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Tuesday, April 18, 2006


John Stroud

Wow, how do you stay sane with all this traveling?

fr richard

John, I think that your question is actually an assumption :)


Speaking of St. Paul, MN, this from the latest National Review:

"Following the "Midwinter Holiday" comes the "Spring Holiday"; and wouldn't you know it, those darn Christians are trying to make something religious out of this one, too. The city council of St. Paul, Minn., is having none of it. A council secretary had decorated the lobby of City Hall with a cloth bunny, eggs, and a sign saying (eek!) "Happy Easter," all paid for from her own pocket. The city's human-rights director, Tyrone Terrill (whose voice-mail message, one keen-eared reporter noticed, contains a segment of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech larded with Scriptural references), ordered the offending display removed, though he admitted that no one had actually complained. Subversive elements among the city's workforce have responded by quietly placing boxes of Peeps - seasonal marshmallow candies shaped like chicks and rabbits - around a City Hall statue. The statue, by Swedish pacifist Carl Milles, depicts Native Americans smoking peace pipes, and is officially known as the "Vision of Peace." The wags of St. Paul are suggesting that the statue be renamed the "Vision of Peeps." And speaking of renaming: How long can it be before the deplorably exclusionary name of this city is purged from our gazetteers?"

Reminds me of this:

"The tolerance that admits God as it were as a private opinion but refuses him in the public domain, the reality of the world and of our lives, is not tolerance but hypocrisy."

-Benedict XVI, L’Osservatore Romano, English, October 5, 2005

Carl Olson

Fr. Richard is quite right. Why assume that I am sane? The trick, I suppose, is taking one trip at a time (physically, obviously, but especially psychologically) and look forward to July. My wife, btw, is a saint.


Regarding the Catholic scripture conference, I believe you mean Charlotte, "North Carolina", not "South Carolina".

Carl Olson

Yes, North Carolina it is. Or was. Or still is. At least I didn't write "East Carolina." ;-) Thanks!

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