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March 21, 2006 Archives

Pro-family?

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Prayers Needed

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe

Good Reads for Today

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

…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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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?

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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?

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

This might explain some things

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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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