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March 5, 2004 Archives

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 […]

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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.

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The Neurology of Spirituality

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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Word From Rome

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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 […]

Convening a Grand Jury

posted by awelborn

to investigate charges against Dupre. Good.

Remember those ET nuns?

posted by awelborn

Taking a stand on sexual abuse? Rod Dreher has a piece about them in today’s WSJ Mother Veronica Sweeney, 66, and Sister M. Angela Ferry, 53, have devoted themselves to praying and advocating for victims of sexual abuse by clergy […]

NSW Taken Care of

posted by awelborn

Thanks to all of those you who wrote in relation to my mysterious bleg. I actually have about 5 readers in NSW, it seems! More than I probably have in Fort Wayne. We’ve just about got it figured out, thanks […]

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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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