Georgetown University is where I'll be on that panel with Jonah Goldberg, Helen Rittelmeyer, and Ashley Thorne (Wed., 7:30pm, White-Gravenor Hall, Room 201A, possibly seen on C-SPAN2, with it listed here day-of if so), about the book Proud to Be Right, containing my "Conservatism for Punks" essay. Attendance is mandatory.
Georgetown is also, like many universities, just barely-nominally Catholic, but that's excuse enough to pick now as the time for me to mock the Church, for things like this:
•If you're the sort of person who thinks the Church has "high standards" for declaring things miracles and making people saints, consider the fact that a present-day man's relief from back pain (while he was praying to nineteenth-century Cardinal Newman) has put Cardinal Newman on the fast track to sainthood. Pretty weak, Catholics, pretty weak.
•Nonetheless, the Church retains enough pull even in the UK to result in a Catholicism-mocking ice cream ad being yanked. That's not to say I find the related British obsession with nun jokes funny.
In unrelated news, I wonder if British H.G. Wells fans would find it amusing that there is literally a Morlock soldier on trial for murder. I suppose that's not funny, either.
To be fair, Cardinal Newman was a pretty influential leader in the Oxford movement, and his name does grace a number of Newman societies on college campuses throughout the country, so I doubt this will be the clincher for canonization.
Then again, as far as I know there is no existing patron saint of back pain relief. So you might be on to something here.
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