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September 15, 2006 Archives

Free Association

posted by awelborn

Joseph got a toy that, among other delights, can have its parts re-arranged so it’s a minotaur. I have explained to him several times what a minotaur is, and he likes his toy. Except he can’t remember the name. He […]

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Rebuilding New Orleans

posted by awelborn

…the Vietnamese angle: A drive through eastern New Orleans can be thoroughly depressing. Abandoned businesses with shattered signs and homes with punched-out windows line silent streets. It can be difficult for outsiders to get their bearings in this part of […]

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A Whapping of Wisdom

posted by awelborn

Of course, although it was a quotation and not His Holiness’s own words, it’s worth pointing out that he obviously did choose an unusually vivid and obscure quotation. Had any of us heard of this emperor before, besides Matthew? In […]

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Pithy summations:

posted by awelborn

Daniel Larison: But the difference between the two conceptions of God is not something that would require you to dig up Manuel II’s dialogue or be familiar with the intricacies of Islamic theology.  The crucial difference is that for Christianity, […]

Mr. Pope…

posted by awelborn

…tear down this wall…or something. I am fairly sure the first word on this banner is, "Pops:"

The Pope in Turkey

posted by awelborn

Coincidentally, AsiaNews reports on the itinerary : The programme of the apostolic voyage is now official and on Monday 18 September, members of the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey will come together in Istanbul to define the final logistical details. Two […]

Lending a hand

posted by awelborn

Egyptian-born Jesuit Samir Khalil Samir puts the events of the week and the day in context, at AsiaNews: Rather than criticising Islam, the Pope is actually offering it a helping hand by suggesting that it do away with the cycle […]

“Witness to the Sorrow”

posted by awelborn

As blogged here a few days ago, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be the site of an event in which victims of clerical sexual abuse will speak of their experiences to priests and others. There is more about the event […]

A bit of support

posted by awelborn

Reported at the Papa Ratzinger Forum: Mario Mauro, vice-president of the European Parliament, said in a statement today, "Let us defend the Pope without ifs or buts, let us defend reason," in answer to the reactions from the Muslim world […]

Cardinal Bertone says..

posted by awelborn

…gee, thanks Your Holiness. Nice first day on the job… Photo source From VIS, on this morning’s ceremony in which the reigns of State were passed from Sodano to Bertone: In a brief greeting addressed to the Holy Father, Cardinal […]

Protests in pictures

posted by awelborn

From Ankara. I really have no idea what it means. More photos here, including this study in contrast, unintended, I’m sure: A Muslim family walks to Friday prayers at the mosque in Rome: A police officer stands guard outside a […]

All Things Catholic

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s new column is up: He didn’t go to Bavaria, but offers observations and notes: As we have seen during his other public voyages, this is Benedict the pastor at work. For the most part, he avoids theological speculation […]

Back to Taize

posted by awelborn

When I first blogged on the French report on Brother Roger, I was careful not to use the word "converted" not only because that’s not the word we use for baptized Christians who joing the  Catholic  Church – "coming into […]

Needed: A sense of irony and a clue

posted by awelborn

This is not an effective way to argue against someone who has questioned your religion’s relationship to violence: From a Daily Mail story. These are Muslims in Indian burning an effigy of the Pope. Because, you know, questioned using religion […]

Raging on

posted by awelborn

Another irony is that during this week in which Muslim outrage finds a new object, Oriani Fallaci has died, after a long battle with cancer. Michelle Malkins provides a tribute and links The vicar apostolic in Anatolia responds Fr. Lombardi […]

And in case you’ve forgotten

posted by awelborn

The Pope is due to visit Turkey at the end of November. Pray for him.

Oh, please

posted by awelborn

Raise your hand if you’re tired of Muslim "outrage." First, in case you’re very late to the party, here is the English text, from the Vatican website, of the Pope’s address to the faculty at the Univeristy of Regensburg. (Here […]

Casey at CUA

posted by awelborn

Some reports: Philadelphia Inquirer: Decrying a climate of "fear" and division in the nation, Casey called for a renewed commitment to the "common good" and for political leadership that demands shared sacrifice in order to achieve it. "We must recommit […]

Dayton Peeps

posted by awelborn

Dayton’s Theology on Tap had one of their speakers cancel, and asked me to do a last-minute fill-in. So, sure. September 28, 7:30 Oregon Express (336 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH) It will be a bit about DVC, more about […]

Finally!!!!

posted by awelborn

I’ve been trying to embed video on this page for ages, but could never swing the simple copy-and-paste "embed" code thing. It never worked. I think this does. It’s an ad for an expensive lager, Stella Artois – information here […]

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Why Via Media
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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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