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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Aug 23, 2006

Thank goodness!

When you look at the moral challenges facing lay people in today's world, you can't help but think that it's high time for the Vatican to remind us of the value of competition in a good honest old-fashioned weightlifting team spirit give it your best shot nobody can ask more than that when the going get tough the tough...

What! What? Is it morning? Oh, sorry.

Can't help wondering what the Dalai Lama thinks about the designated-hitter rule.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 25, 2006 2:53 PM ET USA

    I detected a bias againt athletes in some of the postings - maybe in jest. I have always considered Jesus an athlete. One must respect and care for the body. Jesus was known to take long walks in difficult terrain. The Passion itself shows physical conditioning. The scourging,crowning with thorns, cross bearing, plus other physical punishment He endured would place Him among elite athletes of the world. Disciple,courage, dedication, will to achieve are characteristics of athletes and of Jesus

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Aug. 24, 2006 1:00 PM ET USA

    My spiritual advisor and personal trainer suggested I check out Jeff Suppan on EWTN's Life on the Rock this week.

  • Posted by: Publicus - Aug. 24, 2006 12:43 PM ET USA

    It's a little known fact that "Though shalt have the pitcher verily bat" was the 11th or 12th commandment (it was on the third plate Moses dropped). I'll see if I can get verification from Dan Brown.

  • Posted by: Patrick461 - Aug. 24, 2006 12:21 PM ET USA

    Thanks for the good sense, Ignacio! By the way, I cannot imagine that the Dalai Lama would be against the designated-hitter rule. I mean, if all is one anyway, what's to object to?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 24, 2006 12:12 PM ET USA

    When I was a kid (shaddup, you!) I remember being fed those lines about school sports "building character", etc. How come, I wondered, the worst jerks in school were always the jocks. Not all of them. Only the good ones. Nowadays about 30% of the sports section is devoted to the grotesque behavior of professional athletes.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Aug. 24, 2006 8:31 AM ET USA

    Being personally familiar with this project and with the people involved let me assure the readers that it is a serious Catholic attempt to study the phenomena of Sport in itself, look at ethical implications both positive and negative, and study how Sport can be an evangelical tool. A conference in Rome last november brought together serious committed Christians both Catholic and evangelical to present papers and to discuss these topics. The book is the fruit of conference.

  • Posted by: parochus - Aug. 24, 2006 5:15 AM ET USA

    Seems like each "Vatican Pontifical Council of This & That" is being given a few years to justify its existence... P.S. I'm sure the DH rule is even anathema to Buddhists, although word is the Lama is partial to golf. Big hitter. Long.

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