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A Mysterious Shooting

Posted by Mark on February 14, 2006

There was a gun incident involving The White House ten years ago. There were no witnesses. There was a press conference, even a few questions. It was over.

The White House Press corps didn’t get too excited. After all, it was a horrible accident. Case closed.

Forward ten years later. Vice President Cheney is involved in a hunting accident. There are multiple witnesses. And the Washington Press Corps, CNN, MSNBC et al can talk of nothing else. What’s the difference? Media bias. No more, no less.

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The Origins of St. Valentine’s Day

Posted by zaphriel on February 14, 2006

Being the lone Catholic here, I thought I would talk a little bit today about St. Valentine.

rose5.jpgWhile you are all professing your love to one another with chocolate and roses, it’s good to know where the whole thing came from. In my search I found this from American Catholic .org

A quick quiz: St. Valentine was:

a) a priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians during the reign of Claudius II, was thrown in jail and later beheaded on Feb. 14.

b) a Catholic bishop of Terni who was beheaded, also during the reign of Claudius II.

c) someone who secretly married couples when marriage was forbidden, or suffered in Africa, or wrote letters to his jailer’s daughter, and was probably beheaded.

d) all, some, or possibly none of the above.

If you guessed d), give yourself a box of chocolates. Although the mid-February holiday celebrating love and lovers remains wildly popular, the confusion over its origins led the Catholic Church, in 1969, to drop St. Valentine’s Day from the Roman calendar of official, worldwide Catholic feasts. (Those highly sought-after days are reserved for saints with more clear historical record. After all, the saints are real individuals for us to imitate.) Some parishes, however, observe the feast of St. Valentine. Read the rest of this entry »

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