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So-called Old Time Religion

posted by awelborn

A DMN piece looks at a Latin Mass community, Opus Dei and the Neo-Catechumenal Way in the Dallas area. I think I was most surprised by the strength of the last group. Nuestra Señora Del Pilar started as a parish […]

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The Word from Peru

posted by awelborn

That’s where John Allen is reporting from, and he has some fascinating stuff, including skullduggery swirling around Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima and explanations for the growth in evangelical Protestantism in the country Peruvian journalist Federico Prieto Celi gave […]

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Mt. Carmel

posted by awelborn

Today is The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Talk about your favorite Carmelites here, if you like, and what Carmel is all about.

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Book Signing

posted by awelborn

Here in The Fort on Sunday, and perhaps, on a slightly different note, a quick trip to NYC next week. I’ve got a phone agreement, but I won’t believe anything until they tell me my flight number. So stay tuned…

Religion in Reserve

posted by awelborn

A Washington Post article on Kerry and religion John F. Kerry, a lifelong Roman Catholic, carries in his briefcase an unmarked manila folder stuffed full of religion articles, scriptures, personal reflections — and a sermon the Democrat has been fine-tuning […]

And then in Fresno…

posted by awelborn

Priest removed Father Jean-Michael Lastiri, or Father Mike as he is known, has been removed indefinitely from the Merced parish he worked so hard to build — leaving parishioners there hurt and upset that their spiritual leader and friend is […]

Portland

posted by awelborn

The British view Even if nothing so apocalyptic comes about, Portland archdiocese is going to have to get used to operating with non-Catholic supervision. That has been, in fact, one of the recurrent themes of the American Church’s crisis. Bishops […]

Anger, righteous and not

posted by awelborn

Mark Shea on what to watch out for (scroll down a bit) There are two sides to every great sin. There is the sin itself and also the effect the sin has on us. As a layman, there’s precious little […]

Resigned

posted by awelborn

Archdiocese tells pastor at heart of lawsuit to resign The Archdiocese of New York ordered a prominent monsignor to resign as pastor of an Upper East Side parish in Manhattan after it discovered evidence that he may have misappropriated hundreds […]

Playing Both Sides

posted by awelborn

A good column from the Denver Post After pressure from pro-choice activists, who vehemently disagree with the assertion that life begins at conception, Stephanie Cutter, a Kerry spokeswoman, reiterated her candidate’s convictions. Kerry, she says, has “always said he doesn’t […]

From Austin

posted by awelborn

A reader alerts me to that bishop’s statement on abortion-rights-supporting politicians and the Eucharist. Anyone who seriously disagrees with the teachings of the church has chosen for their own personal reasons not to be in communion with the church. The […]

Another bishop chimes in

posted by awelborn

Michael tells us about the bishop of St. Augustine’s statement on politicians, abortion and the Eucharist.

All the Pope’s Men

posted by awelborn

…is the title of John Allen’s newest book, linked over there on the right. In the introduction, Allen lays out his intentions: At the very least, I hope this book will help English-speaking Catholics see that in many cases the […]

Andalusia

posted by awelborn

I realized that I had not yet blogged about our brief side trip to Andalusia, the home of Flannery O’Connor in Milledgeville, Georgia (which is about 25 miles east of Macon). This isn’t the first time I’d been there. Michael […]

See no evil

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A brief report from an independent Tuscon paper on a June deposition by retired Tuscon bishop Moreno Moreno is in failing health, preparing to meet his maker. Perhaps that explains why Moreno is now openly admitting his complicity in the […]

Thrown Back

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Fr. Rob on many things, including the FMA and, from this past weekend, an excellent pro-life homily on “Who Is My Neighbor?”

A Plethora of Saints

posted by awelborn

Three very interesting saints or blesseds are remembered today on the calendar. There’s Kateri Tekakwitha, whose story we all know. (We visited her tomb, which is across the river from Montreal in a depressed little village mostly of “First Nations” […]

To Bead or Not to Bead

posted by awelborn

A very interesting e-mail from the medical director of Maternal Life International: Let us give the Georgetown researchers the benefit of the doubt and trust they are working to create a more user friendly method of NFP. However, there are […]

For the sake of efficiency

posted by awelborn

We’ll just post all of today’s pressing Church and law stories at once. LA judge releases first transcripts of grand jury investigation into Archdiocese. Manhattan parish shocked by swindling charges against pastor Interpol seeks molesting priest, church authorities apparently uninterested […]

Reading Corner

posted by awelborn

This evening, I read John Allen’s newest book, All the Pope’s Men. I’ll havemore thoughts tomorrow, but until then I’ll simply say that I’m intrigued by one question: I just am fascinated to see how the National Catholic Reporter is […]

In Rhythm

posted by awelborn

A rather lengthy article from the Washington Post on “CycleBeads,” developed at Georgetown as a means for women to track their menstrual cycles and chart, after a fashion, fertile and infertile days. The necklace is a tool that helps a […]

More problems

posted by awelborn

In Scranton.</a. Yeah, innocent until proven guilty and all, but I can’t help but be impressed by the accused’s explanation of the contents of his duffel bag. Sick call, perhaps?

Polling Catholics

posted by awelborn

Some results of a Zogby poll dealing with Catholics’ views of Bush, stem-cell research and other matters.

Silly Pranks

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Perhaps something is lost in translation, but that’s how one Austrian bishop described the, er, hi-jinks unearthed at an Austrian seminary Roman Catholic leaders in Austria called an emergency meeting today after officials discovered a vast cache of photos and […]

That’s one way to cope

posted by awelborn

Parishioners of a closed Detroit parish continue to meet About 70 people sat under trees Sunday to celebrate the Mass on the Grass, as it was called, in between the golf course and the water park in Detroit’s Chandler Park. […]

Meeting of Minds

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Missouri congressman to meet with Archbishop Burke Rep. William Lacy Clay, a St. Louis Democrat who favors abortion rights, plans to meet Monday with the archbishop. “I think Archbishop Burke has gone too far; he is now delving into politics,” […]

Intercessors of the Lamb

posted by awelborn

Never heard of them before this, but they’ve got people in Omaha riled up. The Christian community of hermits, priests and lay people, called Intercessors of the Lamb, will draw more than a thousand people from across the world Sunday […]

Reigning in Richmond

posted by awelborn

A Virginia paper looks at the new bishop and his theological advisor who will embark upon the interesting task, among others, of approving speakers in the diocese. Also at issue are the many diocesan commissions. But within the bounds of […]

Another Portland angle

posted by awelborn

The role of now-Archbishop Levada of SF Maurice Healy, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said Levada had no comment on the Portland bankruptcy. But in a lengthy deposition given in San Francisco on April 7, Levada denied […]

Calling, missed

posted by awelborn

One of the many areas of knowledge that intrigues me on an admittedly casual level is language acquisition. I sometimes think I should have chucked the whole religion thing long ago and gone back to grad school in child development. […]

Not Unprecedented

posted by awelborn

A St. Louis Press-Dispatch article comparing Archbishop Burke’s stance with that of Archibishop Rummel of New Orleans back in the 1960’s In March of 1962, Rummel announced a plan to integrate all Catholic schools in New Orleans the following school […]

Irish Eyes

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes story on the priest shortage in Ireland Only 8 Roman Catholic clerical students are expected to be ordained in 2004 in all of Ireland, compared with 193 ordinations in 1990. The Diocese of Dublin, the largest in the […]

Allen v. Reich

posted by awelborn

Charlotte takes on Robert Reich in the LA Times In a column titled “Bush’s God” in this month’s American Prospect magazine, Robert Reich, secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, declares that religion is a graver threat to America than […]

Reprimanded

posted by awelborn

FW Diocese reprimands Fr. Hawkins.

nice blurb

posted by awelborn

For De-Coding from the Diocese of Brooklyn newspaper

The Religious Left

posted by awelborn

Peter Steinfels today in the NYTimes There may be a bloc of religiously traditional voters – many Catholics and at least some evangelicals – who find the Bush foreign policy and especially the war in Iraq morally unsettling but also […]

The Power of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Michael’s new book is being prepared for publication, and you can even pre-order now.

Did he win?

posted by awelborn

Missed Jeopardy last night – we went to a baseball game. And now it’s time for the zoo. So – later. If there are any good stories out there you’d like us to read, post the links here. Or any […]

Toledo closings

posted by awelborn

A big chunk of parishes. Two dozen of the Toledo Catholic Diocese’s 157 parishes are recommended for closure as part of a realignment study designed to consolidate parishes with too few members and assign a dwindling number of priests to […]

German troubles

posted by awelborn

And yet again from the Tablet, one German cardinal strongly critiques another. Germany’s leading conservative cardinal has bitterly criticised Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the Archbishop of Mainz, for allowing dissident theologians to express their views at last month’s annual Katholikentag conference. […]

Born to Sing

posted by awelborn

Also from the Tablet, , the results of a survey of readers’ favorite hymns. (In case you’re not familiar with it, the Tablet is the UK’s premier Roman Catholic newspaper). And here’s a discussion of the choices If old-stagers from […]

Ready to be Born

posted by awelborn

A Tablet interview with Dr. Stuart Campbell, the Scottish doctor responsible for those remarkable 4D images of unborn babies that came out a couple of weeks ago. The doctor has changed his views on abortion – a bit – he […]

Born Again

posted by awelborn

A piece from Opinion Journal looking at the beliefs of “born again” teens About one-third of American teenagers claim they’re “born again” believers, according to data gathered over the past few years by Barna Research Group, the gold standard in […]

Clarification:

posted by awelborn

From Rod Dreher: I’d like to ask you to make a correction to the record in the Father Clay matter. There’s been a lot of blog talk — much of it by me — referring to Father Clay’s suspension from […]

Keep yourself up to date

posted by awelborn

With all of your Church bankruptcy news, here’s , well, The Catholic Church Bankrupcy News, its first issue free, but available to subscribers only afterwards. FYI.

Doe and its penumbra

posted by awelborn

Stuart Buck penned an entry on the subject a few days ago that has been the subject of much discussion at The Corner, beginning here and going up.

Adoration in LA

posted by awelborn

A parish gets it rolling (Link requires registration) Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church members are signing up to pray 24 hours a day at a small Perpetual Adoration chapel where they believe Christ — or his physical representation — […]

Consequences

posted by awelborn

Teacher who knew of allegations in that Rockford case fired. Late last week, the head of schools for the diocese, Sister Patricia Downey, requested a meeting with Ward, which took place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Charles library. […]

That Big Old Tent

posted by awelborn

Kate O’Beirne wonders about the line-up of prime time speakers at the GOP convention At the Big Apple convention, three Kerry Catholics will be representing the millions of faithful Catholics being aggressively courted by the Bush campaign.

New Post, Buried

posted by awelborn

Here’s a new post that is buried down below. That’s because I wrote part of it as a draft late last night, and when you finally finish and publish it, Typepad publishes it in the order you started writing it. […]

Point the Finger

posted by awelborn

Peggy Noonan is amusing on the Kerry-Edwards announcement I continue to wonder why an accomplished athlete like Mr. Kerry handles his body with such unease. He never seems to know what to do with his arms and hands. They fly […]

Neumayr on Kerry

posted by awelborn

Religion and politics don’t mix, except when I want them to. Kerry turns his Catholicism on and off like a tap, depending on the political need of the moment. When abortion is discussed, his faith is a private matter; when […]

No, it’s not painless

posted by awelborn

My middle son, 19, and living in Virginia, told me yesterday that his boss – the manager of the fast-food restaurant where he works – had committed suicide. All he knew is that it was via pills, she was in […]

What is????

posted by awelborn

Okay, who else is watching the guy from Utah on Jeopardy!? I was vaguely aware that something was up a couple of weeks ago because occasionally, as I peeked out of the kitchen while preparing dinner and Michael and Joseph […]

And in another part of Oregon

posted by awelborn

I think we may have discussed this before, but perhaps not. A reader alerted me to this, saying that although the document in question had been promulgated in April, NCR(eporter) had just recently run an article on it. Bishop Robert […]

Prayers of Petition

posted by awelborn

Eve Tushnet writes to ask us all to go visit her site to get information on signing a Protect Marriage Petition via email. Scroll down to June 28 for that.

Chapter 11, Part 2

posted by awelborn

For more stories on the Portland Archdiocese’s decision to file for bankruptcy, go here It was the lead story on All Things Considered yesterday, and they dealt with it in a rather measured way – all of their experts were […]

New NJ Bishop

posted by awelborn

Installed in Paterson Associates say Bishop Serratelli is a strict adherent to orthodox church teachings but is not confrontational in his preaching. He said his new duties would focus on bringing “to others the whole truth of the Gospel,” adding: […]

Father Baker’s Children

posted by awelborn

A reunion of folks who grew up in the care of Fr. Nelson Baker’s orphanage We were the original “Band of Brothers,’ ” said Gerald Schenk, who sang in the choir. Today, the former Baker Boys – and the women, […]

Sightlings

posted by awelborn

That’s how a guy at the hotel sports bar, talking to Michael, referred to people who can see. Well, this sightling learned a lot last week. CBA is usually a somewhat overwhelming experience, but I have to say that the […]

Child’s Play

posted by awelborn

We’re up to day 3. More exciting by the moment, eh? Joseph and I messed around Wednesday morning, then, out of simple boredom, boarded the bus to take us from the hotel to the World Congress Center. (Riding the bus […]

Eugenics then and now

posted by awelborn

In CT, (actually Books and Culture a Phillip Jenkins review of what sounds like a really interesting new book, Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement Given such cooperation, it is not surprising to find a convergence of […]

Chapter 11

posted by awelborn

Portland, Oregon archdiocese says it willl file for bankruptcy

Next year, in Atlanta

posted by awelborn

Well, actually next month. I finally found information on my August speaking engagement there. It’s part of an Apologetics seminar series: The Cathedral of Christ the King will begin its 7-week Apologetics Seminar, Reason to Believe, on Fridays, July 9, […]

Play Ball, Finally

posted by awelborn

Day 2 at the ballpark was far more successful than the first..

The Maker’s Guide to a Great Body and a Hot Marriage

posted by awelborn

…would seem to be the book title that encapsulates the apparent priorities of the CBA crowd these days, especially if the epilogue was a mini-romance novel. Yes, it’s that time of year. The time of year for me to dissect […]

Gaining Gainer

posted by awelborn

Lexington Catholics talk about their bishop Gainer’s stances please many conservatives. But other Catholics say Gainer has set the wrong tone since his February 2003 installation, warning dissenters and purging liberals from leadership posts. The new bishop has been criticized […]

Coming to America

posted by awelborn

Baghdad bishop to speak in Chicago As leader of Iraq’s tiny Roman Catholic population, overseeing a diocese of about 2,500, Sleiman’s parishes are islands in the predominantly Muslim country. The few Christians in Iraq — about 3 percent of the […]

Rained Out

posted by awelborn

A week ago tonight, at just about this time, we were returning to our room at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta after an exciting three hours at Turner Field watching…rain.

Book Report

posted by awelborn

A couple of notes: Picked up God’s Secretaries at the Harper booth at CBA (yes, yes, I’ll talk about that in a bit). Read it surrounded by the lovely red dirt landscape of south Georgia with the well-memorized landmarks of […]

Who will pick the president?

posted by awelborn

Could it be Ohio Catholics? Brendan Cull, a spokesman for the Kerry campaign in Ohio, recently countered that Mr. Kerry is a man of deep faith, and that he doesn’t tell the church how to do its business, and its […]

Pilgrims

posted by awelborn

Make their way…. …to all sorts of places.. ….and holy ground. More added as the day wears on, because I know you can’t wait for my shot of Jenkins and LaHaye.

Also from last week

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Garry Wills in the NYTimes (forgive me if this has already been beaten to death in Blogdom, but I just got back, so give me a break.) All I am saying is that the bishops have no special mandate from […]

From last week

posted by awelborn

Joseph Califano on squaring church and state. The Second Vatican Council encourages Catholics to rely more on individual conscience. But not until I became secretary of HEW did I begin to appreciate the significance — and limitations — of my […]

From across the sea

posted by awelborn

Reporting on the Kerry/Communion issue from an Italian source Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was clear with Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, archbishop of Washington and the head of the “domestic policy” commission […]

Another region of Legal Land

posted by awelborn

Filing suit against the Vatican Bank re the Frankel case The scam that threw these unlikely antagonists together began in 1998 when Frankel formed a bogus Catholic charity, the St. Francis of Assisi Foundation, with $55 million. The Vatican got […]

From Legal Land

posted by awelborn

Canon lawyer files heresy suit against Kerry Mr. Balestrieri said he filed the heresy charge — plus an additional complaint charging “harm” to himself as a result of Mr. Kerry’s pronouncements on abortion and related issues — because canon law […]

From KerryLand

posted by awelborn

…a strange, confusing place where men with large, sometimes smooth foreheads bellow into microphones… Kerry says he believes life begins at conception But even as he tried to avoid making news Sunday, Kerry broke new ground in an interview that […]

It’s a guy thing

posted by awelborn

The film, The Big Lebowski, I mean. I saw it, I don’t get it. I know several males who would live by it, if they could. On the way home today, saw a relevant bumper sticker. So I got home […]

On to St. Louis

posted by awelborn

An op-ed by Archbishop Burke on embryonic stem-cell research (Someone – Eve, perhaps? – used the phrase “embryo-destroying research” or something like that. Accurate turn of phrase.” A newspaper article about St. Louis area priests’ views of Burke’s views on […]

First up, Toledo

posted by awelborn

My Toledo correspondent writes: At last — a response to the many vulgar anti-Catholic columns by Toledo Blade associate editor Eileen Foley (grew up Catholic, now “knows better”). Bishop Blair is apparently not going to sit back silently… I cannot […]

Back

posted by awelborn

We’re back and rather tired. Our travels this week have taken us to more or less substantial stops in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia again, Tennessee again, then Kentucky. I’ll blog some quick links tonight, maybe get some pics up, and […]

Santorum Explains

posted by awelborn

Blogger Steve Skojec looks at Rick Santorum’s explanation of his support for Specter that’s in the new Crisis. I’ll give Santorum some points for at least being accountable enough to offer an explanation to the legions of American Catholics who […]

Late to the party

posted by awelborn

Even though I was a part of it. In case you haven’t already seen it, various responses to the DMN series There is also another situation that erupted in that area last week. I’ve kept up with it through correspondence […]

A bit of time

posted by awelborn

..to catch up and blog a bit. Still out of town, but in a little more leisurely place. This should make your day: Pro-abortion advocates invoke Blessed Virgin for their cause As debate at the latest Latin American economic meeting […]

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