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Greetings from Roma!

posted by awelborn

From an internet cafe on the Borgo Pio ‘ these Italian keyboards are a bit different, and I am on a timer, so I’m not going to do any corrections…. We are here! I didn’t sleep a wink on the […]

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As Lent approaches…

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s message An Examination of Conscience from Archbishop Bruno Forte

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Here we go…

posted by awelborn

Well, in a little while we’re off….hard to believe! I’m going to try my best to blog as we go – so do pop in here once a day to see if I actually did it. I’ve closed off comments […]

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How interesting…

posted by awelborn

Man built a mini-church in his basement: While for years a church as operated as a second or perhaps even primary home for infinite worshippers, the most prominent church in Denise Deschamps’s life at the moment is actually in need […]

China sends out a warning

posted by awelborn

…to Cardinal-elect Zen: China yesterday warned Bishop Joseph Zen of Hong Kong, a leading critic of Beijing who was elevated to cardinal this week, not to mix religion with politics.     "We advocate that religious figures should not interfere […]

That old “freedom” of religion…

posted by awelborn

Connecticut lawmakers at work: Some state lawmakers are on a collision course with Connecticut Roman Catholics over the so-called "morning after pill." The legislature’s Public Health Committee is drafting a bill that would require all Connecticut hospitals, including the four […]

And so it begins again?

posted by awelborn

Let’s pray not. Let’s pray that someone figures out what the cause in the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe is tied to: Halimi was kidnapped and held for three weeks while his captors, led by a Muslim immigrant from Ivory […]

Important Vatican Visitors

posted by awelborn

No, it’s someone else. The group includes 31 mostly young priests and seminarians from the faculty of theology and other faculties of the University of Athens. Most importantly, the visit is led by Bishop Agathangelos, director general of the “Apostoliki […]

If you haven’t yet…

posted by awelborn

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Checklist #2

posted by awelborn

Hem new clothes I bought because I’m so short and the store didn’t have a petite section…grrr. How is it I always end up on the night before trips doing stuff like this? Not checked yet. Print out all the […]

Oakes on Wills

posted by awelborn

Edward Oakes, S.J. takes on Garry Willls’ latest: What Jesus Meant He traces Wills’ intellectual journey (briefly), gives a nice swipe at the contradictions in Papa Sin, and then comes to this new book, which he first praises for Wills’ […]

Nothing but the truth

posted by awelborn

Magister on what Benedict has been teaching these past 10 months: He begins with a survey of the new cardinals: Many of those predicted to be made cardinals were passed by. In all of Latin America, the only new red […]

Wow…

posted by awelborn

Matt of the Shrine of the Holy Whapping just sent me a file of a 40-page handbook he wrote for students going over to Rome. Incredibly helpful. One of the best things I’ve seen, particularly since so much of it […]

Hurt in Joliet

posted by awelborn

A newspaper columnist reveals abuse from his past: The sentence was buried deep within the 247 pages of the recently released deposition given by Joliet Bishop Joseph Imesch as part of a priest-abuse lawsuit pending against him and the Joliet […]

Checklist

posted by awelborn

1. Clothes, since I normally live in jeans and my single "speaking" outfit (hey…my audiences don’t follow me around..no one sees me more than once!). Need to leave the heavy jeans at home and find something lighter. Check. 2. Ziploc […]

Slow Traveling

posted by awelborn

I’ve bought my share of guidebooks, yeah, and have been studying them. What’s made the best reading, though, are the two older books linked over there on the right – A Traveller in Rome and A Companion Guide to Rome. […]

Do no harm

posted by awelborn

California execution process under, er, fire: The Morales furor began a week ago when U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel declared that California’s three-stage drug cocktail of a sedative, paralytic drug and heart-stopping chemical — the same protocol used in 37 […]

Everyone’s favorite topic..

posted by awelborn

…besides liturgy…airport security, of course. Peggy Noonan muses that the UAE port outrage seems a bit out of sync, considering the continuing messes of misplaced resources at airport security lines She’s got stories to tell. Everyone’s got one at least. […]

On the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, in his general audience, the Pope embarked upon his "own" catechesis – up to this point, his GA talks had been continuing the planned themes of John Paul II – that catechesis was completed last week, and now, we’ve […]

Come chat

posted by awelborn

Come visit with me at an OSV sponsored chat about Mary Magdalene, etc….7pm Eastern today. And also…That podcast I did with Loyola about stuff – mostly my Saints books and the Book of Days – is now available for download. […]

Not just the religious fanatics

posted by awelborn

Science-types have their issues with Dan Brown as well! (Although John Farrell is both a religious fanatic and a science-type…) I gave a talk at Loyola College in Baltimore a year and a half ago, and afterwords, a sort of […]

A Crunchy Time was had by all

posted by awelborn

Frequent commentor and great friend of this blog, Rod Dreher’s first book, Crunchy Cons, is out: Rod with his two sons – or should we say three? Since writing books is sort of like childbirth. It’s doing quite well at […]

Catholic Spirituality Today

posted by awelborn

A survey by Lawrence Cunningham, in Commonweal. The piece is a decent overview, although any critical notes are reserved for certain parties, while other parties are preserved. So, the mild snide tone that permeates the Marian devotion paragraph: If the […]

The roots of reform

posted by awelborn

Curial official says it will, as it always has, start with the religious orders: Archbishop Rode said he’s already seeing signs that the church is responding to the challenge with fresh energy and new forms of religious life. He said […]

And the new cardinals are…

posted by awelborn

Here: Levada, O’Malley and Dziwicz will be the familiar names…. A rundown of the new Cardinals at Closed Cafeteria Ed Peters has a complete list of the College of Cardinals up now for your perusal and contemplation Oh, and The […]

Please join in singing….

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, Al Kimel had a post on the phenomenon he named the "Ubiquitous Song Leader" The Sunday Mass needs a cantor. I agree. But it’s a minor role—or at least should be. She should not be the […]

And….

posted by awelborn

…one more person with whom I’m acquainted via The Internets and speaking gig management  writes me to say he’ll be in Rome when we are! Hey! Party and Michael and Amy’s! Rome! 2/25-3/6!

Newborn Cardinals?

posted by awelborn

Rumors and speculations have swirled for weeks about when Pope Benedict would name new cardinals and call a consistory in which those cardinals will be formally elevated. It’s tempting to shrug at even more Vatican inside baseball, but this is […]

Cnl Pell on the air

posted by awelborn

Will be on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo on Friday.

As you probably already know…

posted by awelborn

The Supremes accept a PBA case today, for fall argument: After the court’s announcement this morning, groups on both sides of the abortion debate tried to attach some significance to the decision to accept the case. In fact, it would […]

Orthodox and Catholics together?

posted by awelborn

A Russian Orthodox bishop at the WCC meeting reflects: That growing divide may prompt Orthodox churches to consider a tactical alliance with Roman Catholicism to defend traditional Christian values, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev said in an interview on the sidelines of […]

Reconciliation?

posted by awelborn

The rumors regarding the possible lifting of the excommunication of the SSPXer’s who are excommunicated (which is not everyone, remember…it’s confusing) continue to swirl. This blog posts a translation of an Italian newspaper account, and the comments on the post […]

Crusading

posted by awelborn

NCR(eporter) has an informative dialogue between two scholars of the Crusades, Thomas Madden and Carole Hillenbrand: I want to ask Carole Hillenbrand about something Thomas Madden wrote: “Without the Crusades, it [Christianity] might well have followed Zoroastrianism, another of Islam’s […]

Hanging WHAT?

posted by awelborn

The Vatican Watcher summarizing a couple of recent, slap-in-the-head moments in which satirical jabs at Christianity (to put it mildly) are okayed by the same people who disapprove of satire using Islamic images.

So…is there a plan at all?

posted by awelborn

Sort of. We’ll get there on Saturday morning, wiped out and confused, but with hopefully enough energy just to look around and orient ourselves. Believe it or not, I actually have to meet with someone on Saturday afternoon, but since […]

Countdown

posted by awelborn

The good news from today is that I finally took the time to research our plane – it’s supposed to be an Airbus A330, which has individual audio/video monitors at every seat. Do you KNOW how much tension that instantly […]

Marcinkus, RIP

posted by awelborn

Whispers in the Loggia has the scoop (For those of you who didn’t know, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the figure at the center of the Vatican Bank scandal back in the 80’s, had been living in retirement in Arizona)

Fixed despite myself

posted by awelborn

Weird. I thought I had irrevocably broken my desktop’s connection to our Wi-Fi in my attempt to fix it. I couldn’t get it to work for nothin’ yesterday after I reinstalled it. So it sat there, all night. And this […]

The Truth Will Set You Free

posted by awelborn

Notre Dame students have set up a blog dedicated to the discussion of academic freedom at their university. Go check it out.

Christians, Islam and the future of Europe

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister’s Denver talk from last week: A new cathedral church was built twelve years ago in Evry, to the south of Paris. It is recognized as the masterpiece of one of the most famous architects in the world, Mario […]

Mistranslation?

posted by awelborn

The Cafeteria is Closed disagrees with an interpretation of recent events in Vienna, originally described at Whispers in the Loggia. A newcomer to this blogworld must think that is an extremely odd statement. Perhaps even oldtimers, too.

You want in the EU?

posted by awelborn

Try religious freedom on for size. Another story from Turkey: Since January there is a drive by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to re-open the Theological Seminary of Heybeliada (Halki) in Istanbul. This seminary has been closed by the Turkish government even […]

Alrighty then

posted by awelborn

That’s done, even with part of the day wasted trying to fix my computer problem that I caused in my effort to fix a lesser problem. And failed. Both times. But it can wait until I get back – I’ve […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Won’t be blogging until this afternoon – baby has his 15-month checkup (can you believe it?!) and then I have to finish that Thing I forgot.

Ouch

posted by awelborn

Leon Wieseltier reviews the book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon The orthodoxies of evolutionary psychology are all here, its tiresome way of roaming widely but never leaving its house, its legendary curiosity that somehow always discovers the same […]

Whose coffin?

posted by awelborn

Answer after the jump.

That’s the spirit

posted by awelborn

American Papist has a great Cardinal Pell story – great because the Cardinal’s reaction is so approriate and a breath of fresh air. More bishops snorting in derision at lame ignorance and wishful-thinking, I say. Short version – apparently, some […]

Over a cartoon

posted by awelborn

In Nigeria, Muslims go on a rampage and target Christians Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim […]

Nothing like…

posted by awelborn

…cleaning out your email and (re)discovering correspondence about an assigment you’d agreed to, and that you had really thought you could manage at the beginning of the month and which you’d mentally planned out to do at the same time […]

Bishops in the news

posted by awelborn

Here’s Archbishop Niederaurer’s homily at his installation Mass as Archbishop of SF Here is where misunderstandings and conflicts can arise. In the many moral dilemmas that face them today, Catholic look to their Church, to their faith, to be a […]

The Globe issues its instructions

posted by awelborn

…to the bishops of Massachusetts, in the matter of adoption: While respecting the church’s right to its opinion, it has become increasingly hard to demonstrate what harm might come from gay adoptions. Many studies, including a 2004 article in the […]

Recusants at Holy Cross

posted by awelborn

A special exhibit: Though all the objects that will be displayed at Holy Cross hold considerable historical significance, the chalice is at the center of the exhibit. The cup, which is on loan to Holy Cross from Stonyhurst College in […]

Crucify Me

posted by awelborn

Not quite "Dancing with the Stars:" THE Scottish TV presenter and journalist Dominik Diamond is considering undergoing physical crucifixion as part of a controversial television documentary about Christianity. Diamond, once a committed Christian, will try to rediscover his faith in […]

On missing the point

posted by awelborn

I swear I wasn’t looking for this, but rather ran across it in a Lexis-Nexis browsing session. It’s from The Financial Times, (1/28 edition) available only to subscribers – a piece by travel writer Fiona Dunlop, who took an Angels […]

Tragedy in the Philippines

posted by awelborn

Another unimaginable moment – a mountain moving, sliding, burying hundreds. God rest their souls. A news story From AsiaNews: Fr Gohetia said: “This is a possibility because the region was in full activity: schools were open, as were shops. Now […]

You’re loooking swell

posted by awelborn

Some things just make you laugh until you weep.

Roaming Roman

posted by awelborn

…is trying to make me think I want to go to Rome… beautiful churches…empty streets! When were you out? 4 am?

What to do with the priests in Chicago

posted by awelborn

A Time magazine article: George’s announcement came just days before a meeting in Austin, Texas of the National Review Board, a lay body set up to monitor the sex abuse scandals and craft policies for dealing with the problem. The […]

Missed this one

posted by awelborn

A Times UK piece from earlier in the week on recent CDF rulings on apparitions, etc. Benedict is now already moving against private revelations in a way his predecessor did not. Two cases signal his intent. Barely a month after […]

Magister in Denver

posted by awelborn

He spoke last night; Catholic News Agency has a report: Speaking in Italian through an interpreter, Magister said that while historically, Christianity and Islam have some common roots and a record of genuine intellectual exchanges, that these have by and […]

Respecting all life = Good

posted by awelborn

Spending a year and half discerning whether or not to let deer who are destroying your property be hunted = kind of whacked. All 16 Dayspring Church members took part in the decision as to whether to have a hunt, […]

First we had “in the Jesuit Tradition”

posted by awelborn

Now we have the "Vincentian Mission," which includes a a new minor in Queer Studies at DePaul, which might surprise St. Vincent, I’m thinking. Or not, according to the program’s director: Professor Cestaro teaches the course, “Introduction to lesbian gay […]

Who Needs God?

posted by awelborn

An excerpt from a new book and an interview with its author, over at Godspy: I noticed that in your book you take on objections to Christianity that fall into two categories: One, political/historical issues—the Crusades, Inquisition, elements of sexual […]

NCWay

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Arinze on the liturgical norms for the NeoCatechumenal Way: Q: How did this letter come about? Cardinal Arinze: It stemmed from the results of this congregation’s examination of the way in which the Neocatechumenal Way has celebrated holy Mass […]

Chicago Doings

posted by awelborn

Lots of things going on in Chicago: Cardinal George has directed the Chancellor of the Archdiocese to to oversee a review of  child abuse issues. Here’s the statement from the Archdiocesan website (pdf file) And then there’s "Mission Chicago" – […]

Good for them

posted by awelborn

Roman tour guides lead "Angles and Demons" tour…but use the moment to set folks straight Guides such as Polzer get into debates with novel-clutching tourists when they (the guides) reveal that the markers in St. Peter’s Square — which Brown […]

Life is Beautiful

posted by awelborn

Roberto Benigni waxes pretty eloquently about Jesus and love Benigni on Monday was addressing a gathering of young people who filled the Verdi Theater in this city of the patron of lovers, St. Valentine. The meeting was organized Bishop Vincenzo […]

Indulge Me

posted by awelborn

In The Tablet, Robert Mickens on indulgences and Benedict’s revival of them Benedict has proclaimed three occasions for plenary indulgences during these past ten months: World Youth Day, the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II, and most recently, […]

The Church of Katrina

posted by awelborn

Those religious types. Too bad they’re such a drain on civilization and the only thing standing between the present moment and the utopia of a truly enlightened society. Never mind no one’s helping post-Katrina recovery more than they are: Katrina […]

I can’t even imagine

posted by awelborn

I really can’t. I can’t imagine living in an area in which a school helps sponsor "Glove Affairs" for young people my daughter’s age, "parties" in which favors like condoms are distributed and "education" happens. Post corrected to reflect the […]

Shield your keyboard

posted by awelborn

…if you’re drinking coffee. Eve Ensler, author of the VMonologues, on the struggles in creating her most recent play: The Good Body, which took Ensler three years to write, was more personal to her because it was about her stomach. […]

The Week Ahead

posted by awelborn

I am dreadfully behind on my book reviewing and noting on this blog. For the next week, I think I’ll make that the focus here, with Rome notes taking second place. We’ll ease into this with a children’s book. I […]

A bit of relief…

posted by awelborn

I finished that sort of semi-big project today, and have something slightly smaller I need to do tomorrow. And then…..what? Tackle one of the two novels again? After Rome, yes…unless I decided to somehow fashion a 9-day trip to Rome […]

Uprooted

posted by awelborn

From the LATimes: How Mormon teaching is being shaken by DNA testing For Mormons, the lack of discernible Hebrew blood in Native Americans is no minor collision between faith and science. It burrows into the historical foundations of the Book […]

Le Gran Chiquitania

posted by awelborn

Jesuit missions in Bolivia – absolutely fascinating site Via the Shrine of the Holy Whapping, which features a fairly amazing procession photo from the site…

We interrupt this deadline-chasing

posted by awelborn

…to bring you something I’ve been awaiting for a couple of weeks. It’s the English translation of Benedict’s homily of February 5 at St. Anne’s Parish in the Vatican. A little bit about the church, which is not open to […]

Still here

posted by awelborn

…working on something that I really need to finish today. Interrupted by call from school about son who was crying that his stomach hurt. Since that class of 14 children had five out yesterday with some sort of illness, I […]

An ideal worth striving for

posted by awelborn

Here’s an excellent piece in the Notre Dame paper by law professor Paolo Carroza on the Current Troubles at the university. (Annoying thing – there’s no "single page view" option, so one must click through 4 separate pages. Grrr. But […]

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

posted by awelborn

This is a story you must read. This link is to the first post of this good woman and excellent writer’s journey back to the Catholic faith: Actually, you might want to start here, read from the bottom up and […]

The Cardinal George Fan Club says..

posted by awelborn

So the question then is, if the accusation is that the Archdiocese did not act responsibly then are we saying that any accusation should be taken as sufficient to remove someone from their position without an investigation or would this […]

Here’s a question for you

posted by awelborn

I am traveling to Rome next week with, among other people, a rather sensitive (in some ways) 14-year old girl. I am anticipating her being surprised and affected by homeless, beggars, etc. I read some discussion thread on some travel […]

Modern Days for Modern Bishops

posted by awelborn

This photo, from today’s General Audience…makes me laugh: Caption and credits here The Pope’s message: At the beginning of the general audience Benedict XVI recalled that today’s catechesis was the last "of the long cycle begun years ago by my […]

Moments you never thought you’d see

posted by awelborn

(Or hear) Your 23-year old son calling you up and telling you how he got into an argument at a bar with a guy who was telling him that he was Catholic but he didn’t have time to go to […]

Potemra on Wills

posted by awelborn

Garry Wills has two Catholic-themed books out recently: The Rosary (out last November) and What Jesus Meant (out on March 2) In the most recent issue of NRO, Mike Potemra considers them: In his most recent book, What Jesus Meant […]

Breach of Faith

posted by awelborn

A piece on the tiresome tag team of Sr. Fran Ferder and Fr. John Heagle from the alternative Seattle Weekly. And guess what? It’s not what you would expect. The focus is not simply on their ministry of sharing noxious […]

The Fixer

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Gomes of San Antonio has issued his first pastoral letter (pdf file) that emphasizes the need for formation in the faith: 9] I want to speak to you about our formation in the faith as the basis for our […]

Meet Me in St. Louis

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Burke has a meeting: St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke met Tuesday with a priest he declared excommunicated in December. The Rev. Marek Bozek, who was hired as pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish late last year, confirmed Tuesday afternoon […]

Magister on the Pope

posted by awelborn

Magister’s in the US at the moment. He spoke in DC on Monday, and is in Denver some time this week.  Sandro Magister, a columnist for the Italian magazine L’Espresso and one of the top “Vaticanistas”, an expert on Church […]

Can a Catholic School convert?

posted by awelborn

An in-depth story on the situation we blogged about a while back: It sets the situation in context – that while this is a Catholic school, it is a state school. The call is for the state to change the […]

Where’s the Shroud?

posted by awelborn

A USA Today columnist claims that NBC isn’t mentioning it in their coverage. I was going to disagree, but then I remembered that Bob Costas’ ill-informed declaration that he wanted to get over there and see the Shroud (since it’s […]

Want your Catholic Podcasts?

posted by awelborn

Here’s a site that seems to be attempting to be comprehensive. I’ll put a link to this on one my sidebars. That first link is to a blog, and this is the comprehensive list. Speaking of podcasts, I taped one […]

The Cardinal has his doubts..

posted by awelborn

Whispers has an account from the Italian media of yesterday’s meeting re/the SSPX: The summit of the dicastery heads "did not solve the argument," Tornielli writes, saying that a second meeting of its kind — scheduled for 23 March — […]

Take care of your own

posted by awelborn

Italian bishops will elect the head of their national conference for the first time Vatican City, February 13 – In a clear break with tradition, the pope has ordered a secret vote among Italian bishops to choose the next head […]

Buy Books

posted by awelborn

Just a note: If you are interested in buying books from me in the near future, you might try to do it this week. I’m going to shut the bookstore site down, probably next Monday, and not reopen it until […]

Be positive

posted by awelborn

Jeffrey Overstreet of Looking Closer is on the anti-DVC train, for sure, but wants us to remember something quite important: There’s good stuff out there. Let’s spend at least as much time promoting quality films as we do critiquing the […]

For all of your pamphlet needs

posted by awelborn

Two pamphlets I wrote for OSV are now available, for all of you pastoral ministry types who order such materials: The Pope’s First Encyclical And How to Celebrate Holy Week

Desecration

posted by awelborn

This is rather startling: Widespread desecrations prompt church closings in Mexico: Incidents involving desecration have prompted the Diocese of La Paz, in Baja California, to close 200 chapels and churches to visits until March. Masses will be still allowed during […]

The Pharmacist Wars

posted by awelborn

Rob Vischer has a piece in The American Enterprise: This lesson must be heeded, even in the pharmacy. When morality and health care collide, individuals—whether pharmacy owners, pharmacists, or customers—will see the collision through wildly divergent convictions, and their desire […]

The Good News

posted by awelborn

Getting the Word out at the Olympics: While official sponsors of the Winter Olympics are handing out bagfuls of freebies, churches are distributing a special Olympic edition of St. Mark’s Gospel. About 50,000 free copies of the pocket-sized paperback are […]

Next up:

posted by awelborn

Law and Order dramatizes a case of abortion rights protesters assaulting prolife advocates as they pray the rosary… In your dreams. What’s up on Boston Legal tonight? (Besides a bloviating, puffy William Shatner …) Although the Bush administration continues to […]

Shrouded

posted by awelborn

Brendan Evans of the Indy Criterion has a post on the Shroud of Turin (Torino?), citing an interview he did a while back with a Shroud expert BTW….someone has ruminated that the catchphrase "Passion lives here" (Turino’s Olympic theme) is […]

Whatever I can do!

posted by awelborn

Just trying to help where I can…

Not his father’s son?

posted by awelborn

Bob Casey Jr. headlines Human Rights Campaign (gay advocacy group) dinner.

Rumors, rumors…

posted by awelborn

Add this to the pot: Al Kimel at Pontifications runs a post on the possibilities of a separate Anglican Rite within the Roman Catholic Church. The links he has and the comments on his own post point to the complexities […]

Podcasts in Review!

posted by awelborn

Jeff Miller offers a rundwon of several Catholic podcasts.

Battling the Catholic Hospitals

posted by awelborn

In Illinois, and no..not about what you might assume Broadcast ads highly critical of how non-profit Catholic hospitals handle their billing and collection practices are helping spotlight Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s efforts to tighten regulations on all non-profit hospitals. Madigan […]

Cartoon roundup

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has three detailed, very helpful posts.

I keep saying..

posted by awelborn

Those "experts" on The Da Vinci Code at the Sony-funded site devoted to "dialogue" (See Barb Nicolosi’s shredding of that below) need to correct some things: No. Dead Sea Scrolls: discovered in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea. Hence […]

Um…okay.

posted by awelborn

Happy Valentine’s Day. This campaign was first unveiled for World Youth Day, I believe. Now its illogic goes wide.

Hush, hush

posted by awelborn

The Catholic Outsider is keeping his ear to the ground about those meetings going on with the CDF and the Pope, saying that ending the SSPX schism does, indeed seem to be a high priority for the Pope.

More Lamott

posted by awelborn

Amily at After Abortion has more thoughts on Annie Lamott’s abortion outburst, as well as a link to the discussion at the Washington Monthly, based on a post by Kevin Drum. Emily remarks: Most of Kevin’s 400+ commenters agree with […]

On the cartoons

posted by awelborn

As is so often the case these days, there seems to be a great divide in discourse on this issue. And the divide is not between various opinions, but between the realities that people take into account as they’re forming […]

The thing about speaking in Hicksville..

posted by awelborn

…is avoiding the Amish buggies along the dark, snowy road on the way there! Had a nice talk last night, for confirmation candidates and their parents at St. Michael’s parish in Hicksville, Ohio. It was certainly a novel experience – […]

Works of Mercy

posted by awelborn

NPR picked up that story we blogged here a while back, about the high school ministry of providing pallbearers for funerals.

Global Christianity…

posted by awelborn

A short but interesting AP article on matters oft discussed here, but it’s always good to hear more: The forces reshaping Christianity come with many names. In Nigeria, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles congregation holds huge all-night revivals. Across […]

I have a question

posted by awelborn

Probably stupid. But perhaps some of you archaeology types can answer it for me. In my incessant reading on Rome, I’ve become particularly fascinated with what’s underground, as you can probably tell. I was reading last night in the quite […]

Sold

posted by awelborn

Auriesville retreat house sold – I’ve never been there, but Michael did a 30-day retreat there years ago. The Jesuits will keep the shrine, of course.. Colonial-era Jesuit missionaries laid the groundwork for converting the Mohawks to Christianity at Auriesville. […]

She shoots…

posted by awelborn

…she scores. Barbara Nicolosi on this week’s DVC events: The Da Vinci Code is so ridiculous in its premises, that it is giving it a false gravity to even take it seriously enough so as to argue about it. ["And […]

Baptists on the way…

posted by awelborn

…to Cleveland! Southern Baptists are rolling out a multimilli on-dollar evangelistic blitz to rock Cleveland with the Rock of Ages, an event other religious groups in the region are greeting with a mixture of anticipation and concern. Over the next […]

It’s in Italian, but..

posted by awelborn

…here’s Umberto Eco on DVC, and Fr. John Wauck points out Eco’s surprising (or not) recommendation: One curious side-effect of the Da Vinci Code phenomenon is the scholar-novelist Umberto Eco’s recommendation of the official Opus Dei website. Exhausted by continuous […]

S. Priscilla

posted by awelborn

Several folks below (including the Roaming Roman) and an emailer or two have recommended the Catacomb of St. Priscilla as the catacomb of choice… Callixtus and the other catacomb site along or near the Via Appia are famous, and justly […]

The Cardinal’s Letter

posted by awelborn

Cardinal George lets his priests have it: And then, the Archbishop of Chicago delivered a direct demand of all who wear the collar. "There is so much I remain unaware of, yet I am, in the end, responsible for it […]

Still waiting in NYC

posted by awelborn

The NY Archdiocese has been doing a restructuring thing for a while – gosh, when we were in NYC in the fall of 2003, we went to Mass at St. Peter’s parish near Wall Street, and they had announcements about […]

No “overnight success”

posted by awelborn

That’s what they say, you know. When you finally hit it big, even though it seems out of the blue, the humble new star in the firmament will declare "there’s no such thing as an overnight success…" And so, after […]

Me, I liked the dancing cows

posted by awelborn

What about you? Haven’t watched an Olympic opening ceremony in years. Maybe since the 70’s? Who knows. But it was on, and I was enamored by the dancing (well…sliding) cows. And the sign-bearers in Alps-Skirts. And the disco music that […]

Old News is Good News

posted by awelborn

I hadn’t heard this – thanx to the reader who passed it on: CU Prez says no to VM: Father David M. O’Connell, President of Catholic University, commented on the issue. "I have read the play and have actually seen […]

An ode for Annie…

posted by awelborn

Ms. Jesus Freak lets loose on abortion. Annie Lamott: EVERYTHING WAS going swimmingly on the panel. The subject was politics and faith, and I was on stage with two clergymen with progressive spiritual leanings, and a moderator who is liberal […]

Pope to CDF

posted by awelborn

The Pope addressed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this morning: This morning, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, telling them that in their service to the […]

What have I done?

posted by awelborn

Two weeks today, we’ll be sitting on a plane, on our way to Rome. What was I thinking?????

An unwarranted analogy?

posted by awelborn

MD Senatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. in hot water for comparisons: Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele infuriated some participants at a Baltimore Jewish Council meeting yesterday by raising the specter of Nazi experimentation on Jews when explaining his opposition to […]

“…the most atheistic country in the world”

posted by awelborn

So says a Czech bishop about his nation, in this piece about the struggle between church and state over an important landmark Distilling the spiritual from the secular has proved difficult. A court ruled in 1994 that the cathedral belonged […]

Dante and the Pope

posted by awelborn

At Zenit, Elizabeth Lev recounts the impact of Dante – whom the Pope cited as an inspiration for his encyclical- on her own life. There is a heartbreaking sadness at the center of it, but finally, hope. In her column, […]

On the Vatican’s statement

posted by awelborn

At Mirror of Justice, Robert Araujo, S.J., has a rather lengthy post on the Vatican Press Office’s statement on the Mohammed cartoons: Clerics, men and women religious, and many laity have been physically targeted, sometimes with deadly force. Why? Because […]

You’re Fired

posted by awelborn

Naomi Schaefer Riley on Catholic schools being sued by fired teachers. Both cases have been blogged on here in the past: the Queens teacher fired for being pregnant and single, and the Wilmington, DE teacher fired from an Ursuline-run high […]

Irony defined

posted by awelborn

Go read the Insight Scoop blog to see who Notre Dame just hired and where he came from. Here’s the Christianity Today report: Aside from his scholarly writing, Noll has fostered networks of evangelical scholars. He helped to found the […]

CNS v. CNS!

posted by awelborn

The Cardinal Newman Society is claiming that a Catholic News Service piece about them is skewed and misrepresents Here’s the CNS article.

Gianna’s Fund

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Good fruit emerging from the sad Susan Torres situation of last year: Susan died after giving birth to their second child, Susan Anne Catherine, who was born premature after Susan had been declared to be "brain dead", and who also […]

The Da Vinci Challenge

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It will be interesting to see how this evolves. There is one Catholic on the expert list: Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, is the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA She has a M.A. […]

Underground Rome: Your Favorite

posted by awelborn

This question is for those of you who’ve traveled to Rome, or who live there right now…which is a startling proportion of you actually, taken all together. What’s your favorite "underground Rome" site to see? Which catacombs are the most […]

Quitting Time

posted by awelborn

The entire editorial staff of the alternative NYPress walked out and quit because the paper’s management refused to print The Cartoons. This is perhaps the most amazingly brazen moment of inconsistency we’ve seen yet in the press treatment of this […]

ID and its limits

posted by awelborn

At Mere Comments, Russell Moore makes some points: Likewise, the latest issue of the Atlantic Monthly features a cartoon pointing out things that are "not conspicuously intelligent design." Most of the items are typical…why does God put the nose on […]

Christians and Stockhold Syndrome

posted by awelborn

Patrick O"Hannigan, aka The Paragraph Farmer, has an excellent post. Interesting stuff, in which The African Queen is invoked. Of course!

Today’s Amazon entry:

posted by awelborn

The horrific story of the writing of the Kids’ Book of Saints. It’s actually worse than I can communicate. The procrastination, the resultant self-loathing. Oh, the humanity… Not a saintly time, to say the least!

A final letter…

posted by awelborn

The text of the letter to the Pope from the murdered Fr. Andrea Sanora: I am writing to you in the name of some Georgian ladies of my parish, St. Mary’s in Trabzon (Trebisonda) on the Black Sea, Turkey. They […]

Round-up

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser provides an excellent round-up of Benedict XVI news from the last week. And…another book from Benedict coming soon? (Aside from the new one, linked at Blosser’s Blog…) When it was clear that Pope John Paul II was dying, […]

Pre-emptive strike

posted by awelborn

Sony/Grace Hill Media unveil DVC website today: At a time when conservative Christian groups have been particularly quick to strike back at Hollywood fare they find offensive, Sony Pictures faced a predicament with its coming film "The Da Vinci Code." […]

That’s better

posted by awelborn

Composer-priest clarifies Jackson story: But, the priest told Catholic News Service, to have Jackson sing one of the songs or to be part of a choir singing a song might have helped sales, reaching greater numbers of people. However, when […]

Today on Amazon…

posted by awelborn

The utterly fascinating tale of how "Here.Now." was born…

Can you get any more transparent?

posted by awelborn

NYTimes publishes story on offensive art. Won’t print Mohammad cartoon. Digs up Elephant-dung (and I believe, other…images] -festooned Blessed Virgin Mary from the BAM exhibit a few years ago. Thanks! Cribbed from every other blog that’s noted that this morning.

To post or not to post

posted by awelborn

That’s always the question for the blogger. For me, and my interest in Catholic-tinged news, the question has arisen with particular force during these years of pretty much continual clergy sexual abuse revelations. A general rule of thumb that I’ve […]

Joliet, imploding?

posted by awelborn

More accusations; Cathedral rector placed on leave.

Wednesday is GA day:

posted by awelborn

As in General Audience: May the sacrifice of Fr Andrea Santoro, “silent and courageous servant of the Gospel,” who worked “to bring Christ and the Gospel” to Turkey, contribute to the cause of dialogue between religions and peace among peoples.”  […]

News From Peru

posted by awelborn

From a reader: I always read your blog. I live in Lima, Peru. Let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I saw your book De-coding Da Vinci in Spanish displayed next to Brown´s novel in a large […]

Basta!

posted by awelborn

No one else send me the New Yorker piece on Mary Magdalene! I got it! I’m reading it now! Thanks! Okay, I’ve read it. Liam’s assesment in the first comment below – I’d agree with. Could have been worse! It’s […]

What an odd film

posted by awelborn

This one, on the Sundance Channel this evening. Watched parts of it. I think it was satire, but I’m not sure what it was satirizing. Maybe if I were Czech….

“Ashamed to be an Anglican”

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Carey:   The former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday he was "ashamed to be an Anglican" following Monday’s vote by the Church of England to disinvest from companies whose products are used by […]

Really? Promise?

posted by awelborn

USCCB says Compendium of the Catechism will be released at the end of March. Msgr. Daniel Kutys, bishops’ conference deputy secretary for catechesis, said that “since the Compendium was proposed and developed for the purpose of catechizing teens and young […]

Episcopal Explanations

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Following up on some recent news: Bishop Imesch’s letter to the Church of Joliet Cardinal Maida’s letter to the clergy of his Archdiocese, on the JPII Center

Speaking of seminaries…

posted by awelborn

Do go check out Clayton Emmer’s ongoing account of his time in seminary. Very good.

This is all I’m going to say.

posted by awelborn

I was going to do this privately, but I’ve decided not to. Since by now, about 7 people have sent me this story. I’m looking for a retraction from Dale Vree of the New Oxford Review. I imagine I will […]

In Lebanon

posted by awelborn

Riots, destruction, condemnation: BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) — Catholic and Muslim religious leaders condemned the riot that erupted in Beirut when an estimated 30,000 Muslims protested against the publication of satirical cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in European newspapers. The Danish […]

Priest publicly criticizes Cardinal

posted by awelborn

In Chicago: A prominent Chicago priest has called on Cardinal Francis George to resign his position as head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago if he impeded the removal of a priest accused of molesting young boys when the […]

What about those Mohammad Images?

posted by awelborn

We’re all taught that it’s not allowed to depict the Prophet. Cranky Prof corrects us. So, journalists, don’t tell us this is a taboo subject matter in Islam. The physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad may be a taboo subject […]

Pleading her case

posted by awelborn

Polish woman goes to EU to challenge abortion law: Alicja Tysiac’s eyesight worsened drastically after she had her third baby, and she fears she will go blind. In staunchly Catholic Poland, abortion is illegal unless the health of the mother […]

Embryonic Personhood

posted by awelborn

In a couple of weeks, the Vatican will sponsor a conference on the question. Catholic Outsider has the details: The issue is critical for the future of many investigations related to the human embryo, from the so-called “therapeutic cloning” to […]

Just what I need…

posted by awelborn

Another blog! I’ve finally figured out the new "Amazon Connect" program, in which authors can post profiles and blogs on their book description pages. A great opportunity. All of you Catholic Writers should try it! I am not sure if […]

Saletan-Pollitt-Kissling

posted by awelborn

After Abortion notes the continuing conversation at Slate between abortion-rights advocates about whether or not abortion should be morally evaluated. Francis Kissling has entered the fray: The major difficulty I see for those of us who are strong advocates of […]

Into the Great Silence

posted by awelborn

Some of you have been following the story of this documentary, filmed in the Carthusian motherhouse, La Grande Chartreuse In case you’ve not yet seen it, the trailer is now online – beautiful. The film has been a surprise hit […]

Fr. Santora

posted by awelborn

Asia News has many articles on the Italian priest killed in Turkey on Sunday Including this remembrance: But who could be more harmless and unassuming than Father Andrea? I saw him two months ago in Iskenderun, at the See of […]

The Real Silas!!!

posted by awelborn

You know, that Silas guy? The albino Opus Dei monk? Who kills people? Turns out there’s a real Opus Dei Silas. But, as the NYTimes reports, this one’s a little different than his fictional namesake: With the film starring Tom […]

Down on the corner

posted by awelborn

I see the most interesting things down at our corner convenience store. Couple of weeks ago, it was the bishop. This morning: A rather scruffy-looking trash can set out on the floor in front of the counter. Two pieces of […]

A shrine to hope

posted by awelborn

Interesting Boston Globe article on an area shrine: Some Catholics want the church to officially recognize the site, or at least investigate it. ”I would love to see the Power case reopened," said Irene McGravey of North Andover, who remembers […]

Murder in Turkey

posted by awelborn

Italian priest shot: A Catholic priest was shot and killed in Trabzon, Turkey, on Sunday, and authorities there are investigating whether the murder was related to Islamic anger over cartoons published in European newspapers. Father Andrea Santoro, an Italian missionary […]

Jesuit Mania

posted by awelborn

The Jesuit news continues…their confab is scheduled for 2008. But before that, they will be meeting with Benedict on April 22 of this year, and, according to the Catholic News Agency, electing a new Superior General at that time – […]

Stop. Stop. Stop.

posted by awelborn

Please stop now. Or please let this be more misreporting from the press over there. Please. Someone knock some sense into these people. If they can wait three weeks, I’d be happy to do it myself. Knock some sense around, […]

Islamists, redux

posted by awelborn

A Washington Times commentary: The man in charge of hoodwinking the Western powers about Iran’s now 18-year-old secret nuclear program believes the apocalypse will happen in his own lifetime. He’ll be 50 in October.     President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Shi’ite […]

March for Life Roundup

posted by awelborn

After Abortion has mega-links.

What’s up in Joliet?

posted by awelborn

First of all, let it be said that Bishop Imesch, several years ago, unintentionally provided us with the statment that became, in many minds, the most unfortunate motto of his confreres and their dealings with abusive clergy. Remember this? (link […]

Finding Comedy in the Muslim World

posted by awelborn

The name of a new Albert Brooks film. Good luck with that. Trying to sort out the apparent madness in reaction to the Danish cartoons. Get Religion has a couple of excellent posts, one pointing to this Tim Rutten LATimes […]

Bringing you the world…

posted by awelborn

…Or not. Blogging has been quite light of late, partly because we are almost all in various stages of illness, but partly because, truly folks, I am getting just obssessed with this Rome business. It’s at the point at which […]

But what’s on tap?

posted by awelborn

I’ve rejuggled the speaking gig list down there, adding a couple of appearances I’ll be doing at professional conferences, mainly in relation to De-Coding Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legend and LIes. Publisher’s showcase kind of things. I’ve also confirmed a rather […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

Various interesting items from John Allen this week, including this observation from an African cardinal, about the importance of Benedict and his specific background at this specific moment in history: Do you look forward to a day when a papal […]

Not exactly unpredictable

posted by awelborn

Really. Even though that corner of DC is a hotbed of Catholic life, the John Paul II Center seemed like an overreach to many when it was announced. Four years after it opened, there are, indeed, problems. Joe Feureherd reports: […]

The meaning behind St. Agnes

posted by awelborn

The Cranky Professor very kindly sent me a spare copy of The Geometry of Love by Margaret Visser, in preparation for our trip. In Zenit, Catherine Smibert writes today of a documentary currently being filmed, based on the book: In […]

Haleigh Poutre

posted by awelborn

I have been looking for a single source for news on this poor little girl, beaten into a state of severe disability by her adoptive mother and stepfather, but this will have to do: Wesley Smith’s article from NRO earlier […]

Up in the air again

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, we blogged on a new comic book called The Flying Friar. Here’s a review, written by Vatican Watcher Jacob, who didn’t think comic book reviews quite fit on his own blog! The Flying Friar by Rich […]

Meetings in the air

posted by awelborn

Talk of a 2/13 meeting in the Curia about the Traditionalists Catholic Outsider with more insider details Ed Peters with canonical thoughts: As I see it, there are only three options here: either the Holy See decides that John Paul […]

Layers of an Onion

posted by awelborn

Tommy Lee Jones’ new film, which he not only stars in, but also directed, is called The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. In this Boston Globe article, he discusses his artistic inspiration….guess who? Flannery O’Connor matters to this movie first […]

The Righteous Rooneys

posted by awelborn

A NCR(egister) profile of the Steelers’ owners. Bishop Donald Wuerl said the Steelers and the Rooneys have quietly bolstered the morale and financial welfare of the Pittsburgh Diocese for more than 70 years. “Dan Rooney, though a private man who […]

“St. Jack”

posted by awelborn

No, not C.S. Lewis, but apparently John Danforth. Jack Danforth wishes the Republican right would step down from its pulpit. Instead, he sees a constant flow of religion into national politics. And not just any religion, either, but the us-versus-them, […]

From a Jesuit’s pen

posted by awelborn

Excellent piece in the Adoremus Bulletin – a Jesuit missionary priest ruminating on the pervasiveness of liturgical abuse in religious communities What makes this piece so different and well worth a read is Fr. Capuano’s balance, and deep, deep sense […]

Drug deals

posted by awelborn

In different parts of the world: Women sue Wal-Mart for not stocking morning-after pill Catholic doctors set to resign from Australian medical groups over RU-486: (Second link thanks to Curt Jester)

The Monk and the Bishop

posted by awelborn

Internet Monk reviews N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God…my thoughts exactly. I have been reading the Bible since I was a child. I’ve been reading the words of Jesus for at least 40 years of my life. I […]

Accepted

posted by awelborn

There have been quite a few stories about Bishop Gumbleton over the past couple of weeks – his revelation that he had been abused by a priest as a boy, and then the confusion relating to his resignation. Bishop Gumbleton […]

After Dover

posted by awelborn

We could post about ID every day, and perhaps we should. Here’s a link for today: A Godspy interview with Dr. Michael Behe. Behe is a biochemistry professor who brought questions about evolutionary theory into the popular mind years ago […]

Sharp

posted by awelborn

Peggy Noonan, always good, is quite sharp today in a rather bloggy-like column. Good stuff. Frustrated, but good stuff. Nice remembrance of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who died Monday, as well.

Propogating…what?

posted by awelborn

At Mere Comments, Lee Podles reports on a priest accused of abuse, and makes some connections.

Easing into things

posted by awelborn

Rachel Balducci has tagged me and she swears it’s easy, so I’ll go ahead and do the meme, as a way of easing into my day.. Four Jobs I’ve Had 1. The "del" (that’s what they called it) at the […]

Front Line Faith

posted by awelborn

Mark Stricherz has a piece in this month’s Columbia about a K of C program to help soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan: It’s an interesting and balanced article – I did a little segment on one of the DVD’s produced […]

On the matter of Sister Margaret

posted by awelborn

Long-haul Catholic news hounds will recall, a couple of years ago, the reopening of a decades-old murder case of a Toledo nun, whose body was discovered in a hospital chapel, mutilated and reportedly arranged in a way that gave reason […]

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