Lobdell has lost his religion by reporting on the macabre and twisted side of the church. We can even blame God, but in a strange and mysterious way, God has already taken the full blame. For every dark and sinister story about pedophile priests and kinky voyeuristic evangelists in hotel rooms, there are a thousand stories of goodness, kindness, love, service, worship, devotion, honor, humility and truth. The real leap of faith is believing that there are only naturalistic reasons for the vast majority of people to behave morally, with so many opportunities to be dastardly. It is the nature of journalism that the evils of the world get amplified, and the good things taken for granted. Earthquakes make news, but the solid earth beneath my feet is boring.
Frank Lobdell Figure Drawings
Texts by Robert Flynn Johnson and Bruce Guenther
Anne Kohs & Associates, Inc. in association with Cantor Arts Center, 2009. 67 pages, 4 color + duotone illustrations
The correspondence of Confederate soldier Holland T. Coffee, cousin of Minerva Lee Coffee Lobdell Lightfoot, concerns his military service in the First Battalion, Louisiana Infantry; Second Battalion, Mississippi Infantry; and Forty-eighth Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. The majority of Coffee’s letters were written to his cousin, Minerva, from such locations as Clarke Mountain, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, Winchester, and Yorktown, Virginia. These letters detail Coffee’s military service in Virginia. Other letters, written to his cousin, Minerva, concern Coffee’s post-war experiences as a cotton factor and commission merchant in New Orleans.
Oversize items include a May 14, 1841, parchment diploma of John Venable Lobdell from the Franklin Institute of Bacon College that was founded on July 4, 1838, and two undated broadsides advertising the Dolbear Commercial College, New Orleans, Louisiana, which was founded in 1832.
Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church
The tide of sexual abuse cases against Catholic Church officials took its toll on William Lobdell, causing him to abandon his faith altogether. Surprisingly, however, this may not be a widespread effect. According to a , while membership in most religious groups has fallen during the last two decades, the Catholic Church - whose halo was severely tarnished by the scandals - lost fewer members than mainline Protestants* and Baptists.
The Church may not have suffered significant losses in the number of faithful who call themselves Catholic but, almost a decade since news of that first lawsuit hit the headlines, they are still being hit where it hurts - in the pocketbook. As ...
Jonathan Conger and John Venable Lobdell’s correspondence documents the management of the Bolivar County plantation that they jointly acquired from their brother, Llewellyn. Of particular interest are lists of slaves belonging to Jonathan Conger and John Venable Lobdell and financial and legal records pertaining to the Lobdell brothers and their plantation on Egypt Ridge. There are also bills of sale for slaves purchased by John Venable Lobdell. Of additional interest are financial and legal records pertaining to the probated estates of Jonathan Conger and John Venable Lobdell.
Coralie Guibert Nugent Lobdell’s correspondence reveals her relationships with her husband, John Venable Lobdell, Sr., her eight children, various Lobdell and Nugent relatives, and friends. Her letters also reveal her involvement in various organizations, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was statewide conservation chairman, and the King’s Daughters’ Hospital of Rosedale, Mississippi, of which she was finance chairman. Of interest are letters from Fannye A. Cook, Major General James E. Edmonds, A. O. Hardenstein, M.D., Lucy Somerville Howorth, Richard J. Nugent, William L. Nugent, and Nellie Nugent Somerville. Of additional interest are a copy of a letter from Nellie Nugent Somerville to Florence Sillers Ogden and a copy of Somerville’s essay "Republic, Democracy and Poll Tax," ca. 1942. There are also copies of letters from Alfred Hume and Alexander L. Bondurant to Lucy Somerville Howorth.