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October 18, 2005 Archives

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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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