Friday, December 15, 2006

From Our Bulging "Being Married Does Not Prevent Sexual Perversion" Files

I don't want to sound mean, but I somehow don't think the "she's too pretty for jail" defense will be utilized in this case.

A flirtatious Brandy Lynn Gonzales lured five boys from her fifth-grade classes into sexual acts at movie theaters, her apartment and even her classroom, prosecutors said Thursday.

At least one student was taken to her apartment, where he was sexually assaulted by Gonzales, 27, and her husband, Johnny Gonzales, 31, said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Denise Oncken.

"Evidently, according to the victims, she was quite a flirt in the classroom," Oncken said.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I Wish I Could Say I'm Surprised

A Carter appointed Federal judge in San Francisco (natch) says it's perfectly constitutional for a city to formally attack the Catholic Church for it religious/moral position on homosexuality.

In her decision upholding the resolution against the Law Center's constitutional challenge, the federal judge defended the City by essentially claiming that the Church invited the attack by publicly expressing its teaching on moral issues. In her written opinion, the judge stated, "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith provoked this debate, indeed may have invited entanglement, by its [doctrinal] statement. This court does not find that our case law requires political bodies to remain silent in the face of this provocation."
Actor Peter Boyle Dies

Interestingly enough, the former cast member of the hit television show Everybody Loves Raymond was a Christian Brothers monk before becoming a professional actor. The Internet Movie Data Base has more details about Boyle's life and cause of death here.

Kathy Shaidle notes that Boyle was a lifelong political leftist.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Apocalypto and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Probably not a coincidence that Gibson's newest movie opened right around this feast day. As reported by LifeSite, there's a new Spanish film that focuses on OLG and which acts as a good historical follow up to Apocalypto.

Follow Up: Dense that I sometimes am, I failed to notice that Apocalypto opened in the U.S. on the day of the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and one day before the feast of St. Juan Diego. Within this context, Amy Welborn links to an interesting movie review of Apocalypto by Bill Cork.
The Navy and Mother are Both Wrong

A 32 year old single mother relinquishes custody of her 13 year old daughter in order to enlist in the Navy.

As far as I'm concerned, the Navy is wrong for saying single custodial parents can't enlist, and this mother is wrong for trading in custody and the upbringing of her daughter in order to pursue her "dream" of a naval career. A pox on both houses.

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Famous Mormon Football Players

Had no idea Merlin Olsen, Sean Salisbury and Danny White were LDS adherents. Wonder if they all wear/wore "holy" jock straps? (Kidding!)

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Why Aren't There More?

Guess it's that time of the year when many high school seniors are getting their applications off to different colleges. Speaking of colleges, and putting the issue of orthodoxy aside, I am somewhat amazed that there is only one four year Catholic university in Los Angeles County and a total of 4 four year Catholic colleges/universities in all of Southern California (which I would say runs from Bakersfield down to San Diego). Considering that one of these colleges, John Paul the Great University has basically just started operating and holds all of its classes in an office building, there are really only 3 established Catholic colleges/universities (Loyola Marymount, Thomas Aquinas College and University of San Diego) in the region.

Compare that to the San Francisco Bay Area, where there are a total of 6 established four year Catholic colleges/universities (University of San Francisco, Dominican University, Holy Names University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Saint Mary's College, and Santa Clara University). Throw in the University of Sacramento, which is only about 100 miles from San Francisco, and there are 7 institutes of higher learning in the area with a Catholic identity.

How the heck did such a discrepancy occur?