October 11, 2006
IKNOW YOU were trying to be the witty one with your editorial on limbo, but aren't there more important things going on in the world to editorialize about? Regarding the Catholic Church, I applaud their efforts in denouncing the existence of limbo. The church needs to review its doctrines to determine just what is Scripturally based, and what is not. Dennis McGlinchey, Philadelphia
January 27, 1989 |
"Hey, 'Train,' " Randy Woods says, "have a good one. " La Salle star Lionel Simmons, a.k.a. Train, looks up five rows into the stands of the Palestra and gives Woods a wide smile and a thumbs-up sign. Simmons has just taken his final warm-up shot before Wednesday's key Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game with St. Peter's, and he is repairing to the bench for some last-minute instructions from coach Speedy Morris. Woods, wearing a blue sweat suit with gold lettering proclaiming "La Salle" on the front, looks longingly at that bench.
February 15, 1986
If you want to know what being in limbo is like, ask the Conrail employees. Although we don't want Norfolk Southern to buy us, it's hell not knowing what's going to happen to us. Between President Reagan and Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, they want to get rid of Conrail, which is a money-making enterprise. Do they take a high bid? No, the lowest. Do they concern themselves with antitrust laws? No, they try to change them to suit themselves. Do they care about the employees who will lose their jobs?
April 10, 1987 |
Alain Tanner's No Man's Land is a metaphor in search of a movie. Geographically, it is set on the narrow strip of land that separates the borders of France and Switzerland. Philosophically, Tanner finds this terrain a pungent symbol of alienation - a limbo for lost souls and defeated purposes. But in No Man's Land it never becomes more than an image, because no one in the movie emerges as a character. All eke out a living as small-time crooks and hustlers, but Tanner's screenplay is so filled with existentialist pomposity that each one of them can only be identified by an aspiration or a frustration.
July 28, 1992 |
Magic Johnson appears to be out of the U.S. men's basketball game against Germany tomorrow night. Whether he's out longer than that remains unclear. Johnson, the starting point guard, limped off last night with what he described "as a pull" at the rear of his right knee. Johnson underwent a magnetic resonance imaging examination, which was negative, at a nearby hospital. USA Basketball physician David Fischer called the injury a strained muscle and classified his availability as "day to day. " "We just don't know what it is," Johnson said immediately after the Dream Team's 103-70 victory over Croatia.
May 26, 2010 |
At the last minute, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission opted not to make a decision on what will happen to West Philadelphia High in September. The struggling school has been designated a "Renaissance" school, one of 14 that is to be radically restructured in the fall. The other 13 will either be turned into charters or run by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, with longer school days and years, new programs and mostly new teaching forces. The fates of the other 13 were decided two weeks ago. West was deferred until Wednesday to give the school advisory committee more time to make a decision.
March 19, 2003 |
Hours melt during The Wait, bringing us closer to President Bush's deadline for Iraq. Since Monday, when Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq or face U.S. forces, the world has been functioning in an odd sort of limbo - not at war, but certainly not at peace. Soldiers' families greeted the President's ultimatum with a kind of anxious relief yesterday, feeling that the sooner a war started, the quicker it would end. Others, though, are experiencing a sort of dread as the clock sweeps toward 8 tonight, fearful that the war's first volleys will unleash an unpredictable tumult both in the Middle East and here at home.
October 6, 2006
FIRST PLUTO, now limbo. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to announce today that the Catholic Church will no longer recognize limbo as a viable place, and we are not happy. It was only a little over a month ago that astronomers downgraded Pluto from a planet to dwarf status, and we still haven't adjusted. If the pope makes the announcement, it will mean the church will disavow limbo as a place where unbaptized babies and others hang out before they get to enter heaven. Limbo is a concept originally discussed by St. Augustine more than 1,500 years ago, then further embroidered by St. Thomas Aquinas and Dante.
October 13, 2006 |
Score one for every former kid who itched and twitched his or her way through class in a Catholic school uniform, brows furrowed whilst pondering brain-melting concepts like omnipotence and whether (beneath the starched headgear they wore back in the day) nuns were bald. Limbo is no longer the slam dunk eternal destination of babies with the temerity to die before baptism, so-called good pagans, and everybody (and his mother) who was born before Jesus. Nicer than Hell, but lacking that je ne sais quoi only Heaven can boast, Limbo was presented (to my first-grade class, anyway)
June 24, 1990 |
Bristol basketball coach Tom Kaczor is in District 1's version of limbo. As of June 21 - eight days after the district committee met to decide Kaczor's fate over alleged ethics (in recruiting) violations - neither the committee nor the PIAA has released its ruling. As reported in The Inquirer on June 17, Kaczor may be facing a one-year suspension, according to two committee sources. Even Bristol principal Anthony DiPietro has acknowledged that the supension is "likely. " District chiarman Bob Ruoff, however, won't confirm it. "From what I've been told, everyone seems to know what we did in that meeting but I can't comment just yet," Ruoff said last week.