Thursday, February 1, 2007

I think it is a crying shame.  Ignatius Press should be the publisher of this new book just like they have the publisher of the Pope's earlier books (as Cardinal Ratzinger). They have proved over the last few years that they were up to the task; they could have handled this book well too, and done the the Pope and the Church proud. But now Doubleday, publisher of The DaVinci Code has been given the rights to publish it. I suspect the Pope is steamed — I know I am.

The Forum: Why Doubleday as the Pope's publisher?

by Phil Lawler
special to CWNews.com

Feb. 1, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Why is Doubleday publishing the Pope’s new book?

In Italy, journalists have intrigued by the irony: A new book by Pope Benedict XVI (bionews) will be brought out in the US by the same publisher who gave us The Da Vinci Code. After Vatican officials condemned that novel for conveying “hatred and gratuitous defamation” against the Catholic faith, why would they choose the same publisher for the Pope’s work?

That’s a good question. But here’s another: Why did the Vatican allow sale of the publishing rights to Doubleday, when Pope Benedict already had a publication agreement with an eminently respectable Catholic publisher in America?

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Sobering Statistics about Washington

by Steve Ray on February 1, 2007

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the U.S. involvement in Iraq, here's a sobering statistic.

There has been a monthly average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths. That gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 persons for the same period. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. Capital than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington.

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