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June 26, 2006 Archives

What’s at stake

posted by awelborn

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. […]

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The Pope and the President

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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El Camino

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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Out of FOCCUS

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

London Bleg

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

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

posted by awelborn

Almost as witty as the Algonquin…

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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 ...

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 ...

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