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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

Why Via Media
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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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