Houston, Texas Phony courier steals church offering
Sometimes I'm painfully aware that it's the poor who are the saints among us.
Yvette has been out of prison five years. While she was locked up, her child support bill mounted to something like $40,000. Of course, Yvette couldn't find a job. A judge threw her in jail briefly, but the prosecutor didn't press new felony charges. Thank heavens for a bit of common sense prosecutorial discretion.
As best I can tell, Yvette has a borderline personality disorder. This means she doesn't really relate to other people; she sees us mostly as cardboard figures. She doesn't understand that what she says should be grounded in fact and not what comes to her mind at the moment. I'm pretty sure it seems true to her. Equally, she is forever taken in by the stories of others.
The shootings and bombings in Norway last week were horrific by any standard. But those murders, which the perpetrator, Anders Behring Breivik, tried to justify in his online writings, reveal something more than the acts of a madman.
They reveal a perverted version of Christianity, soaked in the same righteous Islamophobia that inspired the medieval Crusades. Breivik named Islam as a danger to European civilization and "Christendom." And he himself identifies as a modern-day crusader, a member of the Knights Templar.
On this day we celebrate the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne.
Jesus' maternal grandparents are not mentioned in the Bible. The apocryphal Book of James, written in the 2nd century, relates the story of Joachim and Anne.
There are a few interesting details: Baby Mary could walk at the age of six months, and at the age of three she "danced with her feet" on the "third step of the altar" in "the temple of the Lord."
Springfield, Mass. Two Catholic schools relocate after tornadoes
WASHINGTON -- A George Washington University law professor noted for his groundbreaking legal campaigns against smoking and obesity has declared war on The Catholic University of America's recent decision to change its co-ed residences on campus to single-sex housing.
The professor, John H. Banzhaf III, has filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Human Rights Office claiming that CUA President John Garvey violated the DC Human Rights Act's prohibitions against sex discrimination when he decided to place all incoming freshmen who live on campus in single-sex residences this fall. Over the next three years the rest of the current co-ed residences are to be converted as well, as new incoming classes follow the same pattern.
A young Mexican American middle school student in the Big Bear Valley Unified School District in California has filed a lawsuit supported by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). The lawsuit alleges that Coral Aviles, 13, was subject to racial harassment by her teacher because of her Mexican background and that the school and school district did not respond adequately, the Los Angeles Times reported.
According to Aviles, in June 2010, the teacher asked her if she was Mexican because she was wearing a soccer jersey with "Mexico" on it. Aviles replied that she was of Mexican background whereupon, according to Aviles, the teacher just lost it:
Michael O'Malley, religion reporter for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, has a report on the week-long visit to Cleveland by Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith of Trenton, N.J., who is conducting a Vatican-sponsored apostolic visitation of the diocese.
The whole affair is shrouded in secrecy, but O'Malley does a good job of peeking under the veils. Read the report here: Cleveland Catholics abuzz over investigation of Bishop Richard Lennon.
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. James the Greater, Apostle.
James was a son of Zebedee and a brother of John. Jesus called James and John the Boanerges -- Sons of Thunder, perhaps referring to their powerful voices. They had been fishermen on the Sea of Galilee before leaving their father's boat and nets to follow Jesus.
Ireland Vatican recalls envoy to Ireland amid abuse uproar. NCR is workiogn on this story now. Check the web site later for an update.
Ireland Catholic Church Denies Legal Responsibility For Sexual Abuse. Defence argue that Catholic priests are not legally employees of the church