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posted by awelborn

Benedict abolishes the Vatican Christmas Pops Concert: The annual charity concert, organised since its inception by the Prime Time Promotion events agency, will be transferred to Monaco beginning this year, the paper reported. Starting in 1993, Italian and international pop […]

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Evangelical Catholicism!

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The excellent Evangelical Catholicism blog has a couple of posts of note up now – one commenting on R.R. Reno’s post on theology graduate programs discussed here, and another on a Southern Baptist’s reaction to the Christian Century article on […]

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Dueling interviews

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We have followed the story of St. John’s parish in Darien, CT for a while, now, haven’t we? The pastor, Fr. Michael Jude Fay was suspected by his associate pastor, Fr. Michael Madden, and the bookkeeper, Bethany D’Erario of financial […]

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Spanish Rome

posted by awelborn

All right now, time to share some book notes. I’m currently sort of obsessed with late medieval/renaissance Italy, trying to sort things out in my head. What it all comes down to for me – and has really ever since […]

Papal tidbits

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Today, the pope met with parish priests from the diocese of Albano. An Italian newspaper snippet, translated at PRF: Answering a question by one of the priests, the Pope cited an initiative by the Bishop of Assisi to mark this […]

We like Catholic radio…

posted by awelborn

We talk about it all the time, and have no doubt it’s one of the most important tools for evangelization out there. Well, here’s a new one for you – Radio Notre Dame from Paris. I found it while searching […]

Health and Faith

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A WaPo story: The number of "NFP-only" practices is unknown, but an Ohio-based Web site promoting them has a registry of nearly 500 doctors who have pledged to practice this way. Most are obstetrician-gynecologists and family practitioners. "We’re trying to […]

A choice

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NY Archdiocese giving accused priests a choice: Cardinal Edward M. Egan, head of the New York Archdiocese, is trying something new. Since June, he has offered seven priests that the archdiocese believes have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children […]

Double Take

posted by awelborn

Reading Galley Slaves, and came across an entry from Victorino Matus wishing a happy birthday to one James Martin, S.J., "the oldest Jesuit in the world." Well, that’s a cruel jab, I thought, Fr. Jim Martin ain’t that old, surely.. […]

Sioux Falls gets its bishop

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(No English yet – but in short…Monsignor Paul Joseph Swain, Vicar General of the Diocese of Madison, born in 1943, has a law degree, served in the military, received into the Catholic Church in 1982, ordained in 1988.) Il Santo […]

Rest in Peace

posted by awelborn

John Miesel, husband of author and frequent blog commentor Sandra Miesel, passed away Wednesday evening. Update: Sandra herself writes: John Miesel died peacefully on Wednesday night. He’d spent in last five weeks in a hospice where he received wonderful and […]

The Cardinal says…

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Trujillo says no he didn’t A news report that a cardinal threatened doctors who performed an abortion with excommunication sparked controversy Wednesday and a denial from the prelate. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo denied saying that the Vatican will excommunicate the […]

Saintly Spectacles

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I’m not even going to try to tell you how I arrived at this spot, but how can you resist a website dedicated to antique spectacles which contains a web page about "famous religious leaders and their spectacles?" On the […]

Old Zhou to Italy!

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Old Zhou writes to share enviable news and an invite: We (me and Mrs. Zhou) fly to Rome next Tuesday, arriving Wednesday Sep 6. We’ll be staying at the home of our good friend, St. Gregory the Great while in […]

Hosts and Jam

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Two articles of interest: Cistercian nuns in Wisconsin bake hosts, are trying to build a new monastery: Success has come at a price. Expansion of the bakery has encroached on other parts of the monastery, including the infirmary, workrooms and […]

Exommunicated

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Colombian Cardinal takes action: Cardinal Alfonso Llopez Trujillo announced Tuesday that the Colombian Catholic Church has excommunicated all persons involved in obtaining an abortion for an 11-year-old girl, who became pregnant after she was raped. The order includes the judges, […]

Mary for Evangelicals

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A PW review of a new book: In this dense, learned study, Perry, a professor of theology at Manitoba’s Providence College, attempts to bridge the different accounts of Mary that have long divided Catholics and evangelicals. The book was born […]

Kristof and evangelicals

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Christianity Today interviews NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has written quite a bit about global poverty and strife, and the role of religion in ameliorating it: What’s surprised you about covering evangelicals? There is a really important change going on […]

Reader Bleg

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A college student writes: This semester at (State U. X.) I am taking a class, "Enlightenment and Modern World". Because of some comments my professor has made, implicitly equating the pre-Enlightenment period with "fanaticism" and inquisitions. I was wondering if […]

Dems and religion

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Just heating up….again… Jeremy Lott and Patrick Hynes: Remember, Roe v Wade did not create the modern religious right. Former president Jimmy Carter did when he refused to rein in an Internal Revenue Service that had decided to go after […]

Ah, Eve..

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Eve Tushnet has been waxing brilliantly and engagingly on matters of gay identity of late, and has so much to say that can give any of us food for thought: Some thoughts: First, it’s very clear to me that Catholic […]

CAMERA on NCR

posted by awelborn

The pro-Israel media watchdog group CAMERA has issued a blistering critique of a recent article in the NCR(eporter).  The article, says CAMERA, is a whitewash of Hezbollah: In the Aug. 25 issue of National Catholic Reporter, a lengthy article by […]

Non-discrimination…discriminating in CA

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GOP governor signs a bill: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law yesterday, Senate Bill 1441, a bill that would potentially remove state assistance from organizations which stand-by religious beliefs deemed discriminatory towards homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and the like.  The […]

For the rest of the day…

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…I have three book reviews I want to write and post, plus (and this really should come first), a small project to complete for OSV, plus a photo I want to post of the Amazing Monkey Boy who has learned […]

Back to Plan B

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At FT, Robert Miller disagrees with Charlotte Allen, basically saying the FDA really had no choice. The decision as to whether Plan B ought to be approved for sale is a decision to be made in accordance with the law. […]

Georgetown Again

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Terry Mattingly’s latest column relates to the Georgetown and evangelical groups question – with some new info. Ministry leaders from off-campus have, in recent years, been required to sign a covenant written by mainline Protestants in the official Georgetown campus-ministry […]

Full translation

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Teresa Benedetta has a full translationof the General Audience talk today…in which the Pope takes a stand on some issues of authorship. (I’m not interpreting this as a comment on priority – by "first Gospel," he means the first in […]

From Santa Croce to Fort Wayne

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting up with two visitors- Daniel Arasa and Diego Contreras –  from Opus Dei’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) who have been traveling the country, picking various people’s brains about […]

Speaking of Carmelites…

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The proprieter of this interesting blog of the Secular Order Discalced Carmelites in Belfast (phew!) sends along a link to a kerfuffle related to Catholic schools in Northern Ireland – there’s been a suggestion to set aside one of the […]

Not in your head?

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They wired up some Carmelite nuns, asked them to get mystical and found… Rather than reveal a spiritual centre in the brain, a module of neural circuits specifically designed for religious experience, the study demonstrated that a dozen different regions […]

Want to study theology?

posted by awelborn

R. R. Reno has a really meaty post over at First Things, evaluating various graduate programs (not just Catholic of course) – across the country. Too bad there’s no comments section over there – I imagine it would get hot. […]

An interview with Bertone

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Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone will assume his role as the Vatican Secretary of State on September 15. (For those who don’t know what that is and what it entails – the page on the Vatican website is quite helpful) It’s quite […]

Program for Priestly Formation

posted by awelborn

Lifesite news notes the release (on 8/4) of the Program for Priestly Formation issued by the USCCB (that link is to the original document – pdf file). The Lifesite article: The Program instructs not only the seminarian but also the […]

In Forum

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Another great blog to check out regularly is In Forum, from writer and broadcaster Sheila Liaugminas. She’s a great source for good analysis of politics and religion in particular, and she’s got two recent posts looking at the situation with […]

A Proper Scaring

posted by awelborn

Do check out the excellent blog, Mystagogia, of Kathleen Lundquist, for many reasons, not the least of which is her rather spooky account of a visit to Milledgeville and various Flannery O’Connor sites…

Just fiction?

posted by awelborn

We hope…although concerns are being raised about a new novel, published and selling well in Turkey, premised on the assassination of Pope Benedict during his November visit to the country. Not a joke. Here’s an article (scroll down) looking at […]

Cari fratelli e sorelle

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From today’s General Audience, via AsiaNews: After presenting historical data about Matthew-Levi, a collector at Capernaum, the pope expressed his reflections. Above all, there is the fact that “Jesus welcomed into a group of his intimate friends a man who, […]

A Nativity Story

posted by awelborn

There’s interest building about this film, The Nativity Story, a retelling of, well…that’s obviousl It’s directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the well-regarded, if controversial and brutal Thirteen (brutal for its honesty I understand. I’ve not seen it) and it […]

Above board

posted by awelborn

I learned yesterday that it’s illegal, in Catholic terms (I guess that would be canonically) – to allow a saint, once canonized, to remain buried underground. Can anyone confirm? I’m trying to think of exceptions I’ve seen…but I really can’t. […]

Peace

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Ugandan ceasefire brokered by Sant’Egidio Community Mario Giro, a spokesman for St. Egidio, told Vatican Radio that the agreement does not end the conflict in Uganda, but it is a critical first step. "The most difficult thing was to begin," […]

Will this do it?

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One of the odd and (I think) quite interesting about the rise of Catholic Blogs and the Catholic Internets in general is the awareness of the doings of various dioceses and even parishes – and the high interest in such […]

One year later

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This is the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on the Gulf Coast, closely followed by Hurricane Rita. CNS has several recent stories: The secondary disaster of trying to get promised government funds for school repair Archbishop Hughes remembers An […]

Nuns, Jews, cow warts and rabbit horns

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The quite interesting story of the development (over many decades) of the HPV vaccine: But each step forward to those techniques was a triumph of hard science over the pseudoscientific myths that for centuries surrounded the disease. The first was […]

She nails it

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Please read Charlotte Allen on Plan B, George Bush and what we can expect down the road- in short order. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Bush has blown off pro-lifers in an effort to make some sort of […]

What Kennedy Magic?

posted by awelborn

On the plane, among other things, I read Christopher Hitchens’ review of several recent Kennedy-related books. As per usual, only a measly two paragraphs are online, but if you can dig it up, do read (there’s more in the issue, […]

Life down south

posted by awelborn

Son #1 calls to inform me of two interesting points of his day: 1) He decided to go to noon daily Mass at the Cathedral, interesting since I don’t think he knew before he went that it was St. Augustine’s […]

Scientists and Priests

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Stephen Barr offers a brief intro at First Things. An extremely important effect in physics called the “diffraction” of light was discovered by Fr. Francesco Grimaldi in the seventeenth century (something no physics textbook that I have ever seen bothers […]

Busted

posted by awelborn

Last week’s supposedly non-destructive embryonic stem-cell research breakthrough has, in the course of a few days, been exposed as not such a breakthrough and rather destructive after all. For a summary, go to Wesley Smith’s blog – Smith commends the […]

The Case in Santa Rosa

posted by awelborn

What a mess of a diocese – those poor people, from Bishop Ziemann to the present mess – the question of whether Bishop Walsh purposefully allowed an accused priest time to flee the country – news has been percolating on […]

Amarillo by morning

posted by awelborn

I tried not to say it. I really did. Anyway, a bit on the Amarillo Eucharistic Congress. Unfortunately, I was in and out – working with two small airports is rather a pain, you know. To do one session on […]

Can you see a difference?

posted by awelborn

Last year, first day of school (Pre-K at Most Precious Blood): This year (K at St. John the Baptist): I sure can. He was terrifically excited  – which was a relief since this is a new school. (This is our […]

Abbot Kline, RIP

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Gashwin Gomes writes of the passing of the Abbot of the Trappist monastery of Our Lady of Mepkin near Moncks Corner, SC: An article from a SC paper: He was born Joseph Paul Kline III to Joseph P. Kline and […]

Georgetown Blues

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Jody Bottum at First Things comments on Georgetown U. rediscovering its Catholic identity: But now, at last, Georgetown has rediscovered its Catholicism, at least long enough for a Protestant employee of Campus Ministries to send a letter to six evangelical […]

Sts. Augustine and Monica

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the feast of St. Monica, and today is St. Augustine, of course. In these two, it seems, there is practically ever step of the Christian’s journey. Consider: there is parenting, with all of its pain and joy, the […]

Foster at Notre Dame

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The legendary Latinist Fr. Reggie Foster was at Notre Dame this past week, and this blogger give an account More about Foster here and here’s a page that’s been compiled with archived recordings of his Vatican Radio program "The Latin […]

More complications

posted by awelborn

Jen Ambrose toys with some questions about Plan B. Good ones.

Well, I didn’t take enough photos

posted by awelborn

…but I got a kind of charming one: Bishop Yanta of Amarillo handing photographer duties for a shot of  Cardinal Martino and some other folks. And here, Cardinal Martino addresses a part of the gathering. He related the history of […]

I’m really almost gone…

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.Rod Dreher on a new Pew Poll on religion and politics. Keeping the faith in North Vietnam On that non-destructive embryo research? Here (including comments) Here…hmmm… and here John Allen’s new column with much of interest including: The Feast of […]

The Persecuation of Lina Joy

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Via Michelle Malkin…a convert from Islam to Catholicism in Malaysia would like to be identified as such – but of course the Malaysian government thinks differently.

St. Genesius

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The comic-saint for today – from Mike Aquilina.

Stop, look, and listen. Then stop.

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The Family Scholars blog has been running personal stories of children conceived by donors and/or via surrogacy. It’s important reading. As is the blog Buffalo Girl, described as: Being donor conceived does not define me but it is relevant to […]

Living Bread

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Lovely story from the KC (Ks) Catholic paper about a mendicant community on a mission trip to the area: For the Little Sisters and Brothers of the Community of the Lamb, a branch of the Dominican order based in the […]

Just as soon as I say…

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…I won’t post, here I am. The new director of the Vatican Observatory, in an interview with CNS: Father Funes spoke Aug. 24 in a phone interview with Catholic News Service from the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome. […]

Comments Closed

posted by awelborn

I am leaving a bit later today to go to Amarillo, TX – I will be speaking at their Eucharistic Congress tomorrow, then heading back here tomorrow afternoon. So…no more posting today unless there is big news, and comments are […]

For Life

posted by awelborn

Chinese Activist imprisoned: blind activist who exposed a campaign by Chinese officials to force women to have abortions was jailed for more than four years yesterday in one of the country’s most controversial human rights cases since the Tiananmen Square […]

Plan F

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Victor Morton nails Plan B: Let me see if I’ve got this straight: A daily dose of from 0.05 to 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel requires a prescription. Requiring that a 1.5 mg dose of levonorgestrel must have a prescription is […]

Dolan v. Maguire

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The goods: In what he describes as “an act of undefeatable hope” and in what I describe as “desperation for attention,” Dr. Maguire sent a letter to all 270 Catholic Bishops in the United States urging them to read two […]

A bio of St. Francis?

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Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P comments below: If only there were a good serious biography of the Poverello himself! And I’m sitting here thinking…huh. There isn’t, you know. There are tons and tons of lives of Francis, but not a (to […]

Good

posted by awelborn

Essentially shut down: A doctor suspended for allegedly performing two improper abortions filed an appeal Tuesday defending the procedures. The Florida Department of Health entered an emergency suspension against Dr. James Pendergraft on Aug. 10, accusing him of inappropriately conducting […]

Spirituals

posted by awelborn

Over the past week, I worked my way through The Spiritual Franciscans: From Protest to Persecution in the Century after Saint Francis. Not an easy book if you’re not already conversant in the period – took me a while to […]

A private pilgrimage

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Yesterday, the Pope took a little trip: An unscheduled pilgrimage for Benedict XVI who, yesterday afternoon, in a "strictly private visit", went to Nemi in the heart of the Castelli Romani [name given to the cluster of towns in the […]

Condolences and Prayers

posted by awelborn

To Stephen Brady of the controversial watchdog group Roman Catholic Faithful,and his family, on the death of their son due to injuries received in an accident last week.

The Internets can make you smart

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A few weeks ago I was digitally pumelled by some around here for venturing vague, yet (I thought ) cheerful reservations about the Baroque, which then morphed into my typical idle musing about ambiguities of the relationship between majestic art […]

Implicated?

posted by awelborn

Bishop Pilla is implicated in the Cleveland Diocese CFO case. The defense brings him up as a means of showing that the whole thing was above board, it’s not what you think, and everyone knew about it: Smith is accused […]

Things change…

posted by awelborn

A Vatican observer writes to remark on how things have changed around the place: An interesting sign of the way things are done now at the Vatican.  Today the Message for World Tourism Day was released (probably won’t make the […]

Maronite v. Baptist

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In Lebanon: A group of 10 Maronite men assaulted Baptist Pastor Raymond Abou-Mekhael and another church member at 6:30 p.m. as they were on their way to retrieve items from their parked cars. The Maronites broke the unidentified church member’s […]

Protection Racket?

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A reader writes: Our Catholic school has required parents to complete a ‘"Safe Enviroment" training for the past couple of years.  I have had very mixed feelings about the program.  I completely agree that volunteers who work regularly with children […]

Front and Center

posted by awelborn

Every day, Wikipedia features one of its articles on the front page of the site. Today the featured article is on Gregorian Chant – Jeffrey Tucker of the New Liturgical Movement and, of course, many others have been involved in […]

Non-destructive?

posted by awelborn

The big bioethics/research story today is the possibility of extracting stem cells from embryos without destroying the embryos. The new technique would be performed on a two-day-old embryo, after the fertilized egg has divided into eight cells, known as blastomeres. […]

Making an impression

posted by awelborn

Just a few minutes ago, in the car on the way to school, I remarked that today was the feast of St. Bartholomew (Nathaneal in John’s Gospel) , and I reminded Katie of the series of statues of the apostles […]

The Book Meme

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A couple of weeks ago Dom tagged me with the "One Book Meme" …so here goes. It will probably be lame. One book that changed your life: The Early Church by Henry Chadwick. It was the primary text in the […]

Good feelings…

posted by awelborn

….deleting all the papers from my hard drive that #1 son has sent me for proofreading over the past couple of years. Gone! Very nice. Although now, the years-long Chris-in-college anxiety is being replaced by the possibility of Chris-kicking-so-much-editing-booty-in-Atlanta-after-just-three-weeks-that-he’s-thinking-LA-already super-sized […]

Oh, to be a hipster..

posted by awelborn

How wonderful it would be… (Wall coat hooks. I think it’s art, not merchandise. Nope, I just figured it out. Yes, it’s merchandise.)

Christianity in India

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina has a post about recent discoveries: Back in July, I posted on the traditions of St. Thomas the Apostle’s work in India, suggesting a strong case for their plausibility, given the state of Roman trade with India in […]

We’ve covered the Capuchin ossuaries…

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What about the Hallstatt Charnel house?

What absolutely needs to be said

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The Scandal of Silence: Diane Pawlowski in NCR(eporter) – on what has been seen and what has been kept secret. When Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George met in January with 200 parishioners from St. Agatha Parish about his assignment there of […]

I’m thinking…

posted by awelborn

"The Queen of Tulsa" is a GREAT title for a novel…

Uninvited

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Sr. Helen Prejean uninvited to Diocese of Duluth for signing an anti-Bush ad in the NYTimes: The problem wasn’t the political nature of the issues raised in the ad, Eller said, noting that the church and Prejean often take stands […]

Apocalyptic

posted by awelborn

During his Wednesday General Audiences, Benedict has been examining the apostles, offering his usual brief, lucid catechesis. Today, in considering John, he turns to the Book of Revelation. The AsiaNews report: The pope said that contrary to usual interpretation, the […]

Fr. Antonio’s mission

posted by awelborn

Today, Camillian Fr. Antonio Didoné was a special guest at the General Audience. An article in AsiaNews tells us about his ministry of service, sacrifice and love, a ministry which has borne much fruit: In 1959, a year after his […]

“Giorgio?…Giorgio!”

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A rather amusing YouTube clip from a few weeks ago in which the former president of Italy and his wife meet with the Pope and she, quite taken with Msgr. Ganswein, the Pope’s secretary, asks the Pope about him. (I […]

Brooklyn bishops

posted by awelborn

Apparently the ordination of three new auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn yesterday wasn’t important enough to make any of the NY papers. Ah well…here’s the page from the Brooklyn diocese anticipating the event, and here’s a link to […]

Guerilla…something?

posted by awelborn

From an alt-paper in Seattle, advice for those who’d like to cripple the ministry of Focus on the Family. Few people know that Focus on the Family—the powerful evangelical Christian para-church based in Colorado Springs—will give you, absolutely free of […]

Open Comments

posted by awelborn

I’ve opened comments on the post below in which today’s clerical sexual abuse/misconduct news is summarized. Something in the air…

And the Pagans preach to the Christians:

posted by awelborn

They have two points to make, which they do, consistently and repeatedly: 1) You are inconsisten hypocrites, bleating words in worship and unfailingly failing to live them out. Yours is a Sunday-only kind of faith, window-dressing at best, and you […]

Like the sun rising and setting

posted by awelborn

Housing market cools…articles pop up about St. Joseph statues… But what’s different about this one is that….Realtors are providing and selling them: It’s often "an act of desperation," said Chris Bell, spokesman for the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors. "It […]

A matter of proportion

posted by awelborn

In his column, Sandro Magister summarizes statements and actions from the Vatican re/the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Magister offers several different views of the situation from various experts, puts the Pope’s statements in context, and ends with an essay by Pietro de […]

Audio pamphlets

posted by awelborn

An interesting apologetics tool – audio pamphlets on the Faith on CD, to be distributed free to parishioners and others.

You call it amnesty…

posted by awelborn

A columnist at Tech Central Station takes on immigration arguments: Immigration hard-liners seem to be taking the position that, although Congress can make immigration laws more draconian, they cannot legitimately make them less draconian without somehow threatening the rule of […]

Be saints:

posted by awelborn

A retreat for top Hispanic business leaders: A group of more than 40 of the top Hispanic business leaders in the U.S. gathered this weekend for a retreat and conference at the St. Malo Catholic Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado.  […]

About those Brits…

posted by awelborn

Some take exception: A report in this weekend’s Sunday Telegraph, suggested that British pilgrims were getting so out of hand that French riot police needed to be drafted in to curb the late night excesses of young pilgrims, adding that […]

Mustard Seeds

posted by awelborn

Mercartor.net has loads of good articles on Christianity in the developing world – right now. Really good stuff…did you know that T.D. Jakes recently preached in Kenya…to a million people? Christ is the Answer” screams a billboard at the Valley […]

Party of Death or…

posted by awelborn

…something else? Wilfred McClay on the First Things blog wonders if the problem is a "party of death" or actually a party of radical individualism that seeks life…for itself, independent and pain-free. And we know how well that will work […]

No Plan B

posted by awelborn

A Christianity Today article on pharmacists and conscience clauses.

Chicago problems…and elsewhere

posted by awelborn

A rather strange story from Chicago: two priests removed from a parish. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has asked two priests to leave a northwest suburban parish while authorities investigate the allegations of a 26-year-old Palatine man who said […]

Whispers and Shouts

posted by awelborn

Whispers in the Loggia has a post on the international gathering of Communion and Liberation, being held this week in Rimini Fr. Guy at Shouts in the PIazza has a good post on the ordination of three new auxiliaries for […]

Plan…C?

posted by awelborn

At his press conference, this morning President Bush indicated he supported the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill. Here’s the transcript: Last question. Stretch. Who are you working for, Stretch? Q Washington Examiner. THE PRESIDENT: Oh, good. Glad you found […]

Luddites?

posted by awelborn

Written with just a slight sneer, an article on the Integral Liberal Arts program at St. Mary’s College of California Their program is a knockoff of the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and one of maybe […]

It’s only historical if it has absolutely nothing to do with God.

posted by awelborn

At all. Church-state issues derail state funding to help repair/restore California missions: "The problem essentially was that it would have authorized state taxpayer funds for churches with ongoing services, violating the church-state ethic that has been practiced in the U.S. […]

Disaster magnet:

posted by awelborn

aka…my son. Scheduled to fly out of Heathrow the day the bomb plots were revealed and the whole place was sent into turmoil. Back home in Blacksburg, he goes to work on campus and finds…the place shut down because of […]

Saving babies

posted by awelborn

An AP story about new efforts to extend the outreach of Crisis Pregnancy Centers into inner cities Now the two largest networks — Care Net and Heartbeat International — have launched initiatives to change that equation. Their sometimes awkward efforts […]

Asian Mission Conference

posted by awelborn

Coming in October: Fr Chalerm Kitmongkhol explained the logo selected for the AMC that depicts a map of Asia surmounted by a stylized cross and dove: “The map of Asia represents all of us; the cross symbolizes Jesus Christ; the […]

Meanwhile, DownUnder…

posted by awelborn

Australian Catholic blogger Shannon Donahoo has several interesting posts: He attended the installation of the new Archbishop of Canberra, has photos and excerpts from the Archbishop’s excellent homily with more here. Comments on the continuing conflict in a parish in […]

Revival?

posted by awelborn

Assyrian Christians Turkey showing signs of life: Still, compared to only a few years ago, there is a sense of slow renewal in several of the traditionally Assyrian villages in the area around Midyat. In the village of Kalit, a […]

Lights! Lights!

posted by awelborn

Okay, now, in one of the churches around here, the traditionally ethnic German parish which is magnificent condition and only been minimally "renovated," there are lights. What I mean by that is that the high altar and both side altars […]

A new Vatican star-gazer

posted by awelborn

Fr. Coyne is replaced: Benedict XVI appointed Jesuit Father José Gabriel Funes as the new director of the Vatican Astronomical Observatory, replacing Jesuit Father George Coyne. Father Coyne, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, had been director of the observatory since […]

“Honor” killings

posted by awelborn

A Pakistani immigrant woman was killed by her father on August 11, in Brescia, in Northern Italy, for refusing an arranged marriage. A Zenit story on the killing and various reactions, including the head of the Pakistani Catholic bishops’ conference.

On Joan of Arc

posted by awelborn

Sunday evening, the Archdiocese of Monaco presented a performance of Charles Peguy’s three-act drama «Mystère de la Charité de Jeanne d’Arc» (Mystery of Joan of Arc’s Charity) at Castel Gandolfo. The Pope had some remarks: In this text of great […]

The Archbishop of Tyre

posted by awelborn

USA Today reports: A rather interesting angle – trying to make sure the Christians stay so the present government power balance can be maintained – but with some unanswered questions, nonetheless: Since last month, the 63-year-old priest has braved bombs, […]

Drunk Brits at Lourdes

posted by awelborn

Not a joke. But now the town’s peace is being shattered by thousands of British tourists whose behaviour has become so bad that officials have brought in riot police. The decision to deploy officers from the notorious Compagnies Républicaines de […]

The Dunes

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Yesterday, we lived out my bright idea of going to the far western reaches of Indiana for the day. Well, it was mostly a bright idea, although at 11:30 last night, still a few miles from home, it didn’t quite […]

Praying for Castro

posted by awelborn

Former political prisoner Armando Valladares slams Cuba’s bishops: The Cuban Catholic Bishops Conference (COCC in Spanish) that now urges the faithful to pray for the health of the Red Wolf, has never publicly dared ask for prayers for their decimated […]

Pacifist Pope?

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Christopher Blosser has a useful post, putting Benedict’s recent comments on war in his recent television interview in context, most specifically in the context of some other remarks he has made on war, including an address on the 60th anniversary […]

Back on track?

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Hoping to get Roman Catholic-Orthodox dialogue going again: The Catholic-Orthodox international dialogue commission is meeting in the Serbian capital of Belgrade Sept. 18-25, in what Pope Benedict XVI has optimistically described as a "new phase in dialogue." That the encounter […]

Speaking of Bernard

posted by awelborn

Today, during his Angelus address, the pope spoke of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: “The urgency of important and complex missions in the service of the Church” should be harmonized with “solitude” and “quiet”: this call to prayer and contemplation has […]

When they call them “dunes”

posted by awelborn

…they’re serious. From Saturday’s visit to Indiana Dunes National Shore: (Quite a hike when you’re 21 months old) Oh…and Fr. Stan Fortuna is so amazing, he can even make his bass guitar float! (blogged at Katie’s insistance…)

Last blast of summer

posted by awelborn

Gone here with a stop at this on the way back…later!

Does this look like Mary to you?

posted by awelborn

SIgh. As a chocolatier to the rich and famous, Martucci Angiano has posed with many celebrities — but on Thursday she held in her hand a figure that dazzles her more than any Hollywood star. Workers at Angiano’s gourmet chocolate […]

Interview day

posted by awelborn

John Allen has interesting interviews posted today – they are excerpted in his column, with full texts elsewhere on the NCR site: First is a conversation with a Peruvian evangelical scholar of religion: What explains the growth of Protestantism in […]

Whoops…

posted by awelborn

It is also the memorial of St. Helena, mother of Constantine, finder of the True Cross. Mike Aquilina has a post up with a link to his review of Waugh’s novel about her: People often ask me the best way […]

Burdens?

posted by awelborn

Many have blogged about the BBC presenter’s proclamations this week about burdens – when she becomes a burden, she’ll kill herself, and she’s double mad that, after getting her independence and stuff, she’s having to care for aging parents. Aimee […]

Evangelicals and Contraception

posted by awelborn

By Christine Gardner of Wheaton, in today’s WSJ: Some evangelicals charge that the Pill has contributed to the moral breakdown of society; perhaps, but evangelicals’ embrace of the contraception culture has not helped. It may have made Christianity sexier to […]

Forever John 3:16

posted by awelborn

In the NYSun today, an article about a clothing chain owned by Christians, on whose bags are printed a Scripture citation is discreetly displayed: Shoppers interviewed this week said that they had no idea about the John 3:16 on the […]

Jeanne de Chantal

posted by awelborn

Today is the "optional memorial" of St. Jeanne (or Jane) de Chantal, founder, along with St. Francis de Sales of the Visitation Sisters. (Her feast day is confusing. It used to be August 21. Then, with the calendar revision, it […]

Homily of the Day

posted by awelborn

From the marvelous Fr. Powell, O.P. at the U. of Dallas on the Assumption: (Via Bill Cork) If we are not witnessing to the Word, giving testimony to the power of Christ’s love and mercy, then what are we witnessing […]

Cranky Prof does Dada

posted by awelborn

The Cranky Prof visited the DaDa exhibit at the MoMA and says: So why do I like Dada so much, I the medievalist? Well, it’s because I’m not a classicist, however much I teach it. I prefer Romanesque sculpture to […]

A short walk

posted by awelborn

As we noted, the Pope celebrated Mass in a parish church in Castel Gandolfo on the Assumption. Some tidbits about the day: On Ferragosto [as the Italians familiarly refer to the August 15 holiday], the Pope followed a tradition and […]

Religion in France

posted by awelborn

Some numbers: THE RELATIVE decline of Catholicism in France over recent decades is continuing, according to the findings of one of the largest ever surveys into the faith.  Two-thirds of the 60 million people of France describe themselves as Catholic, […]

The Cause

posted by awelborn

John Paul I on the way… The vice postulator of the cause for the beatification of Pope John Paul I announced that the diocesan phase of the process could end this year. The announcement, reported on Vatican Radio, was made […]

Lev returns

posted by awelborn

Art historian Elizabeth Lev, who lives in Rome, has a spirited column on Zenit (back to publishing after the August break) – she admits to being in "high dudgeon" of late, inspired first, by Madonna’s concert in Rome and the […]

From the ambassador:

posted by awelborn

Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican speaks: Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican said the Lebanese conflict had no victor, but it served to focus world attention on the threat of global Islamic terrorism. At the same time, the aftermath of the […]

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory?

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CT reviews two new books (one by Notre Dame’s Mark Noll) on Christians, morality and the Civil War. Historians have a formidable task when they try to explain why something happened. The task becomes even harder when they ask why […]

Atheists, agnostics, and conservatives

posted by awelborn

Over at The Corner, there has been an ongoing discussion of Heather McDonald’s piece in the American Conservative. McDonald is a contributing editor at City Journal and writes frequently about immigration issues. Her AC piece was on the plight of […]

Crunching numbers

posted by awelborn

Via the blogger Kansas City Catholic, a useful follow-the-money piece from the KC(Mo) diocesan paper on who’s funding the push for state funding of embryonic stem cell research in that state. The so-called "coalition" that is seeking a state constitutional […]

Bishop Doran on…everything.

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Bishop Doran is the bishop of Rockford, IL. In his most recent column, he bulldozes American culture and society, and associates most of the problems with one political party. Many of the issues that confront us are serious, and we […]

Walking with sinners

posted by awelborn

The priest who worked with Timothy McVeigh recounts his experience: When he ministered to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Divine Word Father Charles Smith found that his faith, instilled in him by loving parents despite the childhood pain of discrimination, […]

Processing in Tulsa

posted by awelborn

Our Lady of Guadalupe makes her mark: In the church since has been a replica of the Catholic icon, a life-size, iridescent picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, her hands held in prayer, framed in a heavy gold material. But […]

Kicked back

posted by awelborn

Two years ago, the chief financial officer of the Cleveland diocese resigned after suspicions of financial impropriety. He was then, oddly, immediately hired by the Columbus diocese. Who knows why. Anyway, yesterday, the fellow was indicted for his Cleveland efforts: […]

Soft Saints?

posted by awelborn

A piece on a popular product, with an interesting Catholic-business-related tidbit. Soft Saints are not cheap – $98/apiece, but they are all handcrafted – the company’s originator employs mostly stay-at-home moms to do the doll construction. O’Toole’s decision to enter […]

St. Hyacinth

posted by awelborn

A fascinating Dominican saint today: from a biography at an OP (not Ocean Pacific) website: In 1218, Bishop Kadlubec retired, and Hyacinth’s own uncle, Ivo Odrowaz, was selected as his successor. He immediately set out for Rome to confirm his […]

“i wasn’t aborted”

posted by awelborn

A powerful piece from today’s WSJ – a woman of Russian parents responds to Ms. Magazine’s request that women proudly declare their value-neutral abortions. Like most Soviet-era fetuses conceived in Russia by couples who were already parents, I was scheduled […]

Chaput on Islam

posted by awelborn

His most recent newspaper column: Catholics who do know history may remember the following:Islam has embraced armed military expansion for religious purposes since its earliest decades. In contrast, Christianity struggled in its divided attitudes toward military force and state power […]

No “good war?”

posted by awelborn

Robert T. Miller wonders On August 1, I criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s call for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Since then, he has granted an interview to some German journalists in anticipation of his […]

At the Audience

posted by awelborn

Yes, there was a General Audience today, and during it, Pope Benedict paid tribute to Brother Roger of Taize, who was killed one year ago today. And here’s a translation of the rest of it: A lovely snippet: The Assumption […]

The winnah is…

posted by awelborn

Great news for Catholic podcasts – No less than THREE SQPN podcasts have won the prestigious Podcast Award this year. The Rosary Army Catholic Podcast won the award for Best General Podcast; the Daily Breakfast won the award for Best […]

St. Antoninus, redux

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I think reader Maria has cleared this up for us: From The Soul of the Embryo: An enquiry into the status of the human embryo in the Christian tradition by David Albert Jones, London: Continuum Books, 2004; ISBN 0 8264 […]

From the mailbox

posted by awelborn

Fr. Rob has a provocative post, based on a passage he read in Jonathan Englert’s The Collar Martin Farkus has a new blog

Homiletics lesson

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Benedict celebrated Mass at a parish in Castel Gandolfo – Teresa at PRF has translated the text of his homily, which was delivered extemporaneously. In Mary, God truly dwelt and became present here on earth. Mary became His shelter. […]

It’s a free country

posted by awelborn

Some of the Carey anti-Catholic street preachers make their appearance on Dave Hartline’s site: Do you not see the difference between the Bible and Catholicism? When the Bible says that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of […]

Sublatus?

posted by awelborn

Some of you watched HBO’s Rome miniseries. Season 2 is in production over in, well…Rome, and one of the interesting features of the material on the series on the HBO website are intermittently-updated blogs by folks associated with the series, […]

Step back

posted by awelborn

South African bishops to their priests: Southern African bishops have told priests they can no longer act as traditional African healers. Priests must "desist from ‘ubuNgoma’ (traditional healing) practices involving spirits and channel their ministries of healing through the sacraments […]

A new Leonardi!

posted by awelborn

Many congratulations, good wishes and prayers to blogger Rich Leonardi and family, who welcomed their newest child (#5) this afternoon: Peter Albert.

Ratzinger and Grass

posted by awelborn

Gunter Grass, that is – POW’s together: Till now, it had only been known that the writer had been conscripted into Germany’s air defense corps during the war. But in the forthcoming autobiography, Grass recalls that at age 15, he […]

Aaaargh of the Day

posted by awelborn

A couple of days ago USAToday ran a piece on God’s stance on abortion. Yah. It was written by Tom Ehrich, an Episcopal priest from North Carolina and columnist for Religion News Service. The column itself is less on what […]

Released

posted by awelborn

Cardinal George is released from hospital. With the help of crutches, Cardinal Francis George walked out of the hospital in good spirits today after a 19-day stay for cancer surgery. "I feel very good; it’s nice to be out," he […]

The Assumption in Memphis

posted by awelborn

Seminarian blogger Dennis from Memphis blogs on a confluence of events: So today, I will be going to mass for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary at St. Paul Catholic Church, which is the Catholic church nearest to Graceland, […]

Let Go

posted by awelborn

Dr, Charles Rice fired (strictly speaking – not re-appointed as Visiting Prof) from Ave Maria School of Law. The Fumare blog has news, links and many, many comments..

On the Assumption

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina points us to a helpful essay by David Scott on the Assumption, specifically how a re-engagement with early Christian history puts more recent anti-Assumption polemics in persepective. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared a new dogma […]

The Feast in Carey

posted by awelborn

Carey, Ohio – not to far from here – is the site of Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and a large celebration of the Feast of the Assumption. Last year, the procession for the feast was anything but peaceful, […]

From England

posted by awelborn

The (Anglican) Bishop of Rochester on the current situation: So how does this dual psychology – of victimhood, but also the desire for domination – come to infect so many young Muslims in Britain? When I was here in the […]

Tiber, Crossed

posted by awelborn

A quite interesting piece from Christian Century on 6 Protestant theologian/ministers who have entered the Catholic Church recently Unlike the other converts, Gerald Schlabach does not come from a magisterial Protestant tradition of state churches—though some other Anabaptists, like Yoder, […]

End run?

posted by awelborn

Well, it is almost football season. Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been much discussion here and there about San Francisco Catholic Charities’ "compromise" on placement of children with homosexual couples, in contrast, for example, to the decision of […]

Communicating

posted by awelborn

Via Whispers, a press release from Cardinal Rigali: Recently, there has been extensive media attention regarding an attempted ordination of women, which took place on a river boat outside Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006. Eileen DiFranco, who is known to […]

Film at 11

posted by awelborn

Here’s the video of the Pope’s interview.

The Dry Wood

posted by awelborn

Well, I can’t find an image of the cover of this book anywhere on the ‘net (after 5 whole minutes of effort), so you’ll just have be satisfied with one more boring no-graphics post. I just finished The Dry Wood […]

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Pitching a Tent

posted by awelborn

(Click on photos for captions and credits) The Archbishop of York begins a fast: From a UK Christian news provider: The second-most senior member of the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, has moved into a tent inside York […]

Impressive…

posted by awelborn

A 4-week long presentation on Catholicism for young adults in Houston had great numbers: Extra chairs were needed for the standing room only crowd gathered on July 17 for Cafe Catholica, a summer coffee house series geared towards young adults […]

From SC to Rome

posted by awelborn

An (not very in-depth) interview with Charleston seminarian Jeff Kirby, who gave us our tour of St. Peter’s this past spring. Q. Do you live in Vatican City – or in Rome, which surrounds it? A. Actually in Vatican City, […]

Quite another view

posted by awelborn

From R.R. Reno, at the First Things blog, musing on how some seemingly assimilated Muslims can turn against the society in which they live: Moreover, the linkage of supposedly idealistic protest with violence and aggression is also very much a […]

Notes from the park

posted by awelborn

Two journeys across the street to the park today, once with the little boys, Joseph trudging along because he declares it’s easier to walk than to ride his bike (and at the pace he pedals that thing – he’s right. […]

The Pope’s interview

posted by awelborn

…with German TV. Here’s the transcript. On young people: Young people are very generous but when they face the risk of a life-long commitment, be it marriage or a priestly vocation, they are afraid. The world is moving dramatically: nowadays […]

Interpreting Bertone

posted by awelborn

A translation of an analysis in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, written by Vittorio Messori, a well-known (and sometimes controversial) Italian journalist best known to us perhaps as the interviewer/co-author of The Ratzinger Report. Messori is adressing a profile […]

Overrunning San Gimignano

posted by awelborn

Because we continue to read about tourism in Italy, with the hope of returning sooner rather than later, today, from the NYTimes: "Hit and run" tourism in the tiny town of San Gimignano. “Some people, jokingly, say that we have […]

For St. Martin

posted by awelborn

Here’s a lovely story by the Detroit Free Press’ David Crumm (who is one of the best religion reporters out there – he find stories – instead of echoing trend pieces) on a gentleman who’s made it his mission to […]

The soul of Notre Dame..

posted by awelborn

…no not the theology department or campus ministry…athletics. Get Religion has a post on a series in the South Bend paper that has a lot of people talking…and some not. I’m talking about a religion ghost in the ongoing saga […]

The Church in the UK

posted by awelborn

Great column in the UK Telegraph by Damien Thompson, editor of the Catholic Herald. Via Gashwin His point? There is great potential for revitalization of Catholic life in England, but the bishops are holding it back: There are about half […]

Truth or Consequences

posted by awelborn

Blogger Will Duquette sends this along: Apparently my review of Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling left Mapletree7 of the blog A Book A Day at a loss for words. I had said the following: I was also interested in […]

Mel, Flannery, and Rod

posted by awelborn

Rod Dreher in the DMN: Flannery O’Connor, who died 42 years ago this month, was an astute observer of the kind of progressive-minded Southerner who had been educated out of his prejudices, but who in truth traded one form of […]

Take a break – if you can

posted by awelborn

And use your time well… from today’s Angelus, translation courtesy of Teresa Benedetta: Dear brothers and sisters, In this summer season, many have left the cities and are in tourist destinations or in their hometowns for their annual vacation. To […]

None dare call it eugenics

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But what else is it? Charles Colson the latest: In the absence of such a test for autism, researchers at University College Hospital London are settling for what they call a “close enough” solution. They have applied for permission to […]

One word, Your Holiness:

posted by awelborn

Cobbler. For a change from strudel, yes? (Source, of course – scroll down for the answer to…why are there baskets of peaches on the floor of Castel Gandolfo?)

Follow me

posted by awelborn

A CNS story about a school for AIDS orphans in Kenya: In 2002, Oganda and his friends formed their own nongovernmental organization, Hands of Love Society, and began paying school fees for orphans. However, schools increased fees as soon as […]

St. Clare

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Clare. Get started here. The old Catholic Encyclopedia article The turning point in her life, from Christus Rex: The Porziuncola was again a venue for an important landmark in the early Franciscan history in […]

Apropos of nothing

posted by awelborn

Just a reminder…posters who post totally anonymously have absolutely no rights, okay? That means if you post under a fake name with a fake email (the first is hard to detect, unless it’s like "Anonymous" or George Washington" – although […]

On Billy Graham

posted by awelborn

Both Dave Pulliam and Terry Mattingly have things to say about Jon Meacham’s cover story on Billy Graham in his twilight years: Surely Meacham knows that Graham has been giving these very same answers to basic questions for decades, at […]

San Diego Angle

posted by awelborn

Gerald of Closed Cafeteria notes an article on one of the Pittsburgh 12 making her mark in his neck of the woods. In 2005, after her son graduated (both her sons are in college now), she began to tell more […]

Take heart

posted by awelborn

First-time parenting is a bear. No one I know would ever like to repeat the experience, especially of a baby. What to do? What’s wrong with him? Will she break? Will I warp him for life? And when will he […]

Confusion and Clarity

posted by awelborn

Magister on Benedict’s seminar session – his annual reunion with some of his former students, centered on a specific topic. Last year was Islam, this year is Creation and evolution: All those who are expected to attend Benedict XVI’s private […]

Papal emissaries

posted by awelborn

Two notes from the Vatican today, via PRF: The Holy Father Benedict XVI, who has not ceased to follow the tragic events in the Middle East, has requested the Most Excellent CArdinal Roger Etchegaray, emeritus president of the Pontifical Council […]

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