Friday Free-for-All

A few links to get things rolling this morning: 

  • The Church of the ‘Times’: Kenneth Woodward makes a convincing argument that the New York Times is “an institution with the soul of a church,” complete with its own secular magisterium.
  • ‘An exercise in moral botox’: Mary Eberstadt eviscerates You Don’t Know Jack, HBO’s paean to Jack Kevorkian.
  • Confess in the ‘Paddy Power Sin Bin’: An Irish bookie has donated £10,000 to a Church restoration fund for a new confessional. The pastor at St. Etheldra isn’t concerned that gambling is behind the funds; as he simply put it, “Everyone liked a flutter.”
  • An Honest Facebook Political Argument: Hilarious pull-quote to pique your interest and make you click through.
  • “Time 100” is that magazine’s annual issue dedicated to their picks for most influential people of the year. The list is about what you’d expect — a mix of the obvious, obscure, and ridiculous. (Under “Leaders,” Sister Carol Keehan made the cut for her support of the health-care reform bill. Influential, maybe — but not everyone would agree that was a good thing.)

    Who would be on your list of most influential people of the past year?

Margaret Cabaniss


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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