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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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,” […]

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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