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September 2008 Archives

The ridiculously funny and smart P.J. O’Rourke has just been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer, and has penned an honest but irreverent essay about it, including some thoughts on what he’s praying for: I can’t be the only […]

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If you want to know what Pope Benedict was like as a little boy, just ask his brother. So, someone did. And a rare and revealing interview with the other Ratzinger priest has now been published: In an interview by […]

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Here’s something to get the wheels turning. Take a gander at this provocative post by Rod Dreher, pondering these words by Saul Alinsky, a radical who had a profound effect on Barack Obama: Each year, for a number of years, […]

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This piece in NCR about Catholic blogs was pretty interesting, until I started counting the embarrassing mistakes. (Memo to Amy Welborn: call your lawyer). But James Martin sums up the Catholic blogosphere succinctly: “At their best, Catholic blogs serve the […]

With the world economy on the brink of calamity, if not collapse, here’s an idea. It comes to us from Austin Ivereigh at the blog of America magazine, In All Things: The task: to recover the connection between money and […]

…or at least, its legendary former President, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. The Wall Street Journal sat down for a chat with this 91-year-old icon recently. A snip: WSJ: In your day, the Church produced figures such as Bishop Sheen and Father […]

The Vatican has issued its theme for the upcoming World Communications Day — traditionally marked on the Sunday before Pentecost, when the era of Christian communication began. From Zenit: The theme chosen by Benedict XVI for World Communications Day reflects […]

If you want a peek at how the Catholic Church in America is dealing with the issue of immigration, look no further than this interesting item from Fordham University. It explains how — as with so many things — we […]

A newly ordained deacon sent along this news: Indiana has five new deacons (he’s one of them), and there’s a full write up (and lots of pictures) in the Catholic Moment newspaper: In a celebration that blended prayer, music, pageantry […]

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston embraces a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church, which was seriously damaged by Hurricane Ike. You can read about the cardinals visit in the Houston Chronicle. Photo by Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle.