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Fr. James Martin: The Paradox of the Christian CEO - Income inequality and Catholic social teaching

When it comes to executive compensation, people have rightly asked: How much is too much? But here’s a question that isn’t often asked: Does Jesus have anything to say about this?

Let me answer that not only as a Jesuit priest, but as a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. Before entering the Jesuits, I was a finance major and worked for six years in corporate finance and human resources at General Electric. My approach to executive compensation, then, is from a financial and a human resources point of view–but also from a Catholic perspective.

The Catholic perspective on salaries, compensation and labor is, in general, the Christian perspective. And the basis for that is the Gospels. Everyone knows what Jesus asks of his followers: love your neighbor. Pray for those who persecute you. Forgive someone 70 times 7 times. And care for the poor.

That last injunction is something Jesus asks us to do again and again. But it’s important to remember that Jesus not only asked us to care for the poor, he also was poor—or at least on the lower economic rungs in his time.


Drunken trombone-playing clown fires gun from garage (NOT Florida)

Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street.

Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage.

The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.


Florida man claims to be "extreme shopping" while exposing himself

Christopher Durrell Glaze told Sanford police he was "extreme shopping" after he flashed two women at the Seminole Towne Center mall last week, an arrest report states.

Two women reported seeing Glaze, 27, exposing himself at the mall Wednesday afternoon.

The first described doing a "double take" after Glaze flashed her. As she went to report what had happened, he walked into a Victoria's Secret store, where he encountered another woman, "pulled down the front of his pants and exposed himself completely to her," according to the arrest report.

Police interviewed Glaze, who eventually confessed to flashing the two women, the report says.


Man shows up to parole meeting with mobile meth lab in car

A man is back behind bars Tuesday night, after showing up to his parole meeting with a mobile meth lab in his car.

Newschannel 3 spoke with Van Buren County deputies Tuesday night to get more details.

Deputies say the suspect pulled up in his car, right in the parking lot of the Van Buren County Courthouse.

Deputies say they got a tip the 55-year-old man, Who was going to meet with his parole officer, had meth components in his vehicle.


Reese: Synod a win for Francis and for openness

As people analyze and debate the final relatio or report from the synod on the family, there is a danger of missing the forest for the trees. It is true, the welcoming language toward gays was dialed back from what was expressed in the October 13 draft, and Communion has not yet been granted to divorced and remarried Catholics.

But while we are spilling a lot of ink (or electrons) comparing the final report with the earlier draft, let's not forget the big picture: The synod was a victory for openness and discussion in the church and the final document is an invitation for everyone in the church to join that discussion. This is exactly what Pope Francis wanted.

The bishops as pastors faced a fundamental conflict: How to have the church be a loving mother while at the same time being a clear teacher. Every parent can relate to that problem.

True, there were some ideological traditionalists who did not want any change. Those the pope referred to in his final address as zealous traditionalists or intellectuals who have "certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve."


DWI suspect bribes cops with Mountain Dew

Unfortunately, this New Mexico DWI suspect wasn't just doin' the Dew. In fact, things got a little extreme after his arrest... but at least it wasn't a Code Red.

Luis Rodriguez-Neri told a Bernalillo County deputy that he'd drank "six shots of Bacardi" before getting behind the wheel of his car Monday. The deputy found the man's vehicle smashed into a light pole when he arrived on the scene.

Rodriguez-Neri refused sobriety and breath alcohol tests. The deputy took him to the police station and booked him with aggravated DWI, damage to signs/equipment and leaving the scene of an accident.

While at the station, deputies said that Rodriguez-Neri allegedly offered them Mountain Dew in exchange for letting him go, so the cops added a charge of bribing a public official.


Churches go green by shedding fossil fuel holdings

But churches can lend a powerful moral sway to the movement, said Marion Maddox, an expert in religion and politics at Macquarie University in Australia.

“The amount of money we’re talking about isn’t going to bankrupt any fossil fuel companies,” Dr. Maddox said. Divestment by the churches, however, “has the effect of getting people to stop and think, ‘Is this respectable to be involved with?’ ”

Religious institutions were in the vanguard of the movement to divest themselves of holdings in apartheid-riven South Africa a few decades ago, according to a recent study of divestment by Oxford academics. Now, climate change has come into the spotlight as an issue poised to affect some of the world’s poorest communities, and groups from all faiths have pushed for action. But it is youthful and idealistic students who have largely taken the lead in urging the removal of fossil fuel investments from endowments. Last week, the University of Glasgow said it had become the first British university to announce plans for full divestment. Philanthropies and local governments have also joined the movement.


Trying to escape cops, Florida man runs right into California jail

A man fleeing from officers conveniently ran toward the Sutter County Jail where a deputy not involved in the chase took him into custody because he was in a restricted area.

The man was part of a trio of Florida residents who were in a Jeep about 1:30 p.m. Saturday that was observed running a red light in Yuba City. A CHP officer tried to pull the Jeep over by activating lights and siren but the driver would not stop for about a quarter of a mile.

At that point, the three men bailed from the vehicle and ran away, two of them being caught nearby. The third ran behind the Sutter County Jail on Civic Center Boulevard.

There, a Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy who was not part of the chase saw the driver of the Jeep running in a restricted area.


Florida man hides sausage in pants. (The *edible* kind, people. Get your minds out of the gutter!)

A 42-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is accused of hiding a pack of sausages in his pants.

Fort Walton Beach Police officers were called for the theft on Oct. 7, according to the arrest report. Two managers at Publix Supermarket reported seeing James Michael Patterson take a pack of sausages from the shelf, walk to another aisle and “shove the package down his pants.”

Patterson had previously been trespassed from Publix on Oct. 3, the report said. One of the managers recognized him and called police before the theft for the trespassing.

The managers said that after Patterson concealed the sausages, he continued walking through the store, according to the report. When officers located Patterson, he was carrying a case of soda.


Florida man claims to be a prophet, swings chain above his head, points gun at neighbors

The felon declared himself a prophet with the power to speak to animals.

Then, deputies say, Michael T. White began to swing a chain over his head in a circular motion, telling an Auburndale couple it was "the time of Revelations."

The homeowners pointed a handgun at the 31-year-old Lakeland man, forcing him off their property Saturday.

But White, deputies say, just went after their neighbors.

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