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October 17, 2005 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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