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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From the Vault: Doochsbags

Apr 16

From the Vault: Doochsbags

  (This item was first posted Feb. 17, 2011, and is re-published as part of a series of older posts and columns). My ex-newspaper, the StarTribune, has begun, after years of sticking its head in the sand,  to “moderate” or approve reader comments before permitting them to be posted on the Strib web site. Finally, the doochsbags say they will do...

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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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