Friday Free-for-All: January 7

Happy Friday! Just a few links to get the morning rolling — feel free to add your own in the comments:

  • In the wake of the horrible attack on the Orthodox church in Egypt on New Year’s Day, this sort of thing gives me hope.
  • A Twain scholar announced this week that he will be releasing a bowdlerized version of Huckleberry Finn “that does away with the ‘n’ word (as well as the ‘in’ word, ‘Injun’) by replacing it with the word ‘slave.'”
  • Rev. Albert Cutie — the former Catholic priest in Florida who was discovered to have a divorced lover, left the Church, and later became an Episcopal priest and married his girlfriend — is back with a book on his story, and he has a few choice words for the Catholic Church on its teachings on priestly celibacy.

  • Scientists have figured out what killed those thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas on New Year’s Day — and it’s not nearly as interesting as some of the theories I’ve heard floated this week. (Apparently, this sort of thing happens all the time.)
  • The best divorce ruling ever. You know you have issues when the judge opens his decision with “Paging Dr. Freud…” (Hat tip to Jason for the find.)
  • I know I’m a sucker, but there is just nothing sweeter than this video of Pope Benedict visiting sick children at Gemelli hospital in Rome earlier this week (h/t CMR):
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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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