Cardinal George: Sr. Keehan threw bishops under the bus

Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George says that in the healthcare debate, Sister Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), chose the president over the bishops:

During the bishops’ executive session held Tuesday morning to address the fallout of CHA’s support for the health care legislation despite the bishop’s opposition, Cardinal George recounted the events that took place prior to President Obama’s signing of the health care reform. The prelate then concluded his remarks by criticizing CHA and Sr. Keehan, saying they have created the dangerous precedent of a parallel magisterium to the bishops….

Cardinal George clearly remarked that “Sr. Carol and her colleagues are to blame” for the passage of the health care bill. He continued by revealing that the bishops repeatedly tried to reach out to Sr.  Keehan both before and after the vote. “I personally met with her in March to no avail,” the cardinal reported.

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Former British Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant says that English kids need to learn more foreign languages… just not the useless ones, like French.

He defended his remark, insisting that while French had been the “most useful language to use because it was the diplomatic language”, things had changed over the last 30 to 40 years and now “it certainly isn’t.”

He said the most significant languages to speak now, aside from English, were Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.

As beautiful as the French language is to the ear, in terms of strict practicality, he’s right.

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Here’s a fun post you may have missed from last week: The Anchoress summons the costumed spirit of Lady Gaga, who helpfully talks the viewer through her tiresome new music video.

How dare you suggest it sounds like the B side of an Ace-of-Base reject? I’m a f*****g genius and I’m telling you it’s supposed to be derivative! I’m making a point about vacuous Euro-trash techno-blurb and how it delivers compelling social commentary with all the heft of soap bubbles! (Throws off Groucho nose.) The aviator cap, quickly! The one with the thick goggles! Shove it on my head! Cover me! (Casts aside shawl)….

You can’t possibly say that’s derivative! What if I put bongo drums on my breasts, and Alejandro plays them while singing Babalu? Derivative like Ricky Ricardo? What about if I am wearing, you know, those flouncy sleeves, while he plays me?

Have a look at the entire piece. Funny stuff.


  • Brian Saint-Paul

    Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

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