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Pentecost 2006

posted by awelborn

Later this week in Rome, an enormous gathering of representatives of the "new movements" will take place  – it’s Pentecost 2006, the second such gathering. The first was in 1998, with John Paul II. Here’s the website for the event […]

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Darwin’s Divisions

posted by awelborn

From the June issue of Touchstone, an article on recent statements about evolution, etc. from various Catholic luminaries: In a telephone interview given after the Times article appeared, Schönborn said that although his article had not been vetted by the […]

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More harm than good?

posted by awelborn

You’re going to want to discuss this one – it’s from NCR(eporter), and it’s a rather startling, honest reflection on a year spent working with the Christian Appalachian Project in eastern Kentucky. (Comments closed, though, ’til Wednesday night. You know […]

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From the email box

posted by awelborn

I’m just going to clean out my email box and post all the great links you folks have passed along here. Then when I get home, we’ll start all over again since, I hope, my brain will back in business […]

One down!

posted by awelborn

Talk went well tonight in Milwaukee – many thanks to the great Archdiocesan staff who publicized and coordinated things – thanks that I’m sure I’ll be repeating tomorrow. MANY thanks to the very patient staff to whom Joseph attached himself […]

From Santa Rosa

posted by awelborn

Priest trouble: A Catholic priest in Sonoma has been dismissed following a report of sexual misconduct with a minor and the Sheriff’s Department has launched a criminal investigation, officials said Monday. The Rev. Xavier Ochoa, 67, assistant pastor of St. […]

Ubi Caritas

posted by awelborn

Tragedy in Indonesia, thousands dead: The Caritas International webpage, with information about their relief efforts (Caritas is the international Catholic relief agency – Catholic Relief Services is the US branch) CRS page with a donation button – apparently also looming […]

Fr. Iggy

posted by awelborn

You might recall the Irish Augustinian priests who brought in Church of Ireland ministers to concelebrate Mass a few weeks ago. Rumor is he’s been sacked from his teaching position: For the last two years Fr O’Donovan has spent six […]

TIME on Benedict:

posted by awelborn

The Pope at Auschwitz: The sight of a German Pope crossing into the death camp beneath the infamously false Nazi sign, "Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free), is arguably the most striking image of Benedict’s 14-month-old papacy. Walking […]

Reax?

posted by awelborn

It will be a fine day when reporters on stories like this go to abortion-rights groups for their reactions. And press them on their reactions. And print them. Of course, it will be a finer day when these stories no […]

Sit. Stand…

posted by awelborn

Kneel Terry Mattingly on the kneeling wars piece in the LA Times.

Reminder:

posted by awelborn

We’re going to be on the road from Tuesday morning through late Wednesday night. I’ll be speaking in Milwaukee tomorrow night and Wednesday morning. Tuesday night is for everyone, and I thought Wednesday morning was for parish/pastoral ministers, but judging […]

Reporting on the trip

posted by awelborn

The texts of all the addresses are here. Photos here. Ian Fisher in the NYTimes: It is uncertain whether the pope’s lack of emphasis on the role of ordinary Germans will anger Jewish groups. Benedict, though, is well known to […]

In Poland

posted by awelborn

All of the papal remarks from the Poland trip are up now: To young people: My friends, in the heart of every man there is the desire for a house. Even more so in the young person’s heart there is […]

Or…

posted by awelborn

…you could say it’s Joseph and Jesus. You could. (Note – the listing is now much simpler than before. It now ID’s the statuette properly – as Joseph and Jesus. But the original description id’d it as Jesus and "Sarah" […]

Day 4

posted by awelborn

I will post more on the Pope’s last day and a half in Poland, once more news stories and texts are put on the web. But for the moment, I’ll say this: It was a most astonishing moment. As Benedict […]

Welcome to my world, Roger

posted by awelborn

Roger Ebert hears from the Code-philes. Q. Why did you refer to the novel The Da Vinci Code as a "preposterous" work of fiction, yet fail to label the Bible as such? Do you honestly believe the Bible is a […]

On the Kneeling Beat

posted by awelborn

The LA Times picks up the story about the kneeling wars in an Orange County parish This has been extensively discussed on many Catholic blogs, and the LATimes story gets most of it right, although it is a little light […]

O Canada

posted by awelborn

The portion of yesterday we spent in Windsor, Ontario was uneventful – the Canadian border officer was quite meticulous about our passports and our business going over. The US immigration officer was a little less meticulous, and fairly uninterested in […]

The Curia looks to Asia

posted by awelborn

Magister on some recent appointments: As the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the pope has called an Indian, cardinal Ivan Dias, 70, who has been archbishop of Bombay for ten years, but before that served […]

Vocations: A Portrait

posted by awelborn

Notes from day 2

posted by awelborn

The Pope in Poland: John Allen: Drawing on these Marian overtones, Benedict weaved references to Mary throughout his remarks. To make that symbolism even more fitting, Friday was Mother’s Day in Poland. Another bit of subtext to the Jasna Góra […]

Troy Calls

posted by awelborn

Had a lovely talk at St. Anastasia parish here in Troy, Michigan – many thanks to DRE Patty Chase and pastor Fr. John Riccardo – like all of the parishes I’ve been privileged to visit recently, it seems as if […]

ECUSA Scandal

posted by awelborn

Go visit Christopher Johnson’s Midwest Conservative Journal..and read about a clergy sex scandal. Episcopal church this time. Massive cover-up. Not so hard when the perp’s brother and father are both bishops…

Translate this..

posted by awelborn

The big attention-getting issue at the June gathering of the USCCB will be the vote on the new translation of the Order of the Mass. Much discussion of this already, particularly since the link of Cardinal Arinze’s rather sharp note […]

Another Pope Forum

posted by awelborn

I’ve noted the existence of a an entertaining and informative forum The Papa Ratzinger Forum – which is particularly valuable for the translations of foreign news and commentary. I should have also noted the existence of a similar place, run […]

Scandal

posted by awelborn

In The Tablet, Gerald Renner writes on Fr. Maciel: The complaints about sexual abuse first surfaced in the 1990s when nine former members of the Legionaries went public with their complaint that they had been abused by Maciel as seminarians […]

Apologies

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, in his address to clergy, Benedict spoke at length about the identity and calling of the priest. However, more attention in the long run will probably be paid to this passage: On the occasion of the Great Jubilee, Pope […]

Stand Firm

posted by awelborn

In his homily today in Warsaw, Benedict spoke of the truth of the Gospel – how the Church protects this truth, how it is faithfully handed down, and how the core of responding to that truth is in love: Every […]

At Mass…

posted by awelborn

It was rainy: For many, many more news service photos click here.

Today in Poland

posted by awelborn

The main events today for the Pope’s visit to Poland are/were: Mass in Warsaw, a visit to the Jasna Gora shrine – In 1384, Ladislaus of Opole, a prince of the Jagiellonian dynasty, built a special chapel to house the […]

Do Dark the Con of Mac

posted by awelborn

Apple Dei – clever. And as Nancy says – you don’t even have to be a Mac person to appreciate it.

More on Fr. Todd

posted by awelborn

Friends/family have updated Fr. Todd Reitmeyer’s blog with details of arrangements for both Texas and South Dakota. From the Sioux Falls diocese website

DVC in India

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes is home for the summer and reports on DVC encounters he’s had, as well as the Indian Church’s response (Sony agreed to a 15-second disclaimer for India) So, guess what the sweet white-haired Indian auntie and the middle-aged […]

Pope to Polish priests and bishops

posted by awelborn

From earlier today: The greatness of Christ’s priesthood can make us tremble. We can be tempted to cry out with Peter: "Lord, depart from me, for I am a sinful man" (Lk 5:8), because we find it hard to believe […]

(Peter) Hitchens on bishops

posted by awelborn

Raging anti-religionist Christopher HItchens has a deeply traditional Anglican brother, Peter, whose latest for the Daily Mail takes some bishops to task: Here’s what we should really be worrying about: the dismal conditions of the British ‘poor’ are often the […]

For Canon Law Geeks…

posted by awelborn

Ed Peters reviews a new website: Msgr. Cormac Burke is an Irish priest of the prelature Opus Dei, a member of the Irish bar, professor of modern languages, and a prolific theological author. More than all of these, though, Msgr. […]

Found? Or just more lost?

posted by awelborn

Comments on the season finale – and the entire past season of Lost? There are a lot of levels to figure out here – the technicalities of exactly what is going on with the island – does the mystic/vaguely spiritual/redemptive  […]

Full Communion?

posted by awelborn

An intriguing note for those of us who study the ebbing and flowing of ethnic churches in the US throughout the past century or so – the USCCB has a note that there have been ongoing conversations between the RC […]

I appreciate your thoughts

posted by awelborn

Catholic Wisconsin Governor stays on the embryo destruction train: Gov. Jim Doyle broke with Wisconsin’s two most prominent Catholic bishops on Wednesday, bluntly telling them he would not rethink his strong support of embryonic stem cell research. "While I appreciate […]

For sale

posted by awelborn

In Spokane: The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is selling its bishop’s office building to raise money to pay victims of clergy sex abuse. The diocese has retained Keen Realty, a Great Neck, N.Y., company that specializes in representing companies in […]

Bishop walks out..

posted by awelborn

Interesting…The bishop of Lafayette, LA walked out of a Catholic high school graduation because the audience wouldn’t shut up. Most high school graduations that I’ve been involved in constantly fight this problem – it’s not just cheering, it’s bullhorns, screaming, […]

The Pope in Poland

posted by awelborn

The arrival Here’s some video of the arrival. (Well, it’s supposed to be…doesn’t play for me yet…) MIchael found a photo of him speaking to journalists on the plane – and the only citation of what he said to them, […]

Fr. Todd Reitmeyer

posted by awelborn

The report comes to me that the man killed in this watercraft accident on Lake Travis near Austin yesterday was Fr. Todd Reitmeyer, longtime blogger, priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls. It is heartbreaking to read his latest blog […]

Hmmmm

posted by awelborn

This man at the heart of a Walker Percy story? Well maybe he’ll be a decent Will Barrett – Bill Paxton has a vague emptiness at the core of his screen presence that just might work – he’s been tapped […]

Awakened?

posted by awelborn

As some have said over and over again..when it comes to the human mind…you just never know. A drug commonly used as a sleeping pill appears to have had a miraculous effect on brain-damaged patients who have been in a […]

A report from BEA

posted by awelborn

Last week, the ginormous Book Expo America happened in Washington D.C. Michael went, and we might have all gone except for Katie being so inconsiderate as to be confirmed during that time. I hope Michael will blog on it when […]

What you do…

posted by awelborn

…when you graduate from preschool – your first full year in school, every day, all day? You get home – early, because everyone got to go home right after graduation – and for thirty minutes you just sit next to […]

The story of St. Joan’s

posted by awelborn

Clayton Emmer, who now lives in LA, but hails from the St. Paul-Minneapolis diocese, posts a summary of a video interview with the former St. Joan’s pastor who set it on its journey to Mass readings from Pablo Casals. Segment […]

Heartbreaking

posted by awelborn

This is passed on by Stephen Drake of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet. On May 13, a 3-year old girl was murdered by her mother, a pathologist. The little girl was diagnosed autistic, and there has apparently been […]

“Just Fiction”

posted by awelborn

Present at my talk last night was a Nigerian priest who took some time to share with us the impact of DVC…in Nigeria, telling the story of a woman who spoke to him when he was there at Christmastime, asking […]

At Mirror of Justice

posted by awelborn

Two good posts from the last day or so: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Robert Araujo, SJ – in which he does some compare and contrast: There is something about educating inquiring minds (be they students, readers of articles, […]

Pause for Prayer

posted by awelborn

Many thanks to frequent commenter Clare for digging this up. A couple of months ago, I mentioned how impressed I was by the main English-language voiceover person for papal liturgies – a woman whose identity was a mystery to me. […]

Reactions to Maciel

posted by awelborn

NCR(eporter) While there is much to be said about the final disposition of this case, we start by expressing our sincere sorrow to members of the Legion. We know all too well how we have pressed for judicial proceedings against […]

Resistance is Futile

posted by awelborn

Thanks to RP Burke for passing along this piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education: A review of a new book, detailing the American Protestant stance toward Catholic-tinged symbolism in the 19th century: It was a time of rising anti-Catholicism, […]

What pro-lifers do

posted by awelborn

A short article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about the Nurturing Network and other efforts to help pregnant college students: Mary Cunningham Agee, founder of the Nurturing Network, a private foundation that provides financial assistance and academic guidance to […]

On to Poland:

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow, the Pope begins his trip to Poland. The first day: Tomorrow, Thursday, Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican on an apostolic trip to Poland, the second of his pontificate following last August’s visit to Germany. In Poland, from May […]

Velcro, maybe?

posted by awelborn

From today’s General Audience And, in his address, Benedict continues his catechesis on the Church and the apostles: The Holy Father went on: "Nonetheless, Peter’s impetuous generosity did not safeguard him from the risks of human weakness. … The moment […]

Convoluted in Bridgeport

posted by awelborn

A bit of a mess: A priest was removed from a parish because he’s being investigating for misusing parish funds: Vito Colucci Jr., an investigator based in Stamford, said he documented at least $200,000 in church money Fay spent on […]

Religion on TV

posted by awelborn

…in the UK. Of interest are a couple of upcoming projects: W hile The Da Vinci Code was launched at the Cannes Film Festival to a critical mauling but worldwide interest, the BBC was putting the finishing touches to an […]

Commencing

posted by awelborn

More from St. Paul-Minneapolis: University of St. Thomas student commencement speaker makes waves: Commencement offered the chance to put all the divisive issues aside. As is the custom, the student-selected Tommie of the Year speaks at graduation. "The speech started […]

Searching for my brain…

posted by awelborn

We’re on the homestretch, now. 3 more DVC talks in the next week, then one more in July, and then I think that’s about it. Yah, I made free decisions to say yes to all of this, but it’s just […]

Try again..

posted by awelborn

Well, the Typekey thing didn’t work out – I’ll try again tomorrow. Until then, comments will be moderated and held for approval overnight…

No Condoms

posted by awelborn

Magister reports on the latest from Civilita Cattolica: La Civiltà Cattolica,” the journal of the Rome Jesuits that is printed under the supervision of the Vatican authorities, doesn’t usually post to its website the complete text of all of the […]

Minneapolis-St. Paul…sigh.

posted by awelborn

Hardest Archdiocese in the world to figure out, it seems. Strong support of Latin in the liturgy, both according to the Novus Ordo and the Tridentine liturgy (post corrected, per Tim F!) ,..on the other hand… controversies about a priest […]

Da Vinci Mysteries

posted by awelborn

The little 100 question-and-answer booklet I wrote is available here.

Luther, Jesus, and Mary Magdalene

posted by awelborn

When I was researching the MM book, I noted claims here and there that Martin Luther had indicated a belief that Jesus was "an adulterer" with Mary Magdalene. I dug a little, but couldn’t find any satisfactory explanation for this […]

Akin takes on DVC

posted by awelborn

Jimmy Akin reviews the DVC film and asks a whole lot of questions in the process..

Ubi Caritas

posted by awelborn

Via Rocco Palmo, news of a big bruhaha in Boston involving the head of the Caritas Christi health system – battling several charges of sexual harassment. The news today is reported here: Archbishop O’Malley was apparently supporting a private reprimand, […]

The Teaching

posted by awelborn

A piece in Christianity Today looks at the DIdache – the brief, but rich manual of Church teaching that most scholars believe dates anywhere from the late 1st to early 2nd century. Interesting to see a Protestant perspective. Gashwin Gomes […]

First Things First

posted by awelborn

The April issue of First Things is online – with a slew of interesting pieces including the Weigel piece on Iraq some of you discussed here last week.

Take your pick…

posted by awelborn

A few different version of Doc Aringarosa: From Peter Esser Shannon Donahoo Fr. Roderick, the Catholic Insider podcaster, has another great one, posted here: And finally…via the excellent Web Elves (Thanks, excellent Captain Yips!)

DVC Varia

posted by awelborn

The marvelous Dr. Larry Hurtado, who specializes in early Christian views of and devotion to Jesus has an article in Slate on the major scholarly errors in DVC. Good for passing on. It’s also important to emphasize that this question […]

Typekey

posted by awelborn

Okay, starting some time tomorow, I’m going to start requiring TypeKey registration for commenters. Nothing extremely negative is going on, but I just have an intuition that this would be a good time to start. My daily hits have increased […]

Just like the good old days…

posted by awelborn

LaSalle Academy in Philadelphia…educating the poorest of the poor. From the reader who passed it on, who also noted that tuition is $200 a year. Today I visited the LaSalle Academy in Philadelphia’s poorest (yet most gentrified) nieghboorhood.  I was […]

A tale of two priests

posted by awelborn

Vowing to not post any more on DVC, the media continues to thwart me – today it was the Diane Rehm show, which today featured in the discussion: Desson Thomson, movie critic for the Washington Post Jay Tolson, US News […]

Trusting

posted by awelborn

A new angle: To protect Vermont’s 128 parishes and missions from "unjust attack," Burlington Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has placed each under a charitable trust. That means the titles to all parishes, once in the name of the Roman Catholic […]

From FSSP to the Archdiocese

posted by awelborn

A reader thought we might be interested in discussing this: Holy Rosary parish in Indianapolis is a traditionally Italian parish, and also home to a thriving Indult Tridentine liturgy, with the full support of the Archbishop. This past weekend, the […]

The response of LC

posted by awelborn

The discussion regarding the invitation to prayer and penance extended by the Vatican to Fr. Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, rages, thanks in part to the lack of clarity about exactly why Fr. Maciel has been invited to […]

Principled Immigration

posted by awelborn

Mary Ann Glendon’s article in First Things: Good-faith anxieties about large-scale immigration are sometimes expressed in terms of social costs, such as a feared deleterious effect on the nation’s cultural cohesion or the stability of local communities. One would like […]

DVC Moments

posted by awelborn

It’s fallen off the main page, but do consider visiting and adding to the Your DVC Moment post. Oh, and – review of the day: I must say that, though I have recited the Nicene Creed throughout my adult life, […]

Light blogging day…

posted by awelborn

Until this afternoon. I am talking to a couple of classes at Katie’s school – on how to use the Catechism and the Compendium and then about certain other topics, like a movie that came out this past weekend. Sigh. […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

1) I’m going to start holding back comments posted overnight for approval. I might start requiring Typekey  so be ready! 2) Links from the email box: – A great new Byzantine Rite Catholic blog – a group blog with several […]

Writing Our Way to God

posted by awelborn

Audio of a joint lecture/discussion with N.T. Wright and Anne Rice. Haven’t listened yet, but I will soon.

Mail bag

posted by awelborn

I am curious as to why a woman would have such misogynist attitudes toward women and marriage. I speak of you. Do you consider yourself defiled? Would sexual union with you be  a defiling act? You will of course deny […]

Beekeeping

posted by awelborn

Nice story about a St. Meinrad monk Vinson hopes to be the archabbey’s beekeeper for a long time. "You can draw an interesting parallel from it. A monk is a student until death. So is a beekeeper." The monk often […]

Get your act together

posted by awelborn

Love, Cardinal Arinze The attention of your Bishops’ Conference was also recalled to the fact that Liturgiam authenticam was issued at the directive of the Holy Father at the time, Pope John Paul II, to guide new translations as well […]

Magister on Maciel

posted by awelborn

His roundup – not much insider stuff, but a summary: More round-up of news and commentary at American Papist. And finally, Diogenes at Catholic World News has sober thoughts: Those inclined to believe Maciel innocent haven’t been done any favors […]

Pope to India:

posted by awelborn

Religious freedom, please: While protecting the right of each citizen to profess and practice his or her faith, they also facilitate efforts to build bridges between minority communities and Indian society as a whole, and thus foster national integration and […]

And doctors are supposed to do…what?

posted by awelborn

From the UK, a story about a mother who was told that her unborn baby had Down’s Syndome, and was urged to abort- at 35 weeks, no less. We don’t know what we’d do without him – he’s so adored," […]

DVC: The Review

posted by awelborn

Which will be difficult because I am past caring…even as I am torqued. I guess I’m wishing I didn’t have to care. I’m not going to attempt to imitate the many delightful reviews that have been written so far – […]

Beware fake Vatican organists..

posted by awelborn

Oddness

Saw it

posted by awelborn

What I do for you people. It’s almost 1am, so no review until tomorrow, but some initial impressions. 1) It’s really boring. It’s so boring that by the time you get to the end of the last half hour – […]

Fr. Maciel’s penance

posted by awelborn

Canonist Ed Peters: Nothing here proves the accusations against Maciel, which he has repeatedly denied; nor does it force the conclusion that CDF believes the accusations; in fact, we do not even know whether CDF is using the word "penance" […]

Not too bad

posted by awelborn

I’d cleared my (oh-so busy) schedule for today to be available, and it looks like there’s not much happening. Which I’m glad about. I was on a show on Relevant Radio/Chicago Catholic radio this morning, I’ve got local TV coming […]

In Iran

posted by awelborn

Considering badges… Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country’s Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims. "This is […]

Your DVC Post

posted by awelborn

Here’s a post for you: I’m getting a real upswing in visitors right now – weird, and kind of disconcerting. What do you people want from me? Anyway, I thought I’d take advantage of this and ask for contributions. No, […]

Mercator on DVC

posted by awelborn

A special issue of this excellent ‘zine…an a review of DVC by a numerary Naturally, I was curious to see how Howard would deal with Opus Dei, which had complained politely, but persistently, of being defamed in the book. He […]

Baby Daze

posted by awelborn

Many congratulations to Dom and Melanie Bettinelli on the birth of their daughter, Isabella Marie

Or you could spend $4500 on something that might actually help people

posted by awelborn

Church buys out DVC showings You can see "The Da Vinci Code" tonight for free, courtesy of the Discovery Christian Church that meets in Cranberry. In a move that is costing roughly $4,500, the church has bought all of the […]

DVC Varia

posted by awelborn

Stephen Greydanus: A few Christians have optimistically hoped that The Da Vinci Code might provide a potential opportunity for dialogue and discussion about Jesus with people who might not otherwise be open to such discussions. Yet if anything the film […]

The statement

posted by awelborn

From Vatican Information Service Beginning in 1998, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith received accusations, already partly made public, against Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, for crimes that fall under […]

The real Code

posted by awelborn

Referred to before, but now the trailer’s up…"Catch Older Lemon Knower" Just go see.

What we’ve learned

posted by awelborn

Aside from various snide remarks and my review of the film, I’m hoping this will be one of the Last DVC Posts. Even those of us who suspected that there was no way this movie could work are breathing a […]

Jesus Out of Focus

posted by awelborn

Excellent piece at Christianity Today – by Gary Burge of Wheaton. He brings together all the points perculating in our culture…DVC…Bart Ehrman…lost Christianities….save this one. I need to run out and do stuff, but do read it – I’ll be […]

Review of the day

posted by awelborn

It’s a podcast – those of you familiar with the world of Catholic podcasting know Fr. Roderick well – In his "Daily Breakfast" podcast, Fr. Roderick reviews the film, which he saw last night. (The actual review starts about 10 […]

Breaking

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports that the Vatican has ruled on the Maciel case: Capping a decade-long on-again, off-again investigation of accusations of sexual abuse, the Vatican has asked Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, to observe […]

Baby on the way!

posted by awelborn

Finally!!!! Dom and Melanie Bettinelli’s baby is on the way: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Melanie’s water broke last night and we went in to the hospital. The bad news is that they […]

A.N. Wilson on the Code

posted by awelborn

He starts out by sneering at anyone who might think any harm might come from this work – and I was ready to go after him! – but then… (scroll down for his section of the article) The second point […]

Congrats!

posted by awelborn

Congratulations to Dave Hartline of Catholic Report, whose book The Tide is Turning Towards Catholicism will be published this fall.

The Just War Tradition

posted by awelborn

Over at "Against the Grain," Christopher Blosser runs a detailed overview of the discussions that have raged since the road to the Iraq war – was it a "Just War?" Should the concept of "Just War" be re-evaluated, redefined or […]

Generation

posted by awelborn

Generate your own Dan Brown novel! (keep refreshing – you’ll get a new one every time.) Rich Leonardi takes on the Code in the Cincinnati Enquirer. A priest who’s in Cannes protesting has a little piece in a Canadian paper […]

Springtime for Constantine

posted by awelborn

I think we’ve got something here. A first attempt by Jules, drawn from the comments: Patriarchy was in trouble, what a sad sad storyNeeded a strong leader to ensure its future gloryWhere oh where was he?Where could that man be?We […]

Chris Matthews at OD!

posted by awelborn

Hardball will be live from NY Opus Dei headquarters tomorrow – should be interesting! Random DVC link, from John Thavis of Catholic News Service: While the movie’s portrayal of the Catholic Church is distinctly unflattering, its treatment of the Catholic […]

Template for a DVC Review

posted by awelborn

See how many fit: 1) Movie’s pretty bad. Talky, awkward flashbacks, pointless activity, miscast leads. 2) McKellan rocks! 3) It’s probably bad partly because the filmmakers didn’t want to offend Christians. They smoothed it out and took the teeth and […]

Thank goodness for bad movies

posted by awelborn

They give critics a chance to shine: (A.O. Scott in the NYtimes) "The Da Vinci Code" is one of the few screen versions of a book that may take longer to watch than to read. (Curiously enough, Mr. Howard accomplished […]

From Vatican Radio…

posted by awelborn

There’s a podcast thingy of an interview I did with Charley Collins of Vatican Radio on Mary Magdalene. Today, from 5-6 PM, I’ll be interviewed by Paul Clemens on WLCR, the Catholic radio stastion in Louisville. No internet listening possible, […]

Lest we forget

posted by awelborn

There was another bishop appointed yesterday – Bishop Sartain of LIttle Rock, moved to Joliet. Dependably, American Papist wraps up the links and commentary (and note that I’ve moved AP into the "Holy Blogs of Obligation" list. He’s keeping up […]

DVC Reviews

posted by awelborn

Rotten Tomatoes keeps score – it’s at 0% now, with 5 reviews in. MegaCritics also collates reviews. There cumulative is higher at this point because they include a rave from the NYPost I have one more post on this I […]

Reclaiming the language

posted by awelborn

This is kind of interesting – we’ve blogged about the background before – the Quebecois habit of using the names of religious articles as swear words. Now, the Archdiocese of Montreal is using that habit to make a point: From […]

Peter’s Spiritual Journey

posted by awelborn

Like Peter at the beginning of his journey with Jesus, “we too want God to transform the world right away, “ but it was the Teacher himself who showed the first amongst the apostles and all Christians “that the path […]

It’s just fiction…

posted by awelborn

From England: Two thirds of Britons who have read Dan Brown’s thriller believe that Jesus fathered a child with Mary Magdalene, a claim rejected as baseless by historians and Bible scholars. Those who have read it are also four times […]

No screening for you!

posted by awelborn

Harry Knowles at Aint-it-Cool News reports that he, as an internet scribe, was not allowed into a screening of DVC last night: (language alert for the rest of the link.) I was invited to a late screening on Thursday night […]

What did Sophie do?

posted by awelborn

In what I heard about the movie – information that I have never really parsed in detail publicly because I was unsure of the relationship of what I heard to any final shooting script or cut, but that sounded and […]

Immigration

posted by awelborn

I closed comments and was off to Cleveland before I could post on the president’s immigration speech and reaction. I heard an interesting discussion of it yesterday on Diane Rehm, and for the life of me this is what I […]

For all your Archbishop Wuerl needs

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Go the American Papist. He’s got ever single link that exists, I think. Michael Barber’s roundup and personal reflection is worth a look as well.

Comments open!

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Go for it! And of course, as we are not surprised to see….heh. Of course, who’s surprised? Ron Howard is not exactly known as a director who trucks in mystery and ambiguity. Who didn’t think this would end up being […]

Coming to you from Ukraine..

posted by awelborn

…er, I mean Parma, Ohio. Surrounded by golden domes and gorgeous mosaics – unfortunately all the churches are locked, so I can’t see the insides, but the exteriors are wonderful enough. Just stopped in to say that I will be […]

Moving around…

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as rumored…Wuerl to DC Also, the BIshop of Little Rock, Peter Sartain, has been named to Joliet. Remember…comments closed until late tonight, when I return. That’s what I get for scheduling a talk on a Tuesday (traditional day of announcement […]

Faith of Our Fathers

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Faith of Our Fathers is a collection of essays – many (if not most) of them originally published in The Tablet in some form, I believe. Duffy is the English historian known to many, even over here, for his groundbreaking […]

Julian of Norwich

posted by awelborn

Jay Anderson has a very nice post about her – (occasioned by her recent memorial) – spiced up by photos he took on a recent trip to Norwich. Hmmm….next trip? (Nah, actually, I’m thinking  Montreal and Quebec City and a […]

Comments Closed

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I will be gone all day Tuesday – in Cleveland, not returning here until after midnight. So comments are closed (if you try to post you will be accused of being spam. Don’t take it personally and don’t write me […]

Serenity

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I decided not to put the very most current effort up because…hmmm.., well, I just didn’t. I’m not unhappy with it, but I realized that I needed to get a couple more chapters done before it’s suitable for public consumption. […]

Give me liberty…

posted by awelborn

Christianity Today reports on big troubles at Patrick Henry College, the small liberal arts college founded in 2000, with homeschooled young people as its intended demographic. At the center of the controversy is Michael Farris, well-known as an attorney deeply […]

The Ordinary Way of Benedict

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This is for subscribers-only, but it’s worth it to stop at the library and take a look: an appreciation of Pope Benedict by Doloros Leckey in America magazine. An excerpt: That Benedict chose to write about love in his first […]

Lives of Prayer

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A nice slide show/audio presentation of the lives of Discalced Carmelites, via the Pittsburgh paper.

In the interest of shutting everyone up

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…everyone, that is, who is bleating to me about "just fiction" and sneering at me for engaging this cultural moment, here’s an excerpt from a 2003 interview that Dan Brown did with Linda Wertheimer. April 26, 2003, Weekend Edition. Thanks […]

Welcome, New People!

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We might see a lot of new traffic around here this week, so I’ll create this post and keep it on top. Sorry to be tiresome to the old guard, but there it is. I don’t just do DVC, although […]

Dan invites…

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Via Rich Leonardi: Now, before you read this as an author’s disclaimer for any differences between the book and the movie, let me assure you it’s all there — the Louvre, Saint-Sulpice, Chateau Villette, Westminster Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel, the codes, […]

Another coming storm…

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A reader from LA writes with this: am in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. I would be interested to hear what you and your blog readers think about what happened in parishes in our diocese yesterday. In the middle of […]

Today in Rome…

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The Pope evokes Cyril and Methodius, and says: In an uncertain and turbulent world such as our own, Europe can become a witness and messenger of the vital dialogue between cultures and religions. The history of the old continent, deeply […]

Cleveland-Bound

posted by awelborn

Heading to Cleveland tomorrow- will be speaking at an event arranged by The Cleveland Catholic Forum: Tuesday May 16, 2006 at 7:45 p.m. (After the 7:00 p.m. Mass) St. Leo the Great4940 Broadview RdCleveland, OH 44109 Next week, I have […]

Pope to Bishops:

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The gist of the Pope’s words to the bishops from Quebec: The Quebec bishops were the first group of Canadians making "ad limina" visits in 2006, and Pope Benedict said he would use the visits to offer his "reflection on […]

Out of AFrica

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Melinda Gates writes in Newsweek of possible good news related to women, risk and HIV: Chanya’s story is not rare. For many women, marriage is a risk factor for AIDS because of their husbands’ dangerous behavior. Worldwide, 80 percent of […]

An interview with Georg

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No, not the secretary – the Pope’s brother. Some charming tidbits. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page. A couple of translation quirks, but that just adds to it.) Then apart from the problem with the eyesight, there are […]

Another one…

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China does it again CHINA threw down a fresh challenge to the Vatican yesterday by installing a third bishop in its state-approved Catholic church in defiance of Rome. Zhan Silu, 45, became bishop of the Mindong diocese in southeastern Fujian […]

DVC Notes

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I was interviewed for this New Yorker piece on marketing DVC to Christians, but didn’t make the final cut – ah well. It’s a good article written by the dependable and perceptive Peter Boyer, who is delight to talk to, […]

Saintly

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I have St. Dymphna over there on the left as our Saint ‘o the Day, but I wanted to draw your attention to another figure on the calendar today, Andrew Abellon, OP (so…why is he not on the left? Because […]

On Fr. Altier

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For the past few weeks  – well, months, if you go back to one of the original issues – discussion has been raging in St. Blog’s over the case of Fr. Altier, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. […]

Toledo Reaction

posted by awelborn

Bishop Blair’s letter about the Robinson verdict, read in Toledo parishes today.

Jaroslav Pelikan, RIP

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Gashwin Gomes has information and links.

Welcome…new people!

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We might see a lot of new traffic around here this week, so I’ll create this post and keep it on top. Sorry to be tiresome to the old guard, but there it is. I don’t just do DVC, although […]

Regina Coeli

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Today in Rome: Some of the pope’s words before the Regina Caeli were dedicated especially to children. Recalling that many parishes are celebrating their First Holy Communion in these weeks, Benedict XVI said: “To all children who in these weeks […]

With the Pope

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Here’s a photo of Jeremy Gabriel – the Canadian boy who sang for the Pope earlier this week – with his family and Benedict. More photos here (scroll down) and here’s the family’s website for Jeremy, which includes mp3s of […]

Pastor Sunday

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This, via Zadok – Nigerian mega-Christianity meets….the Ukraine? Pastor Sunday Adelaja’s a big success in Kiev: Alarmed at his burgeoning congregation, the Church has launched a counter attack, seeking to portray Mr Adelaja as a charlatan. "Our main problem is […]

Renaissance?

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Go to The Shrine of the Holy Whapping for several posts on new church designs coming down the road – I was delighted to see that one of them is for St. John Neumann in Farragut, Tennessee (which is basically […]

Come, I will show you a Bride of Jesus Christ

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Michael has an excellent podcast up – it’s about 26 minutes long, and is available at this spot for downloading or listening right on the computer. Pass the word…if we really want to use DVC to help folks go more […]

Grappling with God

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A review of a new book on Auden and Christianity All these deviations from orthodoxy had something in common, however. They all flowed from Auden’s passionate belief that Christianity, rightly understood, was the truest of the great world religions because […]

A new bishop for Vietnam

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Named by the Pope Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday named a new bishop for Vietnam, a country that lacks ties with the Vatican but has the second highest number of Catholics in Southeast Asia. Relations between the Holy See and […]

The State of the Question

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Michael Liccione offers a good summary of the current state of the discussion re/AIDS, condoms and married people. Rumors abound that the Pope is preparing to rule on this question. I state in advance my resolution to adhere, with religious […]

Back…

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An odd, whirlwind 24 hours or so. (And speaking of travel, pray for Mark Shea – he was supposed to be in Ireland now on a DVC speaking tour, but has been delayed twice and is giving it another shot […]

Elizabeth Lev

posted by awelborn

Also via the St. Peter’s website, a great interview with art historian Elizabeth Lev stpetersbasilica.orgAny personal experiences in St. Peter’s that you’d like to share? Elizabeth LevSt. Peter’s is the site of my reversion I’d have to say. I grew […]

Remembering May 13

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt on John Paul II. Michael notes that the spot, which was previously marked only by a faintly reddish cobblestone in the square, is now marked with a plaque (Fr. Z, who […]

Why I became a Catholic

posted by awelborn

From the Ambassador from Taiwan to the Vatican, who recently converted What is there in the Christian faith that is missing from Chinese culture that made you convert and get baptised? I did not adhere to any religion before. Like […]

Survivors

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On his visit to Poland: Pope Benedict XVI will meet 32 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp during his visit to Poland at the end of this month. Those will include Poles who were among the first trainload […]

Georg, Georg…

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There’s a big piece in an Italian celebrity magazine about Benedict’s secretary, Monsignor Goerg Gaenswein .  The cover features him playing tennis, and the article swoons (scroll down for the cover and the translation of the article) But it is […]

Family Life

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This past week, there was a conference in Rome: "Loving Human Love: The Heritage of John Paul II on Marriage and the Family," sponsored by the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family. John Allen reports: Receiving the […]

First review

posted by awelborn

In the UK Daily Mirror – just as I had heard, the historical material is backed up with flashbacks Although the movie closely follows the book’s storyline, Howard delivers something Dan Brown doesn’t – dramatic recreations of events relating to […]

Good idea!

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A Christian group in England is going to distribute "fact or fiction" scratch-off cards to moviegoers regarding the assertions made in DVC.

How Dark the Con of Dan

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Archbishop Niederauer of San Francisco – in the LA Tidings It’s an excellent piece – very direct and clear answers in a mostly Q & A format. It’s extremely gratifying that he cites both Carl Olsen and me in the […]

Interviewed

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Here’s an interview with me on Mary Magdalene over at Ignatius Insight.

Toledo verdict

posted by awelborn

As most of you already know, there was a guilty verdict – 15 years to life. A murder case unsolved for 26 years was brought to an unexpectedly quick and dramatic end yesterday after jurors convicted a 68-year-old Toledo priest, […]

Abortion in Colombia

posted by awelborn

It’s been de-criminalized in certain circumstances and the nation’s bishops are saying they’ll take action Likewise, Cardinal Rubiano told Columbia’s El Tiempo newspaper that “all those who commit the crime, the sin of abortion, will be excommunicated immediately." “This applies […]

Free DVC?

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I’m seeing more and more offers for free passes to DVC, which strikes me as a sign of a lack of faith in the film’s drawing power on its own – so we’re going to give away tickets then hope […]

The plan

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I’m leaving for Birmingham around 12:23, getting there around 3:30. On to EWTN, dinner, do the show, then hop in the car I’ll rent and drive to Knoxville. Yup. Get to my dad’s house around 12:30 am, I hope. The […]

Comments closed!

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See ya!

Turning Tide?

posted by awelborn

Magister cites some signs of renewed interest in Christianity in Europe. He reprints a review of a new book – the review is in the Italian bishops’ newspaper, and the book is by Nicolas Sarkozy, regarded as a leading contender […]

Okay by him

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Belgian Nuncio welcomes Muslim immigrants into churches Monsignor Karl-Josef Rauber, the Papal Nuncio (i.e. the Vatican’s Ambassador) to Belgium, supports the occupations of Belgian churches by illegal immigrants. “The Church has always sided with the weak,” the Nuncio says in […]

All in a day’s work

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The pope has been meeting with Canadian bishops ad limina this week, and part of that visit included a young man who accompanied the bishops and sang for the pope: Canadian singer Jeremy Gabriel stands next to Cardinal Marc Ouellet […]

A debate

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Back to condoms – this post swiped from Michael Perry at Mirror of Justice – where there are lots of interesting discussions going on right now… Fr. Guevin versus Fr. Rhonheimer on Humanae Vitae Now you can read the debate […]

Getting Sirius

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Well, everyone’s abuzz about a new Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is venturing into satellite radio, announcing a deal yesterday to work with Sirius Satellite Radio to create a 24/7 Catholic channel. […]

In the Lord’s Army

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Ugandana horrors and one sister’s fight for her students: The rebels marched 139 girls out of the school and into the darkness. They walked one night and one day, through the bush, following no road. The rebels did not realize […]

Those durn Christianists

posted by awelborn

I have been to weary to even begin to think through Andrew Sullivan’s explaination of his neoligism "Christianist." Ramesh Ponnuru is doing the heavy lifting for the rest of us, though, over at The Corner, which is all meshing together […]

Quieting down in Colorado

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Chaput on the lessons of the just-finished legislative session. Third, given the spirit of the times, another version of this ugly legislation will likely return next year. For the sake of fairness and for the safety of all children, […]

An update on Jeremy

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Readers will remember the situation of Jeremy Hand, adult son of Traditional Catholic Reflections’ Stephen Hand. Jeremy has suffered severe brain damage, was considered "hopeless," but now his father reports: Today we got a call from the acute care facility […]

Stop Trying to Kill Us Off

posted by awelborn

A disability-rights advocate writes in the UK Guardian Assisted dying is not a simple question of increasing choice for those of us who live our lives close to death. It raises deep concerns about how we are viewed by society […]

Closing in Toledo

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Closing arguments in the Toledo murder trial today, with the prosecution backing off from the Satanic connection: The murder of a nun 26 years ago was sparked by a priest’s career disappointment, not devotion to Satan, a prosecutor asserted in […]

Top 20

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Want to know how wrong DVC is? Share the word with your friends and neighbors? Educate yourself by checking out some of Mike Aquilina’s Top 20 Books on Early Christian History.

“An affinity for indulgences and Latin”

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An odd duck, that Bishop Finn. NCR has put up another of its pieces from this week up, available for non-subscribers As a new coadjutor bishop, Finn made a round of visitations to the diocese’s five regions. In homilies he […]

Around the web

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Here’s a few places where I’ve got pieces on DVC. Nothing new to long-time readers, but perhaps something to pass on. I’ve got a two-parter on Mary Magdalene up at the Busted Halo website now At Catholic Match: How to […]

So Dark the Con of Man

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So Dark the Con of Man. So Dark the Con of Man. It looks like I’m getting about a couple of hits a minute searching for that. So… Seek the Truth! Update:  What is up? This is getting bizarre. Did […]

The hardest post I’ve ever written

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*whispers* I really liked John Cornwell’s new book. *ducks* Cornwell, as many of you know, is the author of lots of books, including the last three (Hitler’s Pope, Breaking Faith and The Pontiff in Winter) which have been widely and […]

Alexei says:

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Russian Patriarch is optimistic: With Benedict XVI, relations between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican will change “for the better”. The Orthodox patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, Alexei II, has once again reiterated his great confidence in, and […]

Spiritual Leukemia?

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The pastor of a Chicago-area parish writes in the most recent bulletin: (pdf file, letter is on p. 10) In two weeks, the priests and people of the Archdiocese will gather with Cardinal George and the Auxiliary Bishops in the […]

Men for Others?

posted by awelborn

Now, here’s a really good, thoughtful piece from America, examining the question of how Jesuit ideals are being communicated and received in Jesuit secondary schools. Because of its humanist origins, Jesuit education must vigilantly guard against the misuse of its […]

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Over the past few weeks, Benedict has been focusing on "the Church" as the subject of catechesis at the Wednesday General Audiences. Because of my travels, I missed linking to last week’s remarks. Here is the text of last week’s, […]

Getting ready

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For what?

Good Lord

posted by awelborn

Horror stories from Anthony Esolen at Mere Comments. He concludes: A word to the Modern American Woman, if I may.  Do you think you might take a little time out from smashing The Citadel, emasculating the YMCA, preaching the damnable […]

Jen in China

posted by awelborn

Great stuff from Jen Ambrose today – getting to Wal Mart in China, and continued adventures with a caucasian child (hers)

Sweet

posted by awelborn

Gwneth Paltrow and her mama, Blythe Danner, writing on behalf of a Planned Parenthood fundraising campaign: Why are two Hollywood actors contacting you today on behalf of Planned Parenthood Federation of America? Because we are first and foremost a mother […]

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