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January 1, 1970 Archives

Christians and the Death Penalty

posted by awelborn

Joseph Bottum in First Things His point? That the justification for capital punishment that is rooted in the need to repay a blood debt with more blood is essentially pagan, and, unchecked It is real, unbearably real, in other words, […]

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Reading Ratzinger

posted by awelborn

This is the title of a moderately lengthy article in the 7/25 issue of The New Yorker (article not online). What’s interesting, as one reader pointed out, that this is the second long piece on Roman Catholicism that the New […]

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Little Sisters of the Poor

posted by awelborn

We had a thread last week on this order’s work in DC. Someone posted questions about the admission criterea, at least to the Queens, Village, NY facility. Here’s a clarification from Sister Margaret Hogarty, lsp: I would like to clarify […]

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Well, that’s different

posted by awelborn

If you go look at the Amazon list of best-selling books under the Catholicism category, you’ll find, at this moment (8:55 central), that A Woman Rides a Beast by Dave Hunt holds the #17 spot. Really? I’m thinking that even […]

Updates

posted by awelborn

A couple of updates/clarifications on stories we’ve followed here in the past: The Staten Island pastor who took desperate measures to combat non-Mass-attending families has a new fan – the mother of one of the affected families When she finally […]

Everything’s up to date in Kansas City

posted by awelborn

I don’t know how I missed this one, but here’s the quite interesting interview with Bishop Finn of KC from their diocesan paper Bishop Finn, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese of St. Louis, and editor of their […]

To vaccinate or not?

posted by awelborn

Of great concern to some parents has been the question of vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue. This has been an issue for some time, that came to the fore especially when the chicken pox vaccine became available and then […]

A Catholic view of Eastern Orthodoxy

posted by awelborn

From Aidan Nichols, O.P, In this article I attempt an overview in four parts. First, I shall discuss why Catholics should not only show some ecumenical concern for Orthodoxy but also treat the Orthodox as their privileged or primary ecumenical […]

Newsmakers

posted by awelborn

NBC’s Jim Cummins has sued the Archdiocese of Dubuque Mr. Cummins, chief of NBC News’ Southwest Bureau, was an altar boy and high school basketball star in Cedar Rapids. In the summer of 1962, when he was 17, he was […]

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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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