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Is Paris Turning?

posted by awelborn

A report: One can see this in all sorts of small ways, even in a city like Paris—the ville natale of secular Enlightenment and a cultural epicenter for so many of its progeny. Last fall, I lived in Paris after […]

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Oremus

posted by awelborn

Every month, the Holy Father has prayer intentions. April’s prayer intention? The Vatican has announced that during the month of April, Pope Benedict XVI will focus his prayer specifically on the plight of the much-persecuted Church in China. The text […]

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Da Vinci Facts

posted by awelborn

Do go check out this excellent blog-style resource and links page on DVC. Bookmark, it too!

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Crunchy Cons!

posted by awelborn

Pete Vere’s got a piece on Catholic Exchange: Dreher chronicles how many families are living out their crunchy con convictions. From homeschooling to organic and family farming, from turning off the television to turning on the oven and enjoying a […]

Boston Schism?

posted by awelborn

Dom’s got a hint. In short, the schismatic Rochester Spiritus Christi community is noting the beginnings of an offshoot in Ontario, and claims, in a bulletin notice that some "Boston priests" are continuing with their plans…. Read more.

Lending a hand

posted by awelborn

Emily from the After Abortion blog is down on the Gulf Coast, doing some Katrina recovery volunteer work. Go read her description of life down that way these days.

Where’d the love go?

posted by awelborn

Up to this point, the UK Tablet has been okay with Benedict. Today, in the most recent issue, they reprint an excerpt from a forthcoming bio of JPII. The tone for the meeting was set by the publication of a […]

The pope says grazie

posted by awelborn

…for the Lenten retreat preached to the Curia: Together with the ecclesiastical and ecclesial nature of these exercises, you have also shown us their Christological dimension. You have made us attentive to the inner Teacher; you have helped us to […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen He muses on the past year, and really says something important here, and says it almost perfectly: Benedict is a supple thinker, and unpacking his approach on any given question requires nuance. Because his points of departure are […]

The audit

posted by awelborn

Several reports: The Washington Times: Sex-abuse accusations against the nation’s priests were down last year, but the flood of millions of dollars in payouts more than tripled and shows no signs of stopping, the United States’ Roman Catholic bishops said […]

I’m going to post on the audit

posted by awelborn

But before I do…let me bring this one, single article to your attention – from New Hampshire. Now, one of the echoes from the audit is that most of the charges are "decades" old, and that is obviously true. That […]

The Jesus Papers

posted by awelborn

A new book by one of the co-authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail is being released today, coincidentally (not?) on the heels of the mass paperback version of DVC. Here’s an LATimes review, and I really want to know what […]

#165 with a bullet

posted by awelborn

The unnuanced black-and-white oversimplifications of the Compendium. Go figure.

Link-ing, continued

posted by awelborn

The conversation about Damon Linker’s Neuhaus article continues over at the American Scene, with good exchanges between Linker and Alan Jacobs, as well as quite trenchant points from Ross Douthat: Which is why Linker, in order to read Neuhaus out […]

One year ago…

posted by awelborn

Terri Schiavo died, after being denied food and water for 13 days. Blogs for Terri is still up and running and offering information and analysis. Prolife Blogs has many of the same posts, but more on other issues as well. […]

Idiotic letter of the day

posted by awelborn

They’re starting to mount up again, a sign of rising interest. After a lull of a year or so, I’m beginning to get mail like this every day now, this one from someone named Damien Gold. Da Vinci was not […]

It’s not just apostasy

posted by awelborn

…but heresy as well. The international uproar over the case of Abdul Rahman, the Afghan convert to Christianity charged with apostasy, has drawn attention away from a far more common and nefarious practice infecting religious practice in Islam: the accusation […]

Among others…

posted by awelborn

Rahman thanks Pope The pope had appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the United Nations sought a country to take him in after Muslim clerics in Afghanistan threatened his life, saying his conversion was a "betrayal to Islam." Benedict […]

Christians, lions, redux.

posted by awelborn

An auxiliary bishop from Iraq speaks: Baghdad’s Auxiliary Bishop Andreas Abouna has given his bleakest assessment yet of the situation in Iraq, speaking of the despair that is driving more and more Christians to leave the country. Describing a worsening […]

Into Great Silence

posted by awelborn

Blogged on here several times before, the German documentary about the Carthusian monastery – today, Sandro Magister writes about it. By coincidence, at the same time as the film is coming to the Italian theatres, there is growing attention to […]

From the home of the 2008 Summer Olympics..

posted by awelborn

Jay Nordlinger reports on a report: There is a horrifying story going around the world: In the northeast of China, thousands of prisoners are being held, so that they can be killed for their organs. The prisoners are practitioners of […]

Speaking of politics

posted by awelborn

Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a group of representatives from the European parliamentary group of the Popular Party on the occasion of the Study Days on Europe, an initiative organized by the group. What he said, in part: […]

A Jesuit on Islam

posted by awelborn

An analysis at AsiaNews: The time has come for a choice. If there is incompatibility between human rights and the rights set out in the Koran, then – I’m sorry to say – the Koran must be condemned; or else […]

WYD in Korea?

posted by awelborn

The new cardinal says he’s going to try: Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, has said he will “do everything possible” to have Korea host the next World Youth Day (WYD), “one of the […]

Speaking of Theocracy…

posted by awelborn

Is it "theocracy" when a public high school announces that its planned post-prom event (designed to keep the kids in control and out of hotel-room drinking parties) is centered on having the kids attend a late-night showing of The Da […]

The Linker Files

posted by awelborn

Damon Linker, the author of the New Republic "review" of Neuhaus’ latest book, which is less a review than his own analysis of the Neuhaus Agenda, has made his appearance on a thread on this blog, and we’re happy to […]

Religion and politics…

posted by awelborn

In Italy. Theocons! Oh, sorry. Anyway, this is a piece via the BBC. Interesting notes about life issues and religion being used on all sides. And then there’s this: When you arrive at Rome’s Termini Station you are greeted by […]

Almost broke

posted by awelborn

Spokane diocese, that is. Sort of: I’m very concerned, obviously, about the fact that frankly every month this debtor goes further and further in the hole in terms of cash," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams said during a hearing this […]

Record-breaking

posted by awelborn

A Catholic News Service article on big crowds in Rome: According to the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, more than 2.8 million people attended the weekly general audiences, the Sunday blessings, special papal audiences or liturgical celebrations at which Pope […]

Monkish

posted by awelborn

Is it possible that all of this Benedict – restoring European energy and vitality historical analogy stuff has some traction? A piece in the Weekly Standard suggests…maybe? But even more pregnant with possible significance is Italy’s sudden surge in new […]

Back to Italy…

posted by awelborn

Here are a couple of links of interest: This is an excellent site, not just on Roman antiquity, but also featuring a major section on churches in other parts of Italy Really nice 360 panorama shots of some sights in […]

Immigration

posted by awelborn

Gerald at "The Cafteria is Closed" has a good post, commenting on George Will’s recent column on the subject: Immigration in the past basically meant showing up at America’s shores. Nowadays it is a bureaucratic nightmare that could use streamlining, […]

No thanks

posted by awelborn

Albanian Muslims don’t want a statue of Mother Teresa: Muslims in Shkoder, in northern Albania, are opposing plans to erect a statue to the Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian who is in line for elevation to sainthood […]

By the way..

posted by awelborn

The Mary Magdalene book is out and available. Order it from somewhere, get it from your local Catholic bookstore. I’ll write more on it tomorrow or later tonight. Click on the cover to the right for more info on Amazon. […]

Closings, closings

posted by awelborn

Announced in New York – 31 parishes and 14 schools At the Commonweal Blog, an interesting comment about the impact on Westchester County And then, Detroit, closings and reconfiguring Rocco Palmo has a Detroit-related post: So, faced with the meltdown […]

The Pope’s last days

posted by awelborn

This might be worth a look – Delia Gallagher hosts and reports in a 2-hour CNN special: Gallagher guides viewers through that life well-lived in the two-hour documentary, “CNN Presents: The Last Days of Pope John Paul II,” which will […]

I’m guessing this is all we’ll get

posted by awelborn

Fr. Neuhaus responds, in general, to critics. He names a few – but not Damon Linker. I have little stake in the label “neoconservative,” or in “conservative,” for that matter, but I understand that you can’t have a vast conspiracy […]

Continued prayers

posted by awelborn

For Jeremy, the son of the webmaster of Traditional Catholic Reflections, Stephen Hand. Stephen has put up a special page with updates on his son’s condition here.

He’s in Italy

posted by awelborn

Italy give Abdul Rahman asylum Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the man was in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving […]

Bishops and CNS and America

posted by awelborn

This is almost complicated: At Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett addresses an America editorial that cites the Bishop of Portlande’s criticism of the Cardinal Newman Society Still, surely the "litmus test" items on which the Society is said to focus […]

Well, what do you know

posted by awelborn

SF paper cleans clock of SF supervisors over their reaction to the evangelical youth rally (see below) THE IRONY was obviously lost on the clueless San Francisco supervisors when they passed a resolution warning that a Christian youth gathering could […]

Catechesis, continued

posted by awelborn

At his Wednesday General Audience, Benedict continued his catechesis on the relationship of Christ to the Church Today, on a true day of spring, Benedict XVI spoke of the gift of communion to 40,000 faithful gathered for the general audience […]

Is it schism?

posted by awelborn

I do believe this is one of the more important Catholic-related stories brewing these days, and one that is not getting nearly enough attention. We heard about it first a few weeks ago, when a small group of Canadian priests […]

Help an evangelist!

posted by awelborn

A young Irish woman has a question: Last night, a young person showed up on my doorstep and asked if we could talk. For about six weeks, this person, who is a cradle Catholic, suddenly finds herself at odds with […]

Papal Daytimer

posted by awelborn

The American Papist is pulling together a list of rumored and confirmed papal voyages.

Hilary Clinton wants you

posted by awelborn

A NYObserver column claims she’s testing the waters: The hunt for the great American Catholic voter of 2008 started in earnest last week, led by none other than New York’s junior Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Speaking about a Republican-passed immigration […]

Heh

posted by awelborn

Mollie at Get Religion goes ballistic on that WaPo story on the reax to the female altar serrver ban being lifted in Arlington. And she’s right. I linked the piece without much comment, but I was, like some of you, […]

The Monks of Tibhirine

posted by awelborn

Ten years ago, seven Trappist monks living in a long-established monastery in Algeria, were murdered.  This Zenit article recalls the story, from the perspective of another religious, who was present the night the men were kidnapped. Father Thierry Becker, of […]

In the parish

posted by awelborn

A Pope and a Cardinal… First, Benedict’s words to the Roman parish he visited after Mass, here: The faith must be promoted because outside of Italy it is thought that in Rome there are only ceremonies and ecclesiastical bureaucracy, but […]

Sisters, for Life!

posted by awelborn

I understand this photo was featured in the NYTimes yesterday? Front page, was it? Caption: NYT11) NEW YORK — March 26, 2006 — NUNS-ROLLERBLADE-FLOATER — Sister Mary Elizabeth, left, and Sister Immaculata, with the Sisters Of Life, St. Frances DeChantal […]

WaPo on vocations

posted by awelborn

I have no idea what inspired this story – a feature on vocations recruitment and response. Perhaps it’s the release of the Grassroots Films – produced video called Fishers of Men. (Grassroots has an association of some sort with the […]

But the Dialogue is so GREAT!

posted by awelborn

More snarkiness at my Amazon Connect Author Blog. And if you’re in Southern California, here’s information (pdf file) on my talk in your part of the world at the end of April. Come dialogue!

Close, but no cigar

posted by awelborn

In the LATimes a few days ago, writer Nora Gallagher notes the anti-Christian talk that comes so easily these days Recent books that are contemptuous of religion in general — Sam Harris’ "The End of Faith" and Daniel Dennett’s "Breaking […]

Innocents Abroad

posted by awelborn

Another blog from another Catholic student studying Catholic things abroad – this one in Poland. Interesting stuff. Via Whapping

Talking, talking…

posted by awelborn

A week from now, we’ll be in South Carolina – details of the talks and booksignings here. I’ve added an other talk to our Michigan swing at the end of April. I’ll be in Kalamazoo on the 29th, in addition […]

The Word of God

posted by awelborn

A review in the UK Telegraph of Jarislov Pelikan’s latest, Whose Bible is it? But to say that is unfair, because the final chapter, addressing the question that motivates the book as a whole – who does the Bible belong […]

Sex and the Human Person

posted by awelborn

Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex (who else??) is starting a series: Our society desperately needs to recover the recognition that human nature, as it is visible in the sexed body, defines our sexual identity and in part, constitutes us as persons. John Paul the […]

Who you calling a Fundamentalist?

posted by awelborn

This, via Dr. Albert Mohler, and account of a recent celebration in London, of the 30th anniversary of Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene. In attendance was Daniel Dennett, the author of the recent book, Breaking the Spell, shredded in the […]

Prudential

posted by awelborn

Charleston Diocese doesn’t take a stand on the immigration legislation: The Catholic Diocese of Charleston, which serves South Carolina, has not taken a stand on the immigration aid question, spokesman Steve Gajdosik said. The diocese is relying instead on the […]

Pope to…

posted by awelborn

Various rumors on papal travels and outreach: To China? Russia?

Spotlight on Atlanta

posted by awelborn

The paper takes a look at the growth of Catholicism in the area: The school, with grades k-8, opened in August in a converted office park. The property’s purchase and operational expenses are financed independently by the fund-raising efforts of […]

Lesson one:

posted by awelborn

How not to get me to donate to your "classical" music station fund drive: Play a 15-minute symphonic medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber music and close by saying, "Now where else in Fort Wayne can you hear something like that?" […]

Cold Comfort

posted by awelborn

Who’s surprised by the Abdul Rahman case? Thus it was dizzying to hear of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s plea to Afghan President Hamid Kharzai that, as Fox News reported last week, “she hope[d] Afghanistan would uphold in its constitution […]

Brubeck at ND

posted by awelborn

To be awarded Laetare Medal: After The Dave Brubeck Quartet disbanded in 1967, Brubeck focused on writing many religious compositions. In an interview last year, Brubeck said his harrowing experiences as a soldier in World War II’s Battle of the […]

I will not title this post “Fr. Chubbypants”

posted by awelborn

…although that’s what the friend who sent it wrote as the header to her email. Clergy’s weight issues "have more to do with their sense of isolation because there has been a loss of status for clerical professions," she said. […]

If you can explain it…

posted by awelborn

…you win a prize. Well, not really, since I don’t actually have a prize. Kevin Finnerty? Buddhist monks? Lawsuit? Alzheimers? I’m thinking that perhaps the meaning will sort itself out as the season progresses, and we see how Tony Soprano […]

Finding her religion

posted by awelborn

As part of the continuing series in the SF Chronicle, Mary Karr, author of The Liar’s Club, discusses her conversion to Catholicism …I know the two of you spent a lot of time exploring different faiths together to see what […]

Protest church closings during Mass?

posted by awelborn

Okay then, we’ll shut down your church: One of the nation’s oldest black churches will be shut down indefinitely because protesters fighting a consolidation plan interrupted Mass, the archbishop of New Orleans said Monday. The protesters, led by out-of-state activists, […]

Hospitalized?

posted by awelborn

Such is the rumor, from across the sea – that Archbishop Marini, Master of Ceremonies for papal liturgies, has been hospitalized with a heart attack.

Keep up with Abdul Rahman

posted by awelborn

At the Anglican Web Elves – The conversations seems to broadening to take in the issue of religious freedom in Islamic countries, period. Let’s see how broad the conversation gets. Let’s see how honest it can be. A bit more […]

In search of roses

posted by awelborn

The Holy Father wore rose-colored vestments yesterday. Did the priest who celebrated the Mass you attended? Not ours. And did your parish do the Scrutinies this weekend? Were they done correctly? (Ours must have occurred at a different Mass from […]

Bishop Baker, novelist

posted by awelborn

A novel co-written by Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston – about the missions of Florida.  Commenter Lynn attended a talk Bishop Baker gave on the novel yesterday in Gainesville, FL (he was a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine) […]

Watch what you say here…

posted by awelborn

You might get quoted in the Washington Post…

“Loud…obnoxious…disgusting”

posted by awelborn

Who’s California Assemblyman Mark Leno talking about? Via Rob Vischer at MOJ

Taking Possession

posted by awelborn

Zadok went over to Cardinal Levada’s new titular church for the "taking possession ceremony". As per usual, nice photos, interesting historical tidbits for context. The first thing to note is that S.Maria in Domnica is a diaconal title – Cardinal […]

Because…

posted by awelborn

…what everyone really wants in religious education is to sit around discuss What the Bible Means to Me and (wait for it) share our stories…pre-publication sales of the Compendium of the Catechism are quite brisk, thanks. The Compendium of the […]

The Absolutist

posted by awelborn

FYI, Damon LInker on John Paul II’s legacy, from a year ago: After a century of mass murder, John Paul’s unconditional defense of human dignity cannot fail to impress. His articulate and passionate advocacy for human rights helped to bring […]

Visiting Clear Creek

posted by awelborn

The Thirsty Scribe visited the Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma and has a very full report, with photographs. The monastery’s website Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek is a monastic foundation of the French Abbey Notre Dame de […]

To be released?

posted by awelborn

That’s the word An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence, and he will be released soon, an official said. The official told The Associated […]

Pastoral visit

posted by awelborn

The Pope on his visit to the parish on the outskirts of Rome: Pope John Paul died worried that the world seemed dominated by the powers of evil, according to a sermon he had prepared for the day after his […]

More on Linker

posted by awelborn

From Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice Obviously, reasonable and thoughtful people — Catholics and non-Catholics — can and do disagree with Neuhaus about all kinds of things.  I am sure there are good, helpful, critical reviews of Neuhaus’s latest […]

Cardinal Zen:

posted by awelborn

In a message to Chinese Catholics, the neo-Cardinal Joseph Zen exhorted them to be “patient”, although the country does not enjoy full freedom of worship yet. He said the red colour of his vestments recalled “the tears and blood of […]

Today’s Angelus

posted by awelborn

On the color red: Benedict XVI once more talked about the Consistory and the “spiritual richness of collegiality” in “being among brothers of different origin, all sharing a common love for Christ and for his Church”. But he dwelt especially […]

Adding his voice…

posted by awelborn

The Pope makes his appeal: The appeal was sent in a letter in Pope Benedict XVI’s name by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano. The note, excerpts of which were released by the Vatican, said the pope’s appeal was […]

Confirming our supsicions…

posted by awelborn

That the events a year ago had a profound impact… Don Sleeper of Logan says the death of the pope, a man he always had admired, was the catalyst in his conversion.    A scrub tech at a surgical hospital, […]

The ring

posted by awelborn

MIchael Paulson’s got a close-up photo and the story of the Cardinals’ rings: Turns out that these rings are sort of designed by the pope, in the sense that the pope gets to choose the image on the outside, which […]

Hollywood, Bollywood…Nollywood

posted by awelborn

with a religion connection… Now playing across Nigeria: The saga of a church that self-produced a few films and became an instant mogul in the country’s giant movie marketplace known as Nollywood. It’s the latest — and perhaps most audacious […]

Annunciations

posted by awelborn

Today’s homily at the Mass at St. Peter’s with the new cardinals: He addresses some the issues we’ve been haggling about here, in a way: In the Incarnation of the Son of God, in fact, we recognize the origins of […]

Conflict of Interest?

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, about ten people sent me the link to the review in the New Republic of Fr. Neuhaus’ latest book. The review is here, and it’s harsh. I only skimmed it, so didn’t really think I could comment adequately on […]

Over on the Amazon Blog

posted by awelborn

I’m going to start blogging a lot about DVC. Most of what’s there you’ve heard before, but just in case… (And no, I’m not going to open comments on those posts over there. I think you all understand why. There […]

Scrutinizing

posted by awelborn

Over the past couple of years, there has been much discussion about the touring "Bodyworks" exhibit, created and constructed by a German artist, made of plasticized human corpses. (The process happens in China, I believe.) Our favorite Catholic high school […]

Energizing Catholics

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes takes note of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s evangelization effort in this article. The piece features the Archdiocese’s excellent choice, Fr. Robert Barron, as a person to really get this thing going and focus: When the Rev. Robert Barron […]

Rainbow Flag?

posted by awelborn

Rocco draws attention to this photo of the Pope in procession, says it’s "fun." But not for the reasons you’d think, and what’s implied – actually, the rainbow flag in Europe is a common symbol of the peace movement, more […]

Listen up

posted by awelborn

I’m about to be on the radio program sponsored by Ave Maria School of Law and hosted by Fr. Michael Orsi – The Advocate. At some point after the program airs, you can listen to an archived version there, or […]

Save Abdul Rahman

posted by awelborn

The Web Elves are on top of this story, which should be clarifying for many. And from the trial judge’s mouth: Under the interpretation of Islamic Sharia law on which Afghanistan’s constitution is based, Mr Rahman faces the death penalty […]

Thank you Fr. Rutler!

posted by awelborn

Tells it like it is: I am not habitually speechless, but I find myself almost tongue-tied at the number of sane and intelligent people who take seriously the claims of the popular novel, The Da Vinci Code. Discounting the self-deluded […]

On Arlington

posted by awelborn

Fr. Jim Tucker on the reaction to this week’s announcements: I think it’s totally disproportionate and exaggerated that out of the mountain of emails I’ve received on the Diocese’s two new permissions, almost all of them have to do with […]

In defense of the Cardinal

posted by awelborn

Andrew Greeley: The Bernardin reforms have worked quite well for the last decade and a half and have been imitated in many other dioceses. The problem is not with the reforms but with the clerical culture that permeates the archdiocese’s […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports. Nothing from today, but some tidbits: Benedict listened attentively, and at the end of the day offered a brief summary of the discussion. The pope is known for his capacity to absorb information and synthesize it rapidly, […]

Headlines that make you go “huh?”

posted by awelborn

"New setup could make Catholic League even tougher." Whoa! Donohue on ‘roids? What? No, not that one.

You want pomp?

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes on consistories and other manifestations: I know there are many who look askance at all of this. Too triumphalistic. Too ritualistic. Too anachronistic. I cannot disagree more. This – the ceremonies, the rituals, the whole darned range of […]

Parish visit

posted by awelborn

On Sunday, Benedict will visit a parish church located on the outskirts of Rome, one of 50 new parish churches built in the diocese for the Jubilee. It’s Church Dio Padre Misericordioso . Today, Sandro Magister wonders what the Pope […]

I don’t know what to make of this

posted by awelborn

Weirdness Here’s the thing: I can’t decide if it’s sincere, an ironic riff, or even a trick of sorts to see if pro-lifers will go to bat to faun over something strange, invasive and rather stalker-ish.

One year later

posted by awelborn

You can expect a rush of articles over the next month noting the year that’s passed since John Paul II’s death and the election of Benedict XVI. John Thavis gets us rolling with this CNS piece today: He has urged […]

Next time I’m in Rome

posted by awelborn

.I"ll try to remember this: So it turns out that roof of the Bernini colonnade is, indeed, a wi-fi hotspot, I suppose because it’s often used by media covering Vatican events.(Note to self: travel with extra batteries!) Here I am, […]

On Exhibit

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev on two new exhibits in Rome, one at the Vatican Museums: This first Christian Museum, containing more than 1,000 items, was displayed in exquisite custom-made walnut cabinets bearing the papal crest of Benedict XIV. Following the fashion of […]

What did they talk about?

posted by awelborn

From Catholic News Agency: According to CNA’s sources in the Vatican one of today’s main topics of conversation surrounded the possibility of lifting the excommunication on Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the four bishops ordained by him before his death. Their […]

Marvelous

posted by awelborn

And whose bike is it? Click for credit, and to find the answer. All via, American Papist, who’s bringing it all together. Remember, you can watch the Consistory (which is not a Mass – that will be the next day) […]

21st century Consistory

posted by awelborn

Many were surprised when the Pope announced his plan to liveblog the meeting: Caltholic Press Photo

Scratch that

posted by awelborn

Bishop says no miracle in Dallas.

Thanks a lot, people

posted by awelborn

None of you told me that in the last episode of Lost, Sawyer was reading….Lancelot by Walker Percy. No, I had to go read this synopsis to find that out! Fascinating. Lancelot is the story – well, actually the confession […]

Miracle in Dallas?

posted by awelborn

People are wondering.. "I believe it’s a miracle. In my heart, I believe it’s a miracle." That’s what Angela Neywick said about what happened. She witnessed it. They say about a month ago, a boy who was receiving communion spit […]

Good Job

posted by awelborn

According to this poll, Catholics approve of torture in higher proportion than the general public does. “This may be a reaction to 9/11, the horrible loss of life and the atrocities of those acting in the name of Islam,” says […]

Faith-Based

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly takes apart a recent Washington Post article which was evidently intended to be packaged with the new Kevin Phillips book for the Theocracy-mongers. The article discusses federal aid to faith-based organizations with a heavy underscoring of how CONSERVATIVE […]

Address the issue

posted by awelborn

As I said a few weeks ago, this immigration issue is one that screams out for honest discussion, and I am not sure we are getting there yet. The specific points, it seems to me, that are being glossed over, […]

Lost…

posted by awelborn

SPOILERS AHEAD

Archbishop Zen speaks

posted by awelborn

In Rome for the consistory, of course: Hong Kong’s cardinal-designate Joseph Zen suggested Thursday the Vatican might be willing to compromise on the biggest obstacle to its tense relations with Beijing — the question of who should appoint bishops in […]

Lesson one

posted by awelborn

Wandering, unconnected priests are usually up to no good. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Jeff Anderson, said the priest was ordained in the Diocese of Tarno in Poland in 1976. He served at St. Stanislaus parish in Utica, N.Y., in 1977 and […]

Today with the cardinals

posted by awelborn

What’s happening today, from Paulson at the Globe: Today all 193 cardinals and cardinals-to-be (the 178 who already have their red hats, at the 15 who are to get them tomorrow) are gathering at the Vatican’s Synod Hall for what […]

Amazon Blog, alive again

posted by awelborn

Got a blog post up at the Amazon Author Connect blog giving you the fabulous, fascinating inside scoop on the writing of the Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes.

Bart Ehrman, Superstar

posted by awelborn

Over the next few days, I want to try to prepare a substantive post on Bart Ehrman, the lapsed-Christian Biblical scholar, head of the religion department at UNC – Chapel Hill, who is attracting much attention these days – his […]

God’s Territory

posted by awelborn

Many of you have heard of Antoinette Bosco, longtime columnist for the Catholic press. In 1993, her son and daughter-in-law were brutally murdered in their sleep. Recently, Dr. Bosco spoke at St. John’s University about her opposition to the death […]

Thomas Nast, call your office

posted by awelborn

They need you to paint a mural at SF city hall: "It is an insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great city’s existing and established customs […]

Sources needed…

posted by awelborn

This over the transom, from a reader: PLEASE E-MAIL david.haldane@latimes.com  Please give a briefdescription of the disobedience to the Vatican that is taking place inyour area.  This is very important .   Mr. Haldane is working on astory as you read […]

More on Abdul Rahman

posted by awelborn

Ongoing links page here – of news and opinion.

The Right Questions

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Just got off the phone with Sheila Liaugminas, host of Relevant Radio’s "The Right Questions." We were arranging an interview (mid-April, it will be), and Sheila alerted me to the resources regarding the South Dakota abortion law that she’s got […]

Gee, Eric!

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According to TSO, Eric of the Daily Eudemon is feeling badly for me: When Amy says it’s “depressing,” she means it, and she’s not talking about being depressed because of the adverse effects the book is having on others (though […]

On the Martino beat

posted by awelborn

Magister’s on it, of course: He provides a text from Cardinal Ruini, correcting/clarifying Cardinal Martino’s words on teaching Islam in Italian schools. Magister also – and this is really worth a read, reprints the text of another article which surveys […]

That Pope is sneaky

posted by awelborn

You know, even though Garry Wills is calling him a murderous fellow who knows nothing about the "gospel of life and love" and has-been Robert Blair Kaiser fulminates in his new book, reviewed in this excerpt: But a Great Deceiver […]

That whole “Patriarch of the West” thing

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A clarification from the Pontifical Council on Christian Unity "The title ‘Patriarch of the West’ was adopted in the year 642 by Pope Theodore. Thereafter it appeared only occasionally and did not have a clear meaning. It flourished in the […]

Abdul Rabham

posted by awelborn

A page of news, at a site for and about Afghan Christians The State Department speaks: “While we understand the complexity of a case like this and we certainly will respect the sovereignty of the Afghan authorities and the Afghan […]

In New Orleans

posted by awelborn

The preacher for the Papal Household, whose first sermon we’ve been featuring here, was in New Orleans earlier this month: Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, visited New Orleans in mid-March to view firsthand the destruction wrought by […]

Hey! I’ve been there!

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Michael Paulson’s blog on Archbishop O’Malley’s morning: The cardinal-designate this morning led the Boston press corps on a walking tour of the Ponte Sant’Angelo (the Bridge of Angels), which he said was one of his favorite spots in Rome (in […]

In the last 30 minutes…

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These are searches that have brought people to this page: (They are nowhere near as fun as Eve Tushnet’s – hers are always prize-winning. And mine reflect a definite "I’ve gotta write a term paper" theme here and there.) pabasa […]

Off the races

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In Europe the NASCAR boy has to settle for Formula 1.

All eyes on Arlington

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Fr. Jim, who actually ministers in the Diocese of Arlington, comments on the news out of there today: The bishop allowing celebration of the 1962 Mass, and allowing altar girls: I can’t recall having been so happy at hearing a […]

Greet Each Other With a Holy Kiss

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Gashwin Gomes has good commentary on an interview with an author of a book in Christianity Today. Got it?  The interview was in CT, not the book. Sorry. Here’s the interview: Most of us give little attention, other than winks […]

Pro-family?

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Allan Carlson begs to differ. From the Weekly Standard: Meanwhile, families that sacrifice a second income to keep a mother or father at home receive nothing except a higher net tax. Bills to correct this gross inequity have been regularly […]

No thanks

posted by awelborn

Pope will not visit England in 2007. And you wonder why this is news and "Pope will not visit Fort Wayne in 2007" isn’t? Because there had been hot rumors circulating that he was going to go. But he’s not. […]

Cardinal Mahony speaks

posted by awelborn

…on immigration in the NYTimes: Some supporters of the bill have even accused the church of encouraging illegal immigration and meddling in politics. But I stand by my statement. Part of the mission of the Roman Catholic Church is to […]

Prayers Needed

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Stephen Hand has been a mainstay of Catholic internet life for many years, perhaps even since the beginning. His family is in the midst of a tragic, difficult situation – his 28-year old son has fallen into what doctors are […]

Blogging the Consistory

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Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe

Good Reads for Today

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Definitely go check out Mercator.net – an excellent webzine that should be on your favorites. Right now, they’re featuring several articles on Islam and Christianity.

Keeping the Faith

posted by awelborn

Two subjects that come up around here quite a bit are the state of Christianity in Europe, and the state of faith among those who work in the Church. We cluck and worry about the former, and some of us […]

Part 2

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…of Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s 1st Lenten sermon: We must take up one last teaching before taking leave of the Jesus of Gethsemane. St. Leo the Great says that "the Passion is prolonged until the end of time."[15] He is […]

Theocracy alert

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At First Things, Jody Bottum looks at Kevin Phillips’ new book and yearns for historical perspective: But there was the New York Times proclaiming during the presidential campaign of 2004: “Never before have so many bishops so explicitly warned Catholics […]

Chicago Audits

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Grant at the Commonweal blog provides links to the materials related to the release of the Archdiocese of Chicago abuse audit From the Sun-Times, the Cardinal’s response: "You read it and you weep," George said. "For the many missteps in […]

Now, Plan C?

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Plan B bill dies in CT: Avoiding the highly charged issues of religion and rape in an election year, a key legislative committee failed to vote Monday on a bill that would have forced Catholic hospitals to offer the Plan […]

For all (well, some) of your Consistory Needs

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Here’s the Vatican webpage on the Consistory of Cardinals None of the meager content is in English yet, though. Here’s the VIS summary of the ritual: Tomorrow’s consistory will take place according to the new rite introduced at the consistory […]

Liturgical Movements?

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Two stories have emerged over the last day or so. First, hints on the content of Benedict’s post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist: According to a Vatican source, the commission will approve “a proposal and a plan for liturgical reform,” […]

The forbidden analogy

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Wesley Smith notes that an Italian government official is in trouble for comparing the Dutch baby euthanasia policy to…well, you can guess. I mean, who could ever dream up that comparison? They’re nowhere near the same thing. Except for the […]

Hopeful but sad

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Jennifer Granholm, governor of Michigan, makes news because she signs a vaguely pro-life bill into law. Gov. Jennifer Granholm will sign into law a bill requiring Michigan abortion providers to give a pregnant woman the option of viewing ultrasound images […]

Sisters in Cincinnati

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The webpage of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati has a page noting local events. Currently, they’re drawing attention to this: March 25, 2006World Day of Prayer for Women’s OrdinationCincinnati, OH1:00 pm – 5:00 pmCincinnati Museum CenterSpeaker: Bishop Fresen, D.Th. […]

Underground

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Here’s a useful explanatory map of the excavations under St. Peter’s.

This might explain some things

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V alerie Schmalz at Ignatius Insight reports: The chief administrative officer of San Francisco’s Catholic Charities is an openly gay man who has a daughter he  adopted four years ago with his homosexual partner. That fact summarizes the challenge confronting […]

Flickr-ing

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I’ve set up a page at Flickr for Rome pics. Some of them, I have to reload, because somehow I uploaded small versions, and that won’t do. Most of them have already appeared on Michael’s page, but in case you’ve […]

In Cuba

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At Mirror of Justice, Eduardo Penalver has reflections on a recent trip he made to Cuba. (1) Anyone who doubts the wisdom of the Church’s opposition to communism need only visit Cuba for a short while to become a believer.  […]

Chat w/Cardinal Mahony

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This is rather curious. During the big humongous LA Religious Ed Congress, Cardinal Mahony will answer questions in an online chat. The questions will be preselected from those submitted. This page I’ve linked is to the official site of the […]

An interview with Archbishop O’Malley

posted by awelborn

Wide-ranging and long. From the Globe.

Meet n’ Greet

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For those of you in Rome, Zadok’s got the rundown on how, this Friday, you can say hey to the new Cardinal(s) of your choice: Having been created Cardinals, their Eminences receive all-comers wishing to pay their respects.Last time round, […]

When is it a human life?

posted by awelborn

Some of you might be following the debate that’s broken out over the past year or so about new technologies that might be able to create entities that provide some of the experminental benefits of embryos without actually being embryos. […]

From a source…

posted by awelborn

…who’s familiar with Capitol Hill, its workings, and the bishops, on the immigration issue: I noticed that this immigration issue has started popping up on the blogs.  It’s true that the bill creates a new class of felonyre illegal immigration.  […]

To be a Christian Collge

posted by awelborn

In First Things, Alan Jacobs on the Wheaton College dust-up Jacobs teaches at Wheaton himself and provides a fair and analysis of the situation. Many points worth considering, including this one, near the end: I think it is important to […]

Hahn in Rome

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Roaming Roman has a photo – and many more photos, as she always does, of great sites around Italy. Including, this week, Orvieto.

Tony in…

posted by awelborn

Well, what was it? What was going on last night in The Sopranos? Go the extended post for the word from the horse’s mouth – David Chase. I’m sort of surprised he’s not keeping us guessing this time.

What does that immigration law actually say?

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Ramesh Ponnuru explains. The question is on the interpretation of giving assistance to the individual. Church officials are claiming that it would put sanctions on anyone who helps an undocumented immigrant, period, for any reason. That seems to be a […]

A Christian on trial

posted by awelborn

..a convert in Afghanistan. Might be executed. What’s the US government go to say?

Congrats…

posted by awelborn

to blogger and frequent commentor Jay Anderson and his wife on the birth of their third child!

Now, that’s a map

posted by awelborn

Okay, this map is absolutely fascinating. It doesn’t work with 100% smoothness, but my very limited knowledge of one or two parts of Rome tells me that it’s accurate. You click and drag the little girl (sounds harsh, but there […]

Apocalypto

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TIME on the set: Still, he likes to confound expectations–he wears a cross containing relics of martyred saints, but he can swear like a Quentin Tarantino character–and those who peg him as a reactionary may be surprised to learn that […]

A sense of proportion

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At St. Paul Outside the Walls, from our very long Saturday…go to Michael’s entry for a very full report and some really good photos, including one of the mosaic of Pope Benedict that’s in the Basilica – and is illuminated. […]

Praying for Vocations

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Do go check out this blog post at "Here in the Bonny Glen" about a 21-year old artist’s portrait of John Paul II that’s touring Boston parishes.

Things as They Are

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One of the real finds of the Loyola Classics series was Things as They Are by Paul Horgan. I can take absolutely no credit for "finding" it, though, since the title was suggested to me by George Weigel. It’s really […]

Profile in Courage

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From Lakeland, Florida, of (mostly) fond memory, comes a story by the Lakeland Ledger’s very good religion reporter, Cary McMullen, on Rev. Earl Stallings, a Baptist minister, who was one of the 8 clergymen in Birmingham who supported Dr. Martin […]

Back at the Scholar’s Lounge

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On 3/1, I gave a "Theology on Tap" presentation at the Scholars’ Lounge, near the Gesu, in Rome. This past Thursday night, Dr. Scott Hahn gave a presentation, and some of you may have read the Whispers report of what […]

Whither St. Augustine’s?

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A New Orleans parish in peril: In the face of a much-reduced city population and physical damage to many churches post-Katrina, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is closing seven parishes and delaying the reopening of 23 churches. Attendance at St. […]

Way out West

posted by awelborn

A NCR(egister) article on the fight out in Colorado over statutes-of-limitations legislation that excludes public institutions – like schools At a Senate committee hearing, too, opponents, including an attorney for the Colorado Catholic Conference, were cut off and told they […]

Church, state and immigration

posted by awelborn

A brief NYTimes note: In December, after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a tough border security bill that, among other things, would make it a crime to assist illegal immigrants, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops assailed it […]

Church and State in Scotland

posted by awelborn

Catholic Church in Scotland throws down the gauntlet in the wake of a court decision for a teacher sacked for being non-RC McGrath estimated the current proportion of RC primary school teachers who were actively practising as "90, 95, 98%. […]

Drawing a line

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A rather interesting column from the Times (UK) on the decision confronting a High Court in Ireland on what to do with some frozen embryos. It’s more honest than most treatments of the issue you’ll find here, although not every […]

Ah, to Assisi

posted by awelborn

Check out the Roaming Roman’s absolutely wonderful photographs and trip report.

Two weeks late…

posted by awelborn

But I still want to point out to you the absolutely great section of the North American College website on the Station Churches in Rome The interactive map shows you where each church is located, and the tradition is for […]

Preach it

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Part 1 of the 1st Lenten homily of the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa . This struck me as an intriguing point: It has been written that the Gospels are "accounts of the Passion preceded by […]

In case you need it…

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Tom at Disputations has posted an outline of Deus Caritas Est he used in a parish discussion of the encyclical (Although he says in the comments that the "discussion" part of the event might be hard to discern) And, there’s […]

One year ago today..

posted by awelborn

Terri Schindler Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed. She died 13 days later, on March 31. Blogs for Terri is still here – drawing attention to the issues at work in the Schindler-Schiavo case. Today, perhaps we could pray for all […]

The Framers and the Faithful

posted by awelborn

This subject is one of constant debate and discussion, and this is one of those moments in which, for some reason, the discussion is louder than usual. What did the Founders believe and when did they believe it? Michael Novak […]

An occasional review…

posted by awelborn

We sometimes highlight children’s books here. Not high literature, exactly, not the classics, but new titles that have engaged the almost-reader in our household and not bored his mother by repeated readings. This week’s winner is: Amazon listing here. Checked […]

Free country, free market, choice, my body..

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So why not sell your eggs? Five years after a trade group tried reining them in, fertility clinics and brokers are bidding up prices for eggs sold by cash-strapped college women with top test scores and picture-perfect looks. Advertisements in […]

Americano

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In a comment below, TSO, well, comments on Michael’s remark elsewhere of his experience of always being taken for…an American (or at least an English speaker) in Rome, even before he had ever opened his mouth. This had become somewhat […]

How to not look like a tourist

posted by awelborn

It’s always a big concern for American travelers…will we look like tourists? How should we dress and act so we "fit in?" Part of the concern is safety, I do believe. No one wants to be a target. But part […]

On Peter’s Bones

posted by awelborn

I just want to clarify something I wrote in the Scavi post. As I recall, the tour guide (who of course was not just doing her own thing, but was acting as a representative of the site managers, aka the […]

On adoption

posted by awelborn

Mirror of Justice has several posts and ongoing commentary, mostly on the Boston situation. A question at the Commonweal blog, to which Greg Popcak responds Greg’s commentary is also at HMS Jeff Jacoby’s commentary Denver Catholic Charities’ statement (pdf format) […]

Scavi

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The Scavi tour offers a perfect, if counter-intuitive lesson in Marketing 101: 1) Severely restrict access 2) Create a strict process for obtaining access 3) Make that process totally mysterious 4) Intimidate inquirers into meek submission And so, my friends, […]

In Memory

posted by awelborn

Pope praises Ukrainian Catholics: Today, the Vatican released a letter sent by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, recalling the forced fusion of Catholics into the Orthodox Church by the communist Soviet […]

Top Dogs

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The UK Tablet has published a list of who they believe to be the UK’s 100 most influential Roman Catholics. The article isn’t published online, but here’s a story in the Telegraph: And here’s the top 10. Who is "Delia […]

Magdala

posted by awelborn

Helping victims of the sex trade in Eastern Europe Hannah’s story shows that despite the formidable odds, trafficked women can recover. The Magdala Project – named after the place Mary Magdalen came from – aims to enable Czech and foreign […]

The Battle for St. Patrick

posted by awelborn

This is from last week’s UK Tablet: But the concept of Patrick as an exclusively Catholic icon is undergoing a far more serious redefinition than any at the hands of an imaginative creative artist. The Protestant majority community in Northern […]

Rearranging

posted by awelborn

The long-awaited sort of final word on what parishes and schools in the Archdiocese in NY should be shut down: The southern part of the archdiocese — the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as Yonkers and central Westchester […]

Concilium…you said it.

posted by awelborn

Our new translating friend sent this along as well: her translation of a recent post of Sandro Magister’s at his blog (which I repeatedly complain should be provided in English as well…I mean…a few paragraphs every other day or so..how […]

Ratzinger’s Early Years

posted by awelborn

The post on a Benedict-focused discussion forum is a translation of an article that is the journal 30 Days It’s an interview with someone who knew him when, beginning in seminary: Did the Ratzinger brothers distinguish themselves in any way? […]

Previous Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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