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Catholic Movie Poll

posted by awelborn

Go take the Catholic Movie Poll, sponsored by NCR(egister).

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Bush Interview

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With Christianity Today, Deal Hudson, Fr. Neuhaus, Russ Shaw and some others. Do you have a particular message for Pope John Paul II, whom you will be meeting with shortly? No. I’m there to listen. I will respond. If I […]

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You knew this was coming

posted by awelborn

Questioning the tax-exempt status A watchdog group asked the IRS on Thursday to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Roman Catholic diocese in Colorado Springs over the bishop’s threat to withhold communion from those who disagree with the church. Barry […]

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Keeler’s view

posted by awelborn

in the Baltimore Sun Keeler said in an interview this week that it was not the business of bishops to choose who receives Communion. Instead, he said he supports church policy that individual Catholics should determine whether they are in […]

Woodward, again

posted by awelborn

This time, in the NYTimes, on the topic du jour In the months to come, Democrats are likely to advance a number of reasons that they can support abortion rights and be good Catholics. In 1984, Mario Cuomo, then governor […]

Tide…turning?

posted by awelborn

Who knows. A couple of positive cultural reflections on Catholic figures… The film Stateside, here reviewed by James Bowman and the book, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by satirist Tony Hendra, discussed in the WSJ today. Mr. […]

Remember…

posted by awelborn

You can “chat” with me tonight at 7 Eastern, 6 Central, and so on, via the OSV monthly author chat. See ya! Oh, and the WRKO thing tomorrow, for those of you in the Boston area, is at 10:05 Eastern.

Father Calciu

posted by awelborn

Frederica mathewes-Green on torture in Romanian prisons While most of the world is reeling at the ugliness perpetrated by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib, I have had the feeling I have seen it all before. Rather, I have heard it […]

Woodward on the Passion

posted by awelborn

From First Things, Kenneth Woodward has a great overview of the controversy over Gibson’s film.

Catholic Bloc

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Maybe not. From the Campaign Journal at the New Republic. I was at a conference on religion and politics sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center for the last couple of days. One of the best presentations was by […]

Signing

posted by awelborn

The ASL sign for abortion (Go the link and click on the term on the right rail) Need we say more? Via After Abortion and Catholic Ragemonkey

Greene and Singer

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A look at two writers, born the same year The common legacy of Greene and Singer is an art that art was driven not by action, which is Hollywood’s ideal, but by an idea of human suffering and transcendence in […]

Evangelicals Weigh In

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An editorial at Christianity Today Some bishops don’t want to use Communion as a threat when dealing with prochoice Catholic politicians. But it is certainly appropriate. Communion is the moment in church life at which we most deeply realize our […]

Law gets basilica

posted by awelborn

in Rome — Pope John Paul II on Thursday gave Cardinal Bernard F. Law an official position in Rome, naming the former Boston archbishop who resigned in the sex abuse scandal as head of a basilica. Law will have the […]

Missing the point

posted by awelborn

So says Tim Rutten of the LA Times One of the most important things missing from the coverage of this situation is context. The church’s American hierarchy did not initiate a confrontation over this matter. Rather, a handful of relatively […]

Taking Advantage

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Denver Methodist church runs an ad The largest Methodist church in metro Denver is spending thousands of dollars on newspaper ads this week to counter Colorado Springs Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan’s stance connecting voting to Communion worthiness. The copy […]

Conflict in Florida

posted by awelborn

Spanish-language parishioners say the pastor has demeaned their community and insulted their community’s priest, a Rev. Martin. The parishioners claim Kaywell, who started at the parish on Jan. 30, has made numerous derogatory remarks about Martin in front of the […]

Speaking of Fiction

posted by awelborn

I’ll give you a brief book report on my recent reads. I’d read Foolscap by Michael Malone years ago, and, as I was recently trying to get myself out of research mode, I decided to pick it up to ease […]

Press Kit

posted by awelborn

We’re visible in various spots of late. That DMN piece Interviewed in this Atlanta JC piece Mentioned in this Boston Globe editorial Included in this anti-DVC Roundtable, which I understand has also been excerpted/published on AOL, and which Mark has […]

Where oh Where?

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Barbara Nicolosi wonders where the great contemporary Catholic writers are Well, anyway, I was chatting with a friend writer recently about getting together a Catholic writers conference next year, but then we hit on a problem. Who would be the […]

Rockford Loses

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Court rules it must open files The court said the church must follow the same rules as secular organizations and hand over personnel files, transfer records for church assignments and the results of internal church investigations to a trial judge […]

Boston Roundup

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From the Globe, beginning with this article on the socio-economic distribution of the closed parishes The rate of closings is higher in nonwhite neighborhoods. The typical parish being closed or merged is in a neighborhood that is 16 percent nonwhite, […]

Justice? Yup.

posted by awelborn

In the NCR(eporter), Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life responds to the paper’s editorial on politicians, life issues and the dreaded “narrow litmus test.” Great stuff. Any vision of this country worth struggling for includes a wide range of […]

Public Indecency

posted by awelborn

Indy priest might be assigned to parishes A Catholic priest arrested a year ago on a charge of public indecency is in line to lead three rural churches, a proposal the archbishop of Indianapolis says is about forgiveness but which […]

Archbishop Chaput

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In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput address the Communion issue What’s the lesson for Catholics? Fifty years ago, too many of us avoided receiving Communion out of an excessive fear of our own sins. Today, far too many of us […]

It’s time to call it a night

posted by awelborn

When you see a headline at Lucianne.com: Students cut class to protest state takeover And you wonder where they got all the lawn mowers.

God and EU

posted by awelborn

Still arguing over the constitution “Of course, we have a Judeo-Christian past, but the constitution is inspired by a heritage that is cultural, religious and humanist all at once,” Michel Barnier, France’s new foreign minister, said after a news conference […]

Bishop Wuerl

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puts in his two cents Bishop Donald Wuerl said pro-abortion rights legislators should stop receiving Holy Communion of their own accord, but he said he would not withhold the sacrament, as another bishop indicated he would in the case of […]

Another One Bites the Dust

posted by awelborn

Michigan priest arrested in sex sting The 35-year-old priest worked as an associate pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Portland, which is located between Lansing and Grand Rapids. Beas, who church officials said was ordained in Pakistan in 1994, transferred […]

Ah yes…

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As another cycle of DVC mail continues to pour in, I find myself answering the same old same old once again. Today’s topic is….No, it’s not a murky muddle This comes up a lot. People are under the impression that […]

So.

posted by awelborn

If you have any ideas or help regarding getting a kid or two into Book Expo without having to shell out a few dozen bucks for a badge….let me know, will ya?

What

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Are all radio people on the same schedule? I got two interview requests that arrived through email within minutes of each other. One is for the night of the Sopranos finale. I seriously hesitated. But then…where are your priorities? Well….

If you have time…

posted by awelborn

Update It’s gone. Thanks so much! One more thing Mark Shea asks me to pass on the news that for some reason you can’t get to his site if the www. is before the rest of the address. So if […]

Bishop Olmsted clarifies

posted by awelborn

Says his views were misrepresented. The headline in the Arizona Republic (5/21/04), “Bishops won’t link politics, Communion” misrepresents my position. Abortion is the killing of a completely innocent life and thus bad news for both unborn children and their mothers. […]

Today’s the day

posted by awelborn

That the Archdiocese of Boston announces parish closings. Go to Dom’s place for links and discussion. He’s got it all.

Conversion

posted by awelborn

Head of Christian Coalition in Alabama converts to Catholicism He acknowledges that the reaction by his Protestant constituents may be mixed. “We didn’t make this change to win friends and influence people and do it from a popularity standpoint, because […]

Good Stuff from Spain

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New website, including a blog, from Robert Duncan, freelance writer, sometime commenter here and other places. Start with this interesting interview with John Allen and explore. R.D.: In your opinion is the Vatican out-of-touch and outdated, or is it just […]

Myers Apologizes

posted by awelborn

To McGreevey In an interview, Archbishop Myers said Mr. McGreevey was not the target of statements he had made in a pastoral letter saying that Catholic officeholders who did not share the Vatican’s opposition to abortion should not seek communion. […]

Thanks, Charlotte

posted by awelborn

Charlotte Allen puts into words thoughts that have been swirling around in my head for months. And she does it much more knowledgeably, too. So that’s a good thing. Call it Christianity Lite. It’s the assertion — no, the insistence […]

Sopranos Thread

posted by awelborn

Continued in the extended post, so we won’t bore the rest of you…

Required Reading

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At Mark Shea’s blog, a letter from a woman who is pregnant with an ancephalic child The value of Thomas Walter, Benedict and Charlotte cannot be measured by the length of their lives – we don’t apply this yardstick to […]

Collecting Hutton’s words

posted by awelborn

Wisconsin’s doing it …his printed rhetoric is being collected at only one site in North America: the Historical Society’s headquarters building in Madison, according to James Danky, the society’s newspaper and periodicals librarian. Danky began seeking Hutton’s newsletters after Danky’s […]

Retired Bishop Helps His Brothers

posted by awelborn

Brother priests who were removed by his successor A former Catholic bishop has sent letters around the Panhandle diocese soliciting funds for three priests who were removed two years ago over sexual abuse allegations. Leroy Matthiesen, the outspoken retired bishop […]

A model for Kerry?

posted by awelborn

Take a look at Sargent Shriver, suggests this writer. The social conservatives’ concern was warranted. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that states could not restrict the right of a woman to abort a […]

Here we go again

posted by awelborn

Me in the DMN on That Book. A new letter to add to my collection: The headline was ?Faith? vs. !TRUTH! I have also read “The Da Vinci Code” as well as “Holy Grail, Holy Blood” and “The Templar Revelation.” […]

Crunch Time

posted by awelborn

This is it – yeah, I could ask for a week or so extension on my deadline, but you know what? I don’t want to! I want what I’m working on to be done (at least this stage of it) […]

Pilgrims, unite!

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob Johansen and Mark Shea are leading a pilgrimage to France in September. Fr. Rob has details and thoughts on pilgrimage on his blog Departs September 21, 2004 and returns to on September 29, 2004. This is a 9 […]

Moral and Civil Law

posted by awelborn

A philosopher makes his case in The Tidings Laws against abortion are also unenforceable, because there would still be a large number of abortions if abortion were to be criminalized. Furthermore, abortions require proper medical attention. Our society does not […]

Saved!

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, I blogged a NYTimes article on this film, which the studio was actually thinking was perhaps a good follow-up to The Passion to market to Christians. It’s a satire of life at a Christian high school. […]

2 New Auxiliaries for Newark

posted by awelborn

Appointed Msgrs. Thomas A. Donato, spiritual director of the Major Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in South Orange, U.S.A., and John W. Flesey, director of permanent formation for the clergy of the archdiocese of Newark, U.S.A., as auxiliary bishops of […]

On Trial

posted by awelborn

Priests tried by Church courts The first of what could be as many as 12 secret church trials of Roman Catholic priests from the Chicago archdiocese accused of sexual misconduct with minors is under way. Sometime after the first of […]

From the Tablet

posted by awelborn

On St. Gianna One man who knows the details of Gianna’s life like few others, and has no doubt about her saintliness, is the Capuchin Father, Paolino Rossi. He was the Postulator of her cause, and dislikes the emphasis on […]

Peter King, again!

posted by awelborn

Responds to those Dems Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, called the letter a “smokescreen by Democrats.” “Anyone who knows anything about Catholic theology knows you cannot equate abortion with the war in Iraq,” he said. “Abortion is always […]

Western Bishops

posted by awelborn

…weigh in. In Arizona Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix said that instead of refusing to offer communion, he would attempt to use persuasion to educate politicians about church teachings. “My job is to get to know the key people […]

Great minds

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Stuart Buck and George Neumayr are struck by double standards of outrage.

Different Responses

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Cast the First Stone is a web page dedicated to the following: These Bishops, however, are apparently without sin, because they feel free to judge and condemn others as being “bad Catholics” or, as Bishop Sheridan more eloquently stated, determine […]

Kerry and the court

posted by awelborn

Kerry says he’d nominate a pro-life judge. If there’s no risk of Roe being overturned. Kerry’s comments on judicial nominations drew a concerned response from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, with President Gloria Feldt saying, “I’d like to hear him […]

Voting with Wallets

posted by awelborn

Donors say they’ll do it Colo. Springs In his four-page letter, Kethcart argues that good Catholics can oppose Sheridan on his chosen issues and that politicians must represent all their constituents. He called the letter a “divisive, callous and cold […]

Curves

posted by awelborn

Get Religion examines the Curves controversy, brewing for a few weeks In this corner: Pro-choice bloggers and two San Francisco Chronicle columnists (Jon Carroll and Ruth Rosen) who object that the owner of Curves fitness centers donates money to prolife […]

A Canonist’s View

posted by awelborn

Canonist Ed Peters weighs in on recent views expressed by Cardinal Mahony

Radio Silence

posted by awelborn

Sorry about the light posting today. I received a sudden assignment late this morning that had to be completed by this afternoon. So I did that. And then I planned to make up for it by doing the work I’d […]

Check your sources

posted by awelborn

The Chicago Trib’s “public editor” (which I guess is another way of saying ombudsman?) addresses the issue of using Francis Kissling as a source for Catholic perspectives As journalists in the secular media, we are basically agnostic on these issues, […]

O’Reilly?

posted by awelborn

In a comment, someone alluded to a Catholic-related conflagration on O’Reilly last night? What was it about?

Dems Object

posted by awelborn

Bunch o’ Democrats write letter. Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress who are Democrats have signed a letter to the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., saying that the threats by some bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion […]

The Red Tent

posted by awelborn

A reader wrote to ask if I’d read it. I haven’t. Her comments…and yours if you’d like to add to them? I’m writing because I just finished reading “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. A lot of my Protestant and […]

Family Trauma

posted by awelborn

From my dad: Amy, this past weekend, I had to operate on your brother, Fred Fern Welborn. His vascular system (roots) was seriously compromised. My intention was to surgically free the arteries and veins and to do a major transplant. […]

Sigh

posted by awelborn

Stupidity at MSNBC What are Catholics — and all Americans — to make of this increasing clerical activism in trying to shape their political decisions? The bad news is it shows that the Church — for centuries no stranger to […]

It’s getting to the point..

posted by awelborn

…at which representatives of the Catholic Church won’t be able to send a steak back to the kitchen without having to answer for abuse. Now, this priest’s question regarding a shopping center development near his parish is certainly high hyperbole, […]

Nice Review

posted by awelborn

From Mark Gauvreau Judge at Breakpoint Amy Welborn’s De-Coding Da-Vinci is a strong effort. Where Kellmeyer is sometimes glib, Welborn is sober, reasonable (although like Kellmeyer, she does claim that Da Vinci is “more than a novel.”) She wastes no […]

Scranton trouble

posted by awelborn

Scranton priest charged. An investigation conducted by a private investigator for the Diocese of Scranton has led to sexual assault charges against a priest who formerly served at Sacred Heart Church in Duryea. The Rev. Albert M. Liberatore Jr., 40, […]

Books

posted by awelborn

Just a reminder, that the bookstore still exists. I have plenty of De-Codings, and if you would like to buy in bulk, email me and we can work out a little bit of a discount. Now, I don’t mean bulk […]

Challenging Schumer

posted by awelborn

From the right of the GOP This spurt of defiance by the Conservative Party – Dr. O’Grady was endorsed in Albany by Michael R. Long, its chairman – is risky. The last, and only, time the Conservatives elected a Senate […]

Dan Brown speaks

posted by awelborn

Breaks his silence. (LRR) Dan Brown said that when he wrote the book that dissects the origins of Jesus Christ and disputes long-held beliefs about Catholicism, he considered including material alleging that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion in his book. […]

Despite Themselves

posted by awelborn

Even the NYTimes can’t avoid reality. The article on “entertainment” ultrasounds begins by referring to fetuses, but by the end… …it’s a baby. The music playing gently in the background also serves as the soundtrack for the DVD the clients […]

HP=RC

posted by awelborn

Steven Waldman of Beliefnet compares Harry Potter and Left Behind Finally, they both have a theology. It’s not, as one might expect, that Left Behind is Christian and Harry Potter pagan, but rather that Left Behind is Protestant and Harry […]

The Passion and Young People

posted by awelborn

A Loyola Chicago prof looks at the appeal Loyola University Chicago recently held an excellent panel discussion on The Passion. A Bible scholar critiqued the film’s historical and scriptural accuracy; a Jewish professor responded to the film’s alleged anti-Semitism; and […]

Reactions

posted by awelborn

to Bishop Sheridan’s letter from the ground At another parish, the Rev. Stephen Siebert got kudos and concern when he brought up the topic in his Sunday sermon at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4380 Utica St. in Denver. He told […]

Hadn’t heard about this one

posted by awelborn

LOC trying to build a university in NY A proposal to build a 3,000-student Catholic university in Thornwood drew more than 110 residents to a Planning Board meeting at Town Hall last night. The Legion of Christ, a conservative Roman […]

Converting Catholics

posted by awelborn

Paisley’s church targets priests The North’s Free Presbyterian church has announced plans to send letters and CDs to 3,000 Catholic priests in Ireland in an effort to convert them. DUP leader Ian Paisley, who founded the church, believes Catholicism is […]

Burning House

posted by awelborn

Dreher in the DMN, on hearing a pro-life homily: After this Sunday’s Mass, I thanked the priest for his words, and told him I wanted to praise him in print. He kindly asked me not to, explaining that it could […]

On the cover of the…

posted by awelborn

Newsweek magazine…. Jenkins and LaHaye As a reader says, “an odd puff piece” on the pair. And it is rather puffy- nary a serious critique of the books’ theology or literary quality, only this: The other principal critique comes from […]

Busy Barbara

posted by awelborn

Barb Nicolosi finds time to blog on her trip to Spain. Great stuff. Amusing – Valencia….Sidewalks and streets paved with pinkish brown marble. In some places weathered and cracked, but, damn, it’s still marble. I watched some workman in the […]

Evolution

posted by awelborn

The folks at Opus Dei sent me these interesting bytes about DVC – my, my, my…. Jason Kaufman, editor of the novel, quoted in the New York Daily News, Sept. 4, 2003: “Nothing is made up in Dan’s research,” he […]

Deal

posted by awelborn

Bishops agree to audit A committee of Catholic bishops and a lay National Review Board agreed Monday on a proposal to audit U.S. dioceses to help keep more children from being sexually abused by priests. The accord, agreed to during […]

What’s the message?

posted by awelborn

New Zealand bishops respond to liturgical document 3. The concern to avoid abuses Our desire to avoid abuses in the celebration of Eucharist can follow either of two different approaches. One approach puts the entire burden on regulations. The other […]

Bestsellers..

posted by awelborn

I’ll catch you, Pinto…I will..I will… And in a burst of spousal pride, may I point out to you that three of the books on this list (De-Coding, Spiritual Workout, and U Got to Pray) were edited by my husband!

Canonizations

posted by awelborn

Go to Zenit for links to brief stories about all of those canonized yesterday without the veiled contempt in the references to the “anti-abortion saint” or “valuing the fetus above the mother” references in the US press. You know, if […]

No Way to Run a War

posted by awelborn

Mark Helprin in today’s Opinion Journal Having decided to remake a country of 26 million divided into warring subcultures with a shared affection for martyrdom and unchanging traditions, the administration thought it could do so with 100,000 troops. Israel, which […]

Communion matters

posted by awelborn

They’re discussing it over at The Corner

Bishop of Grand Rapids

posted by awelborn

dies suddenly – The state of Michigan lost its second Catholic bishop in less than two months when the Rev. Kevin Britt of the Diocese of Grand Rapids died unexpectedly at age 59. Co-workers found Britt at his home Sunday […]

Sheridan interviewed

posted by awelborn

On CNN COOPER: I talked to a lot of Catholics today who are frankly kind of stunned by what you’re doing and they said that what you seem to be doing is turning the sacraments into a weapon. Is that […]

Next stop…

posted by awelborn

Croatia! Yes, indeed, there will be a Croation version of De-Coding! Now, about that English version….

Planning Ahead

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly looks at future dates in the Kerry/Communion issue, and evaluates some journalism resources It will be almost impossible for Kerry and the bishops to quietly occupy the same Colorado zip code without a wave of media coverage. This […]

What’s up

posted by awelborn

What’s up is there is a lot of very serious stuff going on in the world, and I beg you not to take the absence of much blogging on these matters as a sign of my disinterest. It’s a sign […]

Parental Consent

posted by awelborn

A British mother is outraged that a school employee facilitated her 14-year old daughter’s abortion without her knowledge.

Catholic School employee fired…

posted by awelborn

for criticizing public schools in a letter to the editor. Peters’ letter said public schools spend too much money on new buildings instead of education and that a quality education stems from values and family support, especially when modeled after […]

Well, well

posted by awelborn

Several months ago, we had a discussion on the blog about a case in the Diocese of Rockford involving a priest, 2 female teenage accusers, and the Diocesan refusal to turn over the priest’s files to the law. At that […]

It only takes a spark…

posted by awelborn

Very strong pastoral letter from Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs. The strongest yet, of all we’ve seen, although certainly with certain problematic implications of its own, as readers are quickly pointing out. It’s a pdf file There must be […]

I guess you people want to talk about this

posted by awelborn

Because three of you have sent it to me in the last hour: Peter King blasts Vatican “hypocricy.” Catholic lawmaker Peter King ripped Church leaders as hypocrites Thursday for the Vatican’s foreign minister claim that the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal […]

Hell freezes over

posted by awelborn

…as the correspondent who sent this along puts it. Ellen Goodman corrects herself on pre-Roe maternal abortion deaths. I bring this up because of a recent column I wrote on the March for Women’s Lives. I referred to the bad […]

Saint Gianna

posted by awelborn

In case you didn’t know, Blessed Gianna Molla will be one of the six blesseds canonized on Sunday. Here’s a piece by a priest in the Globe and Mail on her life In various parts of the world, the media […]

Do You Live in Poland?

posted by awelborn

Then you’ll be able to get De-Coding Da Vinci there, in Polish, in July! Now. If you could only find it in the United States….. Seriously, the second printing is finally in, and I’m told it will be an “endcap” […]

A slight problem

posted by awelborn

PA priest found with incriminating materials The Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 56, an assistant pastor at St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven who was also on the advisory board of the parish grade school, is the third priest who had […]

Portland’s Turn

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Vlazny speaks up Catholics who publicly disagree with serious church teaching on such matters as abortion or same-sex marriage should refrain from receiving Holy Communion,” he wrote in his May 6 column. The phrase “publicly disagree” means just that […]

Archbishop Pilarczyk

posted by awelborn

Interviewed by John Allen First, on bishops’ accountability: Some would suggest the missing element in your analysis is the question of accountability for the bishops, which somehow has not been addressed. Do you share that? No. I gave a speech […]

Changes

posted by awelborn

Springfield bishop dissolves fund giving support to abusive clerics, removes priest critic from presbyteral council McDonnell said he had spoken to donors and they had agreed that the money should be used to provide scholarships for students in Catholic schools. […]

Margaret Sanger’s Grandson

posted by awelborn

Has written a book. Reviewed in the WaPo. For Sanger, the solution lies in the field of evolutionary biology. Like many contemporary thinkers, he seems to have had a bit of a eureka moment in exploring this trendy academic field, […]

Conflict

posted by awelborn

Between the National Review Board and the bishops The high-profile lay committee investigating the clergy sex abuse scandals was “manipulated” by the bishops, who used the 13-member National Review Board for public relations cover while withholding key information from the […]

Gracias!

posted by awelborn

To Charlotte Allen for the nice plug at Inkwell.

No wafer if you waffle?

posted by awelborn

from Bishop Wenski of Orlando in today’s Sentinel, although I could have done without the bumper sticker lingo. In fact, when I first saw the headline, I went into a minor rage against what I thought was disrespectful headline-writing. But […]

Paths Crossing

posted by awelborn

Kerry and the bishops to be in Denver at the same time Sen. John Kerry plans to be in Denver next month. So will hundreds of Catholic bishops. The result could be a defining moment in the presidential campaign.

VOTF criticizes bishops

posted by awelborn

…for participating in the gay marriage debate “We look with dismay at bishops who openly criticize the homosexual community and criticize gay rights,” James E. Post, the organization’s president, told about 150 people at a Voice of the Faithful meeting […]

Well

posted by awelborn

Here’s something fascinating to a few of us.. Apparently a Major Catholic Publisher of high school religion texts has, in the light of the bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee that declares texts in compliance with the Catechism, or not, decided to […]

Ooops

posted by awelborn

For several reasons (including the fact that I finally got myself to the midwife and yes, confirmed my condition, as if it needed it), I forgot to blog that our friend Peggy Noonan was scheduled to be on that special […]

Following Up

posted by awelborn

Well. Clayton Emmer wrote to Fr. McBrien for clarification and got it. The correspondence is on his blog.

More Military Chaplains

posted by awelborn

But this time, the historical view. An interesting short piece on the first Catholic US military chaplains When war broke out between the United States and Mexico in May 1846, General Zachary Taylor’s army moved into northern Mexico with some […]

Memorable moments…

posted by awelborn

1. Bought Joseph a new shirt on Thursday – a tropical-themed kind of golf shirt similar to one of his dad’s. I told him this would be good to wear when we went to eat out. Friday night, after the […]

More on Fr. Doyle

posted by awelborn

From Stars and Stripes

Kerry’s faith

posted by awelborn

Ann Rodgers of the Pittsburgh paper takes a long, balanced look.

The Agony of the NJ Pol

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Poor guys. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a veteran Democrat from Union County, said that he would follow his church’s wishes in New Jersey and that he would drive to New York City to receive Communion. Lesniak, a former altar boy […]

Leo on Kerry

posted by awelborn

Not much new, but a couple of interesting observations Some American Catholic bishops are asking Catholic politicians to refrain from taking Communion if they cannot accept their faith’s teaching on abortion. The bishops must be in shock when they look […]

Communio

posted by awelborn

A short piece from the NYTimes, with nothing much new except this quote from McBrien On the other end of the spectrum, some Catholic thinkers say nothing in church doctrine addresses how moral teachings should be specifically applied through laws. […]

Black Madonnas

posted by awelborn

A priest transforms the art in his parish church Father Carter, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, had been summoned in a last-ditch effort to turn it around, and almost immediately upon his arrival, he decided that the images in […]

Spiritual Workout of a Former Saint

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Here’s a Times-Picayune article on that Danny Abramowicz book Michael edited. The path that winds from professional athlete to drunk to recovering drunk now finds Abramowicz as author of a small handbook on spirituality for men: “Spiritual Workout of a […]

Before Kerry…

posted by awelborn

There was Lucy Killea, now 81 and reflective. She had spoken out for abortion rights in a television campaign ad for a state Senate race, taking a stand that Maher said was “in complete contradiction to the moral teaching of […]

Another speaking…

posted by awelborn

Phoenix on September 24. In addition, I’m booked to speak at the Catholic Library Association meeting (in association with the NCEA) in Philly in 2005 and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Louisville the next week. (both right after […]

I missed this

posted by awelborn

Maybe it was in the article I posted earlier, and I just read too fast….but the ALL ad campaign costs half a million bucks. What a waste of money. I’m sorry, but this ticks me off. ALL does good work […]

Wisdom

posted by awelborn

As usual, from After Abortion (scroll down a bit) I never was publicly pro-choice, but I sure did keep my mouth shut out of fear if the topic ever came up. I never cared if a politician I voted for […]

Book Report

posted by awelborn

Well, De-Coding seems to be the best-selling of the genre over at Amazon, and still hanging in there over at BN, although we’re out of the top 100. I suspect that’s because the second printing hasn’t yet made it to […]

Count Your Blessings

posted by awelborn

Maybe we should be grateful that Madonna didn’t choose to immerse herself in Catholicism, if this is the kind of perversion of Kabbalistic Judaism she’s gone for and given millions of dollars in support of. It’s the LA Kabbalah Center, […]

AZ

posted by awelborn

Michael shares kind of a weird, interesting twist on the Phoenix-letter-signing priest story.

It’s about Sex

posted by awelborn

Krauthammer Jihadists, like all totalitarians, oppose many kinds of freedom. What makes them unique, however, is their particular hatred of freedom for women. They prize their traditional prerogatives that allow them to keep their women barefoot in the kitchen as […]

Rising Above

posted by awelborn

Cleveland church where priest was murdered is designated a shrine A $1.5 million renovation was completed in 1998. Church members were meeting to discuss how to mark the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St. Stanislaus when tragedy struck in […]

ALL against McCarrick

posted by awelborn

American Life League runs ad criticizing the Cardinal A Roman Catholic antiabortion group launched an advertising campaign against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington yesterday, attacking him for saying he is not comfortable denying Communion to Sen. John F. Kerry […]

Father’s $537,000 home

posted by awelborn

Raised the suspicion of some parishioners The pastor of St. Anthony’s in downtown Joliet since 1993, LaPore was ordained in 1976 and also had served as associate pastor of St. Pius X in Lombard. He was placed on administrative leave […]

What Do Mothers Want?

posted by awelborn

Maggie Gallagher knows Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all. At 43, I have a lot to be grateful for: a […]

Speaking….

posted by awelborn

June 19 in Cincinnati August 6 in Atlanta early October in Superior, Wisconsin Details and perhaps more to follow…

Death Comes to the Monsignor

posted by awelborn

William McGurn reflects on the life and death of a priest Understandably, nonbelievers might find it a romantic idealization of pain and ugliness to extract any beauty from the drawn-out death inflicted on this gentle man–the chemo, the probes, the […]

Torturous

posted by awelborn

I’m thinking that what David Morrison has to say about the vile treatment of Iraqi prisoners is pretty intriguing Back to the bad news. I am afraid that this represents the….increasing depravity abroad in this country. The U.S. armed forces […]

Outta Here

posted by awelborn

That Pittsburgh priest excommunicated The Rev. William Hausen knows just what he’ll do when he gets the letter notifying him of his formal excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church: Frame it. The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese announced Thursday that Hausen “has […]

The Scourger

posted by awelborn

Actor who portrayed the chief scourger in TPOTC to mount a one-man play about it. Mr. D’Ambrosi — burly, bald and blue-eyed — has had enough. “Everyone shut up; it’s my time to speak,” he said in heavily accented English […]

Teresa Heinz on choices

posted by awelborn

Tells Barbara Walters that she made the choice to have an abortion on doctors’ advice, but miscarried the night before. Teresa Heinz Kerry told a television interviewer this week that she had planned to have an abortion in the mid-1970’s […]

Using DVC

posted by awelborn

To teach lessons about bad writing! Brown’s writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad. In some passages scarcely a word or phrase seems to have been carefully selected or compared with alternatives. I slogged […]

No Morning After

posted by awelborn

FDA says no to over-the-counter sales – for now. In a letter to Barr, the FDA said it had rejected the over-the-counter proposal because the company did not provide enough evidence that young girls could use the Plan B pills […]

Void

posted by awelborn

Judge voids law keeping Terri Schiavo alive

Lawdamercy

posted by awelborn

Act. Together. Amazon is shipping the book in 24 hours now.

Going out of business

posted by awelborn

Abortion clinic closes – pro-life center takes its place. First built as a Jewish synagogue in the late 19th century, the building at 72 Ransom Street NE in Grand Rapids had been leased to abortionist Thomas Gordon who performed abortions […]

Saved!

posted by awelborn

MGM tries to figure out if its satire of life in an evangelical Christian high school has an appeal to…evangelical Christians. “It was not an easy sell to someone writing a check,” Mr. Stern said. “The movie is very pro-faith. […]

From a reader

posted by awelborn

Please correct your initial post concerning Monsignore Monteiro. The original Spanis Press report (http://es.news.yahoo.com/040503/4/3e3fb.html): “…monseñor Monteiro manifestó a un grupo de periodistas que “las uniones homosexuales son totalmente contrarias a la doctrina de la Iglesia. Tal postura (la legalización de […]

Kerry Woos Catholics

posted by awelborn

From The Hill In an effort to defend his political appeal among Catholics, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is to meet today with Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who has strong ties to the Latino community. The meeting follows another […]

Nope

posted by awelborn

Only one of those Arizona priests has removed his name from the letter The Rev. Chris Carpenter, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Mesa, said Tuesday in an e-mail to the media that he would remove his name from […]

McGreevey will sit back

posted by awelborn

..and not receive Communion.

A Time for Honesty

posted by awelborn

From Archbishop Myers of Newark. Speaking of teachable moments…. This is not a new teaching of the Church. From the earliest years, it has been pointed out that one cannot claim to be a Christian and yet believe other than […]

Flexible

posted by awelborn

Papal Envoy to Spain says times they are a’ changin’ Monsignor Manuel Monteiro de Castro told a conference of Spanish bishops at the weekend: “The new political situation in which we are living in Spain sets new challenges in the […]

Lobbying in MO

posted by awelborn

Bishops have ticked off some GOP solons The rift began with a March 15 letter to lawmakers from the Missouri Catholic Conference, signed by the state’s five bishops. It was critical of legislation by Republican Rep. Jodi Stefanick, of Ballwin, […]

Now Leahy

posted by awelborn

Abortion rights, Catholic pol, what now? Vermont’s Bishop Kenneth Angell said this week that he wants to “establish and maintain open lines of communication” with politicians who may hold positions that differ with the church’s. He also said he is […]

In Contempt

posted by awelborn

Gregory defends diocese The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday defended his diocese’s refusal to release the mental health records of a retired priest accused of sexual abuse, saying priests’ rights have to be balanced with […]

Making Babies

posted by awelborn

Designed to provide stem cells for their siblings In a growing practice that troubles some ethicists, a Chicago laboratory helped create five healthy babies to serve as stem-cell donors for their ailing brothers and sisters. The made-to-order infants, from different […]

Crosses back at Iona

posted by awelborn

Back in the classroom. Iona College students returned from spring break a few weeks ago to a subtle, unannounced change in their classrooms. “Some people took a double-take, like ‘There are crucifixes in our classrooms. When did that happen?’ ” […]

Okay, so you’re bored with De-Coding

posted by awelborn

I discovered that Loyola has the page up for my fall book from them: Here ’tis Here’s the cover: And no, we’re really not bored with De-Coding, are we? Amazon is back to 2-3 weeks. Grrrrr. But I hear the […]

Sullivan on Kerry

posted by awelborn

At TNR Actually rather interesting: But is abortion different? Is the contempt for human life that any abortion inherently embodies such a social evil that no politician can be permitted to call himself a Catholic and support the right to […]

Sacristy report

posted by awelborn

From a reader: And to top things off yesterday, my pastor, who actually read and *enjoyed* the DVC, was involved in a very excited discussion yesterday in the Sacristy. He was talking to a local Catholic politician who has held […]

Toledo!

posted by awelborn

I forgot – I never told you about my talk, so overwhelmed was I by the border crossing trauma. The talk went great! Probably about 150 people there, at the campus church at Bowling Green University. The talk was sponsored […]

The Draft

posted by awelborn

via Via Dom The draft of the new English translation of the Mass, very awkwardly posted on 44 different web pages on an Australian website. It’s scanned. Very M5. And since it’s scanned, I can’t clip and paste excerpts here. […]

Dionne on Kerry

posted by awelborn

Here. Characterizes it as a GOP political tactic, or at least alerts us to the appearance of such. K-Lo responds.

Also from The Tablet

posted by awelborn

An exchange on the ethics of tube feeding and its withdrawal. One side And the other Ford is to be congratulated on his recognition, shared with the Pope, of the humanity of PVS patients, and on his desire in principle […]

How to be Happy

posted by awelborn

In The Tablet, Robert Ellsberg writes about what he learned The saints do not teach us how to avoid suffering. Nor do they teach us that suffering makes us happy. What they do show is that it is only along […]

The Moor-Slaying Saint

posted by awelborn

Spanish Cathedral moves a statue A statue in a Spanish cathedral showing St James slicing the heads off Moorish invaders is to be removed to avoid causing offence to Muslims. Cathedral authorities in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, […]

Catholic Colleges

posted by awelborn

The Cardinal Newman Society has issued a five year report, collating all of its examination of “culture of death” activities and stances in American Catholic colleges.

Ps. 139….or not.

posted by awelborn

Go check out the photo heading the Piraeus blog today The woman in this photo is not, of course, consciously making any religious statement, but my own mind was pulled in that direction by her photo. More specificially, it put […]

That reminds me…

posted by awelborn

Because manuscripts and editing are on my mind, I’m going to tell you a story. I think about six years have passed since this happened, so it’s safe to tell. I still won’t use real names, though. I was still […]

That explains it

posted by awelborn

This explains my puzzling Amazon jump this weekend – for a few hours I was even in the top 100 – this is probably why.

Revenge of the Copyeditors

posted by awelborn

That’s about it. I’m about to e-ship the manuscript off to the publisher. This is how it works. You submit your original manuscript, not exactly thrilled, since it’s not perfect, but you are sick of it and ready to give […]

Michael’s speaking

posted by awelborn

Tonight in Kalamazoo: Monday, May 3, 2004 “Setting Your Heart on Fire at Every Celebration of the Eucharist” Michael Dubruiel Author of The How-To Book of the Mass, Praying the Holy Rosary with the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, […]

Surmsa Corda, RIP

posted by awelborn

One of the best bloggers out there – and I mean that – Peter Nixon of Sursum Corda is shutting down. And I guess he means it, because he says he’s going to delete the whole thing! Seriously, Peter is […]

Mid-Season Sopranos Evaluation

posted by awelborn

So what do you think? I am usually one, during the course of this show, to remain in a state of perpetual confusion about the Mob stories. I can never remember who’s who especially when the New York families get […]

Steinfels on Santorum

posted by awelborn

Yesterday Nothing very surprising or shocking about any of this, just the ordinary stuff of politics. But the politicking that went into Tuesday’s primary was a contrast with the rhetoric of Wednesday’s prayer breakfast, where, according to The Washington Times […]

The question is…

posted by awelborn

…can someone tell me how to write nothing pieces like this one and get them published in the NYTimes Magazine? For personal reasons, I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately, crisscrossing the West and the Midwest and noticing along […]

In My Own Backyard, Redux

posted by awelborn

Bishop tells South Bend high school to rescind pro-abortion rights governor’s speaking invite More. Ray Schmidt, one St. Joseph High School parent commented,“At first I thought it was a little harsh, but then I read that he actually has a […]

The Devil in Uruguay

posted by awelborn

A WaPo article about an exorcist The vast majority of people who are referred to him suffer from mental illness, he said. He refers most of them to local psychiatrists and mental health professionals. But the Devil does exist, he […]

Venerable Solanus Casey

posted by awelborn

Friday morning, we went to the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, the first time since the new vistor’s center had been completed. I rather liked it – the display did a nice job of explaining his life and work, and […]

You thought Rumspringa was something

posted by awelborn

(Rumspringa being the time in an Amish young person’s life when they are given time to experience certain freedoms in life, part of the idea being to ensure that their choice to embrace adulthood as an Amish is really a […]

Coyotes on the Ambassador Bridge

posted by awelborn

So. We’ve been back and forth to Canada several times since 9/11, and have experienced some relatively lengthy waits, but never any real problems. And, I’ll admit that I’d heard, here and there, that they were asking for birth certificates […]

Sauce, Goose, Gander Dep’t

posted by awelborn

Conason isn’t my favorite, but, y’know… ….consider the long list of prominent Catholic Republicans who advocate abortion rights and civil equality for homosexuals. Like Mr. Kerry, these churchgoing pols have defied church orthodoxy. But unlike him, the Republicans can worship […]

We’re back/Open Thread

posted by awelborn

…of course, and have been. All went well – good crowd, a blog-reader or two (Hi Kevin!), etc. Some adventures the next day as we crossed the border for a short Canadian jaunt, but right now I’m too busy to […]

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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 ...

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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