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Dancing to Flannery

posted by awelborn

Bill T. Jones has a new dance piece. The NYTimes reports: Starting on Tuesday, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will present the New York premiere of a 45-minute work provocatively titled “Reading, […]

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Interesting Reading

posted by awelborn

Last week, Bishop Accountability had a “Fireside Chat” with Susan Archibald, Jason Berry, David Clohessy, Tom Doyle, and Richard Sipe, all people deeply involved with reporting on, studying and supporting victims of clerical sexual abuse. Here’s the transcript. I found […]

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The Religion Gap

posted by awelborn

Peter Steinfels in the NYTimes The religion gap also turns out to be much narrower among Roman Catholics than Protestants. “Weekly Catholic Mass-goers supported Bush by a seven-point margin, in contrast to the 30-point margin among their Protestant counterparts,” Mr. […]

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He makes me go “Aaaaargh”

posted by awelborn

Philip Pullman that is. Honestly, people, get over Harry Potter. As I have been saying for ages, this other guy under your radar actually has an explicit anti-theist agenda he works into his books for 12-year olds. As in – […]

Read This

posted by awelborn

No, really. I insist. I’m not kidding. While I Was Sleeping My blood ran cold as I watched the video of Terri Schiavo. I shivered at the news that this brain-injured woman was comatose or in a persistent vegetative state […]

More Words

posted by awelborn

Also from John Allen, on some people’s favorite controversy. Rendering the Latin phrase pro multis as “for all” has long been Exhibit A in the traditionalist case against the English translation of the Mass following the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

..is up, with much of interest First, an interview with Cardinal Stafford, on the philosophy of Curial leadership: To put the point differently, the logic in appointing non-specialists is to ensure that Vatican departments are run according to the moral […]

Meanwhile at another college..

posted by awelborn

<a href="www.thomasaquinas.edu/news/pressroom/releases/2004/clinic_closed.html “>Thomas Aquinas students help close down abortion clinic In an interesting twist, the date of the clinic’s closing also marked the sixth anniversary of the untimely death of another Thomas Aquinas College student, 19-year-old Angela Baird, who launched […]

True Faith

posted by awelborn

In the NYTimes, A.O. Scott compares the Passion skirmish over others in the past Well, it is and it isn’t. Hearing the charges of prejudice and persecution bouncing back and forth between Mr. Gibson’s critics and his partisans, I can’t […]

Lent’s a comin’

posted by awelborn

The excellent Eamon Duffy gives us an article in the Tablet on fasting There is much of interest here – Duffy deftly lays out the value of fasting against various objections, and discusses the differences between the British and American […]

A fitting end…

posted by awelborn

…to Catholic Schools Week, which I have seen fit not to mention once. I guess maybe after almost twenty years of dealing with them as parent and teacher , my eyes glaze over at commercials blanketing our airwaves this week, […]

NRO on Burke

posted by awelborn

In my new internet-ascetic mode (and hey, be quiet. I wrote 2000 words today. It’s nighttime. I’m allowed), I missed this piece from NRO on Archbishop Burke earlier. Scandal occurs in religious communities in the same way, and has the […]

In the Lab

posted by awelborn

Georgetown researchers to continue using cell lines derived from aborted human beings The letter last fall from an antiabortion group posed an unexpected quandary for Georgetown University Medical Center. A Florida-based group wrote to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington […]

No way

posted by awelborn

I like issues as much as the next person, but honestly, all I could watch tonight during the debate was John Kerry’s forehead. And…no way he didn’t do some Botox. No stinkin’ way. It was just too freakishly smooth…. (or […]

Catholic Hospitals cut charity

posted by awelborn

from the Chicago Tribune (Link requires registration) (According to a report released by a union attempting to organize the system) Chicago’s largest Catholic hospital system acknowledged Wednesday that it has cut charity care for the poor by at least one-third […]

VeggieTales, Reconsidered

posted by awelborn

Nothing like searching for your wallet and pulling out a VeggieTales CD. (I’d brought it in the car to play for Joseph during one of our jaunts, and forgotten to remove it from my purse, obviously.) I love VeggieTales – […]

How Low Can You Go?

posted by awelborn

Fr. Stanley, in a comment below, refers to someone cheating on an ethics paper. Heh. My favorite cry from my days in teaching in Catholic high school was one that would drift from the halls (in a school in which […]

Outsource this Blog

posted by awelborn

I’m no economist, but one of the issues I find myself really interested in these days is outsourcing – sending white collar jobs from programming to accounting to technical support – overseas. (Similar, but not identical to simply shutting down […]

The best offense is…

posted by awelborn

..or however that goes. What with two sons in college, twenty-plus years after I was there, in the days before the internet, one of the things I’m always interested in is how professors are dealing with the threat and fact […]

Blogs and Things

posted by awelborn

I’m going to tell you that I’m going to shift the direction of this blog, just slightly. The thing is that I have a lot of work to do in the next five months, work that just got some more […]

OT Weirdness

posted by awelborn

(OT meaning “off-topic”, rather than “Old Testament,” btw) Here’s the thing. A couple of weeks ago, I had a headache when I was trying to go to sleep. It wasn’t a terrible headache – I’m not susceptible to migraines or […]

Priests on Loan

posted by awelborn

From the Washington Times, an article about priests from other countries filling the gaps But church officials say they do not actively recruit priests from other countries. “They are looking to come here,” said Anne Edwards, spokeswoman for the Diocese […]

the Un-Churched

posted by awelborn

From Carl Olson, written for a Protestant website, because, you know, he’s one of those unecumenical New Apologists. When my final Protestant pastor (a good man and dear friend) saw that I was becoming deadly serious about entering the Roman […]

Kicking Commentors Up

posted by awelborn

From Conor, and worth discussing: (BTW Here’s an update on the situation he’s discussing.) At the risk of being attacked, can I ask why this guy should be kicked out of the priesthood, bounced, or banned from public ministry? Certainly, […]

Rochester priests protest

posted by awelborn

Follow the lead of that Chicago group Thirty local priests have signed a strongly worded letter protesting what they call violent language toward homosexuals in a Vatican document. The 12-page Vatican document discourages same-sex marriage and instructs Catholic lawmakers to […]

More Witnesses to Life

posted by awelborn

In Colorado, a family says good-bye to a son for whom they cared for decades The Eloes, devout members of the Catholic Church who always brought Thomas to services, wouldn’t change anything about their son’s life. Marilyn was firm that […]

The Empty Chair

posted by awelborn

Go read what Fr. Rob has to say about it.

One more apologetics note

posted by awelborn

In the post below, Carrie suggests that before Vatican II, there was little talk of apologetics. I don’t know if this is quite true, even though I wasn’t alive before Vatican II. I am sure there are historians of the […]

I’m sorry

posted by awelborn

But I must comment further on the apologetics article cited below. Heh. Anyway, one of the great mysteries of church life to me is how some folks can’t quite grasp the lesson of this past Sunday’s second reading: you know, […]

Handy, yet depressing

posted by awelborn

A list of sites devoted to anti-Catholicism, from both religious and secular viewpoints. Via The Revealer

Radio Divahood awaits

posted by awelborn

I’ll be on Kresta in the Afternoon today some time after 4pm ET, talking about high school theology textbooks in Catholic schools.

Do we need a New(er) Apologetics

posted by awelborn

Some talk about this piece in the most recent issue of America, the full text of which is not online, but is outlined at Envoy Encore, via CWN (Be sure to read the comments at the Envoy post) The author […]

Wallflower=Me

posted by awelborn

Hey! I want Catholics for Dean to reach out to me, too!!!!

Hmmm..

posted by awelborn

Bill Cork raises an interesting question that I can’t quite get out of my mind. Last week, Raymond Arroyo interviewed Mel Gibson, and did not, according to reports, ask him about his precise religious affiliation, which we know is with […]

As the Passion approaches..

posted by awelborn

I want to set up some standards for discussing this film, which hardly any of us (including me) have seen. It’s a work of art. It’s not the Gospels, and it was not made by St. Mel. Therefore, it is […]

This just in..

posted by awelborn

I just had a pleasant few minutes on the Jeff Cavins show, and one of the callers (from Texas, I believe) said that a (Jesuit-run) high school in his area had put The Da Vinci Code on its reading list. […]

From Commonweal

posted by awelborn

Excellent profile of Cardinal George Criticism generates little public response from the cardinal. In the age of Oprah, when public personalities are expected to offer up their anguish and struggles for public scrutiny, George remains largely reticent. He has, for […]

Mrs. Bowdler

posted by awelborn

As I told you a while back, Katie and I are reading Oliver Twist aloud. Still. Yeah, it’s been a little slow. I think we’re finally about on page 80. I have been taken aback, I must admit, by Dickens’ […]

Greene to the Screen?

posted by awelborn

Barbara Nicolosi reports that Martin Scorcese is apparently preparing to film The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene.

More Le Guin

posted by awelborn

Emily has more over at After Abortion

Penance or PR?

posted by awelborn

A tough article from Orange County Bishop of Orange Tod Brown is spending $90,000 over four months in diocese funds to hire a PR agency to advise the diocese on how to handle an ongoing sexual abuse crisis that is […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

I’m going to be on Jeff Cavins’ Morning Air program on Tuesday morning sometime after 9am ET, talking about (what else) The Da Vinci Code

Oh, and you thought you knew politics?

posted by awelborn

Fun from Bill Dodds (see the “gaption”)

Adios, Librarians

posted by awelborn

Castro incarcerates librarians. American Library Association fails to care. At the ALA’s annual midwinter meeting this month in San Diego, Karen Schneider, a member of the ALA’s governing council, wanted to amend a final report on the meeting to call […]

Arko Out

posted by awelborn

Won’t be returning to parish, no matter what A Roman Catholic priest accused of growing marijuana in his church living quarters won’t be allowed to return to his duties in the parish after the case is resolved, church officials said. […]

Bishops Present and Past

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Burke to be installed today, which happens to be the the memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus

Ursula Le Guin on motherhood

posted by awelborn

She spoke, along with the wife of the governor of Oregon Le Guin, best-selling author of “The Left Hand of Darkness” and many other novels, said she had an abortion as a young woman, and has been a strong supporter […]

No abortion left behind

posted by awelborn

From the Weekly Standard, on the priorities of international organizations This November, Ellen Sauerbrey, representing the United States on the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, promoted a mild resolution–“very near and dear to us in America,” as she […]

Break Dancing for the Pope

posted by awelborn

Get down. In an unusual spectacle at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II presided over a performance of break dancers, who leapt, flipped and spun their bodies to a dance beat from a tinny boom box. The 83-year-old pontiff seemed […]

It’s that time of year again

posted by awelborn

Gee, time flies. It’s the time of year (February 14 – “V-Day”) during which we get to contemplate how many Catholic colleges are hosting performances of that play. The Cardinal Newman website indicates that last year, 14 colleges cancelled performances. […]

Padre Pio

posted by awelborn

I’d heard about this a few weeks ago, but this is really the first news article I’ve seen on it. Not that it really makes anything clear. Allentown Bishop orders Padre Pio Centre to stop having Mass No publicly stated […]

Our Ladies of the Rockies

posted by awelborn

From the Salt Lake Tribune: In the face of the negative news, locals in 1979 proposed to build the white statue on a ledge blasted out of the Continental Divide, 8,510 feet above sea level. The statue, with upturned hands, […]

Note to Self

posted by awelborn

Do not, ever again, go around privately congratulating yourself on your good health and fine immune system especially a mere 48-hours after The Kroger Incident. You’ll pay. Well, my theory is that he did it on purpose – got everyone […]

Mark is right

posted by awelborn

By the time 2/25 rolls around, he and I are truly going to be the only people left in American who haven’t seen That Movie yet. An interesting take by a seminarian I wonder if, by re-enacting that which even […]

Granholm Pleases No One

posted by awelborn

Says she might support partial-birth abortion ban, with a life exception. Legislation she vetoed last year — that could be revived in a petition drive now under way — “unfortunately did not contain an exception for the life of the […]

Doula to the Dying

posted by awelborn

In case you don’t know, a “doula” is a person who assists a woman in childbirth. (Not a midwife, but more of a companion and support.) A woman in NYC got the idea to train and place doulas with the […]

Gone to God

posted by awelborn

Rebecca and Stephanie, those conjoined twins born last week, died on Saturday evening Although the twins made small improvements after their birth, their circulatory system and other shared organs made long-term survival impossible, Jansen said. The Rev. John Boyanowski, the […]

Dishonoring the Honor Roll

posted by awelborn

They want to stop posting honor rolls Because it makes some kids feel bad. (And there are privacy issues, apparently) But I don’t suppose we’re going to stop celebrating athletic achievement, are we? Grrrrr. At the Florida Catholic school Katie […]

Congratulations!

posted by awelborn

Lucas Joseph Ignace Dreher Born today! 8 lbs., 2oz. Mother and baby doing well… God bless!

More Latin

posted by awelborn

From Boston Link fixed. Sorry.

O’Brien trial

posted by awelborn

What happened yesterday. Testimony from two key witnesses Thursday revealed that Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien knew authorities wanted to question him about a fatal hit-and-run accident but he never called police, in part, because he didn’t know how to get […]

Good Riddance

posted by awelborn

A WaPo article about the decline of bingo in Catholic churches Once a staple of fundraising for the Catholic Church, bingo night has fallen victim to changing times. A generation of regular players is aging and passing away. Younger churchgoers […]

O’Malley on Communion

posted by awelborn

and Catholic politicians In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com following the Vigil for Life Mass in Washington Wednesday, Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley expressed his great desire for a renewal of faith among Catholics. Asked about the problem of Catholic politicians promoting […]

You Can’t Go Home Again

posted by awelborn

Cardinal George steps up Cardinal Francis George on Friday barred the Rev. John Calicott from further visits to Holy Angels parish in Bronzeville after ruling the priest violated church rules concerning priests accused of sexual misconduct. The cardinal’s move comes […]

Friends say priest was betrayed

posted by awelborn

35 marijuana plants – a simple misunderstanding The Rev. Richard Arko is known as a gentle man – a vegan, yogi and massage therapist. He also takes in strays – animals and people. His friends believe his trust was betrayed […]

St. Francis de Sales

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial of St. Francis de Sales, truly one of my favorite saints. Bishop of Geneva at a time during which the Calvinists were firmly in control, he ministered to his flock nonetheless, sometimes by stealth. A greatly-admired […]

Made it

posted by awelborn

Made it through Kroger’s without incident. Unless you count seeing one of our local Burmese Buddhist monks, bundled up against the cold, with his orange jacket layered on top of his saffron robes, and a black cap with ear flaps […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

John Allen on many things, including the Passion, which includes a fascinating little tidbit about one of the assistant directors, and this conclusion about the quote flack: Reporters, myself certainly included, look like naïfs who have been spun every which […]

From the LATimes

posted by awelborn

Last month, the ailing pontiff was quoted as having said after a private screening of the film that “it is as it was.” Asked Dec. 19 whether the quote was reliable, Vatican press secretary Joaquin Navarro-Valls told The Times, “I […]

A Uniter, Not a Divider

posted by awelborn

That’s me. Look, I could say a lot about the discussions of this week, but I’ll try to keep it short. I think it’s safe to say that every single person posting comments here is a committed Christian, and the […]

Cleanup in Aisle 7

posted by awelborn

Nothing puts a greater crimp in your carefully-planned day than having a toddler throw up all over himself and a little bit on you right in the middle of Kroger’s. Nothing. And it all liberally coats his jacket, which you […]

Scorn and Bile!

posted by awelborn

My husband likes to laugh at my oft-expressed “hatred” for various people. He says I hate everyone. I don’t. Really. But I do hate most of the people I see on television (okay, you know, not as individuals, because God […]

Another Ohio Priest

posted by awelborn

No, this time Doing Good Stuff As part of his desire to better the neighborhood, Angi became a volunteer probation officer for the Hamilton County courts system. About six people on probation, all of them neighborhood residents, report to him […]

O’Brien Trial

posted by awelborn

An update.

People come from all over the country

posted by awelborn

…to March for Life. Prez is out of town phones it in. Of course, no president, even the “pro-life” ones have ever, ever appeared at a March for Life, right down the street from their house. Bush is no different. […]

Because I’m a loser

posted by awelborn

I didn’t know that frequent poster, musician and Gainesville, Florida resident Mary Jane Ballou has a blog. Go visit! And make sure that when you read comments, you run your cursor over their name – sometimes the link is to […]

Required Reading

posted by awelborn

The blog After Abortion is always quality reading, but especially so today, with a lot of good links to articles published over the past couple days. Go there.

Pro-Life Spots

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Paul for point us to Virtue Media, which produces high-quality pro-life spots. Worth a look!

Gibson at Willow Creek

posted by awelborn

Shows film to almost 5,000

Amo, Amas, Amat!

posted by awelborn

Fascinating article from The Economist about the life of a supposedly dead language today, including the fact that Finland produces a weekly 5-minute newscast in Latin, as well as an account of the Vatican’s 5-man Latin team: The front-man of […]

Get Your Papal Endorsements Here

posted by awelborn

How odd that this relates to both of yesterday’s heated topics at once! Via Franklin Jennings, frequent poster.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?

posted by awelborn

Ohio priest accused of growing marijuana in the rectory Officials seized marijuana plants from the living quarters of a church Wednesday. In all, 35 marijuana plants, ranging from 6 inches to 4 feet, were found in a spare bedroom. There […]

New Book

posted by awelborn

on the sexual abuse crisis, written by a Newsweek reporter, reviewed by Janet Maslin in the Times

Translations Tussles

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s article Auguring well for favorable Vatican reaction is the fact that the Vox Clara Commission, a body of English-speaking bishops created to advise the Congregation for Divine Worship, responded positively to samples of the translation during a November […]

March for Life news

posted by awelborn

A report on the Mass last night And please go read the “After Abortion” weblog, which always collects good links and has thoughtful commentary. If you have any links to news related to pro-life events either in DC or in […]

Abortion effects

posted by awelborn

An article from the Toledo Blade But do the hundreds of thousands of women who opt for abortion each year open themselves to risk? It depends on the woman, Dr. Coleman said. “People who decide to have an abortion, are […]

Dragons in the Cathedral

posted by awelborn

In L.A., to mark the Chinese New Year The group’s performance will open a special afternoon Mass to commemorate the new year — the year of the monkey. Catholics, many of them Chinese Americans from throughout Southern California, will attend, […]

Peggy Noonan’s .02

posted by awelborn

On the Vatican and “The Passion” Instead, intrigue. Yesterday, Jan. 21, Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News e-mailed Dr. Navarro-Valls and asked him about the e-mails the spokesman had sent to Steve McEveety. How could the Vatican deny the […]

Zogby on Catholics

posted by awelborn

What his polling says about us Speaking before 100-plus Catholic University of America students and faculty members Jan. 20, the day after Iowa, Zogby had the data to back up a harsh critique. “The Catholic church in America risks becoming […]

Heroes and Villains

posted by awelborn

Thoughts for today:

What happened in Plano?

posted by awelborn

With the orthodox Anglicans? Hard to say. Links here.

Books for sale

posted by awelborn

Remember our books – on apologetics, saints, the Mass and prayer – are available here.

Thanks for the link!

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Ted Olsen at Christianity Today for his kind link to this weblog

South of the Border

posted by awelborn

Love those Catholic countries

Thank You, Dan Brown

posted by awelborn

This is from Publisher’s Weekly Religion e-letter: SPOTLIGHT ON… Thank You, Dan Brown Gnosticism Fever Moves Backlist to the A List The continuing popularity of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and Elaine Pagels’s “Beyond Belief” has prompted an unprecedented […]

State of the Church

posted by awelborn

From Michael Perhaps I wrote about this last year or perhaps I was just thinking about it at five o’clock this morning and it seems like last year, but I couldn’t help but think as I watched the President’s State […]

Orthodox and politics

posted by awelborn

Via Fr. Wilson, a discussion on a blog run by an Orthodox fellow on pro-abortion politicians who are also Orthodox: Here, Here and Here. The previous entry concerned the consistent pro-abortion voting record of the two Orthodox US Senators and […]

Cognitive Dissonance in Pittsburgh

posted by awelborn

Clinic encourages women to post farewell messages to their aborted children These are letters from women who have just had abortions at the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center in East Liberty. They are posted — dozens of them — on the […]

Courage in Fort Wayne

posted by awelborn

A young woman gets pregnant. She and the father of the baby marry. They discover she’s carrying twins. They’re seriously conjoined, in a way that would prohibit separation, ever. They soldier on, she carries the babies to term, and they’re […]

Roe v. Wade

posted by awelborn

From a moral philosophical viewpoint. The reader who sent the link remarks: It does argue that the “natural law” argument against abortion is in fact a religious argument, not a secular argument — a distinction that makes more difficult to […]

So…

posted by awelborn

Did you like what President Bush said about the protection of unborn life in the State of the Union address, given the week of the March for Life? Did you like it? Oh, that’s right. He He didn’t mention it, […]

Lavigne defrocked

posted by awelborn

Albatross in Springfield finally forcibly laicized Lavigne remains a lightning rod in the diocese. The Rev. James J. Scahill, of St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow, has been withholding the diocese’s portion of weekly collections since last year in protest […]

80-year old Cardinals

posted by awelborn

…always make a good interview, I suppose. Belgian cardinal makes his case A Belgian cardinal has been quoted as saying only five to 10 percent of lesbians and gays are actually gay and the rest are “sexual perverts”. “I am […]

The Austin Boycott

posted by awelborn

Seems to have hit its limit: Construction has resumed Two months after a contractors’ boycott stopped work on a Planned Parenthood clinic that will offer abortions, construction has resumed at the south Austin site. Project planners hope to meet their […]

Tempting Frank Rich

posted by awelborn

George Neumayr on Rich’s insistent criticism of a movie he hasn’t seen. Rich naturally abstains from all the McCarthyite tactics he deplores. He just doesn’t want the film’s marketing — “a masterpiece of ugliness typical of the cultural moment, when […]

New Liturgy Letter

posted by awelborn

Now available in English

Orthodox in Cuba

posted by awelborn

Eastern Orthodox leader to bestow honor on Castro (so I guess this means he’s not dead) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will arrive in Cuba Wednesday to begin a visit, the first ever by the Orthodox Christian patriarch to Latin America. Bartholomew […]

“Shocking”

posted by awelborn

Warnings in Cleveland

Photos

posted by awelborn

I finally got NYC and more Chicago pix developed. They’re here.

Pieces in the Puzzle

posted by awelborn

I think we all know now why Mrs. Dr. Dean has made herself so scarce, don’t we?

The problem with bishops

posted by awelborn

We had a pretty intense thread going on down there up until Sunday, under the post about the Lexington Diocese’s reinstatement of a priest who’d been arrested for sexual offenses twice and had a charge against him found credible by […]

Blame Game

posted by awelborn

There is, of course, no lack of analysis about the caucusus. You’ve checked out your favorite sites already. I was very interested to read the Daily Kos weblog, which is run by a strong Dean supporter. Their explanation? Process. The […]

A new monastery

posted by awelborn

…in Northern Ireland The foundation decree of monastery states: “The aim of the Community of Holy Cross Monastery is to live the monastic life, according to the charism of our Benedictine Congregation of St. Mary of Monte Oliveto. Our particular […]

At the very least

posted by awelborn

A SF Chronicle op-ed on the possibilities of parental notification in that state Here’s where the abortion rights groups lose me and, I believe, mainstream America. As a parent, I have to sign a permission slip to let my young […]

Cardinals at Yeshiva U.

posted by awelborn

From the NYTimes The Catholic delegation, which included Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, was assembled by Cardinal Lustiger, who converted from Judaism as a youngster and speaks Yiddish. Exposing his fellow cardinals to the Yeshiva world, he said, was a […]

Hush now

posted by awelborn

Okay, Ono, we can all hear you. You can stop crowing now! By the way, you didn’t watch the caucuses unless you watched the caucuses – on C-Span – on both, if you have them. They had different feeds on […]

The Day After

posted by awelborn

So, I’m talking to my oldest son on the telephone: Me: (tentatively) Well….how are you feeling? Him: Okay, I guess. Me: Hmm. Him: This is worse than getting dumped. Me: You feel like you were let down? Him: YES! It’s […]

Off to Australia

posted by awelborn

…for three months. That’s what the pastor involved in the Rockford Diocese incident I described here is doing Time for a sabbatical The embattled pastor at a suburban Catholic church announced he is taking a three-month sabbatical leave to Australia. […]

Church Attacks

posted by awelborn

Attacks against churches in Sri Lanka increasing And fromt he same news source: Anglican synod to debate papal primacy next month

Speaking of reality shows

posted by awelborn

(And we are, below), An Arizone Catholic school teacher is in trouble for her role in “My Big Fat Fiancee” on Fox.

More on Charles I

posted by awelborn

This is from a German site . I don’t know its ideological leanings, but it runs an article critiquing the possible beatification of Charles I. Helmut Rumpler, a history professor who heads the Habsburg commission of the Austrian Academy of […]

Glad we’ve got that covered

posted by awelborn

At the Fort Wayne International (yes) Airport today, beheld a bevy of what was either very conservative Mennonites or liberal Amish – there’s a twilight area there in which it can really be hard to tell – going on a […]

This is getting so…old.

posted by awelborn

Dziwisz says he didn’t say it. Pope John Paul II never said “It is as it was” after watching Mel Gibson’s film on the passion of Jesus, said the pope’s longtime personal secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. “The Holy Father told […]

On Catholic Exchange

posted by awelborn

Me on the Da Vinci Code. Because, you know, you’ve never read anything from me on this before.

Does Islam need a Pope or a Cromwell?

posted by awelborn

From Tech Central Station Islam needs no Pope. The confusion of political power with divine appointment has sparked terrible policies throughout history. Massacres and murders have too often been perpetrated in the name of all major world religions, when this […]

MLK

posted by awelborn

Michael has reflections, based in part on our visit to Atlanta this past summer and a past visit to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Whither Windows?

posted by awelborn

Headlines related to this story have been blipping across my news searches for a week now, and I never bothered to click on them until today. It’s actually an interesting story which raises a lot of questions regarding restoration of […]

Aging Sisters

posted by awelborn

A portrait of a convent on Staten Island Arranging care for an older loved one — a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle — is difficult and complex, at best. Does he or she need skilled nursing home care? Maybe he […]

Our Mayor, the Monk

posted by awelborn

Or, our monk, the mayor: Monk becomes mayor of Florida town From his small-town roots in rural Ohio, the Saint Leo Abbey monk found in St. Leo a town sharing so many similarities to his home, that he embraced it […]

Not Dead Yet

posted by awelborn

Wesley Smith on the role that the disability-rights community has had on assisted-suicide legislation The energetic commitment of the disabled-rights community, more than any other single factor, has thwarted the assisted-suicide movement. Because disability-rights activists are generally politically liberal, distinctly […]

The Seven Theses

posted by awelborn

Bishop Brown of Orange nails statement to door Turning to an ancient method of public notice, Bishop Tod D. Brown on Sunday nailed to the doors of Holy Family Cathedral a document proclaiming a commitment by the Diocese of Orange […]

Busy weekend

posted by awelborn

…at the Vatican: Pope meets with Israel’s rabbis Calls for unity “During the next eight days, in every part of the world, Christians of different confessions and traditions will gather to pray intensely the Lord strengthens the common commitment for […]

Freud v. Lewis

posted by awelborn

An article about a Harvard course, which became a book and now will be a PBS series putting Freud and C.S. Lewis’ ideas about God up against each other For more than 25 years, Dr. Armand Nicholi has taught a […]

Take a deep breath, please

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Okay, in honor of, oh, I don’t know – the second reading today, maybe – I’m shutting down the thread on the “Isn’t Life Complex” post below. I think a Sunday rest is in order for all.

Archbishop Hughes’ Statement

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On Catholic politicos here

Top 10 Movies of 2003

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According to the USCCB Film Office

Who are these people?

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So a reader asks: Last night on Coast to Coast with George Noory, who, incidentally, calls himself a Catholic whenever it suits his purpose, but the rest of the time espouses ideas like reincarnation, the guest was Father Andrew C. […]

Life is so complex

posted by awelborn

..when you’re in compliance. Isn’t it? Lexington Diocese reinstates priest Roman Catholic priest who was twice charged with sex-related offenses at Jacobson Park has been reinstated by the Lexington diocese, despite a recent allegation that he sexually abused a boy […]

Did Howard Dean perform abortions?

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George Neumayr puzzles over this, using this week’s “People” interview as his text, , and, incidentally, I’d like to extend kudos to the People reporter for actually pressing Dean on this point. Here the hypocricy – or something – of […]

Liturgical Language

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From the Tablet, a look at the English translations of the liturgical texts The first draft translation of ICEL’s new Missal is being sent out to bishops’ conferences this month. From a copy obtained by The Tablet , it is […]

Catholic Scribblers

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A review of a new book, he Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, in the UK Tablet In 1859 John Henry Newman predicted that there would be no more “Classics” in English literature, and concluded that the literature of the […]

Open Doors

posted by awelborn

From the WSJ: When Christian stores open on Sunday, as the Family Christian Store chain decided to do last fall Perhaps feeling a bit defensive, Mr. Browne overplayed his hand last fall when, referring to Chik-Fil-A, he told the Dallas […]

Marriage of Convenience

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Michelle Cottle at TNR on the Bush plan to spend 1.5 billion to encourage marriage. Perhaps more important, as the Times (among others) noted, Bush is desperately hoping his efforts to play couples-counselor-in-chief will distract social conservatives fuming over recent […]

So, so sad

posted by awelborn

I’m so spoiled/corrupted by working with computers that when I open a book with lots of text, and there’s one fact I have to pull from that text, I find myself mentally looking for the “Find” command, and extremely irritated […]

Rockford Smackdown

posted by awelborn

Read this one. A suburban Catholic priest says donations are down and he wants parishioners to kick in more money. That very church, however, is where the assistant pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls. NBC5’s Mary […]

The latest update

posted by awelborn

on Fr. Groeschel found here. I like the last sentence, which could apply to just about anything in life: But now, let’s stop wringing our hands and hold them out – in prayer, in reconciliation, in service – our friend […]

Cardinal George responds

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As you may recall, last month, a number of Chicago priests signed an “open letter” decrying the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. One of the signers is pastor of This parish, and posted the text of the letter on the website, […]

Onward, Christian Market

posted by awelborn

An interesting article from Breakpoint Two worlds. Two cultures. Two markets. Two mainstreams. This is what has become of Christian enterprise in America: a $4.2 billion industry committed to putting out records, books and entertainment with a message that according […]

What Happened in Arlington

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Who knew that one meeting in one diocese would provoke such comment? Who knew? I am not sure of what is really going on – some say the program in question is really fine, and nothing like more controversial problems, […]

More on Leonard

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The Virginia priest noted below. Pled guilty, but says he’s innocent Even though he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery against two teenage boys, the Rev. John E. Leonard insists he is innocent of any sexual misconduct. “I realize […]

Learn Your Beat

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Via The Revealer, a very good (and with a definite point of view which some might find disagreeable) new weblog of religion and journalism, How the press gets it wrong But my experience suggests that mispronunciation problems are only the […]

Young Fogeys

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From the Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Greeley on the priestly generation gap Stark differences exist between older and younger priests on many major areas of concern within the Church. The 2002 Los Angeles Times study reveals that priests of the Vatican […]

Her Mother’s Glory

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A superb piece from Touchstone. What a terrible thing she did. For a woman to bear a child when abortion seemed so justified, so necessary, when the pregnancy was the result of rape—well, it was certainly anti-social behavior. She was […]

This I haven’t followed

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…closely enough , but this JWR piece gives me an opportune moment to do so: Paul Weyrich. Gary Bauer. Linda Chavez. Bill Donahue. Marc Gellman. Bailey Smith. Five Christians, one Jew. All nationally known. Weyrich is CEO of the Free […]

Immigration Woes

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An NCR(egister) look at the problem from the perspective of the Church in Arizona

A Test Question

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Agree or Disagree, and explain your answer (in complete sentences, please): President George W. Bush is a political conservative This guy would disagree

The Audit

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An NCR(eporter) article on the audit There is no intention to give the impression,” Gregory told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer following the report’s release, that the bishops have “solved the problem.” Back in their dioceses, however, that was just the impression […]

Parents Reject Touching

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Interesting stuff from the Arlington Diocese, where parents made their feelings clear: The Arlington Catholic diocese’s efforts to prevent sexual abuse of children in Catholic schools and religious programs backfired Monday night when angry parents filled a Manassas church to […]

Virginia Priest pleads guilty

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Had denied any wrongdoing for years, now pleads guilty (which is not – forgive me lawyer readers if I get it wrong – an admission of guilt as we understand it, but an admission that based on the evidence, a […]

Venerable Lady

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Mother Marianne Cope named “venerable.” Mother Marianne Cope, the Roman Catholic nun who dedicated her life to the banished leprosy patients of Kalaupapa, was named venerable Tuesday, the first of three steps toward sainthood.

Structural News

posted by awelborn

Ridley Scott refused permission to shoot part of his movie on the Crusades in a once-mosque-now-church in Spain. Iconoclast at work in San Antonio

Fr. Groeschel Update

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From his community.

The next issue…

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Where did the priests go? The church review of whether Catholic bishops are doing enough to prevent sex abuse showed that at least 150 credibly accused priests had moved out of their dioceses, raising worries that offenders are living unsupervised […]

Fr. Groeschel

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A newspaper article about the accident More details from Michael

The Candidates and God

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Beliefnet keeps up with what they have to say.

O’Connor v. Nihilism

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A CT review of a new book on Flannery O’Connor The context of Flannery O’Connor’s fiction, as Edmondson makes clear, was “the threat of nihilism to human civilization.” As the title intimates, where Friedrich Nietzsche sought to take humanity “beyond […]

Evangelicals’ Favorite Catholic

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Brendan Manning, author and speaker. In a yet unpublished interview with Christianity Today, Manning said that the majority of his readers and retreat attendees are evangelicals. When asked why evangelicals are especially drawn to him, he said: “I’ve tried to […]

I’ll be quiet now

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And let you consider one reader’s take: You wrote, “Where is our missionary impulse to the unchurched among us?” Good question. The answer is ‘which one’?

Sort of What I was saying

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….in a post a few days ago, but, not surprisingly, in a much more intelligent way: The Church of the Holy Primary: Candidates Should Stop the Religion Pandering by Douglas Bandow on NRO.

Fr. Groeschel critically injured

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Word has come that Fr. Benedict Groeschel was critically injured in a car accident last night. More details at Michael’s blog (And keep checking there – he is posting updates as he hears them from CFR’s) Tom Allen of Catholic […]

Alan Wolfe reassures the Brits

posted by awelborn

That Evangelicals are not as big a threat as they think Once you get passed the first few paragraphs, it’s an interesting article, although we may not agree with all of Wolfe’s conclusions. But it’s just one more piece for […]

Sister Jennifer

posted by awelborn

An op-ed on my favorite Michigan governor Gov. Jennifer Granholm last week publicly challenged the Christian faith of legislators who favored spending cuts to balance the state budget, saying, “That’s when I question whether somebody is really living out the […]

DVC Letter O’ the Day

posted by awelborn

This is the most fundamental of human characteristics that is manifested in every government from Rome to the United States and if you cannot see this then I am afraid that you will merely be confirming my ignorant assumptions about […]

Most Pathetic Scam of the Year

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But then it’s only January: This e-mail was sent by the CitibankOnline sevrers to veerify your email adress. You must cmloepte this prcesos by clicking on the link below and enttering in the little window your Citi-bank Debit Card Nummber […]

McGreevey’s Faith

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As in governor of New Jersey. As in “Catholic.” Described here. McGreevey’s Catholic faith is an integral part of his political identity and he is not shy about letting people know it. Yet refer to him as a Catholic politician […]

O’Malley Speaks

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on gay marriage Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley urged Catholic lawyers on Sunday to oppose gay marriage, saying the institution of marriage and the family are under assault and attorneys need to help protect them. “The social cost of the breakdown […]

“Why the Next Pope Needs to be Italian”

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From the NYTimes op-ed page To be bishop of Rome — that is, of the world — is not like being bishop of Krakow. We Italians are an ancient and tested bridge between past and future, and supported by 2,000 […]

Church for Yuppies

posted by awelborn

Not my headline. The Washington Times reports on a new church in DC The concept originiated with the Rev. Tim Keller, a Presbyterian minister who in 1989 founded Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan. It is now at 3,000 members, 80 percent […]

Democrats hate Democracy?

posted by awelborn

When it comes to abortion… Notice anything here? In each of these cases the pro-life side submitted itself to the arduous process of introducing bills and persuading majorities of state and federal legislators to pass them. And in each of […]

Beauties and Beasts

posted by awelborn

Watched Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast with Katie this evening. She enjoyed it, as did I, but on a completely different level than I did when I first saw it – what – oh, it’s too painful to think about. […]

Change in Plans

posted by awelborn

The Pope won’t be traveling for Ash Wednesday For decades, John Paul would open the Catholic church’s solemn Lenten period with a ceremony in St. Sabina’s Basilica, a 5th-century church on Rome’s Aventine Hill. During the service, the pontiff would […]

Closed Books in Lincoln

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Diocese won’t participate in survey designed to tally abuse cases since 1950. It’s the only one. Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, who has held the post since 1992, said in a statement Friday that the study seemed to exist more to […]

February 25 Can’t Come Soon Enough

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What did the Pope really say about “The Passion of the Christ?” John Allen breaks it down In the absence of such a statement, those who don’t want to believe the pope said “It is as it was” are free […]

Digging for Jesus

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An article on what’s going in Biblical archaeology these days.

Me v. Dom

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I’m going to challenge Domenico Bettinelli to a duel (…er…maybe not, given the content of this post) over a totally mindless subject. The greatness of the Indiana Jones films! Here’s my gripe. I really think that Raiders of the Lost […]

Wandering Around

posted by awelborn

…wandering around the internet, I read this piece at the Seattle Catholic, definitely not everyone’s favorite website, but whatever, about the canonical standing of parish liturgy committees. In the answer provided by EWTN expert Colin Donovan, he cites the canonical […]

DVC Resources

posted by awelborn

Here’s a good page from Leadership U, an evangelical internet resource, and an excellent one. Many good links. Via Fragments from Floyd I think today and tomorrow, I’m going to make a webpage that links to as many DVC-refuting sites, […]

Amarillo Blues

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A correspondent writes: The Diocese of Amarillo was one of the hardest hit by the unfortunate events of 2002 — by which I mean the “party’s over, fellas” rules adopted by the U.S. Catholic bishops at their Dallas meeting. As […]

Priests On Board

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They like what Bishop Burke had to say The bishop’s action is a fulfillment of his role as leader and teacher, said the Rev. Thomas Rudolph, pastor of St. Joseph’s in Stratford and St. Andrew’s in Rozellville. “The politician may […]

Coveting Luke’s Faith

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From the NYTimes Magazine I assumed we had stranded our 4-year-old son Luke in the same spiritually arid place we’d found ourselves in. When my husband went to Iraq for several months, I thought Luke and I were in it […]

Well, well

posted by awelborn

This was the subject of the feature article I was working on this week, and I did speak to Archbishop Hughes as part of it. As the New Orleans paper reports, the Archdiocese is stepping up to the plate and […]

President addresses NCEA

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Well, not the whole group, which gathers the week after Easter, but about 200 administrators, I believe. Here’s what he had to say.

Abortion in film

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At NRO, Thomas Hibbs looks at the approach to abortion in 2 recent films Much is made of fidelity — to God, spouse, and children. In this context, a botched abortion is less an occasion for the promotion of abortion, […]

Symposium

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At NCR(egister), evaluating the Iraq war

M. Scott Peck

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and his battle with Parkinson’s. An article from a November issue of NCR(eporter) In the two and a half decades since the book’s publication, M. Scott Peck has lived much of his inner life, and a modicum of his personal […]

The Cardinal and the Code

posted by awelborn

Cathleen Falsani chats up Cardinal George on DVC He’s pretty miffed. “Jesus isn’t God but Mary Magdalene is a goddess? I mean, what does that mean? If he’s not God, why is he married to a goddess? That part, it […]

Fr. Greeley

posted by awelborn

…has good things to say about the audit. There doubtless will be mistakes up there on the housetop. New games and new rules are hard to learn. Yet the charter and the audit suggest a major turning point in the […]

Crossing in LaCrosse

posted by awelborn

A story about the soon-to-be Archbishop of St. Louis’ letter on abortion-supporting Catholic politicians Both documents were signed Nov. 23 before Burke’s appointment Dec. 2 as archbishop of St. Louis. Burke is to be installed in St. Louis on Jan. […]

American Jesus

posted by awelborn

Notre Dame’s A. Scott Appleby reviews a new book about the ways American culture has imaged Jesus

Interview with an author

posted by awelborn

Ann Rice, here: Anne Rice, the author who gave new life to the undead, lives in a house full of saints. Her library holds six 15-inch to 2 ½-foot-high statues, including a porcelain Virgin Mary and Child dressed in embroidered […]

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