Shroud Of Turin Accidentally Washed With Red Shirt

Shroud Of Turin Accidentally Washed With Red Shirt | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

The Shroud of Turin, an ancient linen cloth believed to bear the image of Christ and considered by many clerics and devotees to be one of the holiest relics of the Christian faith, was inadvertently dyed a light shade of pink after being washed with a red T-shirt, sources reported Tuesday.

According to Lajolo, the damage occurred when Pope Benedict XVI, whose turn it was to do the Vatican laundry, did not notice that a brand-new, bright-red Hanes Beefy-T belonging to Cardinal Angelo Sodano had been placed inside of the consecrated cleansing vessel, the Holy Whirlpool 24934 top-load washer.

The pope then started a load of white vestments, including the shroud, only realizing what had happened when he returned to remove the sacred artifact, which is always line-dried

Though the discoloring of the Shroud of Turin has come as a shock to many Catholics, it is not the first time that a holy relic has been damaged. In 1983, several pieces of the True Cross were water-stained after being used as coasters during Pope John Paul II’s birthday party, and in 1572, the knucklebone of St. Olaf was accidentally thrown out with a plate of half-eaten chicken wings.

Hat Tip: The Curt Jester

It’s gonna get nasty

No matter who the Democrats nominate for President this summer, they will run one of the dirtiest campaigns we’ve ever seen. They’ll have to.

Now, we’ll hear a lot of “Yeah, but the Republicans…” justifications from the media and others on the Left, while others ignore the nastiness of the charges and focus on less egregious (and more accurate, charges from Republicans that are supposedly unconscionable, but make no mistake: there will be a great deal of vitriol spewed by the Democrats and their allies in the media and the Left. There’s no other way to win.

The longer this split between Hillary and Obama continues, the deeper and angrier the division in the Democrat party gets. We’re already seeing posters on the Daily Kos calling for background investigations of those daring to support Hillary. Note that they’re not worried about finding skeletons in the closet of candidates; they’re trying to embarrass those who support other candidates:

…I will note that one of my fellow Kossaks (someone with whom I thought I could agree to disagree) went so far as to suggest that others try to dig up real life information on the pro-Hillary members of our community. To what end? Was his aim to find enough information on us to try to get us fired from our jobs and leave our families homeless – or worse? Suggesting that they dig up real life information on us is the lowest form of intimidation and goes way beyond the limits of all things civil and reasonable. It’s nothing more than the worst form of thuggish, hateful and intimidating behavior toward other members of our community.

This isn’t the only sign we’ve seen that the division in the Democrat party may be irreconcilable by November. See here on a liberal blog:

A recent PEW poll shows that 10% of Democrats who support Obama would defect and vote for McCain should Hillary become the candidate. But, a whopping 25% of Democrats who support Hillary would defect and vote for McCain should Obama become the candidate.

I have little doubt that 25% is higher than will actually defect come November. (Keep in mind, though, that this was before the information about Obama’s pastor and his direction of an earmark to the hospital that employed his wife came out, so this is still when he was viewed as fairly “clean,” whereas now he can be seen at least as sympathetic to America-haters and corruption.) Meanwhile, 10% of Obama supporters say they will vote for McCain over Hillary. Again that number is likely high. But even if they don’t cross party lines in November, they may skip the presidential ballot or stay home entirely, hurting the entire Democratic ticket.

Facing that scary possibility, (well, scary for the Democrats) the Left will have no choice to to attempt to frighten their base to motivate them to turn out. All sorts of charges will be thrown against McCain and the GOP this fall, as the Left sees their chance at winning the Presidency slipping away. They’ll make all sorts of insane charges that McCain is corrupt (when he’s one of the more honest politicians out there), that’s he’s a radical right-winger who wants to starve children and kill the homeless (he’s not a right-winger, as conservative opposition to him should shows, and even if he were, it’s not true that any true conservative would want to starve children or kill the homeless), that he’s a fascist (when it’s clearly liberals who are more fascist).

There will all sorts of unfounded, unjustified attacks as the Left sees their chances for the Presidency slip away this fall. Don’t believe them: they’re just the desperate lies of those who would seek power no matter the cost and see it falling away from them.


“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” – Samuel Adams

“Just once, I’d like to see a politician caught with his pants down (so to speak) not trot out his wronged wife to stand beside him as he issues his mea culpa… I guess the point of the exercise is to show voters that Spitzer is not such a creep that his wife won’t stand by him. Problem is, by dragging his wife before the public, Client-9 shows himself to be an even bigger creep.” – Debra Saunders

“Many in the media refer to Eliot Spitzer as some moral hero who fell from grace. Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn’t have any case with which to convict them of anything.” – Thomas Sowell

“The biggest beneficiary of Hillary’s ‘3 a.m.’ ad is – John McCain. Of the three candidates, Americans believe he is best suited to be commander-in-chief by a lopsided margin. Hillary argued that when the tough times come, ‘You have to be ready to make a decision.’ You do, and Hillary isn’t… In truth, neither Obama nor Hillary can name an accomplishment that qualifies them for the office they seek.” – Ben Johnson

“McCain’s greatest advantage is himself. His life story is compelling and something neither Clinton nor Obama can match. He can own the issue of national security. He must now convince voters that on domestic issues he is better able to manage the economy while reducing the size and cost of government.” – Cal Thomas

“Who ever said that it is the responsibility of government to make life easy?” – Jim Geraghty

“[T]he Constitution is not a living organism. It’s a legal document.” – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“The only difference I’ve found in Congress between the Republican and Democratic leadership is that one of them is skinning us from the toes up and the other from the ears down.” – Huey Long

“The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.” – Edmund Burke

“The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.” – James Fenimore Cooper

“A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think they are as clever as he is.” – Karl Krauss

“What gives the new despotism its peculiar effectiveness is indeed its liaison with humanitarianism, but beyond this fact its capacity for entering into the smallest details of human life.” – Robert Nisbet

Jay Leno: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has admitted that he has been involved in a prostitution ring. This is the same man who when he was attorney general went after the prostitution rings. So apparently for not giving him good service. … [This] means Hillary Clinton [is] now only the second angriest wife in the state of New York. … Neither Barack nor Hillary can win the nomination outright. You know, because it’s so close. So Hillary’s kind of caught between Barack and a hard place. … Technically, neither of them can win. It shows you how bad it’s gotten for the Democrats. Forget winning the general election, they can’t even win their own election. … You know, there’s talk in some Democratic circles of letting the states of Michigan and Florida re-vote. Today, Al Gore said, “Oh, now you think of this! Great!” … They’re talking about a re-vote primary where people would mail in their ballots. That’s a great idea, combine the reliability of the people in Florida who count the ballots with the efficiency of the Post Office. What could go wrong there?

“Why I Am an Astronomer and a Catholic”

Why I Am an Astronomer and a Catholic
by Professor Dermott Mullan
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware

On Monday, March 17, 2008 at 205 Gore Hall, University of Delaware, Professor Dermott Mullan will continue the Catholics in Science Symposium with a talk that reflects on life as a working astronomer and a practicing Catholic, two identities which in some people’s minds appear mutually exclusive.

This talk is free and open to all. It runs from 7-9pm. Refreshments will be served.

Hasn’t modern astronomy proved that the account of the beginnings of our world in the Book of Genesis must be wrong? And hasn’t the Catholic Church been opposed to science since the days of Galileo?

In his career as an astronomer, Professor Dermott Mullan has learned that the answer to both questions is a resounding “No.” The God of the Astronomers is the same God Dr. Mullan has met in the Catholic Church and in the Bible.

The notion that science and faith are in conflict is a commonplace these days. But is it so?

Come to Dr. Mullan’s talk and prepare to hear that truism challenged and turned on its head.
For additional information, contact Kate Rogers at 302-831-8480 or This event is sponsored by Students of Western Civilization, Catholic Scholars of Delaware, and the Catholic Campus Ministry!

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But wait! There’s more! Join us for

Why I am a Medical Technologist and a Catholic, Dr. Mary Ann McLane, March 24, 7-9 pm at 205 Gore Hall
Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, Dr. Stephen Barr, April 14, 7-9pm at 205 Gore Hall.