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June 7, 2006 Archives

From the Library

posted by awelborn

Every so often, I post short reviews of children’s books – not so much the classics and tried-and-true, but new titles, because I’m all about the new. (Tonight Joseph announced that he would not be eating any of the pork […]

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“PG” for…what?

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly’s latest column: The Christian moviemakers behind a low-budget film called "Facing the Giants" were stunned when the MPAA pinned a PG rating on their gentle movie about a burned-out, depressed football coach whose life _ on and off […]

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Left Behind

posted by awelborn

Everyone’s emailing me about the Left Behind video game and a recent LATimes story about same. Carl Olson has a good, thorough post on the matter: It is tragic and scandalous, even if commonplace, when Christians succumb to the leading […]

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Through the Lens

posted by awelborn

Marvelous photo essay on Vatican City at Slate today. Although I confess, I can’t see either of the figures in the first photo as John XXIII, myself….too lithe.

Team Ratzinger

posted by awelborn

A quite interesting analysis from Magister. Go read the whole thing. I’ll pull quotes later, probably. Gotta do some other stuff right now. Benedict XVI’s new curia isn’t just a matter of promotions and dismissals. It is also determined by […]

Tough all over

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes, who is a normally US-based Catholic blogger with Indian roots, is in India for the summer, and reports on a discouraging Mass-going experience (be sure to read the comments on the post as well) All through Mass yesterday […]

More plagiarism charges?

posted by awelborn

Could be… Controversy in the press surrounding "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown, just beginning to fade, will likely revive later this week when the July issue of Vanity Fair hits the stands. According to an advance copy, the magazine’s […]

To the North

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews: a priest’s regular journeys to North Korea: In the nineteenth century, the Korean peninsula was described as a “hermit nation” because of its impenetrability. Alas, the expression still holds for North Korea, especially where the Church is concerned: […]

What the Pope said

posted by awelborn

This past week has been a very busy one for Benedict – let the man go on vacation (he will – in July, to the same place in the Italian Alps he went last year and to which JP2 went […]

Speaking in General

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews: The Pope continued his catechesis on Peter, today reflecting on unity and communion: The foundation of the primacy of Peter in the desire manifested by Jesus and recognition by the Twelve, and spontaneous prayers so that “poor human […]

Brownback’s Faith

posted by awelborn

A WaPo examination, one of many we will undoubtedly see in the next couple of years.. But how can a person be humble and also believe he should be president of the most powerful country in the world? "It’s one […]

The Pope at Auschwitz

posted by awelborn

A letter writer corrects the NYTimes: In "A German Pope Confronts The Nazi Past at Auschwitz" (news article, May 29), you say that Pope Benedict XVI "met with 32 survivors of the camp, all but one Polish Catholics." In all […]

“A Frigid and Pitiless Dogma”

posted by awelborn

John Derbyshire reviews Ramesh Ponnuru’s Party of Death Yet how inhuman they seem! What a frigid and pitiless dogma they preach!—one that would take from the living, without any regard to what the living have to say about it, to […]

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Brave Heart?
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