Kids without masks in an Oak Park school, a child’s reaction to seeing a friend unmasked: “Mamma, you know my friend from carpool? I got to see the rest of her face today!”

Child being one of her three, a mother telling this in the 412-member Public group Oak Park [IL] Back to Normal:

Today was my kids’ first day of school with masks optional. They are in 4th, 1st, and Pre-K.
My youngest’s first words when I went to pick her up: “Mamma, you know ***’s sister ***? My friend from carpool? I got to see the rest of her face today! She is so beautiful! And she wears the prettiest blue earrings.”

And at bedtime: “You know Mamma, I never really saw Ms. ***’s lips and teeth and smile before today. Just a little bit quickly when she took a quick drink of water. I really like her smile.” Ms. *** has been her teacher since August 2020!

The 3 and 4 year olds in her mixed age Montessori class still aren’t allowed to unmask because…Oak Park. One of her 4yo friends apparently cried the whole drive home from school because she didn’t get a choice.

It’s so unbelievably sad that people are ok with doing this to children…


Letters: A loving tribute to a longtime Tribune letter writer

Jack Spatafora, Fenwick, ’49, a classmate and friend.

The latest on St. John Cantius, Latin Mass Central for hundreds (thousands?) of Chicagoans

It’s here, from the church’s web site:

. . .  for the foreseeable future, the Canons Regular will continue to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass both according to the 1962 Missal and according to the 2002 Missal. We will continue to pray ad orientem. We will continue to praise God and lift souls aided by our renowned Sacred Music program. And we will continue to cultivate a culture of beauty in the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond. Cantius will remain Cantius as best it can, and we [the Canons Regular] are committed to continuing our ministry with you to restore the sacred in all things.

All things considered, so far, so pretty good.

Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes Child Vaccination Despite Documented Deaths Soon After Jab

Month-old story, but still belonging in the I-may-vomit file.

The overall risk of children dying or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 is extremely low, and yet the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life is lobbying for child vaccination, recently claiming that it is essential to ending the pandemic and “protects children from any, even if less frequent, serious consequence of COVID-19.”

These pontifical academy fellows don’t know nothin’.

Longtime Mother McAuley teacher fired after using racial slur in class discussion about sports teams

How to look ridiculous in a flash. I refer to the Mighty Mac authorities, who shoveled 41 years of exemplary work down the toilet in a flash. Cancelled!

About the Trump White House in its last three months, COVID front and center, by Scott Atlas

Highly recommended, with exceptions.

Every patriot in America needs to read this book to see how the sausage is made, unless you are prone to self-harm or cardiac arrest, because it is that frustrating at times.

There were several instances when I had to pause and gather myself, because I was getting so worked up. It’s an excellent read, but it’s also not for the faint of heart.

It’s a challenge. Be calm, or as calm as possible.

Longtime promoter of Traditional Latin Mass in Europe “throws in the towel,” calling it “a waste of time”

Denis Crouan, the French founder and president (since 1988 or so) of the organization Pro liturgia, which promotes “the Mass as Vatican II truly intended it”, with Latin, chant, ad orientem, etc.,sounds off:

Asking present-day clergy to respect the liturgy of the Church is a waste of time: with an obstinacy often coupled with a profound lack of culture, those who occupy the places from which they are supposed to teach, go before, and lead the faithful – at all levels in the Church, from the pope to the simple parish priest – seem to want to systematically sabotage divine worship in a way that remains completely incomprehensible.

The pope?

That Pope Bergoglio is more interested in Luther and Pachamama than in the doctrine and morals of the Church is his choice: a choice that everyone is entitled to consider regrettable and more than risky.

The rest of it is here.

River Forest whites urged to examine their consciences

Together on Zoom. in “White Accountability Groups,” which . . .

. . . are for people who identify as white and/or have white skin privilege to explore how to recognize whiteness and white privilege, identify and interrupt our internalized dominance, and collectively develop strategies for liberation and change,” the duo wrote on their intake form for those seeking to participate in the . . . groups,


are scheduled to meet over Zoom every other week on Monday beginning Jan. 31 from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

No end date is mentioned. The duo are Dominican University’s ministry coordinator and Title V Project director. Title V is for advancing equity among programs serving mothers’ and children’s health.

Villagers are urged to participate in the Zoom meetings by the village president.

Emphasis is provided by the blogger.

Roger Finnell retires after 59 years

Would do 92% of it all over!

Roger Finnell ’59 has spent the past 59 years teaching math at Fenwick, which he calls “his second home. And to him, his classroom looks rather lived in.”

Mr. Finnell, who turns 80 in June, is retiring after this school year. “If I had to do it all over again, I’d repeat 92% of it …,” he tells the Oak Park Wednesday Journal.

A judicious statement!

Uber driver reports carjacking at gunpoint after being called to Oak Park

Last time this driver will answer an Oak Park call.