Thursday's intriguing people
Patrick Sullivan of Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, walks in last year's St. Patrick's Day parade in Downpatrick.
March 17th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

St. Patrick

To Irish Catholics, St. Patrick's Day is not just a day for green beer and ridiculous hats. It's the feast day of their nation's patron saint.

According to, Patrick was born to Roman parents in occupied Scotland in the year 387. He was kidnapped and taken to pagan Ireland as a slave at age 14 but escaped and returned to Great Britain at age 20. He entered the Catholic priesthood and eventually became a bishop. In 433 he was dispatched back to Ireland, where he used a shamrock to illustrate the concept of the Holy Trinity. Virtually the entire population of the island converted to Catholicism.

He died on March 17, 461 (some sources say 493).

Luis Salazar

The former player and current minor-league manager for the Atlanta Braves was expected to be released from an Orlando, Florida, hospital Thursday. Surgeons on Tuesday removed Salazar's left eye, which was severely injured by a foul ball last week.

Salazar, 54, was standing in the Braves dugout during a spring training game when a line drive off the bat of catcher Brian McCann struck him in the face and knocked him unconscious. It was initially feared that Salazar's life was in danger or that he would suffer brain damage.

"We're lucky he's alive," Braves General Manager Frank Wren said Wednesday. "Despite the best efforts of really skilled eye specialists here in Orlando, they were not able to save his eye."

Salazar, in his first year with the Braves organization, is expected to take up his managing duties with the team's Lynchburg, Virginia, farm team in four to six weeks, Wren said.

Sheila Schuller Coleman

The senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, has apologized for asking members of the church's music ministry to sign what some view as an anti-gay document, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The church asked all music ministry members to sign a covenant that included this paragraph:

"I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral Ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view. I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman."

Several choir members objected, and some threatened to quit the ministry.

Even the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the church's founder and the pastor's father, was offended.

"I have a reputation worldwide of being tolerant of all people and their views," he told the Orange County Register. "I'm too well-educated to criticize a certain religion or group of people for what they believe in. It's called freedom."

Coleman backtracked Tuesday and issued an apology: "The church of Jesus Christ at large is grappling with the challenge of reconciling love and adherence to God's word, even those passages that challenge us," she said, according to the Times. "As the church has been engaging in this sensitive dialogue, people that we care for deeply have been hurt. We are sincerely sorry."

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Offtopic

    Why should a pastor apologize for teaching what Christ would have her teach? If gays don't like what is preached in church, they can stay home. It is what it is whether they like it or not. It's not about hatred or intolerence, but about what is written. If they ignore doctrine for the sake of hurt feelings, then they are not a church of Christ.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • achilpo

      Lies make Baby Jesus scream like a whale.

      March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Offtopic – you're right, the church has the right to espouse their beliefs and ask those who "work" for the church to comply. However, it doesn't mean that the church should then be insulated from criticism. What they did was plainly and simply just mean – I'll never set foot in the place and if I was singing in the choir I would have been out of there when this issue first reared it's ugly head.

      March 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Offtopic...I agree. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand and come to know God's word. If you don't like what it says, ignore it and keep doing what you are doing. Don't try to twist it into something it's not. It was written so that people living in our time might have a true hope for the future: living forever on a paradise earth. What better hope is out there for our future?

    March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Not many in America know the story of St. Patrick. He was a good man who converted the Central and the North of Ireland to Christianity and thus uniting the country by religion. Maybe if more Americans were properly educated and learned their history better,some of these right-wing politicians wouldn't get elected to office and the Tea Party Movement wouldn't flourish like it does.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    And there he goes again. I thought I was weird, but compared to you I'm normal. What does an Irish guy have to do with "right-wing" anything. Dude, you are embarrassing yourself. Please use your own name, Sillie Boy! Leave me out! Bloggers are complaining to me.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      No Phunnie boy,you missed Cesar's point here. Cesar was talking about the ignorance of Irish history of the majority of the American people today. Do you know anything about the history of Ireland,Phunnie boy?

      March 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. biglips

    why do so many want to be irish on st patricks day but they dont wanna be black on mlk day? lucky charms!

    March 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Even my weener is leaking green today!

    March 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Please Phunnie boy,use your own name if you want to post your Tea Party jokes here. Since we're discussing St. Patrick today,the Tea Party lingo definately has no place here.

      March 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Hope this doesnt make me a bad person but I find it funny when guys makes these kind of jokes , but that's just me

      March 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Nobody wants to be Irish, not even the Irish. Haven't you heard? The only thing smarter than a dumb Englishman, is a smart Irishman.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    And a Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

    @my peeps:
    I'm not upset; I don't care! No worries! 😉

    March 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    They'rrrrrrrrrre baaaaack. Troll alert. @Cesar of 1:27 you are not only not funny, but you are an idiot. @Cesar of 3:46: For once I agree with you, Tea Partier.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BSH

    It doesn't matter how you preach or teach about GOD .Just do it !

    March 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tasarla

    anyone else think it's funny that the lady next to the cute bearded kid is COVERED IN PLASTIC POT LEAVES. XD

    March 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar


    March 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    A little bit.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 18, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Achilles

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    March 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |