Tuesday, October 15

One manuscript down, one talk to go.......
Apparently there's a virus out there attached to emails from me. I don't know how that could be, since I don't even maintain an email address book, for just that reason. But beware, I guess. Frankly, I'm not emailing anyone these days, unless you email me first (and even then, it's shaky - wait till next week folks - the email response bonanza will begin), and I'm only sending attachments to editors. So, if it's from me, and you didn't write first...ditch it.
From the LA Times (LRR): A look at The Road Less Traveled on the 25th anniversary of its publication
From the NYTimes (LRR): A conversation with Archbishop Renato R. Martino, who will be leaving his job as the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN
Good stuff Catholics do:

New Catholic high school to open in inner-city Denver

Denver's low-income teens should not have to go to the suburbs to get a good Catholic education, say church officials.
They and other community leaders are scheduled to announce today plans for a new Jesuit high school in inner Denver aimed at getting kids from poorer families into college. Arrupe Jesuit High School will use a work-study program to help families defray tuition and give students a taste of working at downtown banks and law firms.

Arrupe will also fill a gap left by older Catholic high schools that left Denver to grow in the suburbs.

"There is a tendency for Catholic schools to move away from the inner city," said the Rev. Stephen Planning, Arrupe High School president. "The ideal thing about this site is that it is right in the shadow of downtown."

Arrupe organizers want to hold classes in buildings that once housed Denver's Central Catholic High School - which closed in 1979 and was located at 18th and Logan streets. Arrupe Jesuit will use three buildings on the 64,000-square-foot property to serve as many as 500 students in grades 9-12. The school would open in fall 2003 with 100 students.

Arrupe will emphasize a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, say organizers. To give Denver kids a chance at attending the school, it will offer the state's first corporate work-study program.

It will be modeled after one used successfully at Chicago's Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Planning said.

Accused priests pose dilemma for Church and public, the question being, how does the Church protect the public from the abusive priest they've disowned?
From the Toledo area: Little Sisters of the Poor beg in Detroit:

It’s 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Detroit Produce Terminal and two white habits flash past forklifts, boxcars, and roaring refrigerated truck trailers.

Sister Mary Lucille and Sister Rose stride down a concrete loading dock, pushing a four-wheeled dolly before them.

Time is short. Produce wholesalers close shop early, and Sister Lucille’s mental grocery list is a long one.

Lucille and Rose beg each week for the Sacred Heart Home for the Aged on Navarre Avenue in Oregon. They and nine other Little Sisters of the Poor oversee care of 70 indigent patients, a responsibility that includes providing three meals each day for about 100 people.

The founding charter of Little Sisters of the Poor requires each of its 220 homes to depend strictly on "Divine Providence" to meet financial needs. Except for Medicare payments, the order receives no ongoing support from the Vatican, the Toledo Catholic Diocese, or the government. What money or resources they need, they must ask for themselves.

(In case you're confused, the "Oregon" refers to a town in Ohio, not the state)

A healing service involving abuse survivors in Cleveland.
I'm in the home stretch. Heavy final manuscript editing today, then send it off, then finish off my talk and overheads tonight...then I'll just about be free. Light blogging until then, naturally. Which means if you see heavy blogging - you know that heavy procrastination is going on.

It is, of course, the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila. Strong, passionate women with a sense of humor take heart. This one's for you.

Beatification cause underway for policeman who saved many Jews
Our own local abuse story.
Archbishop Dolan to sit on panel listening to abuse survivors' questions, stories and concerns.

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