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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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