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Defect in form

A Vatican Secretariat of State press release came out over the weekend. It’s a policy statement about a relatively minor matter: organizations named after Popes.

DECLARATION ON THE PROTECTION OF THE FIGURE OF THE POPE
Recent years have witnessed a great increase of affection and esteem for the person of the Holy Father. There has also been a desire to use the Pope’s name in the title of universities, schools or cultural institutions, as well as associations, foundations and other groups.
In light of

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Signs of having too much money: #2

2008-06-12-blender.jpgCall me Savonarola, but the outdoor blender powered by a two-stroke gasoline engine might be something you don’t really need.

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Only $280,000 per member of the community

Kathy Shaidle blogs about the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a washed-up teaching order whose 200 remaining members have an average age of 86. They haven’t let that statistic stop them from undertaking a $56 million eco-renovation on their headquarters near Detroit.
At this point, they owe $37 mil on the construction costs, and Heaven knows if they can ever foot the bill. I certainly wouldn’t want to be their creditor.
The sisters seem to be very progressive-minded, but may have

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My suburban church is hit by lightning

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Here’s an audio transcript of the event:
[The Saturday afternoon Mass is in progress, and the congregation is singing.]
Cantor and congregation: Here I am, Laud…
[SUDDEN NOISE: CRRRAACCCKKK!]

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Priest drives a fast car

A motorists’ association in Portugal is writing to the Pope to complain about a priest with a souped-up Fiesta. Offhand, I doubt the letter will get much sympathy in Rome. Isn’t driving fast practically mandatory in Italy?

LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese group campaigning for safe roads has asked the
Vatican to ensure that a priest who owns a souped-up Ford Fiesta “resist the temptations of speed.”
Father Antonio Rodrigues, Portugal’s only owner of a 150-horse-power Ford Fiesta 2000 ST, has boasted of his car’s

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