Support for Batavia priest grows amid pending removal-Shaw Local

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

Very strange, makes you wonder about what’s the heck is going on.

This young, active priest accused of nothing is benched, suspended with pay, well not suspended, just removed from the roster.

And he’s not the only one. Rockford diocese here, but apparently at least one Chicago priest has gotten this treatment, hung out to dry with no comment or explanation by bishop or cardinal archbishop.


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Second City Cop on Big Shoulders City . . .

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. . . winds up his sharp, telegraphic assessment:

And finally, with [police department] manpower down 18 percent across the board, retirements through the roof, resignations at record levels and no one take the entrance exam, Groot [the
mayor] decides to take fifty-six officers, two sergeants and a lieutenant (mostly from the already shorthanded Districts) and assign them to….her house.

That’s most of a Watch, now assigned to Groot. That means (once again) if you want a day off to relax, recover and maybe make some sort of family plans after three weeks of 12-hour days (and more to come), too darn bad.

Sure, Groot will tell you she cares as she hides behind a phalanx of cops (that she hates). Groot will also tell you your mental and physical health is at the forefront of her mind and she’ll thank your family for not having you around for…

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Pope Francis, the Joe Biden of the Catholic Church, Sets His Sights on the Latin Mass

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He certainly has it in for the supernatural, offers new proof of living while ignoring eternal truths. A sort of Holy Rotary leader (with all respect to Rotarians the world over), not the Holy Rosary. Oh boy . . .

The rumors appear to be true: Pope Francis is planning to rescind Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio liberalizing the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass (TLM), which Benedict dubbed the “Extraordinary Form” of the Latin Rite. This at a time when the TLM has been flourishing while most of the Church is experiencing significantdeclines. Before exploring why Pope Francis is considering this radical move, it might be helpful to briefly review the history of the TLM over the past 60+ years.

Let’s do just that . . .

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Have you hated a Jew today?

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It’s having a new heyday.

Anti-Semitism is having yet another of its semi-annual flare-ups. It’s a disease that will never be eradicated. On Tuesday, Rabbi David Wolpe said on Twitter: “I remember when hating Jews wasn’t chic.” His memory is better than mine. You don’t have to be a Nazi to be a Jew-hater. I recently heard a university administrator describe a woman’s voice as “too Jewy.” Anti-Semitism is an equal-opportunity employer.

[You can find Eliot
Weinberger’s translation of “I, a Jew” in Borges’ Selected
Viking, 1999.]

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Biden to Suspend Arctic Oil Drilling Leases | Human Events

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Forging ahead with Uncle Joe’s MAW* program.

In a move certain to increase prices across the board and heighten America’s energy dependence on foreign sources, the Biden administration will suspend oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will publish a secretarial order formally rescinding the leases, which were issued during Trump’s final days as president, according to sources familiar with the matter, per the New York Times.

The move comes after Biden’s executive order, on his first day as president, to place a moratorium on new Arctic drilling.

* Make American Weak.

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Biden seemingly blasts Sinema, Manchin for ‘voting more with my Republican friends’ | Fox News

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Those two, however, seem like the fabled Dutch boy with thumb in dike.

For which they are to be applauded, of course. (Also of course, not to be dismissing of their constituencies, which is as it should be.)

As for the Dutch boy, a.k.a. Hans Brinker . . . Look it up.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at Mid-Term | Chicago Contrarian

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The long form lives in this Chicago Contrarian series.

The face of failure

When Lori Lightfoot announced her bid to unseat then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2018, the Ohio native and former head of the Chicago Police Board and Chicago Police Accountability Task Force struck a pose as a seismic and completely heterodox politician. Over the past two-year period, Chicago residents have come to learn at halfway through her first term in office, Ms. Lightfoot has been a miserable failure. That Ms. Lightfoot has failed is not because of faulty policy, but because she has forsaken her duties as the leader of the City of Chicago. The three areas in which Lightfoot has failed most significantly are on budgetary matters, education and crime.


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