Saturday, May 07, 2005
Lady dies in priest’s Nkozi room : Sunday Vision (Uganda)
Mystery surrounds the death of Arua Grade I Magistrate Esther Bunia, 29, in a student’s room at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:41 PM Permalink
Church bookkeeper sentenced in LaPorte : WNDU (links to photo of perp)
The former LaPorte church bookkeeper that stole $300,000 to pay for her gambling habit will spend two years on work release.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:35 PM Permalink
The vast Evangelical-Catholic (or is it Catholic-Evangelical) Conspiracy
They're onto us!
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:26 PM Permalink
Follow-up: The Destruction of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Madison, WI : St Raphael
William Connell, the suspect detained on suspicion of arson and burglary, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by mental disease or defect. Attorneys are in the process of filing motions.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:58 PM Permalink
Authorities: 12-year-old altar boy caused fire in Peoria church : AP
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says it'll rebuild one of the community's oldest churches after a 12-year-old boy allegedly set a fire that severely damaged it. Officials say it could reopen by September.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:54 PM Permalink
The Times gave this page one, column one treatment. They must think it's a big story
An American Jesuit who is a frequent television commentator on Roman Catholic issues resigned yesterday under orders from the Vatican as editor of the Catholic magazine America because he had published articles critical of church positions, several Catholic officials in the United States said.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 5:28 PM Permalink
Today in History
Nazi Germany surrenders in Europe (1945). The French surrender in Dien Bien Phu (1954)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:23 PM Permalink
Friday, May 06, 2005
Swiss Guard Recruits : Reuters
One of the new thirty new recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard gestures during a swearing in ceremony in Saint Damaso courtyard at the Vatican May 06, 2005. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be Swiss, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5 feet 8 inches) tall and beardless celebrate this year their 500th anniversary. New recruits are sworn every year on May 06, commemorating the date in which 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome on May 06, 1527. REUTERS/Tony GentileI always thought it strange that they celebrate a defeat that was followed by a surrender by the Pope and his humiliation.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:52 PM Permalink
Envoy Magazine forgot to renew their domain name.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:16 PM Permalink
'Louie, Louie' ban reversed for school band : Chicago Sun-Times
If he were still alive, Richard Berry, the man who penned the lyrics for the iconic fraternity-rock anthem "Louie Louie," might be shaking his head in disbelief.
I thought the whole point of "Louie, Louie" was that the lyrics were ineffable.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:25 AM Permalink
Thursday, May 05, 2005
What's good for General Motors is good for America
A New York rating agency declared billions of dollars of debt owed by General Motors and Ford to be "junk" on Thursday, a significant blow that will increase borrowing costs and limit fund-raising options for the nation's two biggest automakers.
I worked for a company that answered the first signs of trouble with we've got over a billion in cash.
This company had so much in cash in the late 80's that it made more in collecting interest on that cash than in actually selling stuff. It ignored the UNIX market and treated every company doing a volume business in PC's like Dell and Compaq/HP with distain, and disappeared in 1998.
A sniffle in the automobile market will cause pneumonia in General Motors.
The only long-term strategy for GM is to abandon all those redundant marketing brands. Oldsmobile is already gone. Pontiac and Buick can go too. George Will calls GM a welfare state. I think he raises a lot of good points.
For a humorous look at this Wal-Mart Bows to Unions, Copies GM Success Formula on Scrappleface.
The unions acknowledge that in the long-term GM's generosity to workers is not sustainable but they cling to the hope that there will be a government bail-out when the day of judgment comes along the lines of loan guarantees which we given to Chrysler in 1979.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:20 PM Permalink
Double Standard Dept.
Racial tensions often turn on the phrase "double standard": Is one set of criteria being used for members of one race and a different set for those of another?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:08 PM Permalink
Habemus Ursum !
translation by Google: ** ARCHIVES ** undated photo, of the company Hermann Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, show the Benedikt benedikt-Teddybaer.
The Pope euphoria seized even the Kuscheltierbranche: Pope Benedikt XVI.
now gives it also as white Plueschteddy of the same name, which breaks all records.
the Coburger bear baeren-Manufaktur Hermann delivers 265 of Pope teddy according to the number of past Popes starting from beginning of next week at the price of 160 euro country widely.
"there is euphoria, we more ber 1,000 inquiries had, did not give it ever", says Geschaeftsfhrer Martin Hermann. And also the Vatikan has itself some copies secured.
(AP photo/ago man play goods GmbH) (fig. 1)
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:25 PM Permalink
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
The largest Catholic university in the United States
DePaul University in Chicago is one of the fastest growing universities in the country. It has become the largest Catholic-affiliated university in America. Muslim and Arab students are one of the segments of DePaul's student population that has seen the greatest increase in numbers in recent years. Although no figures are available, these students are an important source of revenue for the University, and many may well pay full tuition, making their attendance particularly lucrative.Blogger Credit: Marathon Pundit
More on Norman Finkelstein
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:10 PM Permalink
Crusaders were right after all : UK Telegraph
Teen audiences who cheered on Legolas as he slaughtered hundreds by the bow in the vast battles of Middle Earth, are invited in Kingdom of Heaven to conclude that nothing is worth fighting for. Bloom's character, Balian, surveying a massacre in the Holy Land, declares: "If this is the kingdom of heaven, then God can keep it."
Blogger Credit: Kathy Shaidle
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:26 AM Permalink
Kindom of Heaven Countdown
“It's not like a stupid Hollywood movie,” said French actress Eva Green about the English director Sir Ridley Scott's Crusades flick, Kingdom of Heaven.
As with all the modern interpretations of the Crusades:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:40 AM Permalink
Masterpieces From The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn : art daily
Christie’s New York Old Master Paintings Department announces the sale of four pictures from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, including a magnificent full-length painting by Murillo and a compelling Saint Francis by Bernardo Strozzi which, along with a captivating 17th-century Dutch still-life of a dog asleep by Gerrit Dou from the Stark Foundation in Texas, are the definitive highlights of Christie’s New York Old Master Pictures sale to be held on May 25 at Rockefeller Center.
Never displayed because the diocese doesn't have a facility with the necessary security. If they are on display, I will go see them at Christie's.
Also in New York Times
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:14 AM Permalink
So silly, you'd swear it's a parody, but it's not.
As a non-Catholic evangelical Christian with Reformed leanings, I would likely have had a host of doctrinal differences with the late Pope John Paul II.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:11 AM Permalink
Watch out Los Angeles Archdiocese - It's Your Turn Next
A state appeals court, ruling in a case in which a former Antioch altar boy has already won $875,000 in punitive damages, has upheld the victim's right to seek the punitive award for molestation by a priest 25 years ago.
The Oakland diocese didn't dispute the molestation, but the type and amount of damages.
If $875,000 becomes the California norm for damages, just from the backlog of cases, the Catholic Church in that state would be utterly bankrupt.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:04 AM Permalink
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
A Catholic Church full of people who don't know what a Marine looks like
To Aida Nordahl and some of her fellow parishioners, the strangers with shaved heads who showed up the past two Sundays at her church were up to no good.
As an usher I've seen the name thing, a person is walking up and down all the aisles during Mass looking for a friend, and more often than not, not finding the friend they leave the Church.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:42 PM Permalink
Bronx Priest Faces Surgery After Being Beaten By Gang Of Teens : NY1 (with video link)
A Bronx priest is facing surgery as he recovers from a brutal beating at the hands of a gang of teens. NY1 Bronx reporter Dean Meminger says it happened as the priest was out for a morning run.
Something I noticed: no mention in the entire article that he is a Catholic priest.
Does the MSM ever cover a story of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest without mentioning "Catholic".
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:37 PM Permalink
Brain damaged for 10 years, firefighter makes astounding recovery : AP
Ten years after a firefighter was left brain-damaged and mostly mute during a 1995 roof collapse, he did something that shocked his family and doctors: He perked up.
I expect the other side to go crazy now on how there's no connection between Donald Herbert's condition and Terri Schiavo.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:02 PM Permalink
A reader shares this with me:
Thank you for your email regarding the sale of the Holy Eucharist by one of our community members. We respect and appreciate your comments regarding this sensitive matter.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:26 AM Permalink
Monday, May 02, 2005
Obligatory Comment on Jennifer Wilbanks
The person to ask what is to be done with Jennifer Wilbanks is Steven Pagones.
Tawana Brawley, then 15 in 1987, was found in a dumpster smeared with feces and racial epithets.
She made a false report that she was kidnapped. Others made public accusations that among others Steve Pagones raped Brawley and covered up the crime. None of these charges were made under oath.
In all six men were named by Al Sharpton, Alton Maddox, and C. Verson Mason.
One of them fought back and won. Pagones were forced to resign and live under the cloud of this accusation and sued for defamation and won. The last to pay the court-ordered damages to Pagones was Al Sharpton. Sharpton has said "I believe Tawana" and Tawara never has publicly denied her alleged kidnapping and rape.
The harm done by a false accusation is that it steals from the credibility of a future allegation. From news accounts I've read, Jennifer Wilbanks made a false police report which is a crime.
I hope Wilbanks is never really kidnapped.
Update: Hannity doesn't think this story is dead. He's playing up the "judge not lest ye be judged" angle. I'm turing the radio off.
Okay. I turned the radio back on. Sean's whole radio program is a tease for Hannity and Colmes later, he's discussing an interview already taped but unaired!
I think Wibanks can be forgiven for running away, but she didn't say "I'm running away" - she wanted to be seen as the victim of a terrible crime.
Update: When Wilbanks learned that John Mason was under suspicion by the police for killing her (i.e., like Scott Peterson) she didn't immediately call to get him cleared.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 2:16 PM Permalink
No News Dept.: Terri Schiavo
The autopsy has not been released.
There's been no public disclosure of the burial of her ashes, or plans to do so. The court ordered Michael Schiavo to disclose this to the Schindlers who as late as April 15 stated that they had not heard from Michael Schiavo about this.
I suspect the MSM will also look at the calendar and report on these non-events.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:32 PM Permalink