If you missed it last week (it was flying around the Catholic blogosphere), there is now a American Catholic Hall of Fame. I’m not clear on when the Hall started, but they inducted their first bishops earlier this month. Here’s the list:
* Archbishop John Carroll (1735-1815)
* Bishop John Hughes (1797-1864)
* Saint John Neumann, (1811-1860)
* Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921)
* Archbishop Joseph Rummel (1876-1964)
* Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, M.M. (1892-1952)
* Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
* Cardinal John O’ Connor (1920-2000)
* Cardinal Terence Cooke (1921-1983)
* Bishop Austin Vaughan (1927-2000)
* Archbishop Charles Chaput (1944-)
I guess I need to bolster my knowledge of American Catholicism. Out of the 11, I’d never even heard of three. Fortunately, of the other eight, I have a fair amount of knowledge. I’ve been especially fond of Hughes. He was, from what I can discern, a holy man, but he wouldn’t flinch to defend his people. When the Nativists started attacking Philadelphia Catholics, there were (well-founded) fears they would target New York City’s Catholic churches. Hughes organized defenders for the churches and told the mayor that if any churches were burned, “New York would be another Moscow.” The Mayor took the point, and the churches were left unmolested.
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From my son Alex:
A TDE reader sends along this nifty review of Christmas ales. He also mentions that the article’s writer, Michael Heaton, is brother of actress Patricia Heaton.
If you need to get drunk quick, it looks like you want Mad Elf. 11% alcohol.
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