Monday, December 30

Accused NH priest apparently kills self

Guess the state in which this happend:

Elderly man takes golf cart on interstate


New Tolkien book discovered

When homeschooling goes really, really, really bad...

An interview with the man who drove Hank Williams on his last ride with an examination of the eternal question...when exactly did he die? The driver says there's no mystery - he didn't die in Knoxville at the Andrew Johnson Hotel, as some claim - he was still alive in Bristol, he says:

The teenager stopped in a small town to gas up and get a bite to eat. Carr said it could have been Bristol, Tenn., about 120 miles northeast of Knoxville, or it could have been Bluefield, a town in West Virginia. It was dark and he was bone-tired in unfamiliar territory. He specifically remembers a service station on one side of the highway and a diner and a cab stand on the other. He pulled in to gas up."I remember Hank got out to stretch his legs and I asked him if he wanted a sandwich or something," Carr said. "And he said, 'No, I just want to get some sleep.'"I don't know if that's the last thing he said. But it's the last thing I remember him telling me."At the cab stand, Carr picked up a relief driver who helped him drive for a few hours before getting out somewhere in rural West Virginia.Carr drove on, but became increasingly concerned about the eerie silence in the back seat. He pulled off the road to check on Williams, who was lying with his head toward the passenger seat and had his left hand across his chest....

Pope to publish book of poetry

An unprecedented book of poetry written by Pope John Paul (news - web sites), including the pontiff's thoughts about choosing his successor, will soon be published in his native Poland, the Catholic Information Agency said Monday. The agency said the book's working title was "The Rome Triptych, the Meditations of John Paul II" and that it had been written over the last several months. The pope, the author of several best-selling books about faith, has not published any poems since the start of his pontificate in 1978. " John Paul's work is a poetic meditation about themes of finality, a last will of sorts. The pope will discuss the choice of his successor, for example," the church-based agency wrote.

A different kind of conflict between bishop and priest:

Belgian bishop removes priest for banning French speakers

Belgium's perennial language dispute got a new twist Monday after a Flemish priest was removed from his parish for banning French-speakers from celebrating Mass in his church.Father Jos Verstraeten celebrated his last Mass at the St. Peter's church in Wezembeek-Oppem outside Brussels on Sunday at a service attended by flag-waving Flemish nationalists who backed his stance against French-speakers. In an unusual move, the priest led the congregation in singing "The Flemish Lion," a rousing nationalist anthem.The priest was moved to another parish by Belgium's top Roman Catholic churchman, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, after he shut his church doors to local Francophones who had held a weekly service there

Christianity Today collates reports on the murders of three missionaries

An interesting list of books of the year from John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture


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