Because Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

Cleaning at St Peters

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” my mother would say, explaining why I needed to [choose one] (a) make my bed, (b) pick up my toys, (c) help with the dishes….The old adage is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, or to the Bible.  In actuality, though, the phrase apparently originated with Phineas ben Yair, a rabbi whose writings can be found in the Talmud.This is a reminder that just as your home gets dirty and needs a dusting, so does the great St. Peter’s Basilica.  I guess it has … [Read more...]

DUI Charges Against Worcester Bishop Have Been Dropped

Bishop McManus in court

DUI charges were dropped Tuesday against Bishop Robert McManus, spiritual leader of the Worcester Diocese’s 392,000 Catholics, after the bishop pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of refusing a breathalyzer test.Bishop McManus was arrested in early May for hitting a vehicle in Narragansett, then leaving the scene of the accident.  The investigating police officer reported that McManus had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.Bishop McManus has lost his driver’s license for six months and … [Read more...]