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Bush Catholic Seeks $200 Million from Karl Rove in RICO Suit

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Last July, in this space, I wrote that “if you want to spend a strange afternoon, google ‘Scott Bloch’ and just see what pops up. Too weird for words.”

Don’t say you weren’t warned – and it’s getting stranger yet.

The Washington Post reports today that Bloch, former “Special Counsel of the United States” under George W. Bush, has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit against Karl Rove and others seeking $200 million in damages. Even in a town where it takes a “billion here and a billion there and pretty soon we’re talking about real money,” that’s real money. Prison sentences of the kind Bloch recently received, it seems, do not make the heart grow fonder.

Presbyterians lift ban on gay clergy

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HT to the Religion News Service Blog:

After all the fights, all the ink that's been spilled, all the churches that have been torn in two, the fight over homosexuality in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is more or less over after the church ratified a move to rescind a de facto ban on gay clergy.

[RNS'] own Dan Burke will have more on this later today. A Presby pastor who was tried and acquitted for marrying two lesbians calls it the "moral awakening of mainstream Christianity."

NCR will post Burke's piece from Religion News Service as soon as it is available.

Dennis

On this day: St. Francis Jerome, S.J.

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On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Jerome (1642-1716). He begged his Jesuit superiors to send him to the foreign missions, but they told him to "concentrate all his zeal and energy on the city and Kingdom of Naples".

He became a renowned preacher, in the church and on the streets, in the city and in the surrounding hamlets. Among those he brought back to the sacraments was Marie Alvira Cassier.

-- Alvira, The Heroine of Vesuvius: A Remarkable Sensation of the Seventeenth Century, Founded on Facts Recorded in the Acts of Canonization of St. Francis of Jerome, by Rev. A. J. O'Reilly, D. D., Sadlier, 1885.

He did what? Archbishop Chaput destroyed the files?

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Did you get a chance to read the latest chapter in the very revealing saga of the sacked Australian bishop, William Morris?

NCR Editor at Large has been following the story and reports on today's Web site that Morris, referring to a report written by Archbishop Charles Chaput, said to Roberts he knows it exists because Chaput sent him an e-mail 'telling me that he'd sent an electronic copy as well as a hard copy to the dicastery for bishops, and then he did what he was supposed to do. He destroyed both the electronic copy and the hard copy, so he didn't have a copy any more.'"

Have a good day

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A couple of weeks ago I visited a friend in a nursing home. On the way out I shared the elevator with an aide, a middle-aged woman wheeling out a barrel of trash. I was thinking what a tough job it was, and she took me by surprise as I got off, saying warmly, "Have a nice day."

Washington, DC's Gonzaga (Catholic) High School sophomore scores 80-yard goal, full-field lacrosse goal

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From the Huffington Post:

Gonzaga College High School sophomore Matt Borda was just trying to kill some time off the clock in the final minute of Monday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys' lacrosse championship game against Good Counsel.

Instead, he ended the game by scoring an unbelievable full-field goal to give his school their second consecutive conference title.

Punishment and Forgiveness

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What's the appropriate punishment for a man who -- when he was 14 -- killed a man? When this man, Kenneth, was sentenced to life with parole, back in 1989, the ordinary Missouri practice was to parole murderers after about 12 years served. Soon the Legislature set a 15-years-served base requirement. Then the Parole Board became much more stringent in its practice, tending to grant paroles to older inmates, 50- and 60-somethings.

'Suicide Kit' crackdown bill passed by Oregon state Senate

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It's more than ironic that the Oregon state Senate is "appalled" by companies selling suicide kits and Oregon residents buying them, while those with a so-called terminal illness can legally kill themselves.

Apparently, the culture of radical self-determination is to be limited when the media embarrasses a legislature into action.

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