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Not to worry…

posted by awelborn

…before we left I did this thing wherein I disable comments on all posts. Sometimes it tells you you’re blocked, other times it tells you you’re spam. I forgot to mention it…sorry! I do this because I was going to […]

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Bookstore

posted by awelborn

Monday morning, the bookstore will be a bit new and improved. No, the actual page won’t look any more professional – God forbid – but I’ll have the MM book for sale, plus the DVC Mysteries Q & A. I […]

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In Wood

posted by awelborn

Lovely, lovely carvings from the Montalvo family – Their story: "Every piece is an opportunity to express our profound relationship with the Catholic faith." Brothers Simeón, Javier and Germán Ramírez Montalvo graduated from the San Juan Bosco School of Arts […]

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Heh

posted by awelborn

You may know that there’s a little controversy about the most recent episode of ABC’s Commander in Chief. Here’s the WaPo story: In the episode that aired Thursday night, called "Ties That Bind," Davis’s character, Mackenzie Allen, watches a segment […]

More on Andrea Clark

posted by awelborn

Wesley Smith has several important posts. The situation seems to be shifting from day to day, if not hour to hour. The transfer to the Illinois facility is off.

Missing the Mark

posted by awelborn

Dom takes a look at an article – in the Chicago Tribune, but actually produced by Religion News Service – about blogging and churches. The Catholic part is…amazing. Why? ‘Cause it doesn’t mention blogs. Not really. As in the part […]

Benedict on Church and State

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has a nice round-up of links (as usual!) on the issue at the Fan Club. The relationship between church and state and their proper jurisdictions have figured heavily in the remarks of Pope Benedict in the first year […]

Got Chant?

posted by awelborn

Would you like to learn how to teach chant in your own parish? The Church Music Society of America is sponsoring a workshop. Here are the details: Gregorian Chant has been called the most beautiful music this side of Heaven. […]

Blue Collar Preacher

posted by awelborn

Blue Collar Preacher is the website of Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer of Ohio, who has a particular emphasis, you can probably tell, on preaching in a way that connects with people’s lives, especially their work lives. He has a blog on […]

Help the CERC!

posted by awelborn

There are many great Catholic resources on the Internets, and one of the best is the Catholic Educator’s Resource Center. Note: It’s not just for educators! (Unless you’re of the mind that all of us are, at some level, educators). […]

So much for that

posted by awelborn

Chinese Patriotic Association to ordain bishop without consulting with Holy See Not new, of course, but flies in the face of recent movements and expectations The Chinese Patriotic Association is about to explode a huge diplomatic bomb, that risks jeopardizing […]

Coming to Michigan…

posted by awelborn

This weekend: Saturday evening 6:30-8:30 at St. Monica’s in Kalamazoo Sunday at 2, St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor drive fast…. Sunday at 5-6:15, St. Thomas Aquinas, East Lansing. Yes, all on DVC. We will all be there, and […]

What I’m talking about

posted by awelborn

John Miller was kind enough to link me from The Corner, and asked in a note about DVC parodies. There have been several (although not nearly enough) – do an Amazon search for "Da Vinci Code" and "spoof" or "parody" […]

Read it and weep

posted by awelborn

’cause it’s so long. And then read and read and read some more… Christianity Today’s link-packed edition. Overflowing with religious goodness…and badness, in some cases.

The Left Flank of Life

posted by awelborn

Jody Bottum on the Andrea Clark case: The conservative pro-lifers moved this story, through the network and quick responses put in place by the death of Terri Schiavo. But the appeal for Andrea Clark originally appeared on a left-wing website, […]

Those durn fundamentalists

posted by awelborn

..like Ramesh Ponnuru. I have wondered if the title of Ponnuru’s book might be a mistake of sorts, even though the broader point is clear once you start reading the book. Party of Death, although it does mean something broader […]

The Pagels Files

posted by awelborn

Noted elsewhere earlier, a few days ago, Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, published an article at Catholic World News in which…well, let’s allow Michael Liccione at Pontifications to summarize here: A few days ago, Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, of the Pontifical […]

Andrea Clark is moving

posted by awelborn

The Houston woman whose ventilator a Houston hospital sought to remove is being moved to Chicago Wesley Smith on the case in yesterday’s NRO Illustrating the level of hardball some hospitals play against patients and families, the Clarke family’s lawyer […]

The Day After

posted by awelborn

Magister gives his interpretation of the reactions to Cardinal Martini’s interview: At a Vatican accustomed to the crystal-clear preaching of pope Joseph Ratzinger, with the truth of heavenly and earthly things carved out neatly each time with a fine chisel, […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen A bit more on condoms and double-effect: Johnstone believes the case of married couples where one partner has AIDS is a classic example. The couple does not intend to prevent pregnancy, he said, merely to block the disease, […]

Not Alicia Keys

posted by awelborn

…but the Pope attended a concert two weeks ago, a concert featuring music by Mozart, in the Pope’s honor, and also in celebration of the birthday of Rome. Here are some pretty interesting photos of the event – I don’t […]

Wuerl to DC?

posted by awelborn

The rumors are heating up.

Fill in the blanks…

posted by awelborn

What an interesting slate of Papal audiences today: VATICAN CITY, APR 28, 2006 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in separate audiences: – Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. – Cardinal […]

Pastoral Response

posted by awelborn

Here’s Bishop D’Arcy’s statement in response to Fr. Jenkins’ Closing Statement. This is all the more surprising because the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees and the officers of the university traveled to the Holy See for their February […]

Ad Orientem

posted by awelborn

There has been a bit of conversation about ad orientem over the past few days, prompted by the publication of a book, and its presentation in Rome. Fr. Z of What Does the Prayer Really Say was there: Today I […]

Radio Priest

posted by awelborn

In Atlanta: Life’s lessons can come from places you’d least expect. For instance, imagine a Roman Catholic priest who shows up every Monday morning in a skull cap to preach from the studio of a Top 40 radio station in […]

Genocide?

posted by awelborn

At Get Religion, Terry Mattingly points us to an LATimes article on controversies surround the teaching of the Amerenian Genocide of 1915-18. We are talking, of course, about the 1915-18 massacre of Armenians by the Turkish government. A recent Los […]

The Pope’s schedule

posted by awelborn

Celebrations at which Benedict will be presiding in May and June: Rosary, ordinations, Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square, Vigil of Pentecost with the ecclesial communities and new movements – what a fascinating gathering that will be. The first such gathering  […]

Benedict and canonization

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict released a letter to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. (That link is in Italian, but go for it) Here’s an article from Catholic News Agency on the letter. And here, canon lawyer Ed Peters takes […]

Love Note of the Day

posted by awelborn

The e-mail was entitled, "Bigot:"   You would probably be in the forefront of the religeous zealots brigade, it’s just as well that burning at the stake has been abolished, or you would be standing with your matches right now. […]

Up to HERE

posted by awelborn

With you-know-what. Okay, I know. It’s a way of evangelizing. I hope it works. And I also know that every time I give a talk on this, folks come up to me with stories about the impact of this dreadful […]

Food for Thought..

posted by awelborn

I was just speaking to a woman who used to be a parish Director of Religious Education. She recounted a time when someone in her parish offered to teach a course in Biblical Greek. Some powers that were demurred, suggesting […]

Contraception Debate

posted by awelborn

No, not that one…another one. At Marriage Debate, Jennifer Roback Morse and Cristina Page are discussing, "Is Contraception Good For Society?" Maggie Gallagher introduced the debate and the participants: Is contraception good for society? Jennifer Roeback Morse and Cristina Page […]

Secrets

posted by awelborn

A priest shares a secret; some aren’t pleased Sexually assaulted by a priest as a 25-year old seminarian; he received some compensation from the Archdiocese of Boston a few years ago, but still, the secret gnawed at him: He picked […]

Party of Death

posted by awelborn

This is Ramesh Ponnuru’s new book. The title is provocative and a bit misleading. The "party of death" refers to those who support unfettered abortion access, assisted suicide, embryo-destructive research, and so on – politicians, activists, scholars, judges and medical […]

Pope to Poland

posted by awelborn

The schedule: The Holy Father will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 8.40 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, arriving in Warsaw at 11 a.m. Following the welcome ceremony, he will hold a meeting with clergy in the cathedral of St. […]

Making Babies

posted by awelborn

A piece on Frances’ (relatively) high birthrate Researchers admit that their understanding of the relatively high French birth rate still retains a degree of mystery. "For every rule you can come up with you find an exception," said Grant. Pison […]

Hey kids

posted by awelborn

Enjoy the Prom! And let’s take you to see a movie afterwards! Yup. I heard about this several weeks ago, and it’s finally made the papers. A group of Carroll High School parents is outraged that the school’s parent organization […]

Powerful

posted by awelborn

A Notre Dame alumna writes: I graduated from Notre Dame in 2004. At that time "The Vagina Monologues" was just beginning to reach its zenith on our campus. I particularly remember a day in LaFortune when I was studying for […]

Amazon Blog

posted by awelborn

New post up. I think. It’s not showing yet, but should be there soon. In which we address the question, "But I appreciate the way The Da Vinci Code" brings faith and fiction together! It’s so intriguing and enriching!"

Death Roe

posted by awelborn

A new website: On January 22, 1973, The United States Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand. The decision is called Roe vs. Wade. We call it Death Roe. About one fourth of our generation has already been wiped out, and […]

Da Vinci Code Resources

posted by awelborn

For individuals and parishes, here on a webpage of mine – descriptions, etc. 2 books, one booklet, and one pamphlet. Or go directly to the source at the OSV page.

Papal pop culture watch:

posted by awelborn

First via American Papist, and other places – a Tonight Show spoof commericial of our IPope. (And to Leno’s amused credulity that there’s such a thing as Vatican Radio – yeah, since 1931, with the groundwork begun in 1925. From […]

On Condoms: Breaking News

posted by awelborn

John Allen says a document is being discussed – but there is no "official" document until the Pope approves of course. forthcoming Vatican document is set to state that use of condoms by a married couple, where one partner is […]

I went to Mass…

posted by awelborn

I went to Mass recently. Daily Mass. About 40 people there. A priest and 2 servers. The priest told no jokes, did not even say "good afternoon," obviously clear on what "Greeting" means in the rite. He spoke clearly, was […]

On pilgrimage

posted by awelborn

Young Japanese Catholics: Shibata Yoko, 23, from Shizuoka parish, said she came with joy because since high school “no matter how much I thought about it [martyrdom], I could not understand it.” It all began when she read Endo Shusaku’s […]

Bring it on

posted by awelborn

Irish priest defiant: A PRIEST at the centre of a major row has defended his decision to organise a Mass involving three Catholic priests and a Church of Ireland minister on Easter Sunday. Augustinian friar Fr Iggy O’Donovan backed his […]

Turning to Tradition

posted by awelborn

In today’s General Audience, Pope Benedict continues his catechesis on Church: “This permanent actualization of the active presence of the Lord Jesus in his people, by the work of the Holy Spirit and expressed in the Church through the apostolic […]

Intelligence Design’s Other Opponents

posted by awelborn

Creationists, of course: But the growth of AiG’s ministry doesn’t put a smile on the face of Mark Looy, vice president of outreach. "We’re ministering to many, many more people. We’re seeing a lot of people saved," Looy says. "But […]

Traveling Companions

posted by awelborn

There have been a few stories from up north – St. Thomas University – about faculty accompanying students on school-sponsored trips, accompanied, in turn, by people to whom they are not married. There was considerable squawking about this a few […]

What to do…

posted by awelborn

This note, from a reader, addresses an issue I’ve been grappling with for a while, but not blogged on because it’s so complicated, and I have nothing definitive to say, just questions. It’s not just Yahoo, of course. It’s Google, […]

Making your Michigan plans

posted by awelborn

This next weekend’s schedule: Saturday evening 6:30-8:30 at St. Monica’s in Kalamazoo Sunday at 2, St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor drive fast…. Sunday at 5-6:15, St. Thomas Aquinas, East Lansing.

Church and (Communist) State

posted by awelborn

John Allen in the Wall Street Journal today The pope’s foremost concern is to defend the basic human rights of the estimated 13 million Catholics on the mainland. This isn’t a negligible issue. While antireligious persecution today is nowhere near […]

Two tech questions

posted by awelborn

1) Is anyone else having a difficult time getting Catholic World News to load? Sometimes it’s okay, but 90% of the time…it’s not. 2) Follow this one closely: We have a small screened-in back porch. Last year, up until it […]

Paradise Lost

posted by awelborn

Scott Derrickson, the dirctor of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, will next tackle Paradise Lost

The Bishop and ND

posted by awelborn

Last Friday, Bishop John D’Arcy spoke at an event sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of the Notre Dame Law School: In his response to University President Father John Jenkins’ April 5 announcement that the "Monologues" would not be […]

The Grail Code

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina has created a blog to inform the world and engender discussion about his new book , The Grail Code.

Remember the ad?

posted by awelborn

Last week, Fr. John Wauck, an Opus Dei priest in Rome noticed an enormous ad for DVC on a scrim hanging over a church restoration site. Looks like something’s being done: "It advertises something that is against Christ and against […]

The case of Andrea Clark

posted by awelborn

Prolife Blogs tells the story: A life or death struggle is taking place at St. Luke’s Hospital, where doctors are planning to remove a woman from life support. The patient is not brain dead, and according to her family, she […]

A chat with Ramesh

posted by awelborn

The excellent MercatorNet website has an interview with Ramesh Ponnuru about his latest book, The Party of Death. (Which I’ve just about finished reading and will review in the next day or so) MercatorNet: Why write this book now? Ponnuru: […]

Condoms and Clarifications

posted by awelborn

American Papist has been covering the story intensely, and has links to the latest clarifications.

God, girl, etc

posted by awelborn

The God or the Girl thread below is now open for comments..

I’m not as crazy as you think

posted by awelborn

I’m back – 24 hours after I left, and I’m not wiped out. I actually slept like a stone on the plane from LA – I fell asleep before we took off and didn’t wake up until they announced we […]

The ultimate irony

posted by awelborn

When reporters attempt to dissect the "reaction" to the Da Vinci Code, they concentrate on the Christians. The non-Christians deserve a day in the sun as well. If you visit various discussion boards on the web, what you’ll find are […]

Prayers…

posted by awelborn

For the repose of the soul of Al Kimel’s (of Pontifications) father, who died on Saturday.

Regina Coeli, redux

posted by awelborn

Via Zenit, here’s the full text of this morning’s remarks. I’ll pull the sentence that gave me food for contemplation: From the beginning, therefore, the Christian community began to live a weekly rhythm, highlighted by the encounter with the risen […]

A Plan

posted by awelborn

In the NYTimes: Dems hope to divide GOP on embryo-destructive stem cell research It may also influence voter turnout in some races, including here in Missouri, where a proposed constitutional amendment to protect stem cell research is making front-page news, […]

A little night music

posted by awelborn

Gerald at Closed Cafeteria translates an article from German about the Pope’s recent attendance at a concert Visibly happy, Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed a concert Saturday evening, featuring music by Mozart. The mayor of Rome had invited the Pope to […]

God or the Girl?

posted by awelborn

Finally watched most of it today – off and on – as Katie watched all the eps this afternoon and then the conclusion tonight. I echo Jimmy Mac’s comment in a previous thread that they seemed young, young, young…and of […]

Condomnation? Or…?

posted by awelborn

A fuller article on the topic from earlier on Sunday – there’s a study , but this time no sense of which direction the study will go: Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, who is in charge of the Vatican’s healthcare ministry, […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

I will be putting up a few posts, but keeping comments closed on most of them ’til Tuesday. It’s one less thing I have to do when I return – sort through comments and complaints about other commenters…

Me in CA

posted by awelborn

Just to let you know, this is how it will happen over the next day: I am flying to LAX tomorrow morning, getting there around 2:30. My host/talk impresario has said that yes, there’s enough time to take me up […]

We’re just reporting

posted by awelborn

…what others are reporting. And we know how these things work, especially with translating European news sources.  But here’s the story: The Vatican is expected to permit the use of condoms for AIDS patients, according to an interview with a […]

Dems in PA

posted by awelborn

Trying to be all things to all people Mr. Casey himself is emphasizing that while there is "tremendous disagreement" on abortion, there is also a broad consensus of which he is a part: to reduce the number of abortions by […]

Divine Mercy and Pascha

posted by awelborn

The Pope at today’s Regina Coeli: At the end of the ceremony, his first greetings were in Greek and Russian to wish Happy Easter to the Orthodox Churches, which are celebrating Easter today. “My best regards go to our brothers […]

New Wine

posted by awelborn

Post title swiped from Rocco who has news on the KC front – very inside baseball, but a number of us have been following the relatively recent tenure of Bishop Finn in this diocese (Bishop Finn came from St. Louis, […]

So..

posted by awelborn

…what is it the air at places like Menard’s, Home Depot and Lowes that just makes you want to buy stuff? Anyone? Anyone?

Where the sun don’t shine

posted by awelborn

Catholic press barred from presumably open meetings in Colorado: On Thursday, a Denver Catholic Register journalist, and the respective editors of ‘New Advent’ and Catholic News Agency approached to the office of Joan Fitz-Gerald, president of the Colorado Senate, expecting […]

posted by awelborn

Ministry to the deaf in New York: Father Bruce is one of seven deaf priests ministering in the United States, said the Rev. Thomas Coughlin, head of the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate in Hayward, Calif. Four deaf seminarians […]

On trial

posted by awelborn

After a few days of pre-trial activity and jury selection, the trial of the priest accusing of murdering a nun years ago began yesterday in Toledo. After the two sides finished opening statements, the 12 jurors and four alternates were […]

Spared

posted by awelborn

In NYC, 6 of the 15 schools slated for closing will remain open

Mysterious Disappearing

posted by awelborn

In Dallas:   The pastor of Dallas’ Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe suddenly left his high-profile post this week, stunning staff members and leaving fellow clergymen in the dark. Catholic Bishop Charles Grahmann has tightly guarded news about […]

Violins, please

posted by awelborn

Here’s a story in Canada’s National Post about the priest who established his own church and was excommunicated Note the lede: This is a story about two men, co-workers in a large international organization, who have each decided to stand […]

Words, words…

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s Word from Rome is posted Much about Holy Week: Asked endlessly during the same arc of time to comment for the global press on who the pope is and what he’s doing, I was sometimes tempted to respond, […]

Here’s a weird thing

posted by awelborn

You turn on Catholic radio and hear the host of the show that’s on is reading a very loooooong passage from one of your books. Last chapter of De-coding, in fact. And all you can think is, "Boy, I need […]

The Wrath of Nicolosi

posted by awelborn

Here’s her Da Vinci Code rant, posted in one convenient place: As I said, I was one of the folks in the pews recently at a DVC event at a local Evangelical church. The funniest part of the night (and […]

Good job

posted by awelborn

Fr. Wauck, an Opus Dei priest in Rome, was walking about, and saw something startling. I’m thinking…I suppose this is via the company doing the restoration work. I’m thinking, this took a lot of effort to do (the entire scrim […]

The Italian Government should pay her

posted by awelborn

The Roaming Roman, that is – she’s got more Triduum Holy Week liturgy photos and comments up, as well as photos of a daytrip to Loreto. And then there’s this: We spent most of our waiting time before Mass designing […]

A letter to Bishop Brown

posted by awelborn

A couple from the Orange Diocese go public with a lengthy letter of questions and , to say the least, concerns.

Precious….Moments?

posted by awelborn

Faithful reader Julia was inspired by the 15th Station to send along a link to something I had no idea existed – the Precious Moments…what? Compound? located in Missouri. Highlight is a chapel – if you go to the site […]

Ramesh v. TNR

posted by awelborn

Ramesh Ponnuru takes on The New Republic’s conventional wisdom on Roe v Wade – in the pages of TNR – which is that the fall of Roe  would be good for abortion and bad for pro-lifers. The New Republic‘s theory […]

When the Queen is gone..

posted by awelborn

A Guardian column looks at the coming constitutional crisis in England What is often missed out of the puzzling phenomenon of this woman’s life is her religious faith. It is what makes her devotion to duty and self-sacrifice explicable. While […]

Oh my word

posted by awelborn

Now, this 15th Station of the Cross – the Resurrection – isn’t brand new, although it’s being played that way in some places. Back fifteen or more years ago, it started being suggested and used. I believe it was inspired […]

Sinners Welcome

posted by awelborn

The WaPo reviews Mary Karr’s book of poetry, reflective of her conversion to Catholicism If you appreciated the irreverent voice of Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club , you can find it again in "Facing Altars: Poetry and Prayer," the afterword […]

Remember…SoCal…

posted by awelborn

NEXT MONDAY, I want all SoCal types to come see me At St. John Fisher in Rancho Palos Verdes. It’s a ticketed event, but a portion of the proceeds go to a very good cause – the Queen of Peace […]

In Egypt

posted by awelborn

Christians and Muslims have been clashing of late – Christianity Today has some links From Catholic News Agency: A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, Rafiq Gresh, told EFE that if a Muslim converts to Christianity and manages to […]

Witness

posted by awelborn

Taiwan’s ambassador the Vatican is baptized: The Taiwanese ambassador to the Vatican was so impressed with seeing "an inner peace and happiness" in the Catholics he met while living and working in Rome that he decided to convert to Catholicism. […]

God or the Girl

posted by awelborn

All of the episodes aired so far will be re-aired on Sunday, with the final ep to air at 10pm. Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report has a couple of interviews that might interest those of you who are watching […]

New Blog on our Favorite topic

posted by awelborn

Ian Rutherford of the excellent Aquinas and More bookstore has started a blog. "Musings from a Catholic Bookstore" promises to have all sorts of helpful posts on subjects I know are dear to our readers here – books, first and […]

Poland in the Highlands

posted by awelborn

Tablet article on Polish immigration to Scotland. The Scottish government embarked on a concerted program to recruit workers from Poland a few years ago, and it’s bearing fruit: There’s only standing room left for Mass in Polish at St Francis […]

Textweek

posted by awelborn

If you’ve never visited before, take a look at Textweek – an ecumenical site designed to help preachers and others research the lectionary Scripture readings – there are links each week, not only to exegetical articles and pastoral resources, but […]

A Political Education

posted by awelborn

Here’s an interesting article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about a priest selected to head the Philippines’  Commission on Higher Education, He didn’t last very long. Why? Because he attempted to go after the growing number of schools that […]

Podcast-a-palooza

posted by awelborn

What all the cool kids are doing. No, I’m nowhere near the point of trying to do something myself. It would be just one more distraction from the fiction, which I am really committed to. But just some reminders: 1) […]

Suing the Church

posted by awelborn

In the new First Things, Archbishop Chaput of Denver makes his case against certain legislative efforts to expand the statutes of limitations for civil liability in his state – and elsewhere In judging it, however, we need to consider the […]

Teasing apart immigration

posted by awelborn

Thoughts from Fr. Neuhaus Next to the Wall Street Journal’s virtual advocacy of dismantling the border altogether, the Catholic bishops are probably the most influential pro-immigration lobby in the country. This is not unrelated to the fact that the overwhelming […]

More on the Irish Mass

posted by awelborn

From Catholic News Agency: The Catholic primate, Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, said he intended to seek further details about the event, which drew about 1,000 people. "True ecumenism is best served by initiatives that are respectful of, and sensitive […]

ND Events…

posted by awelborn

It’s going to be a busy weekend at Notre Dame. Interesting, as well. In addition to the Pro-Life Conference on Saturday, the Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, tomorrow – Friday, Bishop D’Arcy, who expressed "strong disappointment" with President Jenkins’ letter, will […]

Another letter re/Notre Dame

posted by awelborn

In the ND student newspaper, from Rev. John J. Coughlin, O.F.M. a professor of law Second, please permit me to offer a few observations as a member of the faculty. In his Closing Statement, the president stresses his desire to […]

LA Catholics…

posted by awelborn

I’m coming….

Boston Finances

posted by awelborn

All eyes in Boston on the Archdiocese’s financial report: Here’s the Boston Globe today: O’Malley repeatedly made clear that change is necessary, saying, ”Our revenue is inadequate to fund our ministries." He has set up a number of committees to […]

Did you forget something?

posted by awelborn

The LAtimes, miraculously, has some criticism of Cardinal Mahony: In describing his response to sexual abuse allegations, Mahony has said he and other bishops initially believed molesting priests could be cured through therapy. He said that his approach changed over […]

Cleared in Boston

posted by awelborn

John Farrell notes a Boston case in which a priest was cleared of charges against him, and comments: I have only a couple of comments. 1. Notice that when ambulance chasers "lawyers" get their cases thrown out, they start whimpering […]

Man and boy (…and woman and boy….) at Georgetown Prep

posted by awelborn

Problems at a DC-area school School officials say one student accused Father Orr, who taught religion, Latin and theater, of "inappropriate touching" in the fall of 2002. The student graduated before reporting the incident to school officials in October 2003, […]

Reading your Catechism?

posted by awelborn

The read-the-Catechism-in-a-year blog is going full swing, and it’s never too late to get rolling. In a previous discussion on this, some commentators remarked that the Scriptures should be read as well – that’s a part of the process of […]

Feistily Yours

posted by awelborn

George Weigel has nice things to say about yours truly in a recent column, as well as a recommendation: I’ve often recommended the work of Anglican exegete N.T. Wright as an antidote to this suspiciousness, and let me do so […]

Updates…

posted by awelborn

I’ve finally updated my webpage devoted to DVC stuff. Check it out, pass it on, etc. De-Coding Mary Magdalene is out of course, but there’s no search the book function activated on the Amazon listing. I’ve put up the table […]

N.T. Wright, friend or foe?

posted by awelborn

First of all, I’ll tell you that on my trip, I read Wright’s Paul: In Fresh Perspective, a short, meaty book in which he brings together the highlights of all of his previous work on Paul. Simply put, having not […]

Roman Triduum

posted by awelborn

The Roamin’ Roman has begun her arduous task of posting all of her photos and commentary from the Triduum – yes, she got to every Papal liturgy, and then some. Here’s the link to her blog. This Triduum, with no […]

How to get the most out of the Eucharist

posted by awelborn

Podcasts of Michael’s Easter Season series on KVSS from Omaha.

Listen Up

posted by awelborn

Vatican Radio’s page, full of anniversary-related programs.

Happy Anniversary

posted by awelborn

CNS reports 50,000 at the General Audience today: "How time flies," the pope exclaimed to the 50,000 faithful who packed St. Peter’s Square for his April 19 general audience as he recalled that exactly one year earlier the College of […]

Unintended Consequences

posted by awelborn

Some hint that Pope Benedict has been good for Germany: The Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky, said many Catholics — including many Germans — had initially been skeptical about the conservative Joseph Ratzinger becoming the first German pope since […]

Get over it, Rowan

posted by awelborn

This columnist for the UK Telegraph sniffs at Archbishop Willliams’ Easter sermon: Why is the Archbishop of Canterbury so bewildering? After all, Easter is the biggest event in the Christian calendar – Dr Rowan Williams could have used his sermon […]

Kentucky Update

posted by awelborn

On the professor who led the charge to vandalize the pro-life crosses: She was put on leave; She has apologized A report from Inside Higher Ed, which quotes some other professors at NKU in regard to their perception of intolerance […]

Dissent at Notre Dame

posted by awelborn

…dissent from Fr. Jenkins’ action, that is. This, an "Open Letter to the University Community" by Dr. John Cavadini, chair of the Theology Department He digs deep, and faults the "Closing Report" for basically ignoring the Church, of which Notre […]

One year later

posted by awelborn

NEW YORK TIMES READERS: Welcome! This your perpipatetic blogger’s old blog. Before the new blog. Which is now here. Back to business: That day a year ago is impossible to forget. It was thrilling and mystifying. Why were we all […]

One Year with Benedict

posted by awelborn

Magister reflects on one unique aspect so far: the Pope’s off-the-cuff question and answer sessions with various groups: He strongly criticizes the Vatican press office, though, for being so slow at getting these sessions out: But little or nothing of […]

St. Judas the Wonderwinker

posted by awelborn

Genius from Orthodixie. (But what else would you expect from someone who names their blog "Orthodixie?" )

That small Catholic world…

posted by awelborn

Michael turned a corner in Rome and ran into someone he’d gone to school with 14 years ago. I stood waiting for an elevator in Atlanta and off stepped someone I taught with in Lakeland ten years ago – who […]

Catholic Words

posted by awelborn

In his last two posts, Joseph Bottum has mused on Catholicism and literature. Yesterday, he asked the question many of us ask, daily – What happened? And yet, aesthetics is not a sufficient explanation for earlier Catholic moments. John Henry […]

What’s Up with This?

posted by awelborn

Irish celebrations: A Church of Ireland minister concelebrated Mass with three Catholic priests at the Augustinian priory in Drogheda Co Louth on Sunday to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, write Patsy McGarry and Paul Murphy Last night […]

Why people hate flying

posted by awelborn

You land at an airport. You pull up to the gate. You sit. And sit. The pilot comes on and informs you that there’s no Flyway (the tube walkway from plane to terminal) operator. One’s been called. Fifteen minutes later, […]

Palpable Anti-Catholicism?

posted by awelborn

Maryland Catholic Conference official remarks: In her fight against state funding for embryonic stem-cell research, Nancy Fortier, Maryland Catholic Conference associate director for the respect for life office, said she was repeatedly confronted by lawmakers who called her a liar […]

God or the Girl?

posted by awelborn

2 new episodes last night, correct? Discuss here, if you like – I’m closing the thread down below. The A & E Discussion board on the show – when I just clicked on it there were about a thousand people […]

Commuting

posted by awelborn

Philippines President Arroyo makes a decision: At Easter, President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, announced the commutation to life imprisonment of around 1,200 death sentences in the Philippines. The Catholic Church and anti-death penalty campaigners have enthusiastically hailed her decision, but there […]

Nunc Dimittis

posted by awelborn

Finally, Christopher Blosser’s come through with another megapost B16 roundup – no need for me to do any more work!

The bishops and immigration

posted by awelborn

The Washington Times looks at some numbers A new poll shows U.S. Catholics, like Americans at large, oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens, despite their bishops’ stance in favor of such a path to citizenship.     "Catholics appear to […]

Survey says…

posted by awelborn

Bunch o’ Canadians believe DVC and other fantasies: Almost one in five Canadians believes Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was faked and that he married and had a family, according to a new poll that challenges the cornerstone Christian […]

Tridentine Rumor Watch

posted by awelborn

Some of you will recall that there was a hot rumor last week that something was going to be released on Holy Thursday regarding the Tridentine liturgy. Obviously that didn’t happen. Since then, various blogs have recalibrated and are thinking […]

Spam, again

posted by awelborn

I have been negligent about checking my spam box again. Today, I checked it halfway through the day (after deleting a few hundred this morning), and in 62 spam-mails, I found 2 "real" emails that were actually rather important – […]

Nope

posted by awelborn

Supreme Court rules against Cardinal Mahony The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere in a California prosecutor’s efforts to obtain confidential counseling records kept by the Catholic Church on two priests under investigation for molesting children. The justices, without […]

Do you want Pope articles?

posted by awelborn

The best place to go for links to articles about Pope Benedict is here, the "Papa Ratzinger Forum" where not only English-language articles are posted, but translations of other pieces, as well. Notable over the weekend were those emanating from […]

Churches Ad Hoc

posted by awelborn

An interesting and amusing photo essay I liked it.

Lend Us Your Ears

posted by awelborn

Several points of business to take care of, here. First, you can listen to an interview I did with KVSS’ Bruce and Kris McGregor on Mary Magdalene here. KVSS is a great Catholic radio station out of Omaha. They also […]

Pioneers or Illegals?

posted by awelborn

An op-ed from Eduardo Moisés Peñalver of Fordham: In the early decades of the 19th century, the federal government hoped to dispose of public land in its western territories by auctioning it to the highest bidder — typically a northeastern […]

Preach It

posted by awelborn

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon: One of the ways in which we now celebrate the great Christian festivals in our society is by a little flurry of newspaper articles and television programmes raking over the coals of controversies about […]

Represent!

posted by awelborn

I have five threads running down below to which  I hope heaps of you will contribute: "What Did You Hear’s"  on the Triduum, plus a "Triduum Question Box" – weird stuff you saw during a liturgy this past weekend that […]

Happy Birthday

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s birthday was yesterday, of course – His brother George sent him birthday greetings, excerpted by Zenit: "Dear Joseph, may your onerous theological work of so many years be of guidance and help to carry out the grandiose task […]

Villanova Update

posted by awelborn

The decision on the memorial has been postponed. Here, from Abortion Pundit, is the report and contact information.‘ Villanova’s Board of Trustees postponed the decision to approve the "Maternal Bond" memorial. I’m asking all our readers, if you feel strongly […]

God or the Girl?

posted by awelborn

Did you watch it? What did you think? A & E has a discussion board related to the show going – you might want to go check it out and add your 2 cents. Thread closed – new thread up […]

On that “Catholic background” stuff

posted by awelborn

Last week, we posted a link to Matthew Lickona’s blog in which he reported a conversation with someone who works in a megachurch, and who, in turn reported that 60% of their members were from a Catholic background. Much discussion […]

Let the children come..

posted by awelborn

A reader writes with some reflections on what she saw today – beginning with the story of her parish, a traditional ethnic parish that seemed on track to be fading away. But: What joy to see the young people coming […]

Vigil

posted by awelborn

This wonderful photo was passed along to me by Br. Brent, O.P. of the Dominican House of Studies in DC. Here’s their blog, updated occasionally with news and notes of newly professed and various apostolates.

The Opus Dei Code

posted by awelborn

Believe it or not – Time’s cover story this week. It’s okay, but isn’t it odd that a group with 85,000 members merits a cover story? Well, good thing, I suppose. All Catholic All The Time! There won’t be much […]

Triduum Question Box

posted by awelborn

In a few of the many comments accumulating below, we have questions along the line of "Er…I saw [fill in the blank] at the liturgy I attended. Is that…okay?" So….here’s the place to ask (and we hope find an answer […]

What did you hear: Easter Sunday edition

posted by awelborn

Finally! We went to the "other" parish we regularly attend – the traditional German parish (stations in German, etc). We like it, not just because the Gothic church is lovely and well-preserved, but because the liturgy is not self-serving, the […]

What did you hear: Easter Vigil Edition

posted by awelborn

I didn’t go to the Vigil – Michael did, because someone he knew was being received into Full Communion. He may or may not give his report – How about you? How many readings? Which ones? How were the baptisms […]

What did you hear: Good Friday Edition

posted by awelborn

Our story here Our Good Friday evening was spent in front of the television, watching the Stations from the Colisseum. Having been there, we could engage with the event even more than usual. I printed out the meditations and prayers […]

What did you hear: Holy Thursday edition

posted by awelborn

For the next day, I’m going to let "What Did You Hear" be the focus of the blog. I have two radio interviews tomorrow, a book review to finish and a trip to prepare for (24 hours in Atlanta. Atlanta […]

Memento Mori

posted by awelborn

Novelist Muriel Spark passed away at age 88 in Florence, her home for many years. From the Scotsman (Spark was born in Scotland) Like many other people, for a long time I knew little of Spark apart from the magnificent […]

Easter at St. Peter’s

posted by awelborn

Photos of the Vigil from the Catholic Press Photo agency The Holy Father baptized and confirmed seven young people from around the world. When I find a story detailing who they were, I’ll post – I’m sure one of the […]

Around the world

posted by awelborn

Guatemala Indonesia Bosnia PRC (Patriotic Association) Click on photos for captions. More here

In Iraq

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Coming to Christ

posted by awelborn

Various stories from today: A convert (of five years) tells his story in the LAtimes In Massachusetts and NH: At St. Patrick’s, the new members ranged in age from 10 to 60. Jarvis said this is the largest group of […]

Another Procession

posted by awelborn

Go read Dawn Eden Over the course of four hours, as we did the 14 Stations, we walked through the Lower East Side and the East and West Village — as far east as Tompkins Square Park, as far west […]

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, we attended the Stations of the Cross, recreated by the Hispanic community of St. Patrick’s parish. I’d always wanted to go before but could never catch it – it’s a little earlier than you’d expect – 11 am (but […]

posted by awelborn

More The text of the meditations And while you’re at it – some Holy Week-related stories and meditations from Vatican Radio, there for the downloading and listening. A summary We have accompanied Jesus on the Way of the Cross,” were […]

On that Satanic Society

posted by awelborn

POPE REBUKES  ‘SATANIC’  SOCIETY – There. That’s for anyone doing internet searches based on what they read on Drudge. Thanks for landing here. Here’s the context: Go here to read the text of the Stations of the Cross that Pope […]

Word Up, Finally

posted by awelborn

I didn’t think he’d have a column this week, but here you go – The Word From Rome. Italian politics, Opus Dei: Here’s an intriguing sidebar from the Italian elections: A numerary of Opus Dei, meaning a celibate who lives […]

Little things

posted by awelborn

Fr. Guy at Shouts from the Piazza is interested in some details of the Pope’s Good Friday liturgy.

Speech-less

posted by awelborn

Michelle Mallkin notes an incident at a Kentucky college, in which a professor brought her graduate class out to destroy a pro-life display of crosses, placed with the permission of the University administration: Here’s the article she links, plus the […]

The Dream of the Rood

posted by awelborn

At Pontifications, translated by Anthony Esolen – the first time this translation has been published.

On Benedict

posted by awelborn

First, from Hans Kueng – scroll down a bit The man’s ego is evident and unintentionally humorous. He has an impressive sense of his own importance and the attention that must be paid to his opinions. So with that in […]

An Agenda at Work

posted by awelborn

Darrell Bock in Christianity Today: Keeping up with all the new Jesus books these days takes a scorecard. Just about the time one thing is behind us, a new one pops up on the radar. There is no doubt that […]

Pedilavium

posted by awelborn

A summary, with some quotes, of Benedict’s homily: In the gesture of “washing the feet” we see the “God’s holiness, which is not only an incandescent power before which we must pull back terrified, but is also the power of […]

Solomonic

posted by awelborn

Dr. David Solomon of Notre Dame, in the WSJ Although Father Jenkins called his announcement the "Closing Statement," the debate is unlikely to go away. More is at stake than the fairly standard, indeed humdrum, questions about "censorship" and "free […]

Roman Holiday

posted by awelborn

So Dawn Eden titles her post about her profession of faith tonight and confirmation Saturday evening. Congratulations to Dawn and all who are making professions of faith and being initiated into the Church this weekend. If you’ve any friends or […]

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

posted by awelborn

The Mass at St. John Lateran is over – the homily hasn’t been posted yet, but here’s where it will be when that happens. It was just as marvelous as this morning’s – what I heard of it (I came  […]

ND Doings

posted by awelborn

Good news! April 22 – a Pro-Life Conference on the theme "Am I My Brother’s Keeper?"  Featuring Peter Kreeft, Janet Smith and others. April 23- (Divine Mercy Sunday) – A Eucharist Procession, a repeat of last year’s very successful event.

Digging in Cleveland

posted by awelborn

The Cleveland alt-paper suggests there’s an investigation in Cleveland: The U.S. Attorney’s Office is reportedly in the midst of an investigation that may involve significant improprieties. Church officials have been accused of creating off-the-book accounts — some as large as […]

Maundy Thursday

posted by awelborn

Fr. Neuhaus with an overview of the day Do this in remembrance of me. And so it has been done; week by week, day by day, century by century, until we eat and drink with him in the kingdom of […]

posted by awelborn

Why wonder that he doffed his garments willingly, Who had unclothed himself of heavenly majest? Why wonder that he tied a towel round his waist, Who, for our sake as Master, assumed a servant’s place? Why wonder that he washed […]

God or the Girl – dissent

posted by awelborn

There’s been a lot of conversation and positive remarks about the upcoming God or the Girl program on A & E, a "reality" show which follows four potential seminarians as they discern. Matt Abbot writes that despite the goofy title, […]

Chrismal Mass

posted by awelborn

The text of the Pope’s homily – only in Italian so far A summary: The priest must be first and foremost a “man of prayer”; from this springs “friendship” with Christ, which allows man to act in God’s name and […]

Critiquing Cardinal Mahony

posted by awelborn

American Enterprise Online: But a Cardinal ought not to regard himself as an ordinary political actor. Mahony ought to have thought about two other consequences of his gesture. First, by implicitly comparing the Church to those at whom the law […]

Baptism – trickling away?

posted by awelborn

A USA Today piece on the declining number of baptisms Among Catholics, Sullins says, the rate of baptisms has fallen faster than the rate of decline in births. Baptism isn’t the only source of new members. The church’s U.S. numbers […]

More prayers

posted by awelborn

For David Morrison, his family, and the repose of the soul of David’s father, who died on Monday. Continued prayers for Jeremy Hand, son of Traditional Catholic Reflections’ Stephen Hand, as well as the entire family And for the Morris […]

From the Office of Readings

posted by awelborn

St. Augustine: This is surely what we read in the Proverbs of Solomon: If you sit down to eat at the table of a ruler, observe carefully what is set before you; then stretch out your hand, knowing that you […]

Catholic Pols and such

posted by awelborn

I’ve been remiss on not pointing out some good stuff being written by Mark Stricherz. First is a post on his blog "What happened to the great Catholic pols?" But today the maternity ward for great Catholic pols seems to […]

In Monreale

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister reprints a portion of the Holy Week letter of the bishop of Monreale, in Sicily, in which the bishop provides a translation of an accout from Romano Guardini of his visit to the cathedral during Holy Week. When […]

Via Crucis, part 2

posted by awelborn

More on Friday’s Stations at the Colisseum: This year, the Vatican decided to take special care to help others watching on television follow the event prayerfully. While tens of thousands of copies of the meditations and prayers are given to […]

Not even Holy Week..

posted by awelborn

…puts an obstacle in the way of the General Audience. From earlier today: Despite all the darkness in the world, evil does not have the last word,” said Benedict XVI, frequently changing his prepared text off the cuff. “For our […]

All is well..

posted by awelborn

Pope pen found.

A sign?

posted by awelborn

Zenit has postsed the text of Benedict’s homily given during his pastoral visit to a Roman parish on March 26 How should we respond to this radical love of the Lord? The Gospel presents to us a person by the […]

Excessive Catholicism

posted by awelborn

With a new look! Intends to be a portal for highlights of Catholic blogs. Also don’t forget the search engine at Catholic Blogs (which I’m finally about to add to my sidebar…sorry I’m so slow about these things!)

On trial

posted by awelborn

As my Toledo-area contact said, "This will fit in well with Da Vinci mania" Trial of priest accused of satanic-tinged murder of nun begins next week. Will be broadcast on CourtTV One of the biggest criminal cases in Toledo history […]

Read through the Catechism in a year!

posted by awelborn

Begin on Easter Sunday, in the company of this group blog Launch date:  Easter Sunday 2006 Our Purpose as stated in the sidebar Overview: A group blog for devotional and practical dialogue with sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition via the […]

Via Crucis

posted by awelborn

The text of Way of the Cross, led by Pope Benedict this Friday at the Colosseum, written by Archbishop Angelo Comastri.

I may regret this

posted by awelborn

Because perhaps all of these rumors are for naught. Or it just won’t be a big deal. But if something is up with the Tridentine liturgy (Pian rite? 1962 Missal? What am I supposed to call this? I never know. […]

Jesus De-Coded

posted by awelborn

The USCCB response to DVC is shaping up nicely, with new articles added regularly: Here’s one by Peter Feuerherd on the appeal of secret societies From my little cottage industry: De-Coding Da Vinci has been translated into 2 more languages. […]

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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