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Pentecost 2006

posted by awelborn

According to Zenit, the Pontifical Council for the Laity has set up a webpage for the Pentecost gathering of New Movements – it seems to be quite popular and has exceeded its bandwidth. Ah well, check back later. In addition, […]

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The Anti-Semitism of the Da Vinci Code

posted by awelborn

I’m not going to add this to the post below because it will start a whole other discussion. I think it’s worth asking why Dan Brown was so determined to separate Jesus from Judaism, to scrub him clean of Judaism […]

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Today’s DVC thoughts and links

posted by awelborn

1) There is a bit of a news buzz around Ron Howard and company’s refusal to provide any type of "disclaimer" for the film, particularly in relationship to Opus Dei. Media and blogging types are scoffing at OD, pulling out […]

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Questions

posted by awelborn

You might remember Ruth Kelly, the British government minister. Originally appointed to be Secretary of State for Education, she recently was appointed to a new post – Secretary of State for Communities. Her initial appointment caused a bit of a […]

Incoming

posted by awelborn

DVC-talk is reaching its height. We can hope it will drop like a stone after 5/19. I’m going to do a couple of things w/this blog over the next two weeks in that context – first, I’m going to do […]

Interference

posted by awelborn

An odd little story for you – to break the tension and all. Irish Catholic priests illegally broadcasting Mass over the radio to housebound parishioners are suspected of creating a safety hazard for trans-Atlantic jets, officials said on Tuesday. Irish […]

Shame and Loathing?

posted by awelborn

The promotion has begun – Hanks on SNL last weekend (I caught the opening monologue), on Letterman, Ron Howard on Leno last night. Barbara Nicolosi watched and noticed something. Leno pressed Howard a few times about the controversy in the […]

On protests

posted by awelborn

I’ve heard, here and there, of folks planning to picket The Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard says "Thanks!" A protest serves no purpose but to help the protesters feel as if they are doing something, and to build PR for […]

On witches and wicca

posted by awelborn

In a post below, questions have been raised about the DVC claim about millions and millions of women being burned as witches, etc. As I understand it, this claim does make its way into the film, so here’s the truth: […]

What’s Up With China

posted by awelborn

Magister’s take: A year earlier, on October 1, 2000, John Paul II had beatified 120 Chinese martyrs at St. Peter’s Square. And the Chinese authorities had protested stridently, as if this beatification had been an offense to the Chinese people, […]

On the Agenda

posted by awelborn

The bishops will be having their June meeting in LA. Here’s the agenda: The agenda will include discussion and vote on: extending the annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious beyond 2007, adaptations of the Order of Mass, liturgical […]

Notre Dame – still there.

posted by awelborn

First off, Catholic News Service, has sort of surprisingly, run a story on the controversy. The fact that they’ve run it is surprising (considering that CNS does not really seem to like to admit that conflict exists with the Church […]

All eyes…

posted by awelborn

One of the more interesting gatherings in Rome over the next few weeks will be the Pentecost meeting of the "New Ecclesial Movements" – you know, from Opus Dei to the Neo-Catechumenate to Sant’Egidio. This is an event you’ll want […]

“New Bishop Quickly Discards Programs, People”

posted by awelborn

And that’s not a loaded headline? In this week’s edition, NCR(eporter) (based in KC, of course) devotes several articles to Bishop Robert Finn, bishop now for two years (one as co-adjutor). The first two paragraphs: Perhaps nowhere in America has […]

Just the facts..

posted by awelborn

From the UK Telegraph Now another major chunk of dodgy faction is about to be rolled out in cinemas across the world – yes, it’s The Da Vinci Code. The film’s source, Dan Brown’s multi-million-selling thriller, is choc-a-bloc with seriously […]

Today in ZadokLand

posted by awelborn

Two interesting posts: One on why the Pope celebrates Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and the other on reports that the Pope is cutting down meetings with politicians.  (On the former point, Shouts in the Piazza reports […]

Banned in Boston

posted by awelborn

Maggie Gallagher on the coming clash: How much of the coming threat to religious liberty actually stems from same-sex marriage? These experts’ comments make clear that it is not only gay marriage, but also the set of ideas that leads […]

A reader wonders…

posted by awelborn

Am I the only one that had the experience of hearing asermon on "The Good Shepherd" today based on"Brokeback Mountain"?  I did not know that Jack andEnnis were such good shepherds.  That most have beenfrom the movie, because it wasn’t […]

Contrarian

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, we went to Mass, and there was a May procession and crowning before Mass in the Church. No little girls – this is a parish with no religious ed, and while children are certainly present, it is not a […]

On pilgrimage

posted by awelborn

A bunch of Michigan seminarians are on pilgrimage in the Holy Land – one of them is blogging it. Via American Papist.

MI3

posted by awelborn

Well, our hopes that MI3 might do its part to overwhelm certain other films opening in a couple of weeks have been dashed by pretty wretched opening weekend box office (not surprising, to be honest), but I was intrigued by […]

Andrea Clarke

posted by awelborn

She passed away yesterday – from her sister: Andrea passed away peacefully a little before 3pm today, with her family and her friends at her bedside. We love her so very much and we are going to miss her terribly. […]

Overused, but what else can I say but…

posted by awelborn

Heh. (From the site of an Australian blogger, artist, teacher and DVC debunker.)

A DVC Catechism

posted by awelborn

Fr. John Wauck does what I’ve been trying to do in my talks….so much better. Really. This is excellent. Print it out.

BookNotes

posted by awelborn

Over the past week, I’ve read three quite blog-worthy books, so I’m going to take some time to discuss them. Between that and some papal postings, that should just about do me for the week, so don’t come here looking […]

A Belgian Puzzle

posted by awelborn

Some Belgian clergy are quite supportive of the causes of immigrants: The Belgian Bishops have opened their churches to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow the immigrants to stay in the country. Most of the […]

Coronation Mass

posted by awelborn

Great attention being paid to the use of Mozart’s Coronation Mass for Saturday’s Mass at St. Peter’s commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard. Gerald of the Closed Cafeteria has photos and links here. Fr. Z of "What Does […]

Get a taste…

posted by awelborn

In the LATimes story I linked below, there’s a link to a clip from the film, in which Teabing "explains" The Last Supper to Sophie…

Hello, Texas! Good-bye, Texas!

posted by awelborn

Everything went well yesterday, despite potential disaster. The disaster being, of course, that my flight was radically delayed – at first they told us it was the incoming flight being delayed. Okay, we were still on track at that point. […]

Lost and Found

posted by awelborn

A remarkable story from the LA Times about a music festival in Bolivia – one fruit of the reducciones The melodious spirit of this merry Jesuit has been much in evidence here for 10 days as hundreds of musicians from […]

This time…

posted by awelborn

…an approved bishop Tomorrow at 9am, in the Cathedral of Shenyang (Liaoning, north-east China), there will be another episcopal ordination: Fr Paul Pei Junmin will be consecrated as coadjutor bishop of Shenyang by the ordinary bishop, Mgr Jin Peixian. The […]

Mail Bag

posted by awelborn

Where is your proof that what was said in the DA VINCI CODE  is wrong and what about the fact that there are missing gospels from the bible or what about the FACT that the bible is missing parts of […]

Actually, it was a productive day

posted by awelborn

Read two books, gave a talk, met new people, traveled back and forth to Texas and watched an episode of The Office on the plane. Yes, you can do a lot in 19 hours….

High drama

posted by awelborn

Remember the California Catholic high school drama teacher who was outed as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort? And fired? And how the daughter of the family who outed her ws expelled from the school? The drama teacher, naturally, has written […]

Closed Comments!

posted by awelborn

I’ll be gone all day Saturday – my flight leaves at 6am, and I return from Houston at 11pm. So, because of recent weird spam that’s made it’s way through, I’m closing all comments for the day. Ciao, y’all!

An Idiot’s Guide to Square Notes

posted by awelborn

An article in Crisis (pdf format – but good for getting the visuals, which are important here. Obviously) It’s very interesting, if you’ve never explored the why’s, what’s and how’s of chant in a serious way before. (like me). Good […]

Incoming

posted by awelborn

I had heard this was coming, but Ted Olsen at Christianity Today takes a close look at this weekend’s NYTimes Magazine covers tory on people opposed to contraception. Shorto is right that religious conservative Protestants have been increasingly critical about […]

Here’s the word

posted by awelborn

The Word from Rome, that is. Different views of Christian and Islam (including notes on a statement by Bishop Wenski of Orlando on the matter), the China problem, and various other conferences and confabs.

Looming Episcopal problems

posted by awelborn

Of course, that is a constant state of life for these folks. A reader notes that tomorrow’s election in California presents the latest version. He also notes this: Some of the frustration is aimed at liberal Episcopalians who say now […]

Happy Anniversary, Swiss Guards

posted by awelborn

This week in Rome has been marked by celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guards. Fr. Guy of the "Shouts in the PIazza" blog notes the schedule: May 5: 3:30pm, in the Auditorium Conciliazione a meeting will take […]

Case in point:

posted by awelborn

This idiot opines at a newspaper-sponsored blog It’s official. The Catholic Church is officially calling for a boycott of The DaVinci Code – The Film.  This will ensure that Catholics will flood to it.  OK, I’m just kidding.  But all […]

On that excommunication…

posted by awelborn

Clarified in the thread below and in this CNS piece: Father Conn said Navarro-Valls "simply noted that the act (of ordination without approval) objectively has this automatic penalty attached, but there always are conditions." If the bishops involved "were not […]

Hat tip, Open Book

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly’s latest column was inspired by a thread on this blog. Can you find the clue? Even without the  TMatt Code, the column will interest you, because it’s about liturgical music, and that always inspires mega-comments because we’re all […]

Back on HMS

posted by awelborn

I’ve returned to the Heart, Mind and Strength radio program lineup as a regular – Thursdays at 2 Eastern. Here’s the link to the podcast of yesterday’s – and every day’s – program.

In the land of plenty

posted by awelborn

A Tablet piece on the dramatic economic disparity within Kenya, and a looming crisis: A world away from the tourist beaches and safari parks, the coffee plantations and market gardens, are thousands suffering from lack of rain and corruption in […]

What Archbishop Amato said

posted by awelborn

I’ve been searching and waiting all week for a full text of Archbishop Amato’s remarks at last week’s conference on the Church and Media at Rome’s Opus Dei University of the Holy Cross. "Strategic Management of Church Communications: New Challenges; […]

Fr. Kolvenbach speaks

posted by awelborn

The Superior General of the Society of Jesus apparently has critical things to say: The about-to-retire Superior General of the Jesuits, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, has expressed critical questions about the Pope’s encyclical Deus caritas est. In an interview with the […]

Well, now, here’s a movie…

posted by awelborn

Via Ross at American Scene, I discover that a film based on the prescient and knowing P.D. James novel Children of Men (envisioning a world dealing with a global infertility plague) …exists and will be released this year! (Julianne Moore, […]

Why no pre-screenings?

posted by awelborn

That’s one of the big DVC questions right now. Is it because there’s a twist they want to conceal? Is it just because they want the mystery and excitement to build? Or is it because it’s no so great? Hmmmm. […]

Turning, turning…

posted by awelborn

Excommunication: The Vatican on Thursday excommunicated two bishops ordained by China’s state-controlled church without the pope’s consent, escalating tensions as the two sides explored preliminary moves toward improving ties. The Vatican also excommunicated the two bishops who ordained them, citing […]

How many gnostics can dance on the head of a pin?

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes takes a look at an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education examining new views of gnosticism; namely the conviction among some that "gnosticism" as a category should be abandoned. (I assume these scholarly advocates are only speaking […]

The Statement on China

posted by awelborn

Here’s the English: According to the information received, bishops and priests have been subjected to – on the part of external entities to the Church – strong pressures and to threats, so that they would take part in the episcopal […]

Wha???

posted by awelborn

At The Corner, KLo cites a WSJ article on a recent Harris Poll on abortion. Here’s the link (the WSJ is free to non-subscribers for the next few days) – get a load of the questions. What a textbook example […]

Boston College Outrage

posted by awelborn

…at Condoleeza Rice being chosen as Commencement speaker..Dom has links and discussion. American Papist has full texts of various letters of protest that have been written.

How Joseph Ratzinger sees Islam

posted by awelborn

From Magister today, an article by an Egyptian Jesuit: Benedict XVI admires in Islam the certainty based on faith, which contrasts with the West where everything is relativized; and he admires in Islam the sense of the sacred, which instead […]

Prayers needed

posted by awelborn

…for the crew at Ave Maria Radio, via Mark Shea As of late Tuesday afternoon, Nick Thomm of Ave Maria Radio has been moved to a regular semi-private room following a stay in the ICU while initially recovering from brain […]

Vatican Response

posted by awelborn

To then Chinese ordinations. (It’s in Italian, will post link to English as soon as it appears.) Via Zadok, who links to a Reuters story that summarizes the statement "The Holy Father learned the news with deep displeasure," the Vatican […]

Rod, Crunchiness and Orthodoxy

posted by awelborn

The WaPo did a feature on Rod Dreher and his family, and via that piece and Rod’s blog, it is revealed that the Drehers are seriously contemplating a move to Orthodoxy. I’ve been in conversation with Rod about this myself […]

Reporting in…

posted by awelborn

One more talk report…today was the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership – a workshop that was a last-minute addition (was originally scheduled to be a "publishers’ showcase," but then they decided they wanted me to do a workshop). It was […]

Get Ready

posted by awelborn

From 8th grade daughter: "All my friends want to go see it…" (Not, please note, uttered in a "why can’t I?" but just as a matter of fact.) Get ready…

Another bishop for China

posted by awelborn

Second in two days. AsiaNews: According to AsiaNews sources, the Vatican made a final attempt to stop the ordination by sending a personal message to Father Liu asking him to not submit himself to the ordination.  This is the second […]

Back in business

posted by awelborn

Back from Chicago – comments are open and book sales may flourish!

The Othercott

posted by awelborn

Barb Nicolosi in Christianity Today – it’s based on something she wrote on her blog, that we’ve discussed here before, but here it is in convenient, easy-to-forward form.

An interview with the bishop

posted by awelborn

Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report inteviews Bishop Carlson of Saginaw: Dave Hartline      Bishop you have just returned from the Vatican.  I understand you met with Pope Benedict.  This was not on your schedule was it? Bishop Carlson    […]

Comments Closed

posted by awelborn

Hey folks, I’m in Chicago all day, so comments are shut down until this evening  – those of you who experienced the massive comment spam attack yesterday will understand. (It wasn’t even just on the two posts on the current […]

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Test

Vatican MySpace

posted by awelborn

So Business Week characterizes the new direction of the Vatican website Now Sister Judith is creating a second Vatican Web site, set for launch in the fall, that is aimed at bringing together the faithful so they can interact. Think […]

Not that you haven’t heard it before..

posted by awelborn

But Catholic Match has published some thoughts of mine on their site..

Discovery

posted by awelborn

New Catacombs: (Well, not "new," but…) Archaeologists repairing a Roman catacomb have discovered an unusual network of underground burial chambers containing the elegantly dressed corpses of more than 1,000 people, a Rome official said. The rooms appear to date back […]

Too good..

posted by awelborn

….to be left in the comments here. Constantine was the first astronaut, also, although the U.S. government has been suppressing the evidence Neil Armstrong found proving the emperor went to the moon in 322. After enjoying a picnic lunch in […]

In the Jesuit Tradition

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Our Catholic University in the Jesuit Tradition, Creighton, is located in Omaha. Two theology professors (Michael Lawler – retiring chair and Todd Salzman – incoming chair) recently published a paper in the Heythrop Journal positing that homosexual […]

Mail Call!

posted by awelborn

With all due respect Amy, one only has to research history realistically to realize that the Catholic religion, (of which I was born into) is founded on greed, murder, hypocrisy, and generally trumped up to suit a few self-serving kings […]

Books!

posted by awelborn

Just a note – I will not be able to do a PO run tomorrow, since I will be in Chicago all day, returning here around 4:30. So if you would like to order books that will arrive by the […]

The class of ’06

posted by awelborn

A snapshot of this year’s class of newly ordained priests: (This is from the USCCB, but the numbers seem to be the result of two self-selected research surveys, one from seminarians and one from diocesan and religious order vocation directors. […]

My latest cause

posted by awelborn

…to get Scholastic Book Fairs to offer titles specifically chosen for Catholic schools. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in my experience at least – which entails about 20 years of looking over the wares of Scholastic Book Fairs in […]

There.

posted by awelborn

The Fort Wayne high school that proposed taking kids to see DVC after the prom cancelled – because, not surprisingly, they didn’t sell enough tix.

The other march

posted by awelborn

Over the past two days, there was another important protest march – in Washington, to draw attention to the continuing, ongoing crisis and tragedy in Darfur. Mollie at Get Religion looks at the coverage, and, of course, the religious angle. […]

ND to the rescue?

posted by awelborn

In talks about the JPII Center in DC The Rev. Monsignor William Kerr, picked by Maida to be the center’s director, confirmed Monday through a spokeswoman that talks are taking place. “We are negotatiating with Notre Dame, but he can’t […]

Make up your mind, Baylor

posted by awelborn

Love us or hate us Katliks? There’s been conversation of late at Baylor University about what – if anything – the university can gain from interacting from Roman Catholics and from the experience of Catholic universities like Notre Dame. (Larger […]

Cardinal Zen

posted by awelborn

From Jen Ambrose, in today’s South China News: Unfortunately, it is available to subscribers only, but I thought you might appreciate the article, kind of a heads up to something that might be carried later by Asianews.it website.  Accompanying the […]

Blogging Around!

posted by awelborn

Notes from all over: Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex has a new series: What is it about Sacraments that so many find difficult to accept? There are many issues I suppose. Some who come from a Sola Scriptura tradition don’t see them sufficiently expounded […]

May Days

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict begins the month of May by visiting a Marian shrine: The Pope’s one-hour visit to the shrine on the first day of May launched what is considered the month of Mary in the Church. He led the recitation […]

CBS does something right

posted by awelborn

Exposes the Priory of Sion fraud on 60 Minutes (Not that it’s very challenging…) Like Plantard, de Cherisey is now dead. So where are those parchments today? French writer Jean-Luc Chaumeil, who knew both men well and inherited many of […]

Why I live at the PO

posted by awelborn

…or at least visit frequently. I will be heading out in about an hour, so if you’d like something shipped today(that doesn’t require MAD’s signature, ’cause he’s not home right now)…let me know!

The View from Arlington

posted by awelborn

The Man with the Black Hat went to Mass and reports: Today, for the first time since 1970, the form of the Roman Mass identified as "Tridentine"* was licitly and publicly celebrated in the Diocese of Arlington, at Saint Lawrence […]

Come Saturday…

posted by awelborn

Back to my home turf! Well, not exactly – we lived in Lubbock for a couple of years in the early 60’s, my father is a born-and-bred Texan, and he and my mother met there, but Houston- where I’m headed […]

From Toledo

posted by awelborn

A priest-expert on the occult testifies: A Roman Catholic priest knowledgeable about rituals took the murder trial of the Rev. Gerald Robinson into the realm of the occult today. In chilling testimony, the Rev. Jeffrey Grob of the Chicago archdiocese […]

On Andrea Clarke

posted by awelborn

The Web Elves have many links on this case, because St. Luke’s is an Episcopal hospital Startling (or not) point that the head of the Bioethics Committee at the hospital is an abortionist. Got it.

From the Papa Ratzi Fan Forum

posted by awelborn

Some interesting links – really, those ladies over there are busy translating articles from all over the world – I don’t know of any better single source for current global news articles on matters Papal: First, here’s one one, an […]

On the march..

posted by awelborn

Use this space to post your own experiences of what’s going on around the country today. Here’s my stupid question: Those who are protesting are protesting, sort of, in favor of the Bush proposals, and against any moves in Congress […]

Sigh

posted by awelborn

A conversation this weekend: Woman: I’ll buy your book, but I’m sure I won’t agree with it. Me: Okay. Thanks! (Thinking…next, please) Woman: I mean, I’ve looked at that painting for years, and thought that it looked like a woman. […]

From Life

posted by awelborn

One more example of how Catholic teaching reflects life’s realities. In this case: Why sorrow for sin is good, but not quite enough. Mom: What happened? Why is he crying? Boy: Because I poked him in the eye. Mom: (speechless) […]

The Great Debate

posted by awelborn

Anthony McCarthy, Research Fellow Linacre Centre for Healthcare ethics, writes to tell us about a debate: Readers of your Blog/Website (or just you!) might be interested to see the following BBC programme featuring a debate between Bishop Kevin Dowling and […]

The Lost Weekend

posted by awelborn

Michael was getting ready for work this morning and remarked, "Well, that was a nice weekend…" Meaning…what weekend? Several months ago, I’d accepted the invitation to speak in Ann Arbor and Lansing. Then a couple of months ago, Kurt Lucas […]

Books! Books!

posted by awelborn

Okay, the bookstore is open! As I said a couple of days ago, shipping for orders of $30 or less will be Priority at no extra charge. For orders $30-50, Priority will be $5 extra, and for over $50, $10 […]

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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?
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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
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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

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