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The Road to Toledo

posted by awelborn

We’re off. Wish me luck. We’ll be back tomorrow evening (birthday party sleepover at Mona’s), and I’ll leave the comments open, but please, please, please, no ilk-tossing. And if you don’t mind, hold the email. There’s nothing more dispiriting than […]

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Karen Hughes

posted by awelborn

Some strange fight about something she said about terrorists which then some (not she) applied to abortion rights marchers… Ponnuru in NRO I don’t think an apology is due from either one of them. Hughes denies that she was comparing […]

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More from the Prayer Breakfast

posted by awelborn

Greg Popcak was there Considering the nature of the event, neither I nor anyone else had an opportunity to ask Santorum why, in the name of all things Holy, he agreed to be complicit in the re-election of a completely […]

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Fr. Doyle loses his job

posted by awelborn

As an Air Force Chaplain In the latest chapter of his turbulent career, Father Doyle was quietly removed from his job as an Air Force chaplain in a clash with his archbishop over pastoral issues. He lost his endorsement as […]

A Raisin in the Sun

posted by awelborn

There’s a new production on Broadway. Peggy Noonan reflects on a particular moment An important moment in the plot is when a character announces she is pregnant, and considering having an abortion. In fact, she tells her mother-in-law, she’s already […]

In my own backyard

posted by awelborn

A Catholic college commencement speaker brouhaha The surgeon, author and former ABC medical correspondent was hours away from leaving her home in California when she received a fax from University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss. The letter […]

A little reminder

posted by awelborn

IRS reminds non-profits of their proper place The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday reminded charities to steer clear of prohibited political actions during their election-year activities. Charities, churches, educational institutions and other nonprofit groups organized as tax-exempt organizations cannot participate […]

Live on Beliefnet

posted by awelborn

Squeezed me in at the last minute!

Staying Away

posted by awelborn

Who went to a National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and who didn’t The White House spurned one of the largest gatherings of Roman Catholics in Washington this morning, out of concern that the gathering would be too Washington-centric, according to someone […]

Torquemada Redux

posted by awelborn

A DMN columnist advises the Vatican I remember arguing with a good friend back in the 1970s that I couldn’t see how anyone could embrace the Bible’s emphasis on justice for the poor and not support the Voting Rights Act. […]

By a nose

posted by awelborn

Toomey loses One dentist in Lower Paxton calls himself a conservative and a pro-lifer, but Bush’s relentless campaigning made the dentist think Bush needed Specter if he was going to win the November election. This reasoning is faulty, but local […]

Trouble in Indonesia

posted by awelborn

Has been building for days The latest round of violence erupted Sunday after several members of the region’s small, largely Christian, separatist movement rallied in the city center. Muslims, who view such public displays as a provocation, assaulted the demonstrators, […]

Refute This

posted by awelborn

Is the subject of the email. The content is typical: The central tenet of “The Da Vinci Code” is correct: religion was invented by men for the purpose of controlling other men. It is the most hypocritical of all man’s […]

Down Arizona Way

posted by awelborn

Olmstead tells priests to withdraw their names from a statement Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted privately has ordered nine Catholic priests to withdraw their support from an interfaith statement supporting gay rights. Two of the nine priests who signed the Phoenix […]

Cal Thomas on the Kerry Problem

posted by awelborn

Here. The problem for Mr. Kerry is that he won’t even go that far. He is pro-abortion, for any reason and at any time. He has not said how he would work to make abortion “rare,” except that, like others […]

Wow

posted by awelborn

Great review of the book. I’m stunned.

Weighing Moral Issues

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob weighs in on the abortion/death penalty/war equation with a lengthy, informative post.

Asia’s Boy Bomb

posted by awelborn

The consequences of large-scale sex-selection abortion in Asia? Greater chances for war? The reasons for the persistence of offspring sex selection, and the exact numbers of pregnancies involved, have been hotly debated since the early 1990s, when the economist Amartya […]

Before Conception?

posted by awelborn

Mark Windsor has a discussion of an interesting article over at his blog When does life begin? It’s a pretty fundamental question with huge implications. Obviously I am on the side that says life begins at conception. The secular left […]

PR

posted by awelborn

Okay. Saw the NYTimes article. Don’t send it to me!!! Mentions the publisher, the products, but not the title or the esteemed author. Oh well. And a nice mention in the New Critereon blog.

Cardinal G. on the Question of the Day

posted by awelborn

Here. Since support for abortion on the part of Catholic politicians is objectively a scandal, bishops have responded by teaching publicly and speaking privately to Catholic office holders. Because these measures have not been particularly successful, the question now is […]

Listen to her

posted by awelborn

At After Abortion. She was there. The March, in three words: “viciously, mercilessly abusive.” The amount of verbal aggression and abuse hurled at me personally, by women and men, of all ages, for carrying the I REGRET MY ABORTION sign, […]

Doing Kerry a Favor?

posted by awelborn

Blogger The Truth Laid Bear says this is exactly what would-be-Communion-denying clerics are doing. Isn’t the Catholic Church doing Kerry a huge favor by starting to make noises that Catholic politicians who, like Kerry, support abortion rights are not fit […]

K-Lo on the March

posted by awelborn

Reports Quietly gathering around the march were women and men — and college students — organized under a group called Silent No More, which works with families suffering from abortion. Their permit request was denied after an effective effort from […]

Religion at the March

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly takes a look. It was also interesting to note that there few follow-ups on other interesting religion-news angles in the big story of the day. The Chicago Tribune advance story, for example, had featured an eye-opener of a […]

Inkwell on the March

posted by awelborn

Charlotte Allen closes her observations: The most refreshing event of the choice-rally in my book took place at the film-festival movie we saw last evening, which was also attended by many marchers before they left town. The movie, “Two Summers,” […]

What’s the White House Doing?

posted by awelborn

Michael Rubin wants to know Career diplomats now undercut democracy in Iraq. On April 23, L. Paul Bremer delivered a speech in which he embraced former Iraqi army officers and senior Baathists. He promised to rehire teachers fired not for […]

Still in the top 100

posted by awelborn

I have no idea why, but De-Coding is at 57 on BN today, has been floating in and out of the BN Top 100 all weekend. If only Amazon….sigh. I still have copies here. Order and I send out the […]

Blasting Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

If you want even more information about debunking The Da Vinci Code, and, even better, want specific answers to your questions, here’s your chance: A “Two-Week Faith Blaster Mini-Course” I’m offering through HMSU. The format will allow you to get […]

FutureChurch in Cleveland

posted by awelborn

Brouhaha An influential group of liberal-minded Catholic reformers is debating a response to Bishop Anthony Pilla, who recently banned the organization from meeting on Diocese of Cleveland property. Future Church, which claims more than 800 members locally, advocates allowing priests […]

From the March

posted by awelborn

Neumayr on the spot. Sunday’s “March for Women’s Lives” made maximum usage of euphemism, invoking “choice” whenever marchers meant killing. They, for example, used placards to convey the lament that Barbara Bush hadn’t killed her son in the womb. “If […]

Progress or Sellout?

posted by awelborn

That’s the implicit question in this NYTimes piece on the current thrust of pro-life political activity Some say the anti-abortion movement looks so successful because it has essentially ceded defeat on the broader goal of ending legal abortion. When the […]

Stand-off in St. Louis

posted by awelborn

Remember the Polish parish and Archbishop Burke? Here’s the latest An independent Polish parish at odds with St. Louis’ archbishop over its control protectively agreed Sunday to release its assets to a Roman Catholic charitable group – not the archdiocese […]

Rather Amazing

posted by awelborn

Newsday runs a fair portrayal of pro-life folks at the march Maureen Russell, a clinical social worker from Floral Park, said family obligations kept her from attending the rally, but she counsels women who regret having abortions. “So many women […]

Catholics Questions Abortion Focus

posted by awelborn

So says the WaPo “Both Kerry and [President] Bush support the war in Iraq and [Pope John Paul II] does not. The pope has made that very, very clear. But does it get any attention? No,” said Raymond L. Flynn, […]

More from Toledo

posted by awelborn

Okay, definitely strange. The woman whose allegations led to the reopening of the case testified before a church review board in June and wrote a detailed statement alleging years of abuse by priests during her childhood, The Blade of Toledo […]

Calling Cardinal George

posted by awelborn

Well, now you have your chance to ask the Cardinal all those nagging questions – Tomorrow, on Catholic Answers Live.

Women’s Lives

posted by awelborn

Ellen Goodman opines Conor Dugan responds

Context

posted by awelborn

My son is writing a paper on Calvin’s Geneva. He’s submitting to me every few pages for double-checking. He says to me, “Mom, I think this paper just might be better than the Colts’ draft.” Which, I gather, isn’t saying […]

Clarifying

posted by awelborn

Sheen takes his name off the list Actor Martin Sheen has backed out of being listed as an endorser for the pro-abortion march sponsored by leading abortion advocacy groups. Whether the listing of him as a sponsor was accidental or […]

Shocked, Shocked

posted by awelborn

Indianapolis Archbishop responds to liturgical document In a statement issued Friday, Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein said he was asking priests, liturgy committees and the Archdiocese’s Office of Worship to study the instruction for a few months and make any […]

94 with a bullet

posted by awelborn

I’m #94 on Barnes and Noble at this moment. Astonishing. But perhaps not, since the Amazon situation is so unbelievably messed up. (If anyone who read the book and liked it wants to review it…please do! Since Amazon somehow can’t […]

Bad Stuff in Toledo

posted by awelborn

Priest arrested for decades-old murder. Very very strange, with really no indication but for some hints on “forensic evidence” as to how it came to this.

And the winner is

posted by awelborn

The post with by far the most comments over the past day is the Play Dough post. Hm. Glad I could come up with something that speaks to so many of us.

Manhood, Redux

posted by awelborn

From Disputations (scroll down) The problem: How do we get men to stop thinking of church as something for women? My suggestion: Preach the Gospel. I mean, you can dress Christianity up as manly man’s work like saving the womenfolk […]

Arinze on Kerry

posted by awelborn

Says no. The cardinal spoke amid a debate in the United States over whether Democrat John Kerry should be denied communion, which Catholics believe is the body of Christ, because he supports abortion rights. At a news conference presenting a […]

Kissling responds to Allen

posted by awelborn

Agrees with her! Oh, I guess not. While it is understandable that John F. Kerry makes some church leaders uncomfortable, the source of that discomfort is political, not theological [“For Catholic Politicians, a Hard Line,” Outlook, April 11]. The bishops […]

Get Religion

posted by awelborn

Go get it. At Get Religion, posts on the Randall Terry-and-his-gay-son contretemps, and a little bit about Ave Maria U.

Press Conference

posted by awelborn

That accompanied the release of the liturgy document: Today at a press conference in the Holy See Press Office, Cardinal Francis Arinze and Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, respectively prefect and secretary of the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of […]

More Excerpts

posted by awelborn

[11.] The Mystery of the Eucharist “is too great for anyone to permit himself to treat it according to his own whim, so that its sacredness and its universal ordering would be obscured”.[27] On the contrary, anyone who acts thus […]

Redemptionis Sacramentum

posted by awelborn

On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist [59.] The reprobated practice by which Priests, Deacons or the faithful here and there alter or vary at will the texts of the Sacred Liturgy […]

How to be Pro-Life

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob continues the discussion below at his own blog Very good stuff. But by removing the protection of unborn life to an undefined Democratic utopian future, one might as well say “come the Parousia, then we’ll do something about […]

Why Does Joseph’s Babysitter Hate Me?

posted by awelborn

She gave him his birthday present. It’s a little farm set with Play-Dough to enhance the experience. He’s never had Play Dough before. Now he does. I pay my bills. I pick him up on time. What did I do? […]

What’s scary

posted by awelborn

…is when your three-year old can hold up a copy of your latest book and declare “Vinci Code!” I swear, I don’t know how he made the connection. They’re always listening….be careful what you say!

Getting to the Bottom of Things

posted by awelborn

Been reflecting a bit more on catechetical issues, both in regard to the postings below and the interviews I’ve been doing about De-Coding. The bottom line really is the paradigm out of which you’re working. The assumptions you live by. […]

Blasting Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

If you want even more information about debunking The Da Vinci Code, and, even better, want specific answers to your questions, here’s your chance: A “Two-Week Faith Blaster Mini-Course” I’m offering through HMSU. The format will allow you to get […]

Negroponte

posted by awelborn

The Revealer has a collection of links related to the appointment of John Negroponte to ambassadorship of Iraq Fact is, the bastards have been pretty quiet about Negroponte’s new gig. Not to mention the peculiarity of appointing as our man […]

Responding to Chaput

posted by awelborn

Paper highlights pro-abortion Hispanic politicos who raise the spectre of bias (Because they see Chaput’s statement being in part directed at a Hispanic candidate for the Senate.) State Rep. Mike Garcia, a pro-choice Democrat who attends St. Therese Church in […]

Bottum on Kerry

posted by awelborn

It’s now online for all to see.

Ono defends himself…

posted by awelborn

Explains his view. The conservative approach to reducing the number of abortions is a “supply-side” approach. The idea here is to criminalize abortion providers, thus resulting in a reduction in the number of abortions. Unfortunately, eliminating abortion providers is much […]

I like this blog

posted by awelborn

Of course, there are a lot of blogs I like. But today I like Nicole’s. Like the name, like the honesty.

Inventory Update

posted by awelborn

Bookstore still open, and here’s the stock. First off, I have NO Saints books, and I don’t want to re-order. I do however, have Heroes, who are also mostly saints. And good ones, too! 8 Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes […]

Rainbow Coalitions

posted by awelborn

A Christianity Today piece on African-American and Hispanic pastors taking the lead against same-sex marriage Bishop Roderick Caesar, 53, thinks he was 17 or 18 when a friend confessed, “I am in the life,” meaning he was homosexual. Caesar sat […]

Just a little Passion for you

posted by awelborn

Two other filmmakers on the film: Kevin Smith: “What controversy? The dude made a movie about Jesus in a country that’s largely Christian—a very traditional movie—and it’s made over $200 million in two weeks. There ain’t no controversy, people. That’s […]

Just curious

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: I have emailed some of my fave media (NPR, NYT) to express the wish that they cover the March for Women’s Lives with the same degree of journalistic interest that they use to cover the March for […]

Mote-Plank

posted by awelborn

Good thoughts from Diogenes Picture a newly married couple, presented with the Church’s teaching on contraception. “Bishop, you seem not to grasp the hardships involved in following this teaching, the expense of a large family and the emotional cost of […]

Chaput, again

posted by awelborn

Elaborates on his point Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput took aim Tuesday against Catholic politicians who say “freedom of conscience” allows them to support issues contrary to church law, such as abortion. It’s Chaput’s second salvo in as many weeks on […]

Sorry

posted by awelborn

Seton Hall says it regrets award In today’s Catholic Advocate, the Newark Archdiocese’s newspaper, Archbishop John J. Myers criticized Seton Hall for hosting the ceremony. Myers wrote that he first learned of the invitations to O’Connor and Barry during Easter […]

Mincing Words

posted by awelborn

Not. Neumayr on Kerry Had the bishops restricted themselves to teaching the Catholic faith, there wouldn’t be this confusion for the Democrats to manipulate. Instead for decades many of the bishops have been acting like Democratic Party lobbyists, hovering over […]

Showbiz Moms and Dads

posted by awelborn

Has anyone else gotten sucked into this vortex of Parenting Hell? It’s a series on Bravo, following several families promoting their kids in show business, from Florida to New York to California. I caught it by accident last week, thought […]

Silent Scream

posted by awelborn

In case you don’t know, there has been much controversy over in the UK in recent weeks about a filmed and broadcast abortion. Christianity Today’s Weblog has many links to stories on the matter (scroll down.)

St. Blog’s Parish Hall

posted by awelborn

An excellent discussion board is here.

Teaching Faith

posted by awelborn

An article in Commonweal by the head of the Notre Dame Theology Department Perhaps the religious illiteracy of so many otherwise well-educated young Catholics is too familiar to bear mentioning again. One has come to expect that even at elite […]

If you can’t find DeCoding

posted by awelborn

…and you want it, I have about 20 copies left here. Ordering it through BN would be good, as long as it’s available in 24 hours or at the store, because it will indicate demand and set up a follow-up […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

If anyone is a subscriber to the Weekly Standard and has access to the online edition, would you mind sending me the text of J. Bottum’s recent article on Kerry and Catholicism? I’d like to see what he has to […]

Men and Christianity

posted by awelborn

Someone blogged this when it appeared…maybe Relapsed Catholic, but someone else sent it to me today, so….here it is. Doug Giles on men and church If the Church wants to recover its losses, we’ve got to draw the knuckle draggers […]

Over in Illinois..

posted by awelborn

An article about Senator Dick Durbin The pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, the parish that includes the Springfield home of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, says he would not give Holy Communion to Durbin, who is Catholic but supports abortion rights. […]

Must have been a good meeting

posted by awelborn

Between Kerry and Cardinal McCarrick. Kerry’s going to run right-to-choose ads in conjunction with Sunday’s march. Likely Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has started running television ads blasting President Bush for his pro-life position — specifically his nomination of pro-life […]

Abortion Marching On

posted by awelborn

Coming up in DC on April 25. Big list of celebs involved Including Celebrity Catholic Martin Sheen, Mr. Nonviolence.

Bernstein’s Mass..

posted by awelborn

For today. To that end, Donohoe has reworked the scenario of Mass, which has a text based on the liturgy of the Roman Mass with additions by Godspell author Stephen Schwartz. The original story focused on one lead character, the […]

Speaking of the fruits of heroic virtues…

posted by awelborn

Orlando family adopts not one, not two, not three…but nine neglected Russian siblings – “social orphans” The Zorcs stepped forward to adopt the children. Frank Zorc, himself the second oldest of nine children, felt strongly about keeping the siblings together. […]

Definitions

posted by awelborn

Someone below asked about the difference between “servant of God” and “venerable.” Servant of God is first, and relatively general. It is a recognition of holiness that marks the opening of the cause. After this point, the cause proceeds, with […]

You guys

posted by awelborn

Stop picking on poor John Kerry. A reader sends this link and quote Interesting quote from John Kerry on the question of the supposed “secret oil deal”: “It is fundamentally wrong,” he added. “It’s my prayer that Americans are not […]

I’m back

posted by awelborn

Had a busy, fragmented day … write stuff, write something else, be on the radio, go to the grocery store, be on the radio again, prepare books for shipping, go to the post office, fix dinner, walk…. etc. But it’s […]

Sopranos Thread

posted by awelborn

I’m still trying to digest this one. On one level, I agree with one of the Slate observers who writes I think it might represent the purest distillation so far of the Sopranos ethos: to relentlessly invert the most sacred […]

NR and Me

posted by awelborn

From a review in National Review (Dead Tree Edition) by Mike Potemra: The Da Vinci Code phenomenon continues to amaze. Its central allegations percolated for years in the pages of quack-history books, attracting little attention. Along came author Dan Brown, […]

How it works

posted by awelborn

From the Phoenix New Times (alternative paper), The Divine Sociopath…aka, Bishop O’Brien The opening is funny in a very sick, tragic way. The rest of it is just sick and tragic. But not surprising.

Recognizing holiness

posted by awelborn

This morning in the Clementine Hall in the presence of the Holy Father, members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the postulators of the respective causes, 15 new decrees were promulgated. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of […]

What. A. Mess.

posted by awelborn

An Oyster Bay parish is dissatisfied with its pastor, assigned after a former pastor was removed for abuse accusations. The present pastor was a diocesan official implictated, some say, in reassignment of abusing priests, and they don’t like some of […]

Interesting gathering

posted by awelborn

If you’re in the Dayton area, or if you’re not… Pro-Life Science and Technology Symposium

New Blog!

posted by awelborn

From Benedictine priest and monk Fr. Matthew Kowalski!

Kind of odd

posted by awelborn

A luxury senior-citizens apartment building with no connection to the Church has been named “The Bernardin” The power to grant the authority for the commercial use of the Bernardin name is the legal province of the archdiocese of Chicago,” spokesman […]

A good day

posted by awelborn

I have to admit, after my weeks of Amazon frustration, this big Barnes and Noble sale did me a world of good. Because, as I mentioned to one correspondent, I wrote this book, (as well as almost every other book […]

The Sacrifice of Christ

posted by awelborn

From the UK journal Priests and People This is a wonderfully rich way of bringing together incarnation and salvation, focusing on the theme of Christ’s solidarity with and commitment to human beings who have lost their way. But more should […]

Saw Valenzeula play tonight!

posted by awelborn

Fernando! Junior, that is. Plays for the mighty Fort Wayne Wizards. Opening home game. Joseph lasted eight innings, with help from a pretzel, a hamburger, peanuts and ice cream.

Funny how these things happen..

posted by awelborn

“Mom, can Leah spend the night after the dance?” somehow turned into “Mom, would it be okay if Hannah and Mona spent the night, too? They were standing right there and….” Whatever. Take care of three “you take my kid […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

Up and running More fundamentally, however, it is conventional wisdom in the Holy See that the heart of the American crisis lies in the episcopacy. Many in Rome believe that American bishops failed for more than a decade to take […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

Next week: Al Kresta, again Monday at 11 am Eastern. It’s their fund drive week, and they will be using De-Coding as a premium. HMS Radio on Monday at 2:50 Eastern With Drew Mariani, Thursday at 2:06 pm Eastern.

From a Reader

posted by awelborn

Who shares this story: Once upon a time I was at a lecture on the historicity of the Gospels by Raymond Brown, S.S. (who is, I hope, no relation to Dan) and at the end he took written questions from […]

Cracking the DiMaggio Code

posted by awelborn

Heh. Send it to Bishop D’Arcy. In Dan Brown’s best-selling thriller, “The Da Vinci Code,” the fearless and cerebral Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his knowledge of ancient religious symbols in a quest for the Holy Grail. His search is […]

Catholic Hospitals and Living Wills

posted by awelborn

Reassuring Patients: The pope’s remarks came during a Vatican (news – web sites) symposium on caring for people who are incapacitated. They are significant but do not carry the weight of an encyclical — the Vatican’s most authoritative level of […]

Michigan Petition

posted by awelborn

Impressive numbers. A campaign to ban a controversial abortion procedure turned in 460,034 petition signatures to state elections officials Thursday, nearly 200,000 more than needed to adopt the ban without the approval of Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although widely acknowledged as […]

Neumayr, Kerry and McCarrick

posted by awelborn

No one’s saying what was said, but that doesn’t stop us from opining John Kerry yesterday met with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, D.C. Contrary to the drift of media reports, it was Kerry, not the cardinal, who initiated […]

There are no accidents

posted by awelborn

A new book fromFr. Benedict Groeschel, coming in a few weeks.

Canonizing Fr. Damien

posted by awelborn

….wondering why it has happened yet. When a tribunal of Hawai’i Roman Catholics wrapped up its investigation into a purported miracle attributed to Father Damien a year ago, there was optimism it would be enough to propel the Moloka’i legend […]

I Hate Theology

posted by awelborn

By the Reformed guy who runs The Internet Monk. Funny and true: So I’ve had a rough few months on the internet, and the other day I looked at my computer and my bookshelves (and my brain, which I keep […]

Help Mark Shea!

posted by awelborn

I just opened this email…it was written an hour or so ago, and I guess the problem remains. Let us know if it’s fixed, Mark! Help! My blog has stopped posting new items and I don’t know why. Any techno-geeks […]

Archbishop Chaput weighs in

posted by awelborn

Here The right to life comes first. It precedes and undergirds every other social issue or group of issues. This is why Blessed John XXIII listed it as the first human right in his great encyclical on world peace, Pacem […]

The Trojan Horse

posted by awelborn

….aka The Catholic University While an open marketplace of ideas is ideal for a secular university, such a marketplace is detrimental to a traditional Catholic university. From the first inception of Catholic education, the goals have been twofold — to […]

Ah…..

posted by awelborn

Kerry to meet with McCarrick today. Kerry also is meeting Thursday with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and chairman of a task force studying the church’s stance toward politicians who don’t adhere to church teachings. Kerry, a […]

Leave Kerry Alone

posted by awelborn

Says this Newsday columnist The Catholic hierarchy lost most, if not all, of its credibility and clout among Catholics and non-Catholics alike when it refused to admit its central role in the priest sex-abuse scandal. And the anger and distrust […]

Bestselling author here

posted by awelborn

Twice! Thank you very much. At least in this niche market. See Michael’s blog for the list! Books. For Sale. By the way, if you’re bored and if you have a moment, go to the Amazon page for the book […]

What’s Santorum up to?

posted by awelborn

Stephen Moore wonders in NRO Rick Santorum is obligated to publicly back the incumbent Specter. Santorum believes, probably rightly, that he would not be senator today without Specter’s help. In a city where loyalty is notoriously a scarce commodity, Santorum […]

Au Revoir

posted by awelborn

PA priest says he’ll start his own church A recovering alcoholic, Hausen has been on administrative leave since October. Church officials won’t explain the move, but Hausen believes it was based partly on his struggles with alcohol and partly on […]

Down to Earth

posted by awelborn

I meant to blog, but forgot, the news last week that the remains of Antoine Saint-Exupery’s crashed aircraft, found in 2000, had been positively identified. Here’s a WSJ Opinion Journal piece on Saint-Exupery, confirming my own puzzled stance on him […]

Enough to give you the vapors

posted by awelborn

All the links at CT’s weblog these days.

Catholic Scorecard

posted by awelborn

Hill Democrats are getting one together House Democrats are preparing a “Catholic Voting Scorecard” in an effort to show that Catholic Democratic lawmakers have adhered more closely to the position of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy on key issues than their […]

Ouch

posted by awelborn

From Cleveland, a “conservative” parish advertises itself as such….displeases many. When Matt Minarik and his wife Sarah first walked into St. Stephen eight years ago, they found, to their delight, unpadded wooden kneelers on which to pray. To their left […]

Logic

posted by awelborn

Katie asks Joseph if he knows where the baby is? Joseph indicates that he does not. Katie pats my abdomen. “Right in there!” Joseph furrows his brow and brings his face up to mine. “Open your mouth!” he demands, ready […]

A different view

posted by awelborn

Don’t be JFK, says a Colorado priest A Roman Catholic priest caused a stir on the House floor Tuesday when he urged lawmakers to let religious faith guide their votes and “be the antithesis of John Kennedy.” While delivering the […]

Wait a sec

posted by awelborn

In some of the comments on Kerry, I’ve read something along the lines of “well, he must just believe in communion as just a symbol of unity or something, rather than as the Real Presence.” Well, when it comes to […]

Kerry-Mania

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly takes a look at some of the coverage The issue for the Catholic bishops is whether these doctrines (and Vatican directives) have any authority in their zip codes. If they are able to make up their minds — […]

In Iraq

posted by awelborn

The Revealer focuses on the religious motivations behind the resistance in Iraq

posted by awelborn

Eve. Go read.

“Where’s My Tupperware?”

posted by awelborn

Sopranos thread. (If you saw the last episode, you get the title.) I agree with the Slate panel’s assessment of the particular darkness of this episode. But I’ll take it to a level beyond mere “recidivism” to full blown redemption. […]

Bookrolling

posted by awelborn

My husband edited several really interesting books in the OSV spring line. First is Virginia Cyr: God’s Little Hobo. It’s a collection of entries from the journals (written in the form of letters to Mary) of a remarkable young woman […]

Let’s Try This Again

posted by awelborn

I’m scheduled to be on the Kresta in the Afternoon radio program today at 5 eastern, 4 central. You can listen online, if you’ve a mind to, I believe. Talkin’ about that novel of the year we all appreciate so […]

Blogrolling

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I’ve added a few blogs to the rolls on left and right, including the IWF’s Inkwell blog, which I maintain should be called Charlottes’ Web. It’s obviously not an exhuastive list. There are scads of great blogs out there and […]

The Heart of the Matter

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I was thinking tonight, as I was playing computer solitaire in Joseph’s room, waiting for him to go to sleep, about Graham Greene and John Kerry. I was thinking about Greene’s relationship to the Church – one would never call […]

Thinly Disguised Totalitarianism

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Fr. Raymond de Souza over at First Things All of this demonstrates that the Canadian understanding of the vital importance of religious liberty is enervated indeed. In the space of a few months, the state has moved into a sphere […]

And by the way…

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If anyone out there has a good solid lead on someone, somewhere who had a good solid connection with Taylor Caldwell, let me know. I’m truly at the end of my rope, I need some information, and when that happens, […]

I really..

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…have not been reading N.T. Wright for the past three months, as the right rail indicates. I’ve been reading other things, but not as much as I should. Mostly novels. Mostly 20th century novels with Catholic sensibilities. Short ones, long […]

They call it “morning” sickness

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And they are filthy liars.

If you don’t have enough to read…

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The Spring 2004 City Journal is online as well as much, if not all of this week’s UK Tablet.

For the record…

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I can’t speak for anyone else but *I* hold Bush and every other political leader to just as high a standard on abortion or any other justice issue as I do a Catholic candidate. Which is why I regularly catch […]

The point is raised…

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as it always is in these kind of discussions…”Why don’t you expend the same energy in criticizing Our President and his failure to live up to Catholic standards?” Well, he’s not Catholic. And believe me, as I’ve said before, there’s […]

Clean out my office

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Forgive the crass commercial, but here’s my current stock, all of which I would be very grateful to get rid of: 16 copies of The How-To Book of the Mass. You can get a good sense of what the book […]

What would a week be….

posted by awelborn

…without talking about Kerry and Catholicism? Charlotte Allen writes on the matter for the Washington Post Nonetheless, most bishops are still reluctant to respond publicly to Catholic politicians whose views contradict church teaching — for all kinds of reasons. One […]

Judge Casey

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An AP profile In an interview several years ago, Casey explained how he overcame his initial anger and frustration at being blind through perseverance that included help from friends, strangers and a trip to the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in […]

Real Community Service

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The new bishop of Phoenix, Thomas Olmstead, joined a massive pro-life protest in front of a Planned Parenthood facility on Good Friday. Planned Parenthood President and CEO Bryan Howard said the protest was the largest he had seen in his […]

posted by awelborn

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary […]

posted by awelborn

The day does not speak above a whisper, is a high dividing upon a moment into ebbing and flowing, two pairs of lips neither pressing nor quite yet parting, the twilight between sleep and waking, the bowl of hush held […]

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We nailed the hands long ago, Wove the thorns, took up the scourge and shouted For excitement’s sake, we stood at the dusty edge Of the pebbled path and watched the extreme of pain. But one or two prayed, one […]

Foot-Washing

posted by awelborn

Why wonder that he doffed his garments willingly, Who had unclothed himself of heavenly majesty? Why wonder that he tied a towel round his waist, Who, for our sakes, as Master, assumed a servant’s place? Why wonder that he washed […]

Genocide

posted by awelborn

The Revealer has a very thorough look at the coverage of the press marking 10 years since the Rwandan genocidal massacres, emphasis on the religious angles.

Zenit Interview

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With me on The Book. Scarce info on the book’s availability, which is odd, but I guess people can find it. Buy De-Coding Da Vinci here, or via Amazon – link on the right. (There is a slight error in […]

High Culture/Low Culture

posted by awelborn

RP Burke sends in this Anne Applebaum column I’m not quite sure how it got to be this way — writers of heavy books on one side, mass media on the other — because it wasn’t always so. The great […]

George on Communion

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Says he wouldn’t refuse Communion Asked whether he would follow at least one other bishop who directed priests to deny Communion to politicians who back abortion rights, George said: “No, not at this point. No.” He made the comments at […]

Being Creative

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Trying to find a way to keep a parish open Some former parishioners of the shuttered St. Francis Xavier Church in downtown Nashua believed they had created the perfect plan to reopen their church: The cash-strapped Manchester Diocese could sell […]

The PBA Trial

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At the Spectator, Shawn Macomber weighs in The National Abortion Federation, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood, along with a few abortion doctors, are currently waging legal battles in three states to get the law struck down. After […]

Fighting over Kerry in Dallas

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On the DMN Blog. Rod gets called Torquemada. He can add that to the list. His primary debate opponent on the blog says: Inquisitors separate the good enough Catholics from the not-so-good enough Catholics. I think that’s what you did […]

Arko Fesses Up

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Father Arko pleads guilty, gets his suspended sentence An unrepentant Rev. Richard Arko pleaded guilty Tuesday to growing marijuana in a closet in his rectory, saying he hoped that someday it would not be a crime. “I strongly believe in […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

I’ll be on Kresta in the Afternoon in a couple of hours – 5:30 Eastern. See ya there! Update: Scratch that. They’re having a wildly successful open line session on movies, and they don’t want to cut it off. We’ll […]

O’Malley’s Chrism Mass Homily

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Reported here The homily offered one of the first major illustrations of how O’Malley views American culture, and of how his status as a Franciscan Capuchin friar affects his priorities. He spoke at length about the importance of preaching, which […]

More Audits?

posted by awelborn

On hold for now. The leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has rejected the recommendation by a panel of prominent Roman Catholic lay people that it immediately authorize a second round of independent audits of sex abuse procedures […]

At NRO

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Fisking Kerry’s Catholic pronouncements And this, which states the point succinctly: Prior to these remarks, the question confronting the bishops was this: “Can a man who runs for president claiming to be Catholic while rejecting key Catholic moral teachings be […]

Albany News

posted by awelborn

Minkler’s death ruled a suicide.

Catholic Politico Varia

posted by awelborn

Over at The Corner, which I hadn’t read the past couple of days, including a statement from the Bishop of Trenton on NJ’s Governor: “When he refers to himself as a devout Catholic and supports legislation and programs that are […]

Do your job!

posted by awelborn

..or don’t. There is a burgeoning situation in the Archdiocese of New York in which a pastor of a parish has resigned rather than comply with Cardinal Egan’s order to reinstate school administrators and teachers he maintained were responsible for […]

Kerry’s Annulment

posted by awelborn

I agree with Fr. Rob on this one. Not our problem, not our business, not the issue for us – dealing with the matter of Kerry’s public life, statements and policies. If some Catholics go after Kerry on the annulment […]

Books 4 Sale

posted by awelborn

A reminder that I have De-Coding Da Vinci for sale at our bookstore here. I shipped the first orders out yesterday, and am ready to do more business!

Islam in Rwanda

posted by awelborn

Growing in the decade since the massacres Muslim leaders credit the gains to their ability during the 1994 massacres to shield most Muslims, and many other Rwandans, from certain death. “The Muslims handled themselves well in ’94, and I wanted […]

Important matters

posted by awelborn

In a comment below, someone posted a link to the accounts of the Partial-Birth Abortion trials, being monitored by the American Center for Law and Justice. Go here and click on “Jay’s PBA Trial Notebook” in the upper right. You’re […]

God Bless Atheism

posted by awelborn

E.J. Dionne on Leon Wieseltier. Is tolerance a sell-out for the religiously committed?

Moving Up

posted by awelborn

The Kerry discussion just a bit. I was just about the post something, when cs and Patrick Sweeney started an echo chamber of my thoughts down below. It really is time for John Kerry’s bishop – O’Malley, and perhaps even […]

Kerry responds to you

posted by awelborn

Gets combative. Sounds stupid. Mr. Kerry became combative when told that some conservatives were criticizing him for being a Roman Catholic who supported policies, like abortion rights and same-sex unions, that are at odds with Catholic teaching. “Who are they?” […]

O’Brien asks for a break

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Probation terms are too demanding Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien wants his travel time deducted from the 1,000 hours of community service he was ordered to serve for a felony hit-and-run conviction. The bishop’s attorneys also say the 40 hours a […]

Books for Sale

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Here.

Stuff that’s around

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Get Religion on the Cel Phone at Communion and other matters The Revealer on the religious element in conflict (to put it mildly) in Iraq, South Park’s “The Passion of the Jew,” and a continuing conversation on the influence of […]

Among the Non-Believers

posted by awelborn

Alan Wolfe looks at several books about freethinking, atheism, and doubt

Jennings, Paul and Jesus

posted by awelborn

On tonight, Charlotte Allen takes a look.

Whoops

posted by awelborn

Someone wrote to remind me that I’d said I’d have the DVC book for sale today. I forgot. I’ll work on that today, promise, and let you know when the bookstore is updated.

New Catholic Colleges

posted by awelborn

From the Chronicle of Higher Education. The usual suspects trotted out to say their lines, but what’s interesting is the list of planned institutions – some I’d not yet heard of.

Varia

posted by awelborn

The book signing went fine. We were pretty busy in the morning – met a reader of this blog! Hi Tom! – and things slowed down in the morning. I will say this, however – the only customers the store […]

The Passion in Art

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A look from the Toledo paper

Priest raises fund via internet

posted by awelborn

No, not for an abuse defense. For a real estate deal gone bad. A Belleville Diocese priest facing a $650,000 judgment over a real estate venture gone bad is now soliciting funds from the general public to pay his mounting […]

Via Crucis

posted by awelborn

In Boston McLaughlin, second-generation Irish and Spanish-English bilingual, has been at St. Benedict Parish for nearly two decades. It was he who first took the Stations outside to the streets 16 years ago. ”I knew they did it in warmer […]

Palm Sunday With John Kerry

posted by awelborn

Went to church. A Catholic, Kerry marked Palm Sunday and the start of Easter week at the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church where he was given a hero’s welcome. “We’re thankful that there’s going to be a revolution in […]

Looking for Anti-Semitism in All the Wrong Places

posted by awelborn

According to this OpinionJournal piece, TPOTC is not the place Anti-Semitism is a real problem in the world today, but it mostly arises from the Muslim world and the political left. It’s easy to attack American Christians, schooled on love […]

All in a Name

posted by awelborn

Had a long chat with a diocesan employee yesterday, who kept referring to the bishop as “Bishop.” As in “Bishop said” and “Bishop thinks.” This initially struck me as very strange until I considered, well we say “Father said,” not […]

Let’s make a deal

posted by awelborn

I’ll let you know whenever we’re going out of town and where we’re going over the next few months – So you don’t go there Why? Because, when we go places, the power has a habit of going out. We […]

Gone but not forgotten

posted by awelborn

I hope. It’s the end of blogging until Sunday night. I’ve got book signings all day today (will I be actually signing books or just sitting there forlornly, like so many of us authors do at these events? I dunno. […]

Word From Rome

posted by awelborn

Been there since yesterday, I forgot Very interesting responses to recent objections to the US Sexual Abuse norms made by canonists, how the Vatican and the US government are trying to make nice, and an interview with a young Catholic […]

Reactions to my news

posted by awelborn

From my various progeny: 21-year old son: (after a pause) So…when he graduates from high school, I’ll be…40? 12-year old daughter (in tears) It might be mentally retarded because you’re so old! 18-year old son: Okay. Cool. almost 3-year old […]

Auctioning History

posted by awelborn

Sad piece about a former estate-turned-home-for-unmarried-mothers run by a religious order, now up on the auction block She chuckled, remembering parties in the ornate, wood-paneled basement bar and billiards room; proudly patted the antique sewing machines where the sisters once […]

From a Reader

posted by awelborn

This was written by Bishop Vasa (Eugene, Oregon) in his “The Heart and Mind of Bishop Vasa” column on March 4, 2004: “As I left Saint Katherine Church in Enterprise the sign on the door caught my eye. It is […]

De-Coding Da Vinci

posted by awelborn

If you’d like a more detailed look at “De-Coding Da Vinci,” go to here, and you’ll find it.

Gibson visits nuns

posted by awelborn

In Louisville! In a surprise visit, Mel Gibson ate chicken and rice, signed autographs and posed for pictures with residents and staff at the St. Joseph’s Home on Poplar Level Road Wednesday. It was all a big surprise for the […]

Peoria Madness

posted by awelborn

There’s a big stew going on in the Diocese of Peoria about the dismissal of a long-time Catholic school teacher and coach. The diocese has been not terrifically specific in its public statements about the reasons, citing things like inadequate […]

The Agony of Pristina

posted by awelborn

From the Tablet, the Orthodox Church fighting for its life in Kosovo The mysterious groups of arsonists who targeted almost every remaining Serbian enclave in Kosovo on 17-18 March seemed almost more determined to attack churches than houses. About 3,000 […]

Catholicism in Brazil

posted by awelborn

A Nod and a Shrug ”Something happened over the past decade and, yes, it worries us,” says Bishop Odilo Scherer, secretary general of Brazil’s Catholic Bishops Conference. What happened, according to the Brazilian Census Bureau, was a major decline in […]

Maybe not such a good idea

posted by awelborn

Lots of abusive, prank messages left on O’Brien’s hotline Among the voice mails was a vulgarity-laced threat to punch the former leader of the Phoenix Diocese. Another suggested that the best community service O’Brien could perform would be to commit […]

Neumayr on Kerry

posted by awelborn

…and the issue where you won’t find any flip-flopping Like Bill Clinton, the womanizer who would waffle on everything except “women’s issues,” Kerry is a reliable vote for NARAL. He marched with militant feminists on the streets of New York […]

Pope stuns caregivers

posted by awelborn

According to the Sun-Times The new stance shuts off centuries of theological debate in the church and will require revision in directives on end-of-life care at more than 565 hospitals in the Catholic Health Association. It could lead to conflict […]

Peter Jennings gets it right?

posted by awelborn

Robert Louis Wilken says he does There are a few historical blunders, the most egregious being the pronouncement of one “expert” that Jesus was “illiterate.” There is also some silliness–Mr. Jennings sticking a microphone in the face of tourists in […]

Reproducing

posted by awelborn

Via The Corner, the US Bishops have issued a statement on The Kass Commission report , found here, taking the Commission to task for even tentatively approving any toying with any human embryos at any stage. Ramesh Ponnuru questions the […]

Radio Days

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow morning, 8:30 am Eastern, me on Morning Air Not With Jeff Cavins, but with Theresa Tomeo!

Ignorance is Bliss?

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Conor Dugan responds to Matthew Yglesias on Catholics and politics

Debunking Debunkers

posted by awelborn

From PW’s Newsline: A groundbreaking new book will come out next week that will refute the claims made in another new book that may undermine the tenets of a really old book. “The book is meant as a refutational handbook […]

Quote of the Day

posted by awelborn

From a Comment: And remember, 44 is the new 34 Words to live by!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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