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It’s not easy to love the characters in “The Casual Vacancy”: They don’t wage an epic war against evil.  They don’t have warm, fuzzy names like Neville Longbottom or Albus Dumbledore.

They don’t trade Chocolate Frog Cards.

Instead of the earnest likes of Hagrid and Luna Lovegood peppering the pages of Rowling’s latest novel, we meet Terri Weedon, an impoverished heroin-addicted mother; Parminder Jawanda, a rigid doctor judgmental of her daughter’s imperfections; and Howard Mollison, a narrow-minded delicatessen owner whose behavior toward women would cause Gloria Steinhem to throw tomatoes in his direction.

There’s no one like Ginny Weasley in sight.

Which may be why New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani writes, “This novel for adults is filled with a variety of people like Harry’s aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley: self-absorbed, small-minded, snobbish and judgmental folks, whose stories neither engage nor transport us.”

It was hard for me to like these characters. Even harder to love them: More than once, I thought of putting the book down because these characters are so real, so raw, that they become dislikable and at the same time, curiously familiar.

Because they remind me of my family, my friends, my parishioners, my students — they remind me of the neighbors Jesus calls me to love.

I will say very quickly, before I go any further, that not all the people in my life are “self-absorbed, small-minded, snobbish and judgmental folks.”  In fact, very few of them are.

But they are flawed.

And sometimes, they are not easy to love.

(Neither am I, I should add.  Because I would not want you, dear reader, walking away from this article under the impression that I perceive myself as any more perfect than any of Rowling’s imperfect characters. I am not.)

But back to the neighbors.  You see, I — who teach a course at Yale on Christian Theology and the Harry Potter series — often fantasized about closing Rowling’s book because I had such a hard time loving these characters.  I was tempted to terminate our literary relationship in the way a Hogwarts first year is tempted by a pumpkin pasty on the train to Hogwarts.

I was tempted in the same way we’re all tempted to disengage from difficult people in real life.

Yet, as a priest, as a Christian, I have committed myself to loving my neighbors, even when it’s not convenient for me.  Even when I don’t really like them.  I’m supposed to love everyone, including the woman who cuts me off on the parkway because she’s texting and the guy who spits on the empty seat next to me on the bus.

Only it’s not so easy to love texting lady or the spitting guy.  And it’s even harder to love friends and family when they do something hurtful.

It’s much easier to walk away, to close the book on tough relationships.  (Indeed, in some cases, closing the book is the wise choice: In a case of  domestic violence, for instance, severing the relationship is not only healthy, but may be life-preserving.)

As a priest, loving one’s neighbor takes on an even more nuanced dimension: Priests are called to hear peoples’ stories, all of their stories, even the ones about frailties and faults that they’re afraid to utter elsewhere.  We hear their sins and their doubts, and while we have the great privilege of witnessing their greatest acts of compassion, we also see their most hardened, bitter, seemingly unlovable parts.

We priests, we Christians, are called to love all of this.

I kept hoping — though I knew Rowling was not that kind of writer — that the pages of this book would offer some kind of easy answer to the challenge of neighbor love.

But they don’t.

No one in “The Casual Vacancy” loves their neighbors with grace and none but the deceased character Barry Fairbrother — who is almost God-like in the way his physical absence is constantly present — seems capable of loving his neighbors well at all.

As a priest, I naturally wondered if Rowling would turn to the Church’s teachings to explain what love of neighbor was really all about in this town where “a communal life … seemed to revolve around the church” (300).

She doesn’t do that either.

If the Church is supposed to be offering answers to these characters, it has curiously little to say from Rowling’s purview.  While she acknowledges the church as the center of town, the out-of-touch vicar seems to be the only unnamed member of the community and Rowling portrays his homilies as sterile, impersonal.

Without ruining the ending, Rowling does offer some kind of guidance.  As one character sits in a pew near the book’s conclusion, she finds herself under a statue of the church’s namesake, St. Michael, the archangel who slew a dragon and defeated Satan in the Book of Revelation. St. Michael is charged with rescuing humans from the devil, with protecting God’s people, with judging souls.  This character — one of the many imperfect, hard-to-love characters — thinks to herself, “It would have been a relief if St. Michael had stepped down and enacted judgment on them all, decreeing how much fault was hers … for the broken lives, for the mess” (499).

But St. Michael does not come down.  No judgment is cast in this world.  And perhaps that’s where hope for how to love difficult neighbors lies, in the tomorrows characters are given to do better, to try again.

It’s not an easy hope.  It’s not a magical one.  But it’s a real one.

And it’s one we Christians might be able to adopt as well, if only we’re willing to keep turning pages in our relationships, to keep the book open and read further.

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So, this is my fifth prequel to the mission fuge series.(I’m sorry for wasting ya’ll time). I’m almost done packing just got to finish putting couple extra things in my bag and I’ll be done. I’ll be getting up early so that I can be ready and out the door bye 7:30 and if everything goes soomthly will be leaving by 8:00. I’m really exicted, but nevrous like I said before. This is really new for me as some of you may know. But, I proablywont be able to get todo this again so I’m goign to take it and run with it. After the week is over I’m planning (hoping really) to post another blog and tell you about how mission fuge went down. 🙂 Hope you like this series. I really am sorry if all these prequels are getting on your nervous. Please comment and tell me what you think of my blogs. 🙂

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Harry Potter

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By Victoria McGrane

There aren’t many regulators saying things that big banks want to hear these days, but they’ll like this: Acting Comptroller of the Currency John Walsh on Tuesday warned international regulators that they may be trying to rein in the financial industry too much.

“We are in danger of trying to squeeze too much risk and complexity out of banking as we institute reforms to addresses problems and abuses stemming from the last crisis,” he said at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation in London, according to his prepared remarks.

That’s a far different tune from what’s coming from other players in the financial overhaul, who’ve emphasized that banks should get back to the boring business of banking and complexity should be limited.

In contrast, Mr. Walsh argued in his speech that imposing high capital requirements, tight liquidity rules and restrictions on what activities banks can engage in threaten to hurt economic growth.

He urged particular caution on the issue of imposing additional capital requirements on the largest banks — or a “surcharge” on systemically important firms, and his comments come as international regulators are pushing in coming weeks to reach agreement on just how much extra capital the biggest banks must hold.

Mr. Walsh argued that capital levels are already “extraordinarily high by historical standards” and said, at most, a “modest” surcharge on the largest firms may be appropriate. If capital standards are “carried too far, the economy suffers” because higher costs curtail the amount of banking activity necessary for growth, he said.

Mr. Walsh said he is even more skeptical about reform efforts focused on limiting banks’ activities and organization form. The latter is in sharp contrast with Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair, who has repeatedly emphasized that regulators must insist that the nation’s biggest financial institutions make structural changes — making their activities “rationalized and simplified” — so regulators can handle their failure without sparking another crisis.

He also pushed back against regulators who would like to define what’s prohibited by the so-called Volcker rule broadly since that could prevent banks from engaging in legitimate banking activities. Championed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the rule aims to get commercial banks back to the business of banking and out of certain risky or speculative activities.

“If we draw the circle too narrowly around what we call ‘banking,’ we will unnecessarily restrict legitimate banking activity and raise its cost,” said Mr. Walsh.

 

America’s Most Wanted

Tonight I tuned in to see America’s Most Wanted for the last time. It’s really sad to see a telvision show that has last so long on tv be canceled like this. But,however, right before the credits started to roll John Walsh said that America’s Most Wanted may return in the fall. I sure hope so, because America’s Most Wanted is only show that actually makes a difference. So I want to know what ya’ll think. Should they keep America’s Most Wanted or cancel it? Post your comments and tell me what you think.

FILE- This March 12, 2009 file photo shows John Walsh, host of the television show "America's Most Wanted," in New York. This week marks the final weekly airing of "America's Most Wanted" on the Fox network after 23 years and 1153 fugitives nabbed. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, FILE)http://beta.news.yahoo.com/amw-ending-run-fox-john-walsh-isnt-done-200526524.html

NEW YORK (AP) — This week marks the final weekly airing of “America’s Most Wanted” on the Fox network after 23 years and 1,153 fugitives nabbed.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said John Walsh, the host and driving force of what he turned into a nationwide crime watch. “Saturday when I see the last show — that’s gonna be painful.”

But that broadcast, which airs at 9 p.m. EDT, is billed as the season finale — not the series conclusion — on the “AMW” website.

Not surprisingly, this is the same attitude voiced by Walsh.

“I’m fighting hard to keep this franchise going,” he said. “It’s a television show that gets ratings AND saves lives, and we’ll find somewhere to keep going. We’re not done.”

Speaking by phone Thursday morning, he had just arrived back in Washington from Brazil. There, he was hunting for a pedophile who has been hiding out in Rio de Janeiro for 14 years.

“He’s a fake minister who molested tons of boys in Florida,” Walsh said. “I was working with Brazilian police, and I think I’ll get this guy.”

The case will be spotlighted on Saturday’s show, and, as he spoke, Walsh was headed to “AMW” headquarters to supervise editing the segment.

He said he will make some parting remarks at the end of the show, with the promise, “We’re going to land somewhere else.”

And after that?

“I’m so used to doing what I’ve done every day for 23 years that I’m still trying to sort it all out,” he said. “But I have many, many offers, a long list I’ve got to wade through and see where we go from here.”

One possibility, he said, is News Corp. sibling Fox News Channel, which that network confirms.

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes “has had preliminary discussions with John Walsh and he’s a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted,'” said Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti, “but nothing has been decided.”

Walsh said he hopes to have a deal in place, probably with a cable network, within two weeks.

This, of course, is the man who mounted a crime-busting crusade in the aftermath of the abduction and murder of his 6-year-old son Adam in 1981. He became an outspoken advocate for tougher laws against sex offenders, more cooperation among law enforcement agencies, and citizen involvement in flushing out fugitives.

His TV show premiered in April 1988 on the fledgling Fox network and, little more than a year later, it was the first-ever Fox program to rank first in viewership in its time slot. It’s been a fixture on the network ever since, and during the 2010-11 season, was seen by an audience averaging 5 million viewers.

So last month Walsh, 65, was “in shock,” he said, on getting the news that “AMW” had been canceled. The show is too expensive to produce, Fox entertainment head Kevin Reilly explained. The network is planning to air weekly repeats of its prime-time entertainment series in the Saturday slot “AMW” has held for so long.

“AMW” isn’t completely disappearing from the network. There will be four, two-hour specials aired next season, Reilly said in making the announcement in May.

So far, Walsh said, there have been no discussions with Fox about how and when the specials will be produced. And they won’t preserve the current “AMW” operation, with its 70-plus staff.

“I’ve got hotline operators, website guys, reporters, writers, graphic artists, engineers — we’re a full-blown news operation,” Walsh said. “One of the most painful things I’ve got to do is cut everybody loose. Now my first priority is to be sure Fox treats these people fairly, which I think they will.”

Besides offering “AMW” employees what Walsh calls a “really fair” severance package, Fox has agreed to maintain the telephone hotline and website, which are both essential for receiving tips on fugitives from the public.

Then Walsh hopes “AMW” will soon be settled in a new TV home.

“It’s very simple,” he said. “I want to catch bad guys and find missing children — and we’re not done.”

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Online:

http://www.amw.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier

 

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  • jason
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    jason2 hours agoReport Abuse

    This man is a true hero.  We will never know the countless lives that may have been saved over the last 23 years because of his brave actions.  He took an unimaginable tragedy and turned it into something so wonderful! I wish you and your family the best in all you do John!

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  • Diana
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    Diana2 hours agoReport Abuse

    think you need to talk to Oprah!!! She has a new network remember! AMW would make a great add on to the OWN network. Who’s with me on this??

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  • jrab
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    jrab2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I hope he’s not done, he has done wonderful things coming out of a great tragedy. Goodluck to you Mr. Walsh.

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  • SCOTT N
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    SCOTT Nabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Fox ought to do away with their crude, stupid cartoons in order to make room for “America’s Most Wanted”, a show which actually HAS a purpose for being on the air! This show is a public service in and of itself, and should be a priority! Makes me wonder where Fox’s priorities lie!

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  • Linda
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    Linda2 hours agoReport Abuse

    America’s Most Wanted has been cancelled from Fox and they are wondering what now.  Why can’t AMW have their own show appearing opposite Fox news? I’d watch it over Fox news any day. They are making a mistake.

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  • DanS
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    DanS2 hours agoReport Abuse

    Shame on FOX!! To end a show that has proven that it was the leading reason dangerous ppl were caught and FOX cancels the show?? Someone at FOX must have bumped their head, hard!! Bring the show back!!! If not, hopefully John Walsh and AMW can find another station to carry/air the show. Good Luck… More

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  • Red Roses
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    Red Rosesabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    They have to find a new station for this show.  Killers and perverts have to be found.  Walsh is a hero!!!!

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  • Tamara
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    Tamaraabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    This is unbelievable. This show should never end, never! Mr Walsh is a true hero at best for getting the “bad guys and girls” and has done a wonderful job utilizing our true great detectives all over the world. I am astonished that this show would ever die because unfortunately as long as there are… More

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  • Otter
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    Otter2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I remember being a child when his son was kidnapped. He really has changed TV and is a hero to me. Good luck Mr Walsh!

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  • Ron
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    Ronabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Well, that’s a real shame. I’ve been watching AMW off and on since I was like 12 years old. I agree that Oprah’s network would welcome him into the fold, but I’m not sure if would be quite as effective on a cable network. In any case, I hope the show is able to find a new home. Heck, this is a show… More

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  • Gail
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    Gail2 hours agoReport Abuse

    what a shame that Fox has done this to AMW. think I will start a boycott of any Fox shows, I know I won’t be watching that station anymore.

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  • Mark
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    Markabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Why would you even consider cancelling a show that has actually accomplished something other then destroying brain cells.

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  • Janice R
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    Janice R2 hours agoReport Abuse

    I can not believe fox has decided to end this show! My God something that is so important to all of us to help apprehend and keep criminals behind bars! All about the money forget safety!

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  • A different Michael
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    A different Michaelabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    Rupert Murdoch, are you reading these comments? From one Jew to another, put AMW back on the air, you schmuck.

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  • MissDee
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    MissDee2 hours agoReport Abuse

    Somebody who’s doing something to stop bad guys, when did heros start getting let go?

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  • Gee
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    Gee36 minutes agoReport Abuse

    John Walsh should be proud of the service he has performed for America’s children.
    He turned his personal tragedy into public service. Kudos to both him and his wife.

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  • oz
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    oz44 minutes agoReport Abuse

    If it’s not trash FOX doesn’t want it…John I hope you’re back soon…I agree, OPRAH should pick up this show…fox tries to make good guys look bad…Here’s a good guy who has done great things like “CATCHING BAD PEOPLE”…Not only is FOX racist but stupid…

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  • Kevin
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    Kevinabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    dearfox network i am very up set that you took amw off theair and i willnot watch your new fallshows this fall sign kevin lane

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  • Red Roses
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    Red Rosesabout an hour agoReport Abuse

    I like a lot of shows on Fox, but since they are getting rid of AMW is will boycott them.

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  • ROSE M B
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    ROSE M B24 minutes agoReport Abuse

    ok Fox you have a lot of people against this. what about your own personal message to the people watching FOX? we do not need more smut. we ned the good shows that solves things.

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