Wednesday, January 16

More Catholic school stuff. The Washington Post reports on a relatively new Catholic high school focused on a classical curriculum.

(Hey - isn't that what all Catholic schools used to be about?)

My son David would love to go to this school. It's located above a Subway sandwich shop.

Good for them. At least on of the schools that the Archdiocese of Chicago wants to shut down isn't taking the plan without a fight.
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate continues her riffs on the idiotic Supreme Court show, First Monday. Very funny.
An upbeat story on the state of Roman Catholicism in England.
The plagiarism at the heart of Alex Haley's Roots.
You Don't Say?

In New Jersey, a "doctor" is on trial for killing two patients during an abortion, instead of only one.

During the trial, testimony was offered as to how the maternal death could have been avoided, including the suggestion that ultrasound be used during the abortion to help the "doctor" see what he's doing:

Mayer, [another testifying doctor] who last performed a second-trimester abortion 15 year ago, said he was taught early in his career that a sounding device should not be used in abortions because of the risk of perforating the uterus. He also said ultrasound guidance often is not used during abortions.

"Unfortunately, abortion is not a pretty procedure," he said. "To watch a fetus being dismembered by a suction curette is not something I would want to visualize on a regular basis."

No kidding. Unfortunately, it's something our society seems to be able to tolerate on a regular basis. Maybe if they had to see it, they wouldn't tolerate it.


Kentucky Bishops oppose legalized gambling.

Yet even with that dependence on gaming to raise money, Kentucky's largest Catholic organization is an active opponent against a move to expand gambling to the state's thoroughbred racetracks, an issue likely to go before the Kentucky General Assembly.

The church's stance comes against a backdrop of quiet criticism that Catholics are being disingenuous if not hypocritical by fighting gambling expansion while relying on gambling.

The article goes on to relate how dependent Catholic schools are on gaming revenue. Something's wrong with that system, if you ask me. Why can't we run schools that don't need the profits of gambling to survive?

Who needs "tolerance?"

Minister calls Islam evil threat from pulpit

A Madison-area pastor has begun a four-part series of sermons on the ''evils of Islam'' and says his church's eventual goal is to convert Nashville-area Muslims to Christianity.

Maury Davis, pastor of Cornerstone Church, began the first sermon in the series Sunday, titled ''Hard Questions — Real Answers. Islam … The Evil Religion.''

''I want to go on record as telling you that I believe the greatest threat to the American way of life, to the Constitution of the United States of America and to the gospel of Jesus Christ, is the religion of Islam as it stands today,'' Davis said from his pulpit on Sunday to an audience of about 2,000.


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