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A Case for Manners


The news that a major medical school had received a $42 million grant to teach its students bedside manners left me wanting to laugh and cry.

The laugh part is its apparent absurdity. Wouldn't it have already been covered in medical training? Wouldn't it be like teaching electrical circuitry to electricians already installing wires?

Reports from Occupy Boston


Wednesday, Oct. 5

Approximately 40 domed tents are tucked into the green space of Dewey Square, located in the heart of Boston's Financial District.

Two boardwalks made of wooden pallets intersect through the middle of the tents, giving an air of permanency to the arrangement. An American flag flaps above one entryway. Nearby, a sign reads "Capitalism is slavery." This is propped in front of a placard touting Ron Paul for 2012.

Although only six days old, the Occupy Boston encampment appears fairly well established. There is a medical tent, a logistical tent, an information tent, a media tent, a food tent and a meditation tent with "sacred space guidelines." At the food tent where I get a free cup of coffee, a young man tells me food and medical donations for the camp are "pouring in."

Morning Briefing


On this day: USS Kearny


On this day, 70 years ago, a German U-boat torpedoed the USS Kearny in the North Atlantic.

Click here to see the headline on an extra night edition of The Baltimore News-Post. Preliminary reports said there were no casualties, but the country would soon learn that eleven men had been killed and twenty-two injured. The Kearny made it to port on her own power.

"We have wished to avoid shooting. But the shooting has started. And history has recorded who fired the first shot. In the long run, however, all that will matter is who fired the last shot."

--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in a radio address about the attack on the Kearny.

Morning Briefing


India: A Catholic initiative to popularize yoga. Christ is depicted in a series of yogic posture in an exhibition at Agra's St. Peter's College, adjacent to the historic cathedral, where a sustained effort is being made to populairize the ancient Indian scientific regimen.

Illinois: Lawmaker seeks to get Catholic Charities back in foster care. State Sen. Kyle McCarter introduces legislation.

Philippines: Italian Catholic priest shot dead in church compound in southern Philippines

In charging diocese, prosecutor takes rare step

Pavone a no-show at meeting and reason why


Reporter Karen Smith Welch of the Amarillo Globe-News:


Embattled activist priest Frank Pavone did not respond to Bishop Patrick J. Zurek’s public invitation for a private meeting Thursday, the bishop said.


Zurek included the invitation in an Oct. 6 statement he issued regarding his demand for greater financial transparency from three anti-abortion charities led by Pavone, the largest of which has drawn donations of $7 million to more than $10 million annually since 2004, according to its tax returns.

The statement said Zurek made the invitation to discuss Pavone’s “spiritual progress during this time of prayer and reflection.”

Zurek’s statement garnered coverage from media and bloggers nationwide due to the prominent role Pavone’s Priests for Life plays in pro-life circles. Pavone, the nonprofit’s international director, makes wide use of television, radio and social media to further his groups’ collective mission, and has apparently continued to do so while restricted to Amarillo.

KC bishop charged with failing to report child abuse


See the updated Story here: KC bishop charged with failure to report child abuse

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese has been charged with failure to report suspected child abuse. The charges, filed in Jackson County, Mo., court were released today.

Bishop Finn appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

A statement from the diocese said that "Bishop Finn denies any criminal wrong doing."

Black (and blue) Berry


There is a new calm on the city streets, a gentle tone in casual conversation, a smile from drivers of even the most clogged highways. Something has radically changed in our urban centers this week: Blackberrys are on the blink.

This outage has been reported as a kind-of-apocalypse, affecting business and affairs of state. But, for me, it is a piece of heaven, a get-out-of-jail-free card on a board game named "Work: You Can't Escape It."

Watch people walking as they ignore the insidious device glued to their belt loops. No one stops suddenly to answer the buzz, no one leans over dangerously to type out urgent messages in a busy crosswalk. And yet, astoundingly, the world turns. The sun rises, shops open, people run errands, the sun sets and the day closes.


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