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February 2004 Archives

Have a great weekend

posted by awelborn

Freed as you are from the ability to post comments here! Open again for business Sunday evening. Reminder: Clicking on the picture at the top left will take you to daily readings from the Liturgy of the Hours. Registration for […]

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First Cause

posted by awelborn

As we read through and contemplate these reports, that’s what we’re all looking for: the First Cause. There is none, except human sin. Sorry. No easy answers on this. As Joe pointed out in a post below, this is not […]

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No Passion Yet

posted by awelborn

In answer to a query, no I have not yet seen it, and there are no deep reasons. We have a two-year old. We have to tag-team things like that. Michael saw it on Wednesday at the theater in the […]

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I lied

posted by awelborn

Bishop’s press conference was now. (noon) Just about wrapping up. On CSpan.

De-Coding Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

I’ve created a page describing the new book. It’s here, with an excerpt from the intro and the table of contents.

The Reports

posted by awelborn

Here is the link to the texts of the reports. (It appears that the reports themselves are pdf files, btw) Here’s an HTML link

Next Topic

posted by awelborn

The Reports, being released today. The bishops are holding a news conference as we speak (about 9:40), but none of the cable news channels are carrying it, and we don’t get EWTN anymore, so…I’m in the dark on that. If […]

McComber at the movies

posted by awelborn

Shawn McComber, who watched the New Hampshire primary hijinks for the American Spectator, goes to see the Passion As show time crept closer, some surprisingly un-Christian behavior began. A teenage couple in matching “Jesus: The Choice of a New Generation” […]

How This Jesus is Different

posted by awelborn

Stephen Prothero in the WSJ In one striking scene, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene sop onto linens the blood left behind after Jesus’ scourging at the hands of sadistic Roman centurions. Odd that these women care more about Jesus’ […]

A Reformed View

posted by awelborn

An interesting perspective (even though the writer had not yet seen the film) from a Christian in the Reformed tradition, trading thoughts with another of the same theological convictions. hat tip, Julia

See, now this is really interesting

posted by awelborn

Via Get Religion the lowdown on the screenwriter for the film, a man named Benedict Fitzgerald, who not only wrote the screenplay for the film version of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, but who is the son of Robert and Sally […]

Hmmmm.

posted by awelborn

Kevin Miller is wondering why certain things evoke warnings from the Diocese of Cleveland and other things…don’t.

More from MAD

posted by awelborn

That’s my husband. He has pulled together the gospel accounts and Anne Catherine Emmerich’s account of the Agony in the Garden, for starters, and put them in context in relation to the film.

Will it hurt his career?

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes ponders Hollywood is a close-knit world, and friendships and social contact are critical in the making of deals and the casting of movies. Many of Hollywood’s most prominent figures are also Jewish. So with a furor arising around […]

Stations of the Crass

posted by awelborn

Maureen Dowd I went with a Jewish pal, who tried to stay sanguine. “The Jews may have killed Jesus,” he said. “But they also gave us `Easter Parade.’ ” The movie’s message, as Jesus says, is that you must love […]

Dislikes

posted by awelborn

What didn’t you like about the film? Michael thought that the Agony in the Garden was poorly done, and said last night that the Herod scene was “silly.” (His word!) Et vous?

Likes

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What did you particularly like about this film? Artistically, theologically…anything.

Good, good stuff

posted by awelborn

At First Things, from Russell Hittinger and Elizabeth Lev Ultimately, The Passion of the Christ is about witnessing and bearing witness. On one level, the film is calculated to make us want to turn away and go home. At the […]

Gregg Easterbrook

posted by awelborn

At the New Republic Beneath all the God-talk by Gibson is a commercial enterprise. Gibson’s film career has been anchored in glorification of violence (the Mad Max movies) and in preposterous overstatement of the actual occurrence of violence (the Lethal […]

Michael’s view

posted by awelborn

He saw it yesterday, and has many thoughts

Witty guy

posted by awelborn

Pat Oliphant’s cartoon today

Andrew Sullivan

posted by awelborn

Reacts to the film Moreover, the suffering is rendered almost hollow by a dramatic void. Gibson has provided no context so that we can understand better who Jesus is – just a series of cartoon flashbacks. We cannot empathize with […]

Off-the-Wall Thought of the Day

posted by awelborn

No, I didn’t see it yet. Looks like next week will be it for me – the news said that tomorrow’s shows are sold out, too here in the Fort. But Michael saw it yesterday, and as we were talking […]

Tell us what you really think..

posted by awelborn

James Bowman of the American Spectator and numerous other places, reviews the film. Starts it off, on his main page: Mel, we may love you for the enemies you’ve made, but your movie is still a mess And then: I […]

From Canterbury to Rome

posted by awelborn

via John Derbyshire at The Corner A well-known (I guess) Anglican intellectual will leap the Tiber, but not before some parting shots “My new book is not actually a criticism of the Church of England,” says Canon Edward Norman, chancellor […]

Mere Comments

posted by awelborn

Leon Podles comments on the Passion The negative reviewers don’t to seem to realize that they are in the film too: the shadowy figure that tempts Christ, saying that no human being can bear all the sins of the world, […]

HMSU

posted by awelborn

Catholic Exchange has a piece on the HMSUniversity, the first offerings of which include a workshop on parables led by me

Official Review

posted by awelborn

From the USCCB film office, via CNS. Fair and balanced, I thought. Like other films on Christ’s life, “The Passion” does not simply translate a single Gospel narrative onto the screen. Rather it is a composite of the Passion narratives […]

Open Thread

posted by awelborn

This thread is for those who have seen The Passion of the Christ to post their reviews/reactions.

Hibbs on the Passion

posted by awelborn

at NRO But The Passion does not wallow in violence. Instead, it hearkens back to another tradition of engaging the Gospels, one that attempts to provide a sense of what it was like to be with Christ on the way […]

Dreher on the Passion

posted by awelborn

From the Dallas Morning News I don’t know how non-Christians will see this film. As nothing more, perhaps, than the tale of a deluded sap who got caught up in ecclesial and colonial politics. But for those of us who […]

posted by awelborn

Welcome deare feast of Lent: who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authoritie, But is compos’d of passion. The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church sayes, now: Give to thy Mother, what thou wouldst allow To ev’ry Corporation. […]

Fasting via the Pope

posted by awelborn

Thoughts from 1996 One of the meanings of penitential fasting is to help us recover an interior life. The effort of moderation in food also extends to other things that are not necessary, and this is a great help to […]

The Power of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Michael is doing daily meditations for Lent here

Great minds

posted by awelborn

Me and Kenneth Woodward. But you probably already knew that. Were we a nation of Bible readers, not just Bible owners, I don’t think a film like Mr. Gibson’s would cause much fuss. While I do not think that “The […]

Reactions

posted by awelborn

Various, at The Corner (scroll down and around Get Religion looks at Jewish responses and announces its quest for the best and worst reactions. Religious leaders in Chicago, via the NYTimes The Very Rev. Demetri C. Kantzavelos, chancellor of the […]

Never Fear

posted by awelborn

John Carroll University is here to get the good word out! Exactly what that word might be, we’re not sure, though.

Listening Skills

posted by awelborn

I probably won’t be seeing The Passion of the Christ until Thursday, if then. Maybe not until next week. Michael is going to try to see it tomorrow, so he’ll have thoughts before I do. That doesn’t stop me from […]

Lent Ahead

posted by awelborn

Here’s a good resource for Lenten traditions and practices.

Read the comments..

posted by awelborn

…to the various Passion posts. Tucked in there you will find several reviews/impressions of the film.

Fr. Rob on The Passion…

posted by awelborn

…at his blog And it is Faithful to the most profound mysteries of our Faith. I was struck by how Eucharistic the movie is. Not just in the flashback scenes of the Last Supper, but as a whole. I don’t […]

CT on TPOTC

posted by awelborn

Here’s their special section, updated daily with new articles.

Hello Again

posted by awelborn

Typepad did a Blogger this morning, apparently. I got to expect it with Blogger because you get what you pay for, and Blogger was free, but Typepad….isn’t. I guess we’re back on track now. Comment away! By the way, I […]

A dissenting view

posted by awelborn

…on the film found here, from a groups that says it’s We are a congregation of baptized saints of Jesus Christ assembling in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. We have been assembling in this city for 21 years. Graven images, Gibson […]

Terry Teachout on The Passion

posted by awelborn

…and just as interesting as his brief thoughts on the film are his observations of the audience Screening rooms are dismal little affairs, comfortable enough but far from atmospheric, and in no way suited to anything remotely approaching religious contemplation. […]

A “eucharistic fast”

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Ratzinger suggests it as a sign of solidarity. Q: Is not the proposal of a Eucharist fast [not to go to Communion], to which you seem to allude, contrary to the exhortations of many Pontiffs, beginning with Pius X? […]

Did I mention

posted by awelborn

that I hate Science Fair Season? As he often does, Dave Barry speaks for all of us.

Passion Players

posted by awelborn

Via Sursum Corda, a TNR article on The main players in the world of Passion Punditry

For All Your Review Needs

posted by awelborn

Just go to Rotten Tomatoes, which posts links to just about all of them. And Rod? Rod? Didn’t you see it today? Hello?

Here you go!

posted by awelborn

It will be available after April 1, but you can pre-order through OSV now. It is not yet available through any online booksellers. I’ll let you know when it is. I don’t know anything about bulk discounts – you’ll have […]

O’Brien Redux

posted by awelborn

Good piece at NRO revisiting the bishop’s hubris.

Jewish debate over Passion stand

posted by awelborn

From the LATimes (LRR) Several Jewish organizations are launching efforts at interfaith outreach as well as to teach Jews about the New Testament. In response to the movie, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles recently held a panel discussion […]

This Week

posted by awelborn

This is a busy week….There’s the release of the film, the release of the abuse report, and… well, that minor moment in time called Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. More on that later. But in […]

Reviews….

posted by awelborn

This space is for you to post links to reviews of the movie, which should start coming today. Ebert and Roeper: Two Thumbs Up “It’s the only religious movie I’ve seen, with the exception of ‘The Gospel According to St. […]

Aramaic 101

posted by awelborn

Gibson film builds interest in the ancient language If and when the Rev. Joseph A. Fitzmyer goes to see Mel Gibson’s controversial film, it won’t be to see how the movie turns out. As a Jesuit, Fitzmyer already knows the […]

Love Your Taxes

posted by awelborn

Catholic Church in England and Wales issues 40-page booklet in defense of taxation The Catholic Church has launched a passionate defence of one of society’s most reviled features — taxes. In a 40-page booklet entitled “Taxation for the Common Good”, […]

HMSU & You & Me!

posted by awelborn

You’re invited to run on over to Heart, Mind and Strength University for Living and check out the workshops, including mine on Parables – one-on-one online interaction, enrichment and education! Registration ends March 1…so hurry!

Albany Meeting

posted by awelborn

Paul Loukidis and Stephen Brady speak in Albany The author of a series of 1991 articles critical of Bishop Howard Hubbard’s leadership of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese identified a priest, who died Feb. 15 under unclear circumstances after being […]

Honest to Jesus

posted by awelborn

A piece by scholar Stephen Prothero …. Even if we take the Gospels as gospel, we simply do not have enough information to squeeze out anything close to a two-hour movie. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are not screenplays, or […]

Barbara Nicolosi on the Passion

posted by awelborn

Preparing for The Passion

On the Gospels and History

posted by awelborn

I want to expand a little bit on Bishop McGrath’s statement, blogged below. On the level of the down n’ dirty, bare-bones of Scriptural study, he’s right. The Gospels are not straight history, as we understand history in the 21st […]

Talking Points

posted by awelborn

I’ll pull an O’Reilly here and start off this post with talking points re/That Movie. 1. On this blog at least, loving this film is not required. It’s a movie, it’s not the Gospel. There are thousands of pictorial depictions […]

A Tale of Two Bishops

posted by awelborn

…and The Passion of the Christ First, Bishop McGrath of San Jose While the primary source material of the film is attributed to the four gospels, these sacred books are not historical accounts of the historical events that they narrate. […]

Anglican Prayer Beads

posted by awelborn

Growing in Popularity The design of the rosary brims with symbolism. It’s a combination of Catholic rosaries and the Orthodox Jesus rope, according to Web sites. There are 33 beads, made of anything from wood to precious stones, plus a […]

The Da Vinci Con

posted by awelborn

In the NYTimes Book Review, Laura Miller debunks the “fact” of the Priory of Sion The ever-rising tide of sales of ”The Da Vinci Code” has lifted some pretty odd boats, and none odder than the dodgy yet magisterial ”Holy […]

Casual Bleg

posted by awelborn

This week, I have been working on an article on the whole “safe environment” aspect of the USCCB’s charter: dioceses must ensure safe environments for children and youth, and provide training for adults who work with children and youth, as […]

Bishops Brace Themselves

posted by awelborn

For the Report. Silly me. Of course they’re not interested in this supremely teachable moment, what with a hugely anticipated film about the Passion hitting screens on Ash Wednesday. They’ve got other things on their minds. And that just about […]

Open Thread

posted by awelborn

with parameters: Did you see Dateline’s special program on “Who Killed Jesus?” Or EWTN’s interview with Mel Gibson? I didn’t! If you saw either and would like to share/comment/explain, post here.

CT on the Passion

posted by awelborn

David Neff on the spirituality expressed in the film When Protestants talk about prayer, they usually mean talking to God about what is on their heart and asking him to deal with life’s difficulties. When Catholics talk about prayer, they […]

Incoming

posted by awelborn

Reviews: Ramesh Ponnuru How Catholic is the movie? Very. But it is not Catholic in a way that excludes Protestants. The film’s Marian devotion is a devotion to the Lord through His mother. (Scrawled on my notepad: “This is what […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

John Allen has some thoughts from two moral theologians about the boundaries of a Catholic politician’s political support for abortion I put the question to Fr. Brian Johnstone, a moral theologian at Rome’s Redemptorist-run Alphonsian Academy, and Fr. Robert Gahl, […]

I may be befuddled

posted by awelborn

…today because of a slight head cold, but Michael isn’t. Go read. The price Catholics have paid for taking Christ off of the cross, (not officially, I know but popularly this has been the case and often claimed by the […]

Vatican Abuse Report

posted by awelborn

From Catholic News Service: The report, to be published by the Pontifical Academy for Life, was based on a Vatican-sponsored symposium of scientific experts held last April. It includes the papers delivered at the symposium, summaries of follow-up discussions involving […]

The Tablet on the Passion

posted by awelborn

The British Catholic paper weighs in on the controversy, if not the actual film (which the writer had not seen) The article contains some errors – I’m pretty sure the Gibsons have 7 children, not 11 – but there are […]

Another article on HS texts

posted by awelborn

From the AP. Mine was better. About 25 publishing houses regularly submit religion textbooks to the committee for approval, though that’s not required before a book can be used in a Catholic classroom. However, the committee’s imprimatur makes books more […]

On the job

posted by awelborn

An Albany columnist reports on Mary Jo White’s press conference On balance, her performance was an impressive piece of assurance theater, designed to shore up the credibility of a so-called independent investigator coming in to look at the allegations, rumors, […]

Qutoes of the Day

posted by awelborn

From the comments boxes of this blog: “It’s not the whiteness, it’s the niceness” and “Down Willow Creek without a paddle.”

I give up, again.

posted by awelborn

CT Film Forum has some early reviews In an article appearing soon at Steve Lansingh’s The Film Forum, film critic Stef Loy says, “The Passion of the Christ is a visceral, cinematic pulse enabler, raw and bloody, ready to bite […]

Black Theology and the Passion

posted by awelborn

via the Martin Marty Center I’m intrigued by another possibility of response. Based on the excerpts that I have seen, I think the movie will offend many mainstream white religious audiences and resonate deeply with most blacks. The icons, art, […]

Another Way to Pray the Passion

posted by awelborn

The Biblical Way of the Cross that Michael and I wrote a little while back. I’ve put it up for sale at the bookstore. No, this isn’t The Book. I’m not allowed to discuss that yet. Once the publisher actually […]

Psychoanalysis is Dead…

posted by awelborn

…so how does that make you feel? A piece in the LATimes Freud is truly in a class of his own. Arguably no other notable figure in history was so fantastically wrong about nearly every important thing he had to […]

Jason Berry in NCR

posted by awelborn

Reflecting on the abuse crisis, and in particular a bishop’s role: Although many priests have made impassioned statements of solidarity with victims, few have publicly criticized the bishops. That silence may change after Feb. 27. Priests need to affirm the […]

HMSU & You & Me!

posted by awelborn

You’re invited to run on over to Heart, Mind and Strength University for Living and check out the workshops, including mine on Parables – one-on-one online interaction, enrichment and education!

I give up

posted by awelborn

I didn’t want to keep posting about That Film, but people keep writing about it. So we’ll just devote a post a’ day to it: From the NYPost: Selling nails as licensed products. This is not entirely new. I don’t […]

The Passion and Emmerich

posted by awelborn

Looking at the similarities and not being pleased “I was just stunned when I heard Gibson say this week that he was unaware of the harsh anti-Jewish stereotypes in Emmerich’s book,” Rudin said. On Wednesday morning, Rudin said he was […]

Thanks!

posted by awelborn

Thanks so much for voting this place Best Blog by a Woman!

Foxman at the Vatican

posted by awelborn

Talking about That Movie A Jewish leader met with Vatican officials this week to ask them to restate church teachings on the Crucifixion, saying Mel Gibson’s new film contradicts the church’s position that the Jews as a people were not […]

After Abortion, II

posted by awelborn

As an addition to the post below from Emily, regarding abortionist Tiller, I’m posting this, from a reader. Pray for her continued healing and reconciliation. I know Emily is right because I am one of these women. However, this didn’t […]

Hey I thought

posted by awelborn

That pop culture products, such as music, television and film have no impact on viewers! I thought that all of these bumping and grinding in videos and all of these sex talk on sitcoms (Flicking through the channels last night, […]

After Abortion

posted by awelborn

Emily reflects on the LATimes article about protests at Tiller’s mill that I blogged below I have worked with some of Dr Tillers patients. None of the abortions I know of were performed “for the physical health of the mother” […]

Finding Darwin’s God

posted by awelborn

An interview with CT Ken Miller is professor of biology at Brown University. In addition to his specialized research, Miller—a practicing Roman Catholic—is the author of Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (HarperCollins, […]

LA revelations

posted by awelborn

Mahony issues priests’ names (Not an LATImes article – no registration required!)

Hubbard On TV

posted by awelborn

Proclaiming his chastity, as the NYTimes puts it Bishop Hubbard has promised to take a lie detector test. His aides have organized a media blitz, which included inviting five local television stations to hear his story Thursday, and meeting with […]

Spirit Garage

posted by awelborn

One of the churches profiled in this fascinating NYTimes piece on emergent Christian churches The piece puts the movement in a very interesting context that I’ve not seen before in other articles, but that strikes me as very accurate: a […]

Pitt and the Passion

posted by awelborn

Here’s a link to a flyer that the Diocese of Pittsburgh has issued in relation to the film Interesting. I think a little more balance of spirituality and theology might possibly have been in order – it’s a little heavy […]

The Report

posted by awelborn

As I said earlier, I can’t possibly put up a post for every story about every diocesan reaction to the abuse report (which is still more than a week away from formal release.) But if I find some that seem […]

“First American Bishop to be convicted of a felony”

posted by awelborn

Convicted in Phoenix

Albany developments

posted by awelborn

Autopsy reports inconclusive, statements from several who spoke w/Fr. Minkler, including Fr. Joseph Wilson whose statment you may read over at Mark Shea’s blog

More on Passion

posted by awelborn

Lots and lots of links at CT’s Weblog, plus news on the Baptist minister killed in Iraq. The Providence Journal reports that John Kelley, pastor of the “tiny” Curtis Corner Baptist Church in Wakefield, Rhode Island, was killed. Three other […]

The Pope and Capitalism

posted by awelborn

A column on Tech Central Station What are the state’s functions? The reader can easily detect that the pope’s ideas are close to the classical liberal conception of the state. Economic activity could not be effective without institutions. The main […]

Uninviting

posted by awelborn

Kansas City archbishop asks Catholic institutions to not invite abortion-supporting Catholic politicos to speak Archbishop James P. Keleher has asked Catholic institutions under his jurisdiction to stop inviting politicians or others who favor abortion rights to speak or take part […]

Days to Come

posted by awelborn

We are already reading pre-emptive statements by dioceses regarding the report to be released on 2/27. I’m not linking to them all here. To keep up, the best thing is to keep checking Abuse Tracker, now at NCR. Also see […]

Crossan?

posted by awelborn

I guess I missed the part of the Gibson interview with John Dominic Crossan. Could someone please tell me what was said? I expect I’ll find a transcript later today, but it’s not discoverable yet.

Bigger than Star Wars

posted by awelborn

Is what they’re saying. The first prequel, that is. A WaPo article about the prospects for the Passion Joseph P. Vitale, a young District lawyer who is Catholic, bought out the largest screen at the AMC movie complex at Mazza […]

Protesting in Wichita

posted by awelborn

An LATimes story on a group that has formed to protest third-trimester abortion specialist Tiller (Link requires registration, but just do it.) Over the next 12 months, Newman and his followers will point their arrows at everyone who works for […]

Gibson/Sawyer Thread

posted by awelborn

If you watched the ABC interview, comment here. I forgot it was on – we got hooked into this weird little movie on IFC called On the Run featuring, it seemed, half of the cast of The Sopranos. So, I’m […]

Leaks

posted by awelborn

Information regarding the abuse report is leaking, board members distance themselves and question the leaks. Bishop Gregory responds

(More) Trouble in Albany

posted by awelborn

Albany priest found dead A priest whose name was linked with a letter accusing Bishop Howard Hubbard of homosexual activity was found dead in his Watervliet home this weekend. Watervliet police said the Rev. John Minkler was found on the […]

Finis

posted by awelborn

Mostly. It’s in the hands of the editor right now and there are a few loose ends, but we hope it will be with copyeditors tomorrow. And when I have a cover to show you …I’ll show you. Now, some […]

HMSU & You!

posted by awelborn

You’re invited to run on over to Heart, Mind and Strength University for Living and check out the workshops, including mine on Parables – one-on-one online interaction, enrichment and education!

Passion MegaMix

posted by awelborn

From today’s SF Chronicle, hat tip to Jimmy Mac: The Most Contentious Story Ever Told 100 Years of Fury over Jesus Films Art Scandals as Old as Religion Jesus’ Life in Music

Gibson Interview

posted by awelborn

One of several we’ll see over the next few days, this one with the LATimes Given that early audience tracking forecasts suggest that “The Passion of the Christ,” — even with its protracted torture sequences, R-rating and dialogue in Aramaic […]

Out-Spoken

posted by awelborn

A fascinating story about a Boston Catholic parish torn up by anti-gay-marriage fliers in their midst. Since the Supreme Judicial Court ruled to legalize gay marriage in November, Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley has been speaking out against same-sex marriage, and […]

Passion Matters

posted by awelborn

Some Catholics, finally, quoted in regard to the movie. From the Rev. Jordi Rivero, director of Respect Life ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami: “The Passion movie portrays most faithfully and impressively the Passion of Our Lord. It is […]

Saturday is Entertain Me Day

posted by awelborn

Or at least that’s how it turned out. Took Katie to a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was very well done – obviously a fun show to do. I had never seen it before, although […]

SB in NYC

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes piece on the Southern Baptist strategy in New York City “If you give them something of value, that kind of sets it apart,” said Kelley Searcy, a missionary from Atlanta, in a Midtown office on a recent Thursday […]

Truth-teller on board?

posted by awelborn

Dare we hope? Dare we? The new administrator of Springfield says things …referring to the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the church, Sniezyk said church officials must acknowledge a culture that protected abusive priests existed years ago. “We have to […]

Passion Thoughts

posted by awelborn

From Conor Dugan over at Christus Victor He also includes an excerpt from the forward that Mel Gibson wrote to one of the books that’s been put out (by Tyndale, if I’m not mistaken) on the film.

Traditionalists in LA

posted by awelborn

A long, long article from the LA Times Magazine. Well worth registering for. Do it. The only really odd thing about the article, to me, (in an admittedly quick first read) was the failure to put these groups in the […]

Go Irish

posted by awelborn

Interesting times at Notre Dame these days, what with their Queer Film Festival and performance of the V-Monologues. There are a couple of ND students who blog, and one of them has some thoughts at The Shrine of the Holy […]

This will wake you up

posted by awelborn

I read this and I thought, “Well! He’s in good shape!” Pope John Paul II reaches first state tournament A high school of course. We can add it to the verrrrry long list of related headlines like “St. Agnes demolishes […]

Morning After Pill

posted by awelborn

FDA delay decision until May A ruling had been expected next week on the pills, called Plan B, made by Barr Laboratories. The company announced late Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (news – web sites) is delaying action […]

429! Religion News Links!

posted by awelborn

At Christianity Today’s Weblog, working hard So I Don’t Have To. Plus thoughts on Christian blogging. Sometime, in all of this Blog-Discussion, someone needs to mention the function of comments. That is such an important element – not of all […]

Day in Court

posted by awelborn

Schindler family wins appeal Gov. Jeb Bush and the parents of a severely brain-damaged woman won appellate court rulings in their favor Friday on two legal issues in their quest to keep the woman alive against her husband’s wishes. Florida’s […]

I’m not superstitious but…

posted by awelborn

Just as I was pulling up to park at the babysitter’s, the morning DJ reminded me it was Friday the 13th. I’d forgotten (I’m not keeping track of time too well these days.) Oh, I thought. How interesting. Just at […]

Pray the Passion

posted by awelborn

A new book from Paul Thigpen, found here!

Parables!

posted by awelborn

As previously noted, I’m participating in the HMS University for Living, offering a workshop on the Parables of Jesus. For 6 weeks, using the Loyola Press “6 Weeks With the Bible” Parables: Stories of the Kingdom book that I wrote, […]

This made me laugh

posted by awelborn

Maybe Gest’s lawyers don’t fully appreciate the fact that their client presents like a pathetic cross between Blanche DuBois and, well, Liza Minnelli.

Bishop News

posted by awelborn

The stories are unrelated, but they’re all bishops, so. Saginaw Bishop Untener announces he is battling a leukemia-type disease, will take four months off Bishop Murphy responds to charges Jury begins deliberations in Phoenix.

Lots of Passion Links

posted by awelborn

At Christianity Today’s Film Forum

Dupre’s Resignation

posted by awelborn

More here. But in a series of interviews late yesterday, a diocesan spokesman and Monsignor Richard S. Sniezyk, who was named yesterday as the diocese’s interim administrator, confirmed that Dupre had been made aware Tuesday of allegations made against him […]

Poulenc in church

posted by awelborn

Appropriate, yes? I’d love to see this performance of the Dialogue of the Carmelites, in a Rochester church. Much of Dialogue is set in a Carmelite convent, and judging from the riveting performances on Wednesday night, one suspects that Eastman’s […]

Bookishly, she said

posted by awelborn

I’ve been meaning to post some recent reads for a while. As you can see from the right rail, I’ve started N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God, widely hailed as one of the religion books of the […]

Coming up for air

posted by awelborn

Soon, soon, soon. Almost done. With the hard part. My head is so full o’ stuff for this project and its promotion, I can’t sleep. And then I’m really tired, but then even if I go to bed early, I […]

Grand Rapids Smackdown

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150 SSPX folks disrupt Buddhist monks’ performance at St. Adalbert’s Basilica. It’s a television news website, so of course, the story makes barely any sense. Maybe by morning there will be a newspaper article. I just have to wonder – […]

Abuse Coordinator Resigns

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You all have probably read about this already, but here are two links recounting the resignation of the Arlington diocesan victim assistance coordinator and director of child protection and safety: From the Washington Times From NCR(eporter)

Abortion Criminalization

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In South Dakota, via After Abortion Democrats and Republicans joined together and passed [this] bill…The preamble to HB1191 says that based on the best scientific and medical evidence, life begins at fertilization and that South Dakota’s Bill of Rights applies […]

If you’re bored here…

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Which is perfectly understandable, please go to Get Religion, which has, in a matter of days, become my new favorite religion blog.

Pro-Life Pharmacists

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Rod Dreher tells their story

Bishop Resigns

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Dupre of Springfield The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope John Paul II had accepted Dupre’s resignation, but didn’t release other details. In a brief statement, the diocese said Dupre left his post Tuesday “for a medical facility where he will […]

The Real Passion

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James Carroll in the Boston Globe But an afternoon’s meditation at the place where Christians have remembered the death of Jesus for 1,600 years raises the question of whether we have more broadly misused that memory. This shrine memorializing Golgotha […]

The plot thickens

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In an unsurprising way. Marijuana priest under investigation for something else now Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach said Tuesday that she plans to meet with police to determine if sex charges should be brought against Rev. Richard Arko, […]

Pio in PA

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At last, a very detailed look at the kerfuffle over the Padre Pio Centre in PA

3,000 words

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Is what I’ve written so far this morning (You can probably hear my husband saying, from where ever you are, “This was supposed to be a short book!”) I need to do another chapter this afternoon. Then I will be […]

New Bishop of Portland

posted by awelborn

Maine: Appointed Bishop Richard Joseph Malone, auxiliary of Boston, U.S.A., asbishop of Portland (area 85,541, population 1,274,923, Catholics 213,680, priests 211, permanent deacons 23, religious 471), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Salem, U.S.A. in 1946 and was ordained a […]

New blog!

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From apologist extraordinaire Dave Armstrong.

Me on Sex and the City

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Here at Catholic Exchange. A note about all the qualifications at the beginning of the piece. See, when you write for the Catholic press (this piece, abbreviated, originally ran in OSV), you have to fight against the deeply-held sentiment for […]

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I’ll be doing my usual gig on HMS radio today, discussing my humble contribution to the new Heart, Mind and Strength “University for Living”, which takes the form of a 6-week course on the Parables of Jesus. Here’s the press […]

Well.

posted by awelborn

Not online yet, and not even on the newstands, but the cover article in the next issue of The Atlantic looks like a winner, if by “winner” you mean provocative: How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement Because of “the unmade […]

Following Through

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I sometimes feel as if I need a special section of this blog dedicated to “…and then what happened?” in which we follow up on stories we’ve mentioned in the past. Here are a couple for today: Rev. Arko pleads […]

Bishop Hubbard’s Friends

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I’ve not yet commented on the Bishop Hubbard situation up in Albany. For those of you unfamiliar with this latest twist in American Catholic Fun, a man came forward and said that his brother had committed suicide years before, leaving […]

Who Killed Jesus?

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Is on the cover of this week’s Newsweek. Here’s the story. It’s a decent article that carefully lays out the balance of implied responsibility between Romans and Jewish authorities in the film, and critiques the film for not placing this […]

Prez and Russert

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Didn’t see it. I’m hearing it wasn’t impressive. What Peggy Noonan says Tough words from Jed Babbin at TAS.

Little Sisters of the Poor

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Working with the elderly in LA The worldwide order of 3,100 sisters in 32 countries was founded in France in 1839 and will celebrate its centennial anniversary in Southern California next year. This year, the order is commemorating its 25th […]

My Kids on the Block

posted by awelborn

From the UK Tablet Those of us who are winners can change jobs, churches, relationships, houses when it suits us. The poor cannot. They get left behind. In the long term this, I believe, has a destabilising effect on the […]

Pope on Abuse

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Sort of. Mostly from the priest end. Here’s a Zenit article John Paul II said the Church should rigorously apply canon-law sanctions against priests who commit crimes, and suggested the best guarantee for the future is “correct and balanced” priestly […]

FYI

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Here’s a ranking of most-visited Catholic websites

Oh, and about that NASCAR

posted by awelborn

Years ago, before I actually ever went to a NASCAR race or knew anything about racing, my husband spent time disabusing me of any stereotypes I might have of those I would see in the stands. You know, really not […]

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Innocence Denied

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My daughter, my only daughter, is twelve years old. She is almost as tall as I am, has glasses, shoulder-length brown hair, and retainers on her teeth. She is in the sixth grade at a Catholic school, and is fairly […]

Word from Rome

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Word from Rome is up Interesting stuff on the anniversary of the Lateran Pacts and his perspective on the PX anti-ecumenism credo: Other than the pope, the villain of the story as told by the Lefebvrites is Cardinal Walter Kasper, […]

I missed this..

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But apparently last night on ABC’s Primetime Live, Diane Sawyer visited those Kentucky Dads with Quads we discussed last year – remember the gay male couple who contracted with a surrogate mom to have babies, she had four, and we […]

Weirdness in the ELCA

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And it has nothing to do with sex. At least I don’t think it does. Lutheran pastor leaves over participation in some lame Krewe A Lutheran minister who faced the furor of his congregation for donning a devilish-looking running suit […]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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About your faith at this Cleveland-area community college Tuttle’s problems began last March when student Alexis Linton complained that he talked about his Catholic beliefs too often in the introductory philosophy class. She also said that he looked at her […]

Well, duh

posted by awelborn

In the wake of JanetGate, high school parents protest a plan for MTV to plan a reality series at their children’s school Okay. Has anyone actually watched MTV for the last, say….FIFTEEN years? Anyone heard of “Undressed?” Anyone watch 7 […]

Martyrs of Nagasaki

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From the Office of Readings today. The crosses were set in place. Father Pasio and Father Rodriguez took turns encouraging the victims. Their steadfast behaviour was wonderful to see. The Father Bursar stood motionless, his eyes turned heavenward. Brother Martin […]

Fab new blog

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From Terry Mattingly and Douglas LeBlanc Add that to The Revealer, and you’re all set for some good meta-reporting on religion.

We’ll be talking about this…

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…for a while, I suspect. An NCR review, the first I’ve seen, of the new book by Jason Berry, along with Gerald Renner, Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II It should be […]

Ritual Apology for Lameness

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Just a reminder that the reason blogging is way, way down is that last week I committed to write a book. By next week. So, you know. It keeps me busy. Once we settle on a title, I’ll tell y’all […]

Catholic Passion Outreach

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Brought to you by Catholic Exchange and Ascension Press Good job!

Evaluating Burke

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From NCR’s Washington Notebook Next, did Burke, a canon lawyer, act properly under church law? Hard to tell. He employed Canon 915, which allows a bishop, in the name of quashing scandal and instructing the faithful, to deny communion to […]

On the same page

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From both ends of the spectrum: Cut it out and grow up. Peggy Noonan Our culture has been on a boil for years. Then it cooled a bit. The other night at the Super Bowl they put the flame higher […]

Indicted, Dude

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Arko indicted for that whole marijuana issue. A story with details of the affadavit. Hmmm. “Dude, he’s been doing this for years,” Powell told detectives before declining to say anything else.

A pastor tackles DVC

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Good man! (pdf file, be warned)

Auschwitz Under our Noses

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From Anne Applebaum Later — in 10 years, or in 60 — it will surely turn out that quite a lot was known in 2004 about the camps of North Korea. It will turn out that information collected by various […]

Orthodox conflicts

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Described at CT’s Weblog Nearly three dozen Greek Orthodox worshipers, including several prominent figures, are suing the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Archbishop Demetrios for what they say are violations of its 1978 governing charter. The suing parishioners are […]

The Academic Captivity of the Church

posted by awelborn

Words to ponder from Luke Timothy Johnson, whom I heard this morning on a syndicated public radio program called Speaking of Faith. The subject was The Da Vinci Code, and the host interviewed Johnson (and later another, feminist scholar whom […]

Sisters in Iraq

posted by awelborn

An article on the work of Dominican sisters in Iraq.

Watch your back

posted by awelborn

This guy Rutten really doesn’t like this whole Passion thing at all. As a popular scriptural verse declares, “by their fruits shall you know them.” But there’s also something to be learned from the configuration of the bough that bears […]

All Dana Gioia, All the Time

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In case you don’t know, Dana Gioia is a poet, and head of the National Endowment for the Arts, the government agency in the spotlight this week, not for Mapplethorpes and Sprinkles, but because President Bush has proposed doubling its […]

Weigel in the WaPo

posted by awelborn

Church at the crossroads At least three matters of global consequence are shaping the pre-conclave discussions among key cardinal-electors. Collapsing Catholicism in Europe. Europe is committing demographic suicide, as no Western European state has a replacement level birth rate. At […]

A Tip for Trevor

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What South African bishops do. Kind of an interesting contrast. South African Catholics were called on to send a “Tip for Trevor”, advising Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to introduce a basic income grant for the poor in his forthcoming Budget. […]

Bad, Bad Ecumenists

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Traditionalists let loose on Pope Fellay, Lefebvre’s successor, spoke at a news conference at a hotel near the Vatican to present a 50-page traditionalist’s assessment of John Paul’s 25-year papacy. The booklet said ecumenism, as dialogue and cooperation among Christian […]

PBS is so odd

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I mean, really. It’s hard to figure out exactly what PBS is anymore. It seems as if its evening programming alternates between three-hour specials on the construction of a bridge and five-hour beg-a-thons framed around some guywith wavy hair playing […]

Catholic Passion Thread

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I’m going to start this thread, and then continue to link to it after it moves off the front page in a couple of days. What I want you to post here is news about events/activities/publications that you’ve seen from […]

Case Dismissed

posted by awelborn

…against the New Mexico priest who angered a family by his eulogy. Details at CT’s Weblog Nine relatives of former town councilman Ben Martinez had sued, saying that in the funeral eulogy, Mansfield called Martinez “lukewarm in his faith,” and […]

A new face

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No, this isn’t about John Kerry. It’s actually far more serious, a quite interesting LA Times article about the possibilities of facial transplants. Of course the first thing I thought was, “What if the recipient’s body rejects a transplant? What […]

Apologetics , still

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There is still a little fallout…er…falling regarding that America article on the “New Apologists.” My original post is here. Mark has commented. So has Lane Core So has Bill Cork, who has in turned been fisked by Dale Price and […]

You know it’s bad

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When even Tom Shales thinks Lines Have Been Crossed.

We can hope

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…that the USCCB plans to do more in the Passion wake than this: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has not commented on the movie, plans to reissue its criteria for dramatizing the crucifixion along with papal and church […]

Lemons/Lemonade, etc.

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Amazing tale of American ingenuity (I guess) in Iraq Army authorizes creation of “The Exorcist Experience” at location where the pseudo-de Chardin – opening sequences were filmed. Granted $5,000 by the Army’s Commanders Emergency Response Program, the soldiers hired unemployed […]

The Pope on Fertility

posted by awelborn

A Zenit story here. The Holy Father explained this in a message addressed to the participants of an international congress held in Rome on the theme “Natural Regulation of Fertility and the Culture of Life.” The Vatican press office published […]

It’s just terribly sad…

posted by awelborn

When you hear your local weather person predict that in a couple of days, the temp might reach the mid-30’s, and you are elated, thinking, “Ah! It’s going to be warm!”

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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