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November 2006 Archives

The Pope and Islam

posted by awelborn

John Allen spoke in the Dallas area this weekend – anyone see him? His talk at the University of Dallas was on Benedict and Islam: The heart of my argument in that lecture is that Pope Benedict XVI may well […]

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Overload

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The political news is going full throttle, of course, and I just can’t keep up. Besides – why not just wait until we know what happened, and expend our analytical energy there? There’s a nice wrap-up of Amendment 2 blogging […]

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Children of Men

posted by awelborn

I’d been looking forward to the film version of PD James’ novel about the end of fertility – it’s 2027, and no babies have been born, no pregnancies have occured in 18 years, and no one knows why. The novel […]

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Indult Nerves

posted by awelborn

The liturgiciblogosphere has been lurching back and forth over the past few days, attempting to follow the story of Whatever Is Coming. Cardinal Ricard, Archbishop of Bourdeaux and president of the French bishops’ conference, as well as a member of […]

No slippery slope, no none at all.

posted by awelborn

Just a myth: We’ll take care of it – if you only let us: ONE of Britain’s royal medical colleges is calling on the health profession to consider permitting the euthanasia of seriously disabled newborn babies. The proposal by the […]

Panoramic Tours!

posted by awelborn

This is great – a photographer’s site on which he has posted several panoramic tours of, among things, several churches in the Midwest, mostly in the Cincinnati/Covington area, but also including the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the Trappist […]

Reforming in Columbus

posted by awelborn

This past weekend, Marcus Grodi’s Coming Home Network sponsored a "deep in history" conference in Columbus, OH, focusing on the English Reformation. It sounds like an excellent conference. Jay Anderson has three posts on the conference on his blog, including […]

Into the Woods – Fire Sale?

posted by awelborn

I think so – around these parts, Into the Woods seems to be the show of choice. Katie’s school just finished up their performance, a local middle school did the Broadway Junior version, the private non-religious high school in town […]

Juxtaposition

posted by awelborn

The  wedding of British royals in the Vatican environs ….on Guy Fawkes weekend. The Queen officially gave her go-ahead at a Privy Council meeting in October, opening the way for a register office ceremony in London that took place two […]

Go east

posted by awelborn

In case you didn’t know it, Jen Ambrose has been back in China for a few weeks and is posting about it in her usual fascinating, witty fashion.

Holy Martyrs of Vietnam

posted by awelborn

A brief profile of a parish in Arlington, VA. Of just as much, if not more interest is the video with the article, in which the gentleman at the center of the piece – Dr. Thu Bui – tells the […]

Streaming All Saints

posted by awelborn

Religious and Ethics Newsweekly has posted their streaming video of the report on the All Saints Vigil at the Dominican House of Studies Video of the homily – well worth a look, about 15 minutes of your time. And while […]

Reconstruction

posted by awelborn

More English Catholic news: Peter Snow and Ralph Grimston met a grisly end atop York’s Micklegate Bar. The pair were last seen gazing down at passers-by in the street below. Their severed heads had been attached to spikes. Since that […]

Pagans v. Christians?

posted by awelborn

Glastonbury, a small town in the south of England, is a center of mythic/mystical/neopagan activity. A sort of Lilydale or Cassadage across the Pond. Last weekend, a group called Youth2000 sponsored a retreat in Glastonbury that drew about 300 attendees. […]

A tribute

posted by awelborn

An unveiling in Germany: Catholic priests and monks, the bulk of them Polish, who were killed by the Nazis in a concentration camp near Berlin were commemorated Saturday with the unveiling of a stone sculpture in the presence of Cardinal […]

Requiescant in pacem

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict offered a Mass in Suffrage for Cardinals and others who died over the past year. Here’s a brief report from Vatican Radio – just a minute or two, but you can hear the Pope reciting some of […]

Today’s the day

posted by awelborn

Today, the Baltimore Basilica – the first Cathedral in the United States (although not in the Americas, of course) will reopen after years of restoration work. The historic Baltimore Basilica, built from 1806-1821, was the first great metropolitan Cathedral constructed […]

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…just overnight.

Company Coming

posted by awelborn

Coming to the Vatican in the next few weeks Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams on 11/23 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Archbishop Christodoulos Archbishop Christodoulos’ Dec. 14 visit will be the first ever official visit by a Greek church leader to the Vatican, […]

A Saint’s Name

posted by awelborn

CNS story about Italian businesses: Perhaps it is not so unusual that the Vatican, surrounded by Italy, named a parking garage after a saint. A recent nationwide study by the Milan Chamber of Commerce showed that some 21,000 Italian companies […]

Haggard

posted by awelborn

Admits to buying drugs, but denies using and sex. (That’s the headline at the Colorado Springs Gazette – the actual page, though, is either loading very slowly or not coming up at all – I imagine traffic is VERY heavy.) […]

What did you hear, OC edition

posted by awelborn

Gerald has the goods. Let your inner child come out to play…For those newly arrived at Corpus Christi since last October31st you may not be aware of our most wonderfulcelebration of Halloween on the weekend PRIOR toOctober 31st…which this year […]

What did you hear, early November edition

posted by awelborn

Long-time readers know that I occasionally drag out this feature, in which I ask readers to share their experiences at Mass, focusing primarily on music, homilies and anything "special" that went on. As much as possible, we try to keep […]

No problem

posted by awelborn

Vatican says that Turkish PM’s absence not a problem: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan might be absent from the country during Benedict XVI’s visit, to attend a NATO summit in Latvia. Amid media speculation about Erdogan’s absence, the Vatican […]

Ora et labora

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Pope Benedict prayed at the tombs of several previous Popes, in the crypt under St. Peter’s, the Vatican Grottos: Pius XII Paul VI John Paul I John Paul II Then today, he headed over to the Pontifical Gregorian University […]

Well, not quite

posted by awelborn

You all have heard about the bizareness related to Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (well, make that former president) and pastor of the New Life Church megachurch in Colorado Springs. He has been accused of […]

Maybe…silence

posted by awelborn

Into the Great Silence – the German documentary about Carthusians, which has received rave reviews and drawn big audiences in Europe, finally has a US distributor. In addition, Zeitgeist films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the film Into […]

Petros Eni

posted by awelborn

If you don’t have the itch to go to Rome…this might do it. Elizabeth Lev’s enticing description of the exhibit on the construction of the "new" St. Peter’s, begun (at least on paper) in 1506. Near the entrance, the first […]

Thrill of the Chaste

posted by awelborn

Or….the Chastity Rome-Chick Blues. From Dawn Eden, of course!

Found in Translation

posted by awelborn

Aid to the Church in Need will help out: Catholic aid organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has announced it will provide financial assistance for an effort by the Patriarch of Venice to provide an Arabic-language translation of […]

A really, really,…

posted by awelborn

really slow news day…

Lost again?

posted by awelborn

I didn’t watch LOST last night. I sort of forgot until too close to the end. Katie’s in the frantic last days of Into the Woods rehearsal, so she’s not home in the evenings, and without her every-20-minute "Lost is […]

Over in South Bend..

posted by awelborn

A notice: The Orestes Brownson Council (http://www.nd.edu/~obcnd) of theUniversity of Notre Dame will be sponsoring a solemn Latin RequiemMass, celebrated according to the Pauline rite, with full Gregorianchant performed by the Notre Dame Gregorian Schola. The Mass iscosponsored by People […]

Bound for Rome

posted by awelborn

The new Weekly Standard has a review  of volume IX of Newman’s collected letters. (Which is interesting because this apparently was released in May, and volume X, which covers the final two years of his life as an Anglican, is […]

Cathedral bans Archbishop

posted by awelborn

Get this: The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, has been banned from one of the oldest cathedrals in Britain after accusations that he has become an “instrument of disunity”. Lord Carey, who has become a champion of […]

Out of Town

posted by awelborn

Turkish Prime Minister to Estonia: In late September, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that when Pope Benedict XVI visits his country later this month, he would “set him straight” with regard to his views on Islam. In […]

Maybe not

posted by awelborn

On the "Vatican permission" received by that Quebecois priest: The Diocese of Joliette has issued a press release after the mainstream media erroneously reported that the Vatican had given permission for a Catholic priest who supports abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’ […]

A moral grammar?

posted by awelborn

A review of a new book: Who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong? Yet that essential knowledge, generally assumed to come from parental teaching or religious or legal instruction, could turn out to have a quite different origin. […]

To the Cemetery

posted by awelborn

Today, Catholics around the world visit cemeteries to honor and remember their dead, as well as to pray for them. From Poland: Although the tradition of visiting the graves is not confined to Poland, the way it is celebrated here […]

Back to Rome

posted by awelborn

An unofficial translation of the Pope’s homily today at the All Saints’ Mass: Today, the Church celebrates her dignity as "mother of saints, image of the supernal city" (A. Manzoni), and manifests its beauty as the immaculate spouse of Christ, […]

File it away for ’07

posted by awelborn

From the Dominican students at the House of Studies: How to put on your own Vigil of All Saints   Every year at our Vigil of All Saints, we meet people who say: “This is great!  Why don’t we do […]

Presence

posted by awelborn

Dawn Eden posts a moving video – a young woman’s testimony at a Waco City Council Meeting – on how sidewalk counselers outside an abortion clinic impacted her life – and her son’s. A long time ago, I was sort […]

The Catholic Vote in Michigan

posted by awelborn

Go to the American Papist for a detailed look at how Governor Granholm’s trying to play it.

From Rome

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s, preached, and had a few words at the Angelus afterwards. No full texts in English available yet, but here’s the AsiaNews report on Mass: The second improvisation came as the pope was […]

He was there!

posted by awelborn

Gahswin attended the All Saints Vigil at the Dominican House of Studies last night, and reports. The invitation letter warned us to get there early. I showed up (with some friends) at a little after 7:00. The chapel was already […]

Keeping Track of Amendment 2

posted by awelborn

Kansas City Catholic is on it. Yesterday around here it was balmy; today the chilly wind would not let the mercury rise above 50 degrees. But something is falling even faster than the temperature in Missouri: support for Amendment 2, […]

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There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as on

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

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But here's the thing.Whether or not Yates' original novel in

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

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving, right?Well, here's a worthy recipient for your hard-

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

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling Episcopalians, all the better.To tell the truth, you can bl

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

Brave Heart?
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 minute of labor, describing the intensity of discomfor

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

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