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Just a reminder…

posted by awelborn

I’m working on a project at the moment, one that I need to finish in the next couple of weeks or so. (3 down…9 to go!) That’s why I’m being such a bad blogger. But that’s not the only thing […]

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Noisy Parish Awards

posted by awelborn

An entire blog dedicated to them: Only one so far – and the recipient might surprise you. (But perhaps not!)

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The Women

posted by awelborn

Today’s the day for the ordination-on-the-river, and props to the Diocese of Pittsburgh for not ignoring it, for offering a thorough, grounded Q & A on the matter Isn’t denial of the sacraments and excommunication extreme? The church doesn’t excommunicate […]

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Down Under..

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Clare in the comments for pointing out this story: I think the situation is that a parish that was, in the words of one, "free-wheeling" and dominated by a sympathy with the cause of the Aboriginal peoples was […]

Catch-all

posted by awelborn

A few articles from over the weekend: Charlotte Hays on NOW’s 40th anniversary celebration: For me, the most memorable session was the one entitled "Feminist Media Reform." Although two NOW employees spoke, along with Kathy Bonk, a well-known feminist media […]

The Cardinal’s Progress

posted by awelborn

Sitting up The head of Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese was improving at Loyola University Medical Center, according to his spokeswoman, Colleen Dolan. George sat up for two hours in a chair Sunday. "He’s getting a little tired doing it, but […]

The Hollywood reaction..

posted by awelborn

Muted Meanwhile, the Holocaust project, to be adapted from a little-known 1998 memoir called "Flory: Survival in the Valley of Death," which recounts the experiences of a young Dutch Jew during World War II, is in the early stages. An […]

Prayer for Peace

posted by awelborn

The Angelus at Castel Gondolfo: Greeted in a festive atmosphere by thousands of people who packed into the internal courtyard of the apostolic palace, the pope himself replied to the cries of the crowd by saying that the welcome he […]

Pious and Prochoice?

posted by awelborn

The Boston Globe looks at abortion rights activists getting religion. The religious abortion-rights movement, like the antiabortion movement, grounds its understanding of abortion in the Bible. Abortion-rights religious groups point to what they see as a telling silence in Scripture. […]

Shoving Off

posted by awelborn

We’ll keep this post flowing with links to stories about the events on a boat in Pittsburgh today, beginning with this WaPo story by Michelle Boorstein. The theological problems are not really dealt with in the story – why the […]

Miracle of Sharing Alert

posted by awelborn

This weekend – your place. Maybe this gets old, but I never fail to be fascinated by it. The Gospel tomorrow is the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes from John, and somewhere, sometime tomorrow, a preacher is going […]

“Where Ratzinger Was a Swear Word”

posted by awelborn

Michael is starting to work on a new book – go read it and, if you have anecdotes to share, help him out.

Whither Cardinal Egan?

posted by awelborn

An article in the NYSun about his low profile -which, if you compare it to Cardinal O’Connor is worth noting: When President Bush deployed the first veto of his presidency on a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic […]

Learning Curve

posted by awelborn

Wrap-up story from the Italian press on the end of the Pope’s vacation: Second year at Introd. First year as Pope. The question was obligatory: How do you feel just a little over a year since your election as Pope? […]

Rescued

posted by awelborn

Nice story about the origins of a statue of Mary that is a Boston landmark: A 35-foot copper and bronze statue of the Madonna stands tall against the Boston skyline, its granite support structure and gold crown-like top visible from […]

Gibson in trouble?

posted by awelborn

As you might know, Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving yesterday. A website claims today that Gibson, upon his arrest went into a profane, belligerent tirade laced with slurs about Jews. The site reproduces what is purported […]

Wait a minute…

posted by awelborn

..judge haults demolition of NYC church: The Committee to Save St. Brigid’s had gone to court on Thursday to ask for a stay on demolition, contending that the archdiocese had not properly convened a meeting of the church’s Board of […]

Christ, Come Quickly

posted by awelborn

Mark Mossa, SJ, has a moving remembrance of a fellow Jesuit, whose own thoughts on his own dying are in the most recent issue of America, (not available online) – but Mark provides generous quotes. Talking is more and more […]

Remember the Assumption

posted by awelborn

Some of you might remember that last year in Carey, Ohio, there was quite a bit of unpleasantness during the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption at the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine there. David Hartline of the Catholic […]

Pick a cover, any cover

posted by awelborn

The folks at Requiem Press (whom we met in South Carolina in April – wonderful family!) are seeking reader input on a cover for an interesting book they’re publishing in the fall: In May 2006 Rev. Charles Curran came out […]

Vaccinating for…

posted by awelborn

cervical cancer? What about giving the vaccination against HPV to girls as young as 9? The excellent webzine Mercator.net interviews a British physican and abstience proponent: MercatorNet: Moral objections to the vaccine would not be so strong if it weren’t […]

More Catholics; Fewer Sacraments

posted by awelborn

The latest stats on Catholic life in the US, courtesy of the 2006 Official Catholic Directory: The Catholic population rose about 1.3 million last year, to 69,135,254, the directory said. However, the number of students in Catholic high schools dropped […]

The Life of Fay

posted by awelborn

Bridgeport diocese issues report on the adventures of Fr. Fay. Big numbers: Lori has faced criticism for his handling of the scandal, especially when it emerged that another priest and the church bookkeeper hired a private investigator to look into […]

Interview with an Opus Dei Leftist

posted by awelborn

I just got done doing an interview with a fine Catholic journalist about the perils and limitations of using political language ("conservative" and "liberal" and such) in talking about our Catholic faith. In Godspy, Daniel Mansueto interviews Paola Binetti, a […]

From the comments

posted by awelborn

I was struck by this one, from the "Jesus Junk" post: When I was a protestant christian, all I needed to do to evanglelize was to encourage someone to pray the ‘save me’ prayer and Wham! they were saved. I […]

Prayers for John Miesel

posted by awelborn

You all know Sandra Miesel, medievalist extraordinaire who co-authored the Ignatius Press DVC book with Carl Olsen, The Da Vinci Hoax, and is regular and learned commentor on many blogs. Sandra let us a know a couple of months ago […]

A second surgery

posted by awelborn

The Sun-Times reports: Cardinal Francis George was in intensive care this morning after returning to the operating room late Thursday night for additional surgery after experiencing unstable blood pressure and a drop in his blood count despite having received blood […]

All Things Catholic

posted by awelborn

In case you’re not keeping up (gee….), that’s the new name of John Allen’s weekly web column – since he’s not going to be full-time in Rome anymore – this week’s column focuses, of course, primarily on the Middle East. […]

Serendipity

posted by awelborn

Funny that the week I started doing some work on this project for the Archdiocese of Military Services….OSV runs an article on it. It’s not online yet, but an abridged version is available at Catholic Online: Catholic men and women […]

Trying to see the bright side

posted by awelborn

In this past week’s summit: The 15-nation conference held in Rome on Wednesday failed to produce an immediate cease-fire, but there were significant results, says the Vatican secretary for relations with states. Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo participated as an observer in […]

Such a David thing

posted by awelborn

Well, my son is in London, after a day-long delay (his connecting flight out of VA to Atlanta was way late, and he would have missed the Atlanta – London flight as a result, so he ended up flying out […]

Recap

posted by awelborn

A Vatican Information Services recap of Papal activity during the first six months of the year. Related: Edward Pentin at the NCR(egister) profiles new Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi, SJ, with whom he worked at Vatican Radio: In the 15 years […]

“The Church is Sick”

posted by awelborn

Today, Magister reports on an intriguing document from the Spanish bishops. The document is in the form of a “pastoral instruction,” and is entitled “Theology and secularization in Spain, forty years after the end of Vatican Council II.” It is […]

Who’s in charge

posted by awelborn

Boston archdiocesan employee was ordained in one of those womanpriest ceremonies last year… A department head at the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has resigned her post after revealing that she had secretly participated in a ceremony last year in which […]

Coming to you live..

posted by awelborn

Good CNS article on the present state of Catholic radio. It will be interesting to see what this Sirius channel ends up looking like. (Er..sounding like). A Corpus Christi note: KLUX-FM in Corpus Christi, Texas, doesn’t sell ads, but it […]

The Cardinal’s condition

posted by awelborn

From the Chicago Tribune The Sun-Times He did not disclose Wednesday that doctors had also found cancer in his right ureter, the duct that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. Doctors knew of the cancer in the ureter […]

Charlotte and Ann

posted by awelborn

Charlotte Allen e-interviews Ann Coulter at Beliefnet…whew. You say: "The core of environmentalism is that they hate mankind." But in February the National Association of Evangelicals, including such signers as Ted Haggard, James Dobson, and Chuck Colson, etc., issued a […]

Reaction to the Summit:

posted by awelborn

From the Vatican: The Vatican shares the disappointment of those who had hoped the Rome summit on the Middle East would lead to an immediate cease-fire in the conflict along the Israeli-Lebanese border, Vatican officials said. The conclusion — supported […]

Speaking of Ordinations…

posted by awelborn

Fr. Guy of Shouts in the Piazza was in attendance at the episcopal ordination of Most Rev. Daniel Thomas as Titular Bishop of Bardstown and Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and reports: It was also great to hear the traditional chant […]

Coming this weekend…

posted by awelborn

The ordination of some women in Pittsburgh…watch for the press to fall all over itself trying to figure how to describe this, and if they say these women are being ordained Catholic priests who are not recognized by the church…write […]

A query from Ted

posted by awelborn

From Ted Olsen, of Christianity Today Weblog: I was looking at this New York Times photo: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/07/27/world/27lebanon_600x370.jpg My first, cynical, thought was that it was posed. That’s because it’s so iconic. So iconic, in fact, that my second thought was, […]

End Times?

posted by awelborn

Media Matters comments on CNN’s high interest in the purported coming apocalypse, featuring Jenkins and LaHaye.

This is stupid of me…

posted by awelborn

But here’s an open thread on the Middle East situation(s) for you….go for it. Perhaps start with Nouri Al-Maliki’s speech yesterday and the response to him and the complications? And then…everything in Lebanon? Sorry, I can’t offer more..you be the […]

Fr. Altier fires back

posted by awelborn

This is interesting: Fr. Robert Altier, the subject of much discussion in the blogosphere, has written a letter to the Minneapolis-St. Paul diocesan spokesman, in response to the spokesman’s statements about his own situation. It’s intereting because Fr. Altier has, […]

Now it works

posted by awelborn

Look for even lighter blogging today – I’m at the library, because our home internet seems caput after a storm last night ( the power never went out, but the internet has been affected.) And then, in the 30 minutes […]

Truthiness, continued

posted by awelborn

A reader let me know that Colbert was tres Catholique last night. I’m working on watching parts of it (I have a hard time getting stuff to download from Comedy Central, so I search elsewhere). Bill Donohue’s interview (about 9 […]

Prayers for Cardinal George

posted by awelborn

Will undergo cancer surgery tomorrow.

Go read Gashwin

posted by awelborn

He has many current Lebanon links, as well as a lot of photos of various Catholic churches in India, with informative descriptions. Right next to Buckley Court is the Archbishops’ Residence, in that characteristic dark-grey Deccan basalt, with the spires […]

On St. Ignatius

posted by awelborn

Jesuit historian John O’Malley reflects on the observations of one of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s contemporaries:   Luis Goncalves da Camara, for instance, left behind a kind of diary, written over the span of about six months in 1555, in […]

Jesus Junk

posted by awelborn

Well, CBA has wrapped up in Denver – no one from this house went this year – we usually don’t go unless it’s on the way to or near family (read: Atlanta or Orlando). And for me, going once every […]

Not your normal diocesan bulletin

posted by awelborn

Big props to the East Oklahoma Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Tulsa, which has done something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before: cover tensions and problems in the diocese. (pdf file) The issue is illegal immigration and how […]

My Day

posted by awelborn

…by Pope Benedict: Benedict XVI is full of hope on the eve of the international conference in Rome to seek a resolution of the current Israel-Lebanon conflict. Speaking once again to journalists on his return from his excursion of the […]

Obligatory light blogging warning

posted by awelborn

Over the next two weeks or so, I’m immersing myself in a pretty big project for the Archdiocese for Military Services. It’s not complicated, but it’s a lot of work that has to be done quickly. I’m glad to do […]

Into the breach…

posted by awelborn

First, Tony Snow "clarifies" the statement he made last week after the embryonic stem-cell veto President Bush does not consider stem cell research using human embryos to be murder, the White House said yesterday, reversing its description of his position […]

Mass for Peace

posted by awelborn

This past Sunday, the Archdiocese of Washington had a Mass for Peace in the Middle East – here is the text of Archbishop Wuerl’s homily. Let us renew our resolve — every member of this community — to do our […]

Lifeguards of Jesus

posted by awelborn

Reaching out on the Italian beaches: Backed by volunteers wearing red Baywatch-style T-shirts and calling themselves the Lifeguards of Jesus, Father Vito and another priest were on hand to offer penance and absolution from 10 at night until one in […]

The discussion

posted by awelborn

Do go read the transcript of the US bishops’ discussion on the liturgy translation from June. It’s quite interesting. There was some confusion at the beginning as to what was being discussed and voted on, and after the "consubstantial" discussion […]

What I (will do) on my summer vacation

posted by awelborn

By Bishop Vasa of Baker, Oregon: He’s going to sub for priests with a widely-spread out parish responsibilities, giving them a break: Since the rectory there is largely uninhabited, I can move in without inconveniencing anyone. My presence there for […]

To be in church…

posted by awelborn

…and have the Pope stop by. Yesterday (Sunday), Benedict stopped by a prayer service in the village of Rhemes-St.-Georges. He listened to the readings, from the Mass of the day, and then spoke extemporaneously for seven minutes to the congregation […]

In Defense of M. Night

posted by awelborn

I wouldn’t say that I was ever a M. Night Shyamalan "fan," although was as taken with The SIxth Sense as most other people, saw some value in Unbreakable, but thought Signs, despite the strong faith element, was too measured […]

We interrupt any seriousness..

posted by awelborn

…to muse about Dane Cook. Of whom I had never, ever heard before an episode of The Office in which Michael (the clueless boss, played by Steve Carrell) says to a group of kids (brought there on "Bring Your Daughters […]

A new look at Medjugorje?

posted by awelborn

CNS reports: Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced a commission would be formed to review the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and pastoral provisions for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the town each year. "The commission members have […]

Times, they are a’changing

posted by awelborn

A brand new Catholic church: Well, who allowed this to happen? Someone fell asleep on the watch, I do believe. Dick Vosko…call your office. St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. A news article about the procession in […]

In East Timor

posted by awelborn

A long, valuable article on the role the Church is playing the current conflict in East Timor. Many of you might remember the past bishop of Dili, Bishop Belo, a Salesian, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (along with […]

Miracle?

posted by awelborn

Sent to Rome: Copies of a report on an alleged miracle that took place in 1999 through the intercession of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were signed and sealed Sunday by Roman Catholic Church officials. The 500-page report and […]

The USCCB on the Middle East

posted by awelborn

Here’s the statement from the USCCB committee on international policy, chaired by Bishop Wenski of Orlando. * The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops condemns the terror and provocative acts of Hamas and Hezbollah that precipitated the crises, including cross-border […]

Postwar Pogrom

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes review of a new book about anti-Semitism in Poland after WWII: In the most notorious episode, 60 years ago this month, residents of Kielce, among them policemen, soldiers and boy scouts, murdered 80 Jews. “The immense courtyard was […]

Bishops to people: You’re stupid

posted by awelborn

From the CNS story on the Vox Clara meeting: Archbishop Hughes said that as a member of a Vatican advisory body he was not free to share Vox Clara’s reactions to the U.S. text, or to try to guess how […]

Unexpected Consequences

posted by awelborn

See, here’s one thing I learned today. In one’s attempt to keep the baby’s attention high and mouth shut, it’s normal to try to point things out and build anticipation for what’s coming. But now I know it’s not a […]

Good thinking in Tulsa

posted by awelborn

See, here’s a good idea: Using a blog to keep folks update on a church renovation – in this case the Cathedral of the Diocese of Tulsa. (Tulsa’s ordinary is Bishop Slattery, formerly director of the Catholic Extension Society, on […]

Word from the Holy Land

posted by awelborn

Various links on bloggers and what the Church is doing: An eye-witness account from Lebanon, via an Antiochene Orthodox priest here. Fr. Jim Tucker (who provided that first link) has links to several bloggers in Lebanon. Maronite bishops issues a […]

Shortlist

posted by awelborn

Ann Rogers reflects speculation on various names for a new Pittsburgh bishop. Kurtz of Knoxville is mentioned – someone had written me a few weeks ago saying they’d heard a rumor of Kurtz for Louisville…rumors, rumors….

Prayer for Peace

posted by awelborn

As you know, the Pope has asked that today be a day of prayer and penance for the cause of peace. Here is a translation of today’s Angelus, courtesy of Teresea at the Papa Ratzinger Forum: Dear brothers and sisters, […]

And the Vietnamese..

posted by awelborn

An article on the growing number of Vietnamese American priests. This changing face of the priesthood was on display recently when the Diocese of Orange, in Southern California, ordained two Vietnamese American seminarians — and a third clergyman — at […]

A Shepherd in Algeria

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes profile of the Roman Catholic bishop of Algeria…the land of St. Augustine, where Christianity has just about disappeared. When he began his work as a parish priest in 1958, there were more than 700 churches in the country. […]

Circuit Riding

posted by awelborn

Newsday article on priests ministering to the Spanish-speaking population in Long Island. Amazing. An article on this subject that doesn’t reference how much more fantastic the Protestants are doing in this regard. In many parts of the country, seminary education […]

Twice in a month to Peru!

posted by awelborn

Well, sort of. Well, not really. This morning we headed an hour west to take in the Circus City Festival Parade in Peru, Indiana. From the late 19th century to the early 1940’s, Peru was the winter home of many […]

Number, please

posted by awelborn

Pretty fascinating little CNS story on the Vatican switchboard and phone service. Lots of tasty little nuggets. "Working at the (Vatican’s) call center is a very delicate job, and we would never think of putting in automated operators," the brother […]

The Sodano Code

posted by awelborn

In the Weekly Standard, Jody Bottum tries to crack it: Of course, in one sense, Sodano was merely indulging the kind of ritual statement–everybody’s wrong, but Israel most of all–that the Vatican has been issuing for decades. It didn’t mean […]

Not a problem.

posted by awelborn

Someone forgot to replace the sandbox top. It rained. So?

The Reformed Soul

posted by awelborn

From the Guardian, a review of a new bio of John Donne, by England’s Poet Laureate (the review, not the book) Books that emphasise the conflicts in Donne are hardly rarities. Paradoxes haunt the previously standard John Donne: A Life […]

Theocracy!

posted by awelborn

Just posted at First Things, a review/essay of the recent spate of Theocracy’s-Around-the-Bend books by Ross Douthat. It’s excellent – he does us all a great favor by explaining just how all of these writers connect-the-theocratic-christianist-dots, in case you were […]

Vox Clara

posted by awelborn

The Vox Clara Committee is composed of bishops from the English-speaking world. Its mandate is to advise the Congregation for Divine Worship on translations of liturgical texts into English. The Committee has been meeting in Rome this week, and has […]

Damonology

posted by awelborn

Remember Damon Linker? The former First Things staffer who wrote that New Republic cover story on Fr. Richard John Neuhuas, The Absolutist? In which Neuhaus Threatens Your Freedom? (The article was much discussed here and at the American Scene, and […]

An interview with the Maestro

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister interviews Domenico Bartolucci, long-time director of the papal choir in the Sistine Chapel, dismissed during the pontificate of John Paul Ii and, some say, subtly and symbolically brought back to the fore by Benedict. Q: What are the […]

Comments hall of fame for today

posted by awelborn

Funniest: For my parents, the back seat didn’t exist on long road trips no matter how loud it got. Grossest: (Sandra Miesel, of course!) As far as boiling down bodies for shipment home, this was done with Thomas Aquinas. It […]

The Future of Liberal Catholicism

posted by awelborn

Beliefnet is running a debate/discussion between two of our friends, Peter Nixon (former independent blogger and now part of the dotCommonweal team blog) and Grant Gallicho (associate editor of Commonweal) Definitions take center stage at first, and I’m thinking this […]

Austrian Churches

posted by awelborn

Gerald of Closed Cafeteria is posting his grandfather’s photos here and here.

Meanwhile in Germany…

posted by awelborn

Presses EU about embryonic research: Germany pressed its EU partners to ban European funding for embryonic stem-cell research, a day after President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have expanded such work in the United States. "The European […]

Empy Pews in Rome?

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev, in her regular ZENIT column, says the assumption is innacurate: At my own church of the Protomartyrs, the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass is standing room only and the other five Masses throughout the day are well attended. The […]

Good News in Arizona

posted by awelborn

The Newman Center at ASU planning an expansion: A 700-square-foot adoration chapel would be built near a courtyard creating an intimate prayer space, and there will be a student center for all campus ministry-related programs. Lucci said the decision to […]

High School Musical

posted by awelborn

If you have a tween or young teen daughter (or son, for all I know), you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a Disney film – made-for-tv, now on DVD – that has busted all kinds of charts. This Newsweek article […]

Worst mother of the year award

posted by awelborn

We all have our philosophies about entertaining children in the car. Mine is: Low Expectations. Not mine. Theirs. You see, I think if that you embark on a trip having informed the children that we must take lots of stuff […]

It never ends…

posted by awelborn

Perhaps you’ve been following the story of Father Fay, the Connecticut priest accused of misappropriating funds, acts suspected and investigated by the parish associate pastor and secretary, claiming the diocese would do nothing. Blogged here and then, last week, here. […]

How Faith Saved the Atheist

posted by awelborn

A brief, yet rich essay in the WSJ today, on a family’s battles with doctors: complained about all the death-with-dignity pressure to my father’s doctor, an Orthodox Jew, who said that his religion forbids the termination of care but that […]

Theology and Body News

posted by awelborn

First the new translation of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body has been released by Pauline Media. For those not keeping track: John Paul II’s The Theology of the Body remains a masterwork of Catholic teaching — an invaluable […]

Kudos to CNS

posted by awelborn

See, this is the kind of thing the Catholic press should be doing…all the time. Because statements like this are made …all the time. Catholic News Service corrects Senator Specter: What does a pope elected at the end of the […]

Bill Hearts Brede

posted by awelborn

Bill Cork read In This House of Brede…and raves!

Mixed Messages

posted by awelborn

Not unexpected from the Bush administration (I say that because I’ve heard this type of thing from defenders of the Bush position in the administration before) , but perhaps a surprise from the mouth of Tony Snow: In the context […]

Catholic Digital Art

posted by awelborn

Great website – via GOP Soccer Mom.

Colbert, Redux

posted by awelborn

"Using cant to transcend cant…" (From Kevin Jones in the comments box) The subject of Stephen Colbert and faith is getting noted more and more frequently. Mormon2Catholic notes his reciting the Nicene Creed on the show The Anchoress commented as […]

Pro-Life Feminism

posted by awelborn

An updated version of the excellent anthology has been published. Check it out. Feminists for Life website.

Tripping

posted by awelborn

Many St. Louis photos at my Flickr page – no titles or captions yet, but they’re coming.

Sit-down with the Bishop

posted by awelborn

My friend Cary McMullen, excellent religion reporter for the Lakeland Ledger, has an interesting Q & A with Bishop Wenski of Orlando. They talk about church growth (an enormous issue down there, especially with the priestly vocations dearth, which the […]

More on Lebanon

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes has a good round-up post (and you should have been following him for the great Banned-Blogs-in-India travesty ), including this Christianity Today roundup of the Christian angle. (This CT Weblog, as usual, has many, many othe great links. […]

Negotiation

posted by awelborn

The Papal Nuncio to Israel: (From the Jerusalem Post) Archbishop Antonio Franco, papal nuncio to Israel, said Tuesday that he personally attempted to intercede with Hamas on behalf of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Franco also called on both Hizbullah and […]

The Great Ohio Mass Card Controversy, Part II

posted by awelborn

Judge rules that it was an attempt at intimidation: Lewis denied trying to intimidate Gasper. Lewis said he has sent at least 15 Mass cards to Gasper over the years. "Mr. Gasper is faced with a difficult period of time […]

Veto

posted by awelborn

Bush vetos stem-cell bill. Photo with WaPo article (at least online) is one from Tuesday (a day before he vetoed it) with Bush standing with McCarrick, Wuerl and the Papal Nuncio. PAPIST THREAT ON OUR SHORES! (Calling Thomas Nast….) (The […]

Magister Reports

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister interviews Fr. David Jaeger about the Middle East and analyzes recent statements from Vatican personages. Here’s a statement from the Holy Father from this morning, via the Press Office. It’s only in Italian so far: . Il Santo […]

The View from the top

posted by awelborn

We arose early this morning in order to get downtown in the midst of the morning rush, and indeed we did, with several minutes to spare. Getting our tickets for the nine o’clock ride up, we wandered about the museum […]

Just a little concerned…

posted by awelborn

"Will the pigs eat my head?" (No, they’ll probably be content with the humongous squash they were munching on.) Feeling a bit more confident, being protected by St. George:

We’re back

posted by awelborn

Comments will re-open in the morning.

Traveling with Children

posted by awelborn

(Click for bigger version) What can we not fight about? Anything???? Photo taken here – at the Missouri Historical Society Museum, in the Lindbergh exhibit. Did almost everything we set out to do – the Cathedral-Basilica, where we had more […]

Giving Back

posted by awelborn

Mel Gibson is wrapping up the filming of Apocalypto down in Mexico and is donating money to help build homes for folks down there. The 50-year-old director-actor will donate the money through the Rotary Club and Mexico’s family welfare agency, […]

Not Your Father’s MYF

posted by awelborn

Or, more properly, my father’s MYF, since he’s Methodist. CT weblog notes a conflict in Albany about a Methodist Church’s youth music night. Shut down for being an illegal nightclub, etc. But what struck me was the nature and lyrics […]

And then one day….

posted by awelborn

…imagination kicks in. It’s amazing. Over the past week, something has happened to Joseph’s 5-year old brain. He’s started weaving stories. With relish and great deliberation. A few days ago he reported that he had been to Jerusalem – he […]

Trip reading

posted by awelborn

This trip (when I’m not driving)…the reading is current issues of The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly as well as this: The Man on the Donkey, H.F.M. Prescott’s historical novel of Reformation England. The Atlantic caught my eye because it […]

Prayer Blegs

posted by awelborn

Two have come our way over the past day: First, a friend of Greg Burke, who has been the FoxNews Rome correspondent for a while, writes to note that he’s now reporting from Beirut. She writes to ask that we […]

FaithStreams

posted by awelborn

A multi-faith video-on-demand service you might be interested in.

Blog Bleg

posted by awelborn

Reader Mary Gibson writes that she’s been asked to give a talk about the relics in her diocesan cathedral’s altars, but has a problem: Problem is, I’ve begun trying to do research on the identities of the various saints on […]

A Blessing to One Another

posted by awelborn

Go read Rocco’s blog for a post on a new exhibit in honor of John Paul II that’s being sponsored by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

Coming to you from…Terre Haute

posted by awelborn

We’re in Terre Haute, on our way to St. Louis. We have a complicated next few days, here’s what’s up: I have a speaking gig in St. Louis Tuesday night. Michael was to fly from Indianpolis to Jacksonville for a […]

COMMENTS CLOSED

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They will reopen Wednesday night. If you try to comment, it will tell you that you are spam. PLEASE don’t write me and ask why!!!

David in London thread

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In about a week, my son leaves for London. It’s not his first time in England. After his junior year in high school, he did the University of Dallas Thomas More in London study program. He liked it very much […]

Legionaries, a new vision?

posted by awelborn

A translation of a Sandro Magister blog note on the Legionaries of Christ since the Vatican’s penance given to their founder: Two months since the canonical decision from the Vatican on Marcial Maciel Degollado, 86-year-old founder of the Legionaries of […]

Forgive me..

posted by awelborn

…but I’ve got one more photo of the Pope on vacation. I love this one because you can catch a detail in it that you can’t see so well in the other piano snap: Like many of us, he has […]

Hmmm

posted by awelborn

Is this an accurate representation of the Vatican (as in one statement from Sodano, and the Pope’s words during the Angelus yesterday) response to the situation so far? I think absolutely not. Your views? Source publicized on Malkin who on […]

Pilgrimage to Goa

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A new generation of pilgrims hits Goa’s hippie trail – from the NYTimes. The first part of the article focuses on the decades-long hold of the place on alternative types, but then takes another turn: But Goa’s most authentic spiritual […]

3 Days late…

posted by awelborn

Friday was Bastille Day…a couple of notes: Rick Garnett offers thoughts and links at Mirror of Justice A 2004 essay from Godspy on "Remembering the Vendee" (don’t know how to do accent marks – sorry) on the popular uprising against […]

Money Matters

posted by awelborn

A Connecticut paper looks at the recent financial outrages in Darien in the context of another, ten-year old case. (Refresher: In the Darien case, a parish pastor was suspected of financial hijinks by the parish bookkeeper and parochial vicar. They […]

The Stigmata

posted by awelborn

Article from the Nashville Tennessean about a psychologist who investigates: Mario Martinez follows the trail of blood to one of the biggest mysteries in religion — the human capacity to produce stigmata, the "wounds of Christ" on the hands, feet […]

More on the Middle East

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has a round-up of more commentary, to add to American Papist’s. Julie D. has a short list of bloggers from the Middle East whom she regularly reads.

The New Woman

posted by awelborn

Here’s a review, in Commonweal, of Jon Hassler’s most recent novel. Religion has become more a background than foreground element in his fiction since North of Hope (1990), in some ways his best and most Catholic novel. Yet Hassler has […]

Weird things to hear a 14-year old girl say in 2006

posted by awelborn

(While watching TV) (Exclaims in delight) John Garfield! (a minute later) (Puzzled) How old was Claude Rains in 1940, anyway? (FYI, last year, TMC came to our mall doing a Saturday afternoon of promotions, which featured trivia contests. Katie won […]

The Middle East: an overview

posted by awelborn

The American Papist gets us started. Powerline discusses a David Horowitz column: David Horowitz explains why the current war in the Middle East is a "moment of truth." The truths Horowitz cites, which won’t surprise Power Line readers, are these: […]

Jesus in China

posted by awelborn

The LA Times on a project to restore the window’s in Shanghai’s Catholic cathedral, spearheaded by a California Jesuit and a Chinese artist. Being the cathedral, it is, of course, a Patriotic Association church, and the political aspect is definitely […]

Papal piano

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Apparently on RAI (the national Italian TV network) today, after they broadcast the Angelus, they showed a little video of Pope on Vacation, walking around, writing, and, in a first, images of Ratzinger as Pope playing the piano: More here […]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

posted by awelborn

Today at Les Combes, the Pope during the Angelus: Benedict XVI told the crowd of around 10,000 people who went up to Les Combes to participate in the Sunday Angelus: “The news coming from the Holy Land in recent days […]

The Lord’s Beggar

posted by awelborn

A great story from Indianapolis about a most faithful disciple with a fascinating background: At 90, Lucious Newsom hitches up his blue bib overalls and climbs into his white van, preparing to continue his work as “the Lord’s beggar for […]

Joshua’s eulogy

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Regina Doman Schmiedicke has posted it. It’s so terribly sad, but suffused with faith, hope and love for a child. The last photograph on the page will break your heart. We pray for all those who have lost a child, […]

Speaking of Soccer

posted by awelborn

Here’s Get Religion’s roundup of religion coverage of the World Cup: Interesting stuff, including how a Full Gospel Church in NY utilized the tournament among South Korean adherants, and how the Christian and Muslim members of the Ghanian team played […]

Go to Mass!

posted by awelborn

And to a soccer game! Thousands of people wearing their Sunday best will flock today to the Home Depot Center, the site of a Major League Soccer game between Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Before a ball is […]

“A sense of siege”

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WaPo article on conscience conflicts between medical providers/personnel and patients: Many religious health workers find no conflict between their beliefs and their jobs. But others describe what amounts to a sense of siege, with the secular world increasingly demanding they […]

They call us Babes in Arms!

posted by awelborn

Just returned from an IPFW perfomance of Babes in Arms with Katie. I mean, I was with Katie, not that Katie was in it. Although, as usual, she wished she were! It was an intriguing show, which doesn’t mean it […]

An interview with Milingo

posted by awelborn

John Allen has it In his NCR interview, however, Milingo insisted that he had said no such thing, and that it was church authorities who insisted that he had been brainwashed. “All my problems come from the lack of appreciation […]

You say suppression..

posted by awelborn

This, from a source. A letter to Bishop Skylstad, president of the USCCB, on how some US dioceses might have been misusing canon law. Or mistakenly interpreting it, shall we say: Congregation for the Clergy Prot. N. 20060481 The Most […]

Typepad Bloggers

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…is your posting screen really weird? One time it’s something, the next time you post or refresh, it’s something else? The editing tabs go missing?

The Journey

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Really interesting story from Alabama about a female Presbyterian pastor converting to Catholicism and now considering religious life with the Benedictines.

A miracle for Margaret?

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Miracle attributed to a Scottish venerable being investigated Margaret Sinclair, a committed trade unionist, joined the Poor Clares of St. Colette at the age of 23 and worked with the poor of Edinburgh until her death from tuberculosis two years […]

Melting in St. Augustine

posted by awelborn

The only non-beach thing we did was a morning in St. Augustine – when you have a little boy addicted to "swording" you must take him to a fort, if one’s available. Castillo de San Marcos, of course, and a […]

From the Porch

posted by awelborn

A bit on our Florida stay: We rented a house on Anastasia Island, one that I found via (of course) the internet. Not through VRBO, but on a site run by a Realtor who owns ten properties to rent. As […]

Compendium Online!

posted by awelborn

The English translation is finally online, at the Vatican website. It is the same translation as in the USCCB version. via Pontifications. Is your Catholic high school requiring students to own a copy of the Compendium? If I were teaching…I […]

On the Blog

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Just a word on this blog, for any newcomers: For the first couple of years of this blog, it was an all-news all the time kind of place, but then that naturally got the best of me, although I still […]

A lot going on..

posted by awelborn

Worldwide and in the Church…violence, winds of war, liturgical questions and arguments (now there’s something new for you), and much more…but I’m still not done with my thing that was due on Wednesday, and I’m laboring under the burdens of […]

On the Middle East

posted by awelborn

From the Vatican: Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano today made the following declaration on Vatican Radio:   "The news we are receiving from the Middle East is certainly worrying.   "The Holy Father Benedict XVI and all his collaborators […]

Update on the Schmiedickes

posted by awelborn

Blogger Danielle Bean has an update, courtesy of a relative, on the family of Joshua Schmiedicke, son of Regina Doman Schmiedicke and Andrew Schmiedicke. There is report of the wake and funeral, and a suggestion for donations.  At the FoxNews […]

Whazzup

posted by awelborn

My son David has been here all week, having returned the Peru trip with Katie, and driven them down from the Detroit airport on Monday. He’s going back to VA tomorrow morning, then moving into his own apartment down there […]

The Red and the Black

posted by awelborn

The Vatican’s 2005 financial report was presented today: Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, announced this morning in a press conference on the Holy See consolidated financial statements for 2005 that […]

The Vatican on Milingo

posted by awelborn

Here: La Santa Sede non ha ancora ricevuto notizie precise sulla finalità del viaggio negli Stati Uniti d’America di Mons. Emmanuel Milingo, già Arcivescovo di Lusaka in Zambia. In ogni caso se le dichiarazioni che gli vengono attribuite circa il […]

More on Fr. Lombardi

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Translations of a couple of articles from the Italian press: More than an expression of any partiular policy line, Pope Benedict’s choices appear to have one thing in common: they have been dictated by the Pope’s personal confidence in individuals, […]

A tragically flawed miracle

posted by awelborn

Painful story from the Toronto paper – a woman’s tale of her abortion after discovering her baby bore the triple X chromosonal abnormality. We could be, though. In many ways my 45-year-old husband and I could be perfect parents. We’re […]

The Bishop Regrets

posted by awelborn

Via Rod at the Crunchy Con blog, what soon-to-retire Bishop Grahmann most regrets about his tenure: If you could have changed anything during the last 16 years, what would that be and why? First of all, when I came here […]

The tragically flawed miracle

posted by awelborn

A response. A more powerful one you could not ask for: When I think of the future for my child and her peers, it is not the rapist, the abuser, or the paedophile whom I fear.  It is the C […]

Typepad Outage

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There was a Typepad Outage yesterday. I’m in the process of restoring posts. I don’t know if all the comments are still there or not.

The Great Ohio Mass Card Controversy of 06

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"I’m having a Mass offered for your intentions – punk!" Michael W. Lewis, a Clevelandarea broker indicted last month on charges he conspired to bribe Terrence W. Gasper, the former chief financial officer at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, […]

Another US Vacancy…

posted by awelborn

Bishop Milone of Great Falls-Billings resigns/retires because of age. Kelly of Louisville expected to follow soon.

Testing…

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What happened? Posts seem to be gone…gee, hope they haven’t disappeared forever!

Milingo-Stallings Dream Team?

posted by awelborn

Rocco’s reporting on what he’s hearing…considering Milingo is an archbishop who can, you know…ordain …yikes. Archbishop Milingo’s Moonie Wedding set off a summer of high drama in the Italian media, ending with Milingo’s reconciliation with John Paul II, a more […]

Horror in Mumbai

posted by awelborn

A series of blasts on commuter trains, killing scores…Catholic blogger Gashwin Gomes is in India now: I am still numb from shock at what has transpired in my beloved Bombay. Bombay is in my bones. This is heartbreaking. Like having […]

From the Dust

posted by awelborn

On the trip from Knoxville to Florida I read this – a history of the Dust Bowl. It’s very good – for those already familiar with the period, there’s probably not much that’s new – but for the rest of […]

Found in translation

posted by awelborn

De-coding DVC has been translated into 9 languages, I think (including my favorite, Thai), and the other DVC-related books I’ve done have been translated into other languages as well. I’m not sure if I’ve got all of them here or […]

St. Benedict

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial of St. Benedict, patron of Europe. (and of many other things) (Pope Benedict begins his summer vacation today – coincidence or celebration – you decide) (More photos of the Pope’s arrival in Les Combes here. and […]

The first year

posted by awelborn

In Tikkun, a Methodist pastor on the faculty of Fordham takes on Benedict’s first year: As Pope, he has reiterated that Europe’s unity is based on its “indispensable Christian roots.” To skeptics, Pope Benedict’s argument for cultural purity is dangerously […]

Blog wars in the news

posted by awelborn

The Richmond Diocese point/counterpoint Catholic blogs make the papers.

Confronting the past

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Polish priest admits spying: A leading Catholic priest in Poland, where the late Polish Pope John Paul II championed resistance under communism, said on Tuesday he had for 24 years spied on dissidents and clerics for communist secret services. Allegations […]

New Vatican Press Secretary

posted by awelborn

Joaquin Novarro Valls has resigned/retired (as expected) and has been replaced with A JESUIT! From Opus Dei to a Jesuit – it’s back to the old days of long-tentacled power players! Kidding. Kidding. Is he waiting for the 40 Express? […]

You go out of town for a few days…

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and someone else tries to grab your papacy… Dissent in Egypt: Egypt’s Coptic pope has sought to reassure his followers upon returning from a trip abroad that raised concerns over his health and saw a dissident bishop trying to set […]

The Dirty Dozen

posted by awelborn

In the Spectator online, Doug Bandow on the worst violators of religious freedom: Bangladesh, Burma, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and seven more. Plus: ASSESSING THE RELATIVE BRUTALITY of varying regimes isn’t easy, and the level of repression sometimes changes over […]

Cities of God

posted by awelborn

Over the past month or so, I’ve been reading the marvelous historical work Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes 1125-1325 by Augustine Thompson, OP. It’s taken awhile (and probably deserves a repeat reading to enable it all […]

Peruvian memories

posted by awelborn

Nasty stuff..tastes like bubblegum! Ah…the Inca Kola defenders waste no time! How can you say Inca Kola is nasty and tastes likebubblegum!???!!?? I disagree. I would say that aboutDr. Pepper! Saludos, An offended reader from Lima, Peru. I’ll have to […]

I can’t entitle this post “Man of Steele”

posted by awelborn

Because the Curt Jester took it already. Maryland Lt. Gov and Senate candidate Michael Steele spoke to a gathering of Catholic families: Tim Hill, who with his wife, Miki, home-schooled their nine children, said they founded the conference 17 years […]

Eucharist Doves

posted by awelborn

Marvelous post from Daniel Mitsui on what I’d say is a little-known element of church decor, but was actually common before the relatively modern tabernacle was developed: Eucharist Doves have been mentioned in several discussions on liturgically-minded Catholic Blogs, but […]

To the high court

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Archbishop Burke appointed: On Saturday the Holy See announced that Archbishop Raymond Burke of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been appointed to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  The Archbishop will undertake his new duties while remaining Archbishop […]

A Preacher’s Abortion

posted by awelborn

At Mere Comments, Russell Moore posts on a Baptist (American Baptist, not SBC) pastor’s article on an abortion she had 19 years ago. It is sad and sobering to read this pastor defend abortion by writing: "When I made my […]

RIP

posted by awelborn

Philip Rieff For all the intellectual panache, however, there was something more sobering about Philip Rieff, for which the right word may be prophetic. While we were preoccupied with our therapeutic games, it went largely unnoticed that our culture died […]

Trying to clean up

posted by awelborn

A Seattle Times piece on the financial disaster of the Spokane Diocese Milwaukee prepares: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is going ahead with plans to sell the Cousins Center in St. Francis and has launched a major communications effort, partly to […]

Take Back Our Church?

posted by awelborn

Over at the Commonweal Blog, Peter Nixon posts on Robert Kaiser’s latest effort, and evokes a record (at this point) 77 comments – including from Kaiser himself.

Women of Faith

posted by awelborn

Nice for Thomas Nelson: The two-day conference starts Friday, but Andjeski paid her $65 long ago — benefiting from a group discount. She quickly added that she could "hardly wait to laugh and cry, sing and pray" with the 11,000 […]

The death of liberal Christianity?

posted by awelborn

Charlotte Allen in the LAtimes – looks at recent Episcopalian and Presbyterian actions, as well as the numbers. When a church doesn’t take itself seriously, neither do its members. It is hard to believe that as recently as 1960, members […]

Secularism did it

posted by awelborn

Peter Steinfels, in last Saturday’s NYTimes, on a book arguing that secularism has marginalized the university: A century ago, American universities aspired to be the wellsprings of political, social and cultural leadership, Mr. Sommerville, a professor emeritus, argues in "The […]

Papal words

posted by awelborn

The Vatican website’s finally been updated with texts from Valencia. They must have been busy today.

Point/Counterpoint

posted by awelborn

Matt Abbott prints two essays from two different perspectives on the utility of graphic abortion photos in protests. One is by Fr. Michael Orsi of Ave Maria School of Law and the other is from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests […]

Adios!

posted by awelborn

More photos of the Pope’s last day in Spain. The Pope’s homily at the closing Mass: Certainly we come from our parents and we are their children, but we also come from God who has created us in his image […]

Buh-bye Typepad

posted by awelborn

No, no, don’t think you’ve got to change your bookmarks. I’m sticking with the blog, but I think I’ll stop posting photos on the Typepad photo albums. – Flickr is easier to use, plus you can do cool stuff with […]

Breathe

posted by awelborn

Here’s something I’ve been chewing on all week. Last Sunday, we attended a Mass in which the music was provided by a youth group, God bless them. Except they were not so great. Please take drum kits out of churches. […]

In Chains

posted by awelborn

We made it to, er..most of Mass late this morning at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. It was my first visit there – went to the mother St. Peter in Chains in Rome, after great effort (it was […]

Back, and sort of in business

posted by awelborn

After a two-week absence, I am back home in Indiana. It will take a bit to recover my bearings and figure out what this blog needs to be right now, so bear with me, if you like. Or if you […]

Prayers needed

posted by awelborn

Heartbreaking…author Regina Doman (of Angel in the Waters and other books)  – has tragic news to share: I have news so sad that it is breaking my heart. Yesterday, July 8, my four-year-old son Joshua Michael died in a car […]

What’s going on in India?

posted by awelborn

Magister’s latest: But the anti-Christian act that provoked the greatest outrage was, on June 25, the aggression against four sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in a hospital of the Hindu temple town of Tirupati, in Andra Pradesh, a state […]

On the embryo

posted by awelborn

Pope planning document? According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “Pope Benedict is preparing a document on bioethics, biogenetics and in particular, on the protection of the embryo." The Pope wishes to prevent any manipulation of the human embryo on […]

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