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Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It's been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike's buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it's always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

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Look, I have no idea how good a Catholic William Donahue is. But if you equate buster to devotion, this guy is a walking College of Cardinals.

It’s also pretty fair to say the head of the Catholic League is easier to torque than Yosemite Sam meets Lou Piniella.

Not too long ago, a list was compiled of all the people and organizations the Captain Queeg of Catholicism has deemed not suitably respectful of the faith.

This thing is longer than a high mass. Oooooops, sorry

And low and behold, there I was tucked into the blacklist - just after Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Kathy Griffin, The Washington Post, Robin Williams, Bill Maher and Moveon.Org, but ahead of Michigan State University, Dennis Miller and Ian McKellen.

It’s not exactly clear just what I did to deserve Donahue’s ire.

Possibly it might have had something to do with some past columns suggesting Pope John Paul II and Bernard Law, the former cardinal for the Boston Diocese were guilty of being an accessory to numerous felonies associated with the pedophile scandal that rocked the church. But I would argue, truth is a defense here.

Or maybe Donahue was peeved with prior jokes - sort of - about being beaten by the Holy Sisters of Abu Ghraib throughout grade school. But again, truth is my side here, too.

Donahue did get all huffy a few years ago when I gently chided then Gov. Jeb Bush, a Catholic convert and a tool of the “Christian conservative political agenda” religious right for his efforts to allow faith based school at public expense. See: truth, defense.

Perhaps this begs a question. What would Jesus think about such pinched silliness? I’d like to think that unlike Donahue, he would laugh.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by  Ron Medvin, Tampa on 08/10  at  02:31 PM

Don’t worry about Mr. Donahue…he represents the very worst of the Catholic church…the blinding hypocrisy of people like him is both sad and frightening…he would be hysterically funny if he weren’t so scary.


Posted by  maggie, occupied clearwater on 08/01  at  12:25 PM

If you talk about Scientology, they follow written directives to send private eyes to dig through your trash, crank up their litigation machine, try to take over local government, and kill your pets.

If you talk about Catholicism, they put you on a list.

Heh.


Posted by  Danny J Phillips, Valrico on 07/31  at  11:32 AM

Have you noticed that freedom of speech always takes a back seat or disappears entirely whenever the object of your speech is organized religion??  Then it becomes blasphemy if you dare to disagree with the words coming down. 

Keep up the good work, Dan.

DanJ


Posted by  pacfandave, St Petersburg on 07/31  at  07:00 AM

When I married, I had to convert to Judyism—when Judy speaks, I take it as coming from the burning bush.

Instead of a ring, she slipped a WWJD bracelet on my wrist at the ceremony.  “What’s that?” I naively asked, blissfully unaware of this ominous harbinger of my future.  “Well, dear, whenever you find yourself confronted with a moral dilemma, you just look at this bracelet.  It will remind you to ask yourself, ‘What would Judy do?’”

I don’t know if it has solved any moral dilemmas for me, but it has kept me out of divorce court.


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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
Clearwater doctor unveils Shroud secrets
Wayne Phillips gives seminars designed for the layman on the history of the Shroud of Turin, with 100 facts supporting the claim it wrapped the lifeless body of Christ.
Boyfriend charged in shooting death of girlfriend in Clearwater
During Bollywood,  local officials say transportation issues will be more on the scale of a major convention or concert. FILE PHOTO
Transportation officials, firms unsure of Bollywood impact
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and Yunel Escobar react after walking New York Yankees' Dean Anna and forcing in the go-ahead run during the 12th inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg. The Yankees won 5-1. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rays fall to Yankees in extra innings, 5-1

Opinion

Fennelly: Friendly rivalry grows among childhood pals

MONTREAL — It's been 20 years, but Donna Callahan can still see and hear them out in front of the house on Groveview Circle in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Her Ryan is on the cul-de-sac with his big brother Mike. So are the Gionta boys: Mike's buddy Brian and his kid brother, Stephen. Maybe some others join in, but it's always hockey — street hockey, roller hockey, any hockey.

Editorials:
Editorial: Right time for pension reform
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Letters:
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Letters to the editor: Not automatic

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