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BY John Lilly
JPII and the Jews
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, July 19 — Duquesne University
students will enjoy a special campus treat this summer — a major exhibit
exploring the warm relations between Pope John Paul II and Jews.
“A Blessing to One Another: Pope
John Paul II & the Jewish People” is on display through Aug. 11 at the Pittsburgh university, before moving to the Museum of Jewish Heritage
in New York.
The exhibit shows both the church
and the synagogue in John Paul’s hometown of Wadowice, Poland, as well as a replica of the
Krakow Ghetto gate and other Holocaust artifacts. It concludes with a display
documenting his interfaith initiatives.
“He’s our Pope, too,” John Hexter, head of the Cleveland
chapter of the American Jewish Committee, told the Plain Dealer after visiting the exhibit. “I think he belongs to the
The Hoosier Saint
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, July 22 — A
portrait of Mother Theodore Guerin, the founder of St. Mary of the Woods College
who will be canonized in October, now graces the Indiana governor’s office.
Mother Theodore established the college — the oldest Catholic liberal-arts
college in the United States
— near Terre Haute
At a July 21 ceremony, Gov. Mitch
Daniels hailed Mother Theodore’s selfless and pioneering spirit.
“I don’t know anybody who has
anything but reverence for the people who have led the Catholic Church and led
the faith,” Daniels said, “and those who have attained this remarkable rank —
the first Hoosier to be honored in a way that Mother Theodore soon will be —
that ought to be a source of incredible pride to all of us and that’s why we’re
ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 14 — School officials at
Foothill High School in Henderson, Nev., literally pulled the plug on
valedictorian Brittany McComb’s commencement address
when she started talking about her Christian faith.
Now she has retaliated by filing
suit in the U.S. District Court of Nevada against the principal, assistant
principal and the school employee who allegedly disconnected her microphone.
The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the officials’ actions violated McComb’s rights under the First and 14th Amendments.
McComb told the Associated Press that
she was warned Christian references would not be tolerated in her June 15
speech, but said she couldn’t keep silent about her faith.
“I wanted to say why I was
successful, and what inspired me to keep going and what motivated me,” said McComb. “It involved Jesus Christ for me, period.”
ASU’s Good Problem
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, July 24 — Arizona State
University’s All Saints
Newman Catholic Center has the sort of problem a chaplain likes to have.
The center is attracting so many
students that it plans to break ground this fall on a new $5.7-million building
to accommodate the overflow crowds.
Currently, more than 1,800 people
attend Mass at the center each weekend — and even more are expected when the
new building is finished.
The two-story structure will have
a 220-seat social hall on the ground floor, with a 650-seat chapel on the
second floor. It will also contain a 700-square-foot Eucharistic adoration
BY Joe Cullen
Fruits of Fidelity
WMTW.COM, Feb. 25 — After a decade of rising enrollments, St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine, will start work soon on the college's first new academic structure in 47 years — a $10 million office, classroom and meeting facility, reported the Web site of Portland, Maine's all-news radio station.
St. Joseph's enrollment has grown by a remarkable 54% since 1990 and stands at 970.
Though not mentioned in the report, St. Joseph's administrators have attributed much of the recent growth to a renewed emphasis on its Catholic identity.
Bow Tie Heaven
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, March 2 — Retiring Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jim Phelan set a record March 1 for the most games coached in Division I college basketball with a 60-56 victory over Central Connecticut State University — his 1,354th game, the wire service reported.
Fans, announcers and opposing coaches showed up at the game in Emmitsburg, Md., wearing bow ties in imitation of a Phelan trademark, the AP said.
Coaches in at least six other games played that day around the country also sported the ties.
Phelan, 73, moved to the top of the most-games-coached list in 2000.
He won 830 games, trailing only Dean Smith of North Carolina and Adolph Rupp of Kentucky among Division I coaches. He lost 524.
NATIONALREVIEW.COM, Feb. 18 — The fact that the feminist play “The Vagina Monologues” was welcomed by smaller colleges — including Catholic institution the Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. — is a sign of how American higher education has become increasingly less diverse, argued Winfield Myers on the Web site of National Review magazine.
“As small liberal-arts colleges adopted the pedagogy and scholarship of the big schools, they have traded away their birthright,” Myers said.
“Why should anyone choose to attend a small, relatively unknown school, Myers argued, “whose primary goal is to ape the worst features of its intellectual betters?”
Pieces of Silver
THE SOUTH END, Feb. 25 — Mercy High School for girls in Farmington Hills, Mich., decided to drop a private lunch with Gov. Jennifer Granholm in a fund-raising auction after an outcry from parents and alumni.
They objected to the governor's well-known pro-abortion views, reported Eric Czarnik in a column for the official undergraduate newspaper of Wayne State University.
In the face of media outcry over that decision, Czarnik said, the school “flinched” and reinstated the Granholm lunch as a prize.
“When the gavel fell,” said the student-columnist, “the value of Mercy High School's courage and dignity amounted to a grand total of $3,750.”
CNN.COM, Feb. 27 — Under a bill recently introduced in the Colorado Legislature, the state would award each high school student about 66% of the average public college tuition, or $4,600 annually up to four years.
State Treasurer Mike Coffman said the plan — which directs resources toward students and not to institutions — would encourage competition and could set up the framework for state money to assist students at private colleges in the future.
Former Register Assistant Editor Joe Cullen writes from New York