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Ironically, on the same day New York City newspapers warn of impending parish closures, St. Louis magazine prints excerpts from “A Boy From Ballwin,” Christina Boyle’s new book about Cardinal Tim Dolan. Those who want to know why churches are closing, a new book, “Why We Walked Away,” which presents the stories of 12 of the 18,000 American priests who left active ministry in the Catholic church in the last several decades. It’s reviewed today by Michael St. Thomas at Crux.
“Can you be more Catholic than the Pope? The American arch-reactionary Pat Buchanan thinks so.” So writes Paul Vellely in The Independent, lambasting the ex-Globe Democrat scribe for taking a shot at Pope Francis for allegedly sowing “confusion among the faithful” by refusing to defend the unchanging truth of Catholicism. The ex-GOP presidential hopeful goes even further, claiming the pontiff may be “speaking heresy” which would imply that Francis is “not a valid pope.” The controversy stems from the recent meeting in Rome at which some in the hierarchy tried to make the church more welcoming to gays and divorcees.
Premiere baseball writer Roger Kahn’s newest, “Rickey & Robinson,” gives a fresh and detailed account of the aborted major league baseball strike in 1947. The issue wasn’t money, but the presence of the first black pro ball player, Jackie Robinson, and the worrisome prospect of others to follow in his footsteps. Though launched by Dixie Walker of the then-Brooklyn Dodgers, among the plan’s ringleaders were Cardinals Enos Slaughter (of North Carolina), Marty Marion (of South Carolina) and Terry Moore of Alabama. The surreptitious plot was inadvertently leaked by Cards’ team physician Dr. Robert Hyland.
NBC’s “Meet The Press” with Chuck Todd has plummeted to #3 in the Sunday morning ratings dwarfed by ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.”