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Naked

posted by awelborn

Into the baths of Lourdes. Reprinted from The Tablet in Godspy: Out comes a Down’s syndrome boy, face creased with smiles. He gives us all a thumbs-up. Nothing to worry about, fellahs, he seems to say. The Catholic Church is […]

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A Happier Catholic

posted by awelborn

Julie D at Happy Catholic has a nice review of How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist

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Cover your keyboard

posted by awelborn

Cause this one’s going to make you spit out your coffee: Richard Cohen sez: Support Choice, Not Roe Abortion is a different matter. It entails so much more than mere birth control — issues that have roiled the country ever […]

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The African Queen

posted by awelborn

At TNR, Leon Weiseltier on celebrities and their causes …I have been watching the emergence of Angelina Jolie as a historical figure with a deepening grumpiness. Not since the 1960s have so many entertainers believed that they can rescue the […]

Respect Life

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Chaput on the Death Penalty Catholic teaching on the death penalty is best understood by viewing it through two lenses: what it is; and what it is not.The Church’s critique of capital punishment is not an evasion of justice. […]

All Saints

posted by awelborn

It’s on its way, and I’m reminded today that not every single person who reads this blog is aware that I’ve written two books of saints for children. You can find complete tables of contents here, but I am begging […]

East Doesn’t Meet West

posted by awelborn

A most fascinating photo: Caption here. Wednesday General Audience: Speaking to about 40,000 people, as yet another large crowd gathered in St. Peter’s square for the Wednesday audience, the Holy Father offered a meditation on Psalm 129, noting that it […]

Archbishop Gregory on the Synod

posted by awelborn

An interview What about the situation of divorced and remarried Catholics? Again, the synod looks set to largely reaffirm existing discipline? In my experience, the synod fathers are far more conflicted on this question than on the viri probati. Many […]

More Martyrs

posted by awelborn

I’ve never been to Auriesville – Michael has, but a few years ago, we did go to Midland, Ontario, site of the Martyr’s Shrine. Here are some photos, including one of little Joseph in front of the de Brebeuf reliquary. […]

Only in the 21s century

posted by awelborn

Would someone call a couple with a lot of kids "selfish." Read the whole thing. I’ve seen a TV special on this family. Not my deal on any level, but they are, as opposed to the implication of the writer […]

Martyrs

posted by awelborn

Everyone should note that today is the feast of the North American Martyrs. Jogues, Brebeuf, etc. Read Black Robe in celebration! Well, "celebration" doesn’t quite capture it. Remembrance, maybe? Or, perhaps you should read Parkman’s The Jesuits in North America […]

Burning up the Net

posted by awelborn

Mirror of Justice has tons of great posts from the last few days, including points on McMansions and Crunchy Cons, China, Google and materially cooperating with evil, the VA governor’s race and more…

My nominations

posted by awelborn

Ramesh Ponnuru and Jonathan Last for Head Guys. Of anything. Last today, at Galley Slaves: It would probably be impolite to point readers to the November issue of First Things, which features a long and typically brilliant Antonin Scalia essay […]

Abortion and Crime

posted by awelborn

An important series by Annie Banno at After Abortion and her own blog, three parts up so far: This is the first of a five-part series. Topics include how old and how racist and how wrong some of Steven Levitt’s […]

Newman’s Cause

posted by awelborn

Advancing at last? Although a dossier on Cardinal Newman’s beatification was first opened in 1958, no miracles had, until now, been attributed to his intercession. “I had to tell John Paul that the English are not very good at miracles,” […]

A simple question

posted by awelborn

…that no one will give a straight answer to. Well, no one on a certain side of this issue. In regard to that WaPo piece, Andrew Sullivan asks of abortion: But it is always wrong. How can it not be? […]

The patriarch speaks..

posted by awelborn

Sounds like some people around here: There are voices in the Russian Orthodox Church, calling for a review of the modern concept of human rights. "Orthodox Christianity does not share ‘the Enlightenment’s’ teaching on man as a being who, in […]

Rebuilding

posted by awelborn

Feds will help with schools, but not churches: The federal government will help rebuild parochial schools, nursing homes and similar religious institutions but will not pay for reconstruction of churches or other houses of worship destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, administration […]

Bork makes his case

posted by awelborn

In today’s WSJ: With a single stroke–the nomination of Harriet Miers–the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart out of a rising generation of constitutional scholars, and widened the fissures […]

Lord of Miracles

posted by awelborn

Big festival in Peru: This procession, which gathers together the largest number of believers in South America, dates back to colonial times, when a slave, brought over from Angola, drew the image of a black Christ on the walls of […]

Back in School

posted by awelborn

The first day back at Cathedral Academy, the first school to reopen in the French Quarter

The Work

posted by awelborn

Church historian John Jay Hughes reviews John Allen’s book on Opus Dei – in NCR Also in NCR, a helpful, critical summary of the LA Archdiocesan document dump: What caught my eye in that latter piece was this: Bishop William […]

Well, here’s a category in which we’re ahead of some Europeans

posted by awelborn

Irish row over proposed cathedral renovation: A Roman Catholic bishop has caused uproar in Ireland over his plans to redesign a neo-Gothic cathedral built by one of the most celebrated ecclesiastical architects. Bishop John Magee, a close friend of Pope […]

Slight Glitch

posted by awelborn

IVF embryos…not perfect. A series of groundbreaking studies has found that embryos created in fertility clinics contain far more genetic defects than previously thought, even if they are created from eggs donated by young, healthy women. The discovery, which has […]

Synod Bits

posted by awelborn

Today from the Vatican Press Office: More on the pelican: At the opening of the Eighteenth General Congregation the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops His Exc. Most Rev. Msg. Nikola ETEROVI? had stated that the Holy Father Benedict […]

Brazil, 2007

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict’s plan.

The Draft Proposals

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports at NCR Proposition 23 suggests moving the Sign of Peace in the Mass to immediately after the Prayers of the Faithful, hence before the Eucharistic Prayer, and also affirms existing rules that the priest is not to […]

Catholic publishers and fiction

posted by awelborn

Go to Jim Manney’s People of the Book to read and discuss There’s no real, extreme dearth of qyuality contemporary fiction that involves Catholic themes, settings and sensibilities. It’s there. When I emerge from this book, I’ll prepare a post […]

Preaching faculties

posted by awelborn

This, from a priest: A propos your recent post about the synod, and the rhetorical question about “License to Preach,” I just wanted to add my $0.02.  The faculty for preaching does not always accompany Holy Orders.  It is a […]

Raphael, the Extra Synod Father

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister today: In the hall of the Vatican where the synod on the Eucharist is being held from October 2-23, above the presider’s table is a large screen. It displays a famous fresco by Raphael, which illustrates for the […]

A reminder

posted by awelborn

Why most posts don’t have comments…I am finishing up writing a book, and while I do have time to blog, I don’t have time to monitor comments on contentious issues. So…store it all up for next week!

Weigel on Europe

posted by awelborn

A lengthy interview PB: The phenomenon that America has not become as secularized as Europe is sometimes referred to as the “American exceptionalism.” Some might say that you owe this to the Protestant Evangelical churches, which are more fundamentalist, rather […]

Full stop

posted by awelborn

Check out the headline Michael found in a Chicago-area paper…

The Artist’s Way

posted by awelborn

Daniel Mitsui, who comments here, has some new art up at his website – wonderful stuff, St. Benedict and others. He’s also looking to make some sales and get some commissions, with an eye towards a future which he hopes […]

Mysteries

posted by awelborn

We’re trying to figure out here why The How-To Book of the Mass has been hanging tight at #2 in Amazon Catholic bestsellers for a couple of days. Perhaps some RCIA groups have ordered? Perhaps it’s catching the Mother Angelica […]

Adoration

posted by awelborn

A brief article on Monday’s Eucharistic Adoration at the Synod According to the Holy See press office , “ with the eucharistic adoration on the day in which our liturgy remembers Saint Ignatius of Antioch, witness of the first Christians, […]

The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

posted by awelborn

A piece from the WaPo, from the mother of a Down’s Syndrome child. That’s the rational pitch; here’s the emotional one. Margaret is a person and a member of our family. She has my husband’s eyes, my hair and my […]

Group Work

posted by awelborn

As noted below, the Bishops are working in their language groups – 12 – coming up with material for the final documents. (Remember one will be public and one will be private, Pope’s Eyes Only) John Allen reports on the […]

The Last Week

posted by awelborn

Gee, it seems as if we just got here: The schedule for the Synod’s last week: On Monday, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the reporter general for the Synod, began to draft the list of recommendations to be discussed and approved. He […]

Barely there

posted by awelborn

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been some discussion of the so-called "Diaper-Free" movement. Otherwise known as Elimination Communication. Diaper-Free Baby is one website dedicated to the cause. There was a Newsweek article, I believe, then a NYTimes […]

Alternatives

posted by awelborn

The LATimes on Jim Holman, the most interesting publisher, not just of San Diego’s alternative paper for which Matthew Lickona writes, but of several conservative Catholic monthlies, including LA Catholic Mission and San Francisco Faith. Really an interesting article. You […]

Parting gifts

posted by awelborn

What the Pope will give the Synod Fathers. A not-subtle reminder of what their office is all about: At the beginning of the session, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, informed those present that the Holy […]

Ponnuru on Miers

posted by awelborn

In the NYtimes In the past, conservatives had overlooked disappointments and disagreements for the sake of getting solid appointments to the Supreme Court. The president’s judicial appointments will be among his most lasting legacies. But then Mr. Bush nominated Ms. […]

Reaching out

posted by awelborn

Indian health minister acknowledges a problem: AsiaNews interviewed Fr Alex Vadakumthala, secretary of the Health Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, about the matter. He said: “The commitment of Catholics is sincerely appreciated by the government. The minister studied in a […]

Ethics and Art

posted by awelborn

Clayton Emmer has a link up to a podcast to a talk he heard this past weekend on ethics and art.

Vanity of Vanities

posted by awelborn

Not the first time we’ve heard of such a thing. Not the last, I’m sure, either. In twenty years, what will speculative fiction writers have left to write about? It’s the ultimate, death-dealing irony. Read the last line of the […]

Amazing that this is news

posted by awelborn

In New Zealand, a physician is making headlines because of his decision to cease prescribing contraceptives. Nelson GP Dr Joseph Hassan, a 40-year-old married father of four, wrote to the 50 patients a fortnight ago telling them he would no […]

Today, the Blogosphere will erupt over…

posted by awelborn

John Fund’s WSJ Political Diary: That "stealth nominee" thing may have backfired: Some participants in the Oct. 3 conference call fear that they will be called to testify at Ms. Miers’s hearings. "If the call is as you describe it, […]

Pullman, torqued

posted by awelborn

Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, honors the release of the Narnia movie by predictably attacking Lewis: But Pullman said the Narnia books contained "a peevish blend of racist, misogynistic and reactionary prejudice" and "not a trace" […]

Holy Hour

posted by awelborn

In case you hadn’t heard about this event, added to the Synod schedule. I love the fact that anyone can drop by… Monday 17 October 2005, at 11:00 a.m., at the Confession Altar in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican […]

It would be nice..

posted by awelborn

If Catholic life in this country were such that someone who volunteered as an escort into a Planned Parenthood facility would never even think of applying for a job at a Catholic school. They’d see the ad in the paper, […]

On Air

posted by awelborn

The English translation of an interview that the Pope had with Polish television, that aired tonight: The content was mostly about John Paul II: Q. So this appointment and convocation to Rome didn’t come as a surprise? A. It was […]

A Word:

posted by awelborn

To all publishers, PR folks and authors who have sent me books over the past couple of months: The time is approaching – once I get my own book done, I will be devoting a lot of time on this […]

HopkinsSong

posted by awelborn

An artist has set some of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems to music: The Alchemist is a collection of 22 of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems thathave been adapted to music in a variety of contemporary styles by Catholicsinger-songwriter Sean O’Leary. The […]

Teachable Moment

posted by awelborn

Pope meets with First Communicants Pope Benedict XVI offered a rare glimpse into his past Saturday and gave a small lesson in Catholicism to children who attended his first youth rally at St. Peter’s Square — an event that was […]

More on the Prom ban

posted by awelborn

The NYtimes has picked up on the story of the LI Catholic high school that dropped prom this year. A group of students have responded by expressing a desire to organize an alternative: Three Kellenberg seniors are hoping they can […]

GodBlogCon

posted by awelborn

Was a conference on religion blogging this weekend at Biola. Christian, with an evangelical slant, definitely. I heard from people who wanted me to come, but it’s not like I can drop everything and fly to CA at my own […]

A change of pace

posted by awelborn

As I mentioned last week, I am in the final stages of finishing my book on Mary Magdalene, to be released next March, I believe. I have a heavy week of working coming up, but I think, if no one […]

More rites..

posted by awelborn

I saw that Sandro Magister had blogged about this, but since his blog is in Italian, I had to wait until Rocco translated for us: Here. Back to the Synod, Magister writes that two Arguello-friendly bishops — one from Poland […]

Broken Silence

posted by awelborn

Hoyas on the Tridentine Rite: During discussion Saturday morning, Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy as well as president of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, created in 1988 to meet the pastoral needs of Catholics attached to the pre-Vatican […]

Into that good night

posted by awelborn

In case you haven’t seen this via The Anchoress, I would like to point you to this blog, of a man who has been writing about his terminally ill brother. His brother just passed away, and that is recounted in […]

Help Pearlington

posted by awelborn

Michelle Malkin has a post on a Mississippi town that’s being overlooked in the Katrina relief, and needs help.

Rich Abroad

posted by awelborn

Rich Lenoardi’s in England! Stopped by the Houses of Parliament to listen to MPs debate a bill concerning the merits of "a rail-free mass transit vehicle" (I think to myself, "this sounds like a bus") and to visit the exhibit […]

Frum Weighs In

posted by awelborn

On Matthew Scully’s defense of Harriet Miers, but just as interestingly for our purposes, on Rabbi David Dalin’s book on Pius XII: In keeping with the solemnity of the Yom Kippur holiday, though, I spent my time after services reading […]

Where we stand

posted by awelborn

Synod Wise So, here’s one big-picture observation: One of the most fractious liturgical debates in Catholicism over the last 40 years, at least in the West, has pivoted on the status and use of the pre-Vatican II rite of Mass. […]

MovieBlog

posted by awelborn

Here’s an interesting post from Peter Chattaway about a new film: The Devil’s Miner began as a project about devout Catholics who also happen to worship Satan — or if not Satan himself, then something very much like him. Apparently […]

More faith and politics! Yay!

posted by awelborn

But it’s Brownback this time, so the vibe is a different one: After testing his stump speech on Tuesday night, Senator Sam Brownback rose early on Wednesday for a tour of the cavernous chapel and regimental dining hall used by […]

Enablers’ Row

posted by awelborn

As described by Philly commentor Gerard E., noting this story in today’s Philadelphia paper: Though Krol is dead and Bevilacqua retired, many lesser-known administrators – "enablers" who helped craft the subterfuges or carry them out, according to the grand jury […]

Unconsecrated Ground?

posted by awelborn

From the Tablet, an interesting exploration of the design and construction of Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier occasioned by the discovery that it had never actually been consecrated – a situation that was rectified this past September. More […]

Unifier, not a divider

posted by awelborn

A RC theologian on RC-Orthodox discussions: "New people mean new initiatives. There’s clearly been some serious rethinking, and a new sensitivity on issues which have never been settled,” said Professor Waclaw Hryniewicz, director of the Ecumenical Institute at Poland’s Catholic […]

Bishop School

posted by awelborn

I knew about Bishop School, but I didn’t know this: Bishops automatically receive the title of D.D. (doctor of divinity) when they are named to the episcopate.

Religion, troublemaker

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, there was a story making the rounds about a researcher who claimed that religious values made a society worse, not better. Here’s an example of one of the articles: "Does Religion Promote Social Dysfunction?" In today’s […]

Progress Report

posted by awelborn

Well, my little meter over there is busted, so I guess I will waste some time and surf for another one. I am chugging right along. I have two more chapters to write, then go back and do the introduction, […]

What’s shaping up…

posted by awelborn

John Allen takes stock of the Synod: A dynamic is shaping up at the Synod of Bishops in which the bishops seem, in effect, to be trying to meet their critics half-way. They’re willing to acknowledge, in unusually blunt fashion, […]

Christians in Eastern Europe

posted by awelborn

A long, interesting Christianity Today piece, that, in places, seems to crack the "evangelicals bringing Christ to, er, Catholics" template just a teeny tiny bit. By 2000, it was clear that the church boom had failed to arrive as some […]

First in line for the movie

posted by awelborn

The book is about revealing truths about history and facts and, of course, evidence. In the experience of so many throughout the world, it is so much more interesting and exciting to learn about those things that have the evidence […]

Dali’s exorcism

posted by awelborn

An odd tale: Ancona, October 12 – An art expert has uncovered a sculpture of Christ on the Cross he claims Salvador Dali made to thank an Italian friar who exorcised him . Armando Ginesi found the piece, measuring 60cm […]

Auditors

posted by awelborn

Yesterday afternoon’s synod action involved statements from auditors – many of whom are leaders of some of the New Movements – Focolare, Neo-Catechumenate, etc.

Dan Brown speaks

posted by awelborn

And is very boring

Why do we believe in God?

posted by awelborn

From the Guardian UK A Harvard psychologist named Gordon Allport did some key research in the 1950s on various kinds of human prejudice and came up with a definition of religiosity that is still in use today. He suggested that […]

I’m jealous

posted by awelborn

Mark Shea has a great comment from Sherry Weddell (no surprise there) regarding George Barna’s new identification of "the Revolutionaries" as Relying upon national research conducted over the past several years, Barna profiles a group of more than 20 million […]

Meanwhile in Virginia…

posted by awelborn

Faith enters the governor’s race: Kilgore, who has tried to expand the kinds of crimes that would be eligible for the death penalty, has talked about Kaine’s opposition throughout the campaign. But even Democrats were unprepared for the stark and […]

April in South Carolina?

posted by awelborn

Thanks to an enthusiastic supporter/organizer, we have a couple of talks scheduled for South Carolina for the first full week in April. Columbia and Charleston at this point.  We’d like to add a couple more – so if you would […]

One Church

posted by awelborn

From the bishop of Hong Kong There is but “one, holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman” Church in China at this point and we can no longer speak of two Churches, so much so that if the government were to acknowledge […]

Harry Potter, Bully?

posted by awelborn

A different sort of take on the Potter series, from the Spectator online (I’ve read the first five, but not the latest one.) Certainly, Harry has just cause for killing the Dark Lord Voldemort, his parents’ murderer. But Harry and […]

Peggy’s advice

posted by awelborn

For the White House The White House, after the Miers withdrawal/removal/disappearance, would be well advised to call in leaders of the fractious base–with heavy initial emphasis on the Washington conservative establishment–and have some long talks about the future. It’s time […]

Quote of the night

posted by awelborn

Phone rings "It’s Jesus – he wants to know what kind of car you want!" By the way, the fellow who played (plays? Surely he’ll be back) Desmond  was Jesus in that film (which I never saw) that came out […]

Teach Narnia

posted by awelborn

An interesting site with resources – in e-book form – that’s just what it says: As literature professors, we feel strongly that in the teaching of literature a disservice has been done to our youth who have not been exposed […]

Let’s Make a Deal

posted by awelborn

Synagogue for Upper Room THE Vatican is hoping to regain control of the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. It will, in exchange, hand over to the Jewish community the historic […]

Halfway there

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister looks at the synod so far

Peace Prayer

posted by awelborn

Pope prays for peace in Jerusalem at General Audience

Oooh…Burn….

posted by awelborn

Bob Barr’s letter to the president re/Miers We know also, Mr. President, that you are possessed of an uncanny ability to look into and know men’s souls (and women’s, of course). While I am sure your many years of knowing […]

From the Synod..

posted by awelborn

This update contains many statements from the non-Catholic auditors As well as this comment from an Eastern Rite bishop from the U.S.: Finally, I wish to speak of the clergy. This seems to be lacking in the Instrumentum Laboris. They […]

Ubi Caritas

posted by awelborn

What the international Catholic relief agency is doing for earthquake victims Catholic Relief Services hasn’t forgotten Sudan, and doesn’t want us to forget either

Name Change

posted by awelborn

One of the best, smartest Catholic blogs out there has had to change its name. I regret to inform you that this site is no longer going to be called Sources Chétiennes~Renewal in Catholic Thought. Today I received this email […]

A rather interesting reader bleg

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Not sure you post this type of bleg but thought I would ask since you have such a large readership with such unusual Catholic interests. I’m in search of a copy of Rotal Anthology: An Annotated Index […]

Price-gouging

posted by awelborn

Uninsured sue Catholic Healthcare West: Lawyers representing three uninsured Latinos filed a class-action suit Tuesday against Catholic Healthcare West hospitals, alleging price-gouging of patients without health coverage. The suit claims the San Francisco-based health care provider with 40 hospitals in […]

“Not bad for an old book”

posted by awelborn

Sayeth Jim Manney of Loyola, commenting on the debut of our latest Loyola Classics title, Morris West’s The Devil’s Advocate at #9 on the Catholic Book Publisher’s Association November best-seller’s list After I get this BLASTED MARY MAGDALENE book done, […]

How nice!

posted by awelborn

Danielle Bean, an excellent writer herself, has kind words for the Book of Days

Sophia Press needs help

posted by awelborn

Publisher John Barger’s letter

LA Story

posted by awelborn

The abuse spotlight moves back to the West Coast today, as more documents were released. The LA Times story: The newly released documents were prepared by church lawyers in connection with efforts to settle the pending cases. Known as proffers, […]

Taize

posted by awelborn

A John Allen report on the community: Talking to pilgrims here, and to ecumenical observers in other places, three aspects of Taizé seem to be the most impressive. First is the utter selflessness of the community. The brothers don’t charge […]

Vaticanisti in the house

posted by awelborn

Vaticanisti has a brief entry on the newly-confirmed US ambassador to the Vatican.

Synodal doings

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s piece from Tuesday morning answers the question some have: Exactly what is this for, anyway? (link will change later this AM) At the end of the synod, participants will produce two documents — a set of propositions that […]

Record-setting

posted by awelborn

We were pursuing the Spring ’06 offerings from Harper SanFrancisco – a remarkably diverse line that season, with authors from Bart Ehrman to N.T.Wright and beyond. They definitely have a clear sense of their intended market: everyone. Anyway, we happened […]

Jody wants Tunes!

posted by awelborn

Jody Bottum, editor of First Things, wants our help Actually, I’ve been fooling around with ballads and folk songs for a couple of months, now, with the vague idea that I might make my next book of poems something like […]

Animal Abuse

posted by awelborn

You know, there’s a thread down there on the Bark Mitzvah, with commentors scrapping about the proper Christian disposition to animals. I agree, that the consequence of being stewards of the earth is treating animals with compassion and care, respectful […]

One more

posted by awelborn

NCR has added some information on the research methodology for their recent study of American Catholics. All data were collected by the Gallup Organization, using telephone interviews based on identical random digit dialing sampling methods. The sample size in 1987 […]

It Played in Peoria

posted by awelborn

Nice article about the Year of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Peoria, which culminated with a Byzantine Catholic liturgy in the Cathedral About 1,100 Catholics at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday had to be given instruction in how to […]

As you can see…

posted by awelborn

I’m making progress on the Mary Magdalene book. I’m hampered a bit today by exhaustion – we had a particularly bad night last night. Baby was extremely restless, and, as per usual, didn’t fall into a really sound sleep until […]

Oh, please

posted by awelborn

The latest trend for pets Rabbi Terry Bookman, of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, said he is all for loving and caring for pets, but a ”bark mitzvah” is crossing the line.

On the other end, for once

posted by awelborn

Bishop sues woman The bishop of the Rapid City Catholic Diocese has sued a Maryland woman for negligence because of a car crash. Blase Cupich filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Rapid City against Natalie Kay Germain Smith […]

The plan

posted by awelborn

Spokane’s bankruptcy plan: The Catholic Diocese of Spokane will sell its headquarters and the home of Bishop William Skylstad to settle claims of people who contend they were sexually abused by priests, according to a plan filed in U.S. Bankruptcy […]

Inculturated

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s report on Saturday’ and Monday’s doings highlights discussions past and present about the issue of inculturation In other synod business Monday, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of the Greek Catholic church in Ukraine posed a provocative rhetorical question: if Catholics […]

Nice

posted by awelborn

From this morning’s interventions at the Synod, an Australian bishop: Consider the fact that the Author of the Universe took human nature to himself, was born of a Virgin, had (and still has) a human body and a human soul, […]

The Anatomy of MegaChurches

posted by awelborn

A sort of interesting slideshow at Slate, examing the architecture of Lakewood, Crystal Cathedral, Willow Creek, a new LDS structure in Salt Lake City, and the LA Cathedral. He actually gives the Crystal Cathedral props for being the most religiously […]

True Marriage

posted by awelborn

A site and a cause from an Ave Maria School of Law professor, inspired, I think, in part by the experience and perspective of Bai MacFarlane The TrueMarriage project seeks to ensure that religious marriages and other fundamental aspects of […]

Higher Ed

posted by awelborn

My son who is taking a course from A Famous Poet reports that the class has not had to write a poem in three week. The Poet was off to a medical appointment one day, had to meet with the […]

Ah, the Brits

posted by awelborn

If you frequent Catholic blogs, you might remember, all of a week or so ago, a story about the Catholic bishops in the UK issuing a doc about Scripture which, according to the news accounts was some radical departure because […]

Walk away….slowly I’m walking away

posted by awelborn

It’s late, and I’m tired, so maybe I’m misreading, but is this piece by actor Michael Moriarty on Tom Hanks, DVC and Hilary Clinton just totally whack? Or is it satire? I really want to think so…but it seems as […]

No rest for the weary

posted by awelborn

Yes, Synod doings continued on Saturday. Saturday morning’s interventions. Some highlights: First, From Cardinal Szoka, retired of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The fIrst Synod I attended was in 1983. In the last 15 years, I have participated in every Synod […]

Tawny Strongly?

posted by awelborn

Okay, I put this page through BabelFish and got nonsense. It’s Sandro Magister blog (yes he has one, but it’s only published in Italian) and what interests me is the second item down, about Bruno Forte, which the translator fashions […]

Seminary life

posted by awelborn

A profile of St. John Vianney in Minnesota Imagine this scene: It’s 6 a.m. on a wintry day. More than 100 young men wipe the sleep from their eyes and gather in a dark chapel, heads bowed, for an hour […]

What he said

posted by awelborn

What Fr. Erickson said that got detectives suspicious During the questioning, Erickson mentioned to Hudson detectives Shawn Pettee and Jeff Knopps two small details about the killings that had never been made public: the positions of the two bodies inside […]

Deacon Jones

posted by awelborn

You might be interested in knowing that Alex Jones was just recently ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Detroit Via Bill Cork An article about Jones’ conversion – he was a Pentecostal minister, and he and many of […]

Quake relief

posted by awelborn

You might keep checking AsiaNews for updates on the terrible situation, with particular insight on how Christians are responding

Kabballah Maddona

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Some rabbis have had it: Word that Madonna’s upcoming album includes a paean to a 16th-century Jewish mystic has prompted the rabbis who guard his legacy to accuse the pop idol of sacrilege and hint at divine punishment. The "Confessions […]

From a reader…

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I had a disappointing experience today. Our local After Prom mothers sponsored a movie night in the high school gym after the football game. It was open to grades 7-12. My oldest daughter is in the 7th grade. We found […]

Angelus

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The Pope’s words today: This is precisely what the timeless message of the Blessed Von Galen is: faith is not to be reduced to a private sentiment, possibly to be hidden when it becomes uncomfortable; rather it implies consistency and […]

Red Mass in Scotland

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Cardinal will lay some smack down In an outspoken message lamenting a decline in the role of the family, Cardinal O’Brien will claim: "There are moral approaches to the ordering of civil society that have been proved to lead to […]

Stan, again…

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News that… Stan now ranks as one of the 30 most deadly hurricanes of all time, with over 1500 deaths caused. Stan will proabably far surpass Katrina as the most deadly hurricane of 2005; Katrina’s death toll stood at 1242 […]

Into the Wardrobe

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Barbara Nicolosi saw Narnia, and reports

Remember Stan?

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The hurricane and storm has caused widespread havoc in Central America With food and water running out, governments in Central America and Mexico scrambled Friday to reach isolated areas devastated by a week of intense rain, with residents saying panic […]

The Diocese responds

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The Diocese of Superior answers questions about the late Fr. Erickson

The Faith Card

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Professor Bainbridge looks it over

Just what I need

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Another book to add to the pile next to the couch. But this one, I think I must read…Ghost Empire: How the French Almost Conquered North America, reviewed in that link in the Toronto Globe and Mail. In Ghost Empire, […]

Some things just make you laugh

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An evaluation of the Pope’s intervention: "It was a beautiful speech, of great theological value, said in good, speedy Italian" said Don Constantino.

I need to join AA

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By that I mean Andrew Anonymous. By which means I hope to break my evidently foolish expectation that Andrew Sullivan will recover his senses when it comes to Catholicism. First off, I’ll let you know, that to my knowledge he […]

If you can stand it…

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More Synod talk, this time with the official Word from Rome: To date, Western Europeans, especially the French and German bishops, have offered the weightiest theological reflections, focusing on questions such as the real presence of Christ, transubstantiation, and the […]

Synodal Word

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Allen on yesterday: On Thursday night, Pope Benedict XVI made his first intervention in the synod. Speaking in Italian, the pope went on for 12 minutes (well exceeding the three minutes set aside for each participant during open discussion, but […]

Intervening

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Yesterday afternoon’s interventions. Do go read. Much of interest, and gives you a good sense of the scope of the issues these bishops are grappling with. Why, is it asked, do all of these issues come up at this Synod […]

Strike Breaker

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Brazilian bishop ends hunger strike as officials agree to discuss I didn’t read all of the comments on this below – I’m sorry,but look at my word meter – I wrote 2000 words yesterday! 2000 more today, I hope, but […]

Israel’s call to Catholics

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From the Tablet: THE ANNOUNCEMENT last week that the President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, is to visit the Vatican on 17 November has been widely seen as momentous. After almost 2,000 years of enmity, this is another giant step towards […]

Witch Hunt Guide, part 2

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John Allen reports: A forthcoming Vatican document on homosexuals in seminaries will not demand an absolute ban, a senior Vatican official told NCR Oct. 7, but will insist that seminary officials exercise "prudential judgment" that gay candidates should not be […]

The Conclave

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Sandro Magister unpacks the recent conclave leaks and hints: That the reconstructions of the conclave disseminated until now are mutually contradictory – although they all claim to draw from confidential information received from cardinals – should come as no surprise. […]

Synod 101

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Someone below asked exactly what is this Synod I keep posting about and what is it supposed to do. In The Tablet, a primer: Is the synod deliberative or consultative?This is the twenty-first time the Synod of Bishops has met […]

Make Me

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Bill also links to a letter from Oregon’s Bishop Vasa, telling USCCB Child Protection that it’s crossed a line: The next topic is one that I bring up only with great reluctance for I do not want to give any […]

Thanks, Bill

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Bill Cork has unearthed two good links today: First, a Reuters story that in turn reports on a paper in the Italian press that claims to know the real content of the Guide to Witch Hunts: The Vatican will allow […]

A Friend of the Pope

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Heinz-Joachim Fischer, the author of a book on B16 (reviewed near the bottom of this piece) spoke at St. Vincent College in LaTrobe last night. Two reports, first from Ann Rogers: This will get you going: Mr. Fischer was also […]

Faith-Based Hypocrisy?

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E.J. Dionne today: Now we know: President Bush’s supporters are prepared to be thoroughly hypocritical when it comes to religion. They’ll play religion up or down, whichever helps them most in a political fight. Shortly after Bush named John Roberts […]

If you want peace…

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Diocese of Richmond makes arrangements About 15 months ago, a lay minister at St. Nicholas Catholic Church was arrested and accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer – an adult male – in Red Wing Park. […]

Bonus

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An incentive from the Archdiocese: Priests, it turns out, are prone to bad habits, like everyone else. Some smoke; others eat too much. So as old priests die off faster than new ones replace them, and health care costs climb, […]

Is it the Catholics’ fault?

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What did God tell the president during the Red Mass, anyway? While sitting a few rows behind President Bush at church on Sunday, I saw a striking image–one that may help explain how he decides whom to appoint to the […]

Now:Idiots

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Alabama youth ministry features goldfish swallowing The First Assembly of God Church has a Fear Factor ministry that had youths swallowing live goldfish — if they were up to it. The church’s youth minister says it teaches children about fear, […]

Today’s interventions

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Posted here. Interesting stuff, including, I think, this rather insightful comment by a French bishop: Eucharistic Adoration is notably mentioned in numbers 41, 66, 67 and 75.We can see that, in our countries, Eucharistic Adoration is very taken by the […]

What aggravates me most…

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…is the dishonesty. The woman from Dignity who was on the show went through their talking points, which were breathtaking: That the Church has ALWAYS ordained gay men, that there are gay men – no, that’s not what she said. […]

Orthodox and Primacy

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Lengthy interview on the subject with an Orthodox Metropolitan So, in your opinion what is a realistic common ground for common answers to such open questions?     ZIZIOULAS: For the future development of dialogue on this issue, it is of […]

That smaller church…

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Opus Dei bishop critiques big monstrous Masses. Via Rocco

Radio Daze

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…in a few minutes (1 Eastern, to be precise,) I’m going to be a guest on this show out of a public radio station in San Francisco. I think you can listen online. I was initially told that the topic […]

Word from Synod

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John Allen’s report today: An area of clash came in discussion of the Eucharist as sacrifice, and the need to balance between the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the Mass. In the open session Wednesday night, Cardinal George Pell of […]

Mess in MI

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There is apparently trouble at Ave Maria Law School. Here is a blog about it. Being that lawyers are involved, it also contains posts about Miers, etc. But what is going on at the law school is disheartening, beginning, it […]

Not so fast

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Caution on Turkey and the EU from the Curia: Speaking to the Italian daily La Repubblica, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said a resolution addressing the lack of religious freedom and the discrimination against […]

Hitch Unbound

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From The American Conservative (which is Pat Buchanan’s mag, is it not?) an article on the Purest Neocon – Christopher Hitchens. Of interest – his views on religion. Which we all know, but anyway: As both the Hari and Didcock […]

Group Work

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You know, every time I hear about these bishops breaking into language-based working groups as the Synod, I have to wonder if they’re sitting around on folding chairs, staring dully at a heavy-set woman with dyed-blond hair in a burnt-orange […]

Schoenborn clarifies

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Says evolution’s okay, tells bloggers to stop arguing about him A senior Roman Catholic cardinal seen as a champion of "intelligent design" against Darwin’s explanation of life has described the theory of evolution as "one of the very great works […]

Bishop Cappio

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The Brazilian bishop’s hunger strike continues: He is supported by his order (Franciscans) Thousands gather in support Photos here, via newswires

Noonan on Miers

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Here He didn’t do that. Why didn’t he? Old standard answer: In time of war he didn’t want to pick a fight with Congress that he didn’t have to pick. Obvious reply: So in time of war he picks a […]

Life, worth the cost

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The pastor of the Torres’ parish writes in the bulletin (scroll down) Baby Susan herself, by her very weakness and helplessness, forced us to reexamine our standards. In her, as in all the unborn who silently appeal to us for […]

Adoption

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South Caroline parish adopts Mississippi parish…

Church funds stem-cell research

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Adult stem-cells The Roman Catholic Church in South Korea said yesterday it will donate millions of dollars for research into adult stem cells, supported by critics of embryonic stem cell projects as a more humane alternative. The Archdiocese of Seoul […]

Blogging about

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This Aussie is scathing on the latest from We Are The Church IMWAC has published a call on their website for the Bishops gathered in Synod to drop the theology of Transubstantiation and sacrifice. The fact that Europe fought immensely […]

Well, dang it

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Michael said he heard Fr. Fessio on NPR’s Fresh Air today, talking about the homosexuality in the priesthood thing, and said he was quite good, almost quietly but powerful evangelical about Church teaching v. the culture, in general. I’d hoped […]

In General

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Full text of the General Audience today The liturgy is the privileged place to listen to the divine Word, which renders present the Lord’s salvific acts, but it is also the circle in which the communitarian prayer rises which celebrates […]

“Let a thousand conspiracy theories bloom”

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TMatt takes an exhaustive look at the Miers-Religion stories today in the MSM, but doesn’t touch the latest blogRumor…articulated by John Podhoretz at The Corner: A friend, one of the wisest analysts of politics I know, asks the following fascinating […]

Quote of the night

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Why do you find it so hard to believe? Why do you find it so easy? It’s never been easy.

Heh

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More Catholic Adult Formation Follies: Thank you for your books, of which I have quite a collection, and thank you for your Bad Girls essay. I needed that one to know I am not alone, especially after last night’s Formation […]

Tainted

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Mexican bishop causes uproar Provoking the uproar were declarations by Bishop Ramon Godinez, of the central state of Aguascalientes, who remarked this month that donations from drug traffickers are not unusual, but that it’s not the church’s responsibility to investigate. […]

Summing up

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John Allen does some reporting on the Synod. Nothing much new, but he brings it all together: The synod took a break from the daily round of six-minute speeches on Wednesday morning in order to meet for the first time […]

More from Wisconsin

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From the City Pages, the alternative Minneapolis paper – an article about the Erickson case, with more details about his pastoral tenure. Written before Monday.

From the Synod

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Vatican Radio talks to a Canadian bishop on what’s been going on

Good job, California

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Prop. 71=Disaster Long ago in November of 2004, the people of California voted for a ballot proposition that would spend around $6 billion (including interest charges) on cloning and embryonic stem-cell research. It was a strange campaign, vastly lopsided (pro-cloning […]

The problem

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In the DVC post below, there’s a question of what does it matter if Jesus was married? And what’s the problem with talking and wondering about it? Here’s the problem, touched on by another commentor: There’s no mention of a […]

Whoops

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No more word of "coarse exchanges apparently," A change in plans: The Vatican clamped down on information emerging from a meeting of the world’s bishops Wednesday after some of the prelates had expressed concern that details of their debates had […]

Ms. Miers..

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The battle rages. The Spectator bloggers seem to be on Bush’s side, with a couple heaping scorn upon George Will’s column from today. Most of the Corner-ites continue to be disappointed. Professor Bainbridge makes no secret of his views. At […]

Go read

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Please, please go read Annie Banno’s post at After Abortion about her viewing of the film A Distant Thunder, and her conversation with its producer. And read a couple of posts down, about the impact of abortion on the Hispanic […]

Can we velcro that thing down?

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A little bit from today’s General Audience: Today’s world runs a serious risk of reverting to idolatry, "which is a deceitful form of religion," said Pope Benedict XVI in his General Hearing today, before a massive 50,000-plus crowd gathered at […]

Religious Ed in the U.S. of A

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From a reader: Just last night my parish had a discussion of "The Da Vinci Code," which I attended, with your book in hand, excited that we would go over the points you made.  Wrong!   The presenter, who is the […]

The Visionary

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Why they smashed the altar Destroying a church’s altar was a dream realized for one Hartselle man, who claimed his decision to confront a Decatur Catholic congregation during Mass was heaven-sent. In an interview Monday from the visitation room at […]

The Erickson Case

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As you recall, we have blogged here before about the case of Rev. Ryan Erickson, the Diocese of Superior priest who hung himself last December after being contacted by authorities about a double homicide that had occurred a couple of […]

A Divers Batch of Newish Blogs

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Rosary Novice – a fellow thinking about and praying the rosary, on a learning curve From First Things – Fr. Neuhaus and Jody Bottum so far The Spectator Online – Bloggy jabs from Neumayr (and others) all day, every day!

Discernment

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How to tell if The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe is a Christian film: Earlier this month, Disney ran the first test screening of its December release, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in a California theater. The […]

Push, shove

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Report from the synod today… (well, actually reporting on yesterday) According to priests who briefed reporters on the synod proceedings in several languages on Tuesday, the debate produced a coarse exchange late Monday between Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice, the […]

Silence

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Rumors on this have popped up over the past few years, but here’s confirmation: Scorcese is, indeed, going to film an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence (from an interview with his editor) A movie called ‘Silence’, which is based […]

Speeches…

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Excerpts from today’s Synod speeches are here. Very general. Also in today’s VISEN, a news item about this Sunday’s beatification: At 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of […]

A visitor from the Congo

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Bishop visits Kentucky There are no paved roads, running water or electricity in Bishop Nicolas Djomo’s isolated diocese in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Amid dense equatorial forests and extreme poverty, schools and doctors are rare. Malaria and dehydration […]

In summary

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For those of you who are still catching up with the Philadelphia Grand Jury report, here’s a summary from the National Catholic Reporter (And here’s the detailed breakdown of the report from Bishop Accountability) Here’s the press release on the […]

Magister’s return

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He’s been silent for a couple of weeks, but today Sandro Magister is back – no real news, but more of a summary of the Benedict papacy so far. The gist? Benedict wants the Church to be leaven, salt, seed […]

An ancient way

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In a Coptic monastery, the distant past is very close at hand: The Rev. Maximous Elantony was one of those men drawn to the desert in search of a relationship with God. But he could hardly believe it when he […]

Altarclasts

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An odd attack in Decatur, Alabama – during Mass A page from the church’s website about their new icon Some wonder if this article, in Saturday’s Decatur paper, inspired the attack. The attackers look mighty jovial in those mug shots…

The discussion

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A bit on the discussion at the synod today Monsignor Pierre Antoine Paulo, bishop of Haiti, said that "under certain conditions" the Catholic Church allowed communion to be taken by people who were technically in a state of sin. "We […]

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

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