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January 11, 2006 Archives

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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

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

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling ...

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

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

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