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Bear's Dairy Queen ice cream treat earns zoo $500 fine

A central Alberta zoo must pay $500 in fines after taking a bear for ice cream at a drive-thru.

A video posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, Alta., showed a one-year-old captive bear named Berkley leaning out a truck's window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.

Officials with the province investigated and charged the zoo with two counts of violating a licence or permit under the Wildlife Act.


"Maybe Flint, MI should develop a nuclear weapons program."


Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, softball coach sever ties over conflicting views on marriage

Kristen Nelson announced that she has stepped down as West Catholic’s softball coach.

Nelson explained on Facebook that school and Grand Rapids Diocese officials informed her that her upcoming same sex marriage was contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nelson could not be reached for comment, but she wrote on Facebook that her views and the views of the Catholic Church on marriage ultimately resulted in her resignation.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing you this letter,” Nelson wrote on Facebook. “In recent weeks, a parent concern regarding my personal life and relationship has started an unpleasant conversation within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. Throughout the course of those conversations, it was made known to me that my future plans to marry my significant other, Maria, were ‘concerning’ to them. It has been made clear to me through conversations I have had with the leadership at West Catholic, that both they and the Diocese ‘teach a single view of marriage’ and that if I were to continue with my and Maria’s decisions to get married, I would not be able to continue coaching at West Catholic High School.”


"The @realDonaldTrump Doctrine: Speak bigly and carry a soft stick."


How America Is Transforming Islam

American culture often presents two opposing paths for young Muslims. On one side are people like President Donald Trump, who retweets unverified videos purporting to show Muslim violence; says things like “I think Islam hate us”; and claims there’s “no real assimilation” among even second- and third-generation Muslims in the U.S. On the other are movies like The Big Sick, which depicts the autobiographical love story of Kumail Nanjiani, a Muslim comedian who rejects religion and falls in love with a white woman, devastating his immigrant family.

In reality, most Muslims are somewhere in between. U.S. Muslims—roughly 60 percent of whom are under 40—are going through a process that’s quintessentially American: finding new, diverse, self-constructed identities in their faith, ranging from fully secular to deeply pious. The contours may be particular to Islam, but the story is one shared by Catholics, Jews, and even the Puritans. Muslims are creating distinctively American forms of their religion.

As a group, Muslims are extremely diverse, and their experiences reflect that diversity. Some young Muslims care deeply about their religious and cultural identities, but choose to prioritize other parts of life. Others self-define new, non-traditional ways of engaging with their faith. Immigrants understand the country differently than people who have been in the U.S. for generations; black Muslims encounter distinctive kinds of discrimination and have particular communal needs. Converts face questions from family members who might not understand their new religion, and have to navigate the sometimes-unfamiliar cultures of new friends and partners. And some Muslims don’t feel accepted by their own community, for reasons of race, gender, or sexuality.


"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? We asked voters in... Trump Country"


Happy New Year, DU!

In California, a former Vietnamese refugee becomes a bishop

The Diocese of Orange, California, received an early Christmas present in the form of a new bishop Dec. 19, when a man who entered the country as a young refugee from Vietnam in 1973 became its new auxiliary bishop.

Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen, 64, became the second priest born in Vietnam to become a bishop in the United States. The first, Bishop Dominic M. Luong -- an auxiliary bishop of the Orange Diocese from 2003 until his retirement in 2015 -- died days before, on Dec. 6, at age 77.


Bishop Vann told the new bishop during the ordination ceremony: "You, in another way, daily, will be a bearer of light to those in need of guidance and hope, who are surrounded by darkness at times, who are trying to find their way back to God," according to a Dec. 26 article from the Daily Pilot, a community publication of the Los Angeles Times.

As a young man, Bishop Nguyen had part of his religious journey interrupted when he was forced to flee his native country as a seminarian, spending 18 days at sea without food or water in a boat with others trying to flee the violence of the war. He and his family became part of a statistic of 3 million Vietnamese refugees who survived but were displaced from their native land, and were among the two million refugees from Vietnam resettled in the United States. In his adopted home, he continued his education, which included religious formation.


'God bless you, Father!' Parishioners support pastor who reveals he is gay

Fr. Greg Greiten was halfway through his homily, during which he shared that he is a gay, celibate priest, when a woman rose from her pew and shouted, "God bless you, Father!" The rest of the congregation at St. Bernadette Parish, where Greiten is pastor, responded with applause.

More applause and a standing ovation came when Greiten finished explaining that he was going to "no longer live in the shadow of secrecy" during the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Dec. 17.

After Mass, over coffee and doughnuts, parishioners responded positively or with nonchalance.

"I could care less," said Madge Powell, a parishioner for eight years. "I love him for the person he is."


No discipline for GRPD officers who cuffed girl

Source: WOOD TV8

The Grand Rapids police officers who held an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint, handcuffed her and put in her the back of a cruiser as they searched for an attempted murder suspect will not be disciplined.

An internal investigation into the incident involving 11-year-old Honestie Hodges found the officers did not violate department policy, a late Wednesday afternoon release from the Grand Rapids Police Department said.

However, Chief David Rahinsky added that “in no way diminishes our commitment to identifying what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

“Concrete steps are being taken to ensure equitable outcomes in our interactions with the community,” a statement from the chief continued.

Read more: http://woodtv.com/2017/12/20/no-discipline-for-grpd-officers-who-cuffed-girl/

Cardinal Bernard Law has died at 86

Bernard Law, the former Boston cardinal who resigned in disgrace during the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died at age 86 in Rome, sources tell WCVB.

For all his brilliance, attainments and good works, Law’s legacy was tarnished by his handling of the scandal.


At his height, Law was widely regarded to be America's most influential prelate.

By every such measure, the pedophilia scandals that shattered his regime, leaving him stripped of authority and respect, were made more dramatic. Nor did his efforts to atone, rectify, even apologize, register with much effect.


News of his death is likely to bring back some painful memories for a lot of victims. Let us lift them in our prayers.

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