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January 18, 2006 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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