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Word Up

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John Allen today: Focus on the Salesians (Cardinal Bertone’s order) At the moment, the Salesians have more bishops than any other order in the church — a total of 116, while their nearest competitor, the Order of Friars Minor, have […]

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To the Orthodox

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The Pope’s words yesterday: These words call to mind our common faith and the mystery of the salvation we have received, a gift which we must pass on to the men and women of our day. The fact that the […]

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A critique

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The new Secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship: The newly appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship said this week that some liturgical reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council have not been true to the council’s decrees. […]

Another lawsuit

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..in the Toledo diocese: Troubles continue for Bishop Leonard Blair and the Toledo diocese. Blair and the diocese are named in another lawsuit filed Wednesday in Wyandot County Common Pleas court by St. Joseph-Salem Save Our Parish. St. Joseph parish, […]

Today’s homily

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Here’s a translation (scroll down) And here’s a translation of the Angelus (yes, the Pope offered an address after the Angelus today, as he does on major feast days) Today, we solemnly honor Saints Peter and Paul, “apostles of Christ, […]

Messing with embryos

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Grounds for excommunication: The Vatican stepped up its fight against embryonic stem cell research on Wednesday, saying that scientists involved in such work would be excommunicated . Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Vatican department dealing with family affairs, […]

Well…okay.

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Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg gives an enthusiastic introduction to the new translation to the people of his diocese: The translation was rejected by the Holy See because between its passage and its approval by the Vatican, new principles of […]

Ss. Peter and Paul

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More photos here. Today is the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, the patrons of the Church and the city of Rome as well. It is the traditional day on which the pallium is bestowed on archbishops, and, as Rocco […]

2 million!

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Scroll way, way down on this Papa Ratzinger Forum thread and check out the brief report that according to an Italian media report, the Compendium of the Catechism has sold 2 million copies in Italy in the year since its […]

We’ll sue

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Parishioners of closing parish sue.. Members of the closed St. James Catholic Church, whose 10-month, around-the-clock prayer vigil was unceremoniously halted by the Toledo diocese in March, have filed a lawsuit against the diocese and Bishop Leonard Blair seeking control […]

Surprise Child

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Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life News writes about a new book: The book is Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. In all the hundreds of related books I’ve read, never have I encountered […]

Making a difference

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Over at "Singing in the Reign," Michael Barber has a post up about a pastor who’s given his all to transform a parish. Good news abounds…when we look for it. (And share it – thanks Michael!) I could go on […]

Choose Life

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A couple of days late on this one.. Supreme Court declines to hear pro-life license tag case A federal judge had found that Tennessee’s tag wrongly promoted only one side of the abortion debate, but the decision was overturned by […]

Poisoned Applesauce

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Albert Mohler summarizes and comments on Annie Lamott’s latest LA Times piece, which contains a confession: Writing in the June 25, 2006 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Lamott begins with these words: "The man I killed did not want […]

Xavier!

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Intriguing – a new documentary film about St. Francis Xavier. Fourth Week Films and the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus present Xavier, a new PBS-style documentary film on the life of the famed 16th-century Jesuit missionary Francis […]

Meltdown

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Christopher Johnson provides a succint intro to ECUSA (TEC?) events of the day. In short, the dioceses of Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, and South Carolina requested alternative primatial oversight. One of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States, located in […]

St. Irenaeus

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Today’s the memorial of St. Irenaeus, who, in the second century, successfully repressed the real story of Jesus because he didn’t like it and was desperate to hide the real story of Mary Magdalene, Queen of the Sacred Feminine. Oh, […]

An honest confession

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A documentary on a sexually abusive cleric debuts in LA: Former Roman Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady, convicted in 1993 on four counts of lewd and lascivious acts on minors, granted filmmaker Amy Berg unlimited access. During the film, O’Grady details […]

How nice of them

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NCR(eporter) has a post on the "liturgy wars" and lays full blame on the battle imagery on those who called for and support a new translation. Interesting. It also lays blame for a certain level of dishonesty, duplicity and incompetence […]

James, continued

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The General Audience: The “inseparable ties” linking Christianity to the Jewish faith “as to its perennially alive and valid womb”, and the need to concretely express one’s faith in good works, are the two qualifying elements of the legacy of […]

Joliet has its new bishop

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An interview with the Chicago Tribune An account of the installation Mass.

On exhibit

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I’d love to take a walk through this – an exhibit next winter and spring on Papal elections: Habemus Papam: Papal Elections from St. Peter to Benedict XVI," attempts to reconstruct the most significant moments and events of the steps […]

Hearing a Call

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A nice article about one woman’s journey to the Catholic faith, and then to religious life: After they returned from Paris, she and several other women lived at an empty convent connected to her parish school. While the order eventually […]

A Synod in Africa

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Cardinal Arinze lays out the plans: At more than twelve years since the celebration of the first assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, the Church in Africa is taking this first major step toward the celebration of a […]

The question of Communion

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The American Papist has a good summary post of the most recent events, specifically related to the Wuerl installation Mass last week. He links to a blog post by Julia Duin, religion writer at the Washington Times, who interprets the […]

With the Cardinal

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Gashwin Gomes was at the farewell festivities for Cardinal Dias, blogged about here third-hand a couple of days ago.

In China?

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Vatican delegation to China? A Vatican delegation has been in Beijing since last Sunday to meet with various figures of the Chinese government.   Views vary among analysts on the significance of this visit, which will last until July 1st; the […]

The Archbishop speaks

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Rowan WIlliams’ letter, as reported by Ruth Gledhill: Rowan Williams has at last issued his letter to the primates in the wake of The Episcopal Church general convention, as TimesOnline reports on its front page. Never again can anyone accuse […]

On Morris West

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Jody Bottum at First Things today: After four years in the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II, he settled down to become a writer—quickly establishing himself as the “boy wonder” whose radio plays were enormously popular in Australia. A […]

Magister on music

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Vaticanista Sandro Magister on hints of things to come: Among the prelates of the Roman curia present at the concert were Marini and Liberto. But Benedict XVI’s attention was entirely dedicated to maestro Bartolucci – a vigorous 89 years old, […]

The GIRM in Saginaw

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Here’s the text of the DIocese of Saginaw’s implementation of the GIRM, just sent out by Bishop Carlson. Oh, and the "Saginaw Blessing?" Buh-bye. Done very well, with the proper context of sound catechesis. The Saginaw blessing: The Saginaw blessing […]

“Bully Pulpit”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education on Patrick Reilly and the Cardinal Newman Society.

What’s at stake

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I have been hoping to pull together a decent "new translation" post for a few days, but it’s not happening. Oh, it might…give me a few more days. But until then…take a look at this post from Benedictine Fr. Stephanos. […]

The Pope and the President

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More on the Arroyo meeting: Well done," Pope Benedict XVI told Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as she handed him a copy of the law she recently signed outlawing the death penalty in the Philippines. At the end of a June […]

El Camino

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More Spanish martyrs on the road to canonization: Today in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI opened the cause of Beatification for 149 Spaniards killed during the Spanish Civil War. Below are the names of the martyrs, who today are called “Servants […]

Out of FOCCUS

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Many Catholic engaged couples have taken the FOCCUS test as part of marriage prep. Sister Barbara Markay developed that test, and was employed by the Diocese of Omaha’s Family Life Office. She was let go a few months ago, and […]

Sing a New Song

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Several music-related notes: Fr. Martin Fox had one more post last week from the Sacred Music Colloquium in DC. Jeffrey Tucker has a wrap-up post at New Liturgical Movement on the Colloquium. Read the comments as well. The conference was […]

A Catholic Mystery Writer

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In Touchstone, Austin Ruse contemplates the mysteries of John Allen Allen has achieved something remarkable, though, and that is genuine dialogue among sometimes competing voices in the church. He has written often about the lamentable factions among the faithful, each […]

Portraits of Cool Big Brothers

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Cool Big Brother #1 brings you every single Burger King Superman toy, samples that his store received (it’s a store that doesn’t do Kids’ meals). Every single one. They just kept coming out of the backpack, one after the other, […]

Southern Hospitality

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Mass this past Sunday was a rather interesting experience. And in a good way. The church is old and un-renovated  – even the altar rail remains. The long-time pastor of the church before his death several years ago was a […]

The Savior

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Superman Returns director Bryan Singer talks about his movie to Christianity Today: The guys who created Superman were Jewish, so I don’t think they intended him to be a Christ figure, but he seems to have kind of become that […]

The Last Mass

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A story from the Globe about final Masses at a couple of now-closed parishes.

London Bleg

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Does anyone know if there are any facilities in London comparable to the many monasteries and convents one can stay in in Rome? I mean…I sort of doubt there are, but just checking before the traveling Son commits to a […]

Dining with Dead Jesuits

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Matthew of Holy Whapping took a journey to the Culinary Institute of America, formerly a Jesuit seminary. It’s a lovely meditation. Chatting with the waitress as she handed off a steaming and welcome plate of ravioli to me, the girl […]

Off to Rome

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Cardinal Dias, the new Prefect for the Congregation of the Evangelisation of Peoples, says farewell to his diocese. Addressing around 4,000 people from different faiths gathered in the Jesuit College of St Peter for the event, the cardinal said India […]

Life and death in Vietnam

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A cemetery for aborted babies in Vietnam: The cemetery was born from the initiative of a group of volunteers who wanted to celebrate the “sacredness of life” by giving the little fetuses a burial at least. Every day, volunteers go […]

At the Vatican

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More photos here President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines meets with Pope Benedict In her departure statement, Mrs. Arroyo said her decision to sign the bill abolishing the death penalty was “the best pasalubong [gift]” she could offer to the […]

Gambling on Catholic Schools

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A bit of a controversy in Alberta over gambling and Catholic school funding: Calgary bishop Fred Henry has threatened to blacklist Catholic schools that continue to depend on gambling as a source of "immoral" fundraising for cash-strapped schools. The Globe […]

The Knoxville Round Table

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Almost as witty as the Algonquin…

“I don’t feel spiritual”

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Fr. Jim at Dappled Things has some good, basic advice!

On Catholic Higher Ed

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Clayton Emmer has an excerpt from last Sunday’s Fr. Groeschel show on EWTN, on which Dr. Peter Kreeft spoke about Catholic higher education.

Angelus

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Benedict, Catechist: But first, taking his cue from the liturgical calendar, Benedict XVI, catechist and theologian pope, used the time of reflection before the Angelus to explain the feasts of the Sacred Heart, John the Baptist, Mary’s Immaculate Heart, and […]

Got some time this summer?

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You could cross-stitch the Sistine Chapel ceiling! (Of course, it might take longer than the summer – say 10 years, for the woman who stitched it and created the pattern.) From the reader/blogger who sent it in: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel […]

Traveling Music

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Via Papa Ratzinger Forum, a link to an "official song" for the Pope’s apostolic visit to Regensburg in September Here’s the link – scroll down to "Live-Mitschnitt" to hear the song. Also over at the Forum, hop between various forum […]

Crunch those numbers

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Catholic demographics in the US, present and future: Catholic Latinos will likely increase to 40 million in 2025, more than triple the 13 million in 1990. Total growth in the U.S. Catholic population will amount to 29 million by 2025. […]

Here we go again…

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This article is from a Swiss news agency, but that problem of language and definitions remains: Women have been ordained Catholic priests in the past. In 2002, a group of seven women from Germany, Austria and the US entered the […]

Coming to you from…

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Knoxville! Yes, we’re here, until late this next week, at which point we will head down to Florida. It’s also Christopher’s last couple of weeks here in K-town, as he finishes up his last 4 hours of classes and then […]

The Way of the Fathers…

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…and breastfeeding. An interesting post from Mike Aquilina, with a link to a pertinent article from a Russian Orthodox writer.

New Blog…

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From New Advent…the great folks who bring you the Catholic Encyclopedia and loads of other stuff!

Why John’s birth?

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The calendar of saints commemorates holy ones mostly on the dates of their deaths, with two exceptions. The births of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and John the Baptist are both remembered, in addition to other feasts. From today’s Office […]

The next step

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Our Indiana saint, Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin will have her canonization formally declared a week from today: The Vatican today announced the date for a ceremony that will pave the way for the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin, the 19th […]

Tell me about this statue

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San Pio e Carol Wojtyla Originally uploaded by Smeerch. I ran across it on Flickr…I gather that it’s in Andria, Italy, and it’s Padre Pio and John Paul II. But what’s GOING ON in this piece?

Those amendments…

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Gerald at Closed Cafeteria has the scoop

Shelter from the Storm

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From the UK Tablet, an article about a parish in Liverpool that’s helping a special group of asylum seekers: Fr Peter and Margaret Kane are a part of MRANG, the Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre- and Post-Natal Support Group, […]

Analyzing the Bertone move

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From the Papa Ratzinger Forum, various articles: just go here and scroll around – I don’t know how to link individual posts, or even if you can) From ASCA, an Italian news agency: With Bertone’s nomination, following his encyclical on […]

Dreams

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An unsolicited suggestion for those charged with implementing the not-yet-even finalized new translation of the Order of the Mass: Be honest and direct, and make these points: 1) What we pray in English is a translation of the Latin, the […]

Word Up

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Allen on the Bertone appointment: The logic for Bertone’s appointment, aside from his personal connection to the pope, is no doubt that he can ensure that concerns of Catholic identity trump the logic of compromise that is often the stuff […]

How to Deliver a Bad Homily

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From the mysterious "Holy Office" Very funny and true. Just a couple of notes: 1)I am done with holding Protestant preaching up as a model, and I honestly have my doubts as to whether, as a whole, Protestant preaching is […]

On Bertone

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A couple of articles from the Italian press, courtesy of our wonderful, helpful and enthusiastic friends at the Papa Ratzinger Forum: First, on his leavetaking from Genoa, scroll down to a couple of posts at the end of the thread […]

Scott has a plan for you

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A great Get Religion post, in the tradition of the "crow’s ear" of the Pope and the "assault ministry" of Jerry Falwell. With a UT connection, as well, so of course I had to send it to my oldest.

Spanning the Globe!

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Jen Ambrose is back from her China adventures, and if you didn’t read the last couple of weeks of posts, go catch up. Take to time to read her account of Corpus Christi Mass in Hong Kong. Oh, and since […]

Could be worse

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Whenever I get depressed about the Church in the US (which isn’t too often, actually), I consider the Church in Europe, particularly the Germany-Austria element, as well as the Netherlands, and I see that it could be worse, although plenty […]

On Archbishop Wuerl

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Michelle Boorstein at the WaPo reports: Priests and other archdiocese-watchers said they would be listening closely to Wuerl’s homily, looking for some sense of how he would balance spiritual leadership with the political issues that fuel daily life here — […]

Mary, Untier of Knots

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On the ACIN projects list, I found an appeal for help for a Brazilian parish called "Our Lady, Untier of Knots." Who could not be curious? This devotion is rooted in an 18th century Bavarian painting, with this history, according […]

Aid to the Church in Need

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We’ve blogged on this association before, but it comes up today because the group has just published its excellent Children’s Bible in its 150th language edition: The international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has prepared its […]

Musica Sacra!

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I didn’t know it, but Ohio blogging priest Fr. Martin Fox is in attendance at the Musica Sacra Colloquium in Washington and is blogging on it! One might wonder, why do we do this? I confess, this is even harder […]

Presenting Archbishop Wuerl:

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(click on photos for captions and credits) More photos CNS story: Each Catholic has the "weighty charge" of living the Gospel and unfolding "its implications for the issues and circumstances of our time," said Archbishop Wuerl in his homily during […]

What’s Next?

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Jody Bottum reprints an email of a friend, on the firing of a Maryland official: Earlier this week, Robert L. Ehrlich, the Republican governor of Maryland, abruptly removed from office one of his appointees to the board of directors of […]

On St. Peter’s

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At First Things today, Fr. Neuhaus has commentary on a new book on St. Peter’s Basilica (a book which Michael reportedly has somewhere and is reading) and some reflections of his own: On my first viewing of St. Peter’s many […]

Captain Yips to the Rescue

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Captain Yips posts a helpful summary of the "Piskie Wars" up to this point, with links, explanations and begins this way: I’m still getting a flow of readers from Open Book, and I’ve been wondering how I might help them […]

Must read of the day

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Porn and the Sacred Heart by one Patrick Sill – in Godspy. Beautifully written, from the heart and soul (and loins), true and that profoundly Christian mystery of pain and hope.  This marvelous passage is not directly related to the […]

Bell across the Tiber?

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The blogger at Lofted Nest – another Fort Wayne-er – reports that Art Bell is on his way to the Catholic Church.

An uphill battle

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In which we relate the consequences of one man (married, with children) attempting to present the Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage to participants in a…marriage prep course. First, the scene, set by the instructor: "Well, only 37 of 84 […]

John Farrell takes over the world

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The Boston Herald features him in a story on authors podcasting their novels John has a piece on TCS about Fr. Georges LeMaitre, on the 40th anniversary of his death. I’ve read John’s book on LeMaitre: The Day Without Yesterday: […]

John Fisher and Thomas More

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Today is the memorial of these two English Martyrs – Rich Leonardi has an apt quote from our favorite travel writer, H.V. Morton in honor of the day.

Coming to Saginaw…

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Rocco reports that Bishop Carlson is ready to rumble. In love and charity!

Good-bye Columbus

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Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report has a fascinating last report from the Episcopal General Convention. He intererviews Susan Russell of Integrity, the Episcopalian equivalent of Dignity, Bishop Gene Robinson and then some "reasserters" including Kendall Harmon. There’s some really […]

Got your new secretary of state..

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No, Condi’s not going anywhere…Sodano out, Bertone in: Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) has named Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone of Florence (to correct CWN – NO! He’s Archbishop of Genoa!) to become the Vatican Secretary of State, replacing Cardinal Angelo […]

Survival

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My scheduled flight home was late enough – to come in at 11, which would have been fine. But "weather" in Chicago (you notice how we don’t call it "bad" weather any more – it’s just ‘weather") messed everyone up, […]

Simplicity

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A lovely piece from Rochester about an elderly priest, the Masses he offers, and the community that comes to pray with him.

On the Totus Tuus Train…

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It carries pilgrims between Krakow and Wadowice – more photos at this link. Joan Lews of EWTN has more here. Thanks to reader Matthew!

“We won!”

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In today’s Angleus, Benedict continued his catechesis on the apostles, moving on to James: “So we can learn many things from St James: readiness to welcome the call of the Lord even when he asks us to leave the ‘boat’ […]

Don Matteo, redux

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A week or so ago, I blogged on an Italian television show about a priest-detecitve, a show that’s quite popular. A reader writes: We watch Italian Don Matteo in RAI International.  Unquestionably the producer & director are people of real […]

Lesson of the day:

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Putting the shopping cart back in the cart corrall in a store parking lot. Take the baby out of the stroller, start walking back to the car. Baby starts saying, "Uh-oh! Uh-oh!" I murmur absently, "I know, cart’s gone. Uh-oh!" […]

Ancient Future Worship

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A website some of you might want to check out – some Protestants thinking through worship issues in the context of tradition : I wonder if the more recent emphasis on self in worship is one more way of expressing […]

Go to the Eternal City…

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I’ve added a link at the left to Eternal City Tours – the group that sponsors Theology on Tap in Rome, and offers great tours, of course. From their website: Eternal City Tours is comprised of students from some of […]

I don’t think anyone is reading this

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Because everyone is in O’Hare airport, right this minute. I mean, everyone. And most of you are going to Manchester, UK. At least that what it seems like, anyway!

Get to Work!

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Linda Hirshman is a writer who has been telling women that staying at home with kids is the biggest sell-out of all. She recently wrote an op-ed in the WaPo describing how mean people have been to her as a […]

The Wal-Mart Jews

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Sort of like how the Irish Catholics came to the south building the railroads. Well, sort of – Bentonville, Arkansas’s growing Jewish population is having an impact: This was the most interesting part to me: But as Etz Chaim nears […]

Read of the Day

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The scenario: Colorado House decides to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood. The inspiration: A member of the House decides to bring a guest for the day: Gianna Jensen. (Some of you undoubtedly know who she is – a […]

Off to Jersey

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For some bizarre reason, I have been invited to be the keynote speaker for the Diocese of Camden’s "Media Day." So, I guess I’d  better go there. I have four hours or so in the Chicago airport, so you’ll probably […]

Boston Changes

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Dom has details and commentary – 25 chancery layoffs and 25 other positions cleared by sending priests back into parishes, releasiong religious back to their orders, and so on.

The Nuncio’s address

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Well, not a complete text, but a CNS summary of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Sambi’s address to the USCCB last week: "As Christians we have to transform any Way of the Cross, any Calvary, into a moment of resurrection," he said. […]

Bring it on

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Damian Thompson in the Telegraph, echoes, from a different perspective and rather vituperatively, what I have, in my uniformed way, been groping my way to ask. What’s the point of the Anglican Communion anyway? Its looming demise is excellent news […]

Library Thing

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Some of you have noticed the new widget over there on the left rail. It’s Library Thing, a way to organize your personal library online. I’m not much for organizing anything, but I saw how TSO mentioned it with interest, […]

Outselling DVC…

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…in Paraguay at least: A book by Spanish exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea and published by the Thomas More Institute of the Catholic University of Asuncion has outsold The Da Vinci Code in Paraguay, with the first edition selling out […]

Vouch for this

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Rich Leonardi has a series of posts following up on the scamming-the-system voucher story from that area, which implicated well-off parents in a well-off Catholic school getting next year’s tuition taken care of by enrolling their kids for one day […]

Ah, yes…this makes sense.

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Reader Andrea sends this. I’m just going to quote her letter because she puts it perfectly: Let me see if I have this straight. First we promote "choice" and the number of babies being born drops. Now the European population […]

Help save a parish!

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Matthew of the Holy Whapping has moved to the Big Apple and immediately…found a cause! The historic New York parish of St. Vincent de Paul down in Chelsea (116 West 24th Street) is facing closure. A recent article in The […]

Delicacy

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Here’s my last comment on the Catholic pols/abortion rights/Communion business – at least until this fall, I imagine. As I said before, I was not convinced that some sort of "policy" was in order because I’m not for the USCCB […]

Can’t help myself

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But I have to pull these two conjoined comments from the Corpus Christi thread, for your attention and discussion: It was the monthly celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Great Chaos, or the bilingual Mass. I’m sorry but […]

A Presbyterian and a Mormon start a blog…

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and interview a Catholic priest! (Fr. Richard John Neuhuas…and for more Neuhaus, here’s his entry at the FT blog on the election of the new Presiding Bishop.)

Corpus Christ in the US

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From Assumption Grotto in Detroit From the Diocese of Kansas City, Bishop Finn leading. Oh, but we have to cross the sea for just a minute to post the annual baby-jumping Corpus Christi photo from Spain: Caption, credit and explanation […]

The Cardinal’s remarks

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From a CNS story: On polarization within the church he said: "We are called to teach the truth, to correct errors and to call one another to greater faithfulness. However, there should be no place in the body of Christ […]

From one of the Web Elves:

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Pulled from the comments: We would appreciate prayers for all who are trying to keep the Classical Anglican blogs running. A few other sites where you might be able to get news should the CaNN server situation not improve right […]

Supremes to hear abortion case

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Second one so far: The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would expand its review of a federal law banning some abortion procedures and would decide a California case on whether the law was too vague and imposed a […]

Corpus Christi at your joint

posted by awelborn

Processions? Other gatherings? Let us know – post links to stories/photos if you have them, and I’ll move interesting photos up here for all to see!

From the Land of Archbishop Burke

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A story from the St. Louis paper on the politicians/Communion business. Since I’ve not read any full statement on this issue, it’s hard to comment, but I’ll suggest offhand that the problem with the bishops’ present "stance" is that it […]

Appealing for Oversight

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If you’ve noticed that you can’t get on the Episcopal blogs because of server overload…it’s probably because the Diocese of Fort Worth (one of the three that doesn’t ordain women to be priests) has appealed for "alternate oversight" from the […]

On Catholic Pols and Communion

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Patrick Brennan at Mirror of Justice comments: The website of the USCCB doesn’t yet report what the media are celebrating.  (The aforementioned website does already include news of the Conference’s denunciation of U.S. immigration policy and of the Conference’s approval […]

On the “changes”

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In case you’re wondering, I’m trying to put together a post on last week’s bishops’ meeting. I’m waiting a bit to see if any of the Catholic news services are going to put up any substantive news stories. Joe Feuerherd […]

Watching the Episcopalians

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Outsiders are interested in Episcopal doings in Columbus and elsewhere and at other times, for various reasons, some more hostile and schandenfreude-ish than others. I’m interested for a number of reasons. My M.A. thesis, as it happens, was on the […]

Trading Spaces

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Abortion, adoption services to share space in Indianapolis: Planned Parenthood of Indiana closed its Eastside clinic near 21st Street and Ritter Avenue on Saturday, relocating to 86th Street and Georgetown Road on the Northwestside in a building previously used for […]

You want “multi-sensory?”

posted by awelborn

You got it…from a Corpus Christi homily at an Anglo-Catholic parish in Boston: Right now, in Columbus, at General Convention, the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music are considering a proposal to explore “multi-sensory worship.” By this they mean worship […]

20,000 in Atlanta

posted by awelborn

The Atlanta Eucharistic Congress seemed to be another rousing success – please post comments if you attended. The Journal-Constitution coverage Fr. Roderick of the Daily Breakfast Podcast was there, of course, and has posts and podcasts. And here’s what actually […]

Over in Columbus…

posted by awelborn

I have been trying to keep up with events at the ECUSA General Convention, but it’s pretty intense, I don’t quite (well…at all) get the system, and I remain quite fuzzy on what’s going on with the resolutions that are […]

Again, with the Curia

posted by awelborn

This article translated from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale today, written by its long-time Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli, who wrote one of the first biographies about Benedict XVI published after his election. Papa Ratzinger does not like decisions made in […]

Maronite Matters

posted by awelborn

The Maronite Catholic Church recently concluded a 3-year synod. BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Maronite Catholic Church’s patriarchal synod is a "new Pentecost" for Maronites around the world, said an Australian Maronite bishop and synod participant. "We felt the need to […]

From the Window

posted by awelborn

Today’s Angelus, translation courtesy of Teresa Benedetta at the Papa Ratzinger Forum: Dear brothers and sisters! Today the solemnity of Corpus Domini is celebrated in Italy and other countries. In Rome, the high point of Corpus Domini was observed during […]

Forget 2000 years of Catholic tradition

posted by awelborn

Nothing to see here. Keep walking…right on to Shamanism! Coming to a parish near you – if you’re near this parish: Join Father Michael to learn the primitive human spirituality of shamanism! Shamanism is not a religion or a cult. […]

“The Church of the Flunkey”

posted by awelborn

Also from the Times UK, a story about the divisions of the Anglican Church in..Zimbawe. Over slightly different issues than divide their brothers and sisters here. HE has used a combination of threats and patronage to keep military, police and […]

Our Chinese Relations

posted by awelborn

The Times UK offers a backgrounder – with some new information – on what’s been going on between the Vatican and the PRC over the past few months: Zen said the persecution of Catholics in China had moved the Vatican […]

Father’s Day

posted by awelborn

A moving story about a father of eleven children whose wife suddenly passed away this past February: When Dan McNeill walks into his home after work, he does a mental roll call to figure out who is where. He is […]

Curial Curiosity

posted by awelborn

Well, the Bertone business heats up again La Stampa reports: Il Papa ha deciso: il nuovo Segretario di Stato sarà il cardinale Tarcisio Bertone, attualmente arcivescovo di Genova. Lo apprende Apcom da fonti autorevoli. L’annuncio del successore di Angelo Sodano […]

Awesome in Atlanta

posted by awelborn

A reader just returned from the first night of the Atlanta Archdiocese Eucharistic Congress and reports: I just got back from the first night of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Eucharistic Congress. I went to the Healing Mass, which was surprisingly […]

On Medjugorje

posted by awelborn

Also from John Thavis at CNS – and props to him on this one. It’s thorough. (And sourced) Various views on the apparitions, the attitudes of different elements of the hierarchy, from local bishops to the Vatican to the Franciscans […]

What happened to that document anyway?

posted by awelborn

Remember the "Vatican condemns everything" document on sexuality and marriage, announced by Cardinal Trujillo of the Pontifical Council for the Family a couple of weeks ago? People (including me) have been wondering what happened to it, for it has become […]

The Pope and Turkey

posted by awelborn

He’s visiting this fall,and Magister looks at some recent hints of the approach: But on that trip, which includes stops in Ankara and Ephesus in addition to Istanbul, Benedict XVI will also encounter Islam, and Turkish Islam in particular. And […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s Word from Rome. He begins by discussing Catholicism in the Global South, with this rather useful analogy: In other words, the central challenge for world Catholicism at the moment is not decline, but growth, and making sense of […]

Festivals, with a shadow

posted by awelborn

Earlier this week in Fall River, MA., four people were killed by a fire that engulfed a hall where members of the Portugese community were preparing for a feast. Today, Michael Paulson of the Globe looks at the traditions of […]

What did the Nuncio Say?

posted by awelborn

Still no text up on the USCCB site, but here’s a summary from Reuters: Pope Benedict’s representative in the United States on Thursday urged Catholic bishops to transform the reputation of a church still tarnished by the nationwide pedophile priest […]

Game of Chicken

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z on the draft situation: You get the feeling that this is a game of chicken and we, the Catholic faithful, are standing in the middle of the street. Everyone knows how the votes went.  What we don’t know […]

Blurb

posted by awelborn

Jim Manney posts on the newest twist in bringing publishing to the people: Blurb Customers of a just-launched Web company named Blurb can download professionally-designed templates for various kinds of books, including cookbooks, photo books, portfolios and volumes dedicated to […]

The China Syndrome

posted by awelborn

George Weigel’s latest column: Some light was cast on the complexity of all this during a recent conversation I had with one of China’s most prominent Catholic laymen (who, for reasons of prudence, must remain anonymous). He confirmed that there […]

Corpus Christi Montage

posted by awelborn

Pulled together by Sylvie at the Papa Ratzinger Forum – for a bigger version and more, go here and scroll down.

The Light in the Piazza

posted by awelborn

Did anyone else watch it on PBS this evening…harkening back to the days when PBS actually did something valuable via Live from Lincoln Center…where many of us got our most sustained initial exposure to opera? My father had seen it […]

Bishop News:

posted by awelborn

Mass translation approved. Roman Catholic bishops in the United States voted yesterday to change the wording of many of the prayers and blessings that Catholics have recited at daily Mass for more than 35 years, yielding to Vatican pressure for […]

Slowly but surely

posted by awelborn

No text of the remarks of the Apostolic Nuncio yet, but here’s the text of the address from the Bishop of Leeds, Arthur Roche, chariman of ICEL, to the USCCB: The version of Mass that we currently use is clearly […]

“The rug of salt”

posted by awelborn

Well, that’s what one of the captions to one of the photos of Corpus Christi in Brazil – although the "rugs" also include coffee, sawdust and other materials.  More photos of other "rugs" in other parts of Brazil, as well […]

Eve Tushnet on Ex-Gay ministries

posted by awelborn

In NRO: During the entire nine hours of the conference, none of the speakers I heard discussed how to live chastely while experiencing same-sex attractions. The focus was entirely on the goal of switching sexual orientations. Mike Haley, the director […]

Corpus Christi, liveblogged

posted by awelborn

In which I attempt to liveblog Benedict’s homily at the Corpus Christi Mass now being offered outside St. John Lateran in Rome (via the translator) on EWTN, who seems to be paraphrasing. I say this because the Pope goes on […]

Yet another religious body meets..

posted by awelborn

In Michigan, the Christian Reformed Church is talking about Catholics: GRAND RAPIDS — More than 400 years after the Protestant Reformation, the Christian Reformed Church is trying to take back a historic slap against the Catholic Church. It’s not easy. […]

Vatican Website Notes

posted by awelborn

By the way, I noticed a couple of things at the Vatican website: There’s a special webpage up with links about the July meeting on families in Valencia, Spain. On the Catechism page, there are links to the Catechism text […]

And what about US?

posted by awelborn

Episcopalians, Southern Baptists…what about those bishops out in LA? Well, the preliminary meetings were held over the past two days and Rocco reports they were, er…tense. We had one phone message from an attendee, but it wasn’t about anything going […]

Blog Power in the SBC

posted by awelborn

The Southern Baptists have been meeting this week, and elected a new president – the bloggers’ candidate, according to this TIME article: Pounding this and other issues home was a new power bloc in the Convention: bloggers. Southern Baptist-focused blogs […]

The Convent, online

posted by awelborn

The first episode of the BBC series is online for a short time.

Dave and the Episcopalians

posted by awelborn

Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report is reporting from the General Convention: Dave Hartline   Some of the conservative folks think the Episcopal Church isn’t following the Scriptures. How do you answer their concerns? Bishop Chilton Knudson  Well that is an […]

Get ready for the Pittsburgh 12

posted by awelborn

Not until July 31, but the Pittsburgh paper runs with the story early: 12 women who will be ordained by other women to something. Here’s a point that I wish reporters and particularly (in this case) headline writers would get: […]

The definition of insanity

posted by awelborn

Abortion clinic shut down for causing the death of a baby. Well, at least it’s shut down, thank God.

Hello, Columbus

posted by awelborn

As noted here earlier, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the USA (which is changing its name to just the "Episcopal Church," inspiring all kinds of speculation) is meeting in Columbus this week. The most newsy items on […]

If Daddy’s out of town…

posted by awelborn

…it means 2 and 1/2 hours in the park. Well, not all that time in the park. There’s the trip there: (Obviously no double strollers or fancy jogging strollers here. And yes, both are ambulatory. But we wanted a 2 […]

Expecting the Unexpected

posted by awelborn

Well, I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while – not in response to virulent anti-breeders, but simply on how parenting is a delightful experience in hanging out with other fun humans. If you choose to look […]

Random thought #2

posted by awelborn

Sitting on the back porch, writing about the Psalms. A 5-year old dashes about in the yard, protecting me – and the rest of the world, I’m thinking –  from evil. Summer is my favorite time of year.

Random thought #1

posted by awelborn

Michael told me the other night of a news story he’d read indicating that the more plugged in a young person is, the more anxious and depressed they are. Now, there could be an inverse relationship as well – that […]

Life Matters

posted by awelborn

There seems to be something about the Christian, and in its roots, the Jewish ethical vision that brings balance into a world frought with struggle and the temptation to just be done with it. I suppose what it all comes […]

Summer plans…

posted by awelborn

There are hardly any at this point. I mean, there are things we think we’ll do, but honestly, we’re still sort of worn out from the spring. Michael’s in Indianapolis the rest of this week at some stewardship thing, and […]

Camera geeks…

posted by awelborn

Best digital camera under $200 (or we have to, $250)…? Any suggestions? If you can, post a link to a photo you’ve taken with your recommendation.

Sister Churches

posted by awelborn

Over the past few weeks, Pope Benedict has been reflecting on St. Peter during the General Audiences – today he moved to St. Andrew: Today, Benedict XVI drew a picture of the personality of the brother of Simon, Andrew, who […]

Without Breaking a Sweat

posted by awelborn

My son dared me to post this. Oh, that’s nothing – you want some pop culture weirdness? Try this! (Via one of those gossip blogs) (And…is Chuck Norris a Buddhist or an evangelical now? We saw him at the Christian […]

Mega-meetings

posted by awelborn

There are two newsworthy Christian gatherings in the US this week : The Episcopal Church in the USA (ECUSA) General Convention, being held in Columbus and the June meeting of the US Catholic bishops, meeting in LA later this week. […]

The Road to Moscow

posted by awelborn

A quite interesting piece from an Italian magazine, posted at (of course) the Papa Ratzinger Forum – one the hope that Pope Benedict will be able to visit Moscow. Benedict XVI’s road to Moscow goes through Poland. One development in […]

Evangelizing…who?

posted by awelborn

Magister on the "new evangelization" at the cathedral in Milan. Now, who knows if this is all they’re up to, how selective Magister is in the telling, and so on. Even with those cautions, I’m having a hard time visualizing […]

The Chancellor

posted by awelborn

The Chicago Tribune profiles the chancellor for the Archdiocese of Chicago: The crisis began with the arrest of Rev. Daniel McCormack, accused of sexually abusing two boys. Then came allegations that the church did nothing to stop him. More boys […]

The Mystery Worshipper at St. John Cantius

posted by awelborn

From the Ship-of-Fools website What books did the congregation use during the service?The aforementioned missal was available, but most people didn’t seem to be using anything – nor did they seem to be participating, but rather were "hearing mass", to […]

Slaying

posted by awelborn

Rock group fans take credit for seminary vandalism: The site was set up last month to promote a National Day of Slayer on June 6. To participate, according to the site, one had only to play Slayer "at full blast." […]

See…

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Amy, back in April (in the context of DVC) you ran a post about a Director of RE who decided to offer a course in Biblical Greek, and it was the most popular course she had ever […]

The wrong kind of women

posted by awelborn

A TIME article on a small, but growing network of conservative college women. How to deal with the rise of NeW is on the agenda at this week’s National Women’s Studies Association Conference. On Thursday, a panel will discuss how […]

Growing…

posted by awelborn

The Church in Vietnam: The Church leader noted that he has ordained 150 priests over an eight-year period, but during the same time almost 100 priests died, retired or became unable to do regular pastoral work due to illness. A […]

They should have Ticketmaster…

posted by awelborn

…for relic tours. John the Baptist’s hand is touring Russia. From the Guardian: The return has been hailed by the Russian Orthodox church with great pomp and reverence. The head of the church, Patriach Alexei II, welcomed it at a […]

posted by awelborn

In my days as General Editor of the Loyola Classics series, my primary responsibilities were threefold: to recruit introducers, write the extended bio and questions at the end, and track down copyrights. (Well, you should add #1 to that – […]

Corpus Christi

posted by awelborn

In Rome: Benedict XVI invited all in Rome "to take part in great numbers" in the Corpus Christi procession this week. The liturgical ceremonies surrounding Thursday’s feast express "the faith and love of the Christian community for its Lord present […]

Pope in Spain

posted by awelborn

The itinerary: The Holy Father will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, whence a two-hour flight will take him to Manises airport in Valencia. Following the welcome ceremony, he will visit the cathedral of […]

The baptism

posted by awelborn

Dom and Bettinelli’s daughter Isabella was baptized yesterday. Both of them have thoughts – Dom here and Melanie here: He talked about the Trinity as a family. God is a loving family. And he told the story of a boy […]

Anglican Matters

posted by awelborn

Last week, an Anglican Use conference was held in Scranton, and there are a few reports from around St. Blog’s: It seems to me, from a cursory reading, that aside from the more theological and pastoral discussions, the major "issue" […]

Wisconsin accident

posted by awelborn

A sad story: Permanent deacon dies in aftermath of accident – he was driving Auxiliary Bishop Sklba of Milwaukee to a confirmation. Bishop Sklba (whom I happened to meet in Milwaukee, which is why this caught my eye) was treated […]

Religious Reality TV, Australian style

posted by awelborn

Following in the footsteps of the BBC’s programs, The Monastery and The Convent (which begins airing this week), Shannon Donahoo reports from Down Under that Australian TV is going to do a similar program they’re calling The Abbey. Okay, we’re […]

A visit to Ireland

posted by awelborn

The kind of thing that interests me: The relics of St. Claude la Colombiere will be touring Ireland during June and July. From an article in the Sunday Independent (not online): HE WAS the saintly priest to whom Therese of […]

The Way of the Fathers

posted by awelborn

Several good recent posts (as per usual) from Mike Aquilina – on the Trinity, how Jesus is saving publishing, and a recent archaelogical discovery in Spain: Talk about paydirt. Archeologists in the Basque Country announced this week that they have […]

On the way

posted by awelborn

Greg Willits of the podcast Rosary Army writes with some news: I know you’ve mentioned Fr. Roderick’s podcast on your website before, and I just wanted to let you know that Father Roderick coming to Atlanta next week and will […]

Father of 20 does good

posted by awelborn

Reader Clare passes this on: Further to your post on the LA Times family of 16, BBC Radio’s feature ‘Composer of the Week’ is Bach, father of 20! (repeated June 12th thru 16th). I just relaxed this Sunday afternoon for […]

Wounded Body

posted by awelborn

An op-ed by Paul Ginnetty, director of the Institute for the Study of Religion at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, in Newsday, detailing the author’s views on the problems in the Diocese of Rockville Center. The first order of business […]

If your conscience fails you on this one..

posted by awelborn

Be practical. A NYTimes article on how job recruiters are using the internet to weed out the irresponsible and immature. In other words: watch out what you put on your MySpace, Xanga and Facebook. Good for forwarding to young people […]

Moving On

posted by awelborn

Bishop Wuerl says good-bye to Pittsburgh today, and Ann Rogers pens a farewell article: Those are the same words others use to describe much of his ministry. Most attention focused on his most dramatic efforts: The reorganization that closed 39 […]

Reclaiming Holy Hill

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Dolan offers a Mass of Reparation: Located in southern Washington County, the 150-year-old shrine was owned by the Milwaukee Archdiocese until 1906. It now belongs to a separate Roman Catholic order known as the Discalced Carmelite Friars. He told […]

Culture of Life

posted by awelborn

And, to lift the depression by the preceding entry…a very nice story from the LA Times about a family with 16 children. I loved this detail: "Eight years old was the magic age," said Jerome Santucci, 33. "You got a […]

Bitter Cup

posted by awelborn

A growing outrage (finally) about human trafficking at the World Cup – some articles on the subject. From today’s WaPo, a column by two people associated with an anti-human trafficking group: From our experience as service providers for victims of […]

Did Rome Fall?

posted by awelborn

Amazon-ing around, I came across an intriguing book published last fall, The Fall of Rome; And the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins. Was the fall of Rome a great catastrophe that cast the West into darkness for centuries to […]

Rumors, rumors..

posted by awelborn

Two ecclesiastical rumors seem to be solidifying: The Bertone-replaces-Sodano as Secretary of State rumor finds its way into the Italian press: Tarcisio Bertone, Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa, will be Benedict XVI’s new Secretary of State. Sources at the Vatican said […]

Where are the Men?

posted by awelborn

Religion News Service story about the gender imbalance in Christian churches – not a new story. One thing I liked about the article is that unlike most of this type, it took the relatively long view, reaching back to 19th […]

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