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Denominational Outreach

posted by awelborn

A different sort of evangelism in Atlanta They hit hard, hit fast and were gone long before the Mall of Georgia’s shopkeepers rolled down their gates and called it a night.Jason and Marie Bunzey cased out a shopper at a […]

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Hope for Katie Holmes, yet?

posted by awelborn

Nicole Kidman returning to her Catholic faith (I don’t think Kidman, unlike poor Katie, actually ever joined Scientology, though.) NICOLE Kidman’s marriage to country singer Keith Urban this month will mark a new stage on her spiritual journey. A close […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canada’s Lost Daughters

posted by awelborn

From the Western Standard, in Canada (the article requires registration) Here’s a summary Documents obtained by Calgary’s Western Standard magazine reportedly confirm anecdotal evidence that communities around Toronto and in B.C.’s Lower Mainland with a high proportion of immigrants from […]

Suing the Vatican

posted by awelborn

Oregon judge opens the door In a landmark legal decision, a federal judge in Oregon on Wednesday denied a motion by attorneys for the Vatican to dismiss a civil lawsuit brought against it by a man who says he was […]

Dallas verifies accusation

posted by awelborn

Accused was , at one time, vicar-general, secretary to bishop: Dallas Diocese officials say they have verified a sexual-misconduct allegation against a prominent priest and have permanently barred him from ministry. Monsignor Richard E. Johnson was suspended from St. Patrick […]

No More DVC in China

posted by awelborn

Government changed its mind: In a stunning about-face that is sure to send shock waves through Hollywood, the government of China has decided to yank the controversial thriller "The Da Vinci Code" from the country’s theaters starting today, Sony Pictures […]

New bishops..

posted by awelborn

Well, one new bishop, one bishop moved: In Italian, here: Bishop Gossman of Raleigh has resigned (he turned 76 in April), resignation accepted, his replacement will be Bishop Michael Francis Burbidge, auxiliary from Philadelphia and former rector of St. Charles […]

Youth Ministry, Patristics Style

posted by awelborn

Great post from Mike Aquilina at "The Way of the Fathers" Yet the Fathers had enormous success in youth and young-adult ministry. Many of the early martyrs were teens, as were many of the Christians who took to the desert […]

O Little Town

posted by awelborn

One of the more intriguing film projects on the way is The Nativity Story – which is exactly what the title indicates – a film about the birth of Jesus. It’s a big-budget, regular old Hollywood (if such a place […]

Vandalism

posted by awelborn

I heard about one, then did a news search, and found another, then another. Amid the joking and the wise words about how this whole 6-6-06 was a massive misinterpretation of Scripture anyway, it seems as if some were inspired […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conflict of Interest?

posted by awelborn

An interesting inside-baseball journalism story with a Catholic angle: G. Jefferson Price wrote for the Baltimore Sun for decades before he left in 2004. Upon his leaving, he entered into a relationship with Catholic News Service, in which he would […]

YouTube Homily!

posted by awelborn

Canadian priest blogger Thomas Dowd writes: I do believe I’ve just become the first Catholic priest to post a video homily on YouTube. I normally post audio files of homilies, but as it was First Communions a member of the […]

From the Jerusalem Post

posted by awelborn

Dimitri Cavalli has an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post – "Was Pius XII really Hitler’s Pope?" Pope Benedict’s recent visit to Auschwitz helped rekindle the controversy over the actions of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. Although some Jewish leaders […]

The professor and the Pope

posted by awelborn

Paragraph Farmer Patrick O’Hannigan examines blogger Eric Muller’s "analysis" of the Pope at Auschwitz Muller, however, sees insult where none was intended, lamenting the alleged “degradation” of identifying Judaism as the taproot of Christianity, as though the effort to eliminate […]

Babies for Life

posted by awelborn

In Georgia, a Catholic OB-GYN coordinates an effort to collect umbilical-cord blood: For the past five years Dr. Gerry Sotomayor of BFL has collected umbilical cord blood from newborns, sending it to cord blood public registries to help patients worldwide […]

Sweeping Condemnation Day

posted by awelborn

The Pontifical Institute for the Family issued a document today: The Pontifical Council for the Family, founded 25 years ago by John Paul II with the Motu Proprio "Familia a Deo Instituta," and presided by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, today […]

PCA and SSPX

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z finds a theme: A common element in Rome’s conflict with the PCA and the SSPX are their illicitly consecrated, excommunicated bishops.  More importanly, however, they are also deeply mired in the matter of religious liberty in one way […]

Well…no

posted by awelborn

No auxiliaries for St. Paul-Minn, but 3 for Brooklyn. English news wire isn’t out yet, but here it is in Italian: Il Rev.do Mons. Octavio Cisneros, del clero della medesima diocesi, Rettore della "Cathedral Seminary Residence of the Immaculate Conception" […]

Cohen on Benedict

posted by awelborn

Whose silence? Now, though, Benedict has actually said something. He said more or less what I did after visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau — and before that, Treblinka, and afterward, Buchenwald and Terezin. He said what I said after reading a shelf of […]

To Uganda

posted by awelborn

The forthrightness of this piece from a Ugandan website intrigued me: get busy, people, and make it easier for the pilgrims! By declaring them martyrs and declaring June 3 a public holiday in their honour, government and church, respectively, have […]

The Other Graduate

posted by awelborn

More here. Michael’s also put up photos from his Book Expo America trip – here. Really nice photo of Tracey Ullman (who has a knitting book coming out, apparently) and one of Harvey Pekar, whose autograph Michael got on a […]

Oh, we want our episcopal rumors

posted by awelborn

So for today – the rumor that a co-adjutor for St. Paul-Minneapolis is on the way. Tomorrow, even.

The Body Speaks…again

posted by awelborn

A new translation of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body has been produced – the faults of the original translation lay in part in the fact that the talks JPII gave during those Audiences were translated in the news […]

Restructuring

posted by awelborn

When the bishops meet in LA next week, they’ll be discussing, among other matters, a major restructuring, aka downsizing of the committee structure of the USCCB. Rocco takes it from here: Collapsing five committees — "vocations, priestly formation, diaconate, consecrated […]

Navel Gazing

posted by awelborn

Old Zhou sends this along: According to this Italian news story by ANSA in Milano, a parish priest put up a sign reading: Dio conosce gia’ il tuo ombelico (God already knows about your navel) at the entrance to the […]

Pentecost – the long view.

posted by awelborn

Yeah, so we no longer have an Octave of Pentecost, but that’s not going to stop us. Go read Mike Aquilina on the Church Fathers and Pentecost. His blog should be one of your daily stops anyway. Writing about 198 […]

On Killing Autistic Children

posted by awelborn

A NYTImes Op-ed According to her friend, Dr. McCarron was in despair in recent weeks because Katherine’s language had regressed markedly. Every parent of a child on the autism spectrum knows this feeling: I’ve done everything possible; why isn’t he […]

What Did You Hear?

posted by awelborn

Pentecost edition: Just to clarify for any new readers: This is a recurring feature here at Open Book in which I invite readers to share their experiences at this past Sunday’s Mass (or church service – we often have folks […]

Cardinal Thorn

posted by awelborn

As in "in the side" – Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong calls for a re-examination: Wearing the red and white robes he was given after Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal in March, Cardinal Zen walked straight from celebrating […]

At St. Mary, Mother of God

posted by awelborn

Michelle Boorstein of the Wa Po visits a parish in DC where the Tridentine Rite is offered, and files a brief, refreshingly undertanding report. I mean, when’s the last time you heard ad orientem described accurately in the secular press? […]

Everyone’s to blame

posted by awelborn

Except me. One woman’s tale of why she "had" to get an abortion – because she couldn’t get a "Plan B" emergency contraception pill, ended up pregnant, etc. I’m still in good health, but unlike the last time I was […]

A Gift of Faith

posted by awelborn

N.J. church will donate $1 million to Hurrican Katrina recovery and rebuilding. Fountain Baptist Church favors exuberance in worship, its members encouraging their spirited pastor with approving nods and liberal supplies of amens. The fervor of spirit at this 108-year-old […]

The Graduates

posted by awelborn

One of them anyway: And the other, who was to graduate the next day (but didn’t go through the ceremony) and his grandfather and step-grandmother: More here!

Roaming in Rome

posted by awelborn

The Roamin’ Roman only has a few weeks more left before she returns to the US, and she’s busy with finals, but she’s posted a few great photos – including some of Pentecost Mass at the Pantheon – at the […]

On the Ontario Terrorists

posted by awelborn

Kathy Shaidle, of Relapsed Catholic, and who lives in Toronto, is providing links and commentary.

Choice

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi has the goods on a disgusting move by some Catholic school parents in Cincy When classes began Thursday morning, June 1, at the Catholic elementary school of St. Mary, a parish in the affluent Hyde Park neighborhood on […]

Is he headed our way?

posted by awelborn

According to an article posted in the Papa Ratzinger Forum (scroll down)…yes! Possibly for 2007: He will be in Brazil 2-3 days, after which he will head north to Caracas. Why Venezuela? Because, beyond its geopolitical importance, it is the […]

Pentecost

posted by awelborn

Even with the watermarks, I love this photo: Wonderful. More from Catholic Press Photo Agency here. And from today’s Mass: The text of his homily is here: But how to enter into the mystery of the Holy Spirit, how to […]

A Faith in Flux

posted by awelborn

The Philadelphia Inquirer is running a big package this week on Catholicism. (The link is to the front page. There’s a special box with the stories) Here’s a page with multimedia links, including profiles of several Philadelphia-area Catholics. Via Rocco

Meditations from Carmel

posted by awelborn

A lovely new website: We invite you to learn more about  Carmelite Spirituality through listening to short meditations we have put together for you to listen to via our PODCAST.   The Carmelite Community at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. […]

Vigil

posted by awelborn

Today was the massive gathering of representatives of the "new movements," for a Vigil of Pentecost at St. Peter’s with the Pope. There were an estimated 350,000 gathered (35-45,000 has been the normal number for the Wednesday audeinces for Benedict, […]

With the Pope

posted by awelborn

Hah. You know that you can find photos from every Papal event on the Vatican website, and Michael finally went and looked for photos from the General Audience which we attended. And sure enough, there he is "with" the Pope! […]

Meeting of Minds?

posted by awelborn

Bishop Brown agrees, in general, to meet with the dissatisfied parishioners of St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea. Bishop Tod Brown unexpectedly celebrated the Saturday evening vigil Mass at St. Mary’s by the Sea parish in Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday, June 3, 2006. […]

More on the Global South

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes (blogging from India for the summer) has thoughts and more links related to Christianity, the Global South and Philip Jenkins.

This morning at the Vatican

posted by awelborn

The subject: One of the themes of discussion was how the moderate voices in all the world’s major religions need to stand up to religious extremism in all its forms." He said that Mr Blair, who is Anglican, "underscored that […]

On the Pius Beat

posted by awelborn

Several review articles for you today. From William Doino: In light of the discussion over the Holy Father’s  visit to Auschwitz, I thought you and/or your readers might be interested in my 2003 interview with the esteemed British historian Sir […]

That was quick

posted by awelborn

Let’s see…Bishop Lennon was installed in Cleveland on May 15. News comes that FutureChurch, founded and located in Cleveland has been told to vacate the church property in which it’s headquartered. Note: Despite the fact that this was a cached […]

It’s like 2000 all over again

posted by awelborn

The spring of 2000 was landmark madness. We celebrated three sacraments – Michael and I got married, Katie received her First Communion, and David was confirmed. And starting it all off, Christopher graduated from high school and drove off in […]

Question of the Day

posted by awelborn

Joseph: There’s a commercial for the new Garfield movie. Me: Hmm. Joseph: The British are coming! The British are coming! Me: What? Joseph: That’s what Garfield says. Me: Oh, okay. Joseph: What are British? Me: They’re people who live in […]

Et tu, Hitch?

posted by awelborn

Christopher Hitchens is interviewed by WORLD magazine: Challenged On professing Bible knowledge while eschewing biblical faith, Mr. Hitchens said, "I don’t have the nostalgia for the lost period of faith. I’m glad it’s over and my children won’t have to […]

I don’t get this but I like it:

posted by awelborn

"Flash cards" created by Jeffrey Tucker of Sacred Music. And don’t forget this:

The Discerning Reader

posted by awelborn

Why did you write a book called "De-coding DaVinci: the facts behind the fiction of the da vinci code", if religious belief is based on faith? You’re using reason to boost your belief… why not use faith alone? Why prove […]

On the New Movements

posted by awelborn

Finally, Allen does a nice job explaining Benedict’s views on the importance of New Movements, and how it fits in with his previous statements on Christianity as a "creative minority" In making this reference, the pope had in mind not […]

On the Pope at the camps

posted by awelborn

Allen summarizes the controversy this week over the Pope’s words at Auschwitz-Birkenau: From a communications point of view, the pope’s Achille’s heel is that by refusing to satisfy prevailing expectations, Benedict can sometimes send the wrong signal to people who, […]

Pell on ICEL

posted by awelborn

From John Allen’s interview, linked below: You’ve seen the recent letter from Cardinal Francis Arinze to Bishop William Skylstad in the United States. What do you make of it? It’s just stating what the situation is. It’s sometimes useful to […]

Word Up

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s Word From Rome: The Pope on Islam: Popes only rarely lead by decree. Far more often, their example is decisive, pointing a new direction by what they do and say. Such has been the case under Benedict XVI […]

Mommy, what did you during the war?

posted by awelborn

At Mercatornet, an article by Daniel Mansueto on the war against girls in Asia: India has a similar problem. One study that includes a survey of the literature notes that Indian demographers have found a “stark shift towards excessively masculine […]

Timor Troubles

posted by awelborn

Churches are offering refuge: Around 30,000 people have sought refuge in two Catholic compounds as violence has swept through the East Timorese capital of Dili. The country, on the brink of civil war, has seen 70,000 people being displaced and […]

If it’s summer, it must be time for..

posted by awelborn

…baseball and faith. Two stories: Onward Christian Shortstops: Collin Hansin of Christianity Today comments on the widely-discussed USA Today piece on the Colorado Rockies’ new emphasis: O’Dowd can expect some backlash. Some will charge that no matter what he claims, […]

What’s the CPA up to?

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Zen speaks in yesterday’s AsiaNews: The government of China has asked the Patriotic Association to stop Episcopal ordinations without the consent of the Holy See, said Cardinal Joseph Zen. The Cardinal was speaking after celebrating Mass to take possession […]

On air

posted by awelborn

Podcast of yesterday’s appearance on the Popcak’s show is here – the show also features the weekly Thursday film review from Steven Greydanus.

Me in New Pantagruel

posted by awelborn

I have a short story in the new issue of The New Pantagruel – some of you have read it before, but here it is (and it’s slightly new and improved from the version I posted here a year or […]

Catholic Report Makeover

posted by awelborn

Nice, slightly new look for David Hartline’s great site.

Philip Jenkins, the Man

posted by awelborn

Jenkins is quite a busy man, isn’t he? He produces consistently excellent and even prescient books at a steady, dependable clip. His Hidden Gospels debunked DVC before the novel was even published. The Next Christendom has defined the discussion on […]

RBTE Report

posted by awelborn

Yesterday morning, I spoke in Milwaukee to a smaller, but quite interested and engaged group at the Milwaukee Archdiocesan center. Auxiliary Bishop Sklba offered a few thoughts on the canon of Scripture before it was my turn and Archbishop Dolan […]

Prayers needed all over…

posted by awelborn

Sandra Miesel’s husband (this via Mark Shea) My husband John has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will be having his first chemotherapy tomorrow. The doctor is optimistic that it can be treated–one third of lymphoma patients are still […]

Back, but not quite in business

posted by awelborn

Pretty tired today, so I will probably leave you hanging a bit more. We didn’t get back until 11:45 last night, so that probably speaks for itself. Let’s just say that the Archbishop’s house survived with just one speck of […]

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