This morning President Obama signed historic legislation repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that compelled gay and lesbian servicemembers to hide their sexual orientation.
It was reported earlier in this space that the School Sisters of Notre Dame had auctioned off a rare Honus Wagner baseball card to support their charitable mission.
They had the auction. The problem was, the winning bidder never paid up.
Well, the sisters finally got that card sold.
On [Dec. 20], the Baltimore-based order of Roman Catholic nuns got their $220,000 — the original bid — but have a different collector to thank.
Dr. Nicholas DePace, a Philadelphia cardiologist, wired them the money and owns the card. He's been collecting sports memorabilia for 30 years, and he's a longtime client of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. A staff member at the auction house reached out to him in early December after the winning bidder missed a 30-day deadline to purchase the card, and DePace agreed immediately to buy it.
"God bless him," said Sister Virginia Muller, the former treasurer of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who was entrusted with the card."
A few weeks ago, the White House announced the honorees for the next Presidential Medal of Freedom awards. One of these will go to Sylvia Mendez from Orange County in southern California. Most Americans have no idea who Sylvia is and why she would be getting this major award given to U.S. citizens. She is getting the award really not for herself but for her parents, who along with other Mexican American parents in the early 1940s organized a legal challenge to the many years of public school segregation of Mexican American children in Orange County. Irrespective of where they lived, all Mexican American children had to attend the so-called “Mexican schools.”
Here are the closing graphs of the Dec. 22 editorial of the Arizona Republic, titled: A parting that was inevitable
Increasingly, however, that interpretation of moral law is in conflict with the best judgment of the hospital's medical professionals. In our view, the hospital's directors have made genuinely good-faith efforts to abide by its agreement with the church.
Ultimately, it is the choices of medical people on the scene who must make the necessary choices, often of life and death, regarding their patients.
St. Joseph's Hospital may no longer be a Catholic institution. But the fundamental Catholic commitment to life will continue resonating through its hallowed halls.
On this day in 1136, the Benedictine Abbess Jutta died at Disibodenberg.
"Jutta was like a river with many tributaries, overflowing with the grace of God." --Hildegard of Bingen
Jutta, anchoress and foundress of the women's cloister at Disibodenberg, and spiritual mother to Hildegard, was born to Count Stephan II of Sponheim and his wife Sophia of Formbach in 1092.
Catholic Charities in action: More women seeking safe haven from domestic abuse: Holiday Spirit
Jamesville, N.Y.: Two paths, shared pain: Christmas at a closed church
The Senate voted 67 to 28 Tuesday to advance a new arms control treaty that would pare back American and Russian nuclear arsenals, reaching the two-thirds margin needed for approval despite a concerted Republican effort to block ratification.
With the vote, it appears clear the treaty will be ratified and peace and anti-nuke advocates throughout the world can, for the moment, breath easier. Sanity is found a super majority in the U.S. Senate.
Last night, PBS premiered part one of The Calling, a new documentary from the Independent Lens series. (My fellow NCR Today blogger Maureen Fielder wrote about this show On PBS: 'The Calling'.) The film follows the lives of seven young adults entering the ministry in the Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic faiths.
About 2 minutes and 17 seconds into this news clip from KSAZ Channel 10, the Phoenix Fox affiliate, you can see and hear Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix speaking about his decision to pull the "Catholic" designation from St. Joesph's Hospital.
The combination of a large cash and land donations allows the Des Moines diocese, Iowa, to start a new Catholic parish, school and senior living center.
According to the Des Moines Register:
Don Lamberti and his wife, Charlene, longtime members of Our Lady's, have donated $2 million toward the school project. While no timelines for construction have been set, Lamberti said Friday the school will open in time to benefit his great-grandchildren - along with countless other students.
Another family with longtime ties to Our Lady's will provide land for the new church, school and housing site. Fern Ringgenberg, along with the estate of her late sister, Mary, has donated 35 acres just west of Northwest Wiegel Drive and directly south of the future extension of Northwest 13th Street.