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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

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

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

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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