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WEDNESDAY, OCT 16, 2013  |  182 comments
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach
Rattled by Pope Francis’s admonishment to Catholics not to be “obsessed” by doctrine, his stated reluctance to judge gay people and his apparent willingness to engage just about anyone — including atheists — many conservative Catholics are doing what only recently seemed unthinkable: They are openly questioning the pope.

The wary traditionalists became critical when, in an interview a few weeks ago, Francis said Catholics shouldn’t be “obsessed” with imposing doctrines, including on gay marriage and abortion. Then earlier this month, Francis told an atheist journalist that people should follow good and fight evil as they “conceive” of them. These remarks followed an interview with journalists this summer aboard the papal airplane in which the pope declared that it is not his role to judge someone who is gay “if they accept the Lord and have goodwill.” ...

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News Item10/29/2020 1:35 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John Bowden wrote:
Due to repeated and egregious violations of the Duquesne University Student Code of Conduct’s COVID-19 standards, by several organizations and numerous members of Greek organizations, all Greek Life activity at Duquesne is suspended indefinitely, effective immediately," University President Dr. Douglas Frizzell wrote....
excerpt from, "Duquesne University suspends Greek activities over 'egregious' coronavirus violations"

Good move by the president of the University ❗👍


News Item9/23/2020 3:38 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Emily Davies wrote:
It was one month after the killing of George Floyd and Payne-Reichert, vice president of his fraternity, kicked off a virtual meeting that would break up the chapter he once adored....
excerpt from, "Fall of the frat house: Students target Greek life amid a racial reckoning"

Excellent ❗👍

The authoress herself recognizes that frats probably won't be eliminated, they are just too profitable for universities.


News Item7/24/2020 4:22 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John Hechinger wrote:
...Her singular quest to solve it [Her son's death] may test the power of America’s college fraternities, which have beaten back such inquiries for generations. Fraternities own $3 billion in real estate and house a quarter of a million students who tap into an unrivaled alumni network of presidents, members of Congress, corporate executives and Wall Street investors.

Facing such opposition, most might be daunted. Not Deborah Tipton. Heir to a fortune in rice and cottonseed oil, she has the money and connections to fight a forever war. For six years, she has poured her substantial resources into solving the riddle of what happened that weekend at her son’s Delta Sigma Phi fraternity chapter. The $1 million bill for investigators and lawyers — to date — is no barrier.

And Tipton says she has found plenty to make her question the official story....

excerpt from, "Death at Delta Sig: Heiress Wages a Million-Dollar War on Frats"

Since many frats are glorified bars, no doubt some are suffering greatly from the pandemic.


News Item12/4/19 1:14 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike Wagner, Lucas Sullivan and Sheridan Hendrix wrote:
Collin Wiant, of Dublin, Ohio, is one of at least 80 college students who died in incidents connected to Greek life in the past 15 years. In the span of a few weeks this fall, four people died in circumstances related to fraternities at the campuses of San Diego State, Washington State, Penn State and Cornell.

Others have suffered mental or emotional scars from hazing while those who abused them probably will never face significant consequences....
Wiant’s case was highlighted in a yearlong investigation into hazing on college campuses by The Columbus Dispatch. It included a six-part podcast, "Broken Pledge," that explored Wiant’s life and death and detailed how fraternity members blamed him for his death in an attempt to save their fraternity.

Listen to the full six-chapter series...

excerpts from, "Broken Pledge: The fraternity hazing and death of Ohio University freshman Collin Wiant"


News Item11/21/19 10:24 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Lucas Sullivan, Mike Wagner, and Sheridan Hendrix wrote:
Wiant’s mother, Kathleen, said she sees the charges as part of a process to change behavior.

"We know this is an important day in the process of making change, to change behavior and make sure this doesn’t happen to any other families,” she said Tuesday. “We’re out to save lives and to do that we need to make sure that we bring justice ... but especially today we understand that there are no winners, and that is heavy on our hearts.”

The indictments came after The Dispatch published a six-part investigation called “Broken Pledge.” [ ]The project detailed the hazing and death of Wiant, a pledge for the Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity at the university....

excerpt from, "Sigma Pi fraternity members charged in Ohio University freshman Collin Wiant’s death"

I haven't read the article that is referred to in the snippet I took out of the Columbus Dispatch, so I can't issue any warnings about what may upset people on that particular article


News Item10/12/19 2:47 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
ABC News Radio Online wrote:
Ohio University has suspended 20 student organizations, including all of its fraternities, over hazing allegations that are roiling the campus.

The public university received reports of hazing last week against nine fraternities, prompting the school to suspend all 15 of its fraternities, spokesman Carly Leatherwood told ABC News on Friday....

excerpt from,"Ohio University suspends student groups over hazing allegations"

Wow Frats gone wild ❗👎


News Item9/4/19 5:11 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Vatican politics is almost as much fun as British politics. (Is the One True Church Roman Catholic?)

Gerard O’Connell wrote:
In an informal exchange aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis told Nicolas Senèze that he is “honored that the Americans attack me” when the French Catholic journalist presented him with a copy of his book How America Wants to Change the Pope (Comment L'Amérique veut changer de Pape) on the flight from Rome to Maputo, Mozambique, on Sept. 4.

The book describes how a wealthy and often traditionalist sector of the American Catholic church—both clerical and lay—attacks Pope Francis and notes that it is already working, with projects such as the “Red Hat Report,” to ensure that the cardinal elected pope at the next conclave is to its liking. It was clear from the context that Pope Francis was referring specifically to that sector of the U.S. church that is mentioned in the book and not to anyone else....

excerpt from, "Pope Francis to journalist: ‘I am honored that the Americans attack me.’"


News Item8/5/19 2:32 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mará Rose Williams wrote:
The parents of two students who killed themselves at a Truman State University fraternity house are suing the school, the fraternity and a frat brother they accuse of encouraging those deaths and three others.

The wrongful death lawsuit says the frat brother gave his friends “advice on how to commit suicide.”...

--"5 deaths in a year. Suit says Missouri student gave ‘advice on how to commit suicide’ "

Interesting article common perhaps a helpful one.


News Item4/30/19 7:42 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
BBC wrote:
Dozens of US students are on the fourth day of a "sit-in" protest at a college fraternity after the leak of meeting minutes which referred to buying date rape drugs and a "rape attic"....

•The deadly problem with US fraternities
Earlier this month, two student publications - The Phoenix and Voices - published what are alleged to be internal documents from the Phi Psi fraternity.

The redacted, 117-page documents include "meeting minutes" and details of pledging rituals from 2012-16. They feature offensive language and accounts of physical and sexual assaults, and bravado about buying "date rape" drugs....

excerpts from, "Swarthmore fraternities face ban calls over 'rape attic' claims"


News Item3/24/19 3:17 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
ABC News Radio Online wrote:
....Georgia's chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was suspended by the national chapter and the video was condemned by the university. The frat also announced it had expelled four members who were involved in the video on Saturday....
excerpt from, "University of Georgia fraternity suspended over racist video"

It looks like they're doing the right thing? Now that's hard to believe


News Item1/17/19 12:24 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln ('He just drank too much': Heartbreaking 911 call released in death of young fraternity member)

I see the frat house was put on temporary suspension- standard operating procedure.


News Item4/21/18 2:15 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
CBS News wrote:
..." There will be people who will watch this interview and they'll think to themselves, 'Hazing has been happening for decades.' What hope is there really that it's ever gonna end? It's an unstoppable problem," Dokoupil pointed out.

"Well, if we don't do something, it definitely is not gonna end," Gerry said.

They've joined with the Coffeys and more than a dozen other surviving families to form PUSH, Parents United to Stop Hazing. It includes the [URL=]]]Piazza family[/URL], whose son Tim died last winter at Penn State. Together they are rallying for justice.

"How do you break the cycle?" Dokoupil asked.

"Accountability and education," Tom said. "A federal statute has to be written that goes from the top, you know, where the national fraternity is at risk, as well as the local chapter. And then education to high school students."

excerpt from [URL=]]]Andrew Coffey's family calls for "accountability and education" after alleged FSU hazing death[/URL]

A fairly lengthy article, which is quite informative.


News Item4/17/18 3:33 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
ABC News Radio wrote:
Conner Ravelo, Coffey's big brother in the fraternity, was the first to enter a plea on Monday, according to courtroom video. He was also the only defendant of the five who apologized to Coffey’s parents in the courtroom, the footage showed.

"I know that my words may not mean much and you may never forgive me, but they're words I need to say and words you need to hear. I'm sorry for not thinking. I'm sorry for not acting the way I was raised to act. I blindly did the same thing that I went through without thinking about the dangers," Ravelo said. "I recognize that what happened to Andrew could have happened to me or someone else and it wasn't a matter of if, but when.

“I can make a promise to you that moving forward I will be a part of the solution and not part of the problem,” he added.

--[URL=]]]5 plead guilty in Florida State University student's hazing death[/URL]

When you read this story, you may think like I did that this bunch got off pretty easily.


News Item3/17/18 11:46 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Now Wheaton College is supposed to be a religious school at that. Apparently Baylor prove that religion and football have a hard time mixing?
ABC News Radio m wrote:
The Wheaton College transfer student who accused members of that Christian school’s football team of a brutal assault during a hazing incident has filed a lawsuit against the college and members of the team....
--[URL=]]]Alleged hazing victim files lawsuit against Wheaton College, football players[/URL]

News Item2/5/18 5:20 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
"Since then, Smith has been making documentaries, speaking to every audience that would listen, getting laws changed, and launching a nonprofit aimed at educating children and parents about hazing’s dangers. She’s had help from the most unlikely of allies — one of the fraternity brothers convicted in her son’s death and the former president of the college where her son went."---[URL=]]]Parents whose children died take collective aim at hazing [/URL]

News Item1/10/18 4:35 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
[URL=]]]ZBT fraternity shutters University of Michigan chapter after hazing allegations[/URL] if they really, really, do this permanently - -

Oh, I see why they're trying to do the right thing! They are actually a Jewish fraternity not a Catholic / Protestant / whatever organization.


News Item11/17/17 9:18 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Bloomberg did an interesting thing and put the misbehavior of frats into chart form. very few of these offending organizations were permanently removed from a University campus. [URL=]]]Every Time a Fraternity or Sorority Got in Trouble This Year[/URL]. Now 2015 was a busy year, but just a day or so ago Ohio State decide to do something serious, the story came out 8 minutes before I wrote this message❗ [URL=]]]Ohio State University suspended 37 fraternities on campus — the most aggressive move yet in the rush for colleges to crack down on hazing[/URL].

News Item11/17/17 3:50 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mike, actually the pope belongs to a fraternity the fraternity of Catholic Bishops.
Daniel Callahan wrote:
...few mavericks will slip through the tight-meshed ecclesiastical net. It is almost inconceivable that a priest who made a public name for himself as a picketer, as an imaginative innovator, as an opponent of corrupt politics, as a known advocate of "controversial" church or public policies would pass muster. The bishops might well support such a priest in all these things; they just wouldn't recommend him to Rome to be one of them....They are, as a rule, drawn from deep within the administrative structure, many in fact having spent much of their priestly lives doing office rather than pastoral work. One needs little insight into the sociology of large institutions to guess the net result: those finally appointed as bishops are likely to be highly congenial to those already in office, domesticated to traditional priorities and routines, and out of touch with grass-roots opinion, especially lay opinion.
[QUOTE]--[URL=]]]America’s Catholic Bishops[/URL]

I would have little doubt that people pick for Bishops have much the same qualities around the world.👎


News Item11/8/17 9:15 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
They should really get rid of them, but rich alumni won't let that happen.
Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies [/URL]
I didn't even realize Francis cared about frats.

News Item11/7/17 3:27 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
They should really get rid of them, but rich alumni won't let that happen.
ABC News wrote:
"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life on campus. They must participate in that culture," Thrasher said.

Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester after the February hazing death of 19-year old Timothy Piazza. Louisiana State had a one-month suspension and continues to ban alcohol at Greek parties after the hazing death of 18-year old Maxwell Gruver in September.

--[URL=]]] Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies [/URL]
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