BREAKING: Bishop Chaput Announces Results of 8 Child Abuse Investigations

This is the press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as received. Short version: investigations in 8 cases concluded, 3 men exonerated, 5 found “unfit”, 6 still being examined by law enforcement, and the rest still under review. [Read more...]

Empire of the Dwarfs [News of the Weird]

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Look, I don’t make the news, I just pass it along. And the news is this: approximately 100 dwarfs live in a self-contained mini-Empire-cum-theme-park and entertain tourists. China built the facility in 2009, despite some concerns about exploitation of people with disabilities. As Matt Poulter of website eChinacities wrote: “Is Dwarf Empire providing its employees [Read More...]

First Reaction from the LCWR UPDATED

UPDATED: Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report. Writers on all sides of the ideological spectrum have been chewing over the welcome news that the dissident Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be reformed, so I won’t rehash the story here. You can find the full Doctrinal Assessment here, and read Rocco’s balanced coverage here. I was [Read More...]

The Most Pressing Issue in Global Christianity

I try not to duplicate material found on other blogs here at Patheos, but Mark Shea posted a powerful and important video from John Allen, Jr. on the global persecution of Christians, and it deserves the widest possible distribution. I’ve read John Allen for a long time, and always admired his work, if not the [Read More...]

Blind Writer’s Manuscript Recovered by Forensic Department

Seven years ago, Trish Vickers lost her sight to diabetes, and turned to writing for solace. Using a system of rubber bands to keep her lines straight, she began writing a novel in longhand. Each week, her son, Simon, would visit and read back the manuscript pages, and then a volunteer would type them up. [Read More...]

A Quick Note About Comments

I have not yet written a comment policy, but as the Komen post draws the trolls out of their caves, I should point out that unless your comment is either benign or adds something to the conversation, it won’t get posted. If a comment is painfully stupid, insulting, and devoid of content, the writer is [Read More...]

Komen Back in Bed With Planned Parenthood

Isn’t it touching when gangsters dedicated to the industrial-scale slaughter of children are able to kiss and make up with the charity they managed to intimidate into quiescence? New money will be flowing from Komen to Planned Parenthood from new grants issued after the policy that disqualified Planned Parenthood: Grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for [Read More...]

Lost Boy Finds Family Using Google Earth

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In 1986, Saroo Brierley and his brother were working as sweepers for India’s train system when they got separated. Five-year-old Saroo fell asleep on a train and woke up in Calcutta: not the place for a five-year-old to find himself alone. After living on the streets for a time, he was taken into an orphanage [Read More...]


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