Magister on the Pope Begins with critics, and then this observation: The same masses of the faithful that applauded the gestures or striking phrases of pope Karol Wojtyla, while almost completely missing what it was that he was talking about, […]
Magister on the Pope Begins with critics, and then this observation: The same masses of the faithful that applauded the gestures or striking phrases of pope Karol Wojtyla, while almost completely missing what it was that he was talking about, […]
Julie at Happy Catholic has kind words for The Words We Pray here and here.
Delayed because of the death of John Paul II, now rescheduled, including Charles de Foucauld
If you’re on a computer (uh….yeah, I guess you would be), you can listen to me on this radio station from 8 to 9 (central) this morning. (Link for listening is in the middle column, up top, of their page) […]
Coming your way in a month
Catholic bishop shot and killed in Kenya A far more extensive article
In the WSJ, Frederica Mathewes-Green explains the differences between the RC and Orthodox understandings of "unity." From a Roman Catholic perspective, unity is created by the institution of the church. Within that unity there can be diversity; not everyone agrees […]
Another HP interpretation from Jonathon Last in the WSJ: it’s an allegory of English politics in the period between the two World Wars. Hey, he makes his case.
Thanks to the Anchoress for bringing the "paint-out" of the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA to our attention. It’s a fundraiser described here: Plein Air Painters of Georgia, Inc , some of the Georgia ‘s most […]
From Regina Doman who is a very good YA novelist and editor of a forthcoming YA series (my daughter, who is 13, has read her novels and likes them very much). On Harry Potter: I don’t usually try to enter […]
Via After Abortion, a webpage of photos of memorials to the aborted unborn throughout the country
Jimmy Akin’s got more…from one of the sources in l’affaire Potter-Zinger And…I’m hearing that tomorrow night on CNN at 8pm Eastern (whatever show is on then..is it still Paula Zahn? Whoever) will have a discussion between Michael O’Brien and John […]
If this is correct, and I make it to 93. Makes #45 go down a little easier…
Earlier this week, I sent off a "book report" to my colleagues at Loyola about the reading I’ve been doing for the Classics series. I’m not going to leak that HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL white paper here, but there’s some fruit of […]
Jim Cork, from the comments: But seriously, I seem to recall that when then-Cardinal Ratzinger stated that the Iraq war could not be morally justified, many people protested that we were not bound by his private opinions, and that there […]
When that old column of Santorums blew across the Internet last week, I paid little attention because..well, it was 3 years old and on a subject much discussed here over the years anyway. But now the Massachusetts Dems have decided […]
Finally, what we’ve been waiting for: a more complete treatment of the story that’s been circulating for a while: The Pope loves cats Previous popes also have kept pets. Pope Leo XII had a dog and a cat. Pope Pius […]
Jim Manney, inspired by a novel resale plan for the Harry Potter books, wants to know how you feel about the new v. used book debate As an author who makes money off of new book sales but hardly ever […]
Yeah. Jimmy Akin does the heavy lifting, ably, as usual. And in another post here. The Seventh Age adds a bit A private communication to a German friend saying, "ja, good article, you’re probably right," is not a public statement […]
Over at Mirror of Justice (where else?) there’s been a recent conversation, occasioned by the ALL’s statement on AG , on…well, the headline there says it pretty clearly. From Robert Araujo: But let me make a suggestion about what should […]
John Farrell comments on a NYTimes article which describes some Catholic scientists asking for clarification on last week’s discussion from the Vatican And, related..check out John’s forthcoming book.
An article on this wonderful order that we’ve seen featured in articles from Toledo and other places, this time in Washington, D.C. The Little Sisters need $300,000 in cash and services each month to run the Jeanne Jugan Residence, which […]
Don’t you know that we’re all about forgiveness?
Catholic college planned in Wyoming Southern Catholic College (in Georgia) fills a couple of top slots, is due to open this fall. (I thought it was supposed to open two years ago????)
A relatively new (but too infrequently updated!) blog from a Church musician here, with some interesting thoughts And Mary Jane Ballou, another musical blogger (or blogging musician) is looking to hear from others
This reader’s on to something….I’m very impressed: One thing that caught my eye is that a lot of your readers appear, like me, to be fans of Walker Percy. I’ve been wondering if M. Night Shyamalan is a fan of […]
Chavez against the bishops President Hugo Chavez denounced leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela on Wednesday, calling them an elitist group that has wrongly accused him of dividing society along political and class lines. Top Catholic Church leaders […]
From a reader, in re the new lobbyist for the Mass. Catholic Conference: In case you have not heard, there’s a controversy brewing in Massachusetts that you might want to be aware of. The lobbying/public policy arm of the Catholic […]
Short, sweet and to the point. I need a literary agent, one who represents fiction. I will, of course, do some whatever slogging through agent lists that I need to do in order to get this thing accomplished, but if […]
One of them at least…if you get a chance, listen to the Fresh Air interview with Billie Joe Shaver that’s aired today (no, Terry Gross isn’t the hero)…audio available in just a bit. And if you can listen to him […]
You know how as subsequent children come along you swear you’ll do things differently? Yeah. Wellk, I’m trying that with the sleeping, with varying results. TWo pretty good nights followed by one pretty dreadful one. The other issue is the […]
Raised again, in one convenient place, by the SF Weekly James Jenkins tells SF Weekly he began to lose confidence in Levada in the summer of 2003 — and the reason involved Ingels. As chairman of the so-called Independent Review […]
For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been wanting to blog on a book I read, but I wanted to quote from the book, and I can’t find the durn book (I read it on the way to and from […]
Over the past few years, it seems as if every other broadcast of the Diane Rehm Show or NPR’s Talk of the Nation has featured governors talking about how broke they are, and how their state budgets are barely hanging […]
Word is, the Pope’s working on his
Intriguing interview with a missionary priest in Cambodia…from AsiaNews, which we really should all put on our daily bookmarks
A DC priest is transferred, and no one is pleased A popular priest who is being forced out as pastor of a Georgetown parish by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, has groused publicly about his ouster, and his […]
Bush, the GOP and life… Defenders of the Prez’ cred on the issue often point to the administrations refusal to give money to the UN Population Fund Very nice. But, David Alexander wonders what about Title X, which funds Planned […]
In Mission Impossible 3, Tom Cruise, with a dash of irony, will be dashing around the Vatican But it seems Cruise and the film’s director J.J. Abrams have come up against one truly impossible mission: filming inside the Vatican city […]
The Atlanta Protestant church sees tradition as an obstacle. The excommunicated priest sees the bare hotel room as an obstacle and needs the visuals: An ultra-inclusive splinter church led by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest has moved from a hotel […]
Militant Catholics attacked riot police with homemade grenades and gasoline bombs Tuesday in an explosion of fury over the Orange Order, a Protestant brotherhood that staged mass parades across Northern Ireland.
The Rev. Andy Stanley believes if you’re going to build a church in Buckhead, it ought to look like an office building. (Son of Charles Stanley, incidentally) From the reader who sent it in: They have a huge church outside […]
Co-adjutor was to be ordained tomorrow.
Because of Pope Benedict? According to the International Herald Tribune , the bishops had been leaning toward a call for Arroyo’s resignation, until Archbishop Antonio Franco, the apostolic nuncio in the Philippines, delivered a message from Pope Benedict warning the […]
KVSS in Omaha is a really strong, growing Catholic radio station – I was told this morning that their recent fund drive to upgrade their signal netted a million in a matter of two months. Quite impressive. I’ll be on […]
A NYTimes article on the growing presence of evangelical chaplains in the military, and questions about their role Chaplain Edward T. Brogan, director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel, who recruits and recommends chaplain candidates for several […]
Y’all think I’m nuts, but re/Oz …"pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" is sort of a catchphrase among atheist/rationalists. Unintended consequences and all that.
I don’t get why anyone would want to go to church in a joint like this: It’s the former Compaq Center in Houston, in final stages for its transformation to Joel Osteen’s Church I don’t get any of it. I […]
A reminder for you to check out this consistently fine blog, With links over the past few days to discussions of Roe, a 20/20 segment on a severely disabled, yet very happy young man, and more. From the Notre Dame […]
Can we talk about The Wizard of Oz? I’ve always (well, not always…for the past couple of decades, anyway) wondered about this, and Michael brought it up the other night when we were in Knoxville, and we all sat around […]
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An NYTimes op-ed (!) says parochial school parents should have their tax burden lifted Last year, 23,826 children attended diocesan elementary schools on Long Island. That’s 23,826 children who put absolutely no burden on our local school systems. Nationally, some […]
CT’s Weblog with a lengthy look at where the AG stands Opposing Gonzales for what he "might" do, making wild guesses about what he really believes, or falsely claiming that he’s a judicial activist in waiting is neither honest nor […]
Terry Mattingly covers the coverage of the 10-year anniversary of the slaughter As an Orthodox Christian, I can be accused of reading the story with an agenda. So be it. I am very aware that journalists during the fighting there […]
Typepad was down for a bit, but now it’s back. And now, unfortunately – or fortunately – I’ve gotten my head into a small task I need to complete today. I’ll blog inbetween thoughts. As opposed to in between naps. […]
I saw the title of this piece and was ready to let loose on ignorant bigots who equate solid groups like Opus Dei with terrorists…but er…no. The project of spiritual activism in ordinary human affairs is […]
When I saw the headline of this email, I thought it might be coming from Catholic liberals or heck, people concerned with quality book design. But no! Some Catholic authors claim they’ve been plagiarized by a TAN author, and TAN […]
On Saturday, John Allen reported that the wording over Benedict’s condolence telegram for the London bombings caused some problems On Saturday, July 9, Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls told NCR that the pope never had any intention of using the phrase […]
Al Kimel on the occasion of his being received into full communion.. But there is no uncertainty in the Catholic Church. The sacramental intention of the Church and her liturgy is clear. This is a Church that truly believes and […]
An Arizona school district is dropping textbooks in its high school and going to laptops This is interesting. I’m thinking it’s a lot more work for teachers, wouldn’t you? Perhaps I’m out of it, and perhaps there are textbook/curriculum companies […]
I wrote the August issue of God’s Word Today – it’s on 1 & 2 Samuel. When I told Michael what the topic was, he looked at me as if I were crazy, and even more so when I expressed […]
Michael and I will be doing a booksigning at the bookstore of the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC on August 7 from 1:30-3:30. Mark your calendars, and let me know if you have any PR ideas.
Whenever we drive through Kentucky, I can’t help but think of the six weeks I spent there back in the summer of 1979. I went to Harlan – not a long distance in miles from Knoxville, but another world away […]
Archbishop of Lagos questions debt relief CATHOLIC Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie has described the debt relief granted Nigeria by the Paris Club of creditors as unnecessary, adding that proceeds arising from the relief will enrich those at […]
Perhaps you saw the NYTimes piece on the Church’s stance on evolution expanding on the background to Cardinal Schonborn’s op-ed: The cardinal’s essay was submitted to The Times by a Virginia public relations firm, Creative Response Concepts, which also represents […]
Clayton at Weight of Glory has a podcast
The Anchoress has thoughts and good links. Fr. Jim Tucker has a bit more.
Good Links at Ratzinger Fan Club Blog
Make your October plans…in Minneapolis – St. Paul a big event is planned!
I was putting powder on the baby yesterday, something I rarely do, but his diaper parts were showing the wear and tear of sitting in the car for a couple of days. Joseph was watching. His question was simple. "Why […]
During today’s Angelus, Pope Benedict spoke about…Benedict There is a particular aspect of his spirituality, which today I would particularly like to underline. Benedict did not found a monastic institution oriented primarily to the evangelization of barbarian peoples, as other […]
In the Guardian, Karen Armstrong searches for a way to refer terrorists who are Muslim We rarely, if ever, called the IRA bombings "Catholic" terrorism because we knew enough to realise that this was not essentially a religious campaign. Indeed, […]
A reader writes of her daughter’s high school reading list (summer reading or the syllabus for next year [which in her town means in about a month] – I’m not sure which), which includes The Red Tent. Well, they have […]
Very nice new blog from the Education Director of the Seattle Opera…oh, it’s a blog with a Catholic focus. Post your blog-doings and new blogs here!
Ah, the Catholic liturgy. This morning at Mass, our music minister was evidently on vacation. The music was provided by two different groups. Providing the offertory, one of the communion hymns and something else in an odd place (too long […]
Some moments from the road: 1) A line of electrical line repair trucks – about 40 strong – just south of Cincinnati, headed south. 2) Law enforcement…saw COPS replayed all over the place. Three police with dogs, searching by the […]
in…of course. Although we contemplated extending the trip and letting Michael go to the truck race, but he eventually decided against it – there gets a point when you just want to get home, especially when your "vacation" has entailed […]
Go here for a Susan Torres update. July 18 is the new baseline date.
How the British Medical Association was manipulated With so much at stake, more ought to be known about the shabby and undemocratic route to the BMA’s decision. The true story is that hundreds of delegates were not clamouring to help […]
Some museums are restricting access to certain artificats, in accord with religious sensibilities At the British Museum, founded as the home for Enlightenment values, Ethiopian tabots are wrapped in cloth and hidden in the basement. Curators, conservators and even the […]
Bishops to issue statement against Arroyo
Canadian RC MP told to back off from church activity Supports gay marriage. Voices hopes that Church will do so as well one day. Mr. Comartin also recently taught marriage preparation courses with his wife but will no longer be […]
With all due respect, it seems as if the Japanese are the masters of the artificial, creating fake stuff when the real isn’t available. Dolls for the childless, or grandchildless Fake Christian ministers for Western-style weddings Only 1.4 percent of […]
Not really. John Allen’s: Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Instrumentum Laboris, and some other matters, a few of which do not involve Latin titles. Here’s the text of the Synod’s working document in English, finally.
Via K-Lo at The Corner How can something be totally not surprising yet make your jaw drop at the same time? I’ve still not figured that out. I mean – of course that’s what they believe. But the in-your-face contempt […]
At the NRO blog "Bench Memo," Edward Whelan echoes my question. I’m sure it was totally intentional. …the letter displays not the slightest understanding that the role of a justice in the American constitutional republic is distinct from that of […]
No…not that one. The other – one of the last days of my dad’s travel journal to Rome: Thursday, May 19 Today, we had reservations for Museo Borghese, second in Rome only to the Vatican Museum for its collection of […]
Some articles on the working document (which is not yet in English) and the process: First, when we talk of this "Synod," what are we talking about? An explanation from the Vatican website The Synod of Bishops is a permanent […]
From the WSJ: They don’t want a shul But some residents of Southampton apparently don’t see the charm. Thus the lawsuit. The dispute has gotten ugly with some locals suggesting that the synagogue is unsanitary and a "nuisance." Though local […]
Peter Chattaway and Jeffrey Overstreet have some information on the forthcoming film, based on a true story.
Don’t ask me why, but Cardinal Shonborn in the NYtimes on Intelligent Design, etc. EVER since 1996, when Pope John Paul II said that evolution (a term he did not define) was "more than just a hypothesis," defenders of neo-Darwinian […]
From Benedict’s General Audience yesterday, a meditation on a passage from Ephesians The first divine gesture, revealed and acted in Christ, is the election of believers, fruit of a free and gratuitous initiative of God. In the beginning, therefore, "before […]
The working document of the upcoming Eucharistic Synod was presented today A synopsis Space is also dedicated to deficiencies in the celebration the Eucharist which "challenge a sense of the sacred." These include neglectfulness in the use of correct liturgical […]
Bishop Skylstad writes to Bush on the Supreme vacancy ..or does it make the bishops sound as if they think the Supreme Court is a legislative body? (Which, of course, some people do believe, but that’s beside the point).
Pope accepts invitation to visit Israel
On the Mass thread below, a reader who’s recently reverted to the Faith felt like she was drowning in her lack of knowledge. Some suggestions were made, and I, of course, had to recommend The How To Book of the […]
I tried to a bit of blogging last night, but failed. I have a column due for Catholic New Service tomorrow, and I was working on that. When I tried to blog, the baby woke up and demanded nursing. For […]
Nicholas Kristof for President Bush re/Africa Geldof for Christians re/Africa In planning for the concerts this past weekend, Geldof realized something that many of his secular European colleagues fail to recognize: The solutions to Africa’s needs will only come about […]
Here you go. Your pope has some things to teach the teachers: There is an unexpected novelty in the new "Compendium" of the catechism of the Catholic Church presented by Benedict XVI on June 28. It features prominently, in full […]
Adoremus is sponsoring a survey on the implemenation of Redemptionis Sacramentum. It seems to be something you need to print out and actually, physically mail.
Pope to visit Cologne synagogue in August
Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet points us to a Hastings Center Report (pdf) and Stephen’s own commentary on it I think you might be interested in a short article that’s appearing in the current issue of "the Hastings Center […]
Remember, we blogged a few weeks ago about the dire straits an abuse settlement has brought one Canadian diocese into. Here’s the next step in the story: churches to be put up for sale soon Another article More than 130 […]
Many of us have Interstates to Live Our Lives By. Mine is 75, and to a much lesser degree, 40, and when you get to where the twain shall meet (aka "Malfunction Junction" in K-Town), you’ve got all the good […]
In case you’ve not yet seen it, Christopher Blosser has a long, thoughtful post on debt relief and poverty-fighting efforts, in light of this past weekend’s concerts and other events.
Kelly Clark, the Pew Lady, has a blog now Cosmos, Liturgy, Sex If you are like me the first time I saw these terms linked together, you might be curious, perhaps even be taken aback. However, let me suggest that […]
…can make sense of China-Vatican relations right now, please enlighten the rest of us. Underground bishop arrested Monsignor Julius Jia Zhiguo, age 70, underground Bishop of Zhengding (Hebei, northern China), was arrested outside his home yesterday at 3:30 p.m. (local […]
Anyone still there? Well, blogging to you from a lovely hotel off I-75 in south Gainesville, FL. In a very, very, quiet room… Michael went off to look for the Marlins’ game on television somewhere, Joseph was picked up by […]
Much commentary over the past few days about Noah Feldman’s NYTimes Magazine article about Church and State, including MIrror of Justice, naturally. A rather different comment is found at The Revealer, where the Times is roundly mocked for deciding that […]
..and such. William Doino, one of the editors of the excellent anthology The Pius War, writes to share a link to an article he wrote for the Dawson (as in Christopher) Newsletter on the Medieval Period, the Renaissance, and the […]
From a reader: The following may be of interest to those who like to listen toliturgical music. Recently, the Metropolitan Cantor Institute(Ruthenian Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh) put these recordingsonline: Sunday Matins Tone 4: http://metropolitancantorinstitute.org/recordings/SundayMatinsTone4/ […]
Couple of ethicists wonder if Catholic medical schools can do the job In an article in the Medical Journal of Australia, bioethicist Ian Kerridge and colleagues say the West Australian-based University of Notre Dame medical school may threaten just provision […]
In Western PA, at least For many Catholic churches in Western Pennsylvania and for volunteer fire departments as well, the summer carnival has been a mainstay of fund raising for generations, a big business that requires precision planning, attention to […]
Second-oldest son David arrived for a short visit from Virginia today, armed with his laptop, so I could see his films that I’d not been able to get to work on my computer at home – I had one of […]
Some word on the movie, consistent with what we’ve been hearing Word is that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man") is making plenty of changes – and that downplaying author Brown’s anti-Catholic theme is one of them. For […]
Bill Cork reports that the Diocese of Phoenix is going to restore the original order of the Sacraments of Initiation and celebrate Confirmation before First Communion. The pastoral letter from the bishop is very good and thorough, even though it […]
On the way down, I read Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths, written by a French historian, and originally published in 1977. If you go to the Amazon link and read the reviews, especially the one written by Carl […]
Church hopes to normalize ties with Vietnam Hanoi delegation visits Holy See Priest of the underground Church in China released
Gets a papal blessing More
Well, just a little. But it was just the first title that popped into my head. Got here around 3:30, with only mishap, and that would be the mishap marked by the strange look on the baby’s face, followed by […]
Making the case for canonization Sometime in the next few days, Andrea Ambrosi, a Vatican lawyer specializing in the arcane ways of canonization, will leave New Orleans for Rome with a precious cargo: 2,918 pages of memories, testimonies and historical […]
What order are these sisters from? Not a quiz…I really have no idea.
An occasional post…could be several times daily if I had the time! Virginia parish opens free clinic Under Magat’s leadership and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s approval, parishioners converted a 80-year-old, two story house on Irving Avenue into a clinic. […]
Some of you might know – and others might not – that the Pope has special prayer intentions every month. These intentions are propogated primarily through the Apostleship of Prayer, a group associated with the Morning, or Daily Offering. The […]
Within hours, we’ll be setting off on a week’s worth of journeying – to Tennessee, then Florida, then back. Lots of driving and, more importantly, lots of riding for little people not enamored with riding for more than 2 hours […]
According to the American Life League, student protesters were threatened with arrest at the LA Cathedral: Today’s scene occurred when more than a dozen young people attempted to attend the inauguration ceremonies of Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor-elect of Los Angeles, who […]
Rich Leonardi wants to start a schola! Oh, and check out the post for a link to secrets about Rich’s secret rockin’ past!
O’Connor retires And the replacement will be? And the nomination will divide whom? And the confirmation process will be….?
At Catholic Exchange, Paragraph Farmer Patrick O’Hannigan writes about a recent book on Paul
Many intersections of Church hierarchy and the law this week. Of course if you read the Abuse Tracker, none of this is news. But if you don’t, here are the highlights: Judge orders files released: Judge Keith Brown ruled that […]
From the UK Tablet: The old Italian priests bark at each other as we try to navigate our way across a dark field on the edge of Gulu, a Ugandan town 300 kilometres north of the capital, Kampala. “No, I […]
Ian Holm as Pope JP2..in the CBS miniseries (obviously, this would be the older, post-election pope)
We’ve got a book-signing at the Shrine in the works sometime during the weekend of August 6-7. Details and final plans forthcoming soon, I hope…
There was some discussion here about the Sarum Rite. I don’t remember the context, but Fr. Jim of Dappled Things points to a helpful (albeit somewhat contentious) discussion thread of the Rite here.
This photo struck me as one taken just for Rocco. It’s his kind of picture!
The baby has been asleep since about 9. It’s midnight. That’s 3 hours…in a row. In his own bed. (I know, 7 months old..this is ridiculous. It is.) A moment for rejoicing, yes? A moment, at the very least..for sleep. […]
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Books for Lent
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Why Via Media
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