College Endowments

News report: A private foundation must spend 5% of its endowment on its mission–colleges don’t have to. Record return on those endowments is leading to some in Congress to ask why colleges are letting tuition rise while their investment income skyrockets at an even higher rate. If they were required to meet the same 5%…

New Church for Fatima Shrine

A new church has been dedicated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. It commemorates the alleged apparitions of Mary reported by three children in 1917 (see Wikipedia article for basics). In these apparitions there is emphasis on such things as: the unity of the hearts of Jesus and Mary, offering sacrifices…

The Armenian Genocide

These are strange times. Ronald Reagan was not afraid to call the Armenian genocide by its right name, but Jimmy Carter, the patron saint of human rights, doesn’t think we should do so. Meanwhile, the House measure goes forward to a vote. Earlier post.

“Golden Compass” to Be Modified

Reports say that the anti-religious themes will be softened in the film version of Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass.” Some of Pullman’s supporters are not happy. Pullman himself expects the film to remain ‘faithful’ to the books he wrote, but the National Secular Society – of which Pullman is an honorary associate – has reacted…

Vatican Staff Member Suspended after TV Interview

Msgr. Tommaso Stenico, of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, says he was only pretending to be gay while doing research. He was suspended after doing a television interview in which he opined that he didn’t think he was sinning by having gay sex. His face and voice were altered for the interview, but his…

ACF Gathering in Aggieland

I was up in Aggieland for the weekend, for an area ACF gathering sponsored by the Texas Conference. Lane Campbell spoke Friday night; I spoke Sabbath morning and at vespers yesterday evening. Janice reports.

Maiden Voyage …

Andrew and I took the canoe out for the first time today. I heard many good reviews of Armand Bayou, on the SE side of Houston (near NASA). We put in at the canoe launch at Bay Area Park (here–click on the Satellite tab) and paddled north about 1 1/4 miles. We forgot to take…