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LC to IN

posted by awelborn

Open a school southwest of South Bend Gary Bishop Dale Melczek, whose diocese includes the LaPorte County school, gave the order permission to open the school, but not to operate programs, raise money or recruit future seminarians in diocese parishes, […]

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A Church for Baku

posted by awelborn

Built with the personal funds of John Paul II Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who is now in Baku on a visit from the Vatican, took part in the laying of the foundation of a new Catholic church, the Catholic Church in […]

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Hope for Chinese bishops?

posted by awelborn

Is it all just diplomatic noise? The unidentified spokesperson said that the Vatican’s public announcement, “shows no respect for the 5 million Catholics in China, their bishops, the college of bishops and the Patriotic Association, and for the decision-making processes […]

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Oh, how heartbreaking

posted by awelborn

Little Susan Torres has passed away. Rest in peace, in the arms of your loving mama, forever… The Torres Family Page has been updated with the news.

Subgenres

posted by awelborn

One of the more interesting sub-genres of Catholic blogging that has emerged of late is that of the ecclesiastical gossip blog. Or, if you will, blogs dedicated to hierarchical goings-on, the authors of which hint or outright claim to have […]

Return the Hagia Sophia?

posted by awelborn

Here’s a website dedicated to that purpose via a petition If Turkey aspires to join the community of Europe, the first step would be to show a spirit of understanding and a sense of justice, mutual respect and willingness to […]

Your help requested

posted by awelborn

From writer Peter Feuerherd: The crew of your blog fans was so helpful the last time around, I would like to draw upon them again. I am doing a story for US Catholic, with the theme being: "What to do […]

Parallel Universe?

posted by awelborn

Yup. Steve Wilson has the evidence.

Bioethics and the South

posted by awelborn

Southern Hemisphere, that is. Sandro Magister discusses, then reprints an article about biotechnology, developing and once-developing nations, and missionaries The point is that countries that are or were once formerly considered "missionary territory" are quickly jumping on the biotech bandwagon, […]

Forcing the Issue

posted by awelborn

TIME discovers forced abortion in China At a provincial meeting last year, Linyi officials were castigated for having the highest rate of extra births in all of Shandong, according to lawyers familiar with the situation. The dressing-down galvanized what appears […]

Not Business as Usual

posted by awelborn

Catholic Charities steps up The usual role for Catholic Charities USA comes 30 days after a disaster. The Alexandria, Va.-based organization traditionally lets the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others make the initial response before stepping in to help […]

A Designer Universe

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Tom Harmon for sending along a link to this paper, touching on many of the themes we deal with in our Creation/Evolution/ID discussions He remarks: Everyone seems to accept the framing of the debate by, on the one […]

Seeing Orange

posted by awelborn

As Whitcomb reminds us in the comments below, this weekend saw Catholic-related news that should concern us all: the uptick in violence in Northern Ireland (I recently blogged on Ian Paisley’s reaction to what was happening even before this past […]

Out of Communion

posted by awelborn

Jamie at Ad Limina gives a thorough, thoughtful reading of Bishop Wuerl’s recent work on Catholic politicians and Communion.

Not quite

posted by awelborn

Spot the error in the caption. Shouldn’t take long. Several other wire photos with slightly more accurate captions, of various Catholic Masses around the land – some on the Gulf coast, one for rescue workers in NO, another in memory […]

Oh, and speaking of the USCCB

posted by awelborn

This time of their impeccable taste, go here, if you like to hear an episode of one of their radio shows in which I have a segment (it’s the August 27-28 show) and then here for this weekend’s show "Bookmarks" […]

Permission Requested

posted by awelborn

Clayton Emmer has a blogpost on the news that the Podcaster at Verbum Domini, who provides a daily podcast of the lectionary readings, has been told by the USCCB, whichholds the copyrights on the New American Bible translation (used in […]

Juxtaposition of oddness

posted by awelborn

Michael is currently in FLA with friends and told me this morning on the phone that if I’d been with him at Mass, I’d have "things to blog about for weeks." Not what you think, either. They decided to go […]

Angelus

posted by awelborn

Ratzinger reinforces traditional piety; ignores the poor After reciting the Marian prayer, before which he described the sign of the cross as a “fundamental gesture of Christian prayer”, Benedict XVI said that the Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano will […]

Note:

posted by awelborn

I keep hearing people talk in almost celebratory tones of the "New Orleans diaspora." Please make note of this bit of ettiquette: Homeless, jobless people are not comforted by your predictions that their tragic circumstances will one day be considered […]

Hmmm

posted by awelborn

Is there a different, parallel universe of which I’m not aware? Does former NCR editor Arthur Jones live in it? It’s a fierce screed. In fact, if you were going to give an example of "screed" to the uninitiated, this […]

Gone

posted by awelborn

I had wondered about this – never have been there, so I’ve never seen the country south of New Orleans, but my impression, via the movies, is just of swampy almost-islands, ready to sink into the Gulf. So I have, […]

Ah, well that went over well

posted by awelborn

China decries Vatican invite China, which bans its Catholics from recognising the Pope, has turned down a Vatican invitation to four Chinese bishops to go to Rome, saying it showed no respect. Beijing has not had diplomatic ties with the […]

After Cologne

posted by awelborn

This blog is focused on a project to collate the experiences and lend support to those who attend WYD

Speaking of poetry

posted by awelborn

…but good poetry this time. Please check out, from the Fellowship of St. Caedmon, a review of the marvelous poetry of David Athey, in his collection, "Hunting and Gathering Heaven." And don’t forget the poet(s?) at Lofted Nest, blogging poetically […]

Gimme three steps, mister

posted by awelborn

Yes, we have ambulatory motion…

Happy to be there

posted by awelborn

M.J. and his grandfather, my dad, in Washington D.C. in August. More photos at the click.

Follow the SCRIP

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Amy,  maybe you can pass this along… Many Catholic schools and parishes sell scrip/gift cards as fundraisers for their programs.  Because many local relief agencies are overwhelmed with bulky "stuff", however necessary, my parish is encouraging purchase […]

Emily Rose’s Exorcism…and mine.

posted by awelborn

No, not mine. John Zmirak’s – described in a Godspy piece. If it does provoke a demonic possession scare, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (read my review here) would be following in the footsteps of Richard Donner’s The Omen, the […]

Notes from Underwater

posted by awelborn

A must-read, as they say. Matt Labash from New Orleans. Horror. In the parking lot outside the hangar sits George Lainart, a police officer from Georgia, who has led a flotilla of nine airboats over land to try to pitch […]

Coming Attractions:

posted by awelborn

1. The Compendium of the Catechism – "late 2005" 2. Remember that BBC series "The Monastery?" People who saw it, raved – said it was respectful and even profound. Unfortunately, it was never shown on BBCAmerica – I wrote and […]

Ah, poetry

posted by awelborn

My second-oldest son is taking a poetry class from a somewhat famous American poet. Perhaps next year some time, after he graduates, and is on another continent,  I will relate what he has to say about him/her so far. It’s […]

Mending Fences

posted by awelborn

Toomey endorses Santorum

It’s all demographics

posted by awelborn

Well, mostly. The Catholic distaste for evangelization plays a role, but a huge part is just simple demographics – What I’ve been saying in the wake of all of these parish closings – smaller Catholic families, migration to the south […]

Oh, and on subsidiarity…

posted by awelborn

Professor Bainbridge has an MOJ post as well as links to another column and blog post of his advocating for outsourcing relief… Related, a Chronicle of Higher Education article taking the historical view… no, not looking back to Galveston, but […]

Word From Rome

posted by awelborn

This week’s edition is up and includes a request from a New Orleans priest: In the meantime, Nalty is working with the Willwoods Community, an affordable housing operation sponsored by the New Orleans archdiocese that owns 11 buildings and some […]

Last day!

posted by awelborn

A Catholic researcher is doing a study and invites you to participate. He’s pleased with the  participation so far, and thanks you. He also would be gratified to have a few more Protestant responders. He adds: This evening, I will […]

Overwhelmed

posted by awelborn

There is, of course, an enormous amount of material we all could be reading about Hurrican Katrina and its aftermath, doubled this time because of the questions about government incompetence and even private sector procedures. Hard to pin any one […]

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

posted by awelborn

This film goes into wide release on Friday, and the reviews are mediocre. It’s based on a true story, of a German woman named Anneliese Michel, who died after attempted exorcisms, and the priests involved were put on trial for […]

Chinese bishops invited to synod

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews Four bishops of mainland China were named by Benedict XVI as members of the forthcoming Synod on the Eucharist, which is set to begin in Rome on October 2.  News of these nominations was released by the Holy […]

Key Words

posted by awelborn

Some of the more interesting searches that have brought people to this blog: foie gras, Pittsburgh justice without Dennis Prager (Oh, can there be such a thing?) tooth fairy clip art Filipino Translation of the Gettysburg Address pentacostalism amy welborn […]

Can’t turn away

posted by awelborn

While putting MJ to sleep tonight (the first time in a while…somehow, this task has fallen to Michael over the past couple of weeks, in the most amazing way. I guess it happened when Michael would be taking care of […]

Blog alert

posted by awelborn

I’m going to spend the next hour or so blogging a whole bunch of stuff. I hope. Some of it will be serious, others not. Just a normal day around here. Michael’s out of town for the weekend – catching […]

Off to South Bend

posted by awelborn

Well, I’m off to speak to South Bend. Pray for me, that I say helpful and useful things to law students. Shouldn’t be too hard, since it seems all I do all day is blog for lawyers, anyway…! Be kind… […]

Prosecution or Persecution?

posted by awelborn

US rejects asylum plea In 1999, Li applied for asylum on the grounds that the Chinese government had persecuted him for his religious beliefs. He missed the application deadline, but an immigration judge agreed with his arguments, granting him a […]

The politics of the People of God

posted by awelborn

Darrell Bock in Christianity Today: The real danger in mixing or divorcing church and state is not to the Christian Left, Middle, or Right. The danger is to the church. Our cultures need communities that know no national boundaries, that […]

Apologetics matters. small and great

posted by awelborn

Do go read Karl Keating’s e-letter, with some historical background on the use of "father" and "mother" as titles for religious leaders. History is a very useful thing. Over at Pontifications, Michael Liccione takes on a matter of interest to […]

2 more days to go

posted by awelborn

A Catholic researcher is doing a study and invites you to participate. He’s pleased with the  participation so far, and thanks you. A Catholic researcher is doing a study and would very much appreciate a few minutes of your time […]

Farewell to the Chief

posted by awelborn

Rick Garnett at MOJ blogs a bit about Chief Justice Rehnquist’s funeral, which he attended One theme came up, again and again:  The Chief Justice worried often that too many lawyers did a bad job of finding balance in their […]

Even more Catholicism and SF

posted by awelborn

(That’s science fiction, to you, Mr. Smith…) Ignatius Insight has a great interview with Tim Powers. IgnatiusInsight.com: Is there, do you think, a difference between a "Catholic novel" and a novel written by a Catholic? Do some readers, in your […]

Blogging the Aftermath

posted by awelborn

The traditional Anglicans at CANN have an ongoing blog of Katrina-related links, including a section on faith-related issues. Courtesy of Get Religion

Overseen

posted by awelborn

Let me tell you how our room is laid out. There’s the main bedrom, and then a little room adjacent. That’s Michael’s study. (Mine is in a room downstairs.) Yesterday, I was up there, putting clothes away. Had the baby […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, we were on our way to an audition – Katie for a local theater production of The Jungle Book. Joseph brightens. "I know what that’s about!" he says, "It’s about Tarzan when he was a little boy!" Well…..sort of. […]

CNN adds a beat

posted by awelborn

CNN hires Delia Gallagher as "Faith and Values" Correspondent. Good call – she will be interesting to watch. Won’t they be pleased?

Love and Death and Prayer in the Ruins

posted by awelborn

The view from Louisiana: Over thirty years ago, the novelist Walker Percy (another Louisianan by adoption) began his novel Love in the Ruins with a question that conveys the apocalyptic mood that suffuses this part of the world: Now in […]

Teabing’s Chronicle

posted by awelborn

Sir Ian McKellan keeps a sporadic (three entries long) journal of his time filming DVC…

To Istanbul?

posted by awelborn

Kaspar says he thinks the Pope will go: A top Vatican official said he expects Pope Benedict to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, in late November for a meeting with Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Cardinal Walter Kasper, who coordinates […]

Endangered Species

posted by awelborn

We all know (or we should, anyway) about the precarious state of the shrinking Christian presence in the Holy Land. Today, Sandro Magister reports on what the representative of the Franciscan Custodians of the Holy Land have to say these […]

Lippity, lippity, not very fast

posted by awelborn

Last night, I was reading our worn copy of Peter Rabbit to Joseph, a copy that had been mine as a child, which makes it practically an antique. What struck me, though, was not my own age, but rather the […]

Who owns the parish?

posted by awelborn

More on the issue in this week’s NCR. The article offers a quick survey of the different approaches dioceses are taking in regard to bankruptcy, assets and ownership issues. It’s very confusing. [the issue, not the article.] But the bottom […]

750 so far…

posted by awelborn

…have responded to the survey by our Catholic researcher. Keep going…. A Catholic researcher is doing a study and invites you to participate: A Catholic researcher is doing a study and would very much appreciate a few minutes of your […]

Did the Marlins Win?

posted by awelborn

Real caption here. Not much too it, but there you go. More from the general audience, in which a hoarse pope is blessed by a little boy (Here’s the original Italian – I’m puzzled by the word "down" that’s in […]

Benedict and Oriana

posted by awelborn

A bishop expands on the meeting: Today, in an interview with the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Auxiliary Bishop Rino Fisichella clarified the motives for the papal audience with Fallaci. "That the Pope should receive Oriana Fallaci and talk with […]

These women were found guilty of a crime

posted by awelborn

Three women charged with violating Indonesia’s 2002 Child Protection Act by trying to convert Muslim children were found guilty on all charges in an Indonesian court and sentenced to three years in jail. The verdict against Rebecca Loanita, Etty Pangesti […]

Finally, Biloxi

posted by awelborn

The Diocese of Biloxi website is finally back up There’s not much there yet about Katrina, but the site does indicate that they might be starting an "adopt a school" and "adopt a parish" program. Considering the destruction in the […]

Relocation Experts

posted by awelborn

The papers are busy with stories of relocation and lives restarted. I particularly liked this one, about what a Catholic parish in Rockville, MD is doing: HOUSTON, Sept. 6 — "Need a home?" the flier asked. The Rev. William Finch, […]

Bondsmen

posted by awelborn

Archdiocese of St. Louis posts half-million dollar bond for priest The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis has put up a half-million dollars to keep out of jail the priest convicted last week of sodomizing a teenage boy. Using ten […]

Global reach

posted by awelborn

For those of you who have Sitemeter on your websites, a very cool new feature I guess they just recently added. Hello, Wuhan, China! (Even though you were looking for "Hindu Print Edition" of …something or other. Welcome for whatever […]

No one does obits like the Brits

posted by awelborn

Actually, this one isn’t a stylistic classic like so many others I’ve read, but the reader who passed it one was impressed by the deceased’s humble, vibrant faith: In the early 1950s he was a painstaking editor of the Catholic […]

Me at ND

posted by awelborn

I’ll be at Notre Dame on Thursday, speaking to their chapter of the Thomas More Society – on Catholic life, the internet, Here.Now….a heady mix. It’s open to anyone! I know that I have non-law-school readers up there, so please, […]

Incorporeal

posted by awelborn

Tucson diocese to incorporate parishes individually I’d like a canon lawyer (or someone who plays one on TV) to confirm the details and explanations in this story. Comparisons to diocesan structures in other countries would be helpful. At least seven […]

More on the Rehnquist funeral

posted by awelborn

Just a few more details on where and why. In this case, the Rehnquist family asked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for use of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle due to its size and central location, said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman […]

Are they selling parkas in Hell today?

posted by awelborn

Paisley calls for an end to anti-Catholic violence in N. Ireland, says he’ll meet with Archbishop.

Witness

posted by awelborn

From a priest on the ground in NO. We pick up the story in Matairie, then he takes us with him into the city: I stayed a few days helping, there is no power, and water came back on a […]

From the ground in BR

posted by awelborn

From a reader: My oldest is a [student] at all-male Catholic High School in Baton Rouge … run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, who also have all-male schools in New Orleans (Brother Martin) and Bay St. Louis, MS […]

Two More Years! Two More Years!

posted by awelborn

McCarrick’s resignation not accepted… That actually makes sense to me. McCarrick’s not infirm or ill. Some of us have our dream candidates for DC, but most of them have much work to still do in their own sees or are […]

Whither New Orleans?

posted by awelborn

The Archdiocese, that is. Whispers on the Loggia has a post on the subject, reflecting on a NYTimes article. I don’t think the logistical/administrative situation is as dire as Rocco suggests. As some commentors on his post point out, post-War […]

For the cause

posted by awelborn

A Catholic researcher is doing a study and invites you to participate: A Catholic researcher is doing a study and would very much appreciate a few minutes of your time to help out: You are invited to participate in an […]

An Altered Life

posted by awelborn

A lovely story about a Methodist minister in KY who’s recently crossed the Tiber – For Allen, conversion was an eight-year process of study, prayer and reflection. It began in about 1997 with Graham Greene, a British novelist whose books […]

Help Wanted

posted by awelborn

From Sherry Weddell of the Catherine of Siena Institute: Apparently, one of the great Catholics of New Orleans is still looking out for her own. One of the orphanages that Margaret Haughery, the amazing illiterate Irish orphan and widow, who […]

BTW…

posted by awelborn

Shea’s back..

At Xavier

posted by awelborn

An article about the trials of Xavier University students unable to evacuate: An e-mail advising more than 1,700 Xavier students to leave was sent out by the administration on Friday afternoon, said Calvin Tregre, senior vice president of finance and […]

It’s a big country

posted by awelborn

I’m really fascinated by the reports I’m hearing of the now very rapid mass relocation of evacuees around the country. Here’s a USA Today article about the general wave that’s going out there, with some interesting anecdotes of creative, energetic […]

Tin Ears Club

posted by awelborn

Everyone who opens their mouths these days are liable to win one, it seems. From the president’s hopes for Trent Lott’s rebuilt house and his high praise of "Brownie," to his mother’s Marie Antoinette Moment (as Andrew Sullivan called it) […]

Not just the gov’ment

posted by awelborn

Faith-based groups in GA say Red Cross is hampering relief ATLANTA – Several local ministers and activists on Monday criticized a Red Cross they say has been unresponsive, unconnected and unhelpful to the hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees adrift in […]

Oversold?

posted by awelborn

A proponent of embryo-destructive stem cell research in Britain tells the truth: Britain is the first country in the west to authorise by law the use of embryos left over from fertility treatment for such research. Leading US scientists have […]

Okay guys

posted by awelborn

Both Whispers and Papabile are dropping cute, veiled, aggravating hints about CHANGES and such. It’s clear that the much anticipated Curial shifts are about to be announced, and perhaps some long-awaited episcopal announcements, as well. Tune in first thing tomorrow.

Blessed be

posted by awelborn

5 canonizations on 10/23, 17 beatifications (handled by Cardinals or others, either locally or in Rome) announced, the latter group including Charles de Foucauld. Interesting how the AP puts "martyrs" in scare quotes in relation to the Spanish Civil War…

Keeping in touch

posted by awelborn

The NO Archdiocese has a forum up and running where information is being traded on the whereabouts of priests, employees and so on, and the status of parishes, schools and other institutions. What an amazing and helpful thing this Internet […]

Crisis in Covington

posted by awelborn

Can anyone with contacts in the area get to the Red Cross, FEMA, or go help themselves? Report: there is a potentially horrendous situation developing at the Carmelite Convent in Covington, Louisiana. They need immediate help from someone in the […]

Pitching in

posted by awelborn

Do read the comments in this thread, as Fr. Brian Stanley keeps us updated on what his parish is doing to help evacuees who’ve been relocated to a local military base

And another…

posted by awelborn

Yesterday’s NYTimes piece on some judges recusing themselves from parental-notification cases A pregnant teenager went to the grand and imposing county courthouse here early in the summer, saying she wanted an abortion. The circuit court judge refused to hear the […]

One kind of recusant

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi has a good Amazon Listmania list going..

Another Catholic College in the South

posted by awelborn

Southern Catholic College finally opens in GA We are very excited to welcome our first class," said Jeremiah Ashcroft, president of Southern Catholic. "We also are very thankful for all the support we have received to bring the vision of […]

Log on!

posted by awelborn

The blogs are still making contributions – so if you want to help with relief and give credit to this blog for inspiring you, log your contribution here.

No, he wasn’t Catholic

posted by awelborn

Rehnquist’s funeral to be in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in DC Rules of the Roman Catholic Church permit church use for funerals for those who, like Rehnquist, are not Roman Catholics, according to a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington. Rehnquist […]

Attack on Christians

posted by awelborn

In Taiba, a village on the West Bank. Efforts were under way on Sunday to calm the situation in this Christian village east of Ramallah after an attack by hundreds of Muslim men from nearby villages left many houses and […]

From the Dominicans

posted by awelborn

From a Southern Province OP, passed on to me by a reader. Astonishing how quickly things transpired: Please forgive not sending each of you a personal e-mail, but I just don’t have the time right now. I know a lot […]

The view from Houston

posted by awelborn

A blogger who’s been volunteering at the Astrodome Meeting evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center today are volunteers lined up with strollers. They give them to those needing them. Some of them pass out toys as well. In […]

Shepherding Biloxi

posted by awelborn

Here’s an article from yesterday about Bishop Rodi of Biloxi: ”It has been a catastrophe,” Rodi said before running down the list of destroyed church buildings: St. Peter in Pascagoula, St. Michael at Point Cadet in Biloxi, St. Paul in […]

Boots on the Ground

posted by awelborn

Here’s the Department of Defense Hurricane Relief Page – really useful to get a sense of what the military is doing.

MIA

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Hughes says that he still has yet to hear from 150 of his priests

If you live in the Mobile Archdiocese

posted by awelborn

Their relief drive includes both money and items…details for where to take them are in the article. …a few more notes about what’s being done: The Diocese of Lafayette: Total effort, divided among parishes, some accepting donations, many serving as […]

Well….

posted by awelborn

Victor Morton writes to highlight the following paragraph from an AP story: In the Houston area, clergy representing Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths gave sermons in the Astrodome and surrounding shelters. Thanks. Does the writer work for the Indy […]

Adopting a family…

posted by awelborn

….from a reader: Just thought you’d like to know: Our pastor announced today that he is looking into the possibility of our Maryland parish adopting one or two families that have been displaced by Katrina. I don’t know how it […]

Finding Fault

posted by awelborn

I’ve been offline and off-television most of the day, so I really don’t know how the blame game is shaping up – things change so fast that the conventional wisdom yesterday is a tired-out meme today. When we discuss responsibility […]

In-Kind Giving

posted by awelborn

Here’s a blog dedicated to in-kind giving to relief efforts. Lots of stuff there. Again, money is great, but there are actually many groups that are welcoming donations of appropriate items. Go check it out.

Up and blogging

posted by awelborn

Had a bit of a Sunday break – Mass, run/walk, a couple of hours at Fox Island, one of our county parks – small lake and tiny beach, then yet another walk – yesterday, Joseph decided he wanted to come […]

Angelus

posted by awelborn

Benedict today: view of October’s Synodal Assembly, the Bishops taking part will examine the ‘Instrument of Work’ prepared for the occasion. However I ask the entire ecclesial community to feel a part of this phase of immediate preparation and to […]

Help a Catholic researcher!

posted by awelborn

A Catholic researcher is doing a study and would very much appreciate a few minutes of your time to help out: You are invited to participate in an online study examining Catholic and Protestant attitudes toward integrating religious faith and […]

Via Dolorosa

posted by awelborn

This is a very cool series of panoramic photos of the Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Takes a bit of practice to figure it out – highlight "hot spots" on the toolbar, and then when it says […]

Coping and Helping

posted by awelborn

Here’s just some notes from all over, how Catholic institutions are dealing: There’s a Girls and Boys Town Louisiana – they headed to San Antonio Volunteers and supporters of Girls and Boys Town are donating beds, clean clothes, basic necessities […]

Katrina hits Carmel

posted by awelborn

News and photos from a Carmelite monastery in Covington and some others Via Dom, who has their contact information for those who would like to help.

Catholicism in SF, again

posted by awelborn

Remember that Amazon Listmania list that everyone hated? Well, here’s a better list by Speculative Catholic, which includes any SF that incorporates Catholic themes, and color-codes them to let us know whether it’s a positive or negative perspective.

Rehnquist, RIP

posted by awelborn

Was 80. Rick Garnett of Mirror of Justice pays tribute.

If you’re in Houston

posted by awelborn

Bill Cork has all the relief-related news, including the Archdiocese’s participation, along with other faith-based groups, in accepting responsiblity for feeding those hurricane-displaced-persons for the month of September, and the news that the Archbishop will be celebrating Mass tomorrow at […]

Matching Knights!

posted by awelborn

Knights of Columbus will match donations. The inital plan: $1.25 milliion to assist those displaced and made indefinitely homeless by Hurricane Katrina. $250,000 in immediate aid to Catholic Charities in affected areas. $1 million to help rebuild Catholic schools. Supreme […]

DC Archdiocese steps in

posted by awelborn

Is seeking housing for Katrina survivors: Meeting the long-term housing needs of hurricane survivors on their way to the Washington, DC area is the immediate priority for Catholic Charities. The group is looking for vacant apartment units that can be […]

Do you live in southern Michigan?

posted by awelborn

I just got a call from a parishioner, the wife of an active US Army Reservist, who is coordinating the temporary relocation of five hundred families to Fort Custer in Battle Creek.  The call has gone out for bed linens:  […]

The impact…

posted by awelborn

David Morrison posts a letter from a resident of a small town east of Houston, recounting how they are helping Katrina displaced persons And this, from Rod Dreher: I was thinking this morning talking to my family down in Louisiana […]

Faith in Biloxi

posted by awelborn

How churches weathered the destruction: The Catholic Church, which ministers to about 70,000 in the Biloxi Diocese, was physically trounced, with at least 14 of 57 churches gone or devastated likely beyond rebuilding. Several churches constructed after Camille to be […]

In the wake of a hurricane

posted by awelborn

Steve Wood, the director of the Catholic ministry St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, went through Hurricane Charley in Port Charlotte, FL last year. Here’s his most recent e-letter about his experience, with words of wisdom for survivors of Katrina:

If you live in Austin…

posted by awelborn

You can help, via the St. Vincent De Paul Society: “Extend mercy toward others, so that there can be no one whom you meet without helping” St. Vincent de Paul  The following is a list of items most needed by […]

One parish…

posted by awelborn

in NC got mobilized to send over $25,000 worth of stuff: Julie Hoffman said that since Thursday morning they had collected or purchased between $25,000 and $50,000 worth of goods by 2 p.m. Friday. Officials will collect supplies from 8 […]

What to do

posted by awelborn

It is a given that what most relief agencies want and need right now is money. Anyone who has ever worked in relief can tell you stories about the oddly inappropriate material donations they have received, and what a hassle […]

Benedictine Help

posted by awelborn

Dear Amy:  I was hoping that you might be able to help us spread the word that students who were enrolled at the private colleges affected by the hurricane are welcome here at BC (we will be waiving tuition for […]

Helping in Mississippi

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: I spoke with Marilyn at Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Mobile.  She said that donations in kind are needed at Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS, because "in Mississippi, everyone headed north."  She said they need […]

What the Catholic Church can do:

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The suggestions are coming in: I just emailed my chancery office and suggested that the empty rectories in our diocese be offered to displaced families in the South. We have one here in our town and it is furnished, sitting […]

Word From Rome

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Here: Much discussion on the B16-Fellay meeting, including an interview with SSPX #2 man Fr. Schmidberger, who laid out the problems: Then, Schmidberger said, "We have to have serious conversations about the Second Vatican Council." "There are many points we […]

Send stuff…

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To St. Vincent de Paul in Houston: (from the comments) I spoke with a woman at the Houston St. Vincent de Paul this morning, and she said its indeed okay to ship needed items in to them. She said as […]

Life and Death of a city

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Michael Leeden at NRO on New Orlean’s historic dance with death The combination of a rich culture of death with the looming threat of catastrophe is an intoxicating mélange for the spirit, and it no doubt explains why so many […]

Faith and Pastoral Counseling Survey

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A Catholic researcher is doing a study and would very much appreciate a few minutes of your time to help out: You are invited to participate in an online study examining Catholic and Protestant attitudes toward integrating religious faith and […]

Hey

posted by awelborn

…if you were in any way inspired by this blog to contribute to relief, The Truth Laid Bear wants you to log it here. (No, not just for this blog, but for the total blog-effort) By the way, the Diocese […]

The PA Provocateur

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An NCR profile of Sen. Rick Santorum Following George W. Bush’s 2004 victory, there was considerable talk in conservative circles of a Santorum 2008 presidential bid. Today, Santorum downplays the speculation, saying that familial and senatorial obligations preclude him from […]

The big picture…

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Michelle Malkin has put up a good post with a number of links to stories and information about areas along the Gulf Coast affected Speaking of these communities, I saw, I think on CNN, a reporter who’d toured one of […]

Mexico in Illinois

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A new shrine area at Our Lady of Snows The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe – as the Mexican version of the Virgin Mary is known – and its surroundings make up one of the many devotional areas at […]

Astrodome closes…

posted by awelborn

Accepts about 11,000, declares that’s it…about half of what was projected. Update: Reopened…this from the Lone Star Times, which is liveblogging from the Astrodome.

School Daze

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Trying to place the children… An estimated 170,000 public school students in Louisiana and Mississippi have been displaced from their schools because of hurricane damage. School districts in areas at the edge of the storm report being deluged with requests […]

Stay Home!

posted by awelborn

Are you starting to change your driving habits? Going to stay home this weekend instead of a trip you’d planned? Getting serious about carpooling? Personally, I’m pushing for the expansion of the  tele-commuting revolution. Why should, say, an editor have […]

A year ago…

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September 1, 2004 , a 3-day siege began at a school in Beslan, Russia: Stepping through the blackened shell of Beslan School No. 1, thousands of people were shown on television as they carried roses and candles into the gymnasium […]

Covering the Coverage

posted by awelborn

Because for most of us, this whole experience is mediated through the, uh..media, it’s interesting to look at what they’re saying about it and how they’re presenting it. A good digest is the TVNewser Earlier this week, NBC’s Brian Williams […]

Looking backwards

posted by awelborn

An interesting little piece from the WSJ on what the homeschoolers – both religious and secular – are reading.

But who made my bootstraps?

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Pulled from a 100+ comment thread below, the story of Sherry Weddell, of the wonderful Catherine of Siena Institute: Since I seem to be the only commenter here who has experienced losing everything in a major hurricane, let me explain […]

Political Bickering?

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On almost every thread here and elsewhere, there are political arguments trying to be born, and, at the same time others clucking at those same arguments. "This isn’t the time," they say. Well, for sure it’s not the time for […]

From the Quarter

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A physician has set up a clinic in the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street: an email from Tuesday: The health care situation here has dramatically worsened overnight. Many people in the hotel are elderly and small children. Many other guests have […]

Among those needing help getting out…

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Retired Archbishop Hannan (scroll down to #4610) – hat tip Jimmy Mac Pray for all of those still needing rescue, and there a shocking number in that situation…

Off the Cuff

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In his August 19 address in Cologne to representatives of the Orthodox and Protestant churches, the Pope ad-libbed quite a bit, doubling his text in the process. It’s quite interesting. Go read.

September is…

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…the month of Our Lady of Sorrows. Michael reflects.

A Catholic Temperment

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On John Roberts in NRO: So where should we look, to get a glimpse of what a Justice Roberts would be like on the Court? I would suggest that part of answer lies in his Catholicism. Described as a "devout" […]

Comfort

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What churches are doing in Baton Rouge

CNN reporting…

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Jim Spellman is amid thousands of people on the streets of New Orleans. He says it is despair, it is chaos, and there is NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OR MILITARY FIGURE in sight. There is no information – people have […]

Schorr on Katrina’s Design:

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From yesterday’s All Things Considered. What’s your response? Into the long-running argument about creationism vs. evolution, there’s lately been added a new catchphrase, a version of creationism called intelligent design. President Bush has staked out a non-position on the subject, […]

Blogging for Relief

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Today, nearly 700 bloggers are taking up the charge and raising funds for relief, coordinated by N.Z. Bear . My charity of choice is Catholic Charities, but there’s not a one on the list that’s not worthy. We’ll also be […]

One more time on Houston

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In case you missed it, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is gearing up to help the displaced persons from New Orleans. They’re accepting in-kind donations. Here’s a  press release from the Archdiocese on what they’re doing Here’s the […]

Peggy Noonan takes stock

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..in her Thursday WSJ column: President Bush. The political subtext: Does he understand that what has happened in our gulf is as important as what is happening in the other gulf? Does he know in his gut that the existence […]

Shifting Sees

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Archbishop Hughes, now in Baton Rouge Oh, and here’s the Jesus finger story I’ve been sent several times today. It did nothing but tick me off. Frankly, I have no patience for this stuff. Jesus flicked his finger and shifted […]

NYTimes frets

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Editorial decries a young girl getting married and having a baby at 14 in Kansas. When’s the last time the NYTimes worried about 14-year old girls having sex outside  of marriage? (For the record, I think both are crazy and […]

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