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Reese: Synod a win for Francis and for openness

As people analyze and debate the final relatio or report from the synod on the family, there is a danger of missing the forest for the trees. It is true, the welcoming language toward gays was dialed back from what was expressed in the October 13 draft, and Communion has not yet been granted to divorced and remarried Catholics.

But while we are spilling a lot of ink (or electrons) comparing the final report with the earlier draft, let's not forget the big picture: The synod was a victory for openness and discussion in the church and the final document is an invitation for everyone in the church to join that discussion. This is exactly what Pope Francis wanted.

The bishops as pastors faced a fundamental conflict: How to have the church be a loving mother while at the same time being a clear teacher. Every parent can relate to that problem.

True, there were some ideological traditionalists who did not want any change. Those the pope referred to in his final address as zealous traditionalists or intellectuals who have "certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve."


DWI suspect bribes cops with Mountain Dew

Unfortunately, this New Mexico DWI suspect wasn't just doin' the Dew. In fact, things got a little extreme after his arrest... but at least it wasn't a Code Red.

Luis Rodriguez-Neri told a Bernalillo County deputy that he'd drank "six shots of Bacardi" before getting behind the wheel of his car Monday. The deputy found the man's vehicle smashed into a light pole when he arrived on the scene.

Rodriguez-Neri refused sobriety and breath alcohol tests. The deputy took him to the police station and booked him with aggravated DWI, damage to signs/equipment and leaving the scene of an accident.

While at the station, deputies said that Rodriguez-Neri allegedly offered them Mountain Dew in exchange for letting him go, so the cops added a charge of bribing a public official.


Churches go green by shedding fossil fuel holdings

But churches can lend a powerful moral sway to the movement, said Marion Maddox, an expert in religion and politics at Macquarie University in Australia.

“The amount of money we’re talking about isn’t going to bankrupt any fossil fuel companies,” Dr. Maddox said. Divestment by the churches, however, “has the effect of getting people to stop and think, ‘Is this respectable to be involved with?’ ”

Religious institutions were in the vanguard of the movement to divest themselves of holdings in apartheid-riven South Africa a few decades ago, according to a recent study of divestment by Oxford academics. Now, climate change has come into the spotlight as an issue poised to affect some of the world’s poorest communities, and groups from all faiths have pushed for action. But it is youthful and idealistic students who have largely taken the lead in urging the removal of fossil fuel investments from endowments. Last week, the University of Glasgow said it had become the first British university to announce plans for full divestment. Philanthropies and local governments have also joined the movement.


Trying to escape cops, Florida man runs right into California jail

A man fleeing from officers conveniently ran toward the Sutter County Jail where a deputy not involved in the chase took him into custody because he was in a restricted area.

The man was part of a trio of Florida residents who were in a Jeep about 1:30 p.m. Saturday that was observed running a red light in Yuba City. A CHP officer tried to pull the Jeep over by activating lights and siren but the driver would not stop for about a quarter of a mile.

At that point, the three men bailed from the vehicle and ran away, two of them being caught nearby. The third ran behind the Sutter County Jail on Civic Center Boulevard.

There, a Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy who was not part of the chase saw the driver of the Jeep running in a restricted area.


Florida man hides sausage in pants. (The *edible* kind, people. Get your minds out of the gutter!)

A 42-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is accused of hiding a pack of sausages in his pants.

Fort Walton Beach Police officers were called for the theft on Oct. 7, according to the arrest report. Two managers at Publix Supermarket reported seeing James Michael Patterson take a pack of sausages from the shelf, walk to another aisle and “shove the package down his pants.”

Patterson had previously been trespassed from Publix on Oct. 3, the report said. One of the managers recognized him and called police before the theft for the trespassing.

The managers said that after Patterson concealed the sausages, he continued walking through the store, according to the report. When officers located Patterson, he was carrying a case of soda.


Florida man claims to be a prophet, swings chain above his head, points gun at neighbors

The felon declared himself a prophet with the power to speak to animals.

Then, deputies say, Michael T. White began to swing a chain over his head in a circular motion, telling an Auburndale couple it was "the time of Revelations."

The homeowners pointed a handgun at the 31-year-old Lakeland man, forcing him off their property Saturday.

But White, deputies say, just went after their neighbors.


Instead of a ticket, officer gives a girl a booster seat

A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it.

Instead, Emmett Township public safety officer Ben Hall bought her a seat.

"A ticket doesn't solve the situation," Hall told WXMI-TV. "What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent."

Hall was on patrol Friday in the southern Michigan community when he pulled over the vehicle after someone reported that it had an unsecured young child inside. Alexis DeLorenzo and her daughter were riding with a friend, and Hall said DeLorenzo told him that she had fallen on hard times and couldn't afford a booster seat.


Cardinal: Church should scrap the phrase 'living in sin'

A Catholic cardinal suggested Tuesday that the phrase "living in sin" for cohabiting couples should be banned, saying it alienated people from the Church.

"To label people is not helpful," the unnamed prelate was quoted as saying at a major Vatican meeting on family issues gathering some 250 bishops from around the world.

"The language has to change," he said, according to a spokesman for the extraordinary meeting known as a synod, speaking at a daily news conference on the closed-door talks.

The Church should instead encourage a "gradual" rapprochement with unmarried couples, the cardinal urged.


Pig steals 18 beers, gets drunk, starts fight with cow

It's the dead of night in an Australian campground and you can't sleep. There's a great many things you should be worrying about at a time like this. The "wild Down Under" is well known for its giant bugs and reptiles boasting even larger teeth. The last thing you'd be looking out for is a particularly surly and drunk pig tearing through your supplies, but that's exactly what one group of campers stumbled upon.

"It was in the middle of the night and it was these people camping opposite us and they heard this crunching of the can and they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was scrunching away at their cans," a camper named Merida told ABC.

According to the campers, the pig likely crushed three full six-packs of beer over the course of the night, drinking them dry before drunkenly tearing through trash bins at the DeGrey River rest area, east of Port Hedland, Australia.

Fionna Findley from the Main Roads department told local reporters that the feral pig in question has been causing a ruckus in the area for days, tearing through campgrounds and trash in several rest areas. However, this was the first time she had heard of the pig getting drunk and angry.


Coast Guard rescues Florida man trying to get to Bermuda via inflatable hydro bubble

A man was rescued from his hydro pod bubble 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, Florida, by a Coast Guard search-and-rescue crew Saturday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a report of Reza Baluchi, a U.S. citizen, floating in an inflatable bubble who was reportedly disoriented and asking for directions to Bermuda Wednesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Webber arrived on scene, conveyed the dangers of his voyage and requested Baluchi terminate his trip due to the lack of supplies on board to sustain him.

On board, Baluchi had protein bars, bottled water, a GPS and a satellite phone.

After he refused to leave his raft, the watchstanders continued to monitor his movements until he activated his Personal Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (PPIRB) Saturday morning due to fatigue. Coast Guard HC-130 and MH-60 aircrafts out of Air Station Clearwater, Florida, launched to begin searching for Baluchi with the assistance of an Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) vessel, motor vessel Maersk Montana.

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