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September 24, 2005 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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