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December 2003 Archives

Aaron Neville and St. Jude

posted by awelborn

An interesting article from the NYTimes It’s been a tough year for Catholicism, so Aaron Neville’s active devotion to the church is welcome news. Nuns and priests attend his feel-good concerts, where free rope rosary bracelets are handed out by […]

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Still more politics and religion

posted by awelborn

Jim Wallis of Sojourners had a Sunday op-ed in the NYTimes on putting God back into politics God is always personal, but never private. The Democrats are wrong to restrict religion to the private sphere — just as the Republicans […]

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Speaking of Americans and religion

posted by awelborn

Here’s some of the great deal of ink spilled or bytes broadcast about Howard Dean’s profession of faith. On the eve of the Christmas holidays, Dean went public with thoughts about God — he believes in Him. While the Lord […]

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Kitna Caps

posted by awelborn

A football player’s cap proves a windfall for a Catholic bookstore in Cincinnati The NFL told the Bengals Kitna was in violation of a rule requiring all merchandise worn by players or other team personnel to be approved and licensed […]

Baghdad Blogs

posted by awelborn

Eve has the list. Invaluable.

Our National Creed

posted by awelborn

David Brooks sorts it out on the NYTimes op-ed page George W. Bush was born into an Episcopal family and raised as a Presbyterian, but he is now a Methodist. Howard Dean was baptized Catholic, and raised as an Episcopalian. […]

In case you were wondering

posted by awelborn

Here’s the list of religion textbooks for parishes and schools that have been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Committee charged with such things. (It’s a pdf file, btw) Speaking of such matters, allow me to […]

Books, books, books

posted by awelborn

From Books and Culture, John Wilson’s list of best books of 2003, plus the worst and What he’s looking forward to reading in 2004

St. Thomas Becket

posted by awelborn

Position Open: AntiChrist

posted by awelborn

Carl Olson in NRO Another candidate for the position of “The Antichrist” has met his end. It wasn’t too long ago that Saddam Hussein was considered by some Bible-prophecy students to possibly be the final “man of sin” and global […]

Why are rich people afraid?

posted by awelborn

….the Virgin Mary? From Peggy Noonan: A few years back I had a small patch of patio in Manhattan, in an apartment building up in the 90s off Park Avenue. It was a little outdoor area overlooked by scores of […]

Technicalities

posted by awelborn

You know, I’ve hosted many discussions of Voice of the Faithful here, although I have no strong opinions about it myself, mostly because I’ve never really understood what it’s supposed to be or do. As a person with over twenty […]

Christology 101

posted by awelborn

From the British Journal Priests and People. Quite a decent article, actually, that breaks down some complicated issues for the lay (as in non-theologian) reader without sacrificing the fullness of truth, or at least it seems so to me.

Coming and Going

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes article about Episcopalians becoming Catholic and the reverse, with, oddly enough, an example from right here in The Fort. And, in the continuing of saga of “learn your beat,” we have this odd statement: A small number of […]

Blessed Sacrament

posted by awelborn

Rod Dreher on the case of Fr. Weinberger Let me tell you about a little church in a poor part of town that could use a miracle. Visiting Dallas years ago, my wife and I attended Sunday Mass at Blessed […]

Faith in Art

posted by awelborn

Both High and Low…a good piece on expressions of faith in folk art Unprepossessing though it may be to some eyes, this Nativity is the work of a lifetime, and it is only one of many examples of popular art, […]

Back Again

posted by awelborn

Well, Hello. Forgive the relatively lengthy absence, but I assume (and hope) you’ve not been hanging around here too much yourself. Hope you had a pleasant Christmas. We did – made our way down to Knoxville, to spend a few […]

Hidden Christians

posted by awelborn

“Silence” as it was lived In contrast to the stereotype of the samurai dying for his beliefs — an image popularized by the current Hollywood movie “The Last Samurai” — records show that most samurai and noblemen renounced their Christian […]

Faith-based prison in Florida

posted by awelborn

791 Inmates, 26 religions A little more than a month ago, inmates in this northern Florida prison were told that it was going to be converted to a faith-based institution and were given the option to transfer out. At the […]

Notes from the South

posted by awelborn

Where we are, for Christmas. First, Charlotte Hays and Charlotte Allen have started blogging at the Independent Women’s Forum. It’s called Inkwell, it’s very good, although it seems it should have been called “Charlottes’ Web” or something. Mark Steyn on […]

Happy Christmas

posted by awelborn

No time for great thoughts, but that’s okay, because the Gospel provides us all we need know, and, as the Holy Father has said, the best response is silence. But I’ll only say (hah!) – as we contemplate the knots […]

O’Collins on Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

From America Magazine A critique of the book that’s okay but could be more focused, it seems to me, by the bishop of Madison

Good Stuff Catholics Do

posted by awelborn

Reviving an old series: The Holy Family Birth Center in Texas, where the poor are served by qualified and committed volunteers. The center’s website

More miracles

posted by awelborn

Odd that there were really a slew of miracles approved last week, and the Emperor got the most notice. Would that the press have noted the others, as pointed out by Michael. The list includes Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, who […]

Absolutely, Positively Scariest Letter of the Day

posted by awelborn

I recently read your review of “The Da Vinci Code” and I am writing to inform you that I wholeheartedly disagree with your views. Mr. Brown has done a tremendous amount of research into the earliest history of the Christian […]

Chicago Grumblings

posted by awelborn

Priests annoyed with Church stance towards homosexuality The group singled out Vatican documents that use language referring to homosexual acts and gay marriage as “intrinsically disordered,” “a troubling moral and social phenomenon” and “harmful to the proper development of society.” […]

Inner Circle

posted by awelborn

The WaPost on the Pope’s confidants Observers acknowledge that top officials are eager to lift daily burdens from the pope so that he can concentrate on key duties: naming bishops, creating dioceses, issuing documents and meeting with heads of state. […]

Listen

posted by awelborn

Pope advices silence “When giving the final touches to the crib and the Christmas tree … it is necessary to predispose one’s spirit to live intensely this great mystery of the faith,” the Holy Father said before praying the midday […]

Threatened by the Helpless

posted by awelborn

A piece by Joanna Jepson, the British curate who has successfuly moved a court to review its decision not to prosecute a doctor who aborted a child with a cleft palate There is a tragic paradox here: that sometimes we […]

Imperial Saint On the Way

posted by awelborn

Miracle approved for Charles I of Austria-Hungary Charles’ miracle reportedly came when a cloistered nun in Brazil prayed for his beatification in the 1970s and was cured of a deadly disease, the emperor’s grandson George Hapsburg told the Hungarian Catholic […]

Time Marching

posted by awelborn

An odd, moving little piece in the NYTimes about the archivist for Princeton’s class of ’33 Now, still remarkably hale at 91, though his snow-white hair is feather-fine and his skin nearly translucent, with few responsibilities other than helping care […]

In New York

posted by awelborn

Priests fault Egan for his treatment of accused clerics In a rare challenge, 74 priests of the Archdiocese of New York indirectly assailed Cardinal Edward M. Egan for failing to support their brother priests accused of sexual abuse, and called […]

Hat Hair, Defined

posted by awelborn

Right here.

Past Blasted

posted by awelborn

Okay, here’s what happened. I was driving around, cautiously because it was snowing and I had Mr. Precious Cargo about to begin his mantra of “I want somepin’” in the back seat. I was listening to Day by Day, which […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

Right here. On Martino: In fairness, it should be noted that when Martino mentioned Hussein’s “heavy responsibility,” it seemed a reference to the former Iraqi leader’s human rights abuses. I have interviewed Martino on the war several times, and he […]

O Root of Jesse

posted by awelborn

O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall stop their mouths, whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.

Abuse Tracker Moving

posted by awelborn

To the National Catholic Reporter website, as of January 1

Previous Posts

There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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