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More legal business

posted by awelborn

From Portland Seventy-nine-year-old Marvel Kunkle is going to court, and she’s not happy about it. Kunkle, a self-described "cradle Catholic," has attended St. Peter Catholic Church in west Eugene for 40 years. Because she’s among the 390,000 Catholics who live […]

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Bill Bennett and the Black Babies

posted by awelborn

Full-bodied discussion at The Corner, context is everything, it seems.

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Let the little children..

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Pope on two-hour visit to children’s hospital. Scares one kid who thought he was a doctor. Poor thing! Some photos here.

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Suggestion Box

posted by awelborn

Former Anglican, new Roman Catholic Al Kimel has some liturgical suggestions… A word to celebrants: Stick to the script! I doubt that you have the authority to ad lib at the liturgy anyway, but few priests have the gift to […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s Word From Rome previews the Synod on the Eucharist, beginning next week. A UK Tablet review of Allen’s forthcoming book on Opus Dei The method Allen follows is to take the case against Opus Dei and sift it. […]

Blameless but Liable

posted by awelborn

From the WSJ, on the Spokane diocese bankruptcy ruling So far, three U.S. dioceses have declared bankruptcy as a result of tort claims, and others could follow. If the Spokane ruling stands and is mimicked elsewhere, diocesan creditors will enjoy […]

Recovery…

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Hughes will celebrate Mass in St. Louis Cathedral on Sunday Diocese of Beaumont relocates to Houston NO Archdiocese considers the future The Diocese of Biloxi – a photographic slide show cataloging the damage

Those soutanes

posted by awelborn

From Damian Thompson at the UK Spectator. The reader who passed it on remarked: typically glib and gossipy piece from Damien Thompson in the spectator. contains enough sweeping generalisations to carpet vatican city. For the time being, therefore, you can […]

Pretty sad

posted by awelborn

Some of you may recall from last December, news of a young Wisconsin priest committing suicide. He had just been questioned by investigators looking into a double homicide. Now, the investigators say they have strong circumstantial evidence that the priest […]

Coming to you from the capital of Wisconsin

posted by awelborn

That’s a really lovely drive at night – up some big road, approaching the capitol building, much like going up any one of the approaches to the US capitol. Beautiful lit, a really gorgeous building. Impressive! And I had no […]

Headline of the day

posted by awelborn

I like what Terry Mattingly called this post: An Anonymous Priest Walks Into a Newsroom, addressing the ethical questions behind the media’s proliferation of the pained gay priest expressing his fears about the coming witchhunt and unwilling to go on […]

Mass Hysteria

posted by awelborn

Dom is keeping on top of the Cuenin wailing and gnashing of teeth up in Boston. Over in the diocese of Worcester, another priest was temporarily pulled from the pulpit A Catholic priest in this town was temporarily pulled from […]

Defender of Life

posted by awelborn

From NRO, Robert George on an important pro-life philosopher: Earlier this month, the discipline of philosophy lost one of its finest teachers and the pro-life movement lost one of its most brilliant intellectuals. John M. Dolan, professor of philosophy at […]

From the people who only care about people before they are born

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Pope announces that World Day of the Sick will be held in Australia The World Day of the Sick will bring hundreds of religious leaders and health experts to South Australia from around the globe. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who […]

The Real Roe

posted by awelborn

This one is a couple of weeks old, but I neglected to blog it at the time – an LA Times examination of the intentions and consquences related to Roe v. Wade Last year, on the fifth anniversary of Blackmun’s […]

Exploitation

posted by awelborn

Russian cult leader exploits grieving mothers of Beslan Susanna Dudiyeva and Anneta Gadiyeva, who complained to President Vladimir Putin at a Sept. 2 meeting about the handling of the hostage-taking crisis, joined nine other mothers at the Kosmos hotel last […]

In the Ukraine

posted by awelborn

Vatican Watcher links to an article on the situation of Christian churches in the Ukraine, pointing to a coming blow-up between the patriarchates of Moscow and Constantipole, with the Eastern Catholic church watching and waiting form the sidelines.. More here, […]

On trial

posted by awelborn

Vaticanisti reports on some canonical trial news: The number of canonical trials for those priests accused of sexual abuse have increased dramatically this month and will continue through November. Most of these canonical trials are occurring in Rome and many […]

St. George in the Movies

posted by awelborn

From Peter Chattaway’s Film Chat blog: …David Auburn, the playwright behind Proof (my review), is now working on a script for a movie called St. George and the Dragon. Apparently this film is the brainstorm of Doug Wick, who saw […]

Tomorrow…Madison

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow late afternoon, Foof and I are off to Madison, Wisconsin, for that diocese’s catechetical gathering. (pdf file). The keynoter is Rev. Ronald Nuzzi of Notre Dame – I’m doing a couple of workshops spinning off of the theme of […]

Made for television

posted by awelborn

I want to read the casting call for the clerics behind Voight. They look…perfect. CBS has the better-known cast. A young-looking 42-year-old, the British actor Cary Elwes, plays Karol Wojtyla, as John Paul was originally known, until his election as […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

Joseph at the grocery story: "Mommy, chocolate eggs!" No, not in the candy section. The dairy section. As in brown eggs. Logical kid, eh?

Anglicans seeking communion

posted by awelborn

One group of traditional Anglicans – don’t know how they fit into the big Anglican picture. The Traditional Anglican Communion is a small step closer to reestablishing unity with the Roman Catholic Church after a separation of five centuries. Leaders […]

A smart blog

posted by awelborn

Nouvelle Theologie – if you haven’t yet, do check it out.

“Not a good advert”

posted by awelborn

Scroll down the last two paragraphs At the Labour Party conference where Mrs Blair toured stands yesterday, she posed for pictures holding a condom and cut a 75th anniversary cake for the Family Planning Association. A spokesman for the association […]

Power of Prayer

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A bishop puts out the call Bishop Saltarelli believes in the power of prayer. During the month of October–which is Respect Life Month–he is asking Catholics in his diocese to pray for a conversion of all politicians, statesmen, and lawyers […]

Power of Prayer

posted by awelborn

A bishop puts out the call Bishop Saltarelli believes in the power of prayer. During the month of October–which is Respect Life Month–he is asking Catholics in his diocese to pray for a conversion of all politicians, statesmen, and lawyers […]

At least one state is doing something right

posted by awelborn

Wisconsin moves to ban human cloning The Wisconsin State Senate made final passage of a comprehensive human cloning ban almost certain last night by defeating a “clone to kill” amendment that would have gutted the measure. Assembly Bill 499, authored […]

Can you read, Andrew?

posted by awelborn

I just noticed that Andrew Sullivan has taken me to task You notice a couple of things about the two NYT op-eds that have appeared on the subject of the proposed ban on chaste gay seminarians in the Catholic church. […]

A Canticle for Liebowitz

posted by awelborn

Jim Manney’s Catholic reading group read it, and he reports!

Fallout, cont’d

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Rocco reports and gives some context to Archbishop Rigali’s meeting with his priests yesterday One pastor took to the microphone to say he was "greatly disappointed in the archdiocese’s weak and deplorable" defense of Cardinals John Krol and Anthony J. […]

That seminary visitation

posted by awelborn

Clayton Emmer, a former seminary student himself, is going to start reflecting on the visitation document on his blog. Should be worth following!

Money, money, money

posted by awelborn

A quite interesting article on Church finances from Forbes: What would a turnaround artist do with an $8.6 billion (sales) organization with 133,000 employees, falling market share and a mountain of multimillion-dollar lawsuits? You can’t break it up into pieces […]

A different kind of JFK moment

posted by awelborn

At Mirror of Justice, Robert Araujo uncovers a statement by President Kennedy: Having said this, his remarks made as President at Boston College stand in contrast to his remarks to the Protestant ministers as candidate for President. In commenting on […]

Prayers needed

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Please pray for Christendom student Jenny Lozano. Jenny has encephlalitis. She collapsed Monday evening and was taken to the hospital in Front Royal. She is listed in critical condition. Last evening, she was transported to the Mayo […]

A new blog

posted by awelborn

…please go check out Redeeming Time, a brand new blog from a Catholic church musician who is also in the process of going through a separation and divorce. I think "Redeem the Time" is a perfect name for a blog […]

Anglicans in Iraq

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, a commentor offered some thoughts on our N.T. Wright thread here: Thomas Wyld gave us some insight into the situation of the Anglican community in Iraq Now he writes with this link: The entire lay leadership […]

Today’s General Audience

posted by awelborn

In today’s general audience, which was held in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke on the first part of Psalm 134, "Praise the Lord, Who works marvels." Benedict XVI explained to the 30,000 people present that this psalm "is a […]

Do you have a good Catholic blog

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…or other Catholic site you’d like to see linked at OSV? Submit your link here!

Life is Difficult

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M. Scott Peck passes away The Road Less Traveled sold 6 million copies and, I think, was important in bringing some realism about human weakness and suffering back into the popular consciousness. The People of the Lie did the same […]

A dissertation topic for you

posted by awelborn

I’m sure it’s been done. I’d like to read something on this that’s truly objective: The impact of the Reformation on the status of European women.   I’m reading through some materials on the reformers and Mary Magdalene, and encountering not […]

User-friendly Philly

posted by awelborn

In case you’ve been interested in the Philadelphia story, but intimidated by the length of the report, the good people at the Bishop Accountability site have done us all a service by posting an easier to read copy online . […]

Decisions in Chicago

posted by awelborn

Cardinal George permanently removes 11 from ministry In the final resolution of cases that made headlines at the height of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, Cardinal Francis George has permanently removed 11 priests from public ministry because of sexual […]

The report from Baton Rouge

posted by awelborn

-UT team busses stop, for some reason, in the midst of parking lots where LSU students have congregated. Students converge, start rocking busses, throwing beer bottles at them,  break windows, including 4 on the bus holding the AD. Good move. […]

Kueng, updated

posted by awelborn

Allen updates his piece with an interview with Kueng It’s clear that we have different positions," Küng told NCR in a telephone interview from his home in Tübingen, Germany. "But the things we have in common are more fundamental. We […]

Party of Choice?

posted by awelborn

Amy Sullivan takes abortion activists to task for their influence on the Dems But the final straw came when Senate Democrats acted on this advice and recruited pro-life Democrat Bob Casey to run against Rick Santorum for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat […]

From the East

posted by awelborn

Vietnamese gov’t loosens seminary regulations – will allow new students every year, instead of every two years New pressures on Catholics in one Chinese province: While there are signs of improvement in ties between the Vatican and Bejing, the Hebei […]

In other news…

posted by awelborn

Christian leaders cause shock and dismay The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, and Church of England bishop Reverend Tom Butler have both suggested that Muslim faith schools may be inappropriate for Christian […]

Princeton Pro-life

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Light in the Ivy League –

From the Vatican

posted by awelborn

J-N’-Vs statement on the Benedict-Kueng meeting. Really. Read it before you’re tempted to start picking. Again. It doesn’t say "agree to disagree," it says: Both agreed that it made no sense, in the framework of the meeting, to enter into […]

Survey says

posted by awelborn

I’m a little too wiped out at this point to read closely, but NCR(eporter) this week features an analysis of a long -range survey of American Catholics: Our research teams have carried out four surveys of American Catholics. The first […]

Everyone’s got a Wiki

posted by awelborn

Yes, they do. For today’s feastday, of St. Vincent de Paul, I’ve linked to a VincentWiki, a Wikpedia by and for Vincentians (and, per the Wiki tradition..anyone else who’d like to edit.) Lots of good links. I was rather interested […]

More on the document no one has seen

posted by awelborn

I had a call earlier today about appearing on a show on Boston Public radio. From the person’s questions I could tell that she was under the impression that I would come on and argue against "gays in the priesthood." […]

In case you were wondering…

posted by awelborn

…about the logistics of college football, post-Katrina and Rita: My son just called from Baton Rouge. In fact, the phone rang and I knew it was him. As you might know, the UT-LSU game, scheduled for Saturday was postponed until […]

This is Awesome

posted by awelborn

Benedict and Kung meet In a dramatic gesture of reconciliation, Pope Benedict XVI met Sept. 24 with his former colleague and longtime nemesis, Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Küng, a fiery liberal who once compared then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger with the head […]

I should have kept driving..

posted by awelborn

…and continued south from New Albany, right on to Knoxville, where I could not only have seen family, but also, "the most acclaimed theologian of the 20th century:" McBrien stepped to the podium and began his lecture.

The Eucharist and Love

posted by awelborn

Yesterday’s Angleus address, the last from Castel Gandalfo: The whole of Jesus’ earthly existence, from his conception until his death on the cross, was an act of love, to the point that we can summarize our faith in these words: […]

Destroyed

posted by awelborn

Rita left her mark in Cameron parish, LA: The aerial tour, in a National Guard helicopter, included areas such as Cameron, Creole, Lake Charles, Abbeville, Delcambre and Erath. The tour began at Chenault Airbase and followed La. 27 into Cameron, […]

Saving Girls

posted by awelborn

Indian government proposes: India will offer free secondary school and university education to girls who are their parents’ only child in an effort to curb population growth and especially end the practice of selective abortions. …. Some experts though warn […]

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles

posted by awelborn

With all of the attention focused on Philadelphia, last week, we missed a couple of notes coming from Los Angeles: A rather complicated decision from a court, ruling that while summaries of priests’ malfeasance worked out in confidential mediation processes […]

The Anchoress is solid!

posted by awelborn

The very kind and graceful writer The Anchoress has really kind things to say about the Catholic Woman’s Book of Days. For those of you who have been wondering exactly what this book is – go read her entry. Thank […]

Verbatim

posted by awelborn

I really wonder what people like this think they are communicating? you must be very proud that the liberal rag actually published your yokel opinion from that sophisicated seat of philosophy, fert wine, indiany. i grew up near there. my […]

Wesley Smith’s blog

posted by awelborn

Y’all should be reading it. For tidbits like: After all of the hype about how embryonic stem cell research holds much greater hope for cures than adult stem cell research, after all of the complaining that the field is being […]

Dense and Denser

posted by awelborn

In the N.T. Wright thread below, someone question my call on not calling Wright’s academic works "dense." (And he does, as the reader points out, have quite a few works for the popular audience. His "…..for Everyone" (fill in name […]

Hiding pro-lifers

posted by awelborn

Manuel Miranda on the administration, pro-lifers, and the Supreme Court nominations: Preparing for the Supreme Court fight, pro-lifers were told by White House surrogates to stay out of the light and out of the newspapers, to be quiet so as […]

Just to let you know

posted by awelborn

I did have a line in that NYTimes piece about good priests doing valiant ministry. But it’s one of the several lines that got cut. Just so you don’t think I’m all negative or anything. Not that anyone would ever […]

I am now Catholic

posted by awelborn

A lovely story of conversion, vividly expressing how quickly things can turn and the marvelous variety of people, places and things that prompt the journey.

Love the coat of arms

posted by awelborn

This is described as a new electric car which the Pope will use to travel within the Vatican. Me, I call it a golf cart, version PapaRatzi, 1.0

I missed this one

posted by awelborn

Miracle tears are the wrong sex Padre Pio was a miracle-working hermit who died in 1968 and was canonised three years ago. Last May his statue at Marsicovetere, in Basilicata, was reported to have wept tears of blood. However the […]

KMart U

posted by awelborn

Frequent readers of this blog know that one of my interests is education of all kinds – I may have only taught in Catholic schools, but I’m a product mostly of public schools, as is my husband, and I’m interested […]

From the Pontiff’s Pen

posted by awelborn

A new book: John Paul II made no secret of his interest in the political upheavals and religious controversies in his native Poland. But a book of his private correspondence about to be published in Poland demonstrates an astonishing attention […]

Dead Theologians, etc

posted by awelborn

Our favorite Catholic teacher blogger, the Anonymous Teacher Person tried a Death Theologians’ Society kind of activity involving role-playing, which didn’t turned out as she’d hoped. Her entries reminded me of something I did in graduate school. It’s worth telling. […]

The Big Dig in Boston

posted by awelborn

One of the most outspoken priests in the Boston area has been Father Walter Cuenin of Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton. He announced his resignation – or departure from the parish – today. Here’s an article from the […]

Our man, N.T.

posted by awelborn

Check out the magazine for Seattle Pacific University, and their articles on/interview with/excerpts from speeches by N.T.Wright, Anglican bishop and scholar Who, incidentally has 7 books coming out in the next two years. If you have some time, and are […]

Now it can be told

posted by awelborn

Believe it or not, I’m on the Sunday NYTimes op-ed page. (Or at least the "Week in Review" section – somewhere….) The piece is okay – it’s really, really, really short – 150 words shorter than I originally wrote (per […]

Faith-Based Goodness

posted by awelborn

In The Guardian, an atheist makes an admission: The correlation is so clear that it is impossible to doubt that faith and charity go hand in hand. The close relationship may have something to do with the belief that we […]

On the global fight for life

posted by awelborn

Interesting capsules from the SPUC: Chinese officials who forced pregnant women to undergo abortions and sterilised couples who had more than two children have reportedly been sacked. The report follows a campaign by pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng who is currently […]

The body’s forgotten ally

posted by awelborn

An article originally published in Crisis, reprinted at Holy Spirit Interactive, explaining corporal mortifications as a spiritual practice: But let’s go even further. It’s clear that simply being a good person requires some kind of mortification. If a man doesn’t […]

Padre Pio in Beirut

posted by awelborn

A prayer center opens: The person of Padre Pio, the saint of Pietrelcina, is becoming ever closer to the heart of Lebanese Christians and Muslims. Devotion for this “foreign” saint was celebrated yesterday, Padre Pio’s feast day according to the […]

Hush…

posted by awelborn

We had a little bit of discussion of the din in St. Peter’s in Rome, a few months back, occasioned by my dad’s Roman holiday and his reflections on the matter. Here’s an interesting note on a new policy: In […]

Remember the exorcists?

posted by awelborn

That Exorcists’ convention that was the butt of jokey commentary? Here’s some reporting from the meeting. In statements to the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Father Giancarlo Gramolazzo, president of the International Association of Exorcists, said: "There is much disinformation today on […]

Well

posted by awelborn

Michael said they’d leave the game early if it was a blowout. 49-7 at halftime. Well, I guess I might not have to eat Subway from across the street for dinner after all.

Love Holy Trinity Mission

posted by awelborn

I’ve been reading, here and there for the past month or so, about this group. It is "Catholic" and claims identity as a sort of new movement with official recognition forthcoming, but it is widely perceived as a cult. It […]

Me and Foof

posted by awelborn

Here in the hotel. Did you know the hotel shampoo bottles are the perfect size for a 10-month old to hold triumphantly in his hand as he lurches around a room. (and fyi, he can lurch. He can walk across […]

North side

posted by awelborn

Here we sit, on the north side of the Ohio River, in New Albany, IN. Actually, I think we’re in Jeffersonville right now. Later this morning, heading to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Albany for a Catechetical Conference. […]

Inauguration

posted by awelborn

The inaugural address of Fr. John Jenkins, new president of Notre Dame: The Catholic Church needs a university whose scholars can help pass on its intellectual tradition, even as they address the challenges and the opportunities the Church faces in […]

Story of the day..

posted by awelborn

…about a document that hasn’t been released yet that no reporter has read. But the stories and reactions are coming in anyway, so here are your links. Father Fessio comments: Fessio said that if the document did not contain a […]

God and Everyone at Dartmouth

posted by awelborn

From a reader: I graduated from Dartmouth.  I love the place.  I see its flaws.  I think it needs Christ.  Yet the approach taken by the Student Assembly president in his convocation speech (see below) seems VERY misguided to me.  […]

Who’s on Second

posted by awelborn

Argentinian cardinal came in second on conclave ballot? Via Papabile

Catch up – no.

posted by awelborn

I can’t catch up on all the news swirling about the last day or so, but will just post a few items and thoughts. Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Columbus chapter of Legatus. Nice group, […]

Sorry about that

posted by awelborn

I was under the mistaken impression that Typepad was out because I couldn’t log on. Then I went upstairs and tried on the other computer…voila. So then I rebooted down here and..voila again. So, now to do one more task, […]

More from Croatia

posted by awelborn

Vatican Watcher has the reaction from the ground…rather defensive, I’d say.

France wants babies

posted by awelborn

Going to pay: Middle-class mothers in France could be paid up to €1,000 (£675) a month – almost the minimum wage – to stop work for a year and have a third child under a government scheme to boost the […]

This confuses me

posted by awelborn

Why would any doctor be obliged to do this?

Hmmm

posted by awelborn

Should this be the cover for my new book?

Equal Opportunity Oppression?

posted by awelborn

So remarks Zhou… The Chinese government refused permission for a delegation of the China Christian Council (CCC) to attend an ecumenical conference in Rome this week. At the conclusion of the conference, which gathered 150 participants from around Europe, a […]

Keating on Demand

posted by awelborn

Karl Keating on the indult Talk about a lack of "demand" for the old Mass will remain fatuous until a fair test is given. Thirty years ago, if you had asked around, you would have found almost no American who […]

Blogging around

posted by awelborn

Cleaning out the email box: Rich Leonardi has a sharp new look thanks to Christopher Blosser (I mean..his blog has a new look) Bill Cork is evacuating Amid all the really serious threats and destruction, I have to note a […]

Bloggus Interruptus

posted by awelborn

Had some work that came my way all of a sudden…just finished, will try to blog some more in a minute before I head to Columbus.

Senseless

posted by awelborn

This story about Senator Ted Kennedy blocking aid to private (read CATHOLIC) schools in a Katrina aid bill: Culture & Cosmos also reports that a prominent Church prelate said he was furious that aid to private schools had been kept […]

Rita

posted by awelborn

I’m taken aback by how quickly it’s grown. Astonishing – after watching Ophelia meander for days, within 48 hours we’ve got a Cat5? Too much…Pray that everyone can get out of her way…

Philadelphia Story

posted by awelborn

A grand jury has been investigating the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on abuse issues for three years. They’ve issued the report. The grand jury, which investigated the archdiocese for more than three years, concluded that at least 63 priests – and […]

Do go read…

posted by awelborn

Two recent posts and links at After Abortion about a couple of articles in the Milwaukee paper yesterday about post-abortive regret and ministries

In praise of sport

posted by awelborn

At today’s General Audience Let the children come to me… The story: During his weekly public audience on Wednesday, September 21, Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) praised athletic competition, saying that sports can be "an educational instrument and a […]

The Vatican and Croatia

posted by awelborn

A couple of days ago, a prosecuter for the UN international war crime tribunal accused the Vatican of being less than helpful Mrs del Ponte survived a Mafia assassination attempt during her career as a Swiss federal prosecutor. She now […]

Next Chapter

posted by awelborn

Tucson diocese emerges from bankruptcy: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson officially emerged from bankruptcy Tuesday, exactly a year after sex-abuse lawsuits drove it to seek Chapter 11 protection. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and Susan Boswell, the diocese’s lead lawyer […]

Visitation

posted by awelborn

In case you missed a previous link, here’s a pdf file of the questions the seminary visitors will be using and asking of the institutions.

Your Daily Catholic Lawyer Post

posted by awelborn

Historian David O’Brien has an article in Commonweal on Judge Roberts-related issues, namely Catholics in public life Now, here’s the thing. Most of the piece is a moderated sneer at those who would prioritize life issues. Once again, as it […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

You can hear Michael on Holy Spirit Radio in just a few minutes – 8:45 central and me on Ave Maria Radio today at noon central. More coming later this week.

Wow

posted by awelborn

Just got an email from a priest in Lincoln, NE, who said that Elaine Pagels spoke at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to an audience of 2500 people. Well. And I was proud of my audiences of 500. I […]

While everyone is obssessing about RCs and the gay question

posted by awelborn

The Anglican Communion is getting closer and closer to a split over the issue: Nigerian church makes a point: Nigeria’s Anglican church has deleted all references to the mother church in Britain from its constitution, deepening a rift over homosexuality […]

A bit of good news..

posted by awelborn

A nice piece on a young man who’s getting involved with FOCUS, the Fellowship of CAtholic University Students They’re much like Campus Crusade for Christ, and they both follow the same leader. FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) — just […]

Constitutional Questions

posted by awelborn

Chaldean bishops are concerned: Catholic bishops in Iraq are seeking last-minute changes to their country’s draft constitution amid "grave concerns" that it would lead to discrimination against Christians. Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad, Iraq, met Iraqi interim President Jalal […]

More on the crash

posted by awelborn

A bit more on the crash that killed two seminarians last weekend. The seminarian who was driving has been charged: Robert Spaulding, 27, who attends seminary at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, was allegedly drunk last Thursday […]

Okay, one more

posted by awelborn

Thought you might want to read Bishop Wuerl’s recent column on Intelligent Design and evolution:

Now, I’ve got to work

posted by awelborn

But here’s one last post until this afternoon: McCarrick and Neuhaus in Pittsburgh, covered by the excellent Ann Rogers: In interviews, McCarrick and Neuhaus gave differing assessments of a proposal by Bishop Donald Wuerl of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh […]

Last Days

posted by awelborn

The new edition of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis contains a detailed account of John Paul II’s last days.

Museums fight back

posted by awelborn

Against Creationism: One company, called B.C. Tours "because we are biblically correct," even offers escorted visits to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Participants hear creationists’ explanations for the exhibitions. So officials like Judy Diamond, curator of public programs […]

In Limbo

posted by awelborn

In his continuing series on doctrinal development, Michael Liccione tackles Limbo…

Notre Dame, Architecture, and Town Planning

posted by awelborn

When I spoke at Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Philip Bess, of the College of Architecture. I learned a lot in our five-minute conversation, and Philip has expanded his thoughts so that […]

Martyrs of Korea

posted by awelborn

Today, we remember the Martyrs of Korea, a group of 103, who were persecuted and killed between 1839 and 1867 (although there were serious waves of persecution before that time as well). Here’s a page on the history of the […]

Shelter from the storm

posted by awelborn

Caring for the newborns: First came the rising floodwaters, and the pregnant woman started praying. Please, she said to herself, please don’t let me give birth to my twins in this hot, dark attic surrounded by water. Finally, using a […]

Schools in need

posted by awelborn

There are, of course, lots of them along the Gulf Coast now. Here’s one featured in the Providence, RI paper because one of the teachers is a native of the area. Story: The children at St. Peter the Apostle Elementary […]

With one finger

posted by awelborn

At The Spectator, Shawn Macomber on a remarkable young man: With the calloused end of a single finger, Miles Forma is putting the vast majority of the rest of us to shame. Wheelchair-bound, robbed of his speech and most other […]

Vatican Watcher goes Renaissance

posted by awelborn

…and remarks at the total lack of any Christian characters or imagery at his Renaissance Fair of choice. We used to love to go to the Bay Area Renaissance Faire in Largo, and I always noted the same thing. Well, […]

Blog Business

posted by awelborn

1. I’ve added a little graphic over on the left, courtesy of Catholic Content – links to the daily Scripture readings. If you have a blog, check it out. 2. Don’t forget the "Spirited Talk" program – also linked on […]

Da Vinci Code on Downing Street

posted by awelborn

Forget Tony. Did Cherie receive Communion when she met the Pope?????? Scott’s book claims that Mrs Blair was disappointed in her own political ambitions, obsessed with money and caught up in weird New Age practices. It alleges she apparently wielded […]

May I see your ID?

posted by awelborn

A reader sends in this link to a story about a forum at Lehigh University: The chief proponent for intelligent design at Lehigh is Behe, who has drawn international acclaim and criticism for his 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box: The […]

Blunt clears things up

posted by awelborn

….or not. MO Governor Blunt has an outraged letter in NRO, explaining his position on cloning, etc., and taking pro-life leaders to task for keeping unborn children "hostage". The NRO editors reply: Blunt continues to mislead with the discussion of […]

Thank Goodness

posted by awelborn

Some things are back to normal in Baton Rouge, while of course the people who only care about babies before they are born are just sitting around.

Finding My Religion

posted by awelborn

Part of the SF Gate series, this week featuring Huston Smith, who introduced scads of us to world religions… He’s 86 now, God bless him, still a member of the Methodist denomination into which he was born (as the son […]

The Vatican Space Program

posted by awelborn

Awesome! I had no idea!

Faith-Based Disaster?

posted by awelborn

A column in the SF Chronicle, taking FEMA to task No, this one’s a little different: Immediately after the hurricane, there were only two secular organizations to which FEMA’s Web site urged that contributions be made; all the others were […]

Prayer on the Parkway

posted by awelborn

Big Eucharistic procession in Philly

St. Louis Blues

posted by awelborn

Federal Judge blocks new abortion-regulatory law The role that conflicts over embryo-destructive stem cell research is playing in state politics: Many anti-abortion groups equate the research with the destruction of human life. Blunt disagrees. He says the research is ethical, […]

But where’s Asta

posted by awelborn

Go to Midwest Conservative Journal for a New Thin Man…Anglican/Catholic blogosphere style Can’t wait to read the next installment…

Roma

posted by awelborn

Thanks to RP for sending along this link to a piece in The Chronicle for Higher Education on Rome’s ecclesiastical universities. Very fair, balanced and informative. Did you know that for a lay person, tuition is only 2500 bucks a […]

El Cristo Rey

posted by awelborn

Lansing priest works with Hispanic congrgation, with great success: Thelen estimated that the membership included about 300 families when he started in July 1993. There are about 600 families now – a result of increased awareness of the church as […]

Catholic Woman’s Book of Days

posted by awelborn

Some people have asked exactly what it is – the Amazon listing I have linked on the right is not helpful, so I’ll change that soon. The Loyola list has a bit more information. It’s a 365-devotional, small, compact. Every […]

A million meals and counting

posted by awelborn

That’s what the Catholic Action Center in Lexington has served in the five years of its existence – without a dime of government money.

My brilliant career

posted by awelborn

Some of you are under the delusion that I’m really famous and well-paid. Well, I’m neither. Who cares, right, but my point is that while I’m glad my work impacts the people it does, the field is still wide open. […]

The Lost Weekend

posted by awelborn

Well, not lost, because other people’s good times were facilitated. Which is important. And hey, I didn’t mind sponging up 11 episodes of Lost. I did mind the Vols losing – could only watch that up until the end of […]

Mission Territory

posted by awelborn

France is a leading missionary target now: New figures show that the modern missionary is eschewing countries such as Nigeria, Papua New Guinea or India in favour of that unlikely heart of darkness: France. The latest edition of Religious Trends, […]

Getting Religion

posted by awelborn

A couple of interesting paragraphs from a NYTimes Magazine article by a former Catholic (in his youth), former evangelical (in his older youth) and, here observer of the recent Billy Graham Crusade in NYC. But the thirst for knowledge isn’t […]

In Persona

posted by awelborn

As Rocco points out, the Angelus message this morning seemed …pointed. In particular, my thoughts go today to priests, to stress that the secret of their sanctification is to be found right in the Eucharist. Through sacred Ordination, the priest […]

Just Like Heaven

posted by awelborn

My daughter is off seeing it now with a friend. I’d really like to see it myself, but with a husband out of town and a baby and a 4-year old, I had to bow out. I understand it’s making […]

NYC return trip?

posted by awelborn

I’ve received a couple of inquiries about speaking from NYC-area parishes, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. I think we might try to work something out for them to share expenses in bringing me out, probably next spring or […]

WHEW

posted by awelborn

Here’s the deal. We’ve not had landline phone service since Friday. The DSL/Wireless has been gone since Saturday morning. (Atlhought it’s telling me "connected." It’s not). I finally got to Verizon yesterday who said, "Oh, yes, you’re part of an […]

That’s one way to shut down an abortuary

posted by awelborn

A new Missouri law: Abortions will still be available in Columbia and St. Louis, but the Springfield clinic might have to shut down under the law, said Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. The law states […]

Sisters Surrounded

posted by awelborn

Two religious sisters who stayed with elderly residents of their facility in New Orleans: Sister Tekakwitha Vega and Sister Carolyn Leslie didn’t want to be in New Orleans when Katrina hit. But when 19 residents of a senior-citizens apartment building […]

This is just too sad all around

posted by awelborn

News came early this morning of a seminary for the diocese of Kansas City, studying at Mundelein, who was killed in a car accident. He also had a blog, and you can read the comments on his poignant last post […]

Now Playing

posted by awelborn

So….my daughter said that what she wanted for her birthday was the first season of LOST on DVD. So tomorrow’s her birthday, but since she’s got a very full day tomorrow, we celebrated her birthday tonight. So, we’ve been sitting […]

A Distant Thunder

posted by awelborn

Annie Banno of After Abortion brings our attention to a new film: I am blown away already just by the clips on the website. I’m glad for and fascinated by this film, even though I think it will cause me […]

Codes and Codas

posted by awelborn

Okay, now I think this is even a bit much for me: People writing books explaining Dan Brown’s next book before it’s published. It  sounds like an Onion headline, but two books now look not to Brown’s past but to […]

Another Indiana Saint?

posted by awelborn

Bishop Simon Brute: Underneath the appearance of paperwork, signatures and seals, a moment of historical significance for the archdiocese occurred this week. On the morning of Sept. 12, Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, along with other officials and the postulator, Andrea […]

P & G needs to get out there

posted by awelborn

Damn, we need to respect other cultures more.

Krauthammer on Roberts

posted by awelborn

His prediction: predict two things: (a) Chief Justice Roberts will vote to uphold Roe v. Wade, and (b) his replacing his former boss, Chief Justice Rehnquist, will move the court only mildly, but most assuredly, to the left – as […]

First Up…

posted by awelborn

St. Louis: In a little more than a week, Aquinas Institute of Theology will be one of the first seminaries in the country to be visited by Vatican teams looking for evidence of homosexuality. I’m sorry, but that lede made […]

The Church in Poland

posted by awelborn

George Weigel on the strengths – and potential weaknesses Contrary to some expectations, Polish Catholicism hasn’t gone the way of Irish Catholicism, Spanish Catholicism, and Portuguese Catholicism in the sixteen years since the Revolution of 1989 — which is to […]

The Monk Under the Mitre

posted by awelborn

On Benedict at WYD: from Godspy. Pope Benedict has a style. And he has a strategy. If we find them hard to make out, it could be that our eyes need to adjust. We are so used to waiting for […]

A Word For You

posted by awelborn

Word from Rome is up: Much of interest, including a report on the recent Sant’Egidio ecumenical gathering in Lyons, musings on the limits and purpose of ecumencial dialogue, a conversation with Archbishop Rowan Williams, and then a fuller story on […]

Tuning In

posted by awelborn

Good, thorough piece on Catholic radio by Valerie Schmalz, over at Ignatius Insight: Ave Maria Radio in Michigan, Starboard Network – which operates Relevant Radio from Green Bay, Wisconsin – Immaculate Heart Radio, and St. Louis-based Covenant Network are the […]

A questions of numbers

posted by awelborn

Just how many Christians – and Communists – are there in China, anyway? Some Church scholars in Hong Kong doubt recent claims that Chinese Christians outnumber members of the Communist Party, but assert that China is deeply concerned about ever-increasing […]

Denied?

posted by awelborn

This AsiaNews article indicates that the Turkish government has refused the proposed Papal visit (For the hoped-for November 30 trip, at least. They extended a vague invitation for a visit in 2006) And Bartholomew I? Publicly he bowed his head, […]

Thickening the Plot

posted by awelborn

A feverish blog dedicated to the cause of figuring out if John Roberts is Opus Dei or not.

More Rumblings

posted by awelborn

Reader James alerted me to this post from a couple of weeks ago at Michael Liccione’s blog on the subject of the seminary visitation. Good comments, as well, particulary from David Morrison.

Emily Rose

posted by awelborn

From the WSJ, "How Sony courted Christians" Studio executives figured that horror movie-loving teens would flock to the picture, which stars Tom Wilkinson as the priest who is put on trial for allegedly causing the girl’s death and Laura Linney […]

The Shame of Darfur

posted by awelborn

Strong piece in the most recent issue of First Things: Indeed, the administration’s mixed signals, alternately condemning and lauding the regime, have done little to rein in the Janjaweed marauders who keep the Darfur people from leaving fetid camps to […]

Excommunicating Pat Robertson

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly makes the case – in terms of the Journalist’s Rolodex, at least Still, you have to ask: Are journalists missing good stories and ignoring solid sources because they remain fixated on this fading evangelical alpha male? These days, […]

Our Lady of Sorrows

posted by awelborn

Today, of course. Here’s a history of the feast: This feast dates back to the 12th century. It was especially promoted by the Cistercians and the Servites, so much so that in the 14th and 15th centuries it was widely […]

There shall be no test..

posted by awelborn

Manuel Miranda, in the WSJ: The JFK question has no place in a Senate confirmation process. The Constitution says so. As I noted in an earlier column new secularist bigotry has found a home in the Senate Judiciary Committee. I […]

Three-parent embryos

posted by awelborn

In The Tablet, John Cornwell sums up the debate Other critics such as Professor Michael Banner of King’s College, London, have warned of the scientific hubris which looks only at ends, rather than means: “It is the ethic of the […]

Churches on the front line

posted by awelborn

From the Tablet: Churches in Northern Ireland Mass was cancelled this week at Our Lady’s and the doors were bolted. I met Fr Paul Symonds, one of the parish priests (although after a number of attacks no priest lives in […]

Ready to Rumble

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes on the seminary visitation, focusing, of course, on the homosexuality issue. The Rev. Donald B. Cozzens, a former seminary rector who set off a controversy five years ago when he published a book asserting that "the priesthood is […]

Sowing Seeds in Mongolian Soil

posted by awelborn

An AP article on the flourishing of religion in Mongolia: Mongolia is flush with foreign missionaries these days — young Mormons going door-to-door, Korean Christians working with homeless children, new Catholic churches sprouting up on the grassy steppe. The collapse […]

Code Orange

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes analysis of the recent Troubles The violence was largely unexpected, since the Irish Republican Army, the larger Catholic enemy of the Protestant paramilitary groups, in July announced an end to its 36-year armed campaign to drive Britain out […]

God help us all

posted by awelborn

People have collected a set of something like 25 dumbest things said about Hurrican Katrina (If you haven’t seen the Wolf Blitzer, "They’re so poor….They’re so black" clip by now, you’re very late to the party. You might just laugh […]

More from Dom

posted by awelborn

Dom has more on the Child Protection memo to dioceses and links to Fr. Bob Carr, who actually called the USCCB permissions office about the NAB podcasts. The response he got (not on his own site, but quoted at Dom’s) […]

Eve wants to know:

posted by awelborn

Eve Tushnet passes on the question for you folks: I wondered if you–and perhaps your readers, if you’re interested in throwing this out to them–had any thoughts on how Catholics can do a better job of transmitting pro-marriage, pro-family beliefs […]

Sing out

posted by awelborn

Looks good – a Catholic music festival in Missouri next weekend!

Missed this one

posted by awelborn

At the end of today’s General Audience, the Pope wished a national gathering of exorcists well Reuters story, obnoxious It might be an international gathering, though. The group met around this time last year in Mexico.

Another request..

posted by awelborn

This time from St. Mary’s College in South Bend: The College is currently recommending monetary donations for two groups: The American Red Cross (donate at www.redcross.org) and the Marianite Sisters of Holy Cross. The Marianite Sisters are part of the […]

Bad news in Milwaukee

posted by awelborn

Wow. Got this email. Can’t find anything about in the online version of the Milwaukee paper. We’ll wait to see if they cover it in tomorrow’s edition to start complaining. But with or without coverage, here’s a place that can […]

Blessings

posted by awelborn

Y’all might have heard about the Pope blessing a statue of St. Escriva this morning at the General Audience. Nice! I’m more interested in him blessing the pizza oven. Aren’t you? (It’s going to be used to cook for the […]

Do it..or else

posted by awelborn

Dom Bettinelli has a post about a recent letter sent by the USCCB’s office of Child and Youth Protection basically threatening issuance of some sort of stamp of disapproval (well, non-compliance) to dioceses which let parents opt out of school-based […]

Roberts’ JFK Moment?

posted by awelborn

In the Spectator, Patrick O’Hannigan, The Paragraph Farmer, writes a piece about Roberts’ JFK Moment and Rob Vischer’s questions about it at Mirror of Justice. Got it? The moment: Rob Vischer at Mirror of Justice uses a remark by Supreme […]

What did he say anyway?

posted by awelborn

Byron York on Roberts, Day Two: With that, some of Roberts’s supporters began to wince; one conservative observer said shortly afterward that he knew the nominee’s words would cause unhappiness among the president’s pro-life base, who would certainly want to […]

A D’oh moment

posted by awelborn

I had one, late last night. Reading a scholarly article on the figure of "Mary" in Gnostic writings, the author made the most blindingly obvious point. Who sez this "Mary" is Mary Magdalene, anyway? And he’s right. In the gnostic […]

Church Adverts

posted by awelborn

Every year or so, we see an article about "edgy" church advertising in England. Here’s the most recent offering, this time focusing on ads for the "Alpha" course – the Alpha course is an introduction to basic (might we say […]

Che at the Vatican

posted by awelborn

Magister on the new Cuban ambassador to the Vatican. The Archbishop of Havana is not pleased. Roa Kourí, 69, is a prominent figure in the Cuban "nomenklatura." He is the son of one of the intellectuals closest to Castro during […]

Relief Connections

posted by awelborn

Via Hugh Hewitt, a new web portal called Relief Connections: Please visit and bookmark ReliefConnections.org, and if you are blogger, please tell your audiences about it and perhaps even put a button somewhere on your site. ReliefConnections.org is NZ Bear’s […]

I saw Penguins

posted by awelborn

I saw penguins at the zoo the other day. I haven’t however, seen March of the Penguins  – I really am not too interested, and what I’ve heard (correct me) indicates that it’s rather anthropomorphized in its presentation. (although that […]

Get some religion

posted by awelborn

Get Religion has two good posts (okay, lots of good posts, but the two most recent are timely), the first about Palestinians burning synagogues in Gaza and the second. along with 40 comments or so, about a Columbia Journalism Review […]

Term Limit

posted by awelborn

Papabile notes an article about a judge in NY who’s also a permanent deacon: Westchester County Judge Charles Devlin is taking a leave of absence as deacon of a Roman Catholic church in Chappaqua to comply with Cardinal Edward Egan’s […]

Judgment

posted by awelborn

NYTimes roundup of Katrina Judgment Scenarios

More ND and Football

posted by awelborn

I don’t quite get this, but I guess it’s funny? Via Southern Appeal

Roberts-Blogging

posted by awelborn

Most of you who are interested surely already know this, but good places to follow the Roberts hearings are at SCOTUS Blog and for evaluation of the press coverage at How Appealing. And Ann Althouse, of course

Cordes in LA

posted by awelborn

The papal envoy surveys the damage From the Biloxi paper: Most of the 4,000 feet of stained glass that surrounded St. Michael’s Catholic Church is now sprinkled across this once lively casino town, splattered into small slivers and lost among […]

Speaking of copyrights

posted by awelborn

A guy who runs a website which contains not much more than quotes from Jehovah’s Witnesses materials is being sued by the church: Legal proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court were initiated on September 8, 2005 by the Watch Tower […]

Higher Ed

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Notre Dame, an interesting little tempest. If you watch college football, you know that during a broadcast, each college runs a spot touting itself. Most of them feature hi-tech labs and happy students sitting outside. The spot Notre […]

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