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October 2006 Archives

Writing the Pope

posted by awelborn

The word is going out and around and about – a move to write to Pope Benedict and communicate your views on the rumored liturgical developments. Tough, since they are rumored, but rumors that have taken a solid shape since […]

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Book Corner

posted by awelborn

…before they get returned to the library and I forget about them. Although this first one might get purchased at some point: This book was published this summer – it is really lovely, and I’m sort of surprised no one […]

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“People’s Houses”

posted by awelborn

Trick or treaters started arriving at our place before ours were ready to depart. Michael the Baby was very confused as to why Mommy and Daddy kept giving these strange children candy but ignored him as he raced up to […]

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Vigiling in DC

posted by awelborn

Via the DC Dominicans – great stuff. From a National Catholic Register article: This Halloween, rather than attending a liquor-laden Halloween party or taking part in some bar’s costume contest, young professionals will jam into a dark-wood English Gothic chapel […]

One more Halloween note

posted by awelborn

At Beliefnet, via Catholic Parent, from our favorite Dominican historian teaching at UVA, Fr. Augustinte Thompson, O.P. We’ve all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church […]

About that priest from Quebec..

posted by awelborn

Canonist Ed Peters weighs in: LifeSiteNews is reporting that the Canadian priest Raymond Gravel, notorious for his voiciferous disagreement with Church teaching on just about every major social issue, has obtained permission from his bishop to run for national governmental […]

Early Music

posted by awelborn

I’ve become quite fond of the BBC3’s Early Music Show – broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays, each broadcast being available for a week after the initial play. Early Music (medieval, Renaissance and Baroque) has always been my preferred period of […]

Christians in Iraq

posted by awelborn

Bishop Wenski writes to the Secretary of State: The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Policy has asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to consider measures that would help improve the deteriorating situation for […]

Halloween, All Saints and All Souls

posted by awelborn

Some resources: Catholic Mom The origins of Halloween and All Saints Various articles from the American Catholic Website

Graduale Romanum

posted by awelborn

This is a big deal. Jeffrey Tucker of The New Liturgical Movement writes: Given all the controversy over music these days, people are often surprised to find out that the Roman Rite has an official songbook that grew up alongside […]

Rinunce E Nomine

posted by awelborn

As reported in the Italian press earlier, the Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos as Prefect as the Congregation for Clergy and named in his place Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, O.F.M of Sao Paolo. The resignation, in accord […]

NaPro

posted by awelborn

The Washington Post goes to Omaha to look at the NaPro Technology Center Inspired by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which condemned artificial birth control, Hilgers began by helping to develop, with colleagues at nearby Creighton University, a […]

Something’s Happening Here

posted by awelborn

You feel it, too, don’t you? There have been so many little hints and small incidents coming to light of late – all related to liturgy. I’m not prepared to make sense of it, particularly since hardly any of what […]

Come to think of it…

posted by awelborn

Been parenting for a long time here, years – decades – during which things that would horrify the uninitiated – years without a full nights’ sleep? Packing a small suitcase every time you leave the house? Diapers? And diapers? And […]

The Sprig of Dialogue

posted by awelborn

Magister looks at the Post-Regensburg landscape, seeing hope for dialogue, and includes a portion of an article by Cardinal Bertone from the new issue of 30 Days, that will introduce their reprinting of the Regensburg Address: The crucial prelude for […]

A new life

posted by awelborn

Hope in New Hampshire: Seven years ago, Moses Wani was a refugee from war-torn Sudan, where many of his family had been killed. When he came to Manchester, he was aggressive and acted out physically, grabbing for the things he […]

Typepad Problem

posted by awelborn

It’s been iffy all day – including with comments it seems.

Translator?

posted by awelborn

10 French bishops make their views known: Réunis, le 25 octobre 2006 à Lons-le-Saunier, dans le cadre de l’Instance Régional Évêques Prêtres, les évêques de la Province ecclésiastique de Besançon et les évêques des diocèses concordataires de Strasbourg et de […]

Milwaukee Marriage

posted by awelborn

Interesting times: After Wisconsin’s Catholic bishops weighed in with a letter to support a marriage amendment to the state’s constitution, Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan said he was eager to "encourage, educate and exhort" parishioners without actually instructing them how […]

Maybe not..

posted by awelborn

The very controversial faith schools plan recently floated in England has been abandoned: Education Secretary Alan Johnson has abandoned plans to force faith schools to accept more pupils from non-religious backgrounds after fierce protests from Catholics. Mr Johnson announced last […]

South Dakota

posted by awelborn

A little more than a week away – the word from South Dakota is that the abortion ban is losing in the polls by a few percentage points, Planned Parenthood is pouring money into the state – the main group […]

Honoring John Paul II

posted by awelborn

A new statue in Toledo The area Polish community celebrated a national hero Sunday, dedicating a statue at Saint Adalbert parish honoring the late Pope John Paul II. Hundreds showed up for the event, that displayed hometown pride to one […]

Another Cause

posted by awelborn

The cause for Fr. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, has been started, according to Gashwin (currently in formation with the CSP’s) , who quotes from the Postulator of the cause: Father Isaac Thomas Hecker has begun the canonical […]

Mass Matters

posted by awelborn

The Blog By the Sea has translated Cardinal Arinze’s speech in Paris last week – that is the second post on the page. The first is a lengthy, very helpful look at the situation with the French bishops and the […]

Back to Ireland

posted by awelborn

Last week, the Irish bishops had their ad limina visits with the Pope. Here are his final words to them: The present time brings many new opportunities to bear witness to Christ and fresh challenges for the Church in Ireland. […]

The Michigan race

posted by awelborn

(post corrected. I read too fast and too early initially.) Michigan Catholics and the vote for governor: Michigan Catholics are on their own in this year’s race for governor. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, while supportive of many of the social policies […]

An unusual reader bleg

posted by awelborn

This reader’s uncle is a lapsed Catholic, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer that has progressed to a very serious point: I’m putting together my own card and "care package", and I am wondering if there are any suggestions for a […]

Incoming…

posted by awelborn

Matthew of Whapping got interviewed by NPR today on Rumors of Indults – What happened was NPR sent a little news team down to St. Agnes on 43rd Street to do a parishioner-in-the-street interview. And I was the parishioner. This […]

To the Curia?

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports on a report: Pope Benedict XVI is set to name a Brazilian cardinal known as a longtime supporter of the liberation theology movement to a senior Vatican post, according to an Italian news report today. Writing in […]

Morlino, Rocking

posted by awelborn

A recent missive from the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin: The question arises, does some of the music routinely sung embody the incorrect overemphasis on the presence of Christ in the assembly, so that people are confused as to the importance […]

A bit of a model

posted by awelborn

It’s not flawless, because nothing is, but this article from the Allentown paper sets a decent standard for coverage of the maybe-impending-indult. It even addresses the "what to call it" issue: While most of the old rite is in Latin, […]

“Rogue Bishop”

posted by awelborn

For some reason, the Scottish Church just keeps jumping on the radar of late. Today, it’s this: THE leaders of the Catholic Church in Scotland have descended into an extraordinary public spat over claims by a "rogue bishop" that they […]

In nomine Patris…

posted by awelborn

Today during the Sunday Angelus, the Latin text of the prayers was shown on big screens in St. Peter’s Square (they put up those screens for major events) – In St Peter’s Square, on a sunny day reminiscent of summer, […]

Grace Before Meals -

posted by awelborn

A really interesting looking new show in the works for PBS – Grace Before Meals, featuring a priest from the Archdiocese of Baltimare, Father Leo Patalinghug, going into families’ homes and talking with them about building up family life via […]

Good-Bye Princess

posted by awelborn

A moving post at Crunchy Cons – from a Georgia priest, on a funeral in his parish this week.

New Detroit Auxiliary

posted by awelborn

Details at Whispers Msgr Daniel Flores, rector of the cathedral of his native diocese of Corpus Christi and vice-rector of St Mary’s Seminary in Houston, as auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit. Born in August, 1961, the 45 […]

Go for the quips

posted by awelborn

…stay for the clips. Well, not exactly "quips." Just fine writing and cultural insight over at critic and biographer Terry Teachout’s blog. That’s not news to many of you, but what you might not have noticed is that Terry has […]

And the greatest of these is love

posted by awelborn

A story about a Kansas City couple, sustained by faith and love, who have been caring for their bed-ridden and severely disabled son for 52 years. For fifty-two years, Ted and Herminia Reyes have cared for their son like a […]

Leading into your weekend

posted by awelborn

Jen Ambrose, despite being in China, offers a helpful Pittsburgh Sports/Catholic roundup

Kennedy on McCarthy

posted by awelborn

Willliam Kennedy (author of the Ironwood trilogy) reviews Cormac McCarthy’s latest in the NYTimes – an end-times/apocalyptic/messianic vision. There’s really no decent way to cut and past the review, though. So go for it. (And, as Matthew LIckona points out […]

Pius XII and the Jews

posted by awelborn

From Inside the Vatican: In a remarkable historical find, testimony has emerged revealing that, in 1941, Pope Pius XII received a German Jewish visitor at the Vatican who was seeking help for certain Jews who were being held in an […]

Cleaning out email

posted by awelborn

Fr. Neuhaus on Cardinal Egan, in First Things. Cardinal Egan on Cardinal Egan, in Catholic New York Gerald at Closed Cafeteria notes Cardinal Mahony’s appearance on last night’s South Park. It’s kind of hard to make sense of. Well, sort […]

South Dakota News

posted by awelborn

One of the other referenda of interest on election day will be South Dakota’s Referred Law 6 – the abortion ban in that state. Yesterday, a new bishop of Sioux Falls was ordained, and he something to say: Bishop Paul […]

Speaking of France

posted by awelborn

CNS runs a story today that looks back: On a melancholy bend in France’s Atlantic coast, a narrow causeway leads across choppy gray-green waters to a low-lying deserted island. Ile Madame, in the River Charente estuary, is not mentioned in […]

Moving north…

posted by awelborn

The Irish bishops have been meeting with the Pope for their ad limina visits this week. The Irish church has, of course, been wrenched from its pedestal in Irish culture over the past 3 decades, not just because of the […]

French Twists

posted by awelborn

This week, many French bishops have made their displeasure at any impending "freeing" of the Tridentine Mass or rapprochement with the SSPX known – in the French press and in Rome, with the Pope himself. (And remember, these are two […]

Pakistani Christians under pressure

posted by awelborn

From the Tablet: Fr Robert McCulloch, 60, an Australian Columban missionary in Hyderabad, told The Tablet that laws had created a culture of intimidation. " There’s a policy of religious domination. A group of [Muslim] fundamentalists came to the door […]

Preparing for Turkey

posted by awelborn

At the end of November, as we all know, Pope Benedict will travel to Turkey. The primary purpose of the visit is meetings with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and other religious leaders, but interest in the reaction of the Muslim population […]

Election Fatigue?

posted by awelborn

Is this the most exhausting off-year election ever? Or is it simply because the pace of information just continues to speed up and the amount of it we can access just multiplies. I’m just an observer,  and it wears me […]

Soldiering On

posted by awelborn

This week in Rome, military ordinaries have gathered this week for a conference. Archbishop O’Brien, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services spoke: While a Catholic military chaplain’s ministry always will center on celebrating the sacraments — in […]

A bit of varia

posted by awelborn

Fr. Jay Toborowsky has a great new blog – I’d point you to the posts on a NYTimes article from today about renovating the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, as well as his thoughts after a funeral for two […]

Perspective

posted by awelborn

I’ve pulled this from the comments – from Fr. Elijah, truly worth a post of its own, as I think you will agree: As a boy training for serving at the altar of God Who gives joy to my youth […]

Preparing for November

posted by awelborn

Bishop Blair of Toledo has a column clarifying misunderstandings about the focus of All Souls’ Day, November and Catholic funerals. It is this last category, the souls in purgatory, who are the special focus of the month of November. Except […]

Trying to help

posted by awelborn

Hospitals…including one Catholic system in the Southwest – getting on board with offering free care to the uninsured, particularly those with chronic problems, who end up in the ER all the time.

Meant to post this earlier…

posted by awelborn

Last week, Matthew at Whapping at a good post on these matters liturgical, giving us some historical perspective: While more regulations from Rome may help, it’s not the ultimate problem, which is the re-emergence of a vital and yet respectful […]

Verona and beyond

posted by awelborn

As you know, last week saw a large gathering of representatives of the Italian Church in Verona. Pope Benedict gave a lengthy speech on Thursday morning, and celebrated Mass and preached later in the day. An official English translation of […]

Book break

posted by awelborn

We interrupt all this heavy lifting to do a bit of bookblogging – mostly children’s books. For new readers – we do this occasionally here. I have 2 young children, and reading stories is a big part of our life […]

All Latin, All the Time

posted by awelborn

How could we not post this story? Finland is one of the quieter members of the EU. But now its turn at the EU presidency has thrust it into the spotlight – and exposed an unusual passion. Like the boy […]

Part 2

posted by awelborn

Part 2 of the transcript of the Dawkins/Quinn debate.

A new question…

posted by awelborn

…pulled from the comments on the Sheen post. Why is the Trinity Broadcast Network showing Life is Worth Living  – Fulton Sheen’s old show?

Bottum’s Up

posted by awelborn

Part 2 of my thoughts on the Swallows piece will come later…that business down below wasn’t it.

The Sheen Cause

posted by awelborn

Brief piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education on the cause of Archbishop Sheen, with a nice little sidebar on academic saints. Officials at the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation hope to finish preparing their case within a year. The […]

Let’s see…

posted by awelborn

…can I do two substantive posts in 23 minutes, at which point I will switch of the wireless antenna on my computer and get to work on other things? First, I feel as if I need to come clean about […]

Horrors, multiplied

posted by awelborn

…but what can one expect, really. A British paper reports on how one hospital disposes of post-abortion remains. What makes it all worse are the reader comments, many of which amount to a shrug. But others ask the question regarding […]

On to St. Paul

posted by awelborn

As you know, over the past weeks, Pope Benedict has been presenting a catechesis on the 12 Apostles during his weekly General Audience. Now it’s time for the "13th Apostle." Benedict XVI today announced a new cycle of catechesis to […]

Report from Rome

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi has a report from a Rome operative that all regularly scheduled Masses at St. Peter’s in Rome are now in Latin, except for the readings. Confirmation? Context? Here’s the Mass schedule at St. Peter’s from the website of […]

No dialogue?

posted by awelborn

John Allen did a Theology on Tap in NYC on Regensburg and the reaction…and is surprised that his audience doesn’t really have much hope for the Muslim end of things. What surprised me as we began to talk about these […]

The niches

posted by awelborn

Just a couple of thoughts, inspired by your comments. It seems to me that the central question of the Bottum essay is this: Catholicism was "contained" in those nooks and crannies in which the swallows rested. Catholic culture – high […]

See, the point is…

posted by awelborn

Endowing a Human Rights Chair for a proponent of abortion makes no sense anywhere. But especially at a Catholic university. When the honoree is a priest. Georgetown University Law Center has named a human rights chair for a controversial priest […]

No indult for you

posted by awelborn

…not not that indult. Another one: Catholic News Service reports: At the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion will no longer be permitted to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Masses in the […]

commenting

posted by awelborn

People are having trouble commenting. Believe it or not, considering the number of comments we’ve had today. All I know is that Typepad is doing an upgrade – always bad news. Keep trying to commment, but COPY YOUR COMMENT TO […]

Lott on Curran

posted by awelborn

Jeremy Lott reviews Fr. Charles Curran’s autobiography: Read it – (the review, that is). Good stuff, and one pities Lott for having to take on the book. What’s interesting is Curran admitting that he and his supporters worked very hard […]

Swallows, returning

posted by awelborn

The October issue of First Things contains a very long piece by Jody Bottum: “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano: Catholic Culture in America.” Here’s the piece. I spent a couple of weeks mulling this piece, trying to figure […]

“Bad Music is Destroying the Church”

posted by awelborn

Scottish composer James MacMillan’s article in a magazine called Open House was reported on a couple of weeks ago – but it’s taken this long for the actual article to find its way online. I’m going to pull quotes from […]

The Cardinal responds

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Egan sends a letter: Cardinal Edward Egan, in a letter sent to the priests of New York, appears to blame the recent anonymous criticism of his leadership on dissatisfaction with his handling of sex-abuse cases involving priests. In the […]

Remember the Dawkins/Quinn debate?

posted by awelborn

Zenit’s posting a transcript. Part 1 is up, part 2 will be up early this evening, I’d imagine. More Dawkins from the past week or so: Stephen Barr at First Things: As one moves deeper into nature—to levels about which […]

When Catholic isn’t

posted by awelborn

The newspaper for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has published an article on churches in the area that call themselves Catholic: (I’d like to know if any other diocesan papers have done something like this. It strikes me as a useful […]

Singing in Savannah

posted by awelborn

Good news: About 150 youth from the dioceses of Charleston, S.C., and Savannah joined in song Sunday for a choral festival and Mass sponsored by Pueri Cantores, the student choral organization of the Catholic church. The singers, ages 7-18, performed […]

Consolation

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial of Blessed Severius Boethius, great scholar of (very) Late Antiquity. We know him today mostly because of The Consolation of Philosophy, a work of which this site, the site of a project dedicated to the restoration […]

For once..

posted by awelborn

Nice to read an article about an athlete who’s passionate about his faith in Christ….as a Catholic. via Closed Cafeteria

Be still, my heart

posted by awelborn

Alan Cooperman of the WaPo channels Dr. Teabing in his report on a new exhibit in DC: If 40 percent of Americans refuse to believe that humans evolved from earlier hominids, how many will accept that the book we know […]

Xenu calling

posted by awelborn

You know how we get all depressed when various non-Catholic and even non-religious entities buy closed Catholic churches? Yeah. Well…I don’t think any of that is as depressing as the story of the new Scientology building in London: The five-storey […]

Whither Notre Dame…

posted by awelborn

The perpetual question. The latest: alarm at the declining proportio of RC faculty: The percentage of faculty members who describe themselves as Catholic has dropped to 54 percent from 64 percent two decades ago, so the university is taking steps […]

A new Eparchy

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, the Vatican announced the creation of a new eparchy of the Chaldean Rite Catholic Church: Australian and New Zealand Catholics who follow the Chaldean Rite will have their own Oceania eparchy or diocese and bishop, the Holy See […]

Thomas the Boring Tank Engine

posted by awelborn

Pardon me, but I do think Thomas the Tank Engine has got to be the most boring children’s character/series ever invented. Not even counting the fact that there are a slew of trains with faces in the stories and who […]

The Monastery?

posted by awelborn

Did anyone watch it? I forgot. "The Monastery" being the Learning Channel’s attempt to duplicate the BBC program of the same name. The show’s website The Monastery of Christ in the Desert (And those of you who have been hanging […]

Occult Compensation

posted by awelborn

No, it’s got nothing to do with Halloween – finances.  In a story about how the Archdiocese of Chicago is trying to take a strong defensive line against financial improprieties. (Actually, I’m not so sure that this definition of "occult […]

World Mission Sunday

posted by awelborn

The priest at the Mass we attended this morning is diocesan coordinator of the Pontifical Missions Societies – he preached his usual succinct homily, and this line jumped out: "If you could read the hundreds of appeals I receive from […]

That Conservative Soul

posted by awelborn

David Brooks reviews Sullivan’s book: (Remember, Sullivan is all about a "conservatism of doubt") As for Sullivan’s conservatism of doubt, I’m sympathetic. I know only two self-confessed Oakeshottians in Washington — Sullivan and me. And yet Oakeshott’s modesty can never […]

The Pope goes to school

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, Pope Benedict traveled across town to officially open the school year at the Pontifical Lateran University. His remarks, faithfully translated by Teresa Benedetta at PRF: He spoke, naturally, of the academic life, reminding his listeners that the point […]

Cardinal O’Brien speaks up again

posted by awelborn

…last week it was in favor of independence for Scotland, and now he’s saying that Muslims should apologize: THE leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholics, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has called for Muslims to apologise for the 9/11 and 7/7 bomb attacks, […]

Sit right down and right a letter

posted by awelborn

….excuse me while I dash one off to ABC. Katie just got home from going to some haunted cave thing with a friend. She flipped on Turner Classics. The tail end of Gilda. She switched to ABC – showing Harry […]

St. Gaspar!

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Society of the Precious Blood. No surprise that a Catholic saint has an interesting life story – his is one, not well-enough known in this country, except among […]

From the Cardinal

posted by awelborn

Cardinal O’Malley continues to post on his blog – once a week, according to plan. This week’s entry includes a reference to the TridentineClassicalOldLatin MassRite question. He states, in answer to a question from a reader, that he’d allow for […]

On the journey

posted by awelborn

Here’s a rather nice story about Eddie Cipot, once a pitcher for the Mets system (mostly in the minors) now…something else. He recalled, too, that even in his dissolute years in the minors something had inspired him to find a […]

At rest

posted by awelborn

Comments have gone to sleep for the night.

And one more…

posted by awelborn

Yet another USCCB draft: Contraception introduces "a false note" that disturbs marital intimacy and contributes to a decline in society’s respect for marriage and for life, the U.S. bishops say in a draft document that will come before them at […]

In Brief

posted by awelborn

Covington bishop bans Right-to-Life group from distributing literature. Foys confirmed Wednesday that he mentioned Northern Kentucky Right to Life in one of his regular letters to priests. "They are not a part of the Diocese of Covington. Our Pro-life Commission […]

Luther or Pope?

posted by awelborn

Which does Islam need? Ted Olsen rounds up the opinions. Better to see a Muslim Council of Nicea, said Paul Krugman in The New York Times. "I’m all for a respectful dialogue between Islam and the West, but first there […]

And then SD…

posted by awelborn

We’ll be posting a lot on the South Dakota referendum as well. Here’s a piece by Jonathan Cohn from today’s New Republic page on one ad campaign: Here’s the ad, which features doctors giving various individual statements, and then, jointly […]

Don’t forget the hub

posted by awelborn

Keep up with CNS’s new feature, which highlights interesting stories from diocesan papers around the country. Such as a piece on a group in Phoenix that helps women in high risk pregnancies that require serious, total bed rest: The group […]

Today’s USCCB Moment

posted by awelborn

The gradual reveal of info related to the November bishops’ meeting continues with today’s summary of "Happy are those who are called to His Supper" – the document about worthiness to receive Communion. The CNS account: "In order to receive […]

The Pope in Verona

posted by awelborn

As we previously mentioned, Benedict was in Verona yesterday, closing out the Italian Church’s big national gathering. Sandro Magister summarizes his lengthy talk here: Dear brothers and sisters, we must now ask ourselves how, and on what basis, […] to […]

Help German Homeschoolers

posted by awelborn

They need it.

A slight change of pace

posted by awelborn

A couple of lighter posts…(then I really will work on some promised heavier posts. ) This past Sunday, Katie and I took a few minutes out of our very busy lives to go to the local art house theater , […]

Catholicism in North Korea

posted by awelborn

John Allen: In the early twentieth century, North Korea was home to a small but flourishing Catholic community, with two territorial dioceses and a territorial abbacy entrusted to the Benedictine Order. During the 1950-53 Korean War, however, the Catholic presence […]

Amendment 2

posted by awelborn

We’ve been sporadically following the MIssouri battle over Amendment 2 – a battle which just might overtake California’s similar process in 2004 as winner of "Most Deceptive." Let’s try to do a wrap-up. Amendment 2 would essentially write the "right" […]

Cylinders, Firing

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev’s column on constrasting sites in Rome this week: Talk about angels and demons … this week has treated us to a fascinating study in the sacred and profane life of the Eternal City. The first odd coupling this […]

Election Post Placeholder

posted by awelborn

I want to do a large post gathering as much breaking election n’ Catholic news as I can without taking all day to do it. So just to remind myself to do this in the morning, I’ll stick this post […]

The conversation broadens..

posted by awelborn

…making the Taste page of the WSJ. A couple details their problems in trying to get…a Tridentine Nuptial Mass in Manhattan Thus the greater New York metropolitan area is currently permitted only a handful of weekly celebrations of the Tridentine […]

Court says pay for those pills

posted by awelborn

A NY court ruling: New York State’s highest court ruled yesterday that the Roman Catholic Church and other religious organizations must abide by a state law that requires most employee health insurance policies to cover the cost of contraception. The […]

Crossed Off

posted by awelborn

NBC won’t show Madonna on the cross: NBC will still show a performance of"Live to Tell,"but use different camera angles so that Madonna isn’t seen until she gets off the cross, the network said. The pop star, whose video for"Like […]

Semifinals!

posted by awelborn

Go here to cast your vote. Left standing as candidates for the Greatest Catholic Theologian of the past 150 years: Joseph Ratzinger Yves Congar John Henry Newman Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange Gustavo Gutierrez Aidan Nichols Henri de Lubac Hans Urs von Balthasar

Christmas comes early!

posted by awelborn

From Wednesday’s General Audience – via Papa Ratzinger Forum.

Moyers v. Akin

posted by awelborn

An interesting exchange of legal communications over at Jimmy Akin’s blog.

And then, music

posted by awelborn

Guidelines: The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16. The new norms, which will require a two-thirds vote by the bishops and subsequent recognitio by the Holy […]

Coming soon…

posted by awelborn

Your November bishop’s meeting. We’ll post these separately, for the sake of discussion. First, they will be discussing norms for ministry to homosexual persons: The guidelines begin with a statement of general principles, including the fundamental dignity of each person […]

Old/Classical/Tridentine Mass/Rite Roundup

posted by awelborn

I’m going to be working on that tip sheet. Part of it will have to be left open until we actually, you know…have a document. It occurred to me that the Pope will probably have a preferred way of referring […]

The Pope in Verona

posted by awelborn

Over the past few days, the Italian church has been having a mega-gathering in Verona. The website for the gathering (in Italian, of course) Sandro Magister had an interesting article last week on what he said were some of the […]

Responding to the Pope

posted by awelborn

Magister highlights the letter 38 Muslim scholars have written to the Pope: The authors of the letter welcome and appreciate without reservation the clarifications made by Benedict XVI after the wave of protests that issued from the Muslim world a […]

Another one

posted by awelborn

Chicago: The former pastor of a Far North Side church whose financial struggles were highlighted during a round of school closings two years ago has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from the parish’s coffers to pamper himself, officials said […]

A manual for dialogue

posted by awelborn

Here’s something that’s needed. A manual for inter-religious dialogue: The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will release on Friday, October 20th a “manual” for dialogue between the Catholic Church and other religions according to the teaching of the II Vatican […]

Critique this

posted by awelborn

…continue the discussion down below as well – I’m especially interested in the Rite v. Mass conversation down there – but take this from RP, and dialogue with it: In the Classical Catholic Mass, the entire service is conducted in […]

Eating Beauty

posted by awelborn

An interesting new book: Information: A Purdue University medieval scholar is taking a "beautiful" look at how art, history, literature and philosophy relate to the Holy Eucharist, a Catholic sacrament. "Interpretations of what it means to ‘eat beauty’ have been […]

“Old Mass” tip sheet

posted by awelborn

It does seem as if *something* is coming – as discussed here over the past couple of weeks, the signs and statements from folks who are involved in these issues tell us that there’s a document – or two! – […]

Seattle Blues

posted by awelborn

A resignation: Jesuit Father Anton T. Harris resigned Oct. 12 as Seattle University’s vice president for mission and ministry after local news media reported that he was accused of sexually harassing a 25-year-old Jesuit seminarian in the mid-1990s. Both Jesuit […]

Dolan Buzz

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The Milwaukee paper picks up on the buzz about Dolan going to NY after Egan’s retirement. WCBS-TV in New York reported Monday that Dolan is one of a handful of prelates whose names keep popping up as a possible successor […]

The Theocratic Moment

posted by awelborn

Patrick Hynes and Jeremy Lott in USA Today: It must be rough. Even so, we think Christian conservatives should take solace in the fact that most of their critics don’t mean a word of it. As proof, we offer Exhibit […]

Bad news and good news

posted by awelborn

A priest down in south Florida named in a suit alleging abuse 2 decades ago is removed. One of the two accused priests, Gustavo Miyares, was the long-standing pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Hialeah. He resigned Oct. 6, the […]

And now…Judas

posted by awelborn

During the past several General Audiences, Benedict has been offering catechesis on the 12 Apostles – this week, he gets to Judas: But why did he betray Jesus, asked the pope, listing all the various speculations mooted throughout history. “Some,” […]

The “more” to the story…

posted by awelborn

…of Fr. Foster, the "Latin Lover." – from Catholic News Service Though Father Foster’s Latin classes at the university had been enormously popular, most students had not been paying for the course, according to the staffers and Father Foster. The […]

Ann Arbor bleg

posted by awelborn

I’ve pulled this from the comments – I know we have lots of readers up that way. Any answers to this question? There are four large works of outdoor art done as some kind of ceramic on brick on a […]

Ignatius of Antioch

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of Ignatius of Antioch – Sometimes, people who don’t know a lot about early Christian history, but would like to know more, are intimidated by the prospect of reading the writings of people who lived so […]

The Newman Cause

posted by awelborn

One step closer: Cardinal John Henry Newman’s cause for sainthood will take a significant step forward Nov. 9, with the formal closure of the diocesan phase of an investigation into a miracle in Boston attributed to the 19th century English […]

Debating Dawkins

posted by awelborn

Pat Kenny sends along this linK; Your readers may be interested in the following… David Quinn, a well known Catholic commentator and journalist here in Ireland debated Richard Dawkins on Irish radio last week on the reasonableness of religious belief. […]

Papal Daytimer

posted by awelborn

At least liturgical. The Vatican publishes the public liturgical calendar for the rest of the year:

Deliver us from Evil

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Charlotte Allen’s review of the doc: Meanwhile, back at diocesan headquarters, everyone, and (apparently) especially Mahony, seemed to be in thrall to the popular 1970s notion that psychotherapy had replaced old-fashioned notions of crime and punishment, and that talking to […]

Madonna and Child

posted by awelborn

Perhaps you’ve been following Madonna’s latest shpping expedition. Sharing one’s wealth to help poverty-stricken children in Malawi: good thing. Taking a child who has a father from his home into a radically different environment in which, let’s just admit, the […]

That’s nice

posted by awelborn

Call to Action conference in Milwaukee listed on USCCB calendar of events. (A calendar which, as a commenter notes, is fairly sparse in the first place) Update: Gone from the listing now – thanks to a reader who called the […]

Designing Churches

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Two stories: Emily at Holy Whapping has a post up about the redesign/restoration of Sacred Heart Church in Peoria – rather amazing. And then, from down South – St. Mary’s Church in Helena, Arkansas had a mural on its back […]

The Theologian

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Michael reports that Joseph told him there are actually four persons in one God. Father Son Holy Spirit and…. "A men." But of course! (Don’t tell God’s Rottweiller..please?)

More Scotland

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Another interesting article on Cardinal O’Brien and Scottish independence: Thus, to leaders like O’Brien and his predecessor, Cardinal Thomas Winning, whose world views have been shaped entirely by the Church they serve, the idea of an independent Scotland is entirely […]

SF Bleg

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A reader wants to know about any possible speakers for an RC woman’s faith-sharing group in the San Francisco area: Not much money available to reimburse speakers, sothey should probably be in the San Francisco area;male or female speakers are […]

Christian converts…

posted by awelborn

…from Islam. The coauthor of a new book: Q: Is there a pastoral program for converts from Islam? Paolucci: The Italian episcopal conference has prepared a document, "Catechumens Converted from Islam," written by Walther Ruspi. There is in fact much […]

Confidence

posted by awelborn

Rocco reports on the public outcome of the meeting with Cardinal Egan today. A statement from the Archdiocesan priest’s council: We are appalled that the letter was sent anonymously, and that it can and has been used by those who […]

Anglican Angles

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Williiam Tighe has a helpful post on all of the various bodies of American Anglicanism.

Whither Reggie Foster?

posted by awelborn

"Fired" from the Gregorian? He’s famous in the Vatican. His name is Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., a Carmelite priest from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a student in Rome in the early 1960s, was ordained there, and has lived there […]

Catholic News Hub

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A new page from Catholic News Service – featuring interesting stories from CNS clients – diocesan papers, etc. Worth a bookmark! And remember – John Allen is posting every day now – today with an interesting story about a mosque […]

Bilingual

posted by awelborn

If you watched the canonization Mass yesterday, you noted that the Gospel was chanted first in Latin, then in Greek. This isn’t an innovation – it’s a standard element of the Pontifical High Mass, as offered by the Pope – […]

Saints Behaving Badly

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Michael has a review of Tom Craughwell’s book, a review with which I concur. It’s good for young people to read, as well.

Money troubles across the sea

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A Telegraph article about some problems: The Vatican has demanded financial details from every Roman Catholic diocese in England and Wales after Church bureaucrats left a bishop £10.2 million in debt. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, the Pope’s ambassador to Britain, […]

Cleaning out the box…

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Various: The BBC/Panorama special on "Sex Crimes and Vatican" is posted on Google Video New blog: "Dear God, This is Kelly" "The Euthanasia Blues" – a song and video at YouTube Here’s the creator’s website – Norman Kunc, a Canadian […]

Dreher’s Way

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Much of the Catholic blogosphere has been abuzz the past couple of days with news of Rod Dreher’s announcement of his chrismation in the Orthodox Church. There are two posts- one longer than the other – on Rod’s blog on […]

An animated Pope

posted by awelborn

A 1-hour cartoon on the life of John Paul II – "Friend of All Humanity" – is being released this week. Produced by Cavin Cooper Productions in Barcelona in cooperation with Vatican Television. The trailer is available here. All we […]

Pray for us

posted by awelborn

English text of Benedict’s homily at today’s canonization Mass: Four new saints are proposed today for the veneration of the universal Church: Rafael Guízar y Valencia, Filippo Smaldone, Rosa Venerini and Théodore Guérin. Their names will forever be remembered. In […]

From Scotland…

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2 bits: On the recruitment of Polish priests to serve the growing Polish population (commented on here before – the Polish population of England is growing as well, presenting a spark and a challenge to the RC Church all over) […]

The Elche Mystery Play

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Here’s a must-listen – well, perhaps for some of you. Today’s Early Music Show on BBC3 featured a program recorded in August on location during the Elche Mystery Play in Spain. Host Catherine Bott and expert David Ward give background, […]

Always a big help

posted by awelborn

Joseph reports they are talking about spiders in school. He remembers that he owns a book on spiders, and gets excited about taking it to school and sharing it with the class. He also gets excited when he remembers that […]

Susan B. Anthony – prolife or not?

posted by awelborn

Pro-Life feminists have consistently pointed to the opposition to abortion by 19th and early 20th century woman’s right advocates. A few months ago, a Feminists for Life member purchased Susan B. Anthony’s home and has put it in the care […]

Off Balance

posted by awelborn

"Recovering Dissident Catholic" blogger (from St. Joan of Arc, no less!) Cathy of Alex points us to an LATimes article from last week about the South Dakota abortion referendum campaign, and how the pro-life tactics have thrown the other side […]

Wisdom

posted by awelborn

From Gregory the Great, in today’s Office of Readings: There is something else about the life of the shepherds, dearest brothers, which discourages me greatly. But lest what I claim should seem unjust to anyone, I accuse myself of the […]

Reading the Pope

posted by awelborn

CNS story on the popularity of the Pope’s writings. The missing piece in the article (except for the last paragraph in the section I’m quoting)  is the question of language. In what language are these books and booklets being produced? […]

Egan Central

posted by awelborn

Big mess in the Archdiocese of NY- a letter of dissatisfaction circulating among priests, calling for a vote of no confidence in Cardinal Egan, with now a meeting for Monday called by him. – Rocco’s been covering it, and the […]

Getting Ready

posted by awelborn

Photo Source Coverage Central – at the Archdiocese of Indy newspaper blog – many links to stories and other sources for coverage, including a blog from the Sisters of Providence. Bios of the beatified – scroll down to October.

Rochester Blues

posted by awelborn

Do go read Rich Leonardi’s Catholic Exchange piece on the fate of the parish church in which his father grew up –  Ss. Peter and Paul in Rochester. It is the story of the American church, and I do think […]

Helpful Analysis

posted by awelborn

Over at New Liturgical Movement, Shawn Tribe presents a useful analysis of possibilities – he carefully lays out various models of "freeing" the Tridentine Rite and then looks at what Benedict has said about these issues and then tries to […]

The Heart of the Curé

posted by awelborn

The heart of St. John Vianney – first in New York 10,000 came during that time: More than 10,000 people came to see the heart of St. John Vianney during the five days it spent at a Long Island church, […]

A priest in Iraq

posted by awelborn

Beheaded Some 500 people attended yesterday the funeral of Fr Paulos Eskandar at Mosul’s Syrian-Orthodox St Ephrem Church. Father Eskandar, who was abducted on Monday, was founded beheaded some time later. The clergyman’s relatives confirmed that his captors had demanded […]

Ad Limina

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Benedict met with bishops of Zambia today, present for their ad limina visit. His words to them, delivered in English: The light of holiness that shines forth in those who have discovered this treasure is enkindled at the moment of […]

Inside State

posted by awelborn

Edward Pentin at NCR(egister) on Cardinal Bertone and the Secretariat of State: Edward Pentin at NCR(egister) on Cardinal Bertone and the Secretariat of State: Cardinal Bertone, a jurist rather than a Vatican diplomat, is reportedly relying extensively on the expertise […]

Catching Up…

posted by awelborn

Oh, I see that the new more bloggy John Allen page is up at NCR(eporter) and he’s been posting items all week – which means that the Friday column is much shorter – this week a look at Benedict and […]

The WaPo enters the fray

posted by awelborn

Alan Cooperman does a good job on the story. Bonus: Hardly any of the usual suspects used as voices in the piece. And for that we are deeply grateful. Pope Benedict XVI has drafted a document allowing wider use of […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

….from the emailbox and elsewhere: An interesting speaker at Loyola of Chicago Judith Arcana was recently invited by the Loyola University Chicago Women’s Studies Department to be a guest lecturer in a bioethics class (Bioethics 395: The Ethics of Human […]

The Miracle of Life

posted by awelborn

In the NYDaily News, no less: – a spread of Lennart Nilsson’s prenatal photos

Before the Evil Train gets going..

posted by awelborn

We’ve blogged a bit on the documentary Deliver Us From Evil, to go into release here tomorrow – the film focuses on one Irish priest, O’Grady, who worked in the Stockton diocese.  When I last blogged about this, I said […]

Saints of the Day

posted by awelborn

You can read biographies of all those to be canonized on Sunday here – and it’s worth doing. The lives of these men and women show so clearly that the life of holiness – of a saint – is anything […]

Mother Guerin week

posted by awelborn

This Sunday, Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin will be canonized at St. Peter’s – here’s the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Mother Guerin Central page. Anne-Thérèse was nearly 25 years old when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé-sur-Loir, France, a young […]

Boston Auxiliaries named

posted by awelborn

From the Archdiocese: Pope Benedict XVI has informed Cardinal Seán O’Malley that Reverend John A. Dooher, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dedham and Reverend Robert Hennessey, Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer in East Boston, have been named Auxiliary Bishops […]

Guess…

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Where is this church being built? (Click for bigger, better-proportioned version) Answer after the jump

Dalai Lama to visit Pope

posted by awelborn

On Friday Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) will meet with the Dalai Lama in a private audience on October 13. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader will be in Rome to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Rome. […]

Into the breach…

posted by awelborn

Catholic News Service: Pope Benedict XVI is preparing to expand permission to use the Tridentine Mass, the pre-Vatican II rite favored by traditionalist groups, said an informed Vatican source. The pope is expected to issue a document "motu proprio," or […]

Fr. Skehan explains

posted by awelborn

How and why: Seems that he basically kept all the cash given in the collections and never reported it. Skehan appeared to operate under a system of greed and generosity. He routinely kept $1,000 to $3,000 a week for himself, […]

“The Letter”

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County issued a pastoral letter which is called The Pastoral Letter or, in the DVD produced to accompany it The Letter – both of which are so pretentious as to be […]

Chapter 11, Part D

posted by awelborn

The Diocese of Davenport files for bankruptcy The Catholic Diocese of Davenport filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday afternoon, effectively putting 25 claims of sexual abuse by priests in the hands of a judge. “I and the leadership of the diocese […]

Whither youth?

posted by awelborn

Late last week, the NYTimes ran an article featuring the research (which many question) of Ron Luce, who suggests that only 4% of youth involved in evangelical youth ministry will "stay" Christian. Christianity Today links the piece, provides commentary and […]

Firm Dialogue

posted by awelborn

In today’s General Audience, Benedict continued his catechesis on the apostles with a focus on Simon and Jude – dialogue being the key concept. Pressing ahead with his illustration of the personalities of the apostles, the pope today dealt with […]

Hello, and have a nice day.

posted by awelborn

No state welcome for Pope in Turkey. The Turkish Embassy in Rome said today that no special welcome ceremony is planned when the Pope arrives in Ankara next month. There will be a red carpet, but no military honors. And […]

The rumors make the leap

posted by awelborn

As was the case in the spring, rumors about "something" having to do with permission for the Tridentine Mass have started to heat up of late, mostly on various Catholic blogs, both in the US and in Europe. The rumors […]

No to Doe

posted by awelborn

Supremes will not hear it: The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned aside the case of Sandra Cano, one of the women behind the legalization of abortion, who had sought to reverse the victory she won 33 years ago. Cano says […]

Still wondering about Limbo?

posted by awelborn

Read Fr. Z’s post – it might help. It’s not about Limbo, per se, but about Benedict’s method: On a personal note, years ago when I worked in the Palace of the Holy Office, a couple days after he released […]

“A little Pompeii”

posted by awelborn

A new addition to the Vatican Museums: Visitors to the Vatican will soon be able to descend into an ancient world of the dead, a newly unveiled necropolis that was a burial place for the rich and not-so-affluent during Roman […]

Part III

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes series on religious insitutions and government regulation continues: The conflict in South Bend echoes disputes from Alaska to Florida that raise the following issue: As religious organizations of all faiths stretch their concept of mission far beyond traditional […]

Sentenced

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The young man who killed Italian priest Fr. Andre Santoro in Turkey: A Turkish court today sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 18 years in jail for the murder of the Italian Catholic priest Fr. Andrea Santoro, killed last February in […]

An Accident in Italy

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Keeler injured; retired priest killed: Cardinal William H. Keeler was injured in a car accident Saturday that killed another priest while vacationing about 60 miles outside of Rome, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said. A car struck […]

Regensburg, with notes

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s Regensburg address has been issued, as promised, with footnotes. Via Shouts in the Piazza

To Russia with Fury

posted by awelborn

Marvelous column by Agnieszka Tennant at Christianity Today on the state of the Russian soul, inspired by her own experiences there Putin’s PR people joined the Beslan parents in a collective sigh of relief last July, when Russian forces killed […]

That Chicago meeting

posted by awelborn

As we noted last week, the USCCB is sponsoring a meeting in Chicago today – a consulation on sacred music and the documents produced by the American bishops related to it. Here’s the Church Music Association of America’s statement: In […]

What Would Lincoln Do?

posted by awelborn

Rick Garnett of ND and Michael Stokes Paulsen of the U. of Minnesota in the Weekly Standard on the application of stare decisis to the partial-birth abortion ban: The application of Lincoln’s views to Stenberg, and to the Court’s upcoming […]

Tortured Discussions

posted by awelborn

Many of you know that the issue of torture is one that has been absorbing the attention of Mark Shea at his blog, and, for example, in this Crisis article from a few months ago. Several other Catholic writers have […]

Employees’ Rights

posted by awelborn

Part 2 of the NYTimes series on religious institutions and government regulation: Many issues raised – lawsuits alleging discrimination because of health issues, sexual harassment and age, as well as unionization issues. Rick Garnett on the series so far: I’ll […]

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