You’re a Chicago reader. You’re a Catholic. You have some idea of who’s who among priests and nuns. You think Chi Trib does its homework when it prints a story. Well not always!!!
Story today about mail theft of donations, a dastardly act that does more than steal money. It steals trust in the U.S. Postal Service, one of the pillars of society.
But what of the newspaper that leads off with “The letters to the Servants of Mary were mailed from across the country” by which it means “the Servites, headquartered . . . at Our Lady of the [sic] Sorrows Basilica.” The Sorrows? It’s not how people talk!
Reporter is Annie Sweeney, who’s not a new arrival in town, as are not the copy deskers at her newspaper. It’s been many years since Ed Eulenberg of Chi Daily News chewed me out for getting a standard Jewish term wrong in a story — and he the cheeriest and gentlest of men. Time was . . .
Anyhow, in this case, we have Servite sisters, headquartered in Ladysmith,Wisconsin, who are called Servants of Mary, and Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, Kansas City-based, founded in 1851 in Madrid, Spain.
Just a bit of Internet searching turns them up. It’s easier than finding lost mail, that’s for sure.