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RCIA Blogs

posted by awelborn

Last year, I believe, there were a number of bloggers who were in the process of becoming Catholic at Easter. This year, there may be some, but I’ve not searched them out – and if you’re out there – God […]

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Confiteor

posted by awelborn

A round-up of Passion-related confessions

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The Bully Pulpit

posted by awelborn

Eileen McNamara says revoke the Church’s tax-exempt status. No one disputes the right of the Catholic Church, or any other religious institution, to be heard on the contentious issues of the day, but the bishops of Massachusetts want to rewrite […]

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To me, at least…

posted by awelborn

…the core of the problem with Roman Catholic spiritual life as it has evolved in the US is encapsulated in one phrase, read in your church bulletin or advertised in the diocesan paper or even blasted on a sign hanging […]

New Richmond Bishop

posted by awelborn

To be announced today by Cardinal Keeler If anyone hears before I do, post it in the comments! Oh, and in other Richmond news, Fr. John Leonard gets probation.

French Bishops Blast Passion

posted by awelborn

They didn’t like it “(The film’s) violence, which overwhelms the spectator, ends up blotting out the meaning of the Passion and the essence of Christ’s person and message — love carried to its perfection by the voluntary giving of one’s […]

Will the Bishops Confront Kerry?

posted by awelborn

Who knows. How does Kerry square his voting record with the moral teachings of his church? He told the Post-Dispatch that “it’s not appropriate in the United States for a legislator to legislate your personal religious belief for the rest […]

God and Howard Stern

posted by awelborn

Let them both be, says an op-ed in the WSJ So, where’s the middle ground? Where do we go and how to we get there? We can’t take the decisions from the people and leave it in the hands of […]

Books R Us

posted by awelborn

Just sent off two packs of signed, personalized books to very nice religious ed teachers giving Prove Its as end-o-the-year gifts. Warms my heart! If you think that’s a good idea and want to share the love, email me and […]

Can I hate John Kerry?

posted by awelborn

Probably not. But it’s hard not to, if this is true: The Kerry campaign was said to be surprised at the coverage their candidate received for attending Mass while on vacation in Idaho. “You saw conservatives all up in arms […]

What’s in it for me?

posted by awelborn

Long piece on the impact of motherhood on women from a physical and mental health aspect I don’t react reflexively against pieces like this, because what I do react reflexively against are mythical concepts of motherhood that romanticize it and […]

Terri Schiavo

posted by awelborn

From Fr. Rob, but the news isn’t good. Please go read.

Face the Fetus

posted by awelborn

In Slate, Will Saletan says that abortion-rights advocates need to face reality Each time pro-lifers have tried in recent years to treat the embryo or fetus as a person in one context or another, pro-choicers have responded by treating the […]

Books

posted by awelborn

Believe me, I will have something more interesting to post later, but I just finished fulfilling some bookstore orders (after a two month drought, they’re taking off again). So I’m thinking about it. 1) I will be selling Da Vinci, […]

Sentinels

posted by awelborn

Man, I hate having my picture taken. Hopefully the book cover will be front and center and I will merely lurk in the shadows. So, that’s done. Article will appear Friday in our News-Sentinel. I’ll link. And in another Sentinel, […]

Is this his community service?

posted by awelborn

Bishop O’Brien sets up help line — A helpline linking you with retired Catholic Bishop Thomas O’Brien is up and running. The public can call and ask O’Brien to visit someone who is seriously ill or dying. Callers hear a […]

Not much

posted by awelborn

Not much happening here. I’m working on This Thing I’m working on, and then there’s That Other Thing I’m working on. The first thing I’m well into the groove of, (is that a good phrase? Nah) and my worries of […]

Equal Time

posted by awelborn

From Nat Hentoff in the Washington Times, Reclaiming Pro-lifers Quiet as it’s kept, the diminishing Democratic majority in Congress for the past quarter of a century equals the rate at which pro-life Democrats have been abandoning the party. This was […]

Book Stuff

posted by awelborn

Here’s what’s coming up regarding media and me and De-Coding: 1) There will be an article in tomorrow’s Orlando Sentinel about The Da Vinci Code, written by their books editor Nancy Pate, which will include stuff about my book. 2) […]

Dems puzzle over Catholics

posted by awelborn

Reader David points me to Matthew Yglesias’ blog where they’re discussing Catholicism and politics, with references to discussions on a couple of other blogs. Go over and chat about that “increasingly homogeneous” Church of Uganda, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Colombia, […]

Leaving Behind

posted by awelborn

The latest Left Behind book is ready for you to purchase Mr. Fillingane, owner of Lemstone Books in Hattiesburg, Miss., has arranged television, radio and newspaper advertisements and even a marquee over the front of his local mall, and next […]

It’s Not Going Away

posted by awelborn

And further, it’s going to turn out to be an enormouse test of Catholic leadership in the United States. The John Kerry candidacy, of course. Are they up to it? Can they put aside their 501 (c) (3) fears? Why […]

Hubbard Praised, Picketed

posted by awelborn

Receives award. Hubbard, leader of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, did not acknowledge the more than 100 pickets holding signs that said “Shame” and “Support the Victims” as he walked into the Sunset Banquet House to be honored as “Humanitarian […]

A reader suggests

posted by awelborn

That Dave Armstrong’s piece here might be helpful reading. It gives a sweeping view of the forest for those amongst the trees. Sure, he talks in terms of decades and generations, but the folks who are suffering need some words […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

…for Stuart Buck, weblogger and ocassional poster here who suffered two strokes over the weekend: Stuart suffered two strokes this weekend. He is able to speak, and in the hospital in Arkansas, but we don’t know anything else yet. Pray […]

Church Shopping

posted by awelborn

…for real. In a Meridien, CT Catholic bookstore — They’re trying to sell books to save souls at the Maryheart Crusaders Bookstore. But that’s not the only way. Tucked inside the store at 9 Colony St. is a chapel where […]

Preserving Landmarks

posted by awelborn

In Boston, preservations are concerned Preservation groups, who have had an often unhappy history with Catholic church leaders in Boston, have begun quietly meeting with church officials and with government agencies in an effort to prevent the destruction of church […]

Witnesses of Abuse

posted by awelborn

Victims and victims’ advocates gather to discuss the Jehovah’s Witness church and abuse Bowen contends that the Witnesses organization is a “pedophile paradise” because of the strong authority exercised by local elders and their overseers and the unusual way in […]

The DA and the Bishop

posted by awelborn

A profile of the DA who is prosecuting the Dupre case If a grand jury indicts him, Dupre would become the first bishop charged in the sex scandal that engulfed the Roman Catholic Church two years ago. Dupre retired a […]

Bishop Untener

posted by awelborn

Passed away today. From a reader: Bishop Kenneth Untener, aged 66, died today. He was diagnosed with leukemia in January of this year. He had been the bishop of Saginaw, my home diocese, since 1980. While I cannot say that […]

Must-Read

posted by awelborn

Not about religion, but…maybe. In Sunday’s NYTimes Magazine, Michael Lewis pens a marvelous, beautifully written piece about his old high school baseball coach and changing times. The changing times are, of course, parents who want their kids to be stars, […]

Priests endorse Mahony

posted by awelborn

Vote of Confidence Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, recently criticized by a national Catholic panel for his legal tactics in sexual abuse cases, received a vote of confidence this week from the Los Angeles Council of Priests, an elected body representing […]

Aristide’s Real Sin

posted by awelborn

Turning his back on the spirits Voodoo is part of Haitian politics,” said hougan Philippe Castera, who lives in a shack but carries a cellphone. “The National Palace is filled with the spirits of the ancestors, and the president must […]

Play Cancelled

posted by awelborn

Wellesley cancels the production of the Cardinal Law play – they’re looking for another Boston-area venue.

posted by awelborn

Comments open! Be kind.

Sentenced

posted by awelborn

Four years’ probation for O’Brien

Word From Rome

posted by awelborn

Canonical questions about the norms And Eastern European martyrs…

Pain all round

posted by awelborn

Greg Popcak helpfully comments on the situation of a couple who seemed to be doing everything right possibly getting divorced. In my capacity as a Catholic marriage counselor who has done over 10,000 hours of exclusively Catholic counseling since 1999 […]

Selective Faith

posted by awelborn

Committing oneself to focusing on Jesus during the liturgy isn’t selling out. It’s a good thing. Experiencing a deeper communion with the Lord during a liturgy marked by “bad” music and inadequate homilies and a host of other faults isn’t […]

Fulton Sheen

posted by awelborn

The Cause Moves Forward Roman church officials have renewed formal contact with the nonprofit Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation and its local co-founder, Gregg Ladd of Highland. In a Jan. 23 letter, Roman Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the […]

To a Theater Near You

posted by awelborn

The Life of Brian, back in theaters The makers of “Life of Brian” have just decided to re-release the film in the theaters next month. They’re betting that at least some of the 45 million or so of us who […]

Whazzup

posted by awelborn

Here’s what’s coming up regarding media and me and De-Coding: 1) There will be an article in next Tuesday’s Orlando Sentinel about The Da Vinci Code, written by their books editor Nancy Pate, which will include stuff about my book. […]

Christians in Baghdad

posted by awelborn

Fred Barnes reports Freedom of religion is guaranteed in the interim Iraqi constitution signed three weeks ago. But it also gives considerable autonomy to regional districts that might frown on visible expressions of Christianity. And if Pastor Jule follows through […]

A clarification

posted by awelborn

I didn’t shut down comments out of orneriness. I just didn’t like the tone that has been building over the past few days – on one level, I understand, but it also strikes me as not the tone I want […]

Happy Annunciation!

posted by awelborn

In honor of the Feast of the Annunciation, John Kerry voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act The Senate cleared the way for passage with a 50-49 vote to defeat an amendment, backed by opponents of the bill, that […]

Comments Closed

posted by awelborn

Closed until Saturday morning, I think. We’ll abstain from comments on Friday. So DON’T write to me asking why you’ve been banned. There’s a trick where I can ban everyone. Which is the only way to close all comments easily. […]

Why smart bishops fail

posted by awelborn

From a new blog Business schools are dedicated to teaching executives how to improve personal and organizational performance. For example,Sidney Finkelstein, at Dartmouth, has conducted extensive case studies of how successful exucutives ignored reality until they failed. Hard working and […]

The other side of the ambo

posted by awelborn

From Mark Windsor I pray my way through breakfast and recite the reading on the drive to church. I try to get there early and have some quiet time to focus myself on my task. If there’s time I say […]

Lord’s Gym

posted by awelborn

Here’s a FoxNews article Hey! This gym is in Clermont, Florida! Last I heard John Dominic Crossan lives in Clermont! Talk about spiritual synergy!

New JP Book

posted by awelborn

Coming in May Italian publishing giant Mondadori announced Wednesday it is negotiating worldwide rights for Pope John Paul II’s new book, a recollection of his years as bishop in Poland. The book will come out in Italy on his 84th […]

Priest fights

posted by awelborn

From jail From his jail cell in Clayton, a Catholic priest serving three years for sex abuse is waging a canon law war to remain a cleric – and is pulling his accuser into the fray. The Rev. Bryan Kuchar […]

What’s the alternative?

posted by awelborn

I suppose that is what I don’t understand in these liturgy discussions. You’re faced with an imperfect celebration of liturgy. What’s the proper spiritual response, while you’re sitting there? Get ticked off? Nurture your sense of pride? Thank God that […]

Ave Maria News

posted by awelborn

Building plans, including oratory. I don’t like it. The Catholic Crystal Cathedral. Via Dom.

Burning Churches

posted by awelborn

In Kosovo In a meeting with Patriarch Pavle of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that the world community has largely ignored last week’s violence, which left at least 31 dead and more than 500 wounded. […]

Daily Lenten Meditations

posted by awelborn

Here, at “The Power of the Cross” There are those who would conclude that we live in an age when miracles have ceased, but I know that miracles abound—we just don’t recognize them. Even the world that we view through […]

From a Reader

posted by awelborn

Really. A reader. Not me. Got it? May marks 25 years as a vagabond Catholic. It’s hard to concoct a list anymore of the dioceses, bishops, archbishops, priests, parishes. They sort of run together after a while. Some very liberal, […]

Christianity Unraveling

posted by awelborn

An article from the Public Interest Since the late nineteenth century and the emergence of the Social Gospel, the typical response of the mainline churches to the challenge of secularism has been to capitulate to it. Every one of these […]

Random Thoughts

posted by awelborn

Very random: 1) On the “have perspective” issue: I do think there is a tendency for all of us, no matter what end we stand on, to make mountains out of molehills. Those of us who have attended Mass regularly […]

Elvish Studied Here

posted by awelborn

An LA Times piece on the Tolkien collection at Marquette (LRR) For here, inside Marquette University, rests the world’s preeminent collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-known literary works. The original text for “The Hobbit,” his first published book, is here. So […]

Religion of Hate

posted by awelborn

Friday preaching to the Palestinians It’s worth tuning in from time to time. Non-Arabic speakers can do this thanks to the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute, which posts its translations of items from the Arabic media on its website. […]

The Passion Priest

posted by awelborn

A Telegraph article on the priest who said Mass on the set of TPOTC Very interesting – the fellow has high family connections among intellectual, aristocratic Old Europe. But it was this passage that I found the most memorable: Speaking […]

Various stories

posted by awelborn

About Bishops’ appointments: From the Texas perspective From the Philadelphia paper And here From Helena

From a reader

posted by awelborn

I mean, the rule to stand during communion is dumb and slightly comical (they instituted it here in my archdiocese with the caveat that your could sit after the first song if you liked. Result: half the community is sitting […]

Bishops in action

posted by awelborn

First, Donoghue in Atlanta, in a letter to his clergy last week: (no link available) “At the celebration of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the rite of the Washing of the Feet is optional. Where […]

Appointments

posted by awelborn

You probably already know, but I am just emerging after engaging in the most idiotic, frustrating research this morning and afternoon. Which bore no fruit, anyway. But here’s today Bishops in the USA: Appointed Bishop Joseph Anthony Galante, coadjutor of […]

Sin

posted by awelborn

The play based on the depositions of Cardinal Law, that originated in Chicago, is coming to Massachusetts The lights go up on Cardinal Bernard Law, his back to the audience, kneeling in prayer. It almost seems as if the cardinal […]

Missed this…

posted by awelborn

Somehow, this escaped my radar… You may remember that South Dakota was all ready to pass legislation banning abortion, and the governor was ready to sign it. Turns out the bill was defeated, and many are wondering what’s going on […]

Confrontation in St. Louis

posted by awelborn

Who gets the deed to the Polish church? Archbishop Raymond Burke sent a clear message this weekend to an independent Polish church in St. Louis: Follow church law or cease to exist as a Catholic church. Many parishioners of St. […]

Kneeling? Standing?

posted by awelborn

The following comments refer to issues related to implemenation of the GIRM, particularly re/post-Communion posture, which has been contentious for a year now, and the subject of much confusion.

New Blog

posted by awelborn

From Conor Dugan!

Okay, one thing

posted by awelborn

In the NYReview of Books, Garry Wills opines on TPOTC and the Jason Berry/Gerald Renner book The part on the film was business as usual, but the longer section, focusing on the Legionaries, is more interesting – for those of […]

Blogging later

posted by awelborn

I have some things to do today, plus a babysitter-free Monday. I will blog this evening – lots, probably, since Michael is out of town tonight and tomorrow. In the meantime, I leave you an open thread, with perhaps a […]

Saint Death

posted by awelborn

In Mexico In the tough Tepito neighborhood, where poverty, corruption and violence are daily realities, there is a beloved “saint” who understands and forgives the frailties of all human flesh. Her domain is a labyrinth of grimy streets lined with […]

Yup

posted by awelborn

Religion and teens Here’s a crazy idea: After all our ambitious child-rearing with Discovery toys, Suzuki piano lessons, conflict-avoidance classes, 4 a.m. swim practices, SAT prep classes, driver education and summer flights to study folk music in the Republic of […]

Sad News

posted by awelborn

Deepest sympathy and prayers for Johnette Benkovic (of Living His Life Abundantly ministry and EWTN show) and her family on the sudden death of her son in a traffic accident

That Brazilian Priest

posted by awelborn

Pop star, singer, movie star.

If you are discouraged…

posted by awelborn

…about the state of the Church at any level, here are my suggestions: (Besides the assumed pray more, seriously open yourself to Christ in the liturgy no matter how the externals bug you, study some history, etc) 1) Get a […]

East Timor’s Mother Theresa

posted by awelborn

Her name is Sister Lourdes Even after the United Nations had come to East Timor, Sister Lourdes’ work with the militia and the refugees was not complete. Thousands of East Timorese were still being held by militia in camps in […]

60 Years in Georgia

posted by awelborn

This weekend, the Holy Spirit Trappist Monastery in Conyers, Georgia celebrates 60 years Holy Spirit was organized in March 1944 as an offshoot of Gethsemani, another Cistercian monastery in Kentucky. Most of the 20 founding monks had never been in […]

Mission Impossible

posted by awelborn

An editorial in the SF Examiner wonders why the Bush administration is opposed to 10 million in federal funds going to help prop up and restore California missions The administration is opposed to using federal funds to restore 19 of […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

New one’s up Caveziel chats with reporters: Caviezel said that he sees Christ’s message as a balance between grace and truth, while in American Catholicism the accent is often on grace alone. “If you have just grace, which we have […]

Food for Thought

posted by awelborn

From Michael Everything is always a matter of perspective…what does the church exist for? To further agendas or to be the body of Christ on earth? Unfortunately the gate keepers tend to be more concerned with agenda whether liberal or […]

Bad Catholic/Good Catholic

posted by awelborn

A bit of elaboration on my point below, buried deep in the midst of scores of comments… First, let me point out that I was born in 1960, so that means my direct experience of pre-Vatican II Catholicism is…..nil. I […]

Feast of St. Joseph

posted by awelborn

Our Joseph with a sculpted representation of Jesus and St.Joseph at the Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando. St. Joseph links here.

Jean Vanier

posted by awelborn

Interviewed in The Tablet He is not among those who, as John Paul II becomes the second-longest reigning Pope in history, is calling on him to retire. “To have someone so vulnerable at the head of the Church – I […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Booksigning at our Cathedral Bookstore on April 3 from 9:30-11:30 and then from 1-3. Local reporter coming sometime that week to do a feature, so maybe someone will actually show up. A reporter from a CT paper is interviewing me […]

Gillespie V. McAuliffe

posted by awelborn

At Catholic University This being an upstanding religious institution, there were no women in hot pants carrying the round cards. Playing to his audience, and a question about appealing to Catholic voters, Gillespie quickly moved for what McAuliffe called the […]

Neocatechumenal Ways and Means

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, the Pope complimented the work of the Neocatechumenal Way, and someone way down deep in a comment below described this movement as “cultlike.” Tell us more. What is this movement about? Is it really “cultlike?”

Asking Ginsburg to withdraw

posted by awelborn

13 GOP lawmakers ask Justice Ginsburg to look at a conflict of interest. Thirteen Republican members of Congress on Thursday asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to withdraw from all future cases having to do with abortion because of […]

Aristide: Failed Liberation Theologian?

posted by awelborn

From Fr. Robert Sirico at Opinion Journal Lacking a coherent view of economics or an understanding of how society functions and develops, Liberation Theology ends up with precisely what it decries most of all: centralized power exercised on behalf of […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

If anyone has a library account at the Cuyahoga County Library System, take a minute if you don’t mind and go to their suggestions for acquisitions page and recommend De-Coding Da Vinci. (publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, IN, April 1, […]

An idle question

posted by awelborn

Does anyone else think that the Ascension Press e-list has been afflicted with some sort of persistent nasty virus? I’m getting tons of meaningless email from them.

The endless conversation

posted by awelborn

The Revealer wonders about something that pops up regularly around here: Better questions for religion writers are: Does the mostly conservative St. Blog’s Parish present a bigger challenge to Church hierarchy than lay people’s democracy movement? How come progressive Catholics […]

The Next Great Awakening?

posted by awelborn

From Cathleen Falsani at the Sun-Times In the 1960s, scholars argued that religion was growing increasingly irrelevant and that sooner rather than later the United States would become a completely secular nation. What has happened in the intervening years has […]

Not what you would expect

posted by awelborn

…to find at Annie Dillard’s official website. The photos, I mean. My role model!

A reminder

posted by awelborn

Michael is posting great daily meditations here He’s also got capsule descriptions of the many very good books he edited for OSV’s spring line.

You’ve heard about the mayors

posted by awelborn

…and the ministers performing same-sex marriages. Here’s a profile of the prosecutors But since Mr. Williams, the district attorney of Ulster County, began prosecuting officiators of same-sex marriages in the village of New Paltz, letters have poured in. And hate […]

Controversial Removal

posted by awelborn

This is only an editorial in the Pasadena paper, and I can find nothing else on the story, but there’s controversy in Pasadena over the tranfer of a priest Still, it is answers, that’s what the public is looking for […]

Moving Day

posted by awelborn

Mark Windsor has moved his blog!

Revisiting the Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

A reader points me to Something John Allen pointed to last week that I missed, a report from the Council on Culture on the status of belief and unbelief in the world. Here are the key findings from that survey, […]

Leo and John Paul II

posted by awelborn

In Canada’s National Post, Fr. Raymond de Souza compares them Earlier this week Pope John Paul II passed Pope Leo XIII on the papal longevity list, vaulting into third place in history, behind St. Peter himself and Blessed Pius IX […]

Dress-up Jesus

posted by awelborn

Perhaps this has entered your radar before this moment, but I present it here in case it hasn’t. The chain Urban Outfitters is selling a refrigerator magnet that is a the figure of a crucified Jesus, complete with different outfits […]

Caviezel on the Pope

posted by awelborn

Tells Peggy Noonan what happened “I walked in and he just waved to me. It was in the Vatican, in a big room; I think it was the library. There were a lot of chambers that went in different places–a […]

Dumber and Dumberer

posted by awelborn

In the NYObserver, Terry Golway looks at his child’s history textbook Imagine, for example, explaining the Berlin Wall to a bunch of 10-year-olds without mentioning the Soviet Union, the United States or the word “oppression.” Well, the non-judgmental authors of […]

“Catholic” Hospitals

posted by awelborn

At HMS Blog(in several posts), disturbing notes on “selective reduction” in Catholic hospitals, expanding on a piece that appeared originally in OSV. Isada also co-authored a paper on selective abortions in multiple pregnancies. Additionally, he was party to a lawsuit […]

Amish Spring Break

posted by awelborn

I’d read an article about this before, but here’s a new one, especially for those under the impression that the Amish don’t travel unless by horse and buggy: (It’s a really nice article – well worth your time) A Piece […]

The Cardinal’s Stone Wall

posted by awelborn

An editorial from the LATimes, which has not distinguished itself by aggresive reporting in this area When it comes to investigating priests accused of molesting children, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony is more aggressive than any other bishop in […]

On St. Patrick’s Breastplate

posted by awelborn

An excerpt from my forthcoming book, The Words We Pray: Discovering the Richness of Traditional Catholic Prayers (Fall 2004 from Loyola Press) (Excerpt from manuscript submitted to publisher, which is currently being eviscerated and probably vastly improved by editors. I […]

St. Patrick

posted by awelborn

Basic information and links about St. Patrick here. Here’s a link to the Confession of St. Patrick And here’s a link to a version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate, or the Lorica I bind myself to-day The strong Name of the […]

St. Patrick’s Day

posted by awelborn

First I’ll get my negativity out of the way. Then I’ll sing the praises of St. Patrick himself. My negativity is rooted in my adolescence, a time during which I was (surprise) particularly full of myself and determined to be […]

From 2,000,000th to 3,000th in 12 hours

posted by awelborn

Thanks to K-Lo at the Corner, that’s what’s happened to my Amazon ranking! Much appreciated. For those of you who would like to read more on what I’ve written on DVC, here are four pieces: My first, extremely snide review, […]

St. Pat’s

posted by awelborn

What happened with the self-identified gay groups and St. Patrick’s Day parades? Does anyone fight about that anymore?

Me and the Monks

posted by awelborn

I always enjoy seeing our local Buddhist monks around town, here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are a few living in a wat about a mile away, somewhere between K-Mart and Scott’s grocery store. They are Burmese, I think. Bald, […]

Rest In Peace

posted by awelborn

Let’s see where we stand on the past week’s referenda on 60’s religious-tinged culture: Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Guilty pleasure. Illustrations in the Good News Bible I never said, but yes, I liked them. The Lord of the Dance With […]

Weirdest Passion Article

posted by awelborn

From the New Statesman, the leftist British publication The violence is not only heavy-handed, it is unrealistic. I know this because I have been crucified myself. An enactment ritual has existed in the Philippines since 1961, and in August 2000 […]

The Revealer

posted by awelborn

Lists some Catholic blogs it likes. Thanks!

When Churches Disappear

posted by awelborn

An analysis from a political scientist in the Globe The virtues of such hierarchy and authority were never clearer than in the last decades of the 20th century. As white Catholics began leaving the city in increasing numbers, many urban […]

A typical phone call

posted by awelborn

..at my house. Phone rings. It’s my oldest son, down in Tennessee. Him: Mom, wasn’t there an emu farm across from Katie’s old school? Me:: (taken aback) Uh- what? Him: (patiently) Wasn’t there an emu farm across from Katie’s old […]

A look inside the board

posted by awelborn

Jason Berry writes on the work of the Bishops’ review board, through the eyes of one member in particular Three days before the National Review Board released its report, attorney Pamela D. Hayes left her Fifth Avenue law office in […]

Missed this one…

posted by awelborn

From last Sunday’s WaPo: Clerical Sexual Abuse and the Courts Until now, prosecutors have been loath to find mens rea, or criminal intent, in any bishop or church leader for aiding and abetting. No matter how serious their malfeasance, surely […]

The congregation and the offender

posted by awelborn

A thought-provoking story about a church and a criminal The prosecution of an ex-policeman convicted of coercing sex from women has brought attention to an unlikely place: a large, liberal and feminist church congregation that offered to oversee his punishment […]

Instead of…

posted by awelborn

….spending a lot of time and energy arguing about the role of secular Jews in communism, why don’t we worry about the role of American Catholics in supporting legal abortion and other fruits of contemporary civilization? I mean, really.

What Cleveland Catholics Want

posted by awelborn

A three-year long study draws to a close Diocesan churches serving more than 800,000 Catholics engaged in a lengthy period of self-study and reflection and came up with goals they shared with other churches in their regions. The last of […]

It is as it was

posted by awelborn

Pope meets Caviezel Caviezel, who plays Jesus in the film, had a brief conversation with the pontiff, who then blessed the devoutly Roman Catholic actor, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini said. He had no further information on their discussion. […]

Mormons and the DVC

posted by awelborn

Their perspective is slightly different Brown’s book has found an especially enthusiastic audience in Utah, where some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long believed that Jesus had a wife. Others even think that some […]

Making Everyone Mad

posted by awelborn

The guys at xxxchurch.com, a Christian ministry dedicated to help people free themselves of porn addictions, have hooked up with a pornographer to make a public-service announcement XXXchurch.com is the edgy brainchild of Gross and Foster, two youth pastors who […]

The Passion on Campus

posted by awelborn

From a Case-Western Reserve prof Whether or not they were accustomed to the violence, however, most Christian students see the film in terms of divine incarnation and vicarious atonement. They recognize the Jesus in this movie as the incarnation of […]

De-Coding Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

Via Amazon Via Barnes and Noble Via OSV My page, with a table of contents, etc.

Good-bye Babylon

posted by awelborn

At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash looks at a new compliation of gospel music and does a bit of comparison with CCM THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF GRAND THEMES running through Goodbye, Babylon: deliverance and judgement, mortal expiration and eternal […]

Pill=Same-Sex Marriage

posted by awelborn

From Opinion Journal Sex, childbearing and marriage now have no necessary connection to one another, because the biological connection between sex and childbearing is controllable. The fundamental basis for marriage has thus been technologically obviated. Pair that development with rampant, […]

Reviewing Kass

posted by awelborn

I admit that I haven’t followed the recent controversies over the Presidential Council on Bioethics, Leon Kass and changes in personnel. But I did read with interest, this review of a book of analysis from the Council, edited by Kass, […]

Our Fathers

posted by awelborn

The Globe reviews a new book on the sexual abuse scandal On the other side of the ledger, France’s righteous zeal for the survivors/victims also leads him, now and then, to rely on hyperbole and interpretive liberties that serve, unfortunately, […]

The bestselling artist ever?

posted by awelborn

The answer might surprise you…. The illustrator of the Good News Bible Similarly, the charm of the illustrations is in their unassuming simplicity. Few of her characters have much in the way of faces – or any other detail – […]

Remember Revolve?

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The magazine-style New Testament for girls? Now there’s … From Thomas Nelson publishers “Chicks, cash and cars” ???????????????????? Ritual paradigm for discussion: 1) At least they’re doing something. What are Catholics doing? Huh? 2) But….does this presentation, although it might […]

Nat Hentoff

posted by awelborn

on the Passion But, as to the civil war among Jews, the Forward quotes Malcolm Hoenlein, an official at the Conference of Presidents of Major Amercan Jewish Organizations, as say- ing-in concert with prominent Jews who deplore Jewish critics of […]

Data Base

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Archdiocese of Chicago offers a means for inquiring about possible abusers An online form requesting information about any diocesan priest — past or present — may be submitted through the archdiocese’s Web site, www.archdiocese-chgo.org, and archdiocesan officials say they will […]

Steinfels on government and religion

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Here In other words, did the Legislature’s criteria for deciding what activities or institutions deserve a religious exemption constitute a state intrusion into religious matters that was prohibited by the First Amendment? The California court ruled no, by 6 to […]

Pandora’s Box, Opened

posted by awelborn

Woman charged with murder after refusing Caesarean Much good discussion of this over at HMS Blog.

Over at the Corner

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They’re talking about what Mel Gibson should do with his profits from the Passion Started by Jonah Goldberg, who gives his last word, after much give-and-take: Again, as I said, I take Gibson at his word that he didn’t go […]

A million Austins

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Shawn Macomber on the Austin PP boycott and other signs of the times Eventually concrete supplier Ramon Carrasquillo broke the picket line and poured the foundation this January, mostly because his company, Rainbow Materials, Inc. was drowning under $17 million […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

First, on Karl Rahner A high-profile March 4-5 international conference at the Lateran University seemed to subtly conclude that Karl Rahner, a German Jesuit who was perhaps the best-known theologian of the 20th century, was an orthodox Catholic. If you […]

Interesting

posted by awelborn

On Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Holy See Press Office, there will be a presentation of an international congress on the theme, “Life-sustaining treatments and the vegetative state: Scientific advances and ethical dilemmas,” which will take place […]

Good Reader Suggestion

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Back before the Passion opened you had a post wondering if parishes were ready for it. I think the gist was something along the lines of “if this really starts people thinking about their faith will our churches be ready”. […]

Miraculous Appearances

posted by awelborn

Well, De-Coding Da Vinci is starting to appear on online booksellers. Here’s where we stand: Barnes and Noble Amazon Now, you know that Amazon has this interesting feature where you can recommend books “instead of” or “in addition” to the […]

The Power of the Cross

posted by awelborn

A reminder: Michael is posting substantive, really thoughtful daily meditations here.

How Cincinnati is doing on Zero Tolerance

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A little slowly… Among the 14 accused priests is former Wright State University pastoral minister Ellis Harsham, who left active ministry a decade ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Archdiocese officials lost track of Harsham and did not realize until […]

Kerry’s Catholicism

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From Slate: How should he position himself? Will America’s Catholic bishops actually do anything about Kerry’s disregard of key church teachings? At minimum, they’ll complain, as will many conservative Catholic and pro-life groups. One of the biggest guns in their […]

O’Malley says he didn’t know

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About allegations against Dupre Whether O’Malley knew about Dupre’s alleged misconduct has become an issue because the two launched a campaign against gay marriage after Dupre allegedlly knew he faced abuse allegations, and because O’Malley serves as the regional metropolitan, […]

Crescent and the Cross

posted by awelborn

An interesting article from the Tablet on how Islam might be more mainstreamed in Britain. Written with an eye on the Catholic experience in England, giving credit to government support of religion for the assimiliation – quite a different perspective […]

Good Friday: Opening Day

posted by awelborn

Not the first time this has happened in recent history. It bugs me. But, ah well. Boston Archdiocese won’t drop abstinence rule for Good Friday Sox opener Opening Day ticket holders at Boston’s Fenway Park this year who are Catholic […]

Let God Be True Again

posted by awelborn

We looked at this a few weeks ago, but my son passed it on to me, not knowing I’d already read it. It’s been revised and tightened, and is still worth looking at, for I think the anti-Catholicism in it […]

Still arguing about the Passion

posted by awelborn

Lots of differing views on the Passion at CT’s Film Forum It seems to me that with each passing day, more and more film critics are publishing opinions on the film that will, eventually, show them up as reactionaries when […]

“only a novel”

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I’m getting some mail in response to yesterday’s Spectator article reminding me that The Da Vinci Code is only a novel, and not to worry. Well, I address that in my book. First, there’s no such thing as “only a […]

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My Day

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And not from Eleanor Roosevelt. Boy, I’m tired. Getting to sleep is usually a challenge for me, even on a normal night. Add stress to that, and the challenge mounts. It’s a reality show, and I lose every time. Add […]

Welcome!

posted by awelborn

Welcome American Spectator readers! It’s kind of quiet around here today because I’m out of town, down in Indiapolis talking to 530 Catholic middle-schoolers. So just for today, no new commenting from readers or me – you can, however, read […]

Questions in Albany

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About the investigation The interview was supposed to occur in Minkler’s 11th-floor office at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albany, but private investigators representing Mary Jo White walked away from the table after realizing the elderly person wanted attorney […]

Williams and Pullman

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Rowan Williams commends the works of Philip Pullman The Archbishop of Canterbury has commended the novels of Philip Pullman to a gathering invited to Downing Street by the Prime Minister. Dr Rowan Williams reportedly said that, while it would not […]

Please don’t punch the catechist, Father

posted by awelborn

Here’s why The Compton Superior Court jury voted 9-3 Monday to award damages of $952,819 to Maria Vega, 57, for emotional distress, defamation and battery, said her attorney, Victor George. Vega said she was teaching catechism at St. Emydius Church […]

Wouldn’t Ya Know

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The day I’m gone is the day The Spectator splashes an article of mine all over their front page. I don’t have a URL yet, but go here after midnight or so and you’ll find it. We’ll talk about it […]

Comments Closed for the Day

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I’ll be gone in Indianapolis all day, and in order to save myself the trouble of culling through comments when I come back, I’m just shutting them down til tonight. So don’t write to me wondering why you’ve been banned. […]

Two more Passion Views

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From the Revealer It’s sobering that the Passion–which has after all furnished the themes and iconography for many of the greatest achievements in Western art–should be reduced to this sort of clinical and near-fascistic sanctimony. More sobering still is the […]

Princeton’s Passion

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At NRO: Jeffrey Stout, a scholar of religion and film, faulted the The Passion for being “not an especially self-conscious important work of art.” He contrasted Gibson’s masterpiece unfavorably with The Passion of Joan of Arc, the 1928 silent film […]

Christians killed

posted by awelborn

In India and Egypt via CT’s Weblog, which has many, many other stories as well.

Blurbing Fun

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“The Da Vinci Code is well spun hokum, a fast paced story filled with historical and religious nonsense. Unfortunately it seems that many readers were deeply disturbed by the hokum. Perhaps they did not have a solid enough grasp on […]

PetChurch

posted by awelborn

From today’s WSJ. Not available free online. But…oh. For the first time in 10 years, Mary Wilkinson went to church one Sunday in January. She sat in a back pew at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, Conn., flipping through […]

Me and the kids

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I spent yesterday afternoon at a local Catholic school, speaking to various groups of 4th and 5th graders about the glamorous life of a writer. (The invitation came from Kay Lynn Isca, the librarian at this school, who is also […]

Hooked on Heaven Lite

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David Brooks says Mitch Albom is more to be feared than Mel Gibson I worry about Albom more, because while religious dogmatism is always a danger, it is less of a problem for us today than the soft-core spirituality that […]

Good stuff in Commonweal

posted by awelborn

A consideration of Chagall’s use of the image of the crucified Jesus. Excellent. Last August in Los Angeles, I saw an early, rough edit of Mel Gibson’s controversial new film, The Passion of the Christ. Reviled as anti-Semitic by some […]

Scare tactics?

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A reader wondering if the Lutheran minister quoted in this piece is resorting to scare tactics to discourage people from viewing TPOTC: Lund especially criticized the movie’s final resurrection scene, which he said was accompanied by a cadence resembling a […]

For your consideration

posted by awelborn

From the WSJ: Claudia Rosett viewed The Passion of the Christ in Poland and went to Auschwitz What I had not anticipated was that “The Passion,” in its frenzy to convey suffering, would inspire an urge not to weep, but […]

Speaking of religion in the movies

posted by awelborn

Here’s a Detroit Free Press article highlighting new DVD releases out today. Schindler’s List is the big one, but also out today is Far more tasteful is 1972’s “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” (TWO STARS out of four stars, Paramount, $14.99), […]

You’ll Enjoy This

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A column in the Jerusalem Post takes on James Carroll. Perhaps most inexplicable, given the writer’s awareness of the lethal impact of the inculcation of hatred against Jews in Europe, is his apparent refusal to credit Palestinian hate-indoctrination as the […]

Slew of new bishops

posted by awelborn

Today’s “Make new American bishops day” at the Vatican, I guess: – Appointed Bishop Robert Joseph McManus, auxiliary of the diocese of Providence, U.S.A., as bishop of Worcester (area 3,966, population 762,207, Catholics 390,207, priests 373, religious 650), U.S.A. He […]

Perpetual Adolescence

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Joseph Epstein dissects the American fixation on youth At a certain point in American life, the young ceased to be viewed as a transient class and youth as a phase of life through which everyone soon passed. Instead, youthfulness was […]

Judas

posted by awelborn

Michael beat me to it. Could this have been the worst Jesus film ever made? he asks. Yes, probably, I say. We were shrieking with laughter…”My father’s told me everything I have to do. You aren’t ready to handle the […]

Fraternal Correction

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An editorial in the most recent issue of America While recognizing that bishops have no canonical authority over one another, the National Review Board calls for “fraternal correction” of bishops by bishops. Such fraternal correction is rare but not unheard […]

Lameness

posted by awelborn

Here. Blogging lameness, that is. Joseph generally doesn’t go to the sitter’s on Monday, so that means it’s grocery shopping day, and often there’s blogging that happens in the morning, but not today, because I was busy sending out copies […]

Busy week…

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For you, for me, for everyone! Tuesday afternoon, I’m speaking to four groups of 4th and 5th graders at a local Catholic school, then on Thursday, I must rise at the crack of dawn and drive down to Indianapolis to […]

See how these Christians…

posted by awelborn

…whatever. Canadian Christian writer catches hell for not liking TPOTC very much In the past week I’ve been called “sick,” I’ve been told to keep my “big fat mouth shut.” I’ve been told I write “garbage,” I’ve been called various […]

If you say so

posted by awelborn

From the National Post (Canada), Christians will win the culture wars, says columnist Elizabeth Nickson. Is anyone else getting sick of gay marriage? Don’t haul me off to the gulag’s re-education room, and beat me with rubber hoses, for heaven’s […]

Priest and Scientist

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Battling against embryonic stem cell research In the tradition of Gregor Mendel, the Austrian priest who fathered genetics, Pacholczyk, 39, comfortably shelves science and religious faith side by side in his psychic library. By day, Pacholczyk, who has a doctorate […]

Day of Reckoning in Boston

posted by awelborn

Today is the day on which recommendations are made public as to which parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston should be closed. Plenty of coverage from the Globe: Here Here Here Here and Here In addition, Dom, who is on […]

Setting Records

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Frank Bruni reflects on the lengthy pontificate of JP2 Scholars and Vatican officials and analysts said in recent interviews that the amount of time John Paul had spent in office had exponentially increased his effect on both the church and […]

Cleaning Up

posted by awelborn

Restoring mosaics in NYC Ms. Rosen, 43, is an art restorer who works mostly on paintings, here and in Italy, where she helped restore ceilings at the Vatican. But for the past two months, she has been caring for another […]

RSVP

posted by awelborn

Weakland set to preside at a confirmation; protests ensue Nonetheless, Szews said he was surprised about the reaction, saying that St. John’s “has always been what some would call a ‘progressive’ parish.” “I would have thought that it was a […]

San Diego Dust Up

posted by awelborn

Tale of a diocese, a chapel and a determined community Hours before Mass begins, every seat is taken in the little red-roofed chapel that opens its doors each Sunday in proud defiance of the Catholic Church. Families, many of them […]

Record Battles

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Feds want abortion records; Planned Parenthood says no A federal judge in San Francisco yesterday rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to obtain abortion records from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a ruling likely to halt demands for as many as […]

Muriel Spark

posted by awelborn

A fascinating interview from her native Scotland As soon as she stopped taking the pills she began to recover, and as soon as she recovered she converted to Catholicism: a major step for a daughter of Presbyterian Edinburgh. “I find […]

Harrisburg Bishop Dies

posted by awelborn

Dattilo died overnight at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, where he had been hospitalized since Feb. 7, the Rev. T. Ronald Haney said. “He had heart problems, respiratory problems, kidney failure and diabetes,” Haney said.

The Neurology of Spirituality

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Experiments exploring the question In the first of what he hopes will be a series of experiments, Dr Beauregard and his doctoral student Vincent Paquette are recording electrical activity in the brains of seven Carmelite nuns through electrodes attached to […]

Word From Rome

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New one is up. John Allen dissects the two main schools of thought regarding the next conclave: Italian or Latin American. Speaking with members of the College of Cardinals, there seem two grand hypotheses these days for the next papal […]

Gibson’s Blood Libel

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Charles Krauthammer: Vatican II did not question the Gospels. It did not disavow its own central story. It took responsibility for it, and for the baleful history it had spawned. Recognizing that all words, even God’s words, are necessarily subject […]

Excuses, excuses

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As I said yesterday, any “thinking” blogging has been overshadowed by mere “linking” blogging this week, and partly because I’m trying to get into the groove of a project. Once I get my head in that space, it’s smooth sailing, […]

Head-scratching

posted by awelborn

Abusing priests + Protecting bishops = The Third Degree for Lay Volunteers A Virginia columnist wonders why. (Problems acknowledged, but I will say that the one case of sexual abuse and the Church with which I had more or less […]

Remember that Cartoon?

posted by awelborn

Remember the Pat Oliphant cartoon with a little boy Mel Gibson inspired by his beating at the hands of a nun? The Boston Globe Ombudsman talks about the fallout Scores of readers quickly phoned or e-mailed their dismay and their […]

Television Killed the Catholic Star

posted by awelborn

Alternative weekly looks at Bishop Tod Brown After a brief lead-in showing Brown’s infamous Jan. 18 Martin Luther rip-off (during which he nailed his “Covenant with the Faithful” to the door of Orange’s Holy Family Cathedral), Nightline correspondent Ron Claiborne […]

What’s to Blame?

posted by awelborn

Interesting article from the UK Tablet on the sexual abuse report, focusing on the flashpoint of some of our discussions here. Personal or systemic sin? Or both? “PIU difettoso, il migliore,” as they say in Rome: “The worse, the better.” […]

Speaking Different Languages

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From Zenit, thoughts from a CDF official who offered his thoughts on the application of sexual-abuse policies: 2. Another matter concerns the age of the victim. The recent legislation puts this at “under 18 years.” This follows a number of […]

UK Tablet Review

posted by awelborn

Of The Passion of the Christ Christ struggles with his capacity to be the sin-bearing Son. This is the point of the devil’s attack. The seventeenth-century French thinker Blaise Pascal has one of the most acute phrases on this aspect […]

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