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June 9, 2006 Archives

Don Matteo

posted by awelborn

Rome Reports is worth watching – it’s a 30 minute weekly program on, well, global Catholic news. It’s shown on EWTN a couple of times a week (Fridays from 11-11:30 pm Eastern, I’m thinking, since I just watched it), but […]

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Tell me

posted by awelborn

In my alternate alternate life (the first alternate life being the one where I’m doing a Ph.D. dissertation on the implementation and application of the Second Vatican Council in the U.S.), I’m a human behaviorist, with a concentration on child […]

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Speaking of Vacant Sees

posted by awelborn

Those of you interested in episcopal politics should have the invaluable Catholic Hierarchy website on your Favorites. Here’s a list of vacant sees, and you can see from it that there are several still in the US: Sioux Falls since […]

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Fighting AntiSemitism with Theology

posted by awelborn

Rabbi Eugene Korn of the American Jewish Congress on the Pope’s Auschwitz remarks, in the Forward: At Auschwitz, Benedict chose to speak in theological terms to reinforce this positive attitude by highlighting the church’s new respectful posture toward the Jewish […]

Minnesota rumors

posted by awelborn

The speculation as to a co-adjutor (hence, replacement in the normal course of things) in St. Paul-Minneapolis has been at full fever pitch this week up in those parts, ever since Brooklyn, Raleigh and Philly have gotten their notices, but […]

“Now it is your turn”

posted by awelborn

This weekend,  the first ever national Encuentro for Hispanic youth is being hosted at Notre Dame. Archbishop Gomez of San Antonio gave the keynote last night, and here’s the text (pdf file) He begins by recalling the introduction of the […]

The Word on the Pope

posted by awelborn

This week in his "Word from Rome" column, John Allen reflects on the papal stylings of Benedict: Benedict XVI, in the language of the guild, is largely a pope for the inside pages. In Poland, I found myself wondering if […]

Polish is the new Irish

posted by awelborn

A fourth of all European seminarians are Polish About a quarter of all young men training to become Roman Catholic priests in Europe are Polish. And Polish priests are increasingly in demand to plug the gaps in the rest of […]

Saint Maker

posted by awelborn

An NCR(egister) article on the Pope and the canonization process: The process of canonization “is really about faith and therefore must be ruled by theological judgments,” according to Dominican Father Gabriel O’Donnell. Postulator for the cause of Knights of Columbus […]

Benedict Contra Nietzsche

posted by awelborn

An article by Benjamin D. Wiker in Crisis magazine: Judged by the results, it was hard to get an angle on an encyclical that appeared to have no edges, a mere round and happy affirmation of love. Even worse, it […]

Rome Notes

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev’s regular ZENIT column has some interesting tidbits – she saw the film Into  Great Silence (the surprise hit film about Carthusians – the website indicates that the only US showings have been at film festivals so far), and […]

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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?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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