Saturday, August 18, 2007

This should be good - CNN is doing a 3 night series on "God's Warriors"
One night each is going to feature Jewish, Muslim, and then Christian "Warriors". I wonder how the so called warriors of the Christian and Jewish world stack up against muslim warriors. I haven't read too many stories of Jewish or Christian people killing, kidnapping, and bombing in the name of their religion.
Amy Welborn has a new blog - Charlotte was Both, and continues to find interesting Church links. She links to a great news story on the Bishop of Burlington, VT offering a Mass "in the Extraordinary Form" at the Cathedral. You can watch the new video here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Crooner 'with a calling' sings Elvis ... in Latin

"In yet another testament to the irrepressible influence of "The King," fans can croon along to the broody "Nunc hic aut numquam" ("It's Now or Never"), shake hips to the slightly scary sounding title "Nunc Distrahor" ("All Shook Up"), or just have fun with "Ne Saevias" ("Don't Be Cruel")."

Well, at least he understands what many in the Catholic Church do not:

"Latin is an eternal language and therefore I believe it is important to document Elvis' songs also in this eternal language," said Jukka Ammondt, known by his stage name Doctor Ammondt."
From Newsday:

A player for the Long Island Ducks was arrested (and suspended) after "charging the mound and injuring two players with his bat". The Long Island Ducks is a minor league baseball team that has been an awesome success story here in Suffolk. Frank Boulton, the owner of the team, tried to bring a minor league team to Long Island years ago, first in Nassau where the politicians were less than helpful. His Albany-Colonie Yankees moved to Norwich, CT when they could not be brought to LI, but years later the Ducks were created and the games have been sold out since. Two of my family members made a living in minor league baseball for some years and I always enjoyed going to the games. The Long Island Ducks stadium is nice, clean, and the games are fun to go to, even for families. This is why this incident is so bad. I have mentioned my annoyance before when jocks do not get charged with crimes when they commit them on the field, so I am glad to see the player was arrested.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

From Newsday:

Woman sues ex-partner for contracting herpes

The boyfriend told this woman he had herpes but said she could not catch it from him, and she believed him. There are three things this woman needs: google, self-respect, and a clue.

"Last week, Pollock, 49, of Long Beach, filed a lawsuit against her ex in Nassau Supreme Court, charging that the disease he gave her will make it difficult ever to be intimate with a man again.
"He took away the most precious thing I had -- the ability to love and be loved," she said."

This woman has two children and claims she cannot love and be loved? How sad.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Friday and Saturday, October 26th - 27th, 2007

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is holding their 15th Annual Meeting -Conference at St. John's University School of Law in Jamaica (Queens), NY. (I probably would have preferred Jamaica the Island but oh well). There will be dozens of panels on many aspects of Catholicism and below is just a partial list of speakers and panel participants:

Rev. Joseph Koterski, S. J.
William Donohue
Ronald Rychlak
Gregory Popcak
Kenneth Whitehead
Sister Margherita Marchione
Paul Vitz
Dawn Eden
Archbishop Chaput

The conference is going to be a major Catholic event. I was honored to be asked by Dr. Joseph Varacalli to organize a panel discussion on "The Impact of Catholic Bloggers". Because you must pay to be part of the conference, and there are no fees being paid to anyone, I figured I would ask local bloggers first. Dawn Eden and Leticia Velasquez were asked and agreed to be the panel. I have been putting together my thoughts on Catholic blogging and, in true blogger fashion, will be blogging about our panel as it develops. I will also post more information on the conference and panels since there are so many great topics and speakers.