This Week Online: Virgilio Elizondo and Learning from Herbert Hoover

We are very pleased to feature Fr. Virgilio Elizondo on this week's podcast. A professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who still does pastoral work in his home diocese of San Antonio, Fr. Elizondo has just published his selected spiritual writings with Orbis Books. On the podcast, he discusses the role Our Lady of Guadalupe can play in healing the rifts opened up by the immigration debate.

Listen to our conversation.


Also writing on the question of immigration is Peter Quinn in this archive article from 1995. "We need to remind ourselves that immigrants are not a single genus," writes Quinn, author of The Banished Children of Eve. "They come in all shapes and sizes. They have immense strengths and talents as well as liabilities. Their potential for enriching and enlivening the societies that receive them is every bit as real as the difficulties their presence can create."

Read "Immigration's Dark History."

Finally, on this week's video commentary, Kevin Clarke asks whether by commiting to greater fiscal austerity, world leaders are repeating the mistakes of the Great Depression.



Tim Reidy


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we vnornm
8 years 2 months ago

I've gone through the proposal; unfortunately I am not smart enough (but please don't blame Loyola University) to understand all the concepts and how they affect each other systemically. But I get enough of it to say that I like you have taken a creative approach and think outside the box, especially vis a vi Right, Left, and various strands of Libertarianism.

I do know a tremendously talented economist and I will get this into her hands.

I like how the Child Tax Credit is pro-life in giving resources to those who might not wish an abortion but feel trapped because of economic concerns. Would you consider expanding this to parents/families who decide to keep their developmentally disabled, genetically impaired adult children at home? Again, would be pro-life and practically speaking would get you a groundswell of support from these parents, who if organized better cab be a powerful electoral force. 

we vnornm
8 years 2 months ago

Although I am not smart enough to understand the many concepts and how they relate as a whole, I know enough to see that your are thinking outside the box and synthesizing differing political views, a good thing.

I will get this into the hands of a talented economist I know.

I like the Child Care Credit, it is indeed pro-life. Might you consider extending it to handicapped children who when they become adults and still live at home. I think this issue is so important to some constituencies that if organized one might bring in considerable clout.

Great job, bill 
James Lindsay
8 years 2 months ago
We are definitely at risk of fiscal suicide unless our reforms put more money in most people's pockets, such as with an expanded Child Tax Credit.  A VAT is not automatically a bad idea, since it stokes inflation at the point of transition, which is good for an economy mired in debt and experiencing deflation.  Raising taxes on the wealthy and borrowing less because of it are also expansionary.  I submitted a proposal to the Fiscal Commission today which advocate both things.  You can read my submission on my blog at


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