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Real-World Cura Personalis
Kent Hickey

This posting of "Coffee with Kent" is a podcast for listening instead of a reflection for reading. I was interviewed by Dr. Tim Uhl for his podcast, "Catholic School Matters." Our topic was some of the decisions we made during the highly publicized Amanda Knox proceedings some years ago, and this included a more general discussion of Catholic school leadership. The podcast was recorded before the most recent — and likely final — ruling in Amanda's case: An Italian court awarded Amanda damages because of the improper handling of the investigation, more specifically, the failure by the prosecution to provide Amanda with an interpreter and attorney when she was interrogated.

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I See Dead People
Kent Hickey

One of the strange and beautiful things about being Catholic is connecting to the dead. All Saints’ Day. All Souls’ Day. November is even set aside as “Pray for the Dead” month. It’s probably strange for those on the outside looking in. But, to Catholics it makes a lot of sense.

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Am I My Brother's Keeper?
Kent Hickey

Am I my brother’s keeper? Gen. 4:9 

It ended up being one of the most important questions ever asked, but it sure didn’t start out that way.  

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The Grad Who Will Save the World (someday)
Kent Hickey

Did you ever hear of the man who saved the world?

His name was Stanislav Petrov, and he was a Colonel in the Soviet Union Air Defense Forces. He was at his computer late at night on September 26, 1983 when the “Launch” signal came on his screen. A Soviet satellite had mistakenly signaled that the United States had launched 5 nuclear missiles at Moscow. Petrov’s sworn duty required that he initiate a nuclear attack against the United States in retaliation. Petrov, however, did not initiate that attack; we know that because we are all here tonight celebrating your graduation.

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