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March 28, 2006 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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