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Intel coming into Robbo Family HQ suggests that the eldest gel may be getting sweet on one of her classmates.  Further intel suggests that said sweetness may be reciprocal.

Sigh. Well, she is 13.  I suppose it’s bound to happen sooner or later.

The good news is that I know at least a bit about the boy in question, as he is a regular alter server at Mass and I’ve spoken with his father a number of times.  He seems a quiet, bookish type, not one of the class bully-boys.   Indeed, he reminds me of my own, shall we say, dweebishness at about that age.

So at least I’ve got that going for me.

Still, just pass me that bore snake, would you?

Behold a thing of beauty:  Center-fielder Rick Ankiel guns down Mets’ catcher Dave Josh Thole at the plate.

Some folks over at Facebook were poo-pooing the throw, suggesting that since Thole is only a catcher, of course Ankiel bagged him.  But look how far up the line Ankiel puts the ball – he could have rung up a far speedier runner just as well.

For those of you who don’t know, Ankiel was a pitcher at one point in his career.  I’ve seen him make several of these monster throws over the course of the year.  It never gets old.

By the bye, the Nats eventually came from behind to win the game 3-2, thus taking the first two of a four game series that could will be critical to determining who gets the honor of third place in the NL East.

On a somewhat related note, some tickets and a cheap parking pass somehow fell into the collective lap of the Family Robbo yesterday, so we’re all going out Saturday night to see Strasburg pitch against the Marlins.  I’ve not yet seen him live, so can’t wait.

Yes, I’m definitely going to start suffering from withdrawal in about two weeks.  (Unless you’ve got a dog in the fight, the playoffs are never quite the same.)  How long until pitchers and catchers report?

GO, NATS!!

This is going to be fun.

CATHOLIC WOMEN should write to bishops around the country in protest at sexist language in the new version of the Roman missal, one of the founders of the Association of Catholic Priests has said.

Speaking yesterday as the first of many changes to the Mass were introduced in churches here, Fr Seán McDonagh said it was obvious from the language of the new missal that not a single woman had been consulted while it was being drawn up.

So no chance of that “Blessed be God, Parent, Offspring and Loving Partner” terminology being slipped in, I guess.

Changes to some prayers and responses were introduced at Masses yesterday for the first time, including to the wording of the I Confess, the Gloria and the Profession of Faith. They mark the beginning of the introduction of a new translation of the missal, which will be used in full from November 27th.

Critics have said the new version, which includes multiple uses of man and men to mean both men and women, is sexist. Responses such as “and with your spirit” to replace “and also with you”, have been criticised as archaic. And the use of words like “consubstantial” to replace “one being with” have been labelled elitist and obscure.

I would call archaic and obscure language a feature, not a bug.   But then, I was always a Rite I kinda guy when I was a Palie.

Fr McDonagh said it was regrettable that priests had to fight a linguistic battle over inclusiveness when it should be taken for granted. “Women should write to their bishops and tell them ‘I am not a man’,” he said.

Yes, yes it is regrettable.  Some of us more grown up folk actually do take inclusiveness for granted already.

Outside the church of St Vincent de Paul in Marino, north Dublin, where the Apostles’ Creed did not include the phrase “For us men and for our salvation”, parishioners had mixed feelings about the changes.

Phyllis Sparks, who said she was “two years off 90”, found the changes unnecessary and said they had been introduced by “silly old men” in Rome.

“I used to be a holy Roman, I’m not anymore; I’m very disappointed in them,” she said.

I wonder what she thought of the changes introduced when she was “two years off 50” by the silly young men in Rome?

Philip Walshe said yesterday’s changes didn’t bother him much. “There wasn’t a great deal to give out about this morning, but I’ve heard people say there will be too much reference to men and not enough to women, so we’ll have to see further down the line,” he said.

Bernadette Fearon said nobody liked change, but in time people would get used to it.

Local resident Amy Keogh said at first she didn’t like the idea and thought we were being dictated to by Rome. “But having been to Mass, I think it’s okay,” she said.

My dear madam, I’m glad you came round after attending Mass, but “dictated to by Rome” is sorta how the whole thing works, ya know?

Fr Kevin Doran said one advantage of the new wording was it meant people had to concentrate on what they were saying and on what was being said. “On some days, I think I could say ‘rashers and eggs’ and people would reply ‘and also with you’,” he said.

Heh.  I’ve heard that same joke told of Palies, but I take Fr. Doran’s point.  Imagine being required to concentrate in church.

The article is from the Irish Times, but I expect to hear plenty of squawking State-side, too.

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