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September 18, 2006 Archives

Catholic Channel shaping up…

posted by awelborn

SIrius Satellite radio launches its Catholic Channel on September 26. Huge kudos to Lino Rulli for landing a great timespot – 5-8 pm eastern every day – including the weekends? I’m not sure. But whatever the case – that’s fantastic. […]

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AsiaNews

posted by awelborn

Do go to AsiaNews for stories – they post about 5 or 6 a day on matters Asian  – several today in which you’ll be interested. An overview of reactions: On behalf of the World Union of Muslim Ulemas, Qatari […]

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Turkey’s a go..

posted by awelborn

The Turkish bishops who met today confirmed the Pope’s trip’s still a go: The bishops of Turkey today followed Ankara’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdullah Gul, in confirming that the visit of Benedict XVI will take place as planned, from 28 […]

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Papal Blunder?

posted by awelborn

That is the question being asked by many, including some Catholics on the ‘net: Mark Shea: Some of my readers take umbrage when I suggest it was a blunder for Pope Benedict to have used a cite that was bound […]

Benedict, Warmonger?

posted by awelborn

There are hints, here and there, articulated most crassly in that Al-Jazeera cartoon, and more subtly in the Newsweek piece blogged below – what they all have in common is contrasting John Paul and Benedict, which is, of course, a […]

Hitchens speaks

posted by awelborn

Kathy Shaidle wondered if Christopher Hitchens was having to recalibrate his enemies list. Nope To read the bulk of the speech, however, is to realize that, if he had chanced to be born in Turkey or Syria instead of Germany, […]

Al-Jazeera’s cartoon

posted by awelborn

Gerald of the Closed Cafeteria scanned some images of that Al-Jazeera animation that’s running now. Here’s the climactic moment: Thanks, Gerald!

Let’s see…

posted by awelborn

A Pope’s Holy War – That’s the title of Jon Meacham’s Newsweek piece on the contretemps. Once again we ask…who’s fomenting discord? The point is, as is the case with much of the analysis, grandly missed. Meacham thinks he addresses […]

In defense of the Pope

posted by awelborn

From the website AntiWar.com by Justin Raimando, whose background is libertarian/paleoconservative and in recent years: During the 1992, 1996, and 2000 presidential elections, Raimondo supported the campaigns of Pat Buchanan, both as a Republican and in the Reform Party. Being […]

More Magister..

posted by awelborn

Magister’s column also has quite a bit of perspective on the trip to Turkey. This is one of the best summations of the situation there that I’ve seen. Pass it on. The dialogue was not a mere academic exercise. What […]

“Less diplomacy and more Gospel”

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister’s take: Less diplomacy and more Gospel: this is the course that Joseph Ratzinger is setting for the Church’s central governance. Even in the choice of archbishop Mamberti as foreign minister, what the pope kept in mind even more […]

So now…

posted by awelborn

…will the US call in the Papal Nuncio for a chat, demanding that the Pope withdraw his insulting remarks? The remarks being the Pope’s remarks to a meeting sponsored Pontifical Academy for Life and by the International Federation of Catholic […]

Must-read from Whapping:

posted by awelborn

Here: It occurred to me the other day that the Christian God is not "Great." To say that God is Great ("Allahu Akbhar") is NOT, as it is in Islam, the central tenet of our religion. The Christian God is […]

Sr. Leonella

posted by awelborn

Much about the murder of this religious sister, member of the Consolation Missionaries, shot in the back on the steps of the hospital in which she served the poor of Somalia. An elderly nun shot four times at the Somali […]

Protests…the scope?

posted by awelborn

The question is…what is the real significance of these protests? It is one thing to read articles about a hundred Muslims outside Westminster Cathedral, some riots in Basra, a hundred guys outside the Vatican embassy in Jakarta…here and there, outrage, […]

From Greece:

posted by awelborn

An Orthodox Archbishop speaks out: In a scathing attack, barely 48 hours after a Somali Islamic cleric called for Muslims to kill the Pope for his Tuesday utterances, Archbishop Christodoulos told a sermon in Athens that Christians in Africa were […]

Spengler’s take

posted by awelborn

The mysterious and idiocynratic Spengler, who writes for the Asia Times, is characteristically direct, analyzing jihad, saying that it (broadly defined, not simply as "holy war") is essential to Islam: There is no Grace in Islam, no miracle, no expiatory […]

Effigy-burning of the day

posted by awelborn

…in Basra. Group vows war: The statement by an umbrella group led by Iraq’s branch of al Qaeda came after the Pontiff said on Sunday he was deeply sorry Muslims had been offended by his use of a medieval quotation […]

For Little Naomi

posted by awelborn

Pray for little Naomi Coffin, and her family, including blogger Patrick Coffin, as well as all disabled babies and children and their families: Each visit invariably shows us another tiny thing about her to fall in love with, so each […]

Why Manuel, again?

posted by awelborn

Christopher Orlet in the Spectator: THE DIFFICULTY, TO MY mind, is figuring out why the Pope chose to cite this particular quotation from this particular nonentity? Certainly many popes have made similar statements about jihad and Benedict would have had […]

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