Mass at my church was a little more uneventful than what happened at the Holy Name Cathedral auditorium in Chicago on Easter Sunday, where some unkempt moral exhibitionists who refer to themselves as "Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War" decided to stage a little street theater. They interrupted Cardinal George's homily by squirting fake blood on themselves and a few parishioners before they were arrested and led away. Word is they are being charged with felonies for their little morality play and my guess is that they aren't going to garner a lot of sympathy for their little stunt in the heavily Catholic Windy City. Oddly, none of these folks looked like any Catholic schoolgirls I ever knew. Generally speaking, most Catholic schoolgirls don't wear scraggly beards and in my experience the vast majority are likely to wash their hair on a regular basis. Also, actual Catholic schoolgirls tend to be female and only half of this troupe were, as far as I could tell. And none of them were wearing plaid jumpers, either. I suspect they are a little confused; perhaps they need to talk things over with this guy.
Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, they had a protest last week and some of the protestors offered the helpful suggestion pictured below.
Apparently these anarchists aren't especially fond of traditional military discipline, although they have no trouble issuing orders. And based on the way some of these bien pensants have chosen to cover their faces, they clearly have the courage of their convictions. They also seem to be sharing beauty tips with their fellow buskers from Chicago.
I don't know about you, but I sure find people like these folks tiresome. I'm sure that some of these folks or other like-minded individuals will be coming to St. Paul later this year to share similar hijinks as well as their own heartfelt commitment to solipsism. Of course, there's a long history of that sort of thing, as we were reminded this week during the on-again, off-again release of Highland Park doyenne Sara Jane Olson, a/k/a Kathleen Soliah, who gladly threw away the blandishments of revolutionary struggle once she had a chance to marry well.
I'm thinking we haven't heard from Mumia in a while. Maybe he'll pop up again soon.