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August 30, 2005 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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Is it Pass/Fail?

posted by awelborn

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

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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 […]

Previous Posts

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 Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

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 here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

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 Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

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 Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

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 minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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