Ratzinger’s fear of the church of the poor

A contribution to the 26. Anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero

Even as the supreme guardian of the faith of the Roman Church, Joseph Ratzinger criticized liberation theology and, in the opinion of former Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, struck too harsh a note in 1984. Under his pontificate, Rome still does not let go of attacks against the Church of the Poor and its theologians. So far, the pope from Bavaria has shown no intention of continuing the social teachings of his predecessors in view of the triumph of "neoliberalism" for the present. His most urgent concern is a commitment to the "eternal Son of God," who is above the things of this world and who made only a brief appearance on this earth more than 2,000 years ago.

The Roman criticism of liberation theology is correspondingly quite apolitical. It currently invokes above all the "objective" dogma that the state church has established in philosophical terms from the fourth century onward. Jesus is spoken of in a way that is incomprehensible even to most simple pastors. The movement of thought goes "from top to bottom": The second "hypostasis" of the triune God is the innermost center and reason for the unity of the incarnated Son of God. Within the so-called "hypostatic union" a divine nature and a human nature are distinguished, which are however both neither mixed nor separated.

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Chicken with paprika, anyone?

Hungary: Bird Flu Closing In

It was not that long ago when scientists considered it impossible for diseases to cross the species barrier. Lately, it has become increasingly apparent that this species barrier is about as porous as the outer borders of the EU. First with mad cow disease and now with bird flu, scientists are becoming ever more wary of the transmissible nature of diseases.

As bird flu nears the EU, member states are scrambling to put together contingency plans. The latest cases have been found in a national park in Croatia, a mere 30 km from the Hungarian border.

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How intellectual property law incentivizes cheating

VW was able to manipulate its emission values also because of the US copyright, which was tightened under Bill Clinton

On Sunday, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned on Wednesday, admitted that his company had for years fed false emissions data to authorities in the United States because the software installed in its diesel vehicles detected emissions tests and switched to a special test mode that differed significantly from the regular one. The fact that this was possible is also due to US intellectual property law, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was passed under President Bill Clinton, only allows the inspection of program code if the copyright holder permits it. This not only allows companies to prevent competition for repair and add-on equipment – it also prevents safety defects from becoming public (for example, sudden acceleration without the driver’s intervention or the possibility of remote control by a third party) and incentivizes the use of surreptitious "Features" that customers or authorities are not supposed to know about.

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