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January 30, 2004 Archives

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 – […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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

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