Some recent items of varying degrees of interest to post today.

1.  I was contacted by a representative of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis about the recent Review article and SLC Post about the Catholic students who went on a field trip with the “Cultural Leadership” organization, whose honorary board members included Susan Talve and William Danforth.  You will recall that the deprogramming, er, debriefing session about the glories of this trip was held at the Central Reform Congregation, which the Archdiocese had declared was off limits to ecumenical/interreligious functions due to its involvement in the would-be priestess scandal.

The representative wanted to point out that this policy is still in effect, and that while it may not be possible to prevent this or that high school student from deciding to involve himself with that group, it should not have been covered in any positive way in the Review.  The coverage was an oversight and not any type of declaration of support by the paper.  I am glad to hear this, and am happy to post that confirmation here. 

I suppose it would be too much for the principals of these non-Archdiocesan schools to discourage participation in such groups.  But one step at a time.

2.  My home computer is finally fixed and will be up and running in situ tonight.  Hopefully, I can get to more regular blogging now.  Thanks to JG for his help.

3.  Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka has issued a wonderful letter to his priests about the importance of liturgy– especially in following the rubrics, eliminating abuses and reintroducing Latin (generally) and the traditional Mass (specifically) in the Archdiocese.  Apart from one weird sentence about “eco-spirituality” it is an unbelievably awesome instruction letter that could be reproduced worldwide.  The text of that letter is here.