Scottish Teachers Did Not Face an Elevated Risk of Severe COVID-19 When Schools Were Open . . .

. . . as they expected.

It’s been known since early in the pandemic that children’s risk of death from COVID-19 is extremely low. However, proponents of school closures have long argued that keeping schools open would put teachers at significant risk.

Back in January, six teaching unions urged the Government to “pause” school reopenings. They argued that returning pupils to classrooms while the virus was still spreading would expose education workers to “serious risk of ill-health”.

However, figures published by the ONS [UK
Office for National Statistics] later that month cast serious doubt on the unions’ claims. Between March and December of 2020, the COVID-19 death rate among education workers – adjusted for age and sex – was “significantly lower” than that among the general population.

The highest death rates were observed among taxi drivers, machine operators, security guards, restaurant workers, and social care staff – i.e., in working class professions. [boldface added]

This and much, much more from . . . The Daily Sceptic: Question Everything. Stay Sane. Stay Free.

La Crosse WI bishop told his side of the Fr. Altman story a year ago, Part 2 . . .

A bishop’s dilemma when faced with a recalcitrant priest with a huge public following:

. . . right now, the bishop said, he is adhering to what “the Gospel dictates,” that any means of “pastoral solicitude” in Fr. Altman’s case must be conducted in private, not “in the bright light of the public arena.”
“Most people expect a decisive move from me, one way or another. Many suggest immediate penalties that will utterly silence him; others call for complete and unwavering support of his views,” Bishop Callahan said. “Canonical penalties are not far away if my attempts at fraternal correction do not work.
“I pray that Fr. Altman’s heart and eyes might be open to the error of his ways [!] and that he might take steps to correct his behavior and heal the wound he has inflicted on the body of Christ.” [!]
He brings out the heavy artillery, which bishops often do the world over. Fr. Altman started it.
Fr. Altman opens his video with a prayer about the blood of Christ and his sacrifice on the cross to save humanity. He also quotes from the Baltimore Catechism that God made us “to know, love and serve” him, and argues that “godless politicians” and the nation’s “godless education system” have resulted in policies and people who do not know God and so cannot love and serve him.
He’s as good at it as the bishop.
He included brief flashes of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and an empty classroom. Pelosi is standing behind a sign calling for “equal access to abortion.” Both Pelosi and Biden, who are Catholic, support legalized abortion.
Gets political. He says,
Those who accuse him of “just being political” need to remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “The Church is not a political power. It is not a party, but it is a moral power. Therefore, since politics fundamentally should be a moral enterprise, then the Church in this sense has something to say about politics” and Catholics have a duty and an obligation to speak up when politicians and politics “act in an immoral way.”
The bishop agrees.
In his statement, Bishop Callahan said that after viewing Fr. Altman’s video, “I understand the undeniable truth that motivates his message.”
“When we approach issues that are contradictory to the faith and teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, particularly on abortion and other life issues, we should invite dialogue and heartfelt conversion to the truth,” the bishop said. “Our approach must never seek to divide, isolate and condemn.”
Be a uniter.
“That being said,” he continued, “it is not only the underlying truth that needs to be evaluated but also the manner of delivery and the tone of his message.”
The tone’s the thing.
Bishop Callahan also pointed to Fr. Altman’s tone, saying it “comes off as angry and judgmental, lacking any charity and in a way that causes scandal both in the Church and in society.”
“His generalization and condemnation of entire groups of people is completely inappropriate and not in keeping with our values or the life of virtue,” he added.
He looks for help.
“Pray for me as I address this issue, and pray for Fr. Altman that he might hear and respond to my fraternal correction,” the bishop added. “Finally, please pray for the Church that we might seek the truth in charity and apply it in our daily actions.”
To be wondered about is what this and other bishops have done to dissuade Democrats from their pro-abortion policies and whether they have been squeamish in facing large-scale immoral behavior.

Radical chic revisited: AOC at a party

$30,000 a ticket.

AOC and her socialist ilk pretend to be “of the people” while declaring from such ritzy events just how they’re going to take care of the hoi polloi by supposedly taxing their wealthy progressive oppressors.

The kinds of people who attend these events, however, more often than not have accountants who find every tax write-off and loophole possible to avoid paying a single penny more in taxes than is absolutely required by law.

Fund-raising is endemic, but who does it with such style?


La Crosse WI bishop told his side of the Fr. Altman story a year ago . . .

. . . via U.S. bishops’ news service:

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, said Sept. 9 [2020] that he has privately begun “applying Gospel principles” to correct a pastor who in a video says Catholics who are Democrats must “repent” of their support for the party or “face the fires of hell.”
Indeed fiery talk.
“Canon law indicates that before penalties are imposed, we need to ensure that fraternal correction, rebuke or other means of pastoral solicitude will not be sufficient to repair the scandal,” Bishop William P. Callahan said in a statement about Father James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Parish in La Crosse, and his video.
The priest’s nearly 10-minute YouTube video was posted Aug. 30 by Alpha News MN on its website. To date, over 389,000 people have viewed it at least once.
He’s a certifiable hit, no question.
The blow that killed Father A. as a priest in good standing:
“Here’s a memo for clueless, baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” the priest says.
That did it. Including the next sentence:
“Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches,” especially its teaching that abortion is a “moral evil.”
He was on his way to become another Fr. Coughlin, “the Depression’s radio priest” of the 1930s who plunged into politics until he was silenced by the bishops after Pearl Harbor.
Bishop Callahan says he has become “a social media phenomenon and is now a mainstream media story. The amount of calls and emails we are receiving at the diocesan offices show how divisive he is.”
Divisive. A familiar word in such communications.
“I am being pressured by both sides for a comment,” the bishop said, offering an analysis. “One side holds him up as a hero or a prophet, the other side condemns him and vilifies him and demands I silence him.”
more more more later

50 years, a kiss remembered . . .

And explained . . . 

From kindergarten through our graduation as seniors in high school, I knew a girl named Lynn Kilbane. We were casual friends, nothing more. In third grade her desk was next to mine and one day, for no reason I could understand, she leaned over and kissed me on the left shoulder. I was surprised and confused, and nothing came of it except the memory.

He asked about it.

At our high-school reunion on Saturday, Lynn walked up to me and said, “I know you.” We talked for half an hour. She has worked as a nurse for forty-five years. I reminded her of the kiss and she said, “I would do that sometimes. I must have liked you.”

Her brother, their age, had died.

I remembered nothing about Kevin’s death except that it happened. Lynn explained that it was cancer and his death was protracted and painful. It came in the summer of 1965.

She thanked me for remembering Kevin and for describing what I remembered of how he looked. The word she used was “chunky.” Neither of us expected, when we went to the reunion, to talk about a thirteen-year-old boy who died fifty-six years ago.

The writer, , now of Houston, in whose blog, Anecdotal Evidence “about the intersection of books and life,” this appears, connected with another Ohioan.

In one of his best stories, “Death in the Woods,” Sherwood Anderson describes his narrator’s attempt to accurately recount the death of an old woman in the woods outside of town. He wants to correct his brother’s version, which is not how he remembers it:

“You see it is likely that, when my brother told the story, that night when we got home and my mother and sister sat listening, I did not think he got the point. He was too young and so was I. A thing so complete has its own beauty.”

Memories need not be sweet, they just have to be there, after 50 years.

New Liturgical Movement: M.C. Training Webinar

B eginning Monday, September 20, Mr Louis Tofari (Romanitas Press) will conduct a comprehensive Master of Ceremonies training program for the traditional Roman Mass, using the 1962 Missale Romanum.

The webinar will include an outline of the Roman Missal’s historical development and associated reforms, a section-by-section examination of its contents, a review of its calendar and classifications, and instruction in using an Ordo to prepare the Missal.

The five-session webinar will be hosted via Zoom conferencing and will feature slideshow presentations. Sessions will be held on September 20, 22, 24, 27 & 29 from 10:00am to 11:30am CST.

For the benefit of those who cannot attend a live session, each session will be video recorded and shared with all webinar subscribers. The fee for a single subscriber is $65; group rates are available. Click HERE to subscribe.

New Liturgical Movement: M.C. Training Webinar

These things that happen are all really true . . . The pope has spoken, life goes on. . . .

9/11, Afghanistan, and the Next War

Meanwhile, back at home, if we continue to teach our young people that America is fundamentally racist and irredeemably flawed, we will reap exactly what we sow.

Why would any person of intelligence and character put his or her life at risk to defend a country controlled by a leadership class that continually derides or ignores tens of millions of Americans, along with their needs, their convictions, and their concerns?

Here’s a modest proposal: Let our pundits and our political and cultural elites fight the next war.  The rest of us can watch from the sidelines.

9/11, Afghanistan, and the Next War | Joseph Mahoney | First Things

A combat veteran’s complaint.

Trump Support On The Rise — So Google Does The Unthinkable

“It’s clear that YouTube attacked and censored CPAC due to us standing with former President Trump on his lawsuit on these tech companies,” said Matt Schlapp, ACU’s Chairman

. “This is another showcase of these companies censoring information they disagree with in order to support the political positions they like.”

Trump Support On The Rise — So Google Does The Unthinkable | National Insiders

Powah! They got powah! They use it!

California Priest ‘CANCELLED’ After Calling Out Biden, Pope Francis, Bishop & Vaccine

Yet another Catholic priest has been ‘cancelled’ for daring to criticize the LGBT-friendly hierarchy, pro-abortion Biden, Pope Francis and the covid protocols.

Fr. Francis Gloudeman is a great priest with the Norbertine order in Orange County, California. He recently had his faculties removed after giving a homily that went viral at San Secondo D’asti, parish in Ontario, California, (colloquially referred to as ‘Guasti,’) a parish he helps out at.

Unlike most of the other persecuted priests who are at least warned or admonished first, the hierarchy seemed to drop the hammer quickly on this one.

California Priest ‘CANCELLED’ After Calling Out Biden, Pope Francis, Bishop & Vaccine

Not quite your detached news piece here, but thing is, there’s not much of that available. In any case, there’s a whole movement out there, blaming bishops and praising maverick priests.

Catholic health ministry head decries ‘unjust’ federal vaccine mandate

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

Authoritarian ways of Democrats.

“Coercing individuals into making a medical intervention is unjust,” said Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation and former acting deputy director of the Civil Rights Division of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, in an interview with CNA on Thursday.

“And a vaccine mandate that could cause millions of Americans to lose their jobs, to be excluded from large swathes of civil society – to become, effectively, second-class citizens – seriously undermines the principle of human dignity and the civil rights foundations of America,” he said.

Catholic health ministry head decries ‘unjust’ federal vaccine mandate

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