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 […]
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 […]
The Pope’s message An Examination of Conscience from Archbishop Bruno Forte
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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
…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. […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
…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!
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 […]
Will be on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo on Friday.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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)
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 […]
Notre Dame students have set up a blog dedicated to the discussion of academic freedom at their university. Go check it out.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Some things just make you laugh until you weep.
…is trying to make me think I want to go to Rome… beautiful churches…empty streets! When were you out? 4 am?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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" – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
…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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jesuit missions in Bolivia – absolutely fascinating site Via the Shrine of the Holy Whapping, which features a fairly amazing procession photo from the site…
…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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 — […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Just trying to help where I can…
Bob Casey Jr. headlines Human Rights Campaign (gay advocacy group) dinner.
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 […]
Jeff Miller offers a rundwon of several Catholic podcasts.
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 […]
Christopher Blosser has three detailed, very helpful posts.
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 […]
Happy Valentine’s Day. This campaign was first unveiled for World Youth Day, I believe. Now its illogic goes wide.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
…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 – […]
NPR picked up that story we blogged here a while back, about the high school ministry of providing pallbearers for funerals.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
…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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Two weeks today, we’ll be sitting on a plane, on our way to Rome. What was I thinking?????
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cardinal Newman Society is claiming that a Catholic News Service piece about them is skewed and misrepresents Here’s the CNS article.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Patrick O"Hannigan, aka The Paragraph Farmer, has an excellent post. Interesting stuff, in which The African Queen is invoked. Of course!
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!
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 […]
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, […]
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." […]
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 […]
The utterly fascinating tale of how "Here.Now." was born…
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.
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 […]
More accusations; Cathedral rector placed on leave.
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.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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….
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 […]
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 […]
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
Do go check out Clayton Emmer’s ongoing account of his time in seminary. Very good.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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, […]
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 […]
After Abortion has mega-links.
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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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)
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
At Mere Comments, Lee Podles reports on a priest accused of abuse, and makes some connections.
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 […]
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 […]
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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