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Okay

posted by awelborn

Yup, that’s it. In Atlanta, no time, really to blog, except for this… It’s a Flannery O’Connor short story waiting to happen, on a huge scale…when you’ve got the National Federation for the Blind meeting at the same time in […]

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Try this

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People are writing me wondering about the blank space…I figure it’s because I have the blog set to display the last two days’ of entries, and since I’ve not blogged since last week…it’s blank. Let’s post and see if that […]

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Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

Reflections from Spain…and other places Speaking of the strength of Spanish Catholicism, I saw three of the country’s best known Marian shrines last week: Montserrat, Torreciudad, and the Virgin of Pilar in Saragossa. One is struck by the crowds they […]

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Hubbard Tales

posted by awelborn

As you know, the investigation cleared him as far as the personal issues go. Local reactions.

Move Over

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Deep subject: Chicago Tribune looks at our attachment to our spot in church Up until the mid-1900s, it was common for regular members of a congregation to pay the church to sit in a specific seat or pew, a practice […]

From the Tablet

posted by awelborn

An interview/discussion with George Weigel But this lacuna aside, Weigel’s political vision, drawn from Catholic social teaching as updated by the Pope, is attractive: the State defers to the moral values embedded in a free society in which the Churches […]

Embryonic Tales

posted by awelborn

From CT: What to do with frozen embryos? Jim and Susanne are not alone. More than 400,000 frozen embryos are stored in clinics across the United States. No one knows how long frozen embryos retain their viability, but children have […]

On deck

posted by awelborn

A week or so of travels. We leave on Saturday, headed to Knoxville, where we will see my dad and my oldest son. Sunday evening, we’ll go on down to Atlanta to the Christian Booksellers’ Association trade show, which is […]

Chinese Bishops

posted by awelborn

Vatican protests arrests Navarro-Valls listed three recent cases. He said that since May 27 there has been no news on the bishop of Xuanhua, who was taken into police custody. Another bishop in Xiwanzi was held from June 2-12 while […]

Deported

posted by awelborn

Salesian priest at the center of one of the DMN’s stories will be deported from Samoa.

From Lexington

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Lexington bishop makes his point; politicians respond Lexington Bishop Ronald Gainer doesn’t want pro-choice Catholic politicians to take Communion in his diocese. But Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac and state Sen. Ernesto Scorsone — both Catholics and abortion-rights advocates — said […]

Bishop Watch

posted by awelborn

First, the interim reflections on McCarrick’s task force, posted on the USCCB website. I think all of the statements here are well worth reading – necessary, in fact, if you’re a person with a serious interest in this issue. I […]

Reax

posted by awelborn

..to the bishops’ statement on pro-abortion, etc. Catholic speakers at Catholic colleges and universities. The problem becomes more complex when schools honor lawmakers for accomplishments unrelated to their positions on church issues. Boston College Law School chose as its commencement […]

On the Road to Canonization

posted by awelborn

Promulgating decrees Today in Clementine Hall in the presence of John Paul II and various officials, 16 decrees were promulgated, relating to the heroic virtues, martyrdoms and miracles of diverse “servants of God.”

Religious Fiction

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From a Publisher’s Weekly report on Book Expo: For those who track religion, one of the most intriguing developments at BEA this year was the quiet proliferation of novels from “secular” trade houses that deal with religious or spiritual themes.

Unwanted Interruptions

posted by awelborn

Fascinating interview with Amy Laura Hall, assistant professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School, on our culture’s – and the evangelical world’s – attitudes towards procreation and children. Dare I ask you if the belief that life begins at […]

Nigerian Violence

posted by awelborn

What is it really about? While estimates cannot always be verified, more than 10,000 have died in Christian- Muslim violence nationwide since 1999. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the Anglican archbishop of Kaduna, said northern Nigeria has been embroiled in religious conflicts for […]

No rush

posted by awelborn

Cleveland booksellers underwhelmed by Clinton-seeking customers. Chagrin Falls bookstore owner Jim Lewis mostly chuckled Tuesday at the hype as TV showed hordes scrambling for copies of Bill Clinton’s newly released autobiography, “My Life,” in New York and Washington, D.C. “You […]

Witnesses

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Young adults in Chicago trying to make a difference. Two years ago, several pro-life young adults started the “Young People for Life” initiative, in which each participant was assigned a day to fast for the end to abortion. In addition, […]

Responding

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Fr. Rob responds to Fr. van Beeck’s Commonweal article.

Rockford Files

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Long, detailed story – well worth reading – about Fr. Mark Campobello, the victims of his abuse, his obviously stunted emotional development, the law and the diocese. The lesson again – when a situation becomes known, seriously just don’t bother […]

A question

posted by awelborn

This is for all of you knowledgeable Lutherans and former Lutherans out there. Is it common for Lutherans to call their worship service a “Mass?” Is it even done? The reason: I just passed a Lutheran church that had a […]

Salesians respond

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Here. Via Dom

Last bit o’ grist

posted by awelborn

From Commonweal, Frans Jozef van Beeck, SJ on denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians In this situation, where do I stand? As a priest-theologian, I do not worship the church. Rather, I suffer with it, as family members do with family. […]

More Grist

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From Sidney Callahan: I voted for George W. Bush and I’m heartily sorry now. My support was motivated by prolife convictions, but so is my present dismay. I opted for Bush in 2000 because I thought he’d try to protect […]

Lots’ of grist

posted by awelborn

for the mill in the issue of Commonweal that’s currently online. First, a piece by Orthodox writer John Garvey, who always has interesting things to say: Here we are: back at polytheism. All these gods—mine, yours, hers, his, theirs—are the […]

Exempt?

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The Spectator Online runs a piece about a couple of recent non-profit related issues If the New York Times and NPR have their way, Christians may soon long for the days of hungry lions and syphilitic Roman emperors. The Scylla […]

Heroic priests

posted by awelborn

in Colombia Throughout Colombia’s 40-year-old conflict, the church has often been the only channel of communication between warring factions. In isolated regions, priests fill a void left by the absence of state authority. “The church is the only institution that […]

Hot Potato

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Rod sometimes mentions his early days on AOL, experiencing the Catholic message boards there, and how contentious the whole scene was. I was around then too, intially thinking, “how great is this! Catholics from around the world conversing…” only to […]

And on the third day…

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More from the Dallas Morning News The Mexican bishop had trouble on his hands. An attacker had nearly killed one of his priests, whose sexual misconduct was well known to the bishop. And now villagers were telling police about a […]

Tryout

posted by awelborn

Sampling life at Gethsemane

Varia

posted by awelborn

Talk in Cincinnati went well, I think. Except for the poor gentleman who turned green and passed out during the talk preceding mine. They took him away, and the last report I heard was that he would be okay. I […]

DMN, Part Two

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is here, focusing on a situation in Costa Rica and Honduras Bishop San Casimiro acknowledged that in the mid-1990s, he freed Father Vásquez to work abroad after the priest admitted to him that he had abused a 10-year-old altar boy. […]

What the bishops said

posted by awelborn

Issue rebuke. Leave the rest up to the ordinaries Despite the “polarizing” nature of election-year politics, the bishops wrote, “Respect for the holy eucharist, in particular, demands that it be received worthily and that it be seen as the source […]

Choosing

posted by awelborn

A A NYTimes article on prenatal testing and the burden of the consequent choices. But some couples who terminate pregnancies for fetal health conditions say no one has a right to judge them. A child psychologist in Atlanta who terminated […]

The mystery

posted by awelborn

I think the mystery that would puzzle most readers of stories like those the Dallas News is publishing is…why? What is the root of the reluctance (to put it mildly) to remove even even convicted abusers from some sort of […]

Dallas report

posted by awelborn

The Dallas Morning News begins its series – to continue over the course of a year – investigating the global protection of abusing priests. An overview. And the first of the stories, centering on an Australian Salesian. Cardinal Rodriguez of […]

Word from Rome

posted by awelborn

…is up. John Allen reports on much of interest, including conservative critiques of the Curia, particularly in regard to the UN: As this critical reflection deepens in conservative circles, one issue where I suspect it will increasingly focus is the […]

Sudan’s tragedy

posted by awelborn

From the UK Tablet This is a tragedy foretold: the UN and aid agencies have been warning for months about what was going to happen in Darfur. Many are pointing to the frightening similarities with the great Sudanese famine of […]

Kerry and Religion

posted by awelborn

Don’t say anything about it, advises Fr. Drinan.

Ratline?

posted by awelborn

Catholic World News reports that the Dallas Morning News is poised to report the results of an investigation…. The sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Church in the US over the past two years is not be limited to […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses banned

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in Russia. Who’s next? “Once you get a decision like this, it’s open season,” John Burns, the Canadian lawyer who represented the group at a Moscow appellate court, told The New York Times. He told the Associated Press, “Religious freedom […]

Speaking of which…

posted by awelborn

When does personhood begin? A CT overview, mostly of evangelical positions.

Well..

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Looks like we’ve got ourselves another boy. Yup. November 21 due date. Got all of his parts and, as the ultrasound technician as she tried to get the right angles on those parts, he was thoroughly uncooperative. Another one.

The Miracle Detective

posted by awelborn

A Godspy interview with Randall Sullivan, author of the Miracle Detective, which, to my great chagrin, I still have not read. Your description of your conversion experience really impressed me. It was clearly a genuine experience of God’s love. Yeah, […]

Terri Schiavo news

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob has some – her parents have been allowed to see her again, and there is some legal progress.

From the other side of the Pond

posted by awelborn

In the UK Telegraph, questions about what RC bishops – and their bureaucratic reps, more precisely – are up to, exactly Since Hume’s death, a shabby terrace house in a Pimlico square has been slowly sucking the authority out of […]

Under Oath

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Law, two other bishops have testified Cardinal Bernard F. Law and at least two former high-ranking bishops of the Boston Archdiocese have testified before a federal grand jury investigating the case of a Boston-area priest who was transferred to […]

Politics, Religion and Silence

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes looks at abortion-rights GOP pols and their bishops Both Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Pataki have traditionally embraced pluralism, a wise approach in polyglot New York. The former mayor, who has indicated he may run for office again, just […]

Oh no…

posted by awelborn

She doesn’t have time to blog, but she has time to mess with her photo albums, starting a whole new one for Summer 2004. A bit of Chicago, a bit of Detroit so far. Priorities, I tell ya. Actually, I […]

In America

posted by awelborn

Two articles on bishops, politicians and Communion: Archbishop Burke Did I impose a canonical sanction on the Catholic politicians from the Diocese of La Crosse, who had departed from the church’s teaching on the inviolability of human life? I did […]

Okay, one thing

posted by awelborn

Here’s Michael Novak on the Bishops, politicians and Communion, which performs the useful task of highlighting the theological issues for the clueless journos who persist in thinking it’s all about bishops “using communion for political purposes.” In other words, even […]

If you wrote to me yesterday

posted by awelborn

And didn’t hear anything in response it’s because Yahoo! mail “upgraded” and “improved” its services, making sending email, at least for me, impossible. Seems to be straightened out today. BTW, here’s something that does work. Do you know what that […]

Pledge Mania

posted by awelborn

News and reactions at CT’s Weblog.

What could follow..

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The Da Vinci Diet?

Inquisition

posted by awelborn

No link as yet, this is from the Vatican News Service morning email: VATICAN CITY, JUN 15, 2004 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, Cardinals Roger Etchegaray, former president of the Central Committee of the Grand […]

Someday, I’ll blog….

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, we went back and forth to Detroit to see the mighty “Fish Marlins” beat the Tigers. One out of three ain’t bad. It was a good game, I got some sun, Joseph got very sweaty. This will be a […]

Kateri’s cause

posted by awelborn

Is time running out? In Kateri’s case, the Pope waived the miracle requirement before beatification. It doesn’t appear he will do it again. “We have, since 1980, needed one miracle performed through her intercession,” said the Rev. John Paret, the […]

DNR

posted by awelborn

A wire service article about conflicts over hospital policies – when patients’ families want continued treatment, and medical professionals don’t. Backed by court orders and medical ethicists, hospitals have adopted little-known policies that declare “doctors know best” in deciding when […]

Outsourcing intentions

posted by awelborn

With a little tweaking, this NYTimes article could run in The Onion, although what the author of the article fails to realize is that the Church is universal, and mass intentions go all over the place as a matter of […]

A little help here?

posted by awelborn

In Friday’s Word from Rome, John Allen reported that President Bush had asked the Pope for help – asking him to push the US bishops to speak out more on certain issues, particularly same-sex marriage. The NYTimes picks up the […]

Kerry Never Lets Us Down

posted by awelborn

In the Dem response to the Saturday presidential radio address, Kerry advocated more stem cell research, failing to distinguish between adult and embryonic cells and calling for us all to be brave in the face of our ethical concerns. Jeff […]

From around these parts

posted by awelborn

A piece by Fr. Michael Heintz, who is the rector of St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. Augustine’s “City of God” (a hefty tome that nonetheless repays the reader’s efforts) offered a much less sanguine view of the possibilities of […]

Word from Rome

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John Allen reports on the pope’s visit to Switzerland, the Bush-Pope meeting, and some other matters. Switzerland is a microcosm of the “ecclesiastical winter” besetting much of Europe. The country has a rich Catholic past, centered especially on famous monastic […]

Crucifixes in the classroom

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes looks at the return of crucifixes to the classrooms of some Catholic colleges By 1997, a student group at Georgetown was demanding that crucifixes, by then hung only in historic classroom buildings and each room of the Georgetown […]

Hyde speaks out

posted by awelborn

Haven’t heard from him in a while – Henry Hyde shares his views Describing as distinctly unfortunate the fact that abortion has become the litmus test for Democrats, Hyde said that prestigious Catholics who propound it seem to intimidate some […]

Reagan, research and stem cells

posted by awelborn

By William Clark, in today’s NYTimes He consistently opposed federal support for the destruction of innocent human life. After the charter expired for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s ethical advisory board — which in the 1970’s supported destructive […]

El Camino

posted by awelborn

Also from the Tablet, a brief account of a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago Most pilgrims have at least one story like that to tell, and confidence in Divine Providence is one of the many fruits of the camino. […]

Searching for the text

posted by awelborn

A writer at the UK Tablet is searching for the text of the 1998 ICEL translation of the Mass on the ‘net.

Philadelphia Story

posted by awelborn

Grand jury has been getting busy In other cities and counties, prosecutors have wrapped up grand jury investigations by issuing scathing reports that provided damaging information about how church higher-ups had protected abusive priests. In three cases, however, prosecutors went […]

Tidbits

posted by awelborn

An interesting roundup of three news stories, including Hans Kung’s reaction to the Pope’s Swiss visit, the response of some Canadian bishops their church’s affirmation of same-sex unions, and the withdrawal of a large United Church of Christ from its […]

What profiteth a bookseller

posted by awelborn

Nice mention of my book as a bestseller in a SC article about the popularity of spirituality-themed titles

The Road to Nicaragua

posted by awelborn

Friars hitching their way On the sun-baked sidewalk near an Interstate 581 entrance ramp, two Franciscan friars prayed for a ride Thursday afternoon as they waited in their woolen robes, thumbs in the air. They were on their way to […]

Extreme?

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Dulles says Bishops’ abuse policy extreme The nation’s pre-eminent Roman Catholic theologian, Cardinal Avery Dulles, called in a speech published yesterday for reconsideration of the “zero tolerance” policy toward sex abuse by priests that U.S. bishops adopted two years […]

Pro-Life Progressives

posted by awelborn

With nowhere to go in the voting booth. Given the limitations of each party, it’s hard to blame pro-life progressives’ temptation to stay home and throw their hands up in frustration. Polls show that a sizeable number of pro-life Democrats […]

Baptism flack

posted by awelborn

Catholic school teacher fired for having child baptized in a Protestant church. But Abigail’s baptism in her father’s Protestant church – to which her proud mother invited school colleagues – violated the terms of Anne Souza’s contract at St. Mary’s […]

Different views

posted by awelborn

Lifesite News rounds up some different reactions Numerous and sometimes contradictory stories are circulating about the reaction of Vatican officials to the US Bishops’ Task Force on Catholics in politics.

Another try

posted by awelborn

A different tactic in Michigan Michigan’s House and Senate Wednesday passed a bill defining legal birth as the moment when any portion of a baby has been delivered from the birth canal. All rights afforded to a human being begin […]

Hot Ticket in Denver

posted by awelborn

The Bishops won’t be alone. American Life League: The Stafford, Va., Catholic group will unveil a national newspaper ad urging bishops to take a unified stand that Catholic politicians cannot be legitimately Catholic if they support abortion rights, spokesman Joe […]

Episcopacy Beat

posted by awelborn

Olmsted clarifies again Catholic politicians who unambiguously support a woman’s right to choose should not receive communion, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said Wednesday. But he declined to say he would deny communion to politicians who do not follow church teaching […]

The other side

posted by awelborn

I’ve been thinking about a couple of the publishing-related comments, which seemed to imply that it’s really unrealistic to think that Catholic writing and publishing can reach the masses, that the hardcore customers of St. Cyprians are what we should […]

Up North

posted by awelborn

Calgary bishop rips PM Calgary’s Roman Catholic Bishop is ripping into Prime Minister Paul Martin’s faith credentials, demanding the PM take a stand against abortion and same-sex marriage. In an open letter to be posted at city parishes Sunday, outspoken […]

N.T. Wright

posted by awelborn

If you don’t know who he is, you should. He’s the Anglican bishop of Durham in England, and a New Testament scholar who is one of the leaders in bringing some sense and historical responsibility back into the field, and […]

St. Clare, call your office

posted by awelborn

From the NYTimes Travel section letters page: “To the Editor: Regarding ‘On the da Vinci Trail’ (Q and A, May 9), I’d like to mention our Global Awareness Through Experience tours, www.gate-travel.org, which will go to all “The Da Vinci […]

With All Due Respect

posted by awelborn

So…the last Sopranos until 2006 or something? Letdown? Okay? Of course, it couldn’t match the preceding episode, which was one of the best of the entire series, but I didn’t think it was as awful as some people think. It […]

Get Religion

posted by awelborn

So I re-enter the Communion Controversy by pointing you to Terry Mattingly at Get Religion, who examines the failure of reporters to bring doctrinal issues into their coverage of this story: For journalists, it is clear that the next major […]

Part 2

posted by awelborn

A comment from Rick to get us started: I think most Catholic publishers would brave the wrath of St. Cyprian’s Bookspot if they had a title they believed would sell in volume through Wal-Mart, B & N’s, and Borders. The […]

Catholic publishing, part 1

posted by awelborn

A short, but probably not sweet beginning because I’ve got stuff to do.. The first problem confronting the contemporary Catholic publisher is…who’s buying our books and where? One would think, logically, that the Catholic publisher, like any publisher, would be […]

Philly Auxiliaries

posted by awelborn

Today’s episcopal appointments: Msgr. Joseph Robert Cistone, vicar of the diocese of Philadelphia, U.S.A., as auxiliary bishop of same diocese (area 5,652, population 3,861,648, Catholics 1,494,883, priests 1,083, permanent deacons 212, religious 569), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in 1949 […]

Other Chicago matters

posted by awelborn

In between BEA trips, the children and I managed a little bit of museum-going. The Museum of Science and Industry, and the old dependable, the Field. I let Katie wander around both by herself while Joseph aimlessly about, punching whatever […]

What happens..

posted by awelborn

Is that when I’m away from blogging for a time, it gets hard for me to get back into it, especially newsy blogging. So don’t come here lookin’ for that any time soon. I’m still not into the groove. Go […]

Coming Later

posted by awelborn

Reflections on Catholic publishing and the state of “Catholic” writing (not fiction today) in light of these shows and in anticipation of CBA. Preview: It’s just sad.

Just one question

posted by awelborn

How do you people live in really big cities? I mean…how? Even the suburbs of Chicago are a nightmare, in my opinion, even if you avoid downtown altogether. This is not a scene totally unfamiliar to me, having spent a […]

Who did we see?

posted by awelborn

Well, as I mentioned, I was happy to see CT Weblog editor Ted Olsen. In addition, I had a nice chat with Vinita Wright, an author and editor who edited my fall Loyola book (which is already on Amazon, miraculously). […]

BooksaLooza

posted by awelborn

As an author concerned with selling books, I’m very interested to see how publishers market, and, of course, compare it to my own experience. A trade show is only one aspect – and some would argue, an aspect of declining […]

We’re Back

posted by awelborn

Of course we’re back, but I was just so tired yesterday, couldn’t bear to start blogging. Plus, I had that 2-hour interview w/Fr. Ron Lengwin on KDKA last night which wore me out, as well. Comments are open, if you […]

Day 2

posted by awelborn

On Wednesday, Michael went over to RBTE early and met with folks, then returned to get me for book signings. Met lots of nice folks, signed many, many books. I was especially pleased to meet Ted Olsen, the esteemed and […]

Day 1

posted by awelborn

Day 1 was mostly driving, of course. Got to our hotel mid-afternoon, which gave some of us a chance for what was most anticipated – a swim. A “swim” for Joseph being sitting on the steps leading into the pool. […]

Allrighty Then

posted by awelborn

Honestly, I haven’t even looked at my own blog in about three days. I’ve been finishing up The Thing, and …I did! I’m quite relieved, although work is not over…a few small things and one ongoing general editing job await […]

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