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Do you want to know what the Pope did today?

posted by awelborn

Go to American Papist. He’s got it all – texts, news stories, photos. A very busy day – the Divine Liturgy, a visit with the Armenian Patriarch, the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan, the Grand Rabbi of Turkey and the er…Catholics. We […]

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More on China

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong: China installed a new bishop on Thursday over the objections of the Vatican, prompting Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong, to issue a blistering statement accusing mainland authorities of having threatened […]

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In Turkey

posted by awelborn

Robert Moynihan has been on the journey to Turkey, and has posted several pieces at Inside the Vatican. Day 1 Day 2, on which he visits the the monastery at Halki, the site of the seminary, closed by the Turkish […]

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Arty

posted by awelborn

There are several exhibits related to our areas of interest around the country. Add more to the comments if you know of them! At the National Gallery, “Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych”. commented on by R.R. Reno at […]

Barring snowstorms

posted by awelborn

There’s what we call "weather" coming our way, but at this point, I’m still planning to be in Chicago on Friday and Saturday for two talks: Friday evening at 7:30, for the St. Mary of Angels Young Adult Group – […]

Whose experience

posted by awelborn

Last week, NCR(eporter) published an editorial on the sexuality statements that came out of the USCCB meeting. The editorial’s use of the term "breeding" prompted remarks here and there, since "breeding" and "breeder" are, in this culture, terms of derision […]

A quieter story

posted by awelborn

One of the more interesting Catholic stories over the next couple of weeks involves ordinations. On December 10, many eyes will be on Archbishop Milingo as (he claims)  he ordains three married men to the priesthood at the end of […]

Meanwhile in the PRC

posted by awelborn

The People’s Republic of China, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, is at it again, holding an ordination of a bishop unapproved by the Vatican and enticing and forcing bishops whose ordinations have been approved to take part: Two bishops […]

How to get that Pope Calendar

posted by awelborn

This blogger has the goods.

Commentary

posted by awelborn

From the NYSun: If, as Turkey’s senior Islamic official, Ali Bardakoglu, told the pope on his arrival, Islam is a religion of "vast tolerance" that rejects all violence and terror and "assumes that killing an innocent person is a heavy […]

posted by awelborn

The Common Declaration: As far as relations between the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople are concerned, we cannot fail to recall the solemn ecclesial act effacing the memory of the ancient anathemas which for centuries had a […]

Today in Detroit…

posted by awelborn

The ordination of new auxiliary Daniel E. Flores. A short profile in the Detroit News For Flores, whose manner and resume provide evidence of an educated, spiritual man, the weight of the hopes is not entirely daunting. "The hopes of […]

Why They Fight

posted by awelborn

…to keep records sealed. Doc drop in Fort Worth diocese. Summaries of the priests’ files are here. The Magaldi case gets the most space, and deservedly so.  You’ve seen it before – a lot of "inappropriate" behavior – some even […]

Meeting

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict is now meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew – it’s in the context of a prayer service. He’s speaking in English, so you can catch it on any of the live feeds I’ve linked in previous posts. A fairly standard […]

Small Christian Communities

posted by awelborn

(Photo from PRF) John Allen reports: On a beautiful fall afternoon on a Turkish hillside, Pope Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff of the 1.1 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church, metamorphasized into a simple country pastor, celebrating an outdoor Mass for no more […]

TurkeyBlogging

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Pope and Patriarch A Flickr Page from contributers to the Pope and Patriarch Blog Jim Geraghty at NRO It is unlikely that Turkey will have a warm-and-fuzzy attitude towards Christianity in our lifetime; or at least not for a while […]

Do you live in Mobile?

posted by awelborn

There’s a Gregorian Chant workshop at the Cathedral this coming Saturday, underwritten by the Archdiocese, so there’s no charge!

Looking for the speeches?

posted by awelborn

They’re not up on the Vatican website yet, but trusty Vatican Radio has transcripts of both, as well as reports on the visit so far.

Summary of Day One

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Allen: Yet in his later address to the diplomatic corps in Turkey, Benedict returned to the two themes which have formed the core of his message to Muslims: the need to reject terrorism, and the need for “reciprocity,” meaning religious […]

BTW

posted by awelborn

The Pope is speaking to the group with the President of Religoius Affairs. I mention it because he’s speaking in ENGLISH and you can watch and listen and not have to wait days for a translation…. The Vatican television link. […]

Nativity Story

posted by awelborn

The American Papist saw it – But now a couple of the flaws (or more softly, insufficiencies) I found. The movie seems undecided which way it wants to go. On the one hand it wants the deep drama associated with […]

Compare and contrast

posted by awelborn

At First Things, Wesley Smith compares attitudes: Simon Barnes’ towards his Downs Syndrome son (blogged here last week) and Peter Singer’s toward..a lot of people. What a stark difference between the attitudes of these two men toward the weakest and […]

The trip

posted by awelborn

Keep your eye on American Papist and Papa Ratzinger Forum So far, the Pope has met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (in which he voiced his support for Turkey’s entrance into the EU) at the airport, visited the […]

Ad of the day

posted by awelborn

Complete tables of contents here. Note – these are hardcover books, and very nicely designed. They’re also different from most other saints books in that they are thematically arranged, rather than simply chronologically or alphabetically. The Heroes book includes, besides […]

Idiocy of the day

posted by awelborn

Perhaps you saw this on Drudge: A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a […]

Catechetical Wiki

posted by awelborn

Ian of the excellent Catholic bookstore Aquinas and More has a blog, Musings from a Catholic Bookstore. He also has an intriguing new project that will require a lot of assistance – a wiki-type page for review of Catechetical materials: […]

Liturgical Matters

posted by awelborn

Over at TLM, Matthew has posted on proposed renovations to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney the see of Cardinal Pell. He’s concerned: The design has been undertaken at breakneck speed, to spruce up the church for the arrival of the […]

Megapost

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Deep breath. In which I will attempt to clean out my email box. Don’t take the grouping of these posts in one spot as an indication of their lack of importance or interest. Not so. Enjoy. Meep has thoughts on […]

On the plane:

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports: Aboard the Alitalia Airbus A-321, Benedict responded to three questions which had been collected from journalists in advance. The pope did not use notes, and appeared to speak extemporaneously. He apologized at the end for not having […]

Dawkins, evolving

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Richard Dawkins, in a letter to the Scotland Sunday Herald:   IN THE 1920s and 1930s, scientists from both the political left and right would not have found the idea of designer babies particularly dangerous – though of course they […]

Dare we hope…

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: I couldn’t help noticing that ourparish did NOT sing King of Glory this feast of Christ the King — atleast not at the Mass I attended. Is it just possible that the mockery heaped on it through […]

A little off today..

posted by awelborn

I am recovering from Thanksgiving (which just means virtually no time alone for days and days  which is exhausting for an introvert) and am trying to adjust to a new contact prescription, which I got on Saturday. It’s sort of […]

Another Pope site:

posted by awelborn

Spero News has a really excellent page up with many articles, original and linked from elsewhere.  They’ll be giving this trip strong coverage.

Shopping?

posted by awelborn

In case you missed it below, our bookstore is open for a few weeks. For gift suggestions and further instructions go here!

Nativity Story Premiere Report

posted by awelborn

Father Z was there! An on-the-spot report. In fact, the audience tonight was very responsive. They burst into applause when the baby Jesus was born, as one might expect, and laughed at the appropriate moments of comic relief, provided not […]

In case you’re wondering…

posted by awelborn

Istanbul is 7 hours ahead of EST. The Vatican’s page on the visit The program EWTN’s schedule of coverage begins Tuesday at 6am EST "The Presentation of the Missal" – this is a must-read if you really want to understand […]

A question of Freedom

posted by awelborn

George Weigel in Newsweek: He points out that, although the focus of much media coverage will be on the Pope and Islam, that doesn’t cover the primary purpose of the visit: Although the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople does not exercise […]

Pray for me

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict, today: Just two days before his trip to Turkey, Benedict XVI today asked an enormous crowd of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus to accompany him “in prayer, so that this pilgrimage may bear all […]

Choo-Choo Blues

posted by awelborn

So, we went to our local Science Museum (which I have never, I’m sorry to say, been a fan of. God bless them for their efforts, but the great setting (an old power plant) just isn’t served well by the […]

Undercover in Mother Russia

posted by awelborn

In the London Times, Peter Ackroyd, in the first of a 2-part series, recounts a visit to Russia. Much to ponder, arresting images, but since religion is our beat, we’ll focus: IT [Tver] WAS A stopping place for Catherine the […]

All aboard

posted by awelborn

Who’s going with the Pope to Turkey: (scroll down) The Holy See has finalized the list of passengers who will accompany Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey on the papal flight on November 28. A papal suite of 30, plus 70 […]

Bookstore Gone Live

posted by awelborn

Okay, the bookstore is back. Everything is available. I will try my best to do same-day or next-day shipping. Media-mail and packing costs are built into the prices. All shipping is media mail unless you specify otherwise and pay the […]

Deep Background

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser at Against the Grain has a great roundup of articles that provide background information on the Pope’s visit to Turkey that begins on Tuesday. For new articles, keep your eye on this thread at Papa Ratzinger Forum as […]

Comments closed

posted by awelborn

Comments closed ’til afternoon. I’m also working on the bookstore, which I’ll reopen this afternoon.

Good things north and south

posted by awelborn

Both via New Liturgical Movement. First, a parish in Vancouver really putting serious effort into sacred music: The Montreal-born Jarvis has many years of experience in sacred church music as a performer and conductor. He has toured various countries, including […]

On the visit

posted by awelborn

Damian Thompson has a lively interpretation of this week’s Anglican-RC dialogue, with some speculation about Dr. Williams’ future: Dr Rowan Williams’s first official encounter with a Pope was a sad affair: he had to lean close to John Paul II […]

Turning to Turkey

posted by awelborn

The visit begins on Tuesday, so coverage will slowly be ramping up. First, from AsiaNews: It is no secret that the Turkish people have little liking for Benedict XVI. The Turks, sorry to say, do not like Pope Ratzinger. And […]

Papal Calendar

posted by awelborn

Zadok’s got his I don’t think they’re order-able from over here. But maybe you can figure it out if you want. They’re already on Ebay – in the auction that will end in a few hours, at this point, the […]

Living History

posted by awelborn

The Pope spoke to employees of the Vatican Museums last night: Yesterday evening, in the Hall of Blessings in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Benedict XVI received directors and employees of the Vatican Museums, which this year are celebrating their fifth […]

Sanctuary

posted by awelborn

The Missionaries of Charity run a home for unwed mothers in Chicago – the Tribune reports: But the Missionaries of Charity home in Chicago doesn’t take any federal or church aid. "The sisters have faith that donations will come in," […]

Life is full of them

posted by awelborn

Challenge #1: Admitting the truth, deciding to live in the now, and finally picking up some reading glasses. On your son’s second birthday, you note with rueful irony. Challenge #2: Not losing said reading glasses at least 3 times a […]

Nativity Story Tip Sheet

posted by awelborn

The reviews for The Nativity Story are starting to come in and Peter Chattaway notes reviewers are already getting themselves tied in knots, theology-wise. People: Immaculate Conception: the belief that Mary was redeemed by God, i.e. preserved from original sin […]

Pope Post

posted by awelborn

So unusual, I know. Here, in a convenient, easy-to-read place, is a translation of the excerpts from the preface to the Pope’s book on Jesus. I have felt the need to give readers these indications of a methodological character so […]

Rome, we have a problem

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister looks at some communications problems: Context: Pope Joseph Ratzinger doesn’t use a computer – he writes in his miniscule handwriting the addresses and homilies most important to him, or dictates them, or improvises without providing anything written ahead […]

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict and Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams met and prayed the Ora Media, or midday prayer. Pope Benedict’s statement: In the present context, however, and especially in the secularized Western world, there are many negative influences and pressures which […]

A Casa Nostra

posted by awelborn

A NYtimes article on an interesting-sounding new Italian film: "Francesca wanted to decant reality into something that wasn’t a documentary,” said Mr. Barbacetto, who has covered many Italian corruption scandals for Il Diario magazine. “At the same time, she wanted […]

That Crazy Pope

posted by awelborn

The Telegraph, of course: The Pope has shocked theologians and opened a chink in the theory of papal infallibility by saying that people should feel free to disagree with what he has written in his latest book, a meditation on […]

Dr. Williams’ Day

posted by awelborn

Here’s a 15-minute interview on Vatican Radio with Dr. Rowan Williams. Interesting reflections on Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue, female bishops, his talk on St. Benedict, and, finally, his talk today at a prayer service in rememberance of seven Melanesian brothers, Anglican […]

“It doesn’t work”

posted by awelborn

I said in a post below about the whole idea of constantly molding and fixing the Mass to shape the perceived "needs" and "character" of the community…"it doesn’t work." A couple of people took issue with me, which is good. […]

All I want…

posted by awelborn

In "Boo" below, Peter Nixon writes: The other day Amy talked about people who say things like “I’m not a liturgical hardliner, but…” I certainly would put myself in this category. I’m not pining for a return to the Latin […]

Boo

posted by awelborn

One of the constant temptations of this blog is to slide into "pick on the parish" mode. It’s so easy. Like fish in a barrel, she said imaginatively, even though National Cliche Day was long past. There is such a […]

Well, that’s done

posted by awelborn

Actually, it wasn’t the grown-up Living Faith, but rather the equally excellent Living Faith for Kids. The writing is a bit simpler, I suppose because I can very easily slip into "think like a child" mode. It’s a daily devotional, […]

An assault..

posted by awelborn

…in more ways than one. The assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel was "an operation trying to kill the hope of the people," said Father Joseph Abu Ghazale, parish priest at the Maronite Catholic Church of St Anthony’s, about […]

Laocoon

posted by awelborn

An anniversary: On a cold January morning in 1506, a spectacular marble statue was unearthed in a hillside vineyard in central Rome. The sculptural group depicted Laocoon, a Trojan high priest, and his two sons being strangled by a sea […]

I just have one question..

posted by awelborn

Why was Uncle Junior visiting the Pope? (Of course it’s President Napolitano of the Italian Republic….)

St. Cecilia..

posted by awelborn

…pray for us! Please! Here’s a really nice page – looks like a student project from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. Good links, context on St. Cecilia in music and art.

Benedict and the Future of Europe

posted by awelborn

On Tuesday, Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spoke at St. Anselmo, a Benedictine institution in Rome. Here is the text of his talk. The "Benedict" is St. Benedict, and here is Williams’ program: I shall outline three aspects of […]

The Road to Damascus

posted by awelborn

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Syria on the Iraqi refugee situation: According to Mgr Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Catholic leaders in Syria are grappling with a massive 25,000 refugees desperate to escape from Iraq. During a recent […]

Whoops

posted by awelborn

…so I’m talking to my oldest son last night. Who’s telling me about a conversation he had with a co-worker down there in Atlanta. They’re talking about being Catholic and joking about forming some sort of Catholic support group in […]

Of Paul and Lebanon

posted by awelborn

Today’s General Audience, mostly in the rain: The murder of the Christian minister, Pierre Gemayel in Beirut yesterday evening should prompt the Lebanese people to work together to build national unity and countries with the welfare of the Middle East […]

Your read of the day

posted by awelborn

A robust, bracing piece from Simon Barnes the chief sports writer of the (UK) Times on life with his Downs’ Syndrome son, Eddie. So Eddie was born, and I have spent the subsequent five years living with him. Not living […]

The Preface

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister has reprinted the Pope’s preface to his forthcoming book. At this moment, it’s not been translated into English on that site, but might be by morning. We’ll see. Teresa Benedetta has whiipped out a translation for us, though. […]

More on the book

posted by awelborn

From CNS: Announcing the publication Nov. 21, Rizzoli and the Vatican gave reporters copies of the book’s preface and a portion of its introduction. In the preface, signed "Joseph Ratzinger — Benedict XVI," the pope wrote that for decades he […]

Relativity

posted by awelborn

…the thing is, if I were still living in Florida, and it was 43 degrees outside, I’m be freezing and complaining and looking for a down jacket. …but up here, I stick my head outside into the 43 degree weather […]

More wisdom

posted by awelborn

from Greg Popcak, picking up on our discussion below: The Catholic helping professional must, of course, be sensitive to this lived experience.  For the client, it represents the sum total of everything they’ve been through.  But for the Catholic helping […]

Rumblings

posted by awelborn

Dwight Longenecker, excellent writer, Bob Jones grad, former Anglican priest, married father of four who will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood (Charleston diocese) in a few days under the Patoral Provision has really intriguing thoughts on what might […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

I’m going to re-open the bookstore next week, so start thinking about what you want! All titles that both of us have written will be available for sale and signing.

Compassionate Conservativism?

posted by awelborn

Conversations have already starting rumbling about Professor Arthur Brooks’s new book, Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservativism. A good place to start seeing what folks are saying is, predictably, at Mirror of Justice, the Catholic legal studies […]

Faith and Science

posted by awelborn

They hate us. They really hate us. There has been no shortage of conferences in recent years, commonly organized by the Templeton Foundation, seeking to smooth over the differences between science and religion and ending in a metaphysical draw. Sponsored […]

Advent of Advent

posted by awelborn

DAN at Holy Whapping has great suggestions for Advent liturgical life. Of course, it’s a bit late, considering these things often get rolling in October, but parish musicians and their friends: put this in the file. 1. Learn some more […]

Weekly PopeWatch

posted by awelborn

Next week’s visit to Turkey will be interesting enough, but this week holds its own newsworthy items. Tomorrow, the pope will visit the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, and will, we hope, make some typically harmonious remarks on music. […]

Up to this point…

posted by awelborn

…we’ve had a TomKat free zone. But this was irresistible: The priest of the Italian town where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes on Saturday  rang his church bells louder and for longer during the couple’s ceremony, to voice his displeasure […]

Moving on..

posted by awelborn

…to the heterosexuals. A WaPo article about the plummeting marriage rate in France The increase in out-of-wedlock birthrates is even more dramatic: Last year, 59 percent of all first-born French children were born to unwed parents, most by choice, not […]

The difference

posted by awelborn

A CNS article on the bishops’ document on pastoral care of homosexuals: Father Schexnayder’s National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries includes leaders in such ministry in 55 U.S. Catholic dioceses and 130 parishes. In an e-mail to […]

Cleaning up?

posted by awelborn

No U.S. episcopal appointments today, but Zadok provides context on the Austrian announcement: Also in the Bolletino is the announcement of the appointment of an Auxiliary Bishop to the notorious Austrian diocese of Sankt Polten where there was some very […]

Prima parte

posted by awelborn

Benedict  gets part of his next book finished: Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha terminato di scrivere la prima parte di un libro il cui titolo è Gesù di Nazareth. Dal Battesimo nel Giordano alla Trasfigurazione e lo ha consegnato, […]

Santa Rosa Reprieve

posted by awelborn

Bishop will avoid charges: Bishop Daniel Walsh of the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese will avoid criminal charges for delaying a report of suspected child sex abuse if he successfully completes a four-month counseling diversion program. Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan […]

Books Received

posted by awelborn

I am DREADFULLY behind on reviewing books for grown-ups around here, and will try to start remedying that this evening. But I want to tell you about the fabulous volume that just arrived in the mail. Pub date is 1/3, […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

..for blogger/novice Gashwin Gomes’ father: The cancer has (thankfully) not spread, but the tumor in his left lung is still pretty large and active. This Friday, he’s having surgery to have his entire lung removed. The operation will take place […]

Help Emily!

posted by awelborn

Emily Stimpson, a freelance writes that she is working on a story for a Catholic paper on Buddhism: …What are the main beliefs and practices, what do we have in common with them, and why can good Catholics also not […]

Lincoln Bound

posted by awelborn

The Lincoln paper looks at the Diocese of Lincoln, focusing on folks who have moved there specifically because of the tone and direction of the diocese, with interviews with a few who disagree.

Incoming

posted by awelborn

Evangelical Catholicism reports: In a clear advance for the pro-life cause in politics, President Bush today appointed obstetrition and gynecologist Eric Keroack to head the federal Office of Population Affairs. Keroack, who opposes abortion, pre-marital sex and the use of […]

Remembering

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, in LA In an event that mixed moments of sadness and exuberance, Roman Catholic members of the Vietnamese American community gathered Sunday to remember the difficult origins of their faith and celebrate their current triumphs. Nearly 5,000 people arrived […]

On religious freedom

posted by awelborn

Benedict today: Religious freedom is not only the individual right of each person to profess and display one’s faith, but it is also the collective right of families, groups and the Church itself, and engages civil power to “create conditions […]

Political ads and the Catholic press

posted by awelborn

There ought to be a law. Or at least some kind of self-regulation. Catholic publications should accept no political advertising from candidates, and perhaps, I’m tempted to say, not even issue-related advertising. In Michigan during the last election, there was […]

“It’s Un-Christian!”

posted by awelborn

The pastor at the parish we usually attend (that of "Lights! Lights!") could have his photograph next to the entry on "Low Key" in the dictionary, if there was one. Really. Even though he strikes us as being the Robert […]

Catechetical Gripe of the Day

posted by awelborn

(From the take-home booklet based on Luke 10:25-37) "A man asked Jesus, ‘How can I be a good neighbor?’" Er….no he didn’t. Which is all the more irritating since the real point of the parable is far more radical than […]

An interview that will go down in infamy

posted by awelborn

Well, there’s been worse. But the Bishop Kate Schori interview in the NYTimes Magazine is gaining fast. Especially this part. How many members of the Episcopal Church are there in this country? About 2.2 million. It used to be larger […]

Duc in Altum

posted by awelborn

Rich Leonardi points us to an article in today’s Enquirer about St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. In an Over-the-Rhine elementary school, a couple of dozen boys learn Latin and Spanish beginning in kindergarten. In […]

Feeling his age…

posted by awelborn

Meditating on the swift passage of time…. Note to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins: Joseph thanks you very much for Michael’s presents…

Latinity

posted by awelborn

(and Greek) Trying to give some encouragement: So, in a bid to stem the decline, on Oct. 30 the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences launched a competition for journalists. An award will be given to the journalist who best shows an […]

Prayers Answered

posted by awelborn

A nice note from a reader and pray-er of Michael’s Church’s Most Powerful Novenas book, which has, incidentally, been reissued in a new edition that’s in more of that prayer book format, with a leatherette cover, etc. It’s not here […]

Erie Trials

posted by awelborn

Over the past few days, in Erie, a canonical trial of a prominent New York priest has been conducted. A NYtimes article: Mr. Donohue, 42, is the accusing witness in the church trial of Monsignor Kavanagh, the most prominent priest […]

Sister…

posted by awelborn

Andrea Jaeger! Twenty-five years ago, Andrea Jaeger was the brat of the women’s tennis tour. While rising to No. 2 in the world, she tells PEOPLE she sometimes screamed at linesmen and was standoffish to competitors. Cut to the present: […]

Speaking of music…

posted by awelborn

The 10:30 Mass at St. Peter’s this morning was Mozart’s Coronation Mass – Cardinal Christoph Schönborn celebrated. I thought I read somewhere that the Pope would deliver a short address at the end of Mass, but I’m not sure if […]

The Angelus

posted by awelborn

From earlier today: The day for those who pray (Pro orantibus), which is celebrated on 21 November, the commemoration of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, is traditionally dedicated to remembering cloistered religious communities. The value of this day […]

Your musical Pope passage of the day

posted by awelborn

Last night, Pope Benedict attended a concert given by the Berlin Philharmonia Quartet, "hosted" by Federal President Horst Koehler of Germany. He said, in part (translated by Teresa Benedetta at PRF): When soloists make music together, each individual is required […]

Also from Columbus

posted by awelborn

…there was a football game or something there yesterday, right? A reader writes: This falls way down low on the scale of importance, but as an Ohio State fan, I wanted to pass this along. Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel is […]

Third Orders

posted by awelborn

A very nice story from the Columbus paper about third orders (thanks, Kevin) Like Bowen, Jodelle Lorenz of Dublin, 75, was impressed as a highschool student in Dayton when sisters and priests talked about the religious life. Ten years ago, […]

‘Pologies

posted by awelborn

From the pastor of Christ the King parish in the Orange County diocese – the celebrant of the Halloween Mass. In this week’s bulletin: November 8, 2006 Dear Bishop Brown: Since 1998, when we first began celebrating liturgies here in […]

The sausage grinder

posted by awelborn

That’s what they call the process of pulling stories together for newspapers and magazines. God knows what’s going to come out. So yes, I’m quoted in this TIME article – the cover story on the Pope (and in case you’re […]

Pro Multis

posted by awelborn

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf has a bit of context on the mandate from the Congregation for Divine Worship that "pro multis" in the Eucharistic Prayers be translated as "for many" not as "for all." (it is translated as "for all" in […]

Half full or half empty?

posted by awelborn

Douglas Bandow on the maybe not-so-bad news from Election ’06 Nevertheless, pro-life votes were lost. However, over the long term the drop in GOP abortion opponents might be balanced by the rise in the number of pro-life Democrats. So far […]

Say what?

posted by awelborn

Everything’s relative…I suppose. From the Gonzaga student paper: The Gregorian Schola, which sings the music for the Gregorian chant Mass in the Jesuit House Chapel, provides a refreshing break from the traditional Catholic Mass. Jeffrey Tucker comments More good stuff […]

On the meeting

posted by awelborn

As you know, the Pope had a meeting yesterday with the heads of Curial dicasteries, inspired, apparently, by the Milingo situation. The official account of the meeting: This morning, Nov. 16, in the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father presided over […]

A choice of museums

posted by awelborn

Elizabeth Lev points out some connections: The Patrons of the Vatican Museums were formed in 1983 as an international society organized from within the Holy See institution. The Patrons were dedicated to supporting and maintaining the art of the Vatican […]

In Ireland

posted by awelborn

John Allen has been in Ireland the past couple of days and reports on a chat with Archbishop Diarmiud Martin of Dublin: (remember, the bishops of Ireland recently concluded their ad limina visit in Rome, in which the topic of […]

American Born Chinese

posted by awelborn

Honestly, here’s a story that the Catholic press needs to pick up. It’s pretty awesome. Gene Yang is an artist and comic book author who’s been on my radar for a couple of years now. He’s sent me copies of […]

Heads up and out

posted by awelborn

Dimitri Cavalli, in today’s WSJ: The town of Bridgeport, W.Va. (pop. 7,300), recently became the site of the latest skirmish in the culture wars. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the West Virginia chapter of the […]

Cookie Break

posted by awelborn

Good news from Peru: As pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, which sits more than two miles high on a windswept Andean plain, Maryknoll Father Edmund Cookson has spent decades fighting malnutrition among impoverished farm families. He has […]

Another Catechetical note

posted by awelborn

We talk about catechesis a lot here, and are fairly conversant in what’s happening. Over the past ten years or so, the US bishops have, on paper, taken a more pro-active role in textbook content. There is an Ad Hoc […]

A Whapping Good Time

posted by awelborn

Lots of good stuff over at the Shrine of the Holy Whapping these days – Drew has some excellent historical posts, including a lengthy quote from Ratzinger on Charles Borromeo and true reform, and several really interesting architectural posts from […]

Quiverfull

posted by awelborn

There’s an article in a recent issue of Newsweek about a small movement among some Protestants that is totally, absolutely against any kind of contraception or even fertility awareness and conscious birth spacing. Mollie at Get Religion blogs on the […]

The Swiss and the Germans

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister very helpfully pulls together what the Pope has said recently to Swiss and German bishops, detecting a theme: In the second of his two addresses to the Swiss bishops on their “ad limina” visit, Benedict XVI replied to […]

Rethinking

posted by awelborn

Thoughts from Archbishop Rowan Williams: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has reopened the debate on women priests by suggesting that the Anglican Church may one day "think again" about the issue. Speaking a week before his first official […]

In a nutshell

posted by awelborn

Here. Do you want to know what’s wrong with catechesis in the Church in these United States? I’ve got it for you, in a nutshell. From one of the mainstream religion (school) series – I can’t remember which publisher it […]

You’d think that after doing this for 20+ years..

posted by awelborn

…I’d know something. Like: Silence=trouble. I guess I need a refresher course. I think I just got it.

The Newman Miracle?

posted by awelborn

From CNS: Evidence of an alleged miraculous cure in the Archdiocese of Boston attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been sent to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes in Rome. The Roman postulator of the cause, Andrea […]

Albert the Great

posted by awelborn

Benedict, today: At the end of today’s general audience, the Pope recalled the fact that today is the liturgical feast of St. Albert the Great, "who made ceaseless efforts to establish peace among the peoples of his time," he said, […]

Payback

posted by awelborn

….but in a good way. About 1,800 faithful supporters, who came to the aid of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria when it was rocked by a multimillion-dollar financial scandal six years ago, have been repaid with interest. The diocese […]

Pope! Pope!

posted by awelborn

It’s kind of nice, but also kind of strange, that Michael the Baby recognizes the Pope when he sees him… Anyway…today’s General Audience continued the catechesis on Paul: (scroll down) Today, as in the last two catecheses, we turn to […]

Burke at the USCCB

posted by awelborn

The local paper takes note: BALTIMORE — St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke took center stage during debate on two controversial topics Tuesday as the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops met in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting. Burke, who is trained […]

More Anglican news

posted by awelborn

In a comment on this post on Archbishop Rowan Williams’ forthcoming official visit to Pope Benedict, William Tighe mentions something he’s heard On her blog, Ruth Gledhill picks it up and runs: The comment on Titus was posted by the […]

The Gathering

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Leeds, as we did below, the Roman Catholic and Anglican bishops of England and Wales met yesterday and today there. Here’s their statement from today: Statement from Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal […]

The voyage to Turkey

posted by awelborn

An editorial from America: Among Turkey’s elites there is profound fear of political and cultural fragmentation, particularly of secession on the part of the sizable Kurdish population. Intellectual dissent from the standards of official Turkish identity—by acknowledging, for example, the […]

Changing Times

posted by awelborn

TIME notices that some religious orders are, indeed, growing… The main article is a look at some women who are entering religious life. It’s not exactly a piece on religious orders that are growing. The focus is definitely individual rather […]

What the old folks know

posted by awelborn

Today, Joseph was telling me, at typically great length, about art class. He was explaining how they had made little pots, and had to paint it, and he decided to paint his green, so he went to green table, and […]

Can’t blame her

posted by awelborn

So, the pediatrician tells me that she is shutting down her practice and moving at the end of December. I say, "Oh, that’s too bad." She looks almost abashed and says, "I got an offer I couldn’t refuse." "Where?" "Orlando…" […]

CourageMan

posted by awelborn

The blogger CourageMan looks at the bishops’ document on ministry to homosexuals, and is impressed and grateful.

The Docs

posted by awelborn

The big 3 are online now. pdf files.

Discussion of the Eucharist document

posted by awelborn

Going on now…if you’re watching and would like to comment, please do. I won’t be able to watch any more. I did just catch Bishop Bruskewitz getting up, right off, on the general document – quoting Ratzinger over and over […]

News Flash

posted by awelborn

This is startling – or not. Years ago, a friend of mine commented that there was a hidden "epidemic" of strokes among young women who used birth control pills and (usually) smoked as well. Although the former, in patch form […]

The Presser

posted by awelborn

Some notes from the press conference, but then I’m working on other stuff, and am not going to allow myself to watch the afternoon session… The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter asked why there was the resistance to Archbishop Burke’s suggestion […]

On Homosexual Inclination

posted by awelborn

They are going through amendments there has been a request to consider separately. They have the amendments in front of them, but we don’t know what they are. So it’s hard to follow. Archbishop Burke is speaking about Courage and […]

Talking About Music

posted by awelborn

A USCCB moment: They just voted on the Music Directory issue (approved w/88% yes) but before that considered an amendment from Bishop Vigneron of Oakland. He proposed a process similar to the conformity guidelines for catechetical textbooks. His point was […]

A CofE bishop speaks..

posted by awelborn

Strongly… The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has accused the BBC of bias against Christianity and says the broadcaster fears a terrorist backlash if it is critical of Islam. The archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church […]

AmPa on the job

posted by awelborn

The American Papist is providing excellent wrap-ups of the USCCB conference – with links to media coverage, and so on.

World Day of Migrants

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s message: On the occasion of the coming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and looking at the Holy Family of Nazareth, icon of all families, I would like to invite you to reflect on the condition of the […]

Indulge us

posted by awelborn

I do hope the USCCB puts up the address of James Cardinal Stafford of the Apostolic Penitentiary, just delivered in Baltimore. It was quite fascinating, and his quiet, humble delivery just added to the interest, to me at least. He […]

About those Anglicans

posted by awelborn

A few days ago, folks went predictably beserk about the "Anglican Church" supposedly affirming the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecology’s statement about euthanizing severely disabled newborns. Well, it just wasn’t so: The Church of England’s decision to support […]

Leeds, restored

posted by awelborn

From England: A select congregation including the Pope’s personal representative, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, and around 30 bishops of England and Wales were at the Mass in which £2million of restoration work was seen for the first time. The 15-month […]

From Houston to Rome

posted by awelborn

An artist meets the Pope: Alice Lok Cahana survived the Holocaust to become an artist of international renown. The most recent acknowledgment of her work was given by Pope Benedict XVI last month in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pontiff met […]

About that 11/16 meeting…

posted by awelborn

Reuters says that Milingo/celibacy will be the issue: Pope Benedict has called a meeting of Vatican advisers for a "reflection" on issues related to celibacy in the Church following a schism led by a renegade African archbishop who wants priests […]

The Swiss, again

posted by awelborn

It’s hard to keep track, but here’s more words from Benedict to the Swiss bishops. A summary of his closing talk to the Swiss bishops – again, delivered off-the-cuff, on November 9. Another theme to which the Holy Father turned […]

Protest

posted by awelborn

Against a deer kill: Two women were arrested after they chained themselves to the front doors of a Catholic diocese building to protest the authorized killing of deer on church property. "We’re appealing to members of the diocese who respect […]

Records page

posted by awelborn

Any pertinent addresses and statements from the USCCB Conference will be posted on this page. So far, the letter on Iraq is the only item.

Meeting of Minds

posted by awelborn

Pope to meet on 11/16 with dicastery heads about Latin/indult, etc..as well as that whole Archbishop Milingo problem. The Pope’s schedule in Turkey: On Tuesday, November 28, the Pope will arrive in Ankara at 1pm. The day’s activities will include […]

The discussions

posted by awelborn

This morning at the bishops’ conference, there have been preliminary discussion of several action items. They’ve been interesting, for those among us who are inveterate people-watchers and fascinated by organizational dynamics. This morning did not involve any deep, drawn-out discussions […]

Vatican Museum changes

posted by awelborn

Kind of complicated – the Vatican Museums, are, of course, a huge draw in Rome (the Sistine Chapel being a part of it – the only way you can see the Sistine Chapel is through the Vatican Museum). The lines […]

Notes from Baltimore

posted by awelborn

Bishop Skylstad, president of the USCCB delivered his address. I imagine it will be posted online at some point today. It was a rather institutional, church-y talk, calling for unity, decrying negative tones and coarseness, not just in culture, but […]

The Monastery

posted by awelborn

Have you all been watching TLC’s The Monastery? We talked about it a bit a couple of weeks ago – has anyone been keeping up with it? Post here if you want to talk about . (I, per usual, keep […]

Mass in Transit

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister finally weighs in with a piece on recent rumblings on the indult rumor, bringing in the French episcopal reaction, in case you missed all that last week. Cardinal Arinze was in St. Louis this past weekend, speaking at […]

Bishops in Baltimore

posted by awelborn

If you’re interested, the public sessions of the USCCB meeting are being aired on EWTN, and you can watch online. The bishops meet in Baltimore through Thursday, but only the Monday and Tuesday sessions are public. The rest are "executive […]

Saint Frances Cabrini

posted by awelborn

If you don’t know anything about Saint Frances Cabrini beyond her name…change that. Mother Cabrini was truly an astonishing woman whose life is as vigorous an expression the power and transformation that happens when we give ourselves over to Christ. […]

Our daily bread

posted by awelborn

The Pope at today’s Angelus "Jesus taught his disciples to pray by asking the heavenly Father not for ‘my’ but for ‘our’ daily bread. Thus he wanted every man to feel co-responsibility for his brothers, so that no one would […]

Kids in Suits

posted by awelborn

Aside from theater, Katie’s other major extra-curricular activity so far is Speech. Not Speech and Debate – the team demonstrated a bit of debate, and she was thoroughly intimidated by it. She came home and said, "You know those big […]

For all of your Leonine Needs

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina – on Leo the Great. Today is the memorial of Pope St. Leo the Great, who reigned 440-461 A.D. Those years were, in the words of the Chinese curse, interesting times. Within the Church, Leo is best known […]

To the Germans

posted by awelborn

German bishops in the house today: Benedict then spoke about the growing Muslim population of Germany and the necessity of dialogue between the two religions. Muslims, the Pope said, "who hold to their convictions and their rites [ceremonies] with such […]

Lost forever?

posted by awelborn

"It’s the Feast of the Ascension, and…" I mean, what television show are you going to hear that phrase on, except for Lost? I still don’t get the point of it, but, it was an interesting hook. Okay, Losties…discuss. Have […]

Wha’ Happened?

posted by awelborn

John Allen explains: The back-story to what happened is that on Sunday evening, the Secretariat of State sent the 2005 draft up to the papal apartment in preparation for Tuesday’s meeting. Hearing nothing, they presumed that Benedict intended to use […]

Blogging priests

posted by awelborn

In the NCR(egiter), Eric Scheske takes a look at blogging priests Eric’s own blog.

Slow posting this AM

posted by awelborn

Baby Michael has his 2-year checkup. To see how he’s busting up that growth chart. Or…not. Later!

Not going anywhere

posted by awelborn

Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the stubborness of religion: For decades, students of modernization subscribed to an overriding assumption that, to paraphrase sociologist Peter Berger, more modernity means less religion. In the 1960s (and 1930s and 1890s), liberals were convinced that […]

Preparation

posted by awelborn

The Ecumencial Patriarchate of Constantinople has set up a website for the Pope’s visit to Turkey.

Get your Pope Calendar

posted by awelborn

To benefit a Rwandan orphanage The calendar, to be released Nov. 23 by the Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana, features 14 photographs of Pope Benedict taken in August at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo. The calendar will sell in […]

It is as it was?

posted by awelborn

The Nativity Story will premeire….at the Vatican. The Nativity Story will become the first film ever to premiere at the Vatican, the film’s distributor has announced. The film, which is due to be released December 1, will be shown on […]

Jaw-dropping sound byte of the day

posted by awelborn

Heard on the radio while I was walking (it’s 71 degrees here today!), at the top of the hour. I’m not sure if it was the local news guy or a national feed. But here’s how it went down: (Archived […]

Information

posted by awelborn

Over at Mere Comments, Lee Podles posts on an article in Der Spiegel about a Hungarian Cardinal who was an informant for the Communist government for decades: Not only was Paskai informing on his fellow priests, the majority of the […]

Catching up with the Pope

posted by awelborn

After that whole Swiss debacle a couple of days ago, we’re a little behind on figuring out What Does The Pope Really Say? So, in the interest of catching up . the VIS summary of what he REALLY said to […]

Allen in SC

posted by awelborn

Speaking of Gashwin (sort of – see below), John Allen spoke at the University of South Carolina last night, and has reflections: Finally, a young woman from Belgium, whose name I unfortunately didn’t catch, wanted to press me on what […]

Confession

posted by awelborn

A Christian Science Monitor story on a priest who has taken on a unique task: The confessions that Father Patrick Desbois receives don’t come from his parishioners. They are not made behind closed doors. They don’t even come from his […]

Latin Quarter

posted by awelborn

Various statements, interviews and such have been coming from the French bishops all week, as they have met in Lourdes. Their comments have only served to deepen the mystery of exactly what is going on with this rumored "Freeing of […]

Why St. John Lateran?

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Why? It’s the Pope’s church, as Bishop of Rome – so, in a sense, it’s the parish church of every Catholic. Today the Church […]

Early Music Peeps…

posted by awelborn

Give a listen to Sunday’s Early Music Show on BBC3: Lucie Skeaping visits Eton College in Berkshire to look at the Eton Choirbook, the most outstanding choirbook to have survived the Reformation. She is joined by Jeremy Summerly and they […]

Partial Birth Abortion

posted by awelborn

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the federal partial-birth abortion ban. Transcripts of the arguments are here and here. Commentary from Scotusblog here: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, proceeding calmly, cautiously and analytically, left the clear impression on Wednesday that […]

Post-op

posted by awelborn

Just a little bit – Jody Bottum at FT on right, left, the war and (a bit of) the election: The middle in American politics, the non-ideological voters, were always changeable. If the war went well, they would support it; […]

The view from my back window

posted by awelborn

Hey, if Sullivan can do it, so can I: Not our cat. Roaming cat that has been unofficially adopted by neighbors. A very committed hunter, fascinating to watch. Catching chimpmunks makes you thirsty, apparently.

Spokane Catholics

posted by awelborn

A thorough look , NCR(eporter) at the extreme difficulties in Spokane these days: Spokane is a church divided. The competing sentiments of spiritual anger and anguish lie at the heart of the bitter bankruptcy proceedings here, which recently entered into […]

What he said

posted by awelborn

You know that what the Vatican published as the Pope’s speech to the Swiss bishops yesterday…wasn’t. That’s was all quite strange. I keep trying to imagine how that could happen, but just can’t. Anyway, they’ve published the remarks, which were […]

The referenda:

posted by awelborn

Cloning in Missouri: Yes. (And Talent lost – I went to bed after 1am, and they had called it for him. Well.) South Dakota rejects abortion ban (remember – this had no "rape and incest" exceptions. I suspect that if […]

Say what?

posted by awelborn

Heath Shuler’s in Congress now? What ever could be next? Peyton in Miami? Hmmmm. Election post placeholder… Seriously, folks… Not terribly surprised that Santorum lost, but surprised that he lost by so much.  Really too bad about Michael Steele.  And […]

Progress?

posted by awelborn

A week or so ago, a very kind reader – a long-time reader, and early Catholic blogger – and I think he told me he’s blogging again, but I deleted the email, and for the life of me, I can’t […]

Children’s book of the week

posted by awelborn

This one’s a keeper – as in, check it out of the library, read it, then go to Amazon or whatnot and buy it. Really, a marvelous book (published in September) – a delight for parents to read, the child […]

If you don’t read comments..

posted by awelborn

…do read those on the Spooky post below. Highlights: Fr. Mike: As soon as these clerical slapheads turned away from the altar, they saw all these eyes upon themselves, and drew the obvious conclusion: it’s all about me. Henry: …in […]

Swiss Watch

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope met with Swiss bishops. I don’t think it was an ad limina visit, strictly speaking. The Vatican Information Service reports : Early this morning, Benedict XVI presided at a Eucharistic concelebration in the Vatican’s "Redemptoris Mater" Chapel, […]

Spooky

posted by awelborn

We blogged a bit about the Halloween Mass at a parish in Orange County, CA – the liturgy is quickly becoming more notorious than almost anything that ever took place at St. Joan of Arc in MN. There’s a video […]

Christians in Iraq, the continuing story

posted by awelborn

A bishop from Kirkuk has another perspective: Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, has spoken out against a US initiative to Stopp the possible extinction of Christians from the country. The prelate described as “impossible” American plans to […]

From the Emailbox

posted by awelborn

Links for you from my emailbox and surfing: Christopher Blosser’s mega-super-gigantic Benedict roundup for October. Fr. Neuhaus was in Cleveland last week, speaking on the pro-life movment; Dave Hartline report (Also check out information about Dave’s forthcoming book, The Tide […]

Wisconsin Reactions

posted by awelborn

A piece from Wisconsin on reactions to Bishop Morlino of Madison’s recorded message on the referenda for vote tomorrow that he required to be played at Mass this past weekend. Via Closed Cafeteria If you’re in the Diocese of Madison…what […]

Faith and Science

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope addressed – in English – a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences There is one final reflection that the subject of your Assembly can suggest to us today. As some of the papers presented in the […]

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