The Benefits of Making Priestly Celibacy Optional

If priestly celibacy were optional, more people would become priests, there would be greater transparency and celibacy would be a spiritual gift.

The Catholic Church already has many married priests. In fact, in parts of the world the majority of Catholic priests are married men with families. These priests serve in the Eastern Catholic Churches, which are in full communion with the Pope, but otherwise resemble Orthodox Christian Churches.

In the United States, most people associate Catholic with Roman Catholic. But the Catholic Church is a communion of 23 churches, each recognizing the leadership of the Pope while maintaining their own distinctive identities and disciplines. While the Latin Church, which is popularly known as the Roman Catholic Church, has a discipline of mandatory priestly celibacy, most of the Eastern Catholic Churches do not.
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Republicans Accuse Obama of Treating Immigrants Like Humans

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama’s proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President, on Thursday night, of “flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress.”

McConnell was brutal in his assessment of the President’s speech on immigration, blasting him for “eliminating the fear of deportation, which is the great engine of the American economy.”

“Fear is what keeps immigrants working so hard and so fast and so cheap,” McConnell said. “Remove the fear of deportation, and what will immigrants become? Lazy Americans.”

In a dire warning to the President, McConnell said, “If Mr. Obama thinks that, with the stroke of a pen, he can destroy the work ethic of millions of terrified immigrants, he’s in for the fight of his life.”

He added that Obama’s comments about deporting felons were “deeply offensive” to political donors.

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Westwood Country Club Closing Down a Year Ahead of Schedule


Move paves way for owner to redevelop the property into mixed-use community

After more than seven decades of continuous operation, the Westwood Country Club’s run is coming to an abrupt end, as financial and environmental woes conspired against it.

Effective immediately, the 25-meter pool and 18-hole golf course at the Amherst facility are closed permanently, while the clubhouse, banquet facility and Windows on the Green restaurant will close Dec. 21.

That’s a full year ahead of schedule. Facility operators, town leaders, neighbors and club members are now being notified of the decision.

The sudden announcement from Mensch Capital Partners LLC, which owns the 170-acre club at Sheridan Drive and North Forest Road, is surprising mainly in its timing. The long-term fate of the troubled club had largely been sealed, and the closing paves the way for the next steps in Mensch’s $238 million plan to redevelop the property into a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail community.
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The Rite of Spring Performance Postponed

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Buffalo, NY- The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo regrets to announce that the performance of “The Rite of Spring” featuring the Richmond Ballet and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra scheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014 has been postponed.

“Due to the ongoing and unprecedented winter storm impacting much of Western New York, and our concerns for the safety of the performers and audience, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this performance,” said Thomas Burrows, Executive Director of UB Center for the Arts.

The three organizations hope to reschedule for a yet-to-be-determined date in 2015. Ticket holders may retain their tickets for the new date. In the event they are unable to attend, refunds will be available.

Further updates will be posted at

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Pilots Report Drones Flying Near JFK Flight Path


Three pilots have reported unmanned drones flying too close to their jetliners as they approached Kennedy Airport this week, NBC 4 New York has learned.

On Wednesday afternoon, the pilot of JetBlue flight 842 from Savannah, Georgia, reported a drone flying at about 400 feet as the plane was on approach crossing from Nassau County into New York City, according to federal officials.

Earlier in the week, on Sunday, a pilot of Virgin Atlantic flight 9 from London reported a drone sighting near the 747, just after 8 p.m. The pilot said the drone was flying high, at about 3,000 feet, while the plane was flying over Nassau County on approach to Kennedy.

About a minute later, a pilot of Delta flight 838 arriving from San Diego reported a drone was flying too close to its left wing, though the drone never came into contact with the Boeing 737, according to the FAA. The plane was also over Nassau County at the time, about 10 miles out on approach to Kennedy Airport.
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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting

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Amherst Against Fracking (Amherst, NY) Meeting ~ 6 p.m.

The town of Amherst, NY must pass a local ban to safeguard our resources and health from the pollution and industrialization that fracking for natural gas brings to communities. Over 170 towns and cities across NY have stepped up to protect their residents from fracking, and now it’s time for the Amherst Town Board to do the same. A town-wide ban on fracking & fracking waste disposal (including road spreading) would protect residents from exposure to harmful chemicals, airborne carcinogens, contaminated water, increased municipal costs, and the list goes on. All Amherst and Amherst-area residents are encouraged to join this coordinating meeting to become part of the local movement against fracking.

NOTE: This meeting will be the last meeting of Amherst Against Fracking until January 2015.  The December meeting is cancelled due to lack of venue & the holiday season.

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Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon

Remember when I posted this back in September?

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Chances are you will hear a lot about El Niño in the next month or two. Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened, which will produce not just record-breaking snowfall, but according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, a doctor of global weather sciences, record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States.

“For the sake of comparison to the past winter, lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past. This is the type of winter the American public needs to prepare for. Several meteorologists are saying not to buy into what the models are showing. I can tell you from forty years of scientific weather research, they are doing you a disservice,” Dr. Scvediok told the Associated Press on Friday. “The Northeast, Ohio Valley, and Midwestern states will definitely get hit the hardest.”

Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists, also told the media that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of snowy winter.
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G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putin a Jackass


ST. PETERSBURG (The Borowitz Report)—Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”

The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.

“Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama said. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.”

As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.

“If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,” Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. “Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.”

Shortly after Mr. Obama’s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, “I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.”

After one day of meetings, the G20 nations voted unanimously on a resolution that said maybe everyone should just go home.

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Erie County DPW Gears Up For Winter Weather, Plowing

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New Trucks, Additional Salt Fortify County’s Weather-Fighting Road Crews

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Public Works’  (“DPW”) Highways Division reports readiness to handle Mother Nature’s wintriest offerings this season with a force of 40 primary snow plows equipped and ready for action this weekend, with five new vehicles to be added to the fleet starting in the last week of November. The new arrivals are equipped with salters and plows, and four of the five are heavy-duty, tandem-axle trucks featuring all-wheel drive. Since 2011, the DPW has replaced fully 50% of the primary fleet of snow plowing vehicles.

“With the arrival of wintry weather, I want to remind residents that Erie County crews are fully equipped and already busy clearing snow in some areas of the County, particularly in the southern reaches,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.  “My administration takes public safety very seriously and understands the responsibility that comes with it when it comes to readiness, responsiveness, and reliability in keeping the roads clear. Many municipalities across Erie County are joining forces with us to keep county roads clear and residents safe this winter, and for those that are a part of the team, I say thank you for sharing our commitment to public safety. Just like last year, we are prepared for the worst that winter can ‘snow’ at us.”

The four new all-wheel drive trucks will be added to two already in Erie County’s snow removal fleet. These trucks are essential for operations in the hill country and in southern Erie County where snows are typically heavier. In addition, these trucks can be used throughout the year, rather than the “winter-only” all-wheel drive vehicles purchased in years past. A new high lift was also purchased along with the five new trucks, bringing the total investment in snow-removal equipment to nearly $1.4 million.

In response to a colder-than-normal winter in 2013-14, DPW has also built up its road salt stocks from a year ago. In 2014, 17,000 tons of salt were ordered but over 34,000 tons of salt were used throughout the winter due to harsh conditions. In 2015, DPW has 25,000 tons of salt available for usage on area roadways, with plans to procure more should conditions warrant.

For more information:

On the Erie County Department of Public Works, visit

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