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The Right to Life in Missouri

posted by awelborn

Cuts to Medicaid define feeding tubes and respirators as "optional." Patients who are losing feeding tubes and other equipment have been told they can file appeals. But the results to date are less than encouraging. As of last Wednesday, 1,048 […]

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Just a few observations

posted by awelborn

…and an open thread for any Katrina-related topic except natural theology. 1) Earlier today, Jonah Goldberg, whom I admire, posted this at The Corner: JOKE NO LONGER [Jonah Goldberg ] Posted at 11:25 AM Everyone knows the 50 different versions […]

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Heard on NPR

posted by awelborn

…in a phone interview with a reporter wandering the Gulf coast: Everyone’s lost everything, and no one knows what to do next.

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Refugee Resettlement

posted by awelborn

It’s clear now that this is what is going to be required, on a massive scale. It will be a story to follow and a cause to support any way we can – half a million people displaced for months. […]

And for my next trick…

posted by awelborn

Mark’s got his book finished on one Mary, and I’ve got to hunker down and spend the next month finishing my book on another – a book on Mary Magdalene to be published by OSV next spring (gee…I wonder about […]

The bishop responds

posted by awelborn

Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix recently responded, via an op-ed piece, to critics of his policies on politicians, Catholic teaching, and Catholic institutions: To do this by actions as well as by words underlines the seriousness of these teachings and the […]

Of Cassocks and Kings

posted by awelborn

Papabile remarks on a Whapping post on cassocks at ND, and offers some historical info, of which I was not at all aware…about what the Second and Thirdt Plenary Councils of Baltimore decreed in re/the garb.

The Council of Bologna

posted by awelborn

Magister profiles a new summary of a massive history of V2: This Socratic role of the Bologna “workshop” seems to be even more accentuated in the “Brief History.” And this role concerns both the unfolding of the Council and its […]

On a much lighter note..

posted by awelborn

RP sends this along, about the evangelical Christian presence on the Boston Red Sox They gathered in a makeshift house of God — a brick-walled retreat in Fenway Park otherwise reserved for postgame interviews — and prayed for dead and […]

Meanwhile in Baghdad..

posted by awelborn

Panic and tragedy..

Meanwhile in N. Ireland…

posted by awelborn

Catholic schools have been subject to a series of attacks.

LIttle Sisters

posted by awelborn

The Little SIsters of the Poor undertook the difficult task of moving their nursing home residents from NO to Baton Rouge Seminarians caring for sick and elderly who came to St. Joseph’s in Covington (btw that’s where Walker Percy is […]

Number 8

posted by awelborn

I think this one makes 8 languages into which De-Coding’s been translated. Serbian. Yup. Haven’t seen it, but I just got a note from a journalist in Montenegro, asking for an interview. So, since my book is in both Croatian […]

Wednesday Audience

posted by awelborn

Today, Benedict used Psalm 126 as the ocassion to reflect on the blessing of children. The full text is here, only in Italian at this point (Zenit will have it up later, I’m sure), and here’s the English snippet they […]

One NO Resident…

posted by awelborn

Is Raymond Arroyo of EWTN. Last night, he was interviewed by Aaron Brown on CNN: Last week, Raymond Arroyo had a home, a flourishing family restaurant in New Orleans and a brand new baby girl. Today his daughter is 14 […]

Dear God

posted by awelborn

This is what I meant by what the human beings can do to an already distressed, terminal city

What’s Gone

posted by awelborn

A Knight-Ridder wire story on what’s gone from the Mississippi coastline now…

A must-read…and prayers for young mothers.

posted by awelborn

Please go read this blog of a young mother who is fighting cancer with an astonishing spirit and awesome strength. People often personify cancer, and after yesterday I completely understood why. Cancer is like an obnoxious person at a party […]

The artificial womb draws closer

posted by awelborn

From the Times UK: In 2002 Hung-Ching Liu, at Cornell University, in the United States, announced that her team had successfully grown a sample of cells from the lining of a human uterus and had used tissue engineering technologies to […]

Is it Pass/Fail?

posted by awelborn

The Christ-Haunted blogger notes an odd course at a Buddhist "university."

Ah, well..

posted by awelborn

I’m a firm believer in David Scott’s ethos of "I am the worst liturgical abuse at any Mass," a conviction also expressed by my husband in his books, but this note from commentor Toni was too, er..good to resist. If […]

Full Disclosure or Burdensome Restriction?

posted by awelborn

A reader sends along this link to a WaPo story on state regulation of abortion and comments: In the print edition, this was on the front page of the Post, below the fold.  What I find most amazing about it […]

Christian Yoga

posted by awelborn

From Time: The yoga teacher sits in a lotus position atop a polished wooden platform. Behind her, verdant woods are visible through panoramic windows. Gentle music tinkles from overhead speakers. Two dozen students in spandex outfits, most of them women, […]

Just posting…

posted by awelborn

I’m going to clean out my email box now, since I’m too uptight to sleep. So here goes. First, a question from a reader: My daughter thinks she is a charismatic Catholic girl, but with her boyfriend has taken to […]

KatrinaHelp Wiki

posted by awelborn

Here’s one good list of relief agencies. More here.

Is this the end of New Orleans?

posted by awelborn

Frequent commentor James sends this: From an emergency notice put on the TV station’s web site, which mirrors a bulletin they just had on TV (I’m watching online): ****ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

Here’s a good graphic of the levee system in N.O.

Military Chaplain charged

posted by awelborn

The Army is investigating a Roman Catholic military chaplain on multiple charges of forcible sodomy and assault.

posted by awelborn

Blessing taxis in SF

Pope meets with Oriana Fallaci?

posted by awelborn

That’s the report Pope Benedict XVI held a meeting at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, a strident critic of Islam, Vatican sources confirmed. The 76-year-old writer, who describes herself as an atheist Christian and […]

Blogger News…

posted by awelborn

Some good, some bad… Mark Shea has finished his book and Secret Agent Man vouches for it Domenico Bettinelli is going to be the new editor-in-chief of Catholic World Report The bad news: Karen Marie Knapp of From the Anchor […]

Catholic SF

posted by awelborn

The topic comes up here now and again. Here’s an Amazon Listmania list of some titles…

Double Standard?

posted by awelborn

This is really fascinating turn of events from the Diocese of Fargo. The link requires registration, but I’ll summarize and quote. In 1999, a laywoman, a secretary in the diocesan office, became pregnant outside of marriage. She was fired. (The […]

The Iraqi Constitution

posted by awelborn

Chaldean bishop cautiously optimistic, but with questions Paul Marshall of Freedom House is a bit more concerned: Another concern is Article 39, dealing with personal status—marriage, custody, alimony, and inheritance: "Iraqis are free in the adherence to their personal status […]

It’s sort of like a bad, ironic joke

posted by awelborn

…that Fr. Richard McBrien is the hired gun consulant on the DVC movie. Perhaps it’s a natural step for him, who can say? Nevertheless, news of his work was published in the Notre Dame magazine last spring. Letters ensue: (scroll […]

Town by Town

posted by awelborn

A town-by-town assessment of damage along the MS coast.. Katrina Help Wiki – lots of links to news and opportunities to help.

Oh, and on the Catholic Passion..

posted by awelborn

There’s an interview with David Scott up over at Godspy. Many good points, including this one: Reading your book, the beauty and richness of the faith comes across clearly. But in the daily experience of many Catholics, the experience of […]

The honeymoon is obviously over

posted by awelborn

In the Orlando diocese, a priest is dismissed for stealing 10,000 from the collection… It was discovered the Rev. Marek Maczynski had taken the money from church donations, and church officials reported the missing money to the Brevard County Sheriff’s […]

The Fight to Save Baby Torres

posted by awelborn

Justin Torres reflects on his family’s ordeal: And finally, there was my brother. My baby brother, four years younger but taller, stronger, big enough to lift me off the floor and squeeze me until I puke, which he’s done once […]

This n’ that

posted by awelborn

…In case you’re wondering, the USCCB is in the process of preparing a DVD on the Divinity of Christ to be released and distributed next spring in anticipation of The da Vinci Code movie. It’s my understanding that they’ll be […]

Oh, too funny

posted by awelborn

I wish *I* had bishops posting in *my* comments boxes! (Hmm…maybe I do. Who knows who lurks under the pseudonyms?) Good sport, that Bishop!

Mississippi Flooding

posted by awelborn

All eyes were on New Orleans, and the troubles there seem to be deepening (or rising, with the waters), indeed, but in the meantime, too many of us forgot about Mississippi  – but there, it seems, the devastation will need […]

Back in business..

posted by awelborn

I wasn’t feeling so great yesterday. Every few days, Michael the Baby’s poor sleep habits catch up with me and I operate in a zombie-like haze for a day. Yesterday was one of them. But even though last night wasn’t […]

Oh, before I forget…

posted by awelborn

…she wasn’t wearing a sari today. But she was in some BoHo batik skirt with cool sandals and a kind of shawl thing up top. So I’m guessing she’s just likes long flowy-type things… And Joseph? He still "can’t remember" […]

More on the Trad Confab

posted by awelborn

Whispers at the Loggia has the text of the Pius X’ s society comment on the meeting, as well as this observation: Today’s Bollettino of the Press Office of the Holy See (found here) did not list an audience with […]

When Churches Close

posted by awelborn

A look at the fate of some closed RC churches in Buffalo, which is girding for another round – some disputes on how the diocese is handling things (surprise!) Taking the local angle, there was a piece in yesterday’s Fort […]

Just a reminder

posted by awelborn

…you can usually click on the "Saint of the Day" picture over there on the left and get info on, well…the saint of the day. Except when I forget or mess up the link of course. St. John the Baptist, […]

More on Recusant Shakespeare

posted by awelborn

This blogger at Et In Arcadia Ego has very ably rounded up recent discussions:

Who controls the family?

posted by awelborn

A WaPo story about a Chinese man fighting China’s coercive one-child policy: It might appear a quixotic crusade — a blind peasant with limited legal training taking on the Communist Party’s one-child policy, which has long been considered a pillar […]

First Word

posted by awelborn

First word on the meeting between the Pope and the head of the St. Pius X Society: Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the meeting between the pope and Monsignor Bernard Fellay, secretary general of the Society of St. Pius X, […]

Is it possible?

posted by awelborn

That this will be as apocalyptic as it sounds? And…in anticipation: Catholic Charities will be collecting assistance. Terry Teachout has a list of bloggers from the Gulf Coast, who are posting as they can. I’m really uncomfortable with this Superdome […]

Pardon the Interruption

posted by awelborn

…of far more vital happenings, but I have to get this HBO Sunday night shows post out of the way before any more time passes and it takes over my brain, totally. After the jump, for those interested:

Real Heroism

posted by awelborn

Jeff Gill of Notes from My Knapsack sends along a link to this NYTimes review of a memoir by a mountain climber. "Unintentional pro-life writing" he called it. I can’t disagree, at all.

Hearting Loyola Classics

posted by awelborn

Will Duquette enjoyed In This House of Brede Love2LearnMom, homeschooling mom of 6 in Wisconsin, read Mr. Blue and shares a meaningful quote.

Stop picking on us

posted by awelborn

A Boston Globe piece on the Cardinal Newman Society, especially apropros, since the Society recently called Boston College on the carpet for its high concentration of purported heretics. Yet it’s difficult to independently verify some of the society’s claims of […]

St. Blog’s Parish

posted by awelborn

Many new (well, newly listed) Catholic blogs at Kathryn Lively, who keeps up the ring.

KatrinaBlogging

posted by awelborn

Here’s the Truth Laid Bear blog aggregator on the hurricane…

Okay, ONE MORE WYD wrap-up

posted by awelborn

Last one Roamin’ Roman has posted many, many, many photos Seminarian Jeff has final thoughts, including travel tips! Through a comment on his blog, I found this other blog of a seminarian who also attended and blogged about it afterwards […]

Angelus

posted by awelborn

The text of the Pope’s address today: Not only youth, but communities and their pastors also, should take note of a fact which is fundamental for evangelization: where God does not take first place, where he is not recognized and […]

And continuing with our Recusant Theme…

posted by awelborn

New book (about which I’ve been hearing for a while, I think) claims Shakespeare’s plays contained elaborate coded, political language: Far from being an ambitious entertainer who played down his Catholic roots under a repressive Elizabethan regime, Shakespeare took deliberate […]

Correction of the Day

posted by awelborn

From the Guardian, UK: Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was a professor of fundamental theology, not, as we said in ‘We want to show Benedict we love him’ (News, last week) professor of fundamentalist theology. Fundamental theology deals […]

The Pope’s Daughter

posted by awelborn

Continuing our Renaissance theme…a NYT book review of a biography, not of Lucrezia Borgia, as you might expect, but of Felice Della Rovere, daughter of Julius II. In more than one sense Lucrezia Borgia and her father, Alexander VI, had […]

Plan B Denied

posted by awelborn

Decisions provokes anger Federal drug regulators on Friday once again delayed making a decision on allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, saying they needed more time to gather public reaction to the plan and to figure out how they […]

Blogging around…

posted by awelborn

David Morrison of Sed Contra has many interesting posts of late, including a couple on American Catholic history that shine light into some little-known corners. Maureen O’Brien writes about the new hot genre in Russian fantasy literature: sacral fantastica: At […]

Winner take all?

posted by awelborn

Judge rules that parish assets are available: A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday ruled that churches and schools in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane are owned by the diocese and can be sold to pay settlements to sex-abuse victims, a decision […]

Fences, Mended

posted by awelborn

Vatican and Israel make up: A dispute between Israel and the Vatican over Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on terrorism appears to have been resolved, after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent a letter calling the pontiff "a true friend of […]

Legion in Atlanta

posted by awelborn

Two paths, two views: Andrew Dalton and Edward Fink started similar spiritual journeys. Affluent uber-Catholics in metro Atlanta, they frequently attended Mass and practiced traditional church teachings. Ultimately, they joined the Legionaries of Christ, the orthodox religious order that aggressively […]

5 days down, 2515 to go

posted by awelborn

I think it was Wednesday, when I dropped Joseph off at school, I felt this surge of guilt. You have just started a little boy, I thought, on the beginnings of a 14-year prison term. Good for you. (Yeah, homeschooling. […]

Silent Cries?

posted by awelborn

From an Australian television station, ultrasound record of a "foetal cry" – an unborn baby reacting to audio stimulus with what certainly looks like…crying. Via Off the Record

The Cardinal’s Hat

posted by awelborn

I finally finished reading this book, while waiting at the DMV or whatever they call it here (I actually don’t mind experiences like that – the DMV is the great leveler. Everyone’s there, because you can’t have your nanny go […]

They love women

posted by awelborn

…and their money. Planned Parenthood made sweetheart deal with RU-486  morning after-pill manufacturer? (My bad on the original post. Sorry!)

Meeting of Minds?

posted by awelborn

Some of the other RC blogs are abuzz with the meeting, scheduled for Monday, between Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Fraternity of the Society of St. Pius X. Rocco Palmo has questions for those who […]

The Epiphany of the Catechist Pope

posted by awelborn

From Chiesa, but not by Magister, a litte more theological…but still excellent: Gently, but firmly, Benedict XVI unveiled, there upon the heights of the hillside of Marienfeld, the convergence of a series of essential symbols within the host – a […]

The Daniel of Religious Rights

posted by awelborn

An excellent Christianity Today profile of Nina Shea, of the the Center for Religous Freedom, tireless and heroic fighter for human rights and religious freedom. In Haiti, Shea met a Dutch priest and former classics professor who was starting schools […]

Intriguing Career Path

posted by awelborn

For the new bishop of the Antiochean Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Born in Indiana and raised a Roman Catholic, His Grace Mark Maymon is the first convert to be elevated to the rank of bishop in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese […]

Hmmm

posted by awelborn

I would tell y’all that I’m going to go out and get my driver’s license renewed.. ..but now I’m sort of afraid to…

The Tablet Reports

posted by awelborn

A general report on Benedict at WYD An editorial: It was by undertaking a spiritual journey towards Jesus Christ – he used repeatedly the metaphor of the Three Magi, whose relics are said to lie in Cologne Cathedral – that […]

Words, Words

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s Word from Rome is up From one large gathering to the next – last week it was WYD, this week, Allen reports extensively on the annual meeting of Communion and LIberation in Rimini – quite interesting. Communion and […]

In Print

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi of 10 Reasons is 2 for 2 – has an op-ed in the Cincy paper, and a letter in the WSJ today!

Hold Steady

posted by awelborn

Jim Manney of the Catholic book publishing blog People of the Book sends along this link to an All Things Considered piece on a band called The Hold Steady, rockers with music dense with pop culture and Catholic and Biblical […]

Set-up?

posted by awelborn

Argentine bishop resigns in light of sex tape; claims he was set up. The scandal broke over the weekend with newspaper reports that the Vatican had received a copy of a videotape showing Juan Carlos Maccarone, 64, the bishop of […]

Homeless

posted by awelborn

I always like to learn new things. In this article, I learned that the Eritrean Orthodox community in Minneapolis-St. Paul is about to lose its home in a now unused RC Church (because it will probably be sold to the […]

Purposeful Questions

posted by awelborn

Interesting little piece by Alan Wolfe in today’s WSJ about Rick Warren’s Rwanda effort. As he should, Wolfe gives full and admiring props to the project. But: My single greatest fear is that Mr. Warren and his followers will draw […]

The original sin

posted by awelborn

The original sin, but still highly enjoyable pastime of parents everywhere is criticizing other parents. God knows what people say about the mother of the little boy in striped shirts. But pardon me if I wonder about the two boys […]

Man for All Seasons

posted by awelborn

Matthew Mehan on a new book on Thomas More, over at NRO And then at the Corner, a couple of posts discussing More re/heretics, Tyndale, etc.

Speaking Catholics

posted by awelborn

Bill Cork’s got the beginnings of a discussion on Catholic speakers and their (our) fees over on his blog. I’ve put in my two cents. Bottom line: I’m not anywhere near the top of the list in terms of demand, […]

After Cologne

posted by awelborn

The remarkable lessons of Professor Ratzinger – Sandro Magister’s analysis. Benedict XVI spoke the latter of these words at the culmination of the nocturnal vigil in Marienfeld, before an altar beneath a starry sky. And then, all of a sudden, […]

Still more from Carey

posted by awelborn

David at the Catholic Report has spoken both with the pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and the police chief of Carey,OH, and presents their conflicting reports of what happened at the Assumption Day Riots.

Last WYD notes

posted by awelborn

Some final thoughts that people have posted: The Roamin’ Roman was cold and wet and got sick, but still had some good moments. She also said, (apropos of someone’s remark here about the NYTIMES photo montage of WYDYouth) "everyone smokes […]

Newmax, eh?

posted by awelborn

You know, I normally don’t read NewsMax anyway, but for some reason I get email alerts from them. Tonight’s caught my eye because it was about the Mel Gibson Passion thing at WYD in Sydney. Amazing that I had to […]

Off to Toledo

posted by awelborn

later… Update: It’s later, and here I am, back where I started. And this was an actual little trip without my usual entourage. Michael held the fort, and did so quite well, it seems. The baby is crashed on the […]

A slight omission

posted by awelborn

The press coverage of the fetal pain study left out something: Well, actually, the study itself left something out. In today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, five researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, review nearly 2,000 studies […]

Oh, this was funny:

posted by awelborn

A blogger’s lament: The blog originated in January as a catch basin for mental detritus, for the kind of stuff not good enough for print, but too good to waste on casual conversation or, worse, mere thinking. But this spring […]

Just Say No

posted by awelborn

Ted Olsen links to stories related to the growing hostility to abstinence among those who deal with teens and othe populations. Back in the day, "underage sex" was sometimes referred to as statutory rape. But this isn’t the only form […]

And your name is?

posted by awelborn

Blogger Defensor Veritas points out a little problem with a blog post by Protestant apologist James White in response to Karl Keating. I don’t often dig into these kinds of disputes because they’re always really complicated, but this one is […]

Speaking of Sculptors

posted by awelborn

An interesting little Zenit article on a Japanese sculptor who found faith via the study of the work of Gaudi

Blogging around:

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi notes the errors in a letter purporting to note errors about the Tridentine liturgy (Indiana link, btw) The Catholic Girls at U. of MD are working through Ratzinger’s In the Beginning…appropriate considering all the recent ID talk A […]

Long way to go..

posted by awelborn

Scary things. From a reader: An alarming experience I thought you’d appreciate: I am taking the "Education for Ministry’ class offered by the Diocese of XXXXX.  Last week, as I was waiting patiently for the Old Testament teacher to arrive […]

Steubenville Talk

posted by awelborn

As part of their spirituality package, a short piece on Franciscan U. at Steubenville What’s nice is to see a piece in which young people express dissatisfaction with simply going to Mass out of a sense of routine, and then […]

How many Catholics

posted by awelborn

A projection of growth and decline over the next few decades: The 10 countries forecast to have the greatest numerical increases in their Catholic populations by 2050 include Congo, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Nigeria, Uganda, Colombia, Argentina, […]

Consecrated

posted by awelborn

A very nice piece in the Detroit paper about a consecrated virgin and her life. Consecrated Virgins.org

From a Sculptor:

posted by awelborn

She writes: Under the title of your entry ‘ Inspired’ (august 22, 2005) is a comment from Maureen. Her entry ends with: ‘I suspect we’ll see a big crop of great Christian writers and artists from out of Eastern Europe. […]

Thanks again

posted by awelborn

Specter Supporters, and you know Who You Are: The House and the Senate are again at odds over whether or not to offer comprehensive protection for hospitals, medical personnel and insurance companies that do not want to pay for or […]

Curial Changes in the air?

posted by awelborn

Papabile says: The first ten days of September will leave everyone’s head spinning. There’s a major reorg coming…. Whispers concurs: Combine those with reports from three continents that certain prelates have already been given happy news and are preparing for […]

In search of the spiritual

posted by awelborn

The Newsweek cover package this week on spirituality Whatever is going on here, it’s not an explosion of people going to church. The great public manifestations of religiosity in America today—the megachurches seating 8,000 worshipers at one service, the emergence […]

God and Science

posted by awelborn

Different views in the scientific community: When you are searching for truth you should use every possible avenue, including revelation," said Dr. Murray, who is a member of the Pontifical Academy, which advises the Vatican on scientific issues, and who […]

Welcome Mat?

posted by awelborn

Seminary visitation will begin next month. Anyone who was involved or witnessed the last round in ’89 – do you think this one will be different?

Calling Brother Roger

posted by awelborn

You may recall me blogging about a riot at an Assumption pilgrimage at the Our Lady of Consolation shrine in Carey, Ohio. Well, the full picture of the events is taking shape: An article in which law enforcement describes what […]

Brother Roger’s Funeral

posted by awelborn

There is much detail at the Taize website, including a list of those attending, including Cardinal Kaspar.

Well, this is helpful

posted by awelborn

A SFGate compilation of a good number of European press reactions to WYD and Pope’s visit.

A small step

posted by awelborn

Catholic hospital opens in North Korea The Rason International Catholic Hospital opened on August 5, 2005, in Rason, Hamgyeongbuk-do province, eastern North Korea. The hospital was built with the assistance of the Catholic International Cooperation Medical Service and thanks to […]

Good words

posted by awelborn

Jews and Muslims have mostly postive words for the Pope. "Finally a pope who, before a Muslim delegation, condemns Islamic-rooted terrorism without exception," Italy’s leading Islamic commentator, Magdi Allam, wrote in the Corriere della Sera daily, saying Benedict’s speech amounted […]

What happens at WYD, stays at WYD!

posted by awelborn

Belgian nun gets in trouble for WYD dancing If you go here, you should be able to see the photo in question. Yeah, that would be a little problematic to Mother Superior! (Blog headline credit to Patrick Rothwell)

Ah yes

posted by awelborn

Pat Robertson advocates assassinating Chavez “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” Robertson said yesterday on the television program “The 700 Club,” AP reported. The cleric founded […]

Inspired

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes article on a new exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art: I am trying to figure out how the writer reads art and is able to distinguish between expressions of faith and aesthetic concerns. It seems that he […]

Oh yes

posted by awelborn

Joseph did start preschool today. All day, no less. Nothing like having a mother throw you into the deep end for your first swimming lesson. I haven’t blogged about it yet because…I wanted to wait until the day was done. […]

What Might Have Been

posted by awelborn

Professor Bainbridge on the Moment: It’s time for us conservatives to face facts. George W. Bush has pissed away the conservative moment by pursuing a war of choice via policies that border on the criminally incompetent. We control the White […]

Just in case you’re wondering

posted by awelborn

Note to the rich people whose yard abuts ours: Your housepainters are playing stickball in your backyard. We’ll say it’s lunchtime and let it go at that.

Catholicism in Germany

posted by awelborn

The Pope had realistic, hopeful words for the German bishops: This means being a Church open to the future, and therefore one full of promise for coming generations. Young people, in fact, are not looking for a Church which panders […]

Blogging Sydney

posted by awelborn

This fellow wants us to start thinking about it! I’m game. My daughter is already speaking wistfully about maybe going…well, three years is long enough to plan, and sure…why not? What might be interesting is starting conversations with the Vatican […]

Various pope posts:

posted by awelborn

Brandon Evans has some final thoughts from Paris – his group had to leave the Papal Mass during the homily in order to make their flights Tim Drake reflects on the Pope: The most critical comment I heard, from the […]

Another step…

posted by awelborn

In the UK, screening embryos for the eye cancer gene

Faith Fest

posted by awelborn

Go to this NYtimes article on WYD, not as much for the article as for the slide show, linked on the first page. Interesting portraits of youth who attended and their stated reasons..

Good news and bad news

posted by awelborn

Good news: Baby Michael learned to scream (happily) at the top of his lungs today. Very nice. Good job. Bad news: He learned how to do it during the finale of Six Feet Under. Good news: Everyone goes to school […]

Last Word from Cologne

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports and has his last Correspondent’s Notebook up Allen, some of you might remember, is a former high school teacher (who left high school teaching about the same time I did…and now he’s in Rome and I’m in….never […]

Photos

posted by awelborn

Some of my favorites. Click on photo for full caption: Tonsures, ancient and new: >

The last day

posted by awelborn

Well, here are the links to the Pope’s addresses of the past day or so: At the Vigil The homily The Angelus The homily was an profound meditation on transformation, beginning with the transformation of death into life, bread and […]

If you’re up.;

posted by awelborn

..as I am unfortunately am, take a look at the Vatican’s live feed from Marienfeld. It’s all wide swooping angles – how did they do that? Is there a blimp or some sort of robotized camera on wires, like they […]

RIP

posted by awelborn

Brother Roger to have a Catholic funeral (Article’s in French, but you can get the gist…)

In Spirit

posted by awelborn

Asia News has various WYD stories, mostly from the perspective of those from, naturally, Asia. It also runs a story about a gathering in Mosul: Dear friends, yesterday evening we had a big celebration in Mosul: A spiritual pilgrimage  to […]

Reporting around

posted by awelborn

Some highlights from what I’ve seen: 12 young people lunch with the Pope. They were given vegetarian omelets. He was given trout. He sent the trout back and insisted on having what the young people were eating. Jamie from Ad […]

Scenes from a Pilgrimage

posted by awelborn

(As always, click on the photos for captions and credits) Go to the Webcam here – #2 gives you a nice shot to see how the place is filling up.

Words from Cologne

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John Allen’s report and Correspondent’s Notebook. From the latter: A group from Bakersfield, Calif., is staying in the same hotel as the Vatican press corps. Several of the young participants told me Friday morning that although they had purchased a […]

Visit to the Synagogue

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The Pope’s address: Finally, our gaze should not only be directed to the past, but should also look forward to the tasks that await us today and tomorrow. Our rich common heritage and our fraternal and more trusting relations call […]

Quotable Quotes

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From the Pope’s address at the airport: That so many young people have come to meet the Successor of Peter is a sign of the Church’s vitality. I am happy to be with them, to confirm their faith and to […]

“National Impact”

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Bishop Wuerl on politicians, abortion and Communion: Anytime a local bishop denies Communion to a politician because of his stand on abortion, the decision can have "national ramifications," Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh said in a statement exploring ways […]

Okay

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If anyone wants to have me come speak in New York between October and February…thanks! Or, I could just try to be a lot less self-indulgent and just a bit holier,  like the POD Dominicans…

Remember the Wicca?

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The parents who were told by a judge they couldn’t share their Wicca religion with their son received a different decision this week: The court declared that a Marion County judge erred in approving a divorce decree last year that […]

The next step

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Fetal tissues heals burns.. One fetus could theoretically provide material for hundreds or thousands of burn victims, although Hohlfeld said he suspected that would not remove some people’s objections to the use of tissue from an aborted fetus. Some people. […]

Responding in Niger

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What Catholic agencies are doing

Another WYD Blog

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This one from a German public broadcaster. TV? Radio? I dunno. Thank goodness the next one’s in Australia. Some nice photos. And if anyone can tell me what the albed and bishop-type people are doing with their arms on that […]

TeacherBlog

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Please go check out this blog from a Catholic high school teacher who comments here, but is blogging anonymously in case her students ever try to Google her, which is highly likely. It’s very funny – she’s really an excellent […]

Summing up the day:

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John Allen files the first of his reports as well as a correspondent’s notebook: Yet among some of the American delegates, there was evidence Thursday that Benedict XVI’s call to a full-bodied, unapologetic version of Catholicism resonated. "As Joseph Cardinal […]

Grace and a Frozen Turkey

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A different sort of New York story: In an incredible act of forgiveness, the Long Island woman whose face was shattered when a 20-pound turkey was thrown through her windshield came face-to-face yesterday with the prankster who did it — […]

At the Corner

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Jonah Goldberg asks: Why shouldn’t the Catholic Church bring back its army? Hold on, hold on. I’m serious — at least insofar as I’m seriously asking the question. I’m not saying they should use an army for crusades for new […]

Varia

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Tim Drake continues to report (how is he doing this? Some handheld wireless thingy?) Rocco’s got the goods on the Pope’s entourage in Cologne Live, unfiltered feed from Vatican TV – no commentary, just visuals And, to get another view, […]

Talk Texts

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Come back to the post during the day as I post the texts of various talks today. If you find a link before I get back, please post! The Pope’s address at the Cologne Airport The Pope’s address on the […]

Pope on a Boat!

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Go to the EWTN site for live streaming coverage He looks very happy, surrounded by young people, riding down the river… An account of his opening remarks: "I am happy to be with them, to confirm their faith and to […]

Updating Catholicism

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Rich Leonardi has a good piece on CE today about Catholic Updates I was particularly miffed by the July/August Update that Rich mentions – I saw it in our parish and simply could not believe it, although I could very […]

A German recipe for sardines

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The reports that I’m reading on bloggers who are managing to update indicate that transportation is an enormous problem, as is food (the pilgrims are given tickets which they hand in for meals – apparently the lines are very long […]

Spirited Talk

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Loyola Press has inaugurated a new program called Spirited Talk: Welcome to SpiritedTalk.org. Please become one of our Loyola Press Advisors. Join our unique online community of people willing to share their thoughts and ideas about Catholic life and faith. […]

Juventutem

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An article on the gathering of traditionalist youth at WYD, which includes, as Papabile points out, a Missa Brevis composed in memory of John Paul II by…John Tavener. How fascinating – I’d love to hear that, and I hope Tavener’s […]

Clark’s side

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From the NY CBS station: In July, the two of them spent five hours together at the White Sands Motel in Amagansett, caught on video by a private eye hired by Laura’s husband. But a source tells CBS 2’s Tony […]

My son likes superheros

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Click on photo for details. Many more photos here. Tim Drake reports.

The Purpose Driven Nation

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Rick Warren in Rwanda: For months the clergyman has alluded in general terms to an immense volunteer effort called the PEACE plan, aimed at transforming 400,000 churches in 47 nations into centers to nurse, feed and educate the poor and […]

Denied

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A blog entry from one of the hundreds of Filipinos who were denied visas by the German government May it also serve as a way to remember the irony that many young Filipinos–a people close to the heart of the […]

Bravo, Bene!

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German teen mag giving away pope posters: The decision to include Pope Benedict instead of a pop band is momentous for Bravo, which reports a readership of 1.8m. "We wanted to do something special for this German pope," said Tom […]

In his Daytimer:

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The Pope’s forthcoming meetings (after Cologne) Via Pabile, who has several more interesting posts as well…

Another WYD podcast

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Here, from Fr. Roderick Vonhoegen of the Catholic Insider, which I’ll presently add to my list of links (click on the logo to the right for that.)

Catholic children’s books

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People are always writing me and asking me for suggestions on books for Catholic children – write no more, because here’s the website you need: Whipper Snapper Books: A Collection of Children’s Catholic Literature. Very good. h/t Meggan, my children’s […]

Grumbling

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Protestant leaders express annoyance at the Catholics Once the short meeting was arranged, they made clear they would use it to bring up some issues dividing the churches. “We can’t avoid the question of joint church services,” Huber said. The […]

Podcasting your HMS

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HMS Radio, from Greg and Lisa Popcak, is now podcasting!

More WYD Blogging

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Tim Drake is going full force, of course, but check this one out too: Ad Limina, which is very amusing: Sheridan, [of Colorado Springs] by the way, is a hulking beast of a man, with shoulders as broad as a […]

Global pilgrims

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Various stories on WYD pilgrims from around the world: From Thailand India It should be a pilgrimage where I will have the chance to know myself better, to have an experience and thus to improve my contribution to the diocese […]

From the balcony

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Benedict is saddened by the murder of Brother Roger At the end of today’s catechesis in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI paid homage to Brother Roger, who was killed yesterday in Taizé (eastern France). Visibly shaken and speaking extemporaneously, the […]

Photo shoot

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Click on photos for captions. Go here for more photos And, she said again, like a scratched CD, go read Tim Drake: The pope will board a ship near the Rodenkirchen Bridge with a select group of journalists (not me). […]

“This is the real thing”

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Cardinal Meissner’s homily at the opening Mass in Cologne, here: We all have only one life. We are not granted a probationary period, free of responsibilities, like we are when we gain our driving licenses. We all set out on […]

Brother Roger slain..

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Founder of Taize slain: That article says it was a man who stabbed Brother Roger during a liturgy, but the wires cited at Whispers in the Loggia say it was a woman. Quite sad… More here. The statement on the […]

Supersize Me, Jesus

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A reflection on the megachurch, using T.D. Jakes as a starting point: Obviously, Jakes himself can’t do what the preacher did when I was growing up: write and deliver every sermon and visit every elderly shut-in and preside at prayer […]

Greetings From Cologne

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Fr. Brian Stanley, commentor here and pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Coldwater, MI, writes: First of all, German keyboards are a pain — the z and the y are switched around and it makes me stop to think. But […]

Someone needs to explain something to me

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What I don’t understand about the Christian argument against Intelligent Design sort of things (even beyond the "theory" to the whole concept) is this: Is the Aristotelean/Thomist, etc Argument from Design dead, then? Is that what you’re saying? I agree […]

Oh, we need another 100+ thread today

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So I’ll post some recent articles on Intelligent Design, ‘kay? Leon Wieseltier in TNR The cunning souls who propound intelligent design are playing with fire, because they have introduced intelligence into the discussion. It is a standard to which they, […]

Ministers of Annoyance

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If you were confused by the press coverage of the disruption of the celebrations of the Feast of the Assumption at the shrine in Carey, Ohio, you’re not alone. However, David Hartline of the Catholic Report took a trip over […]

He’s back!

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The Papabile blog has re-opened shop.

Good morning, Cologne!

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Tim Drake continues his valiant coverage of WD, including the opening press conference Here’s a link to live streaming coverage…says it’s "English"…but right now, English sounds a lot like German.

Romanian Pilgrimage

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100,00 flock to icon: More than 100,000 people converged on an ancient monastery in the hills of northwest Romania on Monday to kiss an icon many believe has miraculous healing powers. Believers, many of whom walked to the monastery, began […]

Wisconsin Catholics doing good

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Two stories today: Twinning with a parish in Peru Place of Grace: a Catholic Worker house in LaCrosse

Gather us in….

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So sorry. Couldn’t resist. Click on photos for details. Oh, and in other news, Fr. Georg is up and about and looking hale. Healthy fellows, these Ratzinger boys.

Did you catch the Pope movie?

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Or rather, the before-he-was-Pope film, on the Hallmark channel? (This is the one that was shown to Benedict and others a couple of months ago). I saw parts of it – it seemed quite good. I particularly enjoyed the LDS […]

Sister Gets it Done

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Nun protests filming of DVC at Lincoln Cathedral Sister Mary, robed in brown habit and blue veil, told The Times that the central thesis of the book was drawn from an old gnostic heresy that she first became aware of […]

Providential

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The Roamin’ Roman, on her way to Cologne, was able to visit, along with her group, the home of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and meet his sister! (Photos at the blog. The sister will be 103 years old in a […]

Life is good…

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When you discover that you can sit up, clap and scream all at the same time!

All of you SF readers

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…will be interested in Patrick Brennan’s post at MOJ about the struggle over St. Brigid’s, closed, and now sold to a university and to be used as an arts and community center. Brennan’s perspective is of one involved with the […]

WYDBlogging

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Lots of links below, but I want to draw your attention in particular to Tim Drake who is writing up a storm over there. Lots and lots of good and interesting stuff.

Losing her religion

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As part of the SF paper’s "Finding my religion" series, they interview former SNL star Julia Sweeney, who has moved from Catholicism to atheism, done a one-woman show about it, and has a book forthcoming It’s an interesting interview, with […]

Give the man a hammer

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Because he’s good at nailing things: Ramesh Ponnuru on dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its contemporary conservative apologists: To increase tolerance for "collateral damage" — a move that Boot implicitly raises, though he does not endorse it […]

We don’t know what’s good for us

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Katha Pollitt in the Nation, excoriates Feminists for Life because, you know, abortion is necessary for women’s selfhood. If she can live to find a self. NEW DELHI – It’s a scenario that’s hit India straight in the gut. Some […]

My Man Mitch

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Former OMB director under Bush and now governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels, is under fire for letting Planned Parenthood rent out the governor’s mansion for a party. Thursday evening, the group that advocates for family planning, contraception and abortion rights […]

The Assumption of Mary

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Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio has a helpful, brief introduction to the feast The Pope’s words at the Angelus: On today’s feast of the Assumption, we contemplate the mystery of the passing of Mary from this world to Paradise: we may say […]

Have you heard everything?

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I think not, if you’ve not yet read Tom at Donegal Express’s explanation of the real hidden meaning of Harry Potter….

In case you missed them:

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Two weekend posts worth checking out: A "post your story" kind of thread about why you like and appreciate your local parish. My collection of WYD coverage and blogging links, which will be hot-linked over there on the right for […]

That Woodward piece

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Over at Get Relgion, they’ve posted the text of that Kenneth Woodward piece on abortion language and the NYTimes.

Aborting Logic

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At Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett has good commentary on a piece in the London Times yesterday decrying U.S.-funded anti-abortion efforts in Europe. Women’s groups in Europe [rg:  presumably, "pro-abortion-rights women’s groups] contend that antiabortion positions have been promoted by […]

Catholic Sensibility

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Some of you might not know that commentor Todd, has a blog, and further, that commentor Neil Dhingra contributes quite interesting posts to that blog: Here, for example, Neil examines the role of a 17th century bishop, especially in the […]

Menace on the F-Train

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Nice little piece from NCR(eporter) about an encounter on the NY subway. There I was, minding my own business. I was alone in New York City subway car — the F-train, to be specific — reading St. Teresa of Avila’s […]

Hidden talents..

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…of commentors. For you enjoyment, I present to you this web page featuring the art of regular commentor hieronymous. It’s really fascinating stuff..

Fighting at the Feast

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Fight breaks out at Ohio shrine Fights broke out during the annual Feast of the Assumption pilgrimage in Carey Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine. The religious event is supposed to bring thousands of people together to […]

Let me count the ways…

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…in which I appreciate this Pope. Number 73: this interview with Vatican Radio: “ Holy Father, can you tell me what you would like to transmit to the youth of the world? What is the main issue you would like […]

Don’t try to stop me..

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…on my rocket-like rise to fame, which as of today includes a decisive victory in a Turner Classic Movies mall tour trivia contest. Oh, yeah. Had to buy some school shirts at Sears, so we stopped by the display of […]

Sure, our books are okay,

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…but don’t ever feel the need to pay this much for one of them.

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