A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Dec 16

A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Update: With comic good timing, the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has now been accused of playing patty fingers with the Holy Water…only it’s nothing that amusing. Instead, the Saint Paul police have opened an investigation into an allegation that John Nienstedt fingered a boy inappropriately (there are not really many ways to finger a kid...

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St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul: Gays, Straights, Christians

Sep 16

St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul:  Gays, Straights, Christians

Virtually no notice has been given to the amazing fact that — after several years of ugly battles, controversial decisions, apologies and hostility — the University of St Thomas in St Paul has stopped brawling. In a remarkable address, new UST president Julie Sullivan, the first woman and first non-clergyman to head the school in its 128 years, signaled...

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The Edufication of a Minnesota Catholic Boy

Jun 10

The Edufication of a Minnesota Catholic Boy

My old Catholic grade school, St. James, on Randolph and View in the West Seventh neighborhood of St Paul, is on the ropes: School and church both in mothballs, offered for sale or rent to the next crappy charter school to come down the pike, unless it’s Muslim (Rumor in the neighborhood is that inquiries from a Muslim school were rebuffed). St. James was a...

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The MN Marriage Amendment Fight | Bad Catholics: Divorced Mailman Scolds Family, Says Their Daughter is Diseased

Nov 01

The MN Marriage Amendment Fight | Bad Catholics: Divorced Mailman Scolds Family, Says Their Daughter is Diseased

On this All Saints Day, when the church celebrates all those, known and unknown, who have been united with God in heaven, I’d like to discuss a disturbing¬† newspaper story that appeared last week about the battle over the proposed Minnesota “Marriage Amendment” on the Nov. 6 election ballot. You may remember the story: A devout Catholic family...

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She Who Bumps into Things, or The Lily of the Mohawks: First Native American Saint

Oct 19

She Who Bumps into Things, or The Lily of the Mohawks: First Native American Saint

On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new Roman Catholic saints, among them the very first American Indian to be raised to sainthood, an Algonquin-Mohawk woman called Kateri Tekakwitha, who has been venerated by Catholics for more than 100 years as “The Lily of the Mohawks.” I’m not sure if the story of Tekakwitha, who died, at 24, in 1680,...

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Beaners

Nov 16

Beaners

Why the Archdiocese May Not Give a Fig About Gays, or You John Ireland, 1st Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Cradling His Crowning Achievement, the Cathedral of St Paul, in His Arm, With the Original Minnesota Twins, Father Louis Hennepin and Father Lucien Galtier, at his sides.  Stained Glass window at my childhood church, St. James in St. Paul. The...

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Kids Get Lesson in Respect: Shut Up You Mouth

Nov 15

Kids Get Lesson in Respect: Shut Up You Mouth

Saint Sebastian by El Greco Update: Read My Most Recent Post on This Subject The ironically named Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School student paper, The Knight Errant, has been found guilty of deviancy. Officials at the St Louis Park Catholic school removed a student editorial that criticized the nakedly political ploy by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and...

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