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January 1, 1970 Archives

Some things just make you laugh

posted by awelborn

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

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I need to join AA

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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If you can stand it…

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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Synodal Word

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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?

posted by awelborn

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…

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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?

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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