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snake handling

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 25, 2006

After reading today's Gospel, especially Mark 16:18, you are probably wondering how many Church leaders are certified herpetologists. Offhand I can name one: Sister Fran Donnelly, BVM, the director of parish life for the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sister Donnelly has come in for some criticism recently, because she's been instrumental in promoting a sex-education program for archdiocesan schools. But she insists it's not a sex-ed program; it's just a program that educates kids about sex. Or something. Anyway just try it; you'll like it.

And about now I can't help remembering that in the Scriptures, the record of women who deal with snakes is distinctly mixed...

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  • Posted by: RC - Apr. 26, 2006 6:23 PM ET USA

    Sorry, Di. I'm not catching your drift this time. Got a link to some info about this sister being a herpetologist?

  • Posted by: coach1 - Apr. 26, 2006 4:39 PM ET USA

    One hundred years from now someone will read about St. Robert Altier and how he was persecuted for being faithful to Rome. Pray for him and all Roman Catholics who work to preserve the Roman Catholic Faith. Relevant Radio should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 26, 2006 9:59 AM ET USA

    Praise may be the wrong word for What Sr. Donnelley is courting! Mark yet another conquest for the snakes.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 25, 2006 7:04 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, I trust that you are aware of the full-page ad in the StarTribune and Pioneer Press on the weekend opposing the "Talking About Touching", payed for by Catholic Parents Online. You shouldn't miss the memo from Fr. McDonough, Vicar General, to Archdiocesan Pastors. It sounds a little defensive, and follows on the silencing of Father Altier by Archbishop Flynn. This looks like a mess. Welcome to the Mystical Body of Christ.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Apr. 25, 2006 1:21 PM ET USA

    I am quite surprised that there are still active BVMs. I thought that by now that most would be in religious retirement homes feeding breadcrumbs to sparrows. Sr. Donnelly is to be praised for working well beyond the normal retirement age! Which might explain her confusion.

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