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A blessed New Year!

posted by awelborn

From the Pope, too: The Roamin’ Roman has a report from Vespers Giving thanks: Before singing the Te Deum, Benedict XVI saw fit to “to recall in a special way all those who are in difficulties: the poorest and neglected […]

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Things are looking up

posted by awelborn

From a long-time reader: Stopped in at the local "religious articles" shop this afternoon. You know the type: rosaries, crosses, holy cards, big "family" Bibles, all kinds of statues, plastic and otherwise, a few books …. As soon as I […]

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O Little Town

posted by awelborn

Magister on the difficulties of Bethlehem But the reactions drew upon other fears as well. Hanna Nasser, the previous mayor of Bethlehem, a Christian of the current that is close to Fatah, accused the new administration of “spreading Islamic fundamentalism.” […]

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What’s done is done

posted by awelborn

We’re back. An amazingly easy return trip because both boys slept most of the way. But there is no such thing as a free lunch, everything comes with a price and what goes around comes around – all of which […]

Well, not exactly…

posted by awelborn

Last night, we dined at a place called Heaven on Seven, a Cajun sort of place, which had the advantage of being across the road from our hotel. Good enough stuff, but bring your reading glasses for sure to figure […]

Reader Bleg re/evil

posted by awelborn

From a reader: XXXX saw the Exorcism of Emily Rose and are worried about waking up at 3 AM frequently since seeing the movie – that’s the time when the devil begins tormenting Emily. I didn’t see the movie and […]

Reader Bleg

posted by awelborn

Onto my request, trying to find books for my 5 yearold boy to grow and reinforce his faith.  We read froma children’s Bible (the 365 days of readings one,starting 2nd year repeats), but have been throughamazon, googling your site etc. […]

Rumors…

posted by awelborn

New Cardinals? New Secretary of State?

Keillor v. Pope

posted by awelborn

An exchange between Garrison Keillor and an irate Catholic listener (should be at the top of the page)

The first nine months

posted by awelborn

In The Tablet, Robert Mickens looks at the B16 papacy so far, and into 2006: But now as the world gets set to ring in 2006, many people are wondering if the new calendar year will be the point at […]

In Chicago

posted by awelborn

I’m in Chicago, going to speak in a few. I have no idea what you people are saying in the comboxes, but I haven’t received any emails requesting that I delete or ban someone, so I trust things are okay. […]

Back to HuffPo

posted by awelborn

As noted below,there’s an insane post at the Huffington Post that twists the words of Benedict’s Urbi et Orbi message to give the impression that he’s condemning intellectual achievement, an interpretation that’s gleefully seized on by commentors there, confirming their […]

Enemy of the State

posted by awelborn

Well, just in time for his memorial, (today), St. Thomas a Becket has been voted worst person of the 12th century by historians surveyed by the BBC history magazine. The Independent explains: As the patron saint of Roman Catholic secular […]

Hart to Hart

posted by awelborn

Some of you may have read Jeffrey Hart’s piece in the WSJ on modern conservatism. Some of you might even have been following the discussion of the piece on various blogs – well, this blogger has, and has very nicely […]

What’s the lede?

posted by awelborn

At Get Religion, tmatt takes on reporting of the Pope’s homilies, one of my pet peeves. Yes, it’s easy and convenient to grab on to the political, and perhaps that’s all we can expect…but once in a while it would […]

EU to Doctors: Abort or Else

posted by awelborn

Conscience? Bah! European Union advisory panel has issued a statement saying that medical professionals are not allowed to refuse to participate in abortions. According to the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights doctors should be forced to perform […]

To the West

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow we are headed to Chicago. Leaving in the morning, meeting some friends from Florida for lunch (no, it’s not halfway – they’re visiting family in town), then doing ..I don’t know what for the rest of the day. On […]

Again with the Camauro

posted by awelborn

Of course, because it’s still winter. I think what makes it look kind of odd (sorry), is that the fur trim is too wide. In the paintings I’ve seen of previous popes wearing it, the trim is much thinner. But, […]

Monsignor Wurtz of Buffalo

posted by awelborn

A very nice profile of the pastor of the Our Lady of Victory Shrine in Buffalo, a tireless worker for children, and promoter of the canonization cause of the Shrine’s founder, Father Baker: "I think God is using me in […]

Touchstone Update

posted by awelborn

The David Deveal piece I recommended to you is now online.

Reforming the Reform of the Reform…

posted by awelborn

…and so on. There is a lot of interest coming out of the Vatican these days, what with the beautiful, accessible profundity of the Pope’s homilies and addresses during these past weeks, not to speak of (but we will!) the […]

New blogs!

posted by awelborn

First, from Martin Farkus, who was actually an Early Catholic Blogger, and who is back! Then, from one of our frequent commentors here, Hieronymous Blog.  The blogger is also an artist, whose work has been admired here before, and the […]

Slate, theological hotbed

posted by awelborn

Online mag Slate has been on a theology-for-the-masses run of late. First off, a perfectly predictable piece from Episcopal priest Chloe Breyer (daughter of the Supreme Court Justice, btw), outlining her doubts about the Virginal Conception, which are not new […]

Safe, Legal and Rare in SD

posted by awelborn

…but that’s a problem, implies this WaPo article on the status of abortion in the state of South Dakota. At The Corner Tim Graham points out: When I talk to college students, I cite this kind of an article to […]

As I mentioned…

posted by awelborn

My other baby, my laptop, aka my readers’ gift to me from last March, is not well. It’s been sent off to Toshiba today, leaving me for the next couple of weeks with Michael’s laptop, which does the job, but […]

A Catholic Grief Observed

posted by awelborn

This is not online (yet), but David Deavel’s piece in the current Touchstone is well worth a read if you can find a copy – or decide to subscribe. It’s beautiful, sad, and comforting.

Goodbye, Alejandra

posted by awelborn

A local paper’s account of the funeral service for Alejandra Guttierez, missing, then found murdered.

Google Grants

posted by awelborn

USAToday story on Google’s service of providing free ad space to non-profits. Two years ago, non-profit director Ray Rickman decided to put up a website to attract donors for his cause: raising money to pay doctors to treat people in […]

New Times, New Problems

posted by awelborn

Used to be that the big post-Christmas complaint was assembly of all those toys. Forget that. Of late, the major annoyance of children’s gifts are those blasted little wires tying the toys to the impenetrable packaging. Joseph got some Star […]

Food for thought

posted by awelborn

Pontifications hasbeen posting wonderful excerpts from the likes of John Donne and Leo the Great for the season.

Busy Week

posted by awelborn

Here’s the Vatican page at which you’ll find (eventually) links to all of the Pope’s homilies and addresses for the Christmas season And, among the many messages of late, we might have missed these simple, direct words to a gathering […]

Plot thickens in St. Louis

posted by awelborn

Revelations, accusations and counter-accusations: The next morning, Bozek returned to the pulpit, this time with a different homily. "It seems so many things happen by accident, that paths cross by accident," he said. "But that is the mystery of our […]

Good News from Cleveland

posted by awelborn

Big uptick in seminarians

Gaudete!

posted by awelborn

Our "What Did YOu Hear" thread is crackling down there, and I’m so pleased. I think one of the things I’m going to try to do over the next month is to gather all of those threads from the past […]

On the Feast of Stephen

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s Angleus message: After celebrating the Solemnity of the Birth of Christ yesterday, let us remember the birth in heaven of St Stephen, the first martyr. “Yesterday, the Lord was born on earth so that Stephen may be born […]

In the shadow of Christmas

posted by awelborn

…more sad news. Joseph’s teacher just called to say that the other pre-school teacher, the young woman who taught, I believe, the half-day children in the classroom next door, was killed in a car accident yesterday. Pray for her family […]

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

…In which Catholics and other friends from around the world share their church-going experiences this past weekend. Let’s break 100 comments on this one! Standard format is to name general geographical location, at least, and if you really want, the […]

Mr. Foof to you!

posted by awelborn

Sigh…too fast, they grow…too fast. In a week, he’s gone from just babbling 100% of the time, to interjecting his babbling with clear a "No!"

Forecast: Light Blogging Ahead

posted by awelborn

Well, Merry Christmas everyone, and to my laptop, which has chosen today to sort of die. Research has uncovered the problem, which is not uncommon for this model, but which will also require being sent in to Toshiba, which may […]

posted by awelborn

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came […]

A nice Christmas Eve gift

posted by awelborn

from Terry Teachout to us…in today’s WSJ: A similar venture for which I have nothing but admiration is the recently launched Loyola Classics series of reprints of long-unavailable novels by Roman Catholic authors… MORE Terry’s blog Loyola Classics page!

That time of year

posted by awelborn

From a long-time reader, a Protestant pastor: …it isn’t the Christmas season if i don’t do a funeral, and there is a bittersweet power to the reaction of families to hearing (since i usually use a calendar stroll like you […]

The Bioethics of Bethlehem

posted by awelborn

Good stuff often wonder how many people who hear the famous Bible text that begins "In the sixth month" are aware of what is going on (Luke 1:26). It does not refer to the month of June, or for that […]

Recovering in Covington

posted by awelborn

Hopeful newspaper report about a priest, director of liturgy for the Diocese of Covington, who survived a car crash with serious burns He undergoes twice-daily showers and changes of the bandages on his fingers. Each shower and change takes about […]

Bishop of Reno

posted by awelborn

Rocco reports there’s a new one From VIS: – Fr. Randolph Roque Calvo of the clergy of San Francisco, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redwood City, as bishop of Reno (area 183,506, population […]

The Prompt

posted by awelborn

Really excellent webzine for Catholics in Singapore – and the rest of the world, too!

Away in a Manger

posted by awelborn

Francis X. Rocca on Italy’s Nativity scenes – Also called presepi, they are far more than just a stable and a few animals. They are social panoramas, often quite elaborate, and an essential part of Italian Christmas traditions: And yet, […]

Welcome New Readers!

posted by awelborn

Welcome all of you who are stopping by inspired by my NRO piece. Nice to have you.  Substantive posting is an off-and-on proposition here, depending on how tired I am, what other work I have, and how that insomnia’s going. […]

Like the Guiness Guys Say

posted by awelborn

Brilliant! This is what we need – Matthew at Holy Whapping provides most excellent captions for still from the DVC movie. More! Someone do a webpage!

Greetings

posted by awelborn

The text of the Pope’s year-end speech to the Curia (at least the first part. Second part is forthcoming, I assume) In relation to the Second Vatican Council: It could be said that three tiers of questions were formed that […]

Chesterton BLOG

posted by awelborn

The G.K.Chesterton Society has a blog! And…in case you didn’t know..There’s a Ronald Knox Society of America now.

NRO

posted by awelborn

Me on NRO – would have linked earlier but I didn’t know it would run this soon. But…one "l," people. ONE "L!" (Note – the typo has been corrected. But I leave this up so Mark Shea’s comment will make […]

Papal Varia

posted by awelborn

On liturgy, to the choir of the pontifical chapel: The importance of pontifical liturgy has become more pronounced, the Pope said. He noted that "today, with television and radio, many people, from all parts of the world, follow the liturgy." […]

Sacraments for Sale?

posted by awelborn

A blogger has a question.

Making a Difference

posted by awelborn

A 12-year old boy gets the idea to start a Cub Scout pack for homeless boys. Sweeney spent hours every week planning Cub Scout meetings; arranging hikes, field trips and guest speakers; recruiting volunteers; tracking his Cubs and making sure […]

Hot Topics

posted by awelborn

Also via Rocco, the transcription, available in Adoremus, of last month’s US bishop’s discussions of the liturgical translations. Very interesting reading. Now if we could hear their discussions of sexual abuse matters…. Cardinal George: Yes, thanks, Bishop Trautman. As a […]

A message from Archbishop Dolan

posted by awelborn

A nice video reflection, via the Catholic Communications Campaign Via Rocco

From Lepanto to Baghdad

posted by awelborn

Magister on a recent gathering to discuss the historical relations between Christianity and Islam But the analysis at the December 13 meeting at the Lateran concentrated above all on the history of the relationship between Christianity and Islam. The occasion […]

Cardinal v. Cardinal?

posted by awelborn

Or not… This, via CWNews, is interesting – a report on a Catholic-Jewish meeting in which Cardinal Keeler assuaged concerns about an article: In response to concerns from the Jewish side about a recent article by an eminent Catholic theologian […]

Ecumenism reigns..

posted by awelborn

…or not. In Russia where "ultra-Orthodox" will protest in front of the RC Cathedral on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas

posted by awelborn

From the Pope! Awesome. I see from a quick survey, from Zadok to Fr. Tucker to Whapping, everyone’s stoked about the hat, but let’s calm down and contemplate what the man said: Holding the audience talk on the Northern Hemisphere’s […]

Her Best Life – NOW!

posted by awelborn

Victoria Osteen on board, delays flight for two hours for other passengers. Via Bill Cork, who has lots of other interesting posts, including a link to a page that purports to have detected a funny hidden image in the Gibson […]

2 Down, 0 to Go

posted by awelborn

Just returned from  Katie’s Christmas program, and I am pleased to report that the music was 95% religiously-themed, and that which was not was "Deck the Halls" and such. Not a Santa or Rudolph in sight. Faith restored. We can […]

How Corporate, How Catholic?

posted by awelborn

In NCR(eporter), Joe Feuerherd with a good piece on current pressures on Catholic health systems, here: There are lots of problems and Grassley is very serious about it,” said John Olinger, a Washington lobbyist whose clients include nonprofit hospitals. The […]

Parish closings in Toledo

posted by awelborn

An interesting story on some technical matters: An East Toledo parish that appealed its closing to the Vatican has won a partial victory from Rome and now plans to plead its case to the church’s highest court, according to a […]

Podcast Mania

posted by awelborn

As I hope you know, Catholic Exchange is starting to Podcast – Mark Shea was first out of the gate, and now he’s been joined by John Morales who does a daily show. Yesterday, he featured an intereview with yours […]

Best Word Book

posted by awelborn

Someone has done an interesting thing – compared some pages from two different editions of a Richard Scarry book, editions 30 years apart. Some of the changes are reasonable – I have no problem bringing more gender balance into the […]

Criminal Defense

posted by awelborn

After Abortion brings together the links on all the recent reporting and commentary on Planned Parenthood, pregnant girls and statutory rape.

Apostle to the Untouchables

posted by awelborn

More on one of those approved for beatification the other day: Born on 1 April 1891 in Ramapuram in the diocese of Palai, Kerala, Fr Augustinus Thevarparampil entered the seminary of Palai and was ordained priest on 17 December 1921, […]

‘Tis the season!

posted by awelborn

Let’s see…for the end of December so far, we have…Harper’s running two "I got smart and lost my Christian faith" pieces, the New Yorker running a lengthy profile of anti-Deity Phillip Pullman, and now look who’s on the cover of […]

posted by awelborn

Interesting image that is the Christmas greeting sent out by the Vatican Information Service. Info: Alfredo Bikondoa, 2005 DEI GENITRIX mixed media on wood93 x74

Apologia, Redux

posted by awelborn

Fr. Septimus reminded me in a comment that I’d done "What Did You Hear" this week – well, I guess that was because I forgot what I heard because I was half-comotose on the couch all day Sunday. So belatedly […]

1 Down, 1 To Go

posted by awelborn

Two schoolchildren, two different schools, two Christmas programs. (Not that I, twenty years into this, sit through the whole thing. Forgive me. I figure out when mine is on, witness the event, and move on. As I said…twenty years.) Tonight: […]

Mel is back in town

posted by awelborn

A trailer for his next film, Apocalypto, is out. I’m seeing a metaphor, in the Mayan heavy-breathing,  for the decline of the West. I guess. Maybe a messiah a’borning? Or – something? Hmmm.

Dziekuje!

posted by awelborn

Here’s a link to today’s WSJ piece on the St. Stan’s controversy. I think it should work for all of us.

The MegaChurches respond

posted by awelborn

A few responses to critiques of the Sunday, December 25 Shutdown. What is most intriguing is that while some of us brought up the the traditional Calvinist-rooted suspicion of Christmas, others snorted, saying that was in the past and not […]

The End of the World As We Know It

posted by awelborn

I’m just going to tell you what the headline says: Moses, Pope now targets of draft agents No, not really. Well, sort of.

The Pope’s Christmas

posted by awelborn

Because of illness and such, we’ve neglected our pursuit of All That is Papal. There’s been a lot going on of late. Turning first to our Rome-based bloggers, Zadok does a little round-up, including a shot of the Christmas card […]

“It’s not my fault”

posted by awelborn

Go read.

No ID in Dover

posted by awelborn

Judge rules "No Can Do." The entire text of the decision Related: Cardinal Schonborn’s "The Designs of Science" from the new First Things

Good try…

posted by awelborn

An interesting move from a Lawrence, KS Birthright center has angered some. A Christmas tree that a pregnancy counseling organization provided to a women’s fitness center prompted three people to cancel their memberships because the tree is decorated with plastic […]

Saints, forthcoming

posted by awelborn

Various miracles approved, servants of God and martyrs recognized Mostly Italian religious order founders and martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Update: This interesting CNS piece points out how this represented more returns to a streamlined process by Benedict XVI […]

The Brokeback Mountain Post

posted by awelborn

Well, almost everyone has put their two cents in, so here goes. I haven’t seen it, don’t plan to, but I did see the SNL parody Brokeback Goldmine, which was purty durn funny. Do you remember the snickering at the […]

Durn You, WSJ

posted by awelborn

The Wall Street Journal attempts to get our money by publishing two excellent religion-related pieces over the past few days, available only to subscribers, but sent to me by kind friends. First was a front-page story on the recent misadventures […]

Apologia

posted by awelborn

Apologies for the light blogging, which will continue through this morning. I have a Big Thing I need to finish by noon, so just a couple of blogs before I get to work.

Yup

posted by awelborn

New Bishop for Nashville: Fr. David Choby, who was elected Diocesan Administrator when Bishop Kmiec was sent to Buffalo. Not a real surprise to Nashvillians, who’d been predicting a native son of one sort or another.

Dappled Things

posted by awelborn

Nice new Catholic literary magazine. Go check it out!

Look for..

posted by awelborn

…a new bishop of Nashville tomorrow. I’m just sayin’.

Well…they found her

posted by awelborn

..her body, to be exact. It looks like the body of 10-year old Alejandra Guttierez has been located and there is word that it is all related to a "suspect in custody." Our intuitions lead us to suspect that the […]

Is the Court Catholic?

posted by awelborn

An LATimes op-ed If one were looking for a predominant influence on the Supreme Court, it would seem to be Harvard Law School, not Catholicism. In addition to those listed above, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter and Stephen G. […]

Pew Rent

posted by awelborn

….sort of. Parish auctions off front-row seating at Christmas Eve Mass. Well, our parish auctions off parking places near the church to raise funds. I guess that’s different. It’s going for a good cause, of course, but it does grate […]

The Cause

posted by awelborn

The cause for one of Indiana’s future saints goes forward: Msgr. Frederick Easton, vicar judicial for the archdiocese, said that the commission, having reviewed not only the miracle but also all the acts of the Cause, “decided there was nothing […]

All better

posted by awelborn

Thank you God, for sending angels to soothe Michael the Baby so that when he felt like waking up last night – he didn’t – making him sleep from 9 to 6:30 straight, and letting us get a decent night’s […]

Typhoid Michael

posted by awelborn

Amazing what germs from a little baby can do to two big grown-ups. We’re down for the count, and while I feel my energy slowly returning, what’s left has to go to writing an article that’s due tomorrow. But, in […]

Hey, Archbishop

posted by awelborn

You’ve got two fairly prominent DVC debunkers in your neighborhood. Too bad you couldn’t do better with this answer: Q: "The DaVinci Code" continues to remain on The New York Times best- seller list more than two years after it […]

New Nuncio

posted by awelborn

We have our new Apostolic Nuncio. The Catholic Hierarchy Blog – an extension of the invaluable Catholic Hierarchy website – has the details.

It’s 1606 all over again

posted by awelborn

Levada to be questioned about "mental reservations" Attorneys for the victims want to ask Levada whether he would rely on the so-called doctrine of "mental reservation" when answering questions at the deposition in San Francisco. Although the Catholic church teaches […]

Through the Iron Curtain

posted by awelborn

This is hopeful: Catholic Answers’ chastity speaker Jason Evert addressing a public school audience: The visit by Jason Evert, 29, of the Catholic Answers evangelical organization, based in El Cajon, Calif., had worried some parents, who feared he would inject […]

No one ever expects…

posted by awelborn

What with heresy trials and excommunications, Catholic life in these Unites States is taking on a decidedly retro tone: Archbishop Burke excommunicates board of St. Stan’s: St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke has notified the six lay members of the board […]

Passed the Test

posted by awelborn

As you know, Typepad was "degraded" today. ‘Sokay. Michael the Baby woke up in the middle of the night, sick. Like vomiting sick – for the first time in his 13-month old life. Problem was he kept, you know, (prepare […]

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Test

Blog notes

posted by awelborn

Some from all over: Kathryn Lively has re-started her blog, with the best banner of any Catholic blogger. I’m jealous. Your Pastoral Coach has high praise for a new rosary book. Dom Bettinelli has a new blog URL Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex has […]

Papal Daytimer

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s schedule for December and January On January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, the Pope will again preside at Mass in the Vatican basilica. But there are no plans to resume the tradition of having the Pontiff consecrate […]

Catholics and Capitalism, redux

posted by awelborn

David Brooks retells the story that Rodney Stark tells in his new book, and which he wrote about in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, that we discussed here. It’s behind the NYTimes firewall, and there’s nothing that you […]

Photos of the Year

posted by awelborn

From TIME – a slide show of human suffering, a useful reminder in these days when time flies, information hurtles in and out of our consciousness with breakneck speed, and what loomed large yesterday, is forgotten today.

Reader Bleg

posted by awelborn

Living here in the Archdiocese of Denver with our wonderful Archbishop Chaput has resulted in the expanded use of Latin; a decision we fully accept!  However, my wife and I converted over 20 years ago and Latin wasn’t even discussed […]

Christmas Commemorations

posted by awelborn

In DC: Senator Santorum will use the season to bring attention to global persecuation of Christians. Senator Kennedy will use it to argue for raising the minimum wage: At a press conference this morning in front of the Capitol Christmas […]

Kindness of Strangers

posted by awelborn

A reader writes, in regard to the Saints’ book: I purchased your Book of Saints online recently (from a Canadian bookseller) as a gift for my niece.  I must admit, I did so because it was quick and easy to […]

Clearing things up

posted by awelborn

George Weigel on Mayor Menino of Boston’s "Catholic Fallacies." So it seems that Menino knows neither the Bible, nor the catechism, nor the teaching of popes and bishops. Why should anyone beyond Catholics care? Because Americans will continue to debate […]

Trouble in Belleville

posted by awelborn

Confrontation? Nearly half the priests in the Diocese of Belleville voted Wednesday to demand changes in the way Bishop Edward K. Braxton is running the diocese. The 32 priests met at St. Boniface Church in Germantown. They aired an intense, […]

The New Paradigm

posted by awelborn

From a parish bulletin (not in my area, but I do know the parish that produced this..and it’s not surprising) "All the children and their families who have just received their First Reconciliation are invited to join together for a […]

New Man in SF

posted by awelborn

Rocco reports it’s Niederauer

The Dominic Project

posted by awelborn

A quite interesting apostolate – check it out! Their current projects

Rich in the MSM

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi in the Cincy paper today!

Is the tide turning?

posted by awelborn

Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report with some thoughts on hints of a new Catholic Moment.

St. Joseph

posted by awelborn

Time Magazine notices St. Joseph (and cites Sandra Miesel!) Accompanied by a photoessay on St. Joseph in art Protestants have never felt the kind of unease with Joseph that, in a kind of allergic response to Catholicism’s elaborate exultation of […]

Trouble Down Under

posted by awelborn

What began on the beach, now moves to the churches. In the latest development amid the tensions gripping Sydney, a Uniting Church hall in Auburn was burned to the ground overnight, while the nearby St Thomas’ Anglican Church had a […]

John of the Cross

posted by awelborn

Today is his feastday – Clayton Emmer has links to many of his own reflections on John of the Cross here Carmelites celebrate From the Office of Readings: Though holy doctors have uncovered many mysteries and wonders, and devout souls […]

So Dark the Con of Man

posted by awelborn

New DVC trailer is out – more to it than the previous teaser. What we learn: A self-scourging albino monk features prominently. Will he be identified as Opus Dei? That remains to be seen. To those who have been wondering […]

Going Overboard

posted by awelborn

Polish Dominican asks Gemelli for recording of Pope’s heartbeat A Polish Dominican monk has asked the Rome clinic that treated John Paul II to give him recordings of the late pope’s heartbeat, which he hopes to play to ardent Catholics […]

Peace Prayer

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s World Day of Peace message: For her part, the Church, in fidelity to the mission she has received from her Founder, is committed to proclaiming everywhere “the Gospel of peace.” In the firm conviction that she offers an […]

Put the Mass back into Christ-Mass!

posted by awelborn

Click here to learn how Bookstore link – Got my Saints books in, so I’m ready. I’ll take orders until Friday, then we’ll shut down. Remember, if you want Priority mail, click the appropriate button on the bookstore page.

Canonically speaking

posted by awelborn

More of interest at Mirror of Justice, with continued reporting of discussions at Villanova in which the conclusion is, basically: no new procedures or innovative programs were needed by any bishop to deal with abusive clerics. Canon law not only […]

After Abortion

posted by awelborn

Go there for discussion and analysis of new studies of the impact of abortion on women, and how they’re being reported And do go to Ashli’s blog for updates on the young, pregnant woman blogged about here a couple of […]

A new #2 at CDW

posted by awelborn

This was announced last week, but since I knew nothing about this man, I refrained from posting and let others do the heavy lifting. Benedict named Sri Lankan Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, who is now serving as apostolic […]

In the Seminary

posted by awelborn

A NYtimes piece from a few days ago about Vietnamese-American seminarians and priests At a time when fewer American Catholics are expressing interest in the priesthood, Vietnamese-American men are an anomaly. They are now the second-largest minority ethnic group in […]

News of the Day

posted by awelborn

There’s a heresy trial starting today. In the United States of America. In the Catholic Diocese of San Bernadino. Here’s the story. (Requires registration) The Diocese of San Bernardino today will hold what experts say could be one of the […]

I learned something today

posted by awelborn

…there’s a Diocese of Marquette. I saw this in the VIS release, and thought it was a mistake. No, just my ignorance – it’s the UP of Michigan. Well, they have a new bishop! Appointed Fr. Alexander King Sample of […]

The Church in China

posted by awelborn

In the comments in the post below this one, Ian draws our attention to the Christmas letter from the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which minces no words regarding some recent statements from Church officials: Tens of thousands of faithful, priests, bishops […]

The Church in Asia

posted by awelborn

Various Zenit articles: Deacons brought in for re-education in PRC Laos won’t permit ordination (it would be the first since 1975) Evaluating the situation in Vietnam A reminder of the very nice website for the Church in Cambodia – all […]

Venus and Mars

posted by awelborn

Magister with a lengthy analysis of Vatican diplomacy

Orthodox North Koreans

posted by awelborn

Geographically it makes sense, but in every other respect, it’s news to me. A delegation of North Korean Orthodox clergy has come to Vladivostok from Pyongyang. The four North Korean clerics will be trained for three months at St. Nicholas’s […]

Storied Houses

posted by awelborn

A lovely piece from Touchstone by Emily Stimpson, one of the ECB – Early Catholic Bloggers. The stories also have a bit of mystery in them. Mystery exists in the very design of my house—unexpected stairways and odd angles meet […]

Little Girl Lost

posted by awelborn

Here in Fort Wayne, a little girl has been missing since Thursday. She apparently never got on the bus, never got to school, and to make things worse, the school never notified the family of her unexcused absence. (Attendance policies […]

Blog notes

posted by awelborn

Jennifer Ambrose rethinks the whole Harry Potter-Satan thing Fr. Rob has his homily from yesterday posted As does Fr. Martin Fox

Eugene McCarthy, RIP

posted by awelborn

Joseph Bottum reflects So, Clean Gene is gone, slipping away at age eighty-nine. The death of Senator Eugene McCarthy on Saturday has already touched the newspapers and Sunday morning political-talk shows with the usual obituary moment—the obligatory hiccup of reflection […]

As I said…

posted by awelborn

Every time these church-closing people open their mouths, they sound more and more adrift: As quoted at Rich Leonardi’s blog: ‘Count us in on the groups of churches who believe time with families is better spent on Christmas Day,’ said […]

Jesus Without Miracles

posted by awelborn

My, isn’t it nice of Harper’s Magazine to mark December with not one, but two articles about Christians losing their faith. I’ll just take on the cover piece: "Jesus Without the Miracles" by Erik Reece, writer and son of a […]

Again with the church closings

posted by awelborn

Just some wrap-up thoughts on the megachurch closings, until the next round of stories. As someone pointed out in the comments, this is an excellent conversation for all of us of whatever Christian stripe, to be having. It prompts us […]

Prayers in the Blogosphere

posted by awelborn

Terry Teachout, who’s hospitalized For the repose of the soul of Mark Shea’s father-in-law For Dom and Melanie Bettenelli, expecting their first child For Peter Chattaway, his wife and their unborn twins, the latter three of whom are presently hospitalized

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, the Third Sunday of Advent? Interesting that we had no rose-colored vestments at our liturgy. The music was unmemorable, and the homily was along the lines of what Michael decided is best defined as "the red herring homily,"  – […]

Oh yes

posted by awelborn

Today at the Cathedral Bookstore on Calhoun, Michael and I will be signing books. It’s part of the Open House for the new Diocesan office building – a 7-story structure that the diocese purchased for the purpose of putting all […]

The Real Lucy

posted by awelborn

A Telegraph article on the woman who, as a girl, was the inspiration for the character of Lucy in LWW: Jack and Minto, as he called Mrs Moore, had lived together in Oxford since 1920. There were no children in […]

Immigration Blues

posted by awelborn

Two views: The bishops of Arizona, in a pastoral letter dated 12/12 We firmly support humane enforcement of our country’s laws; however, as is the case with other issues, we believe that our immigration laws are outdated and no longer […]

Film Notes

posted by awelborn

Couple of recent viewings… Last night, Mad Hot Ballroom, the documentary that follows a couple of schools as they work with children competing in the city-wide 5th grade ballroom dancing competition. Like Spellbound, it focuses on how this kind of […]

Menino fires back

posted by awelborn

In the continuing saga of Boston Catholic Charities honoring the pro-choice, pro-gay marriage mayor of Boston…the dinner of question took place last night, and Menino had his say. In the speech, Menino did not discuss his positions on social issues. […]

All Hyped Out

posted by awelborn

We all – and I mean all of us – went over to the Rave late this afternoon to catch a showing of Chronicles of Narnia. I had thought it surely would be quite crowded, especially since there had been […]

When he’s good, he’s good

posted by awelborn

Greeley makes a point about C.S. Lewis: (and some other things) Secondly, it seems to me that the evangelicals slip dangerously close to Catholic idolatry when they embrace a wondrous allegory as a summary of the biblical story. Jesus is […]

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
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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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