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By Diogenes (articles - email) | Sep 15, 2006

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the Milwaukee archdiocesan choir joined in a performance of a 21st-century "Mass for Peace," which incorporated readings from Jonathan Swift and Rudyard Kipling.

A Mass? With readings by Swift and Kipling?

Wait; there's more. The Journal-Sentinel previewed the event that would be held in the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist:

Perhaps the most appropriate soloist is Amjad Khleifat, who was approached by Milwaukee Archdiocesan Choir Director Jeff Honore and Kamenski to perform the second movement's "Adhaan" or "Call to Prayers," which Jenkins indicated should be recited in its native Arabic.
From the marbled ambo in the center of the cathedral Sunday, Khleifat covered his ears and rehearsed, calling out to Allah in a sweeping, sitar-like voice.

Perhaps that was "most appropriate." Then again, perhaps not.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: manthey9935 - Oct. 23, 2010 4:18 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, maybe this beautiful priest did not want to be named here? However, he's on the Board of the Apostleship of Prayer, is a frequent spiritual director on "The Inner Life" on Relevant Radio, and I was blessed to participate on a powerful Ignatian Retreat he led a year ago at Broomtree. If you want to see his article in response: http://www.bcheights.com/2.5479/in-defense-of-the-gift-of-sexuality-1.1712108 God bless this man of God.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Oct. 23, 2010 11:40 AM ET USA

    Why spend a fortune educating your children in a name-only Catholic college that teaches cafeteria Catholicism at best?

  • Posted by: Miss Cathy - Oct. 23, 2010 11:30 AM ET USA

    Quite a few years back, my aunt told a priest that she had enrolled her son in a Jesuit University. His response, why don't you send him to a Catholic University?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 21, 2010 2:43 PM ET USA

    You mean one Jesuit stood up for the Magisterium? That's actually great. (No sarcasm, really) Diogenes, you found your man!

  • Posted by: jacobtoo - Oct. 21, 2010 5:56 AM ET USA

    One, yes, but that guy is a mensch. Who is he? Let's name our heroes.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Oct. 20, 2010 8:24 PM ET USA

    Yep, once again we have to distinguish between Jesuit and Catholic. St Ignatius must be grave-spinning 24/7. The problem is not that it's an affront to the character of a Catholic school, but that it's an affront to Catholicism. Period. Oh, and of course there's that wee sma' issue of the students being totally clueless in this regard. Boy, you sure can't beat a Jesuit education for fostering ignorance of the Faith!