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March 10, 2004 Archives

Questions in Albany

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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Williams and Pullman

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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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 […]

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Wouldn’t Ya Know

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

“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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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?

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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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?
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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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