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Off to Columbus

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Come here us speak tonight at St. Joan of Arc in Powell! Details on the right rail.. Til tomorrow!

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Life as Fetish

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Zoe Williams of the Guardian is fed up with all this nonsense: …there is no ethical value to this mawkish fetishisation of the foetus. The time limit "debate" is not a debate – it doesn’t have the transparency or frankness […]

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Taking Questions

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Regarding the situation that’s been brewing for a week now over a Chicago priest wilth accusations who was never removed, Cardinal George met with parishioners last night: Police and prosecutors concluded at the time there was not enough evidence to […]

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No Conscience

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Th e WaPo looks at conscience clause proposals across the land: The swell of propositions is raising alarm among advocates for abortion rights, family planning, AIDS prevention, the right to die, gays and lesbians, and others who see the push […]

Big doings in France?

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Rocco reports on a confab being called for Wednesday in France…go read if SSPX doings are of interest. Very interesting.

Oh, to be a “Catholic Scholar”

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This will make you snort, from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune report on encyclical reax (actually a reprint from the Toronto paper – so note that it was probably Canadian "Catholic scholars" who were consulted) : Few Catholic scholars contacted this week […]

Pope to the Rota

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This is one of those stories I waited a bit for posting because, once again, translation issues could have been problematic. Time has passed (well, a couple of days), and so CwNews has a more thorough report than that which […]

Context, all is context?

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The Inquisition returns – The four-part documentary on the UKTV History channel draws on research gleaned from Vatican files only opened to scrutiny in 1998. It highlights periods of the persecution that began in the 13th century and ended only […]

More Deus, More Caritas

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At Mirror of Justice, Greg Sisk with an extended post on what Benedict has to say about the role of the Church in public life: In emphasizing the proper role of the Church in the awakening and formation of conscience, […]

Jesuit Talk

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There is discussion here and there about the future of the leadership of the Jesuits. It’s sort of convoluted, but the Society’s Superior General is said to have met with Benedict many times over the past months, and the decision […]

Finally!

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What I’ve been waiting for – Christopher Blosser at the Ratzinger Fan Club with scads of links to analysis and reactions to the encyclical.

The planning can begin..

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With this Rome stuff, everything has hinged on when we’d get our Scavi tour reservations. Well, I got the confirmation today – two weeks after I submitted the request, which is pretty quick. But we are going off-season and I […]

Columbus-Bound!

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow night, at 7 – Michael and I will be speaking at St. Joan of Arc in Powell, Ohio – along with David Hartline of the Catholic Report, who’s arranging the event – come and see! (More info on right […]

Around the Blogs

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A couple of finds… Rich Leonardi’s brief, poignant word snapshots of his father’s funeral TSO’Rama is without doubt one of the finest writers in St. Blog’s. Go read his report of his recent (and ongoing? I don’t know) cruise to […]

Lost Rites

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Well, I finally got around to watching last week’s Lost. (Explanation: I usually don’t watch it when it airs because Katie has basketball practice, and doesn’t get home until around 9:30) (Yeah, let’s go into why 8th grade girls are […]

What did you hear?

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I have no idea what common hymn we all could have heard this week. Perhaps the question of the day will be – how did your parish mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, if it did so? I doubt […]

Abortion rebellion in England

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Polling says women want restrictions? Evidence of a widespread public demand for the government to further restrict women’s right to have an abortion is revealed in a remarkable Observer opinion poll. The findings have reignited the highly-charged debate on abortion, […]

Interesting…

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America magazine ran an editorial about the recent Instruction on homosexuality and the priesthood. At the end, they have a poll question, asking you if you agree with the editorial or not. Fr. Neuhaus on the editorial

Sunday Angelus

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The message: Persons consecrated in poverty, chastity and obedience "are eloquent signs in the world " of God’s merciful love, celebrated in the encyclical "Deus caritas est." Recalling the recently released document, Benedict XVI reaffirmed at today’s Angelus "the primacy […]

Just read this today

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Grief, Gratitude and Baby Lee  – from the LATimes. This was written by Stephanie Simon, who also wrote that LATimes profile of the Arkansas abortionist a couple of months ago. (I’m thinking she might be working on a book of […]

Teachable Moment or Sellout?

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Earlier this week, Mark Pinsky of the Orlando Sentinel interviewed me for a piece he was writing on Grace Hill Media’s work with Sony Pictures on marketing The Da Vinci Code film. Here’s the main article, which first focuses on […]

Non-controversial?

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Peter Steinfels chimes in… When Benedict speaks of love as the "primordial cosmic force," he knows of course that science traces the movement of the sun and stars to the Big Bang, gravity and other forces of nature. He is, […]

Mozart’s Birthday

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As noted far and wide, today is Mozart’s 250th birthday. Elizabeth Lev has a Mozart in Rome story at ZENIT. Mozart is often associated with the Freemasons — he joined the Masons of Vienna in 1784 — and "The Magic […]

Pope to US?

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Cardinal Keeler says he’s coming Via Whispers

Word Up

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Allen on the encyclical, with some added remarks from Cardinal George. As well as conversations on the nature of Catholic charitable work from the Cor Unam conference. Even apart from policy questions, there’s much to learn about Benedict XVI’s papacy […]

Sorry for continued weirdness

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But this one beats the destroyed rectory story: A Franciscan priest famous in Italy for the religious conversion of a leading porn star was in custody last night on charges of sexual harassment after a nun alleged that she was […]

Countdown

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The Da Vinci Code film will be released in the US on 5/19, and the world waits. Or, not. Who knows. Some recent DVC sightings, for good and ill: Here’s an excellent blog on DVC issues run by an Opus […]

Blog Reax

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Clarifications at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex

Hello, Columbus

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Mark your calendars, Ohio peeps: MIchael and I will be speaking next Tuesday, January 31, at 7pm at St. Joan of Arc Church in Powell, Ohio!

Slow posting…

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We got one over pinkeye, and now I’ve just returned from picking Joseph up early at school where he was accused of the same. Justly.

The Tablet Approves

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An editorial: This is a remarkable, enjoyable and even endearing product of Pope Benedict’s first few months. If first encyclicals set the tone for a new papacy, then this one has begun quite brilliantly.

Remember Darfur

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A post at Mirror of Justice on recent Catholic action in relationship to Darfur.

True Weirdness in N. Indiana

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Not on this side. The other side. The pastor of St. Joseph Church hasn’t lived in his parish’s rectory since he arrived more than six months ago. When the Rev. Terry Steffens arrived at St. Joseph last July, he discovered […]

Told Ya, Redux

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Katha Pollitt of the Nation responds to Will Saletan in "Pro-Choice Puritans." The trouble with thinking in terms of zero abortions is that you make abortion so hateful you do the antichoicers’ work for them. You accept that the zygote/embryo/fetus […]

More reax

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Two quite different types of reaction to the encyclical are bubbling to the surface today. First, the one that suggests, either happily or not, that since this is all about Luv, and the specifics weren’t mentioned, it’s a sellout of […]

A post

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..in which we will gradually post various reactions to the encyclical, in between a mad dash to try to summarize it. Ruth Gledhill of the Times UK surprises herself: Every sentence, stop and comma speaks of orthodoxy. It is steeped […]

Food for Thought

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Deus Caritas Est is clearly of two parts: the second part, which deals with the nature of Christian charity from a theological, spiritual and practical standpoint, the seeds of which were planted during the previous pontificate; and the first part, […]

Deus Caritas Est

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I’ve read through the encyclical three times and outlined it, so tomorrow I have WORK to do, made infinitely more complicated by the sick baby, who is no shape to go to the sitter’s tomorrow. Bless him, Michael is staying […]

Boston Revival

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Evangelicals in Beantown: The Catholic church is to Boston what evangelicals are to Wheaton or Colorado Springs, says Harrell. The influence of the Catholic church is everywhere from parishes to politics. Harrell says Catholics often did not leave the church […]

Out of Africa

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The spiritual scene in Nigeria – fervent, healing and prosperity-oriented religiosity, and, on ocassion, curious encounters between Christianity and Islam Can Rick Warren succeed in Rwanda? The writer of this piece in Christianity Today has his doubts. Warren uses the […]

Busy Day

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Beyond the release of the encyclical, it was also Wednesday’s General Audience: This vision can be realized, the Pope said, only through "the work of the Messiah and his people." And it can be reached only by making a clear […]

The Germans opine

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Der Spiegel on the encyclical: The German-born pope formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger is as radical as he is thorough. He could have written about the dangers of globalization, about genetic engineering, Darwinism or of course about his "dictatorship of […]

Line in the sand

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NYTimes article on the Harvard embryonic-stem cell research lab, and the care they take to ensure their private funding status doesn’t get mixed up with federal funds. And this: Q. Last month, after the Korean stem cell cloning scandal broke, […]

Podles on Benedict

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At Mere Comments, Lee Podles pulls some salient passages from the encyclical and comments

On the ground in Rome

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Zadok’s there of course, and he’s purchased his copies of the encyclical in various languages, and has done some comparing, which led to the discovery of this encyclical’s "kicked the bucket" moment….. (The story linked in that post is no […]

A quick first impression

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This story from the secular press got me thinking: Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday in his first encyclical that the Roman Catholic Church has no desire to govern states or set public policy, but can’t remain silent when its charity […]

Slow posting day

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Just warning you. I have to read and digest this encyclical, then write 1500 or so words on it, the baby’s cold has gone into his eyes and so we have to go to the doctor…

Here you go

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Benedict XVI’s first encyclical: Deus Caritas Est His "introduction," as it were…explaining the thinking behind it.

Tangled Webs…

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This fascinates me (and might interest you too, if you know children’s literature) Courtney Love is Paula Fox’s granddaughter.. (A page on Paula Fox, in case you don’t know who she is) Not that Courtney Love knew this – her […]

That Catholic thing

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From a USA Today piece about Dominic Monaghan, who plays the drug addict rock musician Charlie on Lost, a head-scratching statement from a producer: The Lost writers concocted quite the dilemma for Monaghan’s Charlie: a Catholic character faced with having […]

The Gibson Saga

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Helping dad build a chapel: The man behind the new church is Mel Gibson, according to John Maher, of Greensburg, a member of St. Joseph the Protector Chapel on St. Clair Way in Hempfield Township, another Catholic group that holds […]

Deus Caritas Est…

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the covers….

You know things are bad in LA

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When NCR(eporter) fisks you: In as convoluted a piece of reasoning as we’ve seen in a long time, The Tidings, official newspaper of the Los Angeles archdiocese, declares in its Jan. 13 issue that “the belief that bishops moved child […]

A Jesuit Responds

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Mark Mossa, S.J. responds to Fr. Neuhaus’ recent FT article: Father Neuhaus and others need to wake up to the fact that the Society of Jesus is not engaged in some vast conspiracy to undermine the Church. It’s a provocative […]

Goode Mayor Newsom

posted by awelborn

Last Thursday: Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom headlined a $100,000 PPGG (Planned Parenthood Golden Gate) fund-raiser Thursday. Today, PPGG will host a 5:30 p.m. candlelight vigil and walk in honor of women who died […]

All afternoon…

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#1 with a bullet….amazing. Ah, short but sweet. Mother A’s back on top…

You Christers, You

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The Curious Rise of Anti-Religious Hysteria by British Marxist Frank Furedi: Superstition and prejudice should continually be countered by rational argument. But the vitriolic invective hurled at Christian believers today is symptomatic of the passions normally associated with a fanatical […]

Wedding Bells

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Lots of talk about Michael Schiavo’s wedding in a Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, FL and the canonical implications. You can read about and discuss it here at Jimmy Akins’. Canonist Ed Peters Kathy Shaidle has a strong and understandable […]

Bishop on the Bus

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The Bishop of Lexington rode the bus with other March for Life attendees… Some bishops fly to the rally, but Gainer prefers to take the scenic route. "It’s not all that comfortable, but I find it fun and invigorating to […]

Told Ya

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Book of Daniel taken out of circulation

Americans on Call

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Go and read Annie Banno’s post on this new initiative, designed to signal those in need that they are surrounded by people who want to help: The Goal: To help—not re-create—all of the good pro-life (and other) efforts across America […]

Tough

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No right to know in the UK for parents of 16-and-under daughters who are seeking abortions.

Winds of Change at ND

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Thanks to the Internet Padre , we have the text of this excellent speech from Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame Univeristy, to the faculty yesterday. The subject is academic freedom and the Catholic university, and the specific occasion […]

Michael Bleg

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For a book he’s working on. Go there and contribute.

Marching for Life

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Photos from the Criterion, the Indy Archdiocesan paper Exhaustive coverage of news and blog posts at After Abortion

First Person, Part Two

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Now from the mom, reader Karen on the East Coast: Sunday evening found my family and me driving down the New Jersey Turnpike. We weren’t supposed to be here, with me humming Simon and Garfunkle under my breath.      […]

First Person

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Two marchers for Life – a mother and a daughter. First, the daughter, from the West Coast March for Life: It was pretty interesting.  There were a LOT of pro-life marchers …  Itseemed like everyone else walking was Christian.  That […]

I was going to say this site was really lame

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But then I saw that they recommended one of my books in their DVC section. What a fantastic site! Or…not. It’s "Life4Seekers", an outreach of the UK RC Church of England and Wales, and, in the end, it makes you […]

That copyright story…

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The post below has been updated – lesson: Don’t believe the Times UK, especially if the byline is "Richard Owen."

Roe at 33

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The NRO Editors The Court would be perfectly justified in concluding that its attempts to micromanage abortion policy have failed, in regarding this failure as an indictment of its pretensions to have any special expertise or authority to do so, […]

The LC in the WSJ

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The WSJ continues its interest in matteres religious, examing the role of the Legionaries of Christ in Mexican society: The Legion’s close ties with the elite are most evident in Monterrey, a city of four million that has long been […]

Keep Keeping Up…

posted by awelborn

with the day’s events over at After Abortion. They are liveblogging and posting up a storm. Speaking of storms, here’s a column by Chris Weinkopf in the LA Daily News about the makers of the film A Distant Thunder, about […]

Requiem for the Unborn

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Thanks to a commenter, I’m alerted to this interesting story: Shantigarh Requiem for the Unborn composed by John Bonaduce (according to the commentor, the brother of Partridge Family Danny Bonaduce – and he does resemble him in the photo here) […]

Confessions of a Pro-Life Fanatic

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This week’s letter from the pastor of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in north Dallas, TX I have been called a fanatic many times. Some consider me such because of my vocation as a priest. Many more have called me a […]

Embryonic Human Beings

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An essay by Dr. Robert George, written for and published at Pontifications: Now a supporter of embryo-killing for biomedical research might concede that a human embryo is a human being, yet deny that human beings in the early stages of […]

Walking on the West Coast

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Lilnks to news stories about the Walk for LIfe, West Coast.

Songs that made a difference

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Remember that National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ survey from a while back, asking for the titles of "songs that made a difference" – referring to music used in liturgies? No? Well, they had an online survey to that effect. I […]

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

Two questions: Did you hear Pescador de Hombres? (No judgment on the song, which I like – I think I would like it better in Spanish than English, though. Just curious) Were pro-life concerns mentioned? Me: 1)Yes 2)No (And hey, […]

Agnus Dei

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VATICAN CITY, JAN 21, 2006 (VIS) – This morning in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, in keeping with the tradition for today’s feast of St. Agnes, the Pope today blessed two lambs, the wool of which […]

Benedict and Islam

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Magister tries to sort out conflicting reports: Joseph Ratzinger has written little on the topic of Islam over the years. But it is a topic very much on his mind, and all the more so since he became pope. Last […]

Hints, hints…

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From Vatican Information Service: VATICAN CITY, JAN 23, 2006 (VIS) – This morning, Benedict XVI participated in a congress organized by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum." The event is being held in the Vatican’s New Synod Hall on January 23 […]

Dan Brown, watch out

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Chris Johnson’s catching up to you –

“Smallville meets The Name of the Rose…”

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The Flying Friar: A comic book/ graphic novel inspired by St. Joseph Cupertino: Mr Johnston, a British author of graphic novels, attempted to keep his character faithful to the saint, but has embellished his adventures by creating a fictional adversary […]

No free ride

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A rather vexing article from the Times UK (reported by Richard Owen, who is reportedly not a great friend of the cause) on the Vatican’s recent moves on copyrights for papal documents. A Milanese publishing house that had issued an […]

My resolution:

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To blog reviews of the three books on the sidebar, and get on to some more. Now that I’m not spending hours every day researching Rome apartments, that might actually be possible… Oh, and add Crunchy Cons to the list! […]

Keep Up…

posted by awelborn

With all of the news from this weekend of remembrance: Pro-life Blogs After Abortion C-Span will cover live from noon EWTN from 11 AM eastern Ron Belgau offers a reflection at a memorial service for the unborn

The Colony

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A review of a new book on the Molokai leper colony – sounds heartbreaking and compelling. No mention of Fr. Damien though – in the review (I know the book profiles him) – I know – carp, carp, carp.

NEW OPEN BOOK FEATURE

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People, my email situation is getting ridiculous again. On a typical day, I get about 75 emails related either to work or this blog, not counting those that are getting spit over to spam and that I miss. Most of […]

A big Catholic world

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A Zenit interview with a professor specializing in the Chaldean rite. Quite interesting details on liturgy and other practices. Q: What is the role of deacons and women in the Chaldean rite? Monsignor Yousif: The deacon leads the community for […]

Saletan, right but so wrong

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It would be interesting to meet and talk with Will Saletan. To watch him work through his obviously divided mind on the abortion issue. To make him defend statements like this: Roe is 33 years old today. It freed us […]

Well, yeah, the Gospel is “compassionate”

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Got to take issue with John Allen’s characterization of the message of the new encylical. He uses it in this week’s Word, and I heard him use it on NPR last week: Underlying all this is Benedict’s belief that the […]

Out West

posted by awelborn

Interesting verbs used to described the abortion rights activist’s action. Rarely do you see them used in a MSM report, here: Abortion rights advocates, concerned that the Bay Area movement has become too complacent, showed up en masse to protest […]

That they may be one

posted by awelborn

At the Angelus, Pope Benedict remarked on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (1/18-1/25) For 2006 the theme was taken from the gospel of Matthew ( “if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are […]

For Real

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You know, some people like to play fast and loose with words.  Like "Heretic." Well, now you can call Ned Reidy one, for real! In a rare heresy trial, the local diocese has convicted and excommunicated a priest who joined […]

First Things First

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The February issue is out, and yours truly has a review of God’s Secret Agents, that book about the Jesuits in post-Reformation England, up to the Gunpowder Plot. Emily Stimson has a piece called "Requiem for a Parish" that I’m […]

The End of the Spear

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The End of the Spear is a new independent film that Christianity Today describes to us thus: The story has been told in Christian circles for 50 years. In 1956, five missionaries were brutally murdered in the Ecuadorian jungle by […]

Fr. Stan in Uganda

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Read what he’s got to say about his visit. Amazing spiritual energy from the Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, putting life firmly into perspective. I met many many awesome people in Uganda. Three were little sisters of Mary Immaculate from […]

Choice?

posted by awelborn

From a reader: I thought you’d be interested in a fairly recent development regarding the drug Accutane (and its generics).  I was treated with Accutane when I was seventeen, but genetics has blessed me with the opportunity for another go-round […]

Preach it!

posted by awelborn

More good thoughts on preaching from Dominican (of course) Fr. Phillip Powell, here: 4. You know you’ve heard a good homily when… …you are encouraged in your faith, strengthened in your trust of God,…you are set afire to read your […]

Nunc dimittis

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Our sympathy and prayers with Rich Leonardi and family on the death of Rich’s father.

Pretty sad sight:

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Display of decorative , blue and white paper plates, napkins, cups and so on, with a sign attached: "Colts Stuff: 50% off" Only 50? Related: A story about the Pittsburgh-area hierarchy and their Steelers’ loyalty: The Steelers are the only […]

In Front of Your Nose

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New blog from a writer who’s penned, among other things, that very good piece on Dems and Catholics that appeared in Commonweal last fall. Mark Stricherz is his name, and his most recent posts describe and analyze an encounter – […]

Chickens. Home. Roost

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, former priest Michael Baker was arrested as he got off a plane in LA. Baker had been in Thailand and Nepal. He was arrested on charges of molestation that fell within the statute of limitations. Baker is one of […]

For Life

posted by awelborn

This, of course, is the weekend on which we remember the Supreme Court decisions of Doe v. Bolton and Roe v. Wade. It is perhaps being remembered in your own community, but the two large gatherings are on the East […]

Faith, Hype and a lack of charity

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Richard Dawkins has been all over the place of late, including a two-part television program in the UK, slamming religion. In The Tablet, Professor Keith Ward takes him to task: So why can Professor Dawkins only see the bad in […]

Rome update

posted by awelborn

A few notes: I sort of settled on an apartment, then changed my mind. Then changed back. We have definitely decided to stay on the Vatican side of the river. We have to do the Scavi tour twice, separately (if […]

Relativism and the BBC

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: I thought you might find it intersting that the BBC’s flagship intellectual radio program ("In Our Time"), which each week features a set of academics discussing some sort of idea/thought/thing, is this week spotlighting Relativism. Now when […]

Something new

posted by awelborn

India’s first permanent deacons to be ordained

The Church in Chad

posted by awelborn

Struggling, but spirited: The Catholic Church in Chad, which just celebrated its first National Eucharistic Congress, is needy but joyful, says Cardinal Francis Arinze. The cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments offered that assessment after […]

Chant, chant, everywhere…

posted by awelborn

Take a crash course in Gregorian chant in West Virginia! Go to a chant workshop in Alabama! All this and more at the Musica Sacra weblog!

Paper trail

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My daughter came home, annoyed that she’d had ten points taken off on a paper because, as the teacher put it, "It doesn’t all read in your own voice." AKA – a bit too much paraphrasing of sources going on […]

So….

posted by awelborn

What do you think of the Diocese of Oakland getting into the mortuary business????

I hate this time of year

posted by awelborn

Because it’s the time I have to start reporting on the risible and ridiculous spectacle of one of the Dumbest Plays Ever Written, one which I call the VMonologues, (and which I have seen most of, on HBO) being performed […]

Diversity in SF

posted by awelborn

The San Fran Chronicle is getting quite diverse in its opinion pieces these days – perhaps it always was, but I just didn’t know it. Earlier this week, the piece slamming arrogant scientist, and yesterday, this one wondering if those […]

El Cristo Rey!

posted by awelborn

We’ve blogged several times before here about the Cristo Rey high schools, a unique and, by all accounts, very successful education model that, among other things, successfully merges academics and work experience. I had thought it was an exclusively Jesuit […]

Down on the corner

posted by awelborn

Nothing like stopping at your corner convenience store to get some gas, and seeing…your bishop! Dang, if I’d been two minutes earlier, I could exchanged witticisms in the Burger Dairy with the Bishop. But that’s okay – Katie popped out […]

Unintentional Spamming

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Over the past few days, I’ve discovered that some non-spam mail is being directed to my spam box. A lot of mail coming from .osv.com, plus a few others, including two that were responses to responses of mine to notes […]

Predisposed?

posted by awelborn

Now and again, we muse here about that thing called "Christian culture, " particulary in regard to the changing face of Catholicism in formerly strongly Catholic European countries, as well as Quebec. Just trying to figure out what was going […]

RomeTalk

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Clayton Emmer’s been on pilgrimage the past few days, including a trip to Rome that he’s not yet blogged about, but will soon, I’m sure The Roaming Roman has great photos from her group’s recent trip to Naples, as well […]

The new rector

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A new rector of a Long Island seminary – a return to earlier (and more sensible) days? "I must tell you, I was very surprised to be considered," said McDonald, 64, who attended the seminary. "I thought St. Matthew’s parish […]

Clearing the way

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That long-term lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of using government funds to restore the California missions, has been dropped: A hearing had been scheduled for Friday in U.S. District Court here on the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss it. The missions […]

El Padrecito

posted by awelborn

A priest and his brother reaching out to Latino youth: Some people might be skeptical of a priest who reaches out to teenagers online, but the thousands of young people who log onto his Web site seem to think that […]

Get it right…

posted by awelborn

We’re hearing with increasing frequency and confidence that translation is the issue with the new encyclical. The Times (UK) reports: POPE BENEDICT XVI’s first important pronouncement has been delayed by an unprecedented tussle over the final wording between key Vatican […]

Hostel Takeover

posted by awelborn

Mollie at Get Religion has a post about the incredibly gruesome film Hostel, comparing the hew and cry by some cultural conservatives against Brokeback Mountain and the silence regarding this film. Hostel was #1 its first weekend of release, but […]

KELO takes a church

posted by awelborn

Still the most mystifying Supreme Court decision last year, by far. Well, maybe not mystifying, but…something. The Anchoress has a great post on a news item about a land grab that includes a church or two, leading her to reflect […]

Shut my mouth

posted by awelborn

I’ve finally updated my list of speaking gigs down there on the right. I cannot take any more this spring, with two exceptions: 1)Within a 1-hour drive of Fort Wayne 2) If, by any chance, you missed my call a […]

Share your story

posted by awelborn

Sr. Patricia Proctor, OSC, is seeking personal stories for her forthcoming book, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. She’d like to hear from you – and I know you can help her out! Here’s a link where you […]

Loyola Classics in the news

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A short piece in Publishers’ Weekly that mentions the series, along with a new novel Loyola is publishing in the fall. The challenges of finding the right buyer and use for Stanbrook Abbey, the monastery on which In This House […]

The Scandal of the Catholic Mind?

posted by awelborn

You might recall Jody Bottum’s Weekly Standard piece of a few days ago, suggesting that the relative political weakness of the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S. is balanced out by a paradigm for thinking through public policy questions that owes […]

Pipes on the Pope

posted by awelborn

Daniel Pipes on Benedict and Islam: He’s commenting on Fr. Fessio’s recent interview with Hugh Hewitt in which Fessio reported on a discussion in which the Pope said that Islam is inherently incapable of adaptation because of its understanding of […]

Now I’m scared

posted by awelborn

First, all this "God is Love" stuff. Now this: Godspell? What’s next? He’s gonna have a slide show for the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday? No, wait…that was me..in 1979. I’m just sayin’….

From the source

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Pope dishes on his encyclical: Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) today ended speculation about the publication date for his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, by announcing at his regular weekly public audience that the document will be released on […]

Props for Specter

posted by awelborn

Some pro-lifers are pleased with the Senator: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, one of the Republican Party’s most outspoken pro-choice members, has become an unlikely hero among conservatives opposed to abortion for his handling of President Bush’s judicial nominations. […]

Our Lady of Perpetual..something.

posted by awelborn

A long Washington Post piece on problems in a DC-area parish. The unusual public confrontation last month between priest and parishioner was one more point of friction in a year-long dispute — Alston calls it a crusade — in which […]

ANT Hill

posted by awelborn

Robert King, OP writes, in regard to "A Pro-Life Rift?" below: I read this post and the comments, and I think your San Francisco Bay Area readers would be quite interested in a forum that Dominican School of Philosophy and […]

First Cause

posted by awelborn

Some updates on various canonization causes, via the Criterion Online blog of the Indy Archdiocesan paper: Archbishop Sheen Frank Parater of Virginia Bishop Brute of Vincennes

Aquinas 101

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has some suggestions if you’d like to start reading Aquinas

That encyclical…

posted by awelborn

More hints: In explaining his views on love and sex in the encyclical, the Pope quotes from biblical writings, encyclicals written by his predecessors and the works of philosophers such as the 17th century French thinker René Descartes. He wrote […]

Brown Joeys

posted by awelborn

Sisters in Mother McKillop’s order celebrate: IN Mount St, North Sydney, last Friday, at the headquarters of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart – the order formed by Mary McKillop in 1866 and otherwise known from the […]

Desperate Episcopalians

posted by awelborn

Matthew Lickona reviews The Book of Daniel, over at Godspy That’s where I stumbled. Who needs redemption in the world of this show? There’s plenty of unhappiness and stress and even some crime, but who needs anything more than good […]

A Pro-Life Rift?

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A very, very helpful post over at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex about that new embryonic material transfer technique that’s supposed to sort of mimic cloning without actually creating a new person. The proponents of this methods, which Desmond refers to as the Pro-Life […]

Muslims, Catholics, Scotland

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Muslims want a Catholic school in Scotland to teach Islam. Why, you ask? Get this: AN ISLAMIC campaign group has called for a Catholic primary school to be based on the Muslim faith. The Campaign for Muslim Schools said 90 […]

Done.

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I’m absolutely done blogging reports on theological shifts that come out of the secular press. I hardly ever go for those stories anyway because of the "the press doesn’t get religion" factor, but recently, it’s become almost comical.  The Limbo […]

Brothers

posted by awelborn

A piece in an Italian paper on Fr. Ratzinger: He noted the difference between old eating habits and those he has become accustomed to in the Apostolic Palace, where two of his brother’s personal secretaries, a room servant and several […]

And “Freedom of Religion” means what, exactly?

posted by awelborn

Church groups must pay for contraceptives, NY court rules: A New York law passed in 2002 requires employers’ insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives. "Religious employers" are exempt—but it’s the law’s definition of a religious employer that’s the trouble. The […]

Moving on…

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Fr. Robert Nugent, controversial co-founder of the New Ways Ministry, along with Sister Jeanne Gramick, has penned an op-ed on a different issue: human trafficking: They call it trafficking, although it has nothing to do with cars. The correct name […]

Truth and Lies

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Much inkage spilled over the James Frey business over the last week, but I was struck by the last two paragraphs in Meghan O’Rourke’s take in Slate The fact is, doubts were raised about the accuracy of Frey’s memoir from […]

The Unholy Lust of Scientists

posted by awelborn

An essay published in the San Francisco Chronicle, no less, by British philosopher David S. Oderburg. It presents, in a more detailed, scholarly way, my perpetual question of those who accuse critics and questioners of the ethical standards of some […]

The Edith Stein Project

posted by awelborn

Blogged about here before, but worth noting again because the time draws near…a good conference at Notre Dame.

Victory in Delaware

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..but still work to do. From reader Ellen: I wanted to give you an update on what we have been doing since Christmas to defeat Mike Castle’s stem cell bill in Delaware. As you probably recall, we needed a miracle–with […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

…in our house. MIchael was telling a story about his army service. Probably involved Turkey. Joseph stopped what he was doing. "You was in the army?" "Yes, Joseph." Stunned, very impressed pause. "Did you have a sword?" "No. No sword." […]

Now you can talk to me…

posted by awelborn

…about Roma. I took the second deep breath of the past five days (the first being buying the tickets) and reserved an apartment. 2 bedroom in the Vatican area, much cheaper than you could ever get a hotel of comparable […]

Go check out…

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After Abortion, which has many good posts over the past couple of days, including a reflection on the personality traits of those who are drawn to social activism, a link to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer about a "hometown […]

Travel Mishaps

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Toni from Tennessee writes in with her Italian Travel Tale, and we invite you to share your own: We arrived in Catania, Sicily without any euros, figuring my uncle could take us to a bank later. (What idiots!) We rented […]

Striving for immorality

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: Since so many of us experienced the "immortality" gaffe this weekend, how about a thread on the worst gaffes ever heard at Mass?  My own nominee is one my mom and I heard during the reading of […]

Papal invite:

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Pope meets with Jewish leaders, is invited to Rome synagogue The pope met representatives of Rome’s Jewish community in the Vatican on Monday and was invited to visit the city’s synagogue as his predecessor did in a landmark move 20 […]

The NYT on CPC’s

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An article: Along with the pregnancy center, Southeast Christian Church also maintains an extensive overseas adoption ministry that members consider part of the church’s "pro-life" mission. "When you’re taking children out of Ukraine, that’s choosing life," said Kathy Drane, who […]

Coming Clean

posted by awelborn

Okay, I’ll be upfront with you people. There’s a reason my blogging has been sporadic and absent-minded, and it’s not just that I am 1)revising a Holy Week pamphlet  2)Going over copy-edits of the Mary Magdalene book 3)contemplating a new […]

St. Joseph’s “Orphans”

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Helping girls in India: Most of the girls at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Pulincunnoo, Kerala, are not orphans at all. They have parents and, in most cases, remain in touch with them. A few of the 32 girls at St. […]

Reader Bleg

posted by awelborn

From a traveler: I know you have many readers who are interested in the situation of the Church in China. Could I ask them, through you, to help me? My husband and I will be traveling to China this summer. […]

War in the Pacific

posted by awelborn

Thanks to reader Mark for passing along this link to the story of Sister Helena Egan, an Australian missionary living under Japanese occupation in the Gilbert Islands during WWII. Do go read.

Imprisoned

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News of a Cuban political prisoner, Dr. Oscar Bisket The reader who passed this link along addd this to the brief story: However, there is much more to this story than the fact that he has courageously opposed the regime […]

Is it I, Lord?

posted by awelborn

Raise your hand if….Here I am, Lord was played in your parish today. Who says there’s no universal character to the liturgy any more!?

Papal words:

posted by awelborn

Today’s Angelus: “Here are two particularly meaningful words,” continued Benedict XVI. “’Seek’ and ‘find’. We can draw these two verbs from today’s gospel page and extract crucial guidance for the new year, which we want to be a time in […]

Difficult days ahead..

posted by awelborn

A friend of mine has recently brought her mother in to live with her because her mother’s Alzheimer’s has stepped up the pace of its attack. Her mother is highly functional and has very clear moments, but at the same […]

Victory Lap

posted by awelborn

Well, finally. A victory for the 8th grade girls’ basketball team – their second, I believe, in four years of playing together. And Katie even made a very nice swish from almost the three-point line that prompted a torrent of […]

Alito and the Catholics

posted by awelborn

From Jody Bottum in the Weekly Standard. His point? The Catholic hierarchy may be politically ineffective, but Catholicsm is contributing much to legal and political discourse: So why all the agitation? The 2004 presidential election saw endless talk about the […]

Vaticanisti Abounding

posted by awelborn

Here’s another one:  Catholic Outsider from Alejandro Bermudez, editor of Catholic News Agency. It’s a young little blog, but it’s pretty interesting, with a couple of recent posts on Benedict’s style of interacting, including a primer on who gets to […]

Choosing to deface

posted by awelborn

Pro-life placards defaced and destroyed in Bay Area: Some supporters of abortion rights have called BART to complain about the ads and demand their removal. The political Web site www.indybay.org urged activists to call BART and members of its Board […]

Oh, one thing..

posted by awelborn

One of the most interesting points about Michael’s trip down south is that the same hotel where Catholic Marketing Network is meeting, the Anglicans have gathered, as well. He says it’s a fascinating group. The Anglicans, he means.

Prayers requested…

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For Rich Leonardi’s dad, rushed to ICU

New blog!

posted by awelborn

The Criterion Online of the Archdiocese of Indy has started a blog, run by former ICB (Independent Catholic Blogger) Sean Gallagher and Brandon Evans, and featuring contributions from other Criterion staff. Brandon, you might recall, gave us lots of good […]

Whazzup

posted by awelborn

I know that my postings have not been very substantive of late. For that, I apologize.  But a few things have been occupying me – I got yet another idea (don’t laugh) for a novel, this time a Young Adult […]

The Pope and the World

posted by awelborn

Magister offers two evaluations of the Pope’s address to the Diplomatic Corps, particularly in regard to Iran and China: In effect, the thesis that “truth can only be attained in freedom” is typically Ratzingerian. It leads to the conclusion that […]

God or the Girl

posted by awelborn

LIsa de Moraes on a new series coming from A & E, following 5 men considering priesthood Notwithstanding the tight shot of the tight T-shirt on the well-endowed woman in the clips shown to critics, the docu-soap "God or the […]

So much for the educated

posted by awelborn

The "girl deficit" in India is more rampant among the well-educated, according to this story:   The practice is common among all religious groups – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, and Christians – but appears to be most common among educated […]

John Paul and Marxism

posted by awelborn

A look at an early, unpublished work, in The Tablet: The ability to dissect Marxism and reassemble it in a Christian form made Karol Wojtyla a potentially significant Catholic thinker. It would take him another two decades to perfect this […]

Out of Limbo

posted by awelborn

Ken Woodward, with a good summary of the Limbo business, in the WSJ Mark Shea, with perspective on that "re-evaluating Judas" story from the Times UK today

10,000…

posted by awelborn

Friend of the blog David Kubiak sends in a note about last night’s ABC Nightline, which featured an interview of the abortionist who was the focus of that LATimes story a few weeks back. Here’s the story from the ABC […]

Planned Parenthood is so awesome

posted by awelborn

They’re into art and everything…

The Book of Lost

posted by awelborn

Lots of hoopla last week about NBC’s The Book of Daniel, hoopla which seemed to me to be wasted, because, as I said at the time, this apparent attempt to clone Desperate Housewives into an Episcopal rectory, airing at 10 […]

Go Forth

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope received 200 families from the NeoCatechumenal Way in audience: Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a group from the Neocatechumenal Way, including 200 families who will soon depart on evangelizing missions in various countries, especially in […]

Wheaton, Redux

posted by awelborn

Mirror of Justice, the blog run by many law professors interested in Catholicism, the law and life in the academy among other things, has several posts on the Wheaton matter

The Late Great Planet Hal

posted by awelborn

…at least on TBN. You either don’t know or don’t care, but Hal LIndsey’s show was dropped from TBN because his views could be offensive to Muslims. Me, when I think of Hal LIndsey, all I can think of is […]

CNS v. CNS

posted by awelborn

Apparently for five years now, the USCCB has been in various forms of litigation against the Media Research Center. Huh. At issue? Three letters: C.N.S. From their battlements at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops they have been wagging […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

Conversation snippet that tempted me stop and dawdle over the detergent, except that I had somewhere to be and two little ones on the edge of meltdown (well, one…Michael the Baby was just on the edge of falling out of […]

Get Out of Jail

posted by awelborn

Agca credits Vatican Agca will be set free on parole by Turkish prison officials on Thursday, January 12. He has been serving out an earlier jail sentence in Turkey since being pardoned by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2000. […]

The Spontaneous Pope

posted by awelborn

John Thavis of CNS on Benedict’s ad libbing: When the pope presided over a Mass in the Sistine Chapel to baptize 10 infants in early January, he was supposed to deliver a sermon presumably prepared by his staff. The text, […]

That encyclical.

posted by awelborn

A bit more speculation on the timing and process of the release Asca mentiones that in any case, the Encyclica will be made public before January 25, and on that day, the Pauline magazine "Famigli Cristiana" will publish the entire […]

The Missing

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A lengthy, and I believe, fair-minded piece in Commonweal on the controversies surrounding the return of Jewish children sheltered by Catholics during World War II. The writer seeks to put the document that surfaced last year – an advisory document […]

War on Christmas?

posted by awelborn

Via First Things, a list of last year’s engagments, for the doubters.

Belleville Saga

posted by awelborn

We’ve been following this for a while…the initial dissatisfaction with the assignment of Bishop Braxton to this diocese to replace now-Archbishop Gregory, the growing complaints about style and substance. It’s all been rather confusing, although this new piece from the […]

The Church in Poland

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The Roaming Roman went there after Christmas and loved it – scroll down for lots of photos. A vague piece about a "Vaitcan" directive imposing discipline on some Polish priests who, it seems, are doing their own thing…

Remember the Quebecois snack hosts?

posted by awelborn

A few weeks back, several people sent me links to a story about a purportedly new rage among Quebecois, of eating unconsecrated hosts as snacks. I never blogged it because …well, my instincts told me not to bother. Blogging Canadian […]

History Lesson?

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob Johansen had questions about a Biography Channel special on Terri Schindler Schiavo that aired last night (post was written before airing, and based on concerns raised by Terri’s parents) My suspicion regarding this is reinforced by this salient […]

Wednesday means…

posted by awelborn

General Audience day: Conscious of being just a “murmur”, man is astonished to discover the Messiah with him, the Lord of the universe, who “lowered the heavens” as described in Psalm 143. Such was the subject the Pope spoke about […]

Bishop, abused

posted by awelborn

Bishop reveals : Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton revealed Wednesday that he had been sexually molested by a priest when he was a teenager attending Detroit Sacred Heart Seminary’s onetime high school for boys. With his revelation, Gumbleton, 75, became […]

God Alone

posted by awelborn

Michael on yesterday’s Gethsemani visit

Speaking of LA

posted by awelborn

The settlement/negotiations crawl forward…Diogenes unpacks the meaning of the latest. The basic deal is that there are 560 outstanding claims against the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese has agreed to allow litigation (as opposed to out of court settlement) of 44 of […]

Andrew, Ramesh, and Zygotes

posted by awelborn

We blogged on the beginning of this conversation last week, then got overwhelmed by our own Zygotes-turned-Big-Men come to visit. You might remember Andrew Sullivan putting out a call to readers regarding the mortality rate of zygotes, implying that this […]

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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?
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posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
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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

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