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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

posted by awelborn

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…

posted by awelborn

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 […]

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posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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

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