Gentlemen, start thy engines!

No matter your age, race, sex, station in life or occupation, it sure is nice to be able to have a priest nearby to pull you through to the good times and console you in the bad times.

It’s no different for race car drivers. The Michigan Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Detroit, profiled a priest who has been ministering to the racing community for the past 37 years. Any fan of racing will recognize the names bandied about in the profile.

And when you look at the photos accompanying the story, get an eyeful of the priest’s custom-made stole.

Sarah Palin’s pro-life credentials

Now that it looks like we’re going to be hearing a lot about Sarah Palin, here are two items from the CNS news archive: a story on how she was praised by Catholic leaders and others when she gave birth to a Down syndrome child earlier this year, and a guest editorial we ran from the Catholic Anchor, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, on how her family “serves as an incredible witness by embracing all life as a blessing.”

We also had a great article last spring by Effie Caldarola, one of our regular columnists, calling Palin “a politician who lives her truth.”