WE HAVE HAD PROBLEMS IN THE CHURCH. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENEMIES WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THE WORST, AND THEY EXAGGERATE IT. OKAY. NOW ALONG COMES MY BOOK NOW TALKING ABOUT THE VIRTUOUS OF THE CHURCH AND THE LIKE AND THEY DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THAT. I WOULD LOVE TO DEBATE THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEIR IDEAS ARE MORALLY BANKRUPT. THIS IS MADNESS, THE GUY A MAN CAN BE A WOMAN AND WOMAN CAN BE A MAN AND WOMAN WHO IS PREGNANT IS NOT CARRYING A CHILD — THAT IS DELUSIONAL AND WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT WE SAID ALL ALONG. I’M NOT GO DEFENSIVE. I’M NOT GOING AROUND SHOVING MY CATHOLICISM DOWN SOMEBODY’S THROAT. THAT’S WHAT THE LEFT DOES, THEY TAKE THEIR SECULAR ATHEISM AND SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROW THE. WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE SO MANY OF THE MILITANT ATHEISTS ARE NOT PREPARED TO SAY, LOOK DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS YOU BELIEVE AND I DON’T. NO I THEY’RE OUT TO CRUSH US. THERE WAS A GUY I STUDIED UNDER — HE WAS A BRILLIANT PHILOSOPHER, ONE OF THE GREATEST OF THE TOTH CENTURY, SYDNEY HOOK CAN HE WORKED WITH A GUY CALLED PAUL CURTIS AND HE FOUNDED A HUMANIST SOCIETY. BEFORE HE DIED HE WAS THROWN OUT OF THE SOCIETY THAT HE FOUNDED WHY? BECAUSE HE SAYS I MAY BE AN ATHEIST BUT I DON’T HATE PEOPLE OF FAITH AND I PARTICULARLY ABHOR THE WAY YOU PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CATHOLIC PRIESTS. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I CAN ASSOCIATE WITH. YOU’RE HATERS. THEY THROUGH HIM OUT, THE NEW ATHEISTS AS I LIKE TO THEM THEMSELVES BECAUSE HE WAS TOO TOLERANT. WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST TODAY AND I THINK THE PEOPLE ON OUR SIDE COULD BE A LITTLE NIGH EACH, ALL RIGHT, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS OUT THERE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HATE US. THEY’RE NOT PREPARED TO DISAGREE. I DON’T WANT TO BE MISINTERPRETED. I’M NOT SAYING EVERYTHING DISAGREES WITH CATHOLICS. I’M SAILING THAT THERE IS A FAIRLY LARGE SEGMENT — THEY’RE IN A MINORITY BUT THEY’RE VERY INFLUENTIAL. AND THEY ARE HATERS AND THEY HATE THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHOS ON WHICH WESTERN CIVILIZATION WAS FOUNDED AND HAVE A PARTICULAR HATRED FOR CATHOLICISM AND WHAT IS STRIKING ABOUT THIS, THESE SAME PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN THAT WE HAVE VERY UPTIGHT IDEAS ABOUT SEXUALITY AND THE LIKE, THEY EMBRACE ISLAM, RADICAL ISLAM. WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN RADICAL ISLAM — NOT ISLAM, RADICAL ISLAM AND THE LEFT WING MILITANT SECULARISTS? THEY BOTH HATE AMERICA. SO ONE COMES AT IT FROM ONE WAY AND THE OTHER ONE COMES AT IT THE OTHER WAY. NOW IT’S INTERESTING, BECAUSE THE SECULARISTS, THEY WANT TO HAVE A SEXUAL FREE FOR ALL. NOW THEY KNOW ISLAM DOESN’T EXACTLY ACCEPT THAT. THEY’RE CLOSER TO JEWS AND CATHOLICS ON SEXUALITY, AND UNDERSTANDING THE VIRTUE OF RESTRAINT. BUT THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE THEIR BETS. THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE THEIR BETS AND HOPE THAT RADICAL ISLAM CAN EAT AWAY AT WESTERN CIVILIZATION. LET’S JUST SAY YOU WIN. WHAT HAVE YOU WON? GET RID OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. GET RID OF ORTHODOX JUDAISM. GET RID OF — WHAT ARE YOU LEFT WITH? I MEAN TAKE A LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD. THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN MUCH. ARE THEY HAPPY? DO THEY HAVE HAPPY LIVES? WHY IS IT SO MANY OF THEM DIE PREMATURELY OF ALL KINDS OF DISEASES. THAT’S NOT HAPPINESS. I MEAN AS I POINTED OUT IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ADVANTAGE, THE CLOISTERED NUNS ARE HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND LIVE A LONG LIFE.>>AGAIN THERE’S THAT STUDY THAT I. MENTIONED, CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY’RE MARRIED TO OTHER CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. THEY JUST ARE HAPPIER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. AND WE SEE THE KIND OF ANGER HATRED THAT YOU’RE DESCRIBING. THERE WAS — OH, I FORGET HIS LAST NAME CHRISTOPHER — THE ATHEIST GUY.>>HITCHENS? I DEBATED HIM MANY TIMES.>>AND CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, YOU KNOW, HATED MOTHER TERESA.>>YEAH. I WROTE BE A BOOK ABOUT IT.>>AND HE CALLED HER THE MOST WICKED PERSON OF THE 20TH CENTURY. AND I SAID, THINK OF THE COMPETITION SHE WAS UP AGAINST. SHE HAD HITLER, STALIN, POL POT, MAO TSE-TUNG AND SHE WON THE PRIZE AS FAR AS HE IS CONCERNED. THAT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT MOTHER TERESA. AND IT’S NOTHING ABOUT POL POT. IT’S ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS AND THE HATRED THAT HE FELT FOR SOMEONE THAT INFORMATION THAT HOLY. THIS IS AMAZING.>>I TOLD HIM MANY TIMES TO HIS FACE BECAUSE I DEBATED HIM MANY TIMES. I SAID YOU’RE A FRAUD. LET ME BE VERY EXPLICIT, CHRISTOPHER. YOUR ACONCERNED ABOUT THE POOR. SO WAS SHE. YOUR ANSWER IS TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH SOCIALISM TAKE CARE OF THE POOR. SHE’S A THREAT TO THAT IDEA. BECAUSE HERS IS BASED ON FAITH. IT’S BASED ON VOLUNTEERISM. WHEN YOU HAVE FAITH AND VOLUNTEERISM COMING TOGETHER THAT’S A BULWARK. THAT’S THE HEAVY END OF THE STATE COMING IN. HE DIDN’T DISAGREE WITH ME, BY THE WAY. HE UNDERSTOOD WHERE I — I FIGURED OUTDOOR WHAT WAS GOING ON. BY THE WAY, WHEN I SAID THIS GUY PAUL CURTIS WAS THROWN OUT OF THAT HUMANIST SOCIETY HE CREATED BECAUSE OF THE NEW ATHEIST, I DIDN’T MENTION CHRISTOPHER BY NAME BUT THAT’S WHAT KIRTZ MENTIONED HIM AND RICHARD DAWKINS AND DANIEL DENY IT AND THE OTHER PEOPLE. THEY’RE HATERS. SAM HARRIS AND THESE PEOPLE, THAT HE ARE NOT PREPARED TO DISAGREE AND ON THEIR WAY. WE ALL MET PEOPLE THAT ARE IN DIFFERENT TO RELIGION. THEY’RE NOT A THREAT TO US BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY DO HAVE HATRED IN THEIR HEART. FOR CHRISTIANITY. AND WE HAD BETTER BE ABLE TO FIGHT BACK. I’M NOT ONE OF THESE GUISE THAT SAYS YOU CAN SET UP A CHURCH IN THE WOODS AND BE FINE. YOU HAD BETTER ENGAGE THE CULTURE. IF YOU DON’T THINK THINGS GET WORSE YOU’RE CRAZY. IT CAN ALWAYS GET WORSE.>>WELL, SOME STATISTICS THAT I LIKE TO POINT OUT IS YOU BASE YOUR BOOK ON ORGANIZATION OF THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: LIBERTY FRATERNITY AND QUALITY.>>RIGHT! FRENCH REVOLUTIONARIES WERE SAYING RELIGION IS THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF WAR. THIS IS THERE — THERE ARE BATTLE CRIES. BUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIED IN CHRISTIAN WARS AND PERSECUTION SAYS TWO AND A QUARTER MILLION IN 2000 YEARS. THE FLINCH REVOLUTIONARIES AND IN A UTOPIAN WITH HIS WARS SAW TO THE DEATH OF 20 MILLION. NOW IN 20 YEARS THAT’S 10 TIMES AS MANY WERE KILLED IN CHRISTIANITY 20TH SENT FREE IS 40 MILLION CHRISTIAN MARTYRS 40 MILLION. OUT OF — MORE THAN HALF WERE MARTYRED IN THE 20TH CENTURY. WE HAVE TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. THIS TIME COULD BE JUST AS VICIOUS AS WAS THE 20TH CENTURY.>>UNDER HITLER, YOU LOST 24 MILLION; UNDER MAO, 67 MILLION PEOPLE. AND THEN POL POT, PROPORTIONATELY KILLED TWO OUT OF EVERY FIVE PEOPLE IN CAMBODIA. NOW THERE’S NO CHRISTIAN INFLATION WHICH COULD COME CLOSE. BEYOND THAT THERE’S SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT. EVERY PERSON WHO IS OUT TO KILL AN INNOCENT PERSON IN . NAME OF JESUS IS VIOLATING THE TENANT JESUS TAUGHT. BUT IF YOU KILL IN THE NAME OF MARK XISM YOU’RE AT HOME BECAUSE MARK X BELIEVED YOU COULD HAVE A DICTATORSHIP AND PROLETARIAT. AND THE TRUTH IS THAT WHICH SERVES THE CAUSE. THAT’S WHAT HE SAID.>>AND THE STATE.>>BILL PLEASED TO HAVE YOU BACK. THIS IS FUN BUT WE’RE OUT OF TIME. WHY NOT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHERE I GO YOUR BOOK. HOPE EVERYBODY GETS THIS. AND I WANT — IT’S CALL COMMON SENSE CATHOLICISM HOW TO RESOLVE OUR CULTURAL CRISIS AVAILABLE OVER AT EWTN RELIGIOUS CATALOG, AND MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU-ALL AND KEEP YOU, THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN.>>AND YOU KNOW WE CAN PRESENT EXCITING GUESTS LIKE BILL AND ALL OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WE DO ONLY BECAUSE YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE. THIS NETWORK IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOU. THAT’S HOW OUR LORD JESUS INSPIRED MOTHER ANGELICA TO FOUND THIS NETWORK TO MAKE IT BROUGHT TO YOU BY. KEEP US IN BETWEEN YOUR GAS BILL, ELECTRIC BILL AND CABLE BILL AND WE’LL PAY OUR BILLS TOO. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC]




Comments
  1. Strong family's are the answer. We have to support intact families . We need to subsidize poor families not drive out fathers.

  2. This poor and stupid attempt to monopolise common sense,
    simply reduces it to, uncommon.
    You'd have to be an idiot not to realise this.
    A man.

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