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January 1, 1970 Archives

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 […]

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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 […]

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Leading into your weekend

posted by awelborn

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

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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 […]

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posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

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posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

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posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
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posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

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I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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