March 16th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Sister Carol Keehan: The president of the Catholic Health Association, which represents hundreds of Catholic hospitals nationwide, said her group supports the highly-debated Senate health care reform bill.

Politics Daily reports that the CHA's decision puts it at odds with other Catholic organizations, but Keehan says she thinks that the benefits of the legislation are too important to be impeded by the battle over abortion language, which she feels can eventually be negotiated successfully.

Politics Daily: Catholic health group accepts abortion language in reform bill

Mark A. Skoda: The chairman of the Memphis Tea Party helped organize "Take The Town Halls To Washington," which has brought Tea Party activists to Washington, D.C., today to question and review the positions of approximately 50 House Democrats.

On the organizers' Web site, Skoda says the activists are visiting Washington to discover the yet-unannounced health care positions of this targeted group of lawmakers.

Take the town halls to D.C. Web site

Father Gabriele Amorth: The Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years says the recent sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church confirm that "the Devil is at work" inside the Vatican.

The Times newspaper of London reports that Amorth, 85, has handled some 70,000 cases of demonic possession, and says the Vatican is now dealing with "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon."

Times Online: Chief exorcist says Devil is in the Vatican

Unnamed Colorado couple: A couple whose children were expelled from a Catholic school in Boulder, Colorado, expressed their dismay Monday, but held steadfast to their faith. The Archdiocese of Denver recently defended its decision not to re-enroll the couple's two children in the Sacred Heart of Jesus School next year because their parents are lesbians.

In a written statement, the women, who chose not to reveal their identities, described themselves as normal, hard-working people with a nice house and a dog - and as Catholics.

"When we were allowed to have our children baptized ... we made a promise to raise our children in the Catholic faith," they said. "Perhaps our biggest objection to the school's decision is that we think that it is wrong to punish a child for who the child's parents are. We do not think that this reflects what Jesus would have done."

CNN: Lesbian parents of expelled kids defend their Catholic faith

Yochai Benkler: The Federal Communications Commission turned to the legal scholar, Harvard professor and expert on our networked society to study how people around the world connect to the Internet.

National Public Radio reports that the FCC, which is scheduled to release its national broadband plan today, got Benkler's study and basically said, "Thanks, but no thanks."

Benkler found that other countries are ahead of the U.S. due to competition among different companies.

NPR: Will the national broadband plan come up short?

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Philly

    As a practicing Catholic and a mother of a teenage son who attends a private Catholic school, it continues to sicken me to hear that young people who respected and trusted their Priests, were given drugs and alcohol to break them down for their own sick, sexual pleasure. Indeed, the devil is alive and well and rearing it's ugly head in the places parents and children would least expect. The only thing worse is knowing that this has not only been going on for many decades, but has been widely known and covered up by our church. This is NOT what our Lord died on the cross for! God help us all.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jaime

    "and bishops who are linked to the Demon" Modern religious people should realized that their cherished Christian religion is no different than say, native American’s believe system and 'spooky' spirits.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. freelance

    If D.C. doesn't drop the health care bill the Tea Party is going to take back the country. And they mean it this time. At their protest one of the speakers said 80% of the country is against the bill. She didn't say where she got that number from.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert Whalen

    Sister Carol Keehan may support the health care bill, but I worry that the excessive spending by the government will drive up costs, cause inflation and could, without controlling healthcare costs easily drive up costs which could overwelm the system and cause a catastrophic failure.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Linda

    I am saddened and prayerful for the lesbian parents who had their children refused enrollment in the catholic school. I pray that the church looks at this decision and realizes that these children are the future of the world, the faith, and the catholic church. I am a catholic but disagree with many of the churches fossil like ideaology. My adult son is gay, and went to catholic shool and to catholic college. He is a proud catholic and productive member of society. I know that Jesus would not turn away these loving parents or their children. Another area of shame for the obstinate and meideval thinkers in the catholic church. Shame on them. WWJD?

    March 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clifford russell

    The Tea party never had this country and hopefully never will.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carla Caron

    I have a difficult time believing that Jesus would turn away any of His children that came to Him to hear His Word. We were given the gift/burden of freedom of choice. These parents are choosing to educate their child in the Catholic Faith. We need to stop judging one another based upon what we might consider a bad choice, and start embracing all who seek the Word of God. To refuse this child an education and in the teachings of the Catholic faith is wrong. It is in this light that we are given the opportunity to Share the Word of God with this child. Shame on the administration of this school. You have failed to take this opportunity to be good Teachers. Above all, Jesus taught us to Love and to proclaim His truth. This is not holding true to the teachings of Christ. We are all with sin at birth as human beings. We are Baptized as Catholics to free us of sin. He states "He whom is without sin, cast the first stone." There should be no stone cast in this world.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. red

    This is merely an attempt to shift blame from the people who commited these crimes to something intangible and thus non-prosecutable. The devil indeed. More like a bunch of dirty old pedophiles in dresses trying to rationalize away their abuse of children. This is child rape. They belong in jail. If anyone else would get 15 years in prison then so should these guys. Maybe more since they tried to cover it up.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |