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Madness of March

News analysis | A harried fortnight featured malpractice in college admissions, library readings, and Washington politics
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/27/19, 04:07 pm

An English poem originating around 1500, “Blowbol’s Test,” refers to “a March hare” acting erratically. Fast fact: During March, their major breeding month, hares attack other hares and leap vertically for no apparent reason. The “March Hare” is a major character in the tea party scene of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865). Kaiser Wilhelm in 1908 called the English “mad as March hares.”

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Vatican defrocks McCarrick over sexual abuse

by Mickey McLean
Posted 2/16/19, 10:56 am

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Roman Catholic officials found him guilty of sexual abuse in the church. The 88-year-old former archbishop of Washington, D.C., can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments, or have any title in the church. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith office of the Vatican on Jan.

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Pope defrocks priest involved in sex abuse scandal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/28/18, 01:30 pm

Pope Francis defrocked a Chilean priest at the center of the ongoing sex abuse scandal in Chile, the Vatican announced Friday. The statement cited the “exceptional amount of damage” the priest’s crimes had done, adding that Francis was stiffening the sentence for “the good of the church.”

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