Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cathleen Kaveny's shorter Chaput

Everyone who disagrees with me is stupid or morally obtuse.

Cathleen Kaveny's title for her dotCommonweal post on a report of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's keynote address at the Hands-On Conference Celebrating the Year of St. Paul, at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Catholic academic ayatollah shows true colors
Cardinal Newman Society uses McCarthyite tactics to promote a fundamentalist agenda

Joe Feuerherd on the Cardinal Newman Society's opposition to Notre Dame University's inviting President Obama to deliver this year's commencement address, National Catholic Reporter, March 23, 2009


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Poll shows Obama's trip didn't change race

Alexander Mooney at CNN's Political Ticker

(via Althouse)


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Support for water innovation rated tepid

John Schmid reported in todays' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
The Milwaukee area’s ambition to become the Silicon Valley of water technology will get a cold shower Monday from experts who warn that the region so far lacks the research funding, entrepreneurial spirit and academic support to become a major player in the global water business.

Might have been factors in not hanging on to "Beer Capital" and "Machine Shop of the World".


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Monks scramble for new source of support: PETA threatens to crack egg business

Milwaukee Catholic Herald, April 24, 2008

(Catholic News Service story by Christina Lee Knauss; The Catholic Review titled it Monks search for new ways to support Mepkin Abbey)


Sheep shearers in short supply: Strength-sapping, specialized, seasonal craft seeks students

Rick Barrett reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oshkosh senator proposes closing loophole in Peeping Tom law

Crystal Lindell reported for Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers in today's Green Bay Press-Gazette on legislation proposed by State Sen. Carol Roessler (R-Oshkosh).

(via WisPolitics)


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Breaking It To Them Slowly:

KausFiles notes a headline
"Congressional Democrats Grow Wary of Spitzer License Plan"

and comments
"French Crowd Grows Wary of Bastille,," "Romans Wary of Carthage," "Montagues, Capulets, Locked in Cycle of Wariness," etc. ... The news will unfold at the New York Times' orderly pace!


Thursday, November 1, 2007

New superintendent wants 'best education for every child'

As opposed to...?

Brian T. Olszewski interviews David Lodes in the October 25, 2007 issue of our Milwaukee Catholic Herald. Mr. Lodes became superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on October 19th.


Friday, August 3, 2007

Volunteer sewers sow seeds of comfort

I might have said "Volunteer seamstresses".

Susan Suleski reports, Special to the doubly-euphemisticly-titled Mature Lifestyles supplement to our Catholic Herald on the Memory Bear program of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.
“After the patient dies, the family will give us a piece of clothing or something that meant (a lot) to them,” Woodard [Linn Woodard, volunteer services manager at VITAS] said. “The volunteers use it to make the teddy bear. There’s grief and there’s sadness … but this is just something you can hug.”

P.S. Here's more on Memory Bears.


Thursday, May 31, 2007

CELAM wraps up with final message and issues lengthy document

Catholic New Agency reports on the conclusion of the Fifth General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops. And that document didn't just seem lengthy.
...the more than 200 page book is aimed at providing a guide for pastoral options to the Latin American Bishops. ...

According to Bishop Norberto Strotmann from Chosica (Peru) "the risk of the document is that, by trying to include too many options, we end up making no real options at all."

"It obviously has the virtues and the limitations of a consensus text," Bishop Strotmann also explained.

Length not being among those limitations.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Priest says woman who sells sex toys can't lead choir

Marie Rohde reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on developments at "St. Joseph Catholic Parish in rural New Franken, near Green Bay."


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Three weeks without griping?

Tom Heinen reported in Thursday's Milwuakee Journal Sentinel on A Complaint Free World, brainchild of The Rev. Will Bowen's Christ Church Unity in Kansas City. The church gives away purple rubber wristbands for participants. When one goes 21 days without complaining about anyone or anything, one switches the band to the other wrist. Rev. Brown reports that took him four months.

Under a sub-head "No snap judgments"
Milwaukeean Peter Isely, Midwest regional director and national board chairman of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, learned of the campaign a week ago and took up the challenge for Lent.

The article says people started asking him if he was all right. Sort of like the old joke that no one knew so-and-so was an alcoholic until one day he showed up sober.

Rev. Bowen was inspired by hearing that it takes about 21 days to make or break a habit. He was asked if his movement would interfere with the obligation to speak up.
"Somebody e-mailed me and said, 'The great things in our country were changed by people who complained. Look at Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King.' So I went back and read the Declaration of Independence and the writings of King. They were not complainers. They were people who painted a brilliant vista of what life can be like.
He's mistaken that they didn't complain; but he could cite their writings to show they weren't complaining out of habit.


Friday, March 9, 2007

Pioneer Malone put her heart into her headcheese

Amy Rabideau Silvers in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the death of local sausage entrepeneur Glorious Malone.


Monday, May 8, 2006

Heterosexual elected Episcopal Bishop of Calif

ABC News headline to Reuters report

(via Get Religion)


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Seminary changes present challenges, opportunities

Catholic Herald, Milwaukee


Wednesday, March 8, 2006

School flirts with single-gender classes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Saturday, January 14, 2006

No minutes to waste, even when you're 100 years old

Catholic Herald, Milwaukee