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Paying respects

posted by awelborn

The Ratzinger brothers at their parents’ and sister’s graves: Image source More at this thread

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Abuse victims to address priests

posted by awelborn

…in Philadelphia: Cardinal Justin Rigali is calling together hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to hear from two people who were sexually abused by Roman Catholic clerics. The priests will meet at a seminary, where they’ll be addressed by […]

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The Case of Casey

posted by awelborn

Democratic candidate for Senator from PA, Robert Casey, Jr, is speaking at Catholic University in DC tomorrow, and some are not happy: "The university is clearly taking sides and has no business doing this in one of the most important […]

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And about that Traditionalist Society

posted by awelborn

Late last week, the news came down that the Vatican had approved a new French group, at this point composed of priests who had left the SSPX, the main breakaway Traditionalist group (and they will argue to the death with […]

Let Harry Potter Die

posted by awelborn

Terry Mattingly on the building frenzy: The faithful have been sweating ever since Jim Dale, the voice behind the U.S. audio-book editions, claimed that the author had told him Harry would die. Then Rowling stunned British television viewers by revealing […]

How’s this for a headline?

posted by awelborn

POPE ENJOYS PRIVATE TIME AFTER SLAMMING ISLAM All in a day’s work…of the press missing the point, that is.

Awakening?

posted by awelborn

A Guardian story that just might show us one more time, how little we know… You’ve got to read this (thanks to the proprietor of the PostWatch Blog, for sending it) The drug zolpidem – sold as Ambien in this […]

St. John Chrysostom

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom. (For Roman Catholics. The Orthodox celebrate his feast on November 13) Mike Aquilina gets us started, and here is the article from the OrthodoxWIki site – a wikipedia site by and for […]

Priest threatened and tortured

posted by awelborn

Freed Monday in Iraq: Fr Saad Hanna Sirop, the Chaldean Catholic priest freed Monday evening after 27 days in captivity, “was threatened and tortured”, another Iraqi priest, a fellow student, told AsiaNews. “He is really tired and exhausted. He was […]

Organic

posted by awelborn

The pope’s address upon blessing the organ at the Alte Kapelle in Regensburg An important contribution to the renewal of sacred music in the nineteenth century was made by a canon of this collegiate church, Carl Joseph Proske. Gregorian chant […]

Pavian Serendipity

posted by awelborn

I’m reading a book about the Papal States (gripping! page-turner! Um…actually…sort of.) and Pavia, a place I’d never heard of before, kept coming up last night. It was the center of Lombard rule, the Lombards being the people who put […]

The Pope and children

posted by awelborn

Beautiful: <i</i (source) Just a little scary: I’m not sure the baby wanted to see Benedict that badly… More Actually, here’s the baby from another angle – yeah, he looks like he just said, "I wanna see the Pope." Source

Finally…

posted by awelborn

The text of the Pope’s homily at the ecumenical celebration of Vespers in the Regensburg cathedral: We are gathered here – Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants – to sing together the evening praise of God. At  the heart of this […]

Your Brain Food for today

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s lecture (this is said to be a "provisional text" – I assume he went off book at times, as he usually does – at the Univeresity of Regensburg. The text also says he will provide footnotes later. I […]

More on Chaput

posted by awelborn

Blogger Kevin Jones was at Archbishop Chaput’s recent town hall meeting on immigration and has some nits to pick with the report I blogged earlier: Now for my take: First, the Archbishop was very intellectually modest. He acknowledged that bishops […]

TIME for a change

posted by awelborn

TIME on Curial changes: It’s a decent piece, refreshingly devoid of ill-informed editorializing…and perhaps, at last, we might be getting past the deep temptation to speak of the papacy in American political terms or make the stereotype of "God’s Rottweiler" […]

Fierce competition

posted by awelborn

The competition for "Worst Catholic or Anglican Bishop" is tight, but the Anglican Archbishop of Harare, cancelled Sunday Services in his country so that everyone could celebrate his wedding anniversary, so he wins this month. The Anglican Bishop of Harare […]

Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord

posted by awelborn

I’ve not read this book, but Michael worked on it – after hesitating initially at the concept, simply because of the potential for fatuousness, as well as various objections to the subject , but he found the work to be […]

Being there…

posted by awelborn

Two stories on Catholics lending a hand to women and their babies: In Virginia, an infant’s brief life inspires: Paul Stefan was born and died on Dec. 13, 2005. The son of developer Randy James of Spotsylvania County and his […]

Chaput on the Road

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Chaput of Denver is traveling around his see, talking about immigration: The crowd sat on folding chairs while immigrants listened in with translation headsets as Chaput, speaking under a 25-foot portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe, opened by explaining […]

The looong road ahead

posted by awelborn

Just ran across this piece in the Toronto Star gauging reactions to the Pope’s address to the Ontario bishops on their ad limina visit last week. Donna Marie Kennedy, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, says students in […]

Reprieve for Barat Chapel

posted by awelborn

Readers might recall a dust-up from this past summer in which DePaul University in Chicago sold some property: Vincentians at DePaul, in response to a minor dispute with the City of Lake Forest Illinois over a parking garage, decided that […]

Is this a good look for me?

posted by awelborn

I’d say…yes! For the rest of today, the Pope will first meet with a group of academics at the University of Regensburg  –  in 1969, he held the Chair of dogmatics and history of dogma at the University of Regensburg, […]

The visit so far

posted by awelborn

For those of you trying to keep up, remember that all of the texts for the pope’s homilies on his visit are available at the Vatican Radio site. Today’s homily began with an expression of gratitude – for all of […]

The Mass Program

posted by awelborn

Here’s a pdf of the program for today’s Mass. Via Gerald Photos…click for captions and full credit: More.

Mass in Regensburg

posted by awelborn

Here’s the text of the Pope’s homily. Gerald says that this text is different than the spoken version which was reprinted in German on Kath Net. He’s translated. I’ve not compared and seen the differences yet.

They were there

posted by awelborn

A USCCB publication featuring the stories of several priests who ministered in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. (pdf file)

TIMES of Prosperity

posted by awelborn

TIME’s photo essay on preachers of the prosperity gospel, then and now. Well, not just the "gospel," for Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is mentioned – although I will say that my impression of Rajneesh was never that he taught that his […]

Brothers

posted by awelborn

…in the flesh (Time changes some things – but not Fr. Georg’s forelock!) And in the Spirit. Benedict and his brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger, praying at the baptismal font in which they were both baptized, in the Church of St. […]

With caution…

posted by awelborn

EVERY time I post one of these "sources say" from the European press, I get burned. But oh, let’s have a go: THE Pope has sounded out Hans Tietmeyer, the former head of the Bundesbank, to become head of the […]

More papal reporting

posted by awelborn

Bill Howard, editor of the diocesan paper for Colorado Springs, is in Germany, covering the visit.

Eight Beans

posted by awelborn

Congratulations to blogger/writer Danielle Bean on the birth of her eighth child!

Theology for an Age of Terror

posted by awelborn

Then and now, from Christianity Today: September 11, 2001, is frequently compared to December 7, 1941, as a day that will "live in infamy." But a more appropriate analogy might be August 24, 410, when the city of Rome was […]

More papal potpourri

posted by awelborn

A neighbor remembers an early childhood trauma: Teresa, 82, remembers how young Joseph Ratzinger would dash out of his family’s house and press his nose against the window of the shop across the road. "He was looking at a teddy […]

At Vespers

posted by awelborn

Vatican Radio report on Vespers from the Basilica of St. Anne The reporter reports that Benedict left the episcopal ring he wore as Archbishop of Munich at the base of the Black Madonna statue, which had been brought into the […]

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them

posted by awelborn

The Sounds of 9/11 – Peggy Noona’s column on last words of love and acceptance. New life in a time of despair and confusion Finally, 2,996 – a blog-burst of remembrances of the victims – bloggers chose one person to […]

The Pope in Altötting

posted by awelborn

Click on all photos for captions and credit. Click here for lots more photos. The Pope prayed in the Chapel of the Miraculous Image, offered Mass in the square, then led a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the Madonna […]

As we’re just getting up…

posted by awelborn

…the day in Germany is half over. This morning, Pope Benedict left Munich, and flew by helicopter to Altötting, the site of an important Marian shrine, housing one of the several Black Madonnas venerated around the world. Here is more […]

Finally!

posted by awelborn

Vatican Radio comes through – you can’t find English translations of the Pope’s words in Germany on the Vatican website, but Vatican Radio has them posted here – all of them so far. Bravo! And don’t forget – you can […]

And…now Vespers

posted by awelborn

Gerald has translated the lovely homily that Benedict gave at Vespers in the Munich cathedral, with a crowd of children gathered around: Dear parents! I want to heartily invite you to help your children believe and to accompany them on […]

A historical moment

posted by awelborn

From Kentucky: a historic structure restored: It’s considered the oldest existing Catholic building in the Midwest, an 18th-century log house where the first frontier seminarians studied, where the first bishop in Kentucky lived and where an order of nuns began […]

And now…for what he said…

posted by awelborn

Well, not a single translation of anything has been posted at the Vatican website. Update: Gerald at Closed Cafeteria has a complete translation. The Mass, from a Catholic News Agency report: In his Homily the Holy Father challenged his fellow […]

Kind of a sad sight..

posted by awelborn

The neighborhood sort of stray cat (whom I think has been adopted by the neighbors) walks by the picture window in our living room. He’s got something in his mouth – a chipmunk. And as the cat strides by, content […]

Don’t forget…

posted by awelborn

The Vatican Radio reports….

Analysis

posted by awelborn

Gerald Augustus of Closed Cafeteria translates part of an article from Der Spiegel about shifting views in Germany: But, the year 2005 showed a sea change in the relationship of society and Church. That’s at least how the dignitaries of […]

A reader remarks on yesterday in Munich:

posted by awelborn

I loved it when the President kept greeting him "heilige fater" with such fondness and respect. He almost seemed to sing it. It reflects what so many of us feel in our hearts towards this man who gives us such […]

Joseph declares…

posted by awelborn

As he’s sitting next to me on the couch, watching me blog the Pope: "The only thing I didn’t like about Rome was the breakfast he brung us every morning…" "He" being his daddy, not the Pope. Joseph didn’t much […]

A day in Munich:

posted by awelborn

Meets with President Koehler and family: Mass: (250,000 is the estimate) Angelus: Next…Vespers. (11:30 Eastern – watch either on the Vatican feed or EWTN)

God’s ways…

posted by awelborn

Pope’s parents met through personal ad, German paper says: Bild am Sonntag said 43-year-old Joseph Ratzinger senior placed an advertisement as a "low-level civil servant" seeking "a good Catholic girl, who can cook and sew a bit … to marry […]

Vandals

posted by awelborn

House where Pope was born vandalized: Vandals threw paint-filled balloons at the house where Pope Benedict XVI was born Sunday, a day before the pontiff planned to visit his hometown during his six-day trip to Bavaria. No serious damage was […]

Papal Potpourri

posted by awelborn

A couple of notes: Many thanks to reader Thomas for sending along this link to Radio Bavaria, which has archived, for your viewing pleasure, video of the visit so far – it seems to be in little news capsules, but […]

Benedict in Bavaria

posted by awelborn

If you’ve not watched any video of the visit so far…do. Benedict is so obviously happy to be there – even, it seems at times during the singing of the old hymns..moved. There is this mix of joy, hope, and […]

Age of Reason?

posted by awelborn

They say it’s 7. Hmmm… This evening, as his wont, almost 22-month old Michael was climbing around on the couch in front of the built-in bookcase, trying to Get Stuff. Who cares about toys – I mean really. (Although earlier […]

Welcome!

posted by awelborn

The Pope sets the tone: Following Köhler’s words of welcome, the Pope reflected briefly on the purpose of his trip.  “Conscious of how much I have received,” Benedict said, “I have come here above all to express my deep gratitude […]

Getting started

posted by awelborn

Beatification process for Bangladeshi bishop gets going: Bangladeshi Catholics have begun praying for the intercession of their first native archbishop, Mgr Theotonius Amal Ganguly, and to pray for his beatification, which would be the first of a local Catholic. Fr […]

It’s all about the choice…not.

posted by awelborn

A WaPo story on the dismaying, shocking trend for Crisis Pregnancy Centers to obtain ultrasound machines and let women see their babies! Abortion rights advocates say the proliferation of antiabortion pregnancy clinics is a dangerous trend, confusing vulnerable women by […]

On the way

posted by awelborn

What freaks run Mattel?

posted by awelborn

An ad for this just entered my consciousness. Barbie and her dog. The dog does everything. Barbie cleans it up.

Ontario, again…

posted by awelborn

Rocco points to the very interesting nugget that Vatican Radio has broadcast a little bit of the Pope’s words to the Ontario bishops on their ad limina. The text of the adress, in case you missed it on Friday, is […]

Get ready for the Pope…

posted by awelborn

Today begins the papal visit to his homeland of Bavaria. The official page for the visit from the German end of things. Here’s the page with EWTN’s broadcast schedule. Here’s the link to Vatican Television, which I assume will be […]

The Hindu, Anglican…priest.

posted by awelborn

O-kay. The latest from the Church of England…(not that we RC’s have much of anything to brag about…) AN ANGLICAN CLERIC who converted to Hinduism has had his permission to officiate as a priest in the Ely diocese renewed for […]

Jesuits admit abuse…

posted by awelborn

Late, past president of Gonzaga implicated: Former Gonzaga University President John Leary was involved in the sexual abuse of boys and young men in the 1960s, but the priest’s actions were covered up by Jesuit officials, the Oregon Province of […]

Wheelie Catholic

posted by awelborn

Check out this blog: A blog about inclusion issues concerning Catholics with disabilities providing information, raising concerns, sharing humorous experiences and encouraging prayerful efforts toward social justice. A sample from the blogger: I found this website (click for link) as […]

All Things Catholic

posted by awelborn

John Allen’s weekly column has been posted with a good, detailed examination of the peace gathering at Assisi – not the gathering itself, but the Pope’s words on such gatherings, past and present: Andrea Riccardi, the founder of Sant’Egidio, was […]

Change at the top

posted by awelborn

John Thavis of CNS looks at the change in leadership in the Vatican news offices: Father Lombardi professed admiration for his predecessor’s work, but journalists immediately noticed a difference in the air. One telltale sign was that the first Vatican […]

Keeping the Holy Days

posted by awelborn

Rocco reports on a poll of Catholics across the pond – on their bishops’ decision to cut a number of holy days of obligation from the calendar: (Poll is reported in the Tablet, and this article is only available to […]

Simple answer: take a look at the Catholic press

posted by awelborn

Somebody at NRO’s Corner debunks the idea that Fr. George Coyne was "sacked" from his position at the Vatican Observatory because his stated views clashed with the Pope. Or something. This is not news, of course – Catholic News Service […]

ACT up

posted by awelborn

MIchael Fumento brings all the points about the fake "no embyros were killed here, so buy our stock" incident together in one handy place: The ACT researchers’ letter left the embryos’ fate ambiguous, but an accompanying figure showed a photo […]

What’s going on in there?

posted by awelborn

The news is full of a story about researchers who tested a woman in a vegetative state and found some interesting responses: The 23-year-old woman in the current study was injured in July 2005. Within weeks, she opened her eyes […]

“Because he was a German”

posted by awelborn

Review in America of a new book (published by Eerdmans) about Cardinal Bea and the origins of the ecumenical movement: Pope John XXIII’s heralded hope that Vatican II would promote Christian unity faced resistance from these same officials who hoped […]

Pope to Bishops

posted by awelborn

The bishops of Ontario had their ad limina visit with Benedict this week. Here’s the text of what he said: Today, the impediments to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom are experienced most dramatically in the split between the Gospel and […]

Blogger Bleg

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes, who has begun his Life in Seminary, has a question… Now that I’m praying the Divine Office in earnest (as opposed to piecemeal, when I could), the question has arisen again: why does the one volume edition of […]

A Reason for Hope

posted by awelborn

A new website/ministry from a Pennsylvania priest. Sharp. He’s Fr. Larry Richards who apparently also has a show on Relevant Radio A press release about the launch.

There.

posted by awelborn

Clarifications on the Rove/Hudson/exorcism/blessing Hudson says he didn’t say it was an exorcism. Authors who interviewed him say well, maybe not, but it wasn’t a joke, either: Hillary, Rove joked, was a reason the place needed to be purged of […]

So…what do you think?

posted by awelborn

In the NYSun, a review of the St. John’s Bible – the handwritten, calligraphied, illuminated copy of the Bible being done under the auspices of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. Portions of the Bible are touring the country – the […]

Kindergarten Wisdom of the Day

posted by awelborn

"You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit" Thanks, Mrs. Kindergarten Teacher…we needed to learn that around here. Catchy, too!

Now, from Milwaukee…

posted by awelborn

Good news! When John Stollenwerk sold Allen-Edmonds Shoe Company in July, he reaped the benefits of a good investment. He bought the company in 1980 for $1.3 million and sold it 26 years later for about $100 million. If Stollenwerk’s […]

Wheat that Springeth Green

posted by awelborn

At First Things. Jody Bottum offers a lovely appreciation of J.F. Powers: The question is why these books have faded away. Oh, they ought to be in print somewhere, and the literary critics Peter Parker and Frank Kermode were blind […]

High Drama

posted by awelborn

Whew. What a week. My daughter, a freshman in high school, is all hepped up on drama. She’s been in a few local youth theater productions (monkey in Jungle Book, Oompa-Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All the great […]

A saint for Kenya?

posted by awelborn

Some are hoping: Cardinal Otunga, who enjoyed a widespread reputation for holiness, died on September 6, 2003. Ordinarily the Church would require five years to elapse before a cause was opened. But his successor, Archbishop Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki of Nairobi, […]

Back to Medjugorje

posted by awelborn

The new commission, mentioned here a few months ago, is a go: The steady influx of pilgrims to Medjugorje is "a phenomenon that must be taken seriously," Msgr. Zovkic said. The faithful who come to Medjugorje to receive the sacraments […]

Another kind of lawsuit

posted by awelborn

More from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee plans to keep fighting a $16.8 million damage award, upheld on appeal Wednesday, for an 85-year-old man who was severely injured when his car was hit by a vehicle driven […]

Weirdest story of the day

posted by awelborn

Book claims Karl Rove enlisted clergymen to exorcise Hilary Clinton’s liberal spirit from his White House office. Rove’s people deny this, but…. Deal Hudson, a former Fordham University professor Rove enlisted to woo Catholic voters, told Moore and Slater that […]

The Cardinal and Polio

posted by awelborn

A Chicago Tribune story on Cardinal George, polio and other survivors of the disease: George, 69, contracted polio at age 13; to this day, he wears a leg brace to support muscles ravaged by the viral illness. Felde, 58, caught […]

Good Stuff

posted by awelborn

A Bolivian orphanage – supported by an extensive mission outreach of the Archdiocese of St. Louis A group of about 30 from the Archdiocese of St. Louis recently visited Hogar Villegas. They left impressed by the spotless facility, the care […]

Pop that balloon

posted by awelborn

A reader sends this along: I recently attended a wedding in Madison, WI and this past Saturday morning (9/2) I visited the Farmer’s Market surrounding the capitol. My family noticed that Planned Parenthood had a table there and they were […]

The dePaola Code!

posted by awelborn

You thought it was just about stocky, brightly-colored characters juggling and making bread… Well you were wrong! Go visit The dePaola Code to learn the truth!

Who needs Cannes..

posted by awelborn

We’ll always have Venice. Vatican awards film prize… The Vatican awarded its annual cinema prize to Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan, saying his movies have depicted people’s search for spiritual meaning. U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley, head of the Pontifical Council […]

Thus Spake….?

posted by awelborn

Huh. Who’d have thought that an article on Zoroastrianism would generate as much conversation as it has. Here’s the article – by Laurie Goodstein in the NYtimes. Her point – that the ancient religion seems to be dying out. Mollie […]

Brother Roger of Taize – Catholic since ’72?

posted by awelborn

This article in Le Monde says as much (I think) – in French. Feel free to translate! (The gist of this first paragraph – Cardinal Ratzinger gave Communion to Brother Roger at John Paul II’s funeral. Questions and controversy arose. […]

Notes from all over

posted by awelborn

Reader notes, related to various previous posts and interests: I had a week-long conference in SF this summer.  I was staying at the Marriott, just around the corner from St. Patrick’s.  Between proximity and a sung Latin Mass, I didn’t […]

Wash for Life

posted by awelborn

A good nationwide effort on September 16 – Catholic youth groups from across the country committing to wash cars on that day, with money earned to go to pregnancy centers.

The Peace Pope

posted by awelborn

Angelo Matera in the NCR(egister): Catholic “hawks” in the United States had been unhappy with Pope John Paul II’s stance against almost all wars, a position they viewed as unrealistic and a departure from their interpretation of the classic “just […]

Wow.

posted by awelborn

Hat day at the Vatican: Michael has the goods on what the hat’s all about, as well as more pics of some Austrian women who are obviously in competition with the Pope And you can go here (scroll down) to […]

A tale of two women

posted by awelborn

Well, actually two tales. I hadn’t intended on discussing these two books together, but it actually is a good fit, so here goes. Tales of two Renaissance women, one fiction and one non-fiction. Guess which one is more interesting? I’d […]

Evangelical Movements

posted by awelborn

This WSJ piece looks at the divisions that embracing the Saddlebrook model can bring to a church. (The article verges on the edge of conflating a lot of varied forces – not every casually-dressed preacher is a Warren-wannabee, and the […]

Boston Catholic High

posted by awelborn

A Globe article on the great lengths some Catholic high schools in Boston are going to to attract students: Catholic high schools in the Boston area are vying for what school administrators call “curb appeal" to woo families in an […]

Getting ready..

posted by awelborn

This is unfinished, but you get the point – it will be seen by Benedict on his flight into Munich: Keep your eye on this thread at the Papa Ratzinger Forum for news about Benedict’s trip to Bavaria, which will […]

From the Schuelerkreise

posted by awelborn

As you know, the Pope met with his former students this past weekend to listen to papers and discuss the theory of evolution and Christian faith. Not much word yet about what was said, but Cardinal Schoenborn did say good […]

Well, okay

posted by awelborn

In this past issue of the UK Tablet, their Vatican correspondent Robert Mickens attempts to score by tying together the Pope’s recent words encouraging his listeners to not be seduced by activism for the sake of activism and retain a […]

Mother Teresa

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. One ceremony in India: Mother Teresa Chowk – where the Fest Day function was held – is in the centre of the city.  It is a strategic location: behind the […]

Young Catholics and Faith

posted by awelborn

Dennis Doyle of Dayton U. has a subtly pained piece up at Commonweal about the younger people around him – including his own son – who have drifted to the "I’m spiritual, but not religious" route. The paradigm is a […]

Fire Sale

posted by awelborn

I overbought a bit on books to sell down in Amarillo, and since I have absolutely no more DVC-related speaking gigs coming (at least at which I will be selling books)…need to clean off the shelves. So…in terms of the […]

St. MacNissi

posted by awelborn

A reader  – actually a priest from Ireland –  writes in with the reminder that on September 4, along with many others, we celebrate Saint Macnissi (there are many variants on the name) who was baptized by St. Patrick and […]

A Braves Fan in NY

posted by awelborn

Really marvelous NYTimes piece about a Dominican Sister of Hawthorne who’s a big Braves fan. In 1999, while Bobby Dews, the Braves’ bullpen coach, was jogging near Turner Field, he became curious about the cancer home across from the stadium. […]

Still Franklin Roosevelt

posted by awelborn

Thanks to K-Lo over at the Corner for linking to our reader’s Target discovery – the attention to the site has inspired a riot of hysterical comments: How well I remember the Democratic Convention of 1932 when Franklin Roosevelt flew […]

Another pope round-up

posted by awelborn

Vatican Information Service gives a round-up of August action – very brief summaries of each Angelus and General Audience, accounts of meetings, letters sent and statements issued, and so on. A good thing to have – to make it even […]

New blog…

posted by awelborn

…among many, of course. Vultus Christus – on which Cistercian D. Mark Daniel Kirby is posting his excellent (daily) homilies. Also, in the monastic tradition – this online guide to St. Benedict offers a helpful structure in which you can […]

Mary’s House

posted by awelborn

Michael has a link to a NYTimes piece on this pilgrimage destination in Turkey, a spot he visited during his own year in Turkey, many moons ago.

Pope Roundup

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser at The Benedict Blog (which has been teased apart from Against the Grain) has a massive Benedict roundup of major stories from the past two months, include many helpful links in relationship to this weekend’s study session/seminar/reunion.

Catholic pol varia

posted by awelborn

Bob Casey and Rick Santorum on Meet the Press yesterday. Rod Dreher reports: Then the Plan B issue came up. Santorum said flat-out that the pill is sometimes abortifacient, which is certainly true if you believe that life begins at […]

Haleigh Poutrue

posted by awelborn

Remember her? Wesley Smith reminds us: Last year, doctors wrote 12-year old Haleigh Poutre off as good as dead after she was beaten nearly to death, allegedly by her adoptive mother and step father. After only one week, they assumed […]

In the silence

posted by awelborn

A new religious community: We are not the problem, we are the solution," says Fr Thomas Coughlin, a deaf Honolulu priest who has founded the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate with five other deaf men. Deaf since birth, it […]

Glimpses of faith

posted by awelborn

In a long NYTimes Magazine profile  of a young actress, Vera Farmiga, we find this lovely quote from Farmiga, was was raised by Ukrainian Catholic parents, attended Ukrainian Catholic schools and didn’t speak English until she was 6: She took […]

School Daze

posted by awelborn

A couple of parents of college freshmen post about orientation: Anthony Esolen posts at Mere Comments about the experience at Providence College, which is also where he teaches. Some of the normal, diversity, college life business, which prompts some of […]

Gregory the Great

posted by awelborn

The Lord’s Day always takes precedence of course, but September 3 remains the feast day of St. Gregory the Great, no matter what! Today at the Angelus, Pope Benedict spoke of Gregory: A pope as a model for public administrators? […]

The Pope: Marriage as a witness

posted by awelborn

Teresa at the Papa Ratzinger Forum has finished translating Benedict’s Q & A with priests from the diocese of Albano last Thursday. I’m going to do the broken record thing and tell you all to go read the whole exchange, […]

Luminous Mysteries

posted by awelborn

No one knows exactly why Erickson, a not-very-religious dentist from East Cleveland who died in 1993, willed $370,000 to illuminate steeples visible along I-71 and I-90 in the downtown area. nonetheless… Drive west on I-90, and the night sky is […]

Synchronicity

posted by awelborn

On the tail of my reading of Spanish Rome, I’m searching the Internets for places to listen to Early Music online Here’s a links page, in case you’re interested – and I find BBC-3 Radio’s program "The Early Music Show" […]

Off the cuff, again

posted by awelborn

This is rather important and intriguing stuff. On Thursday, Pope Benedict met with parish priests from the Diocese of Albano (where Castel Gandalfo is located.) Teresa at PRF is in the process of translating the exchange, and I’m sure you’ll […]

Two choices

posted by awelborn

Either someone is totally stupid or desperately bored at work. H/T and thanks to reader John. Guess who?

Fallen Order

posted by awelborn

I’ve finally read Fallen Order by Karen Liebreich. I had put it off because although the subject interested me very much, I thought the story she tells – how sexual abuse impacted the early years of the Piarist Order – […]

Settlement?

posted by awelborn

Archdiocese of Milwaukee case: Peter Isely, Midwest director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, saw the California settlements as a way to avoid having retired Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland have to reveal more details about his actions […]

The Pope and Evolution

posted by awelborn

This will be the story over the next few days, as the Pope gathers with his former students at Castel Gandalfo for a reunion seminar on the topic (last year the topic was Islam) This year the seminar– devoted to […]

The Cardinal in Rome

posted by awelborn

A Boston Magazine article on Cardinal Law’s life in Rome. The article attempts to claim that Law is exerting great "influence" in Rome  mostly because he sits on 8 dicasteries, but the solid evidence is rather thin. Law’s continued sway […]

Christus Consolator

posted by awelborn

An article about a statue of Christ that stands in Johns Hopkins: Ever since it was erected in 1896, “Christus Consolator” has been a source of inspiration, hope and consolation for countless patients, doctors, students and visitors of all faiths […]

Stepping up

posted by awelborn

The Monastic Communities of Jerusalem have been given the traditionally French parish in Rome, located at the top of the Spanish Steps: The Holy See and the city of Rome agreed to assign the care of the historic church, at […]

Losses

posted by awelborn

In the Archdiocese of New Olreans, uninsured losses are high: The estimate of uninsured flood damage to the archdiocese’s 1,274 buildings now stands at $120 million, far more than the $84 million the archdiocese estimated in the spring, when it […]

Christians in China

posted by awelborn

Magister reprints an interview with a China observer: The interview is with Fr. Gianni Criveller, of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions. He is one of the leading experts on China, lives in Hong Kong, and is one of the […]

Picasso in the Vatican?

posted by awelborn

In her latest ZENIT column, art historian Elizabeth Lev takes on the director of the Vatican Museum’s statement that he’d like to include a Picasso in the collection. She wonders why, suggests some possibilities, and then, inspired by the Feast […]

At Manoppello

posted by awelborn

Today, Benedict visited Manoppello: Benedict XVI will be the first Pope to visit the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello, home of what many believe is Veronica’s veil. The Pope will visit the shrine Friday, arriving by helicopter to […]

Mom stuff

posted by awelborn

The blogger at the Bearing Blog points to a couple of articles about a mother of 22 who recently passed away. I particularly liked this quote from the mom, from another article about her a couple of years ago: "We […]

Wiki stands tall

posted by awelborn

For all of its faults…Wikipedia refuses to give in to PRC government: In Hong Kong for three days to speak at the Chinese Wikimania 2006 conference at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Wales said he had no intention of […]

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