The former Alabama circuit judge famous for posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom has kept his campaign promise. Roy Moore said that if he were elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he would make room for the Decalogue there. And he has—lots of room.
One night recently, Moore and some helpers hauled a 5,280-pound, 4-foot-tall granite monument into the state Judicial Building's lobby when no one else was around.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the monument was commissioned by Moore and financed with private donations. Its square base is carved with Founding Father quotations beneath two tablets inscribed with the 10 Commandments.
While Gov. Don Siegelman has given his support to Moore and the display, the monument is attracting controversy. Opponents and other justices worry about the message the monument may send to non-Christians about the court's fairness.
Report-card day comes for Mother Teresa
A Diocesan Commission set up in 1999 has completed the initial phase of the papal inquiry into Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood. The Nobel Prize laureate died in 1997 at the age of 87.
The two-year inquiry produced a report of Mother Teresa's life and evidence of miracles. It weighed in at 35,000 pages long. Father Brian Kolediejchuk will now take the report in six sealed boxes from Calcutta to the Vatican.
This report is the beginning of the beatification process for Catholic saints. The Roman Congregation for Causes of Saints will review the report once it arrives at the Vatican. A comprehensive biography will be prepared and then examined by nine theologians.
Their findings will be passed on to the Assembly of Cardinals and Bishops and ultimately to ...1