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The Pope in Spain

posted by awelborn

Lots of news on that front, of course. John Allen has background, in what used to be the "Word from Rome" but is now "All Things Catholic," reflecting the fact that Allen will no longer be full-time in Rome, but […]

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Almost…home!

posted by awelborn

Back in Knoxville for the night, before heading off early tomorrow morning for the Fort, which I have not seen in two weeks. Everyone else is asleep – I’m up waiting for Christopher, who is, on his part, returning from […]

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Are Mormons Christians?

posted by awelborn

The latest twist in the conversation, on the pop culture front.

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Faculty for Life

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Fr. Neuhaus has a post highlighting the group and articles from their recent proceedings.

Pope Benedict Roundup!

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has one of his monstrous, amazing round-ups of Pope news!

Good Counsel Homes

posted by awelborn

Good Counsel Homes, the wonderful ministry for pregnant moms and their babies, needs some financial help.

Mass in China

posted by awelborn

From a reader: My husband and I have just spent ten days in Beijing. A few months ago I blegged for advice from your readers about Mass attendance in mainland China, and following a suggestion there, we asked our pastor […]

Eminent Domain in CO

posted by awelborn

Blogger Kevin Jones has the details on his parish’s battle.

Hiatus, continued

posted by awelborn

Well, our internet puzted out as of the last post – what was that, Wednesday? So I’m sitting here at the dreaded Starbucks, there being no Panera Bread anywhere on Anastasia Island – trying to clear 100+ emails before Michael […]

If it’s Wednesday…

posted by awelborn

Moving on to the Apostle John: A model and lesson of “frankness in confessing one’s faith”, setting it above “all costs or human interests”, John was the apostle at the heart of the reflection of Benedict XVI to around 20,000 […]

On the seas

posted by awelborn

Croatian monastery gets ship: A World War II Nazi ship has been donated to a Roman Catholic monastery by the Croatian government to be turned into a sailing church. According to reports, the landing ship DTM-219 was used by Nazi […]

Mysteries

posted by awelborn

A Times (UK) article on the York Mystery Plays, about to be performed again: York was holding such performances as early as 1376. Usually they were on the feast of Corpus Christi, which falls on the first Thursday after Trinity […]

The State of the Church…

posted by awelborn

…in Britain. Ruth Gledhill reports in the Times: THE Roman Catholic Church in Britain is facing its greatest threat since the Reformation, according to research. Over three decades Mass attendance has slumped by 40 per cent, baptisms by 50 per […]

Brave New World, continued

posted by awelborn

Irish woman fights husband for embryos: “The rightful place for those three embryos is back with their mother to give them the right to life,” she said. Giving evidence at the second day of the hearing the childcare worker admitted […]

The Next Papal Voyage..

posted by awelborn

To the World Meeting of Families, which began July 1 in Valencia, Spain. The Pope will be there this weekend, July 8 and 9. Valencia, is of course the site of the terrible train accident which claimed over 40 lives […]

Meanwhile, in KC:

posted by awelborn

Tim Drake has a profile of Bishop Finn of KC in the NCR(egister) – a counterpoint of sorts to the anguished crie de cour from the other NCR a few weeks ago. (the interview with Bishop Finn was conducted before […]

Diocesan Blog Wars

posted by awelborn

…in the Diocese of Richmond. (For those not aware of the history of the Diocese. For years it was led by Bishop Walter Sullivan, one of the most liberal bishops in the US (the one exception to this general direction […]

Medjugorje divisive?

posted by awelborn

The local bishop warns and accuses: Bishop Peric reminded his people of the restrictions that he has imposed on activities in Medjugorje. The parish church is not formally a "shrine," he said, and should not be characterized as such. Pilgrimages […]

Yes, we’re here

posted by awelborn

It’s been busy – family have been in and out for the past couple of days – the "cousins," all of Michael’s sisters and his parents – everyone lives in Florida…except us, of course. Last night, Michael and I had […]

Excommunication continued

posted by awelborn

More on Trujillo’s excommunication for embryo-destroying researchers comment: From the Chronicle of Higher Education: The Rev. Kevin T. FitzGerald, an associate professor of oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center, was upset by news reports of the cardinal’s statement and […]

The Angelus

posted by awelborn

Translation courtesy of Teresa at the Papa Ratzinger Forum: He spoke on the family, of the transmission of faith through the family, and then added this after the Angelus: I am following with growing apprehension the events in Iraq and […]

Arise!

posted by awelborn

I liked this, from Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Pontifical Household, on this Sunday’s Gospel passage: The Gospel is Mark 5:21-43, a rapid-fire succession of encounters and miracles. Fr. Cantalamessa addresses the historicity of the account (he’s for […]

Here’s another stat for you

posted by awelborn

In a WaPo article on weddings and such: Decades of statistics point to a societal retreat from the church wedding. Catholic marriage ceremonies have been in decline for 35 years — from 426,000 marriages nationwide in 1970 to 212,456 in […]

October in Rome!

posted by awelborn

Mother Theodore Guerin’s canonization set for October 15 Mother Theodore came to the United States from France in 1840 to establish a Congregation of women religious in a dense forest adjacent to a remote community known a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods near […]

In the Sunshine State

posted by awelborn

I always said that if I ever moved back to Florida, it would only be if I could leave near the beach. And this is why: on the coasts you have the breezes, especially lovely at night, letting you forget […]

Back to Assisi

posted by awelborn

Pope approves gathering: Benedict XVI has approved an international Inter-Religious Encounter of Prayer for Peace organized by the Sant’Egidio Community (founded by Andrea Riccardi, a frequent contributor to the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.) This will take place September 4-5 in […]

Opening the archives

posted by awelborn

Pius XI files to be opened. The Vatican said Friday that it was releasing from its secret archives all the files on the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, which spanned most of the period between World War I and World […]

The Martyr’s Cup

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the feast of the First Martyrs of Rome. Mike Aquilina, from the Touchstone archives, with a piece on the importance of Eucharist to those early Christians. This is a precious snapshot, because we do not know as much […]

Hey from Savannah

posted by awelborn

…but just for a bit. Michael returned to us yesterday, picked us up and drove us further south. (Last Saturday, he’d driven us to Knoxville, and then turned around and returned to Fort Wayne. He has a couple of books […]

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