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By now you have probably heard that Pla will play. Pla, as in Caroline Pla from Bucks County; play, as in play football. The only question that remains: How did an 11-year-old girl make the unbendable Archdiocese of Philadelphia bend?
Philadelphia Gay News reports the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will sponsor a May 26 march by the National Organization for Marriage—an anti-gay rights group—to protest the legalization of gay marriage. PGN says the Philly diocese is the only one listed in the nation as a sponsor. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is also a sponsor. Spokespersons for both organizations said they weren't providing monetary support for the march, only promoting the event to their members. The event takes place the same day gay marriage arguments go before the Supreme Court.“Catholics believe that a marriage between one man and one woman is something
It may be that St. Joe's Prep makes Philadelphia's future leaders, but that doesn't mean the students there don't know how to prank each other live on NBC 10. Via Reddit, let's all celebrate the new pope with a "Wet Willie" at the 20-second mark of this video:UPDATE: The above video has been glitchy. If it doesn't work, please check here.
"Habemus Papam," Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran said from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Wednesday. Nobody knew what he meant, because it has been oh-so-long since high school Latin. Anyway, we have a pope!As you can tell from this screenshot from the local news, people in Philadelphia were quite enthralled by the whole process:
Today the Philadelphia Archdiocese decided it had reversed its decision to ban girls from playing football in CYO leagues. Benefitting, along with any girl who wishes to play football, is of course Carolina Pla, the 11-year-old Bucks County girl whose story started this all.The archdiocese says the decision was made after an "evaluation by coaches, parents, students and medical experts." A panel last month, which voted against co-ed CYO football, did not appear to feature students, parents of players, medical, or legal experts, according to a report in Forbes. The Archdiocese's Director of Communications Kenneth Galvin tells me the decision was
What was wrong with Jorge? Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio not only became Pope today, he became Francis I, likely after St. Francis of Assisi, the first celebrity anti-poverty activist of the early modern world. Why the name change? While there doesn't appear to be a written rule barring Popes from using their real names, it's been de facto Papal law since the mid-16th century to switch. Currently, it's the very first question the new Pope is asked after being elected, while still ensconced in the Sistine Chapel.The last Pope to use his official name was Marcello Cervini degli Spannochi, who became Marcellus II.
Habemus Papam! At around 2:05 EST, white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signaling that the College of Cardinals has decided on a new Pope. Sed qui? A new pope should emerge from St. Peter's Basilica within 40 minutes.Update [3:14 p.m.]: 76-year-old Jesuit Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen to lead the Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first Latin American Pope, will take the name Francis I.
It's true: Dennis Rodman was at the Vatican, monitoring the chimney of the Sistine Chapel for white smoke. He's apparently there to promote the candidacy of Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, whom he correctly identified as "From Africa right?" Early this morning, U.S. time, CBS 3 reporter Susan Barnett caught up with him on a terrace overlooking St. Peter's Square, where she interviewed him live. (I missed it, sadly.)Rodman, meanwhile, is still dressing like erstwhile get-rich-quick guy Matthew Lesko.