Monthly Archives: September 2012

I love a mystery . . .

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The 100 best mystery novels of all time. Here they are, with links…

1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle (Included in this are The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four, each of which garned a lot of votes on its own.)
2. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
3. Tales of Mystery and Imagination, by Edgar Allen Poe (Includes “The Gold Bug” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” which also received a lot of individual votes.)
4. The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
5. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John le Carré
7. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
8. The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
9. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
10. And Then There…

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When government gets personal

This accident waiting to happen in the wild and woolly world of newspapers and copy editing happened in this week’s Oak Leaves:

Among items discussed Monday by Oak Park’s finance committee was employment of five full-time engineers. Trustee John Hedges asked if having in-house employees was the most cost-effective way to go.

Having in-house engineers, staff responded, was more efficient than contracting the work out.

“They are extremely efficient,” Pubic Works Director John Wielebnicki said.

I say leave people’s privates alone.

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Some “crazy things” in papyruses:

Scholars are questioning the authenticity and significance of a much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar who reported that a 4th Century fragment of papyrus has provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.

“. . . many questions remain unanswered about the Harvard fragment.”

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. . . from Martin Marty at his best:

Vying for space and time on the religion-and-media front this week, in competition with presidential campaigns, Muslim extremist riots, and almost numberless other stirs, has been the attention given to a tiny piece of papyrus which includes the teeny words “Jesus” and “wife.” This text was pictured as being “hot off the press,” with only a four century pre-publication delay after the time of the occurrences to which it presumably referred. Four centuries from the implied wedding of Jesus to this “evidence” is the amount of time from the writing of the Mayflower Compact to our own.

And there’s more more more . . .

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Jesus was married

And still is.

‘Pro-Choice’ Catholic Kennedy, Congressman at Anna Maria College

Truth to power, anyone?

Campus Notes

It appears that “pro-choice” Victoria Reggie Kennedy has been invited again to Anna Maria College, which disinvited her last spring. This time she will share a stage with a Catholic congressman who has a 100 percent rating from the pro-abortion group NARAL.

As reported by The Cardinal Newman Society in March, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., honored the wishes of Worcester Bishop Robert McManus and disinvited the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy as commencement speaker because of concerns about conflicts with Catholic moral teaching. Then the College asked Bishop McManus not to attend the commencement ceremony, claiming he would be a “distraction.”

Now the College reportedly has invited Kennedy to speak on October 24 as part of its fall symposium on “Faith and the Public Square: Balancing Religious Beliefs with the Common Good.”

Since when do Catholics “balance” their faith with the common good, as if the two are contradictory? Sounds like the perfect venue…

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“Geriatric Hippie Nuns” vs. GK Chesterton

This fellow uses GK Chesterton to refute the social-gospelling nuns of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Chesterton “would have been more than happy to befriend the wetlands had he known they needed befriending; [and] he would have endorsed reasonable measures to promote clean and sustainable energy,” he writes.

What the Curmudgeon of Catholicism would have vehemently denounced, however, is the LCWR’s conflation of sin and sociology such that the gospel becomes essentially a clarion call to social action, and sin is redefined to encompass only those perceived injustices committed by the collectives in power. This is not the gospel Chesterton embraced, nor is it the gospel Christ entrusted to his apostles.

Well said, that.

Paul Ryan channels Dorothy Day!

The good instincts of John Kass

He went to Leo Catholic and liked what he saw, an "unreal" school.

Ohio senate race, go Mandel

Josh Mandel for U.S. senator from Ohio. Vs. super lib Sherrod Brown. Part of dump Harry Reid movement. Go Josh Mandel.

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