MLB player Ben Zobrist is suing his former pastor for various ethics violations. So here are just two things, ministerial ethics could have stopped before any of this happened:

According to deadspin, “in 2016/17, Ben Zobrist entered into counseling with Yawn to discuss his anxiety and depression.” What’s wrong with that? Pastors are not mental health professionals! Depression requires professional counseling and or medical intervention.

Also according to deadspin, “Byron Yawn, who used to be a senior minister at the Community Bible Church in Nashville, Yawn gave some, and also got an executive position with Zobrist’s foundation, Patriot Forward.” What’s wrong with that? As a pastor you cannot do business with parishioners! The sacred trust of a pastoral relationship is in jeopardy once money obligations come with additional power structures.

The baseball player got played here. The pastor should have never done counseling or accepted a job offer.

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Catholic Scorecard Completed.

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A sporting summary of Benedict XVI’s itinerary:

The pope’s visit will begin with an April 16 reception with President Bush at the White House, followed the next day by Mass at the new baseball stadium in Washington and separate meetings with Catholic educators and leaders of other faiths.

On April 18, the pope will address the United Nations, then meet with priests and members of religious orders the next day. On April 20, he will visit ground zero and lead the Yankee Stadium Mass before leaving the country.

Two questions remain:
1. Will they install a commemorative plaque in the Yankee stadium, too?
2. Will the new Nationals Park be completed on time?

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An Online Newshour about Poet Karen Zaborowski Duffy who has been a high school English teacher for 20 years. She’s been a Philadelphia Phillies fan for even longer. Although her beloved team is not in this year’s World Series, she shares a poem about being at the event years ago with her daughter, starting:

“Even God, I think, is here,
so high up in the stands…”

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Sam Alipour features an in-depth interview on Paul Byrd’s struggle to walk with God. Yard Barker believes Paul Byrd’s buying drugs while trying to walk with Jesus as a major league ballplayer does not promote Christianity. Is there a heavenly pardon for steroid abuse? – With sports bloggers there is none!

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Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez became the second trio in the history of postseason play to hit back-to-back-to-back homers. Ortiz is the one raising his hands to thank the heavens.
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Jonah Keri lists The 18 best Jewish ballplayers of all time.
Sandy Koufax ranks #1 as he decided to put his religious beliefs ahead of his pitching career and refused to play on Yom Kippur in 1965.
By the way: the number “18” in Hebrew numerology, stands for the word “Chai,” meaning “life”, so this is not a top 10 list.

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Memphis Bengal asks God to bless the New York Post for publishing this case of Exodus 20.14:
Alex Rodriguez established the AROD Family Foundation in 2006 with his wife Cynthia, dedicated to positively impacting families in distress by supporting programs focusing on improved quality of life, education and mental health.
Thanks to the NY Post now the following can be added:
Alex Rodriguez dined with a mysterious, busty blonde and two pals at a pricey steakhouse in Toronto late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.

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Now the controversy between Gary Thorne and Curt Schilling has become a religious question. Schilling writes on his blog:

“When I walked into the room for the post game interviews and offered up my first response to the questions about the game I basically said that the night was a revelation for me. That my faith in God that evening showed me things I’d never believed.”



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