Saturday, April 08, 2006

Front Page News?
Yeah... this IS front page news!

Every so often, I check out the local newspaper of one of the places I use to live, the US Territory of Guam. The Pacific Daily News ran a pretty interesting front page story.

The Santa Bernadita Chapel in Yigo (where my grandfather is from) recently had their pastor visit Nevers, France, where he retrieved a First Class Relic (a lock of hair) and a Second Class Relic (a piece of cloth from her habit) from St. Bernadette Soubirous.

I proudly say... Yes, this is front page news on Guam. Not so much because there aren't more important things to report, it's just that on this overwhelmingly Catholic island, people really do know what's important. Oh, and also, you'd be surprised how many Catholic Holy Days are considered legal Territorial Holidays.

Just a side note.... years ago when legalizing abortion was being debated in the Territorial Legislature, the Archbishop of Guam went before the legislature and wagged his finger and said "I know each and every one of you. I tell you this, whoever votes in favor of abortion will be excommunicated".

The result? The 1990 "Guam Abortion Law" said that the "life of every human being begins at conception, and that unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being."

The law made it a felony to perform an abortion. And of course, this was overturned by Supreme Court of the United States as unconstitutional. With that, I give the SCOTUS the traditional greeting of Guam "Si Yu'us Ma'ase"... which literally translates to "May God have mercy on you".

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ADDENDUM

And while I'm bragging about Guam, here's a pic of my cousin, Kim Santos. She won the 1980 Miss World competition (that's the British version of the Miss Universe). Pretty girl, huh?

1 Comments:

Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Yep, pretty girl.

9:18 PM  

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