Archive: February, 2009
Parishioners at St. Miriam Church have a new way to receive the Catholic sacrament of Reconciliation, once known as penance.
They can now web-surf to an on-line confessional on the church’s website, confess their sins, hit “send” and then wait for an e-mailed absolution.
Which is just gr8, IMHO.
It was a close call last week for Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty, who’s sore but doing fine after a one-car accident that demolished the city-owned Ford Crown Victoria he was driving.
The judge was traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, headed to a conference in Pittsburgh, when he swerved somewhere in Somerset County to avoid a car that was fishtailing in the driving snowstorm.
“I bailed to the left, then lost control,” he says. “I did several three-sixties then crashed into the median. It was a blessing at that moment that no cars behind me were close enough to hit me.”
Pennsylvania's no-smoking ban is such a wuss of a law. It's supposed to prohibit people from lighting up in most public buildings and businesses. But loopholes to the five-month-old law abound.
Now, reports the Allentown Morning Call, the state Health Department's Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control is doing a legal review of the ban, after attorneys for about a dozen Pennsylvania hotels called to challenge it.
The department ought to tell those lawyers to go blow smoke.
Remember that funny school teacher who drove his tiny red Fiat around Citizen's Bank Park on the morning of every Phillies playoff game last fall, to bring the team good luck?
Luigi Borda decorated his car with a lot of big Phillies P's and christened it "The Philly Phiat." Then he drove that thing around the park, beeping it's horn like a world championship depended on it.
Which, it turns out, it kind of did.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Carmel Kropp, the cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on Logan Square.
Carmel has a strange claim to fame: She has sung at the funerals of the six area police officers killed in the line of duty these past 16 months, as well as for Jon Pryor, the Penn surgeon and U.S. Army reservist killed while manning a combat hospital in Iraq on Christmas Day.
Because parts, if not all, of these somber services have been televised, many of us have heard Carmel's comforting voice at least once.
My column today contains thoughts about the word "sacrifice," given that Americans are being told we'll have to sacrifice much during these economic times.
But what does the word mean to everyday Americans?
I posed the question to a few dozen readers, and included some of their remarks in my column. Since I couldn't fit everyone in, and since a lot of people had such insightful things to share, I wanted to print here the e-mails that didn't make it into my column, for space reasons alone.