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Presepe!

posted by awelborn

Italians and their nativity scenes – something to behold, they say (she sighed) – here’s an interesting Slow Travel thread on what people are seeing around Italy these days and here’s a post from a wonderful blog by an American […]

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Blogger bleg

posted by awelborn

I was just listening to our local Catholic radio station, and they were playing a most interesting discussion, obviously from England – about the Church and the press. I’ve figured out that it must be a feed from EWTN’s "Top […]

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Abortion, El Salvador, and the Times

posted by awelborn

Last spring, the NYTimes Magazine ran an almost 8,000-word story on abortion in El Salvador. One of the central stories involved a woman who was supposedly jailed after obtaining an abortion at 18-weeks of pregnancy. Problem was, that wasn’t the […]

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Good use

posted by awelborn

Former Dutch Capuchin monastery now an Orthodox complex: The Russian Orthodox Church has begun work to make a former Capuchin monastery and church in the Netherlands the largest Orthodox complex outside Russia. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported Dec. 18 the […]

Icons at the Getty

posted by awelborn

An LA Times story about a current exhibit: For 94 members of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, the freeway drive north to Brentwood in morning traffic was the equivalent of a pilgrimage. They recently traveled in two buses […]

A pleasant surprise

posted by awelborn

2007 is the Sequicentenniel of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend – the commemorations begin at a Cathedral Mass today, but last night at Mass we prayed a special prayer for the Jubilee  – from a prayer card that will […]

We’re in trouble

posted by awelborn

Archdiocese of Cincinnati three years away from receivership, the Archbishop acknowledges. He said he has no choice: Without more revenue, the 19-county archdiocese could be out of money within three years. "If we do nothing, we’re in trouble," Pilarczyk said. […]

Hope in Africa

posted by awelborn

Primary education in the Sub-Sahara is booming: Mali is a template for those challenges. One of earth’s poorest nations, it also has the world’s second-highest birth rate, behind only neighboring Niger. It lags even most African nations in the share […]

Top of the list

posted by awelborn

An activist livs in hope and trust: EARLY last year, a dubious distinction attached itself to Tarcísio Feitosa da Silva, director of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pastoral Land Commission here in one of the most conflict-ridden regions of the Amazon. […]

Looking ahead

posted by awelborn

John Thavis at CNS looks at Pope Benedict’s 2007 plans – so far. The year 2007 will see "ad limina" visits by bishops from places on four continents, including Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, Portugal, Serbia, Kenya, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Puerto Rico, […]

Quick notes

posted by awelborn

Just pulling some Catholic-related news stories from around the country: A wayside shrine in Indiana: The Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine offers people of all faiths a tranquil spot to pray or meditate. Dedicated in October 2005, the shrine to the Blessed […]

The Vatican (Press Office) statement

posted by awelborn

Italian text here, from Fr. Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office: In merito alla esecuzione capitale di Saddam Hussein, avvenuta questa notte, il Direttore della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, Padre Federico Lombardi, S.J., ha rilasciato questa mattina ai […]

Laugh or cry?

posted by awelborn

A little of both, I guess – Kelo v. the saints! St. Louis’ redevelopment agency sued a convent, a saint, a nun and an elderly woman in a wheelchair who has a 999-year lease on Friday, seeking to use eminent […]

Martino and Saddam

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser does the heavy lifting, bringing together some current discussions on Cardinal Martino’s comments on the impending execution of Saddam Hussein and the Church’s teaching on capital punishment. I had said I would be taking a break from blogging […]

The Mystery of the Clerical Detective

posted by awelborn

Lauren Winner writes about the genre in the WSJ today. I wrote about it several years ago for OSV. I can’t vouch for the hyperlinks on the page, considering how long ago I put up that piece. I’m sure most […]

Good News/Bad News

posted by awelborn

Good News: You look at the eating-averse toddler’s plate and see that it’s basically empty of the spaghetti (sans sauce) he’d been given. Good boy! Food! In stomach! Bad News: You look at the floor.

Embryonic Stem Cells

posted by awelborn

What we know, from Maureen L. Condic, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine in First Things. The assertion that embryonic stem cells in the laboratory can be induced to form all the […]

Secularization unbound?

posted by awelborn

Maybe not. A look at the Dutch: When the "corporate prayer" movement first started in 1996, few people in Holland took any notice. Why should they have done so? After all, Holland’s manifest destiny was to become a fully secularized […]

Nancy-Palooza

posted by awelborn

Can you feel the excitement? In a few days, Nancy Pelosi will seize the reins as Speaker of the House, and boy, does she want you to know it: On a scale associated with presidential inaugurations, Nancy Pelosi is planning […]

What should she do?

posted by awelborn

From a reader. Ouch. The reader added that she is a parishioner at this parish, but not any kind of liturgical specialist.  She gave me a little more information in another note that fleshed out the relational and personal issues […]

Nope

posted by awelborn

Cordoba Bishop rejects Muslim request; Pope next: The Bishop of the southern city of Cordoba, Juan Jose Asenjo, has turned down a request from its Muslim community to be allowed to pray with Christians in its cathedral – a former […]

Innocents

posted by awelborn

Any story in the history of salvation is timeless, no matter how long ago it occurred. We can find ourselves, our world in Genesis onward because human nature is what it is and doesn’t change. But this day, this remembrance […]

Number Crunching

posted by awelborn

The Vatican has released last year’s figures for attendance at papal events: General Audiences, other audiences, liturgies and Angelus(-es? -i?)

An Indonesian Christmas

posted by awelborn

Because of a strong commitment from Muslim leaders and volunteers – no violence. Despite the danger of attacks from Islamic terrorists, Christmas celebrations unfolded peacefully across Indonesia thanks to the help of Muslim organizations and the commitment of the forces […]

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

Advent IV and Christmas edition – let’s hear from all over! We’ll let Gashwin get you started – he was in Delhi for Advent IV: The beautiful cathedral was almost full, with a riot of multicolored shawls draped around the […]

Rebuilding

posted by awelborn

From Michigan to Sri Lanka: Two years ago in January, the Rev. Bennett Constantine returned to visit his native Sri Lanka in sorrow. The Dec. 26, 2004, Asian tsunami that left 230,000 dead had devastated the village of Mullaittivu, where […]

We’re talking Catholic here

posted by awelborn

We certainly are. In the space of twelve hours, in one mid-sized city, members of my family participated in the following: 1) a very by-the-book Mass in English in a non-renovated Romanesque-style church, with a little Latin tossed in here […]

We will blog again…

posted by awelborn

…promise. We’ve just returned from several days in Knoxville, I have a short writing assignment due tomorrow and some radio (Bob Dunning on Sirius at 10:20 Pacific tomorrow). So I do need to prioritize, but I also need to open […]

A Baby

posted by awelborn

From Pope Benedict’s homily at Midnight Mass: God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendour. […]

Christmas Message

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Gomez of San Antonio: Our cathedral also reminds us that the Christian faith has deep roots in America. It is amazing to think that decades before the Declaration of Independence, Spanish-speaking immigrants were preaching the Gospel and celebrating the […]

The Pope’s Christmas

posted by awelborn

Via PRF: But for the Pope’s home-style Christmas at the Vatican, everything is ready. Munich banker Thaddaeus Kuehnel has seen to it, as he has done for 25 years for his friend, then-Cardinal Ratzinger. For 25 years, he has faithfully […]

Strong words

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Zen has had it. Frustrated over a recent spate of episcopal ordinations not authorised by the Holy See, Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has called on Pope Benedict to excommunicate China’s state-appointed bishops. The time had come for the […]

Aramaic in Minnesota

posted by awelborn

Worshipping in the language of Jesus: The Rev. Rodrigue Constantin belongs to a rare group of Minnesotans who can carry on a conversation in Aramaic, the language believed to have been spoken by Jesus 2,000 years ago. When he consecrates […]

Lifesaving

posted by awelborn

On the success of a program in Scotland MORE than 2,000 babies have been ‘saved’ from abortion by a controversial scheme set up by the late Cardinal Thomas Winning to persuade women to keep their child. The Pro-Life Initiative, which […]

Nuevo Catholics

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes Magazine takes a look at the impact of Hispanics on the US Catholic Church, focusing on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles It’s long and pretty interesting, with some neglected points. Worth a read, and come mid-week when I […]

Last Christmas in Iraq?

posted by awelborn

Nina Shea at NRO on Iraq and religious freedom. Iraq’s government has not been notably effective in protecting anyone, and its stance toward the Christians and other small minorities has been abysmal. The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, […]

MegaTrends

posted by awelborn

John Allen is working on a new book – on mega-trends impacting and shaping the RC church in the 21st century – and he’d like your input on the trends he’s identified.

Christmas Message

posted by awelborn

Last year, the Pope’s annual speech to the members of the Curia made news for two reason: one, there was a notable delay in the release of its text. Secondly, in it, Benedict reflected on the need to re-evaluate and […]

Music in Catholic Worship

posted by awelborn

William Mahrt’s comments during and following the Consultation on a Revision of Music in Catholic Worship, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on the Liturgy, Subcommittee on Music in the Liturgy, October Chicago, Illinois, October 9, […]

Guarding St. Patrick’s

posted by awelborn

A little slice of New York life: Patrick Michael Ward’s is the face that many visitors to New York City see smiling at them in photographs they take back to their homes around the world. He is the police officer […]

Chaucer Weekend!

posted by awelborn

Obviously, a must-listen on the BBC3’s Early Music Show. (Programs are available for listening a week after the original broadcast.)

Things that make you go hmmm

posted by awelborn

This evening was the Christmas program at school. I lurked in the back. Actually, since the Kindergarten was DEAD LAST in the program, I went to the Guerin Adoration Chapel for 30 minutes, thinking that at that point surely we […]

Comments Closed!~

posted by awelborn

Hey, I’m shutting down comments until after Christmas. I will be posting here and there – I have a couple of book reviews I really want to get done – but closing down comments means one less thing to do […]

Christmas Videos

posted by awelborn

The Knights of Columbus have two nice spots. One here The other – an appeal to help children in need – here.

HTML All the Way

posted by awelborn

Among his many other gifts, talents and offerings, Chris Johnson presents a simple primer for those of you who want to include HTML tags in your comments, but don’t know how. How to link, italicize, bold, etc.

The Battle of Mt. Athos

posted by awelborn

Monastic scuffling. THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two groups of monks clashed on Wednesday at a monastery facility in Mt. Athos, resulting in at least seven injuries, police said. Fighting broke out between a group of rebel monks occupying facilities of […]

Blast from the past

posted by awelborn

I wrote this for NRO last year. A couple of months ago, my oldest son told me that he’d been surfing the net around Christmas last year, reading things, and came upon this piece. He started reading and thought, "This […]

Christmas Music

posted by awelborn

What are your favorites? Terry Teachout lists his favorite recordings Michael Linton talks Messiah over at First Things Me? My favorite Christmas-themed music tends to the medieval, the Renaissance, the Appalachian-tinged, and of course, (Click, if you like. Stay away […]

Nii-ice

posted by awelborn

In the WaPo, Harold Myerson takes on the bigotry of the NoVa breakaway Episcopalians. By being totally non-bigoted and open-minded himself. The alliance of the Fairfax Phobics with Archbishop Restaurant Monitor is just the latest chapter in the global revolt […]

On the air

posted by awelborn

Good stuff on various points of interest from Vatican Radio: Random interviews with pilgrims in St. Peter’s as to why they are in Rome for Christmas Cardinal Stafford, the Major Penitentiary, who gave such an interesting talk at the USCCB […]

Stem Cell Quiz

posted by awelborn

Take it! Via a really interesting website – a valuable resource called Mary Meets Dolly: A Catholic’s Guide to Genetics, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Discoveries

posted by awelborn

Every day is full of them: Discovery, Day 1: The little one is discovered in the bathtub with his big brother. Trouble is, the little one already had his bath and had been dressed in his pajamas. Discovery Day 2: […]

Ruini speaks

posted by awelborn

This is good. If you don’t have time to read it today, file it, save it and keep it in your head to send it on to folks who still don’t get what this pontificate is all about, who are […]

Awaiting the savior

posted by awelborn

AsiaNews on the GA today: Today’s general audience was rife with the sound of Italian bagpipes and songs of Christmas, to which the pope dedicated his reflection shared with 8,000 joyous people who filled Paul VI Hall in the  Vatican. […]

Retired

posted by awelborn

It was announced by the Vatican that the resignation of Bishop William Friend of Shreveport had been accepted (age). No replacement was named.

“Little Things”

posted by awelborn

Kevin from Ohiol sends along two photos that brought the importance of small moments to mind: In the amber gloom of an almost-empty St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Cleveland’s Slavic Village, the slightest noise reverberates up into the shadowy […]

Christmas Wars = $

posted by awelborn

From Christianity Today: For Conservative Christian groups, this year’s hot gift is a weapon for fighting back in the "War on Christmas," be it a button, a bumper sticker or a memo with advice to the troops. The Mississippi-based American […]

Words of wisdom

posted by awelborn

…from Brandon in the comments below. The joy of the world as God created it is that not only do the little things point to and affect the big things, but even the littlest thing has a value that the […]

Purification Watch

posted by awelborn

Oh, such a little thing. Well, life is made up of little things, isn’t it? The tone in which you greet the people you say you love, even when you don’t feel loving. The care with which you prepare a […]

Blessed are you

posted by awelborn

More on the canonization progress announced earlier this week: By Benedict XVI’s decision the Church will soon canonize four more saints and proclaim 78 new blessed. On Saturday, in a private audience to Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the […]

Refugees

posted by awelborn

This past Sunday, during the Angleus, Pope Benedict drew attention to the plight of refugees, particularly Iraqi refugees in Syria. Today AsiaNews runs a story about such refugees, reporting from Syria, Turkey and Jordan: UNHCR said there are around 500,000 […]

Servants

posted by awelborn

The American bishop of a Bolivian vicarate reflects on the challenges of his ministry, and the profound needs of the people whom he serves. For Bishop Morgan Casey, pastoral visits can mean long hours bouncing over rutted dirt roads or […]

New bishop for Monterey

posted by awelborn

It was announced that Bishop Ryan of Monterey has resigned because of the age limit, and Bishop Robert Garcia, auxiliary of Sacramento,  was named to replace him. Born in 1947, studied at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, ordained in […]

Lessons from the tree

posted by awelborn

1) When you turn your back and hear "FROW! BALL" (Smash) – you realize that you should have remembered that 6 months of more or less constant ball-throwing would not be forgotten once the Christmas tree was decorated. 2) When […]

Little Brothers

posted by awelborn

From the Boston Globe: Many folks do big, special things in observance of the Christmas season, but not the Little Brothers of St. Francis. The aim of their tiny, one-of-a-kind fraternity is to bring friendship and humanity to Boston’s lonely, […]

Goal!

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Bertone muses: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (bio – news), who is well known as a passionate soccer enthusiast, spoke about his favorite game in a conversation with reporters in the town of Alassio. The cardinal said that he thought the […]

Dappled Things

posted by awelborn

The Advent issue of this excellent online lliterary journal is online, with excellent essays, fiction, art and poetry. Oh, and I’m there, too.

A Christmas Novena

posted by awelborn

A video version, posted at YouTube and, here, at the creator, Sr. Anne Flanagan of the Daughters of St. Paul.

Those Who Mourn

posted by awelborn

At last, here’s the full text of Father Cantalamessa’s homily. I’ve closed off discussion on the threads below, so if you like, continue it here. The full context of his words makes it even more interesting. First, on other matters, […]

Mass Matters

posted by awelborn

Last week, various stories in the European press suggested that we’ll see the motu propio regarding the Mass of Pius V (what I’m calling it today!), as well as the Apostolic Exhortation related to the 2005 Synod on the Eucharist […]

On bishops

posted by awelborn

John Allen on the new Archbishop of Toronto: Collins is known as an inspiring speaker, and Rosica said his record on that score in Edmonton was impressive. “He did much of what Cardinal Martini did in Milan,” Rosica said. “He […]

Anglicanisms

posted by awelborn

Well, the big weekend news from the Anglican front was the vote by two parishes in Truro and Falls Church, Virginia – two large, historic and flourishing churches – to break from the ECUSA and associate themselves with the Nigerian […]

Follow the pilgrimage

posted by awelborn

Later this week… The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor; the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams; Primate of the Armenian Church of Great Britain Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian and the Free Churches Moderator, the Reverend David Coffey […]

Holy Angels

posted by awelborn

From the Charlote (NC) paper, the story of a home for persons with disabilities in Belmont (home of Belmont Abbey College).Here’s the facility’s website and the story of its origins: Doctors did not expect the baby girl to live long […]

What did you see and hear, Gaudete Sunday edition

posted by awelborn

At our historically German-ethnic parish, the priest wore rose vestments (of the more pinkish hue). I finally saw that while there is no actual Advent wreath (which, of course, is not required by anyone or anything anyway), there are four […]

Prayers for a bishop

posted by awelborn

Bishop Doran of Rockford undergoes surgery for lung cancer: Catholic priests across the Rockford area break some hard news to their parishioners during Saturday evening mass, telling them Bishop Thomas Doran has been diagnosed with lung cancer. …. the Bishop […]

Rejoice!

posted by awelborn

Who’s rejoicing? The news photogs assigned to the Sunday Angelus. Finally, they’ve got a slightly different setting in which to frame their subject: Photo credit. And his message – truly pastoral, realistic and faith-full: Today there were many children in […]

Advent Reflections

posted by awelborn

In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago – Dorothy Day’s Advent reflections, penned in 1966 for Ave Maria magazine. From week 3: on chastity. HOW PRESUMPTUOUS it is to try to treat of such a subject in […]

Keep the Mass in Christmas

posted by awelborn

Thoughts from Michael: We may be overly familiar with this Christmas story to notice what it might be telling us. What exactly is a sign? It is not an end in and of itself but rather points to a greater […]

Gaudete!

posted by awelborn

Some posts and other things: What is Gaudete Sunday? Fr. Rob looks forward to Mass at his parish: The proper chants for this Mass speak of and, it seems to me, embody the joyful expectation we have in this season […]

Another great exhibit!

posted by awelborn

Thought I’d let you know in case you were going to be anywhere near Bari, Italy before May: The story of St. Nicholas and the extraordinary richness and variety of the art devoted to him are the themes of a […]

Poor Clares in Cleveland

posted by awelborn

A nice profile: Ask Sister Christina why she chose the Poor Clares, and she answers quickly: "Their spirituality." It is, she says, a love of Jesus that manifests itself in a deep concern for the world. "You love the world […]

What? Did someone send out a PR release?

posted by awelborn

Another article on immigrants transforming the RC Church in England, this one from the Guardian. I’d define this one as a "must-read." The writer takes on a rapid, detail-filled journey to Brazilians at Mass, South Asians at a St. Anthony […]

More penance

posted by awelborn

There is a conversation going on down there in the "Penance" thread about the question of doing penance because of/for the sins of others. Zadok has a pertinent post: He is not the first person to suggest this, and I […]

Miracles and Martyrs

posted by awelborn

This morning, the Vatican published decrees affirming miracles and martyrdoms of various blesseds and venerables. Primarily European, it appears, with a couple of Brazilians. It will, as it always is, be interesting to learn more about them as their causes […]

As long as we’re promoting…

posted by awelborn

Bookstore is still open and will be until Monday night. Then I’ll just close it down until after Christmas, and we can start thinking First Communion and such. So…a reminder. NO more Loyola Kids Book of Saints. I only have […]

A few more hours…

posted by awelborn

…to vote for Rachel Balducci’s "Testosterhome" blog for "Best Parenting Blog" at the 2006 Weblog Awards. I assume voting ends at 12 midnight…sometime. Pacific time would be most fair, I guess, but hurry up and vote anyway!

Today…Copts

posted by awelborn

From VIS: Today, Benedict XVI received His Beatitude Antonios Naguib Patriarch of Alexandria for Catholic Copts who is officially visiting the Holy See for the first time since his election in March of this year. In his French address, the […]

Apocalypto and the Cross

posted by awelborn

TIME says it’s ambiguous: (Haven’t seen it, so I can’t judge) It is only at the very end that Christianity makes a brief but portentous appearance, aboard a fleet of Spanish ships that appears suddenly on the horizon. JP and […]

What’s going on in Spain?

posted by awelborn

Robert Duncan of Spero News comments: He takes a broad look at the activities and priorities of the government, and this item is just one of many that leapt out at me: With the country becoming increasingly dependant upon immigration […]

The Declaration

posted by awelborn

Teresa Polk has done the great service of translating in the English the Common Declaration signed by the Pope and Christodoulos, the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens One sidebar to the meeting: In his first official visit to the Vatican, Archbishop […]

Denied

posted by awelborn

Interesting: Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly’s foundation has been denied exemption from property taxes by the state of Ohio: In recent years, the Kelly Foundation has been engaged in a program to give the Australian writer’s books to students […]

Penance

posted by awelborn

Nothing on the Vatican website yet, but the secular news media is reporting: Pope Benedict XVI’s personal preacher asked the pontiff Friday to declare a day of fasting and penance to publicly declare repentance and express solidarity with the victims […]

Catholic in Suffolk

posted by awelborn

A simple story from the Tablet, but strangely moving and not-so-strangely hopeful – about the resurgence of the Catholic Church in Suffolk – for the usual reasons, who come from all over. And they were not alone. Every Sunday 14 […]

Christmas in Bethlehem

posted by awelborn

A writer reflects on her 2005 visit, in the Tablet: The benefit of staying in Bethlehem is being able to choose the time (from 5 a.m. to nightfall) to meditate and pray at the Church of the Nativity, to linger […]

Ordained down south

posted by awelborn

Congratulations to Fr. Dwight Longenecker, ordained yesterday – do read his blog posts that relate his journey. The Greenville paper covered it – barely.

Italian sights

posted by awelborn

…because I’m still obsessed: Interested in that newly-on-display necropolis at the Vatican (the one near the Vatican museum entrance)? This traveler has excellent photos from a recent visit. Interested in the Christmas tree made of entirely of Murano glass that’s […]

If signs could talk

posted by awelborn

Cute stuff from the KC Catholic.

After Abortion

posted by awelborn

A former client of George Tiller in Wichita was on O’Reilly Tuesday night, speaking out about her late-term abortion experience. We pray that her witness might change some hearts and save some lives.

Primer

posted by awelborn

I hope Father Elijah doesn’t mind, but I’m pulling this great comment from the East-West thread below, because I know not everyone reads comments – but a lot of you might find this helpful. Thank you, Father, for taking the […]

Reaching Out

posted by awelborn

Here’s a creative use of the internet. From a reader: In what may be a first for one of the Church’s public policy arms, Jeff Caruso, Executive Director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, is holding a live blog to discuss […]

East and West

posted by awelborn

Archbishop Christodoulos and Pope Benedict, today. The VIS report: This morning, the Holy Father received His Beatitude Christodoulos, archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, who is making an official visit to the Vatican. Prior to his audience with the […]

In Angola

posted by awelborn

A story from Spero News about children of certain tribes and regions in Angola being accused of witchcraft by their parents and bearing the consequences: Jonas is a survivor of a disturbing trend that has emerged in Angola in recent […]

Mediating in the Ivory Coast

posted by awelborn

Catholic bishops play a role: Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and the United Nations-backed transitional government Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny met face-to-face behind closed doors late on Wednesday for the first time after last month’s public showdown, an official […]

Books, books

posted by awelborn

I have a couple of orders to fill, that will be mailed later today, after Michael the Baby has his time with The Ladies. If you’d like some books, go explore the bookstore. I AM CURRENTLY OUT OF THE SAINTS […]

A space in Nazareth

posted by awelborn

A donation from the Vatican: The sum of one million euros collected from members of the dioceses of Munich, Regensburg and Passau during the visit of Benedict XVI in September, will be donated in the pope’s name to the Custodian […]

The bishop and the saint

posted by awelborn

John Allen has an invaluable piece on a recently deceased Cardinal – and the priest who inspired him to take a stand. The story Allen tells is interesting enough in its own right (even as it is somewhat depressing), but […]

Hold on..

posted by awelborn

You may not be ready for this Pius XII scandal

Sad, sad

posted by awelborn

Billy Graham’s sons in conflict about their parents’ graves. Franklin wants them buried as the last stop on the tour of a memorial library that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is building in Charlotte. A tour that begins with a […]

Er…thanks.

posted by awelborn

From Grace Church  – Episcopal – in Newark. Forum for Disaffected Roman Catholics We invite Roman Catholics whose spiritual lives are groundedin the Mass and in the Sacramentsbut who cannot endorse the Vatican’s authoritarian pronouncementson issues such as contraception, abortion, […]

No chance against the big boyz

posted by awelborn

Benedict’s book on Jesus will be published by Doubleday: Pope Benedict XVI’s next book, Jesus of Nazareth, has been acquired by Random House imprint Doubleday. The first book from Benedict since he became pope, the title is scheduled for publication […]

How could I forget?

posted by awelborn

It’s Wednesday – General Audience day: “Those who believe in God should be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.” This declaration of Paul is especially linked to the time of Advent, […]

Breakfast with Archbishop Chaput

posted by awelborn

Last week, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver was the keynote speaker at the Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast (which I was supposed to mention here on the blog before it happened, but forgot to…so sorry Michelle!). Blogger Jake blogged on […]

Relations

posted by awelborn

An AsiaNews article on current relations between the Vatican and Israel, in the form of an interview with Honorable Oded Ben Hur, Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, Deliberations of the Holy See-Israel bilateral commission are set to resume today […]

Intriguing discovery

posted by awelborn

More from St. Paul’s : Archaeologists digging to reach the tomb of St Paul have stumbled across a life-size "sketch" of the dome of St Peter’s produced by one of its architects in the 16th century. The excavation of St […]

Good timing?

posted by awelborn

As Drudge blasted yesterday, the INS raided several meat-packing plants across the country yesterday in an illegal immigrant search. The greatest impact was in Colorado. Employers not sanctioned. A reader from Colorado notes the timing  – Our Lady of Guadalupe. […]

Pittsburgh, Birmingham still wait..

posted by awelborn

But at least New Orleans has a new auxiliary! Il Papa ha nominato Vescovo Ausiliare dell’arcidiocesi di New Orleans (U.S.A.) il Rev.do Shelton Joseph Fabre, del clero della diocesi di Baton Rouge, finora Parroco della Sacred Heart Parish a Baton […]

Once more to the Swiss

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s final address to the Swiss bishops. Was this released before in English? I’m not sure,, although I do remember the last section about the relationship of different aspects of the moral life, but this English translation just appeared […]

Settled in Portland

posted by awelborn

Trying to work things out: No Catholic parish property or school will be sold or encumbered in a far-reaching bankruptcy reorganization of the Archdiocese of Portland announced Monday that will settle as many as 170 legal claims by victims of […]

Speaking of nativities..

posted by awelborn

…we just run in circles here. An English priest gets rid of his: A priest from the Diocese of East Anglia, England, has decided to replace a live Nativity scene for a replica of the wall encircling Bethlehem in protest […]

Curtain Call?

posted by awelborn

A decent piece from the Guardian on the dearth of plays about Jesus. Theatrical plays, not pageants, although that’s the inspiriation. Given that most of our leading playwrights, directors and actors have at some point appeared in a Nativity play […]

Speaking of Thomas Nelson

posted by awelborn

the Nashville-based Protestant publisher has been going through some changes lately. First, a few months ago, they discontinued the use of separate imprints within the company. And then, Publishers’ Weekly reported that Nelson was going to start working in adherence […]

The Good Book Busines

posted by awelborn

Daniel Radosh writes in The New Yorker about Bible sales – focusing on the Protestant market, and mostly on Thomas Nelson. To those who follow publishing, there’s nothing much new – the Bible continues to be the best-selling book in […]

Ladies’ Man

posted by awelborn

In our probably fruitless war against the Midwest Winter Sludge, Katie and I are trying to go to the YMCA as often as possible. It’s the first year in many that she’s not played a sport during this time of […]

Pray to Pay

posted by awelborn

At San Juan Capistrano: Susan Hibbert wanted to light a candle and say a prayer Sunday at the Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Serra Chapel for her husband, a U.S. Army medic soon to be deployed in Iraq. But she was […]

Adjourned, for now

posted by awelborn

A commentor at WDTPRS has the text and a translation of an ANSA news item about this morning’s Ecclesia Dei meeting – (I can’t find it on the ANSA website, but I’m sure I just don’t know where to look). […]

Seattle Forestry Lesson

posted by awelborn

Do go read Mark Shea on the Seattle Airport Holiday Debacle. Mark at his best. It couldn’t be that the state just, like, acknowledge that a couple of important religious traditions in the US are having an annual celebration and […]

Gypsies

posted by awelborn

A conference: A meeting began in the Vatican for national directors who oversee the pastoral care of Gypsies. The meeting, which opened today, is focusing on relations with the itinerant population that numbers 36 million worldwide, half of them in […]

posted by awelborn

The Vatican released a statement on the Holocaust-denying conference in Iran. Translated by Teresa Benedetta With regard to a current conference on the Holocaust in Tehran, the Holy See reiterates its position expressed in the document of the Commission for […]

So…what’s the point?

posted by awelborn

One of Milingo’s ordinands gives an interview with the Rochester paper. At least the man is forthright and isn’t trying to fool anyone- you have to give him that. However, note the unasked question here – "Will you be saying […]

Book o’ the Day:

posted by awelborn

A reminder: signed books make nice gifts! Getting those orders in soon would be most helpful! Bokstore Link. Let’s see…for today…the Prove It books. Apologetics books for youth and young adults the table of contents of each available here. BTW, […]

Working on the Weekend

posted by awelborn

Over the past weekend, the Pope, of course, delivered his Angelus address. Earlier in the day, he had consecrated a new church in Rome –  Holy Mary Star of Evangelization, in the Torrino neighborhood. None of the words he spoke […]

PopeSpeak

posted by awelborn

Over the past few days, Pope Benedict has offered various addresses and homilies. Let’s look at them. First, though, we’ll backtrack a month, back to the talk he gave to the Swiss bishops on November 7. You recall that the […]

Guadalupe

posted by awelborn

Today is the feastday of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the morning drop-off route, I just stopped by the parish that’s the locus of the Hispanic ministry (St. Patrick’s, founded for the Irish who were working on the railroads more […]

St. Paul Presser

posted by awelborn

Today, there was a press conference at the Vatican regarding St. Paul’s tomb at St.-Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Fr. Z was there had some interesting observations – including his account of what is being reported as a Cardinal "belittling" reporters , what relics […]

Reminders…

posted by awelborn

Michael’s looking for input on a book he’s doing w/Fr. Groeschel. The responses so far have been very helpful, he says. Books for Sale! The bookstores is still open, and this week woulld really be the best week to order […]

Moon-Stallings-Milingo

posted by awelborn

John Allen lays out the connections and probable motivations. This tissue of connections between Moon, the Unification Movement, African-American clergy, and the broader spread of Moon’s message helps explain why the Vatican has taken the Milingo phenomenon more seriously than […]

Time flies..

posted by awelborn

Shawn at TLM reports on what a French paper is saying: The Ecclesia Dei commission is meeting tomorrow on the whole subject. Benedict XVI shortens the timelines [?] for the reconciliation of the followers Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The Commission, “Ecclesia […]

Dignity

posted by awelborn

Warning: Messy, free-ranging post ahead. Last week, Bishop Paul Loverde issued a pastoral letter on pornography. We stand at a threshold – either we can continue to allow this plague to spread with fewer and fewer checks, or we can […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Second Sunday of Advent edition! We attended the traditionally German parish with the efficient liturgies – a priest whose picture is next to "Low Key" in the dictionary, a fabulous organist but a music minister (the organist? I really don’t […]

Looking East

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Zen with more to say: The diocese of Hong Kong is preparing to appeal against the dismissal by the Court of First Instance of a judicial review of the government’s school management reforms. This was revealed yesterday by Cardinal […]

Apocalypto?

posted by awelborn

Who saw it? What did you think? The American Papist has a lengthy review Anthony Lane in the New Yorker: Apocalypto” is a pathological work of art. It is neither gratuitous nor casual; Gibson is not trying out an idea […]

Still recovering

posted by awelborn

15 months later, the Mississippi coast has a ways to go: Bendas, who has been working with the Biloxi diocese, said he is always struck by the devastation that remains. "I don’t know why people suddenly think everything is OK […]

Good news

posted by awelborn

Rector released Fr Samy Al Raiys (photo), rector of the major seminary of the Chaldean Patriarchate in Baghdad, has been released after six days in captivity. The news about his release was published on the official internet site of the […]

Caption Contest!

posted by awelborn

(From today’s consecration of a new church in Rome, Maria Stella dell’Evangelizzazione)

“The new Irish”

posted by awelborn

A SFGate article on Divine Word College in Iowa – a college whose purpose is formation of young men for missionary work with the Divine Word Missionaries. The article’s focus is the students of Vietnamese origens, who make up 2/3 […]

Troubles

posted by awelborn

One really wonders how this is all going to end…Anglican clergy put their feet down. Liberal bishops who support homosexual priests are to be barred from entering some churches and money intended for Anglican coffers will be withheld. In a […]

Nativity Story

posted by awelborn

Saw it today with Katie. I will blog on it later, probably tomorrow, but I think the sum of my reaction is essentially… Well. That was….odd. Now, I just have to think about why I think that. I suspect it’s […]

Big surprise

posted by awelborn

Milingo admits Moon support. The renegade Roman Catholic archbishop who was excommunicated by the Vatican after he installed married priests as bishops acknowledged today that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was supporting his crusade against mandatory celibacy. At a weekend […]

Query/Bleg

posted by awelborn

MIchael’s working on a book w/Fr. Groeschel, and is inviting your participation.

Busy Saturday..

posted by awelborn

…comments closed, probably no new posts ’til tonight. Because it’s about 2 weeks until Christmas. Ack.

Wasn’t that a Carly Simon song?

posted by awelborn

"Pro-crast-i-nation…" Well, no, not quite. But yet: The Warholizer via (for me) the deadliest Time-Waster of all (since I’m not a game player) – The Generator Blog Okay, okay:

More Lincoln

posted by awelborn

The CNS article: After the Vatican decision, Bishop Bruskewitz said he felt a duty to lead the people under his pastoral care away from organizations perilous to the faith. "Parents have to tell children that they can’t test everything in […]

Once more to the Blue Mosque

posted by awelborn

John Allen makes sense: Why the explanatory vacuum? The answer, at least implicitly, seems to be the following: This pope is his own gloss. In other words, precisely because this was Joseph Ratzinger, it is difficult to imagine that the […]

Healing Ministry

posted by awelborn

This is from yesterday’s WSJ – many thanks to the readers who passed it on. The link will only be active for about a week more, so read it now! The Congregation of the Children of the Immaculate Conception (appropriate […]

Next up…

posted by awelborn

Jesus really is my boyfriend: John Podhoretz, at The Corner: From Variety, news of a new romantic comedy called Prodigal Son: "Story revolves around a workaholic single woman who is set up on a date by her mother. Her date, […]

Vote for Rachel!

posted by awelborn

Rachel Balducci’s "Testosterhome" blog is up for "Best Parenting Blog" at the 2006 Weblog Awards. Go vote!

IC in Rome

posted by awelborn

Naturally enough, it being a Marian feastday and all, the Pope prayed the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square today and had some words: "Full of grace" – in the original Greek, kecharitomene – it is the most beautiful […]

Meeting the Pope

posted by awelborn

Teresa Benedetto transcribes a Vatican Radio interview with one of the bishops from Lazio (the region in which Rome is located), who made their ad limina visit this week: The ‘rite’ is very simple. You enter, the Pope shakes your […]

Wondering about that IC?

posted by awelborn

David’s Scott article on the dogma. He does an excellent job of setting the historical context. explaining the conflicts over the idea among theologians through history, and so on: One hundred and fifty years later, the dogma of the Immaculate […]

On the tomb of St. Paul:

posted by awelborn

Reported elsewhere throughout the week, but a good summary in the Telegraph today: The tomb of St Paul the Apostle has been found under one of Rome’s largest churches and the stone coffin will shortly be raised to the surface […]

Greene in the Tablet

posted by awelborn

We blogged an earlier review/description of the new collection of Graham Greene writings that had originally appeared in The Tablet. But we’ve got to blog this one, too – by David Lodge. The review also treats another new book on […]

Zing!

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Bertone, in an interview with the Italian bishops’ publication L’Avvenire, as reported by John Allen. (got it?) Finally, Cardinale asked Bertone about commentaries on Benedict’s trip from conservative European intellectuals known as “devout atheists,” who are not religious believers […]

H20

posted by awelborn

A Vatican-"endorsed" video news service from Zenit, which as most of you know is connected to the Legionaries of Christ. I’m not sure what significance the "Vatican-endorsed" part of it means, and the article is really not clear on that. […]

And now…

posted by awelborn

CWN reports that the Vatican has confirmed Lincoln Bishop Bruskewitz’s excommunication of members of Call to Action. The Nebraska chapter of Call to Action appealed the bishop’s decision to the Vatican. In his November 24 letter to Bishop Bruskewitz, Cardinal […]

Movie Time

posted by awelborn

At First Things, Anthony Sacramone reviews three films in one post:  Apocalypto, The Nativity Story, and The Fountain. He’s glad, at the very least, that some folks are at least trying to explore some bigger questions beyond "What shall we […]

Boy Bishops

posted by awelborn

A St. Nicholas day tradition, noted by a few bloggers: Jay Anderson A site linked by Tom at Recta Ratio. In the Middle Ages the life of a chorister was harsh and severe. The daily routine was rigorous, food not […]

Ambrosia

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, the fourth-century bishop of Milan who played a vital role in the conversion of St. Augustine. Ambrose, as you probably know, was only a catechumen when he was elected, by acclamation, the bishop […]

As we were saying…

posted by awelborn

In AsiaNews, Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, on the question of "growing in office." Benedict XVI is thus striving to find a middle way for all humanity that allows for the interrelation between religion, spirituality, reason, secularity and state.  Being in […]

The Pope’s Travelogue

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister has a translation of the Pope’s GA address today, in which he recounts his journey to Turkey. Fr. Lombardi of the Vatican Press Office evaluates the trip:

The best of the blog…

posted by awelborn

If you want to see what really fine things can happen on blogs, and how they can be helpful, go down and read the "Jesus is my boyfriend" thread. Lots of knowledgeable commentors exchanging views, testing theories, sharing information. Disagreeing, […]

The Eleventh Hour

posted by awelborn

So…who’s seen "The Eleventh Hour" on the BBC? Rock Wren at Lofted Nest has…and what he describes is intriguing, to say the least.

Jesus is my boyfriend

posted by awelborn

Those of you who follow the evangelical music scene know that the title of this post is a catchphrase used to describe a particular thematic element in some praise and worship music, in which the language used to address Christ […]

The Hermeneutics of the Continuity of Rumors

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z has rumors, confirmations and educated guesses. That SMS is the third confirmation I have gotten. So, I feel safer about saying what I am piecing together. Remember: this is based reliable sources but it is still supposition on […]

Crisis of…something.

posted by awelborn

John Wilson got me all interested in his "book of the year" over at Books and Culture: And now to the Book of the Year: Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, by Timothy Larsen (Oxford Univ. Press). You […]

Next minefield, please…

posted by awelborn

On to China. What’s happened the past few days, after the ordination of that bishop, unapproved by the Vatican and the apparent forced participation by other clerics. Cardinal Zen on the general situation: The Vietnamese Church is “dynamic and vital, […]

Wobbly Pope?

posted by awelborn

Because, you know, contrarians abound, we’ve been subject to a raft of "Has the Pope gone soft" op-eds over the the past few days. Ian Fisher in the NYTimes, for example: HAS the pope gone wobbly? The question might matter […]

posted by awelborn

Catholics are not Catholicism. The mistakes, the clumsiness, the inefficiences, the lack of concern of Catholics do not involve Catholicism itself. It is not the responsiblity of Catholicism to furnish an alibit for the shortcomings of Catholics. Jacques Maritain, Religion […]

An Advent Carol Service…and more.

posted by awelborn

From the BBC3 – available until the 10th. Playlist: Advent Prose: Rorate coeli (Plainsong)Processional Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel Bidding Prayer Carol: Adam lay y bounden (Philip Ledger) I :The Message of AdventSentence and CollectAntiphons: O Sapientia; O AdonaiFirst […]

Progress..

posted by awelborn

As you can see, I’m making progress on the YA novel. I would really like to try to have it done in the next 6 weeks or so. It just might happen. At that point then, I read and revise […]

For tomorrow…

posted by awelborn

Don’t forget the St. Nicholas Center! The most marvelous, beautiful, complete web page on St. Nicholas out there.

Gulp

posted by awelborn

He gave the final blessing …as Barney.

Congratulations

posted by awelborn

To Fr. Al Kimel, brilliant blogger, convert from Anglicanism, husband and father, ordained on Sunday by Bishop John Myers of Newark. Photos at the link. Author Dwight Longenecker has posted photos of his diaconate ordination, and will be ordained to […]

To the Reductions

posted by awelborn

A NYTimes Travel piece on the Jesuit missons in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina: Even now, the 30 existing missions are in widely varying states of repair, as I found during a weeklong journey through what was once known as the […]

On Taiwan

posted by awelborn

Vatican will maintain ties: The Vatican will move to resume relations with China after more than half a century if religious freedom is allowed but it will not abandon China’s diplomatic rival Taiwan, an official said on Tuesday. The Vatican, […]

Abducted

posted by awelborn

Amid the rest of the bloodshed and kidnappings, another priest kidnapped in Baghdad: Another Chaldean priest was abducted yesterday in Baghdad. Fr Samy Al Raiys, whose disappearance was announced last night, is in the hands of unknown men who picked […]

Book Flog of the Day

posted by awelborn

Let’s see…Well, first let’s do a special. Let’s call it a "Woman’s Pack." The Catholic Woman’s Book of Days and De-Coding Mary Magdalene for $25.00, which includes shipping. Go here and scroll down to the light blue box for that. […]

On modernity

posted by awelborn

A brief reflection on last weekend’s conference on modernity, sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Stop Making Sense

posted by awelborn

Sentences, we have sentences. Lots of them. Michael the Baby’s verbal skilz are advancing by the day. He’s reached that point – that wonderful point – at which he will stand in front of you in great excitement and/or great […]

“Please keep your boarding pass in your hand”

posted by awelborn

At the airport in Izmer, found by Teresa, from Die Welt

RIP, Fr. Fuchs

posted by awelborn

Perhaps the world’s oldest living priest passed away: Father Konrad Fuchs, who has died aged 109, was reputedly the world’s oldest living Roman Catholic priest; he was also the second oldest living German and one of only eight known remaining […]

Apocalypto Reax

posted by awelborn

Informal reactions, recorded over at Looking Closer Conclusion: incredibly violent (no surprise)…but to what purpose? Is the story "worth" the violence or not? That seems to be the question.

Guadalupe

posted by awelborn

30,000 in LA: More photos From the AP: More than 30,000 faithful packed a college stadium Sunday to commemorate the 475th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to an Indian peasant in Mexico. Attendees chanted “Long live […]

What did you see and hear – home edition

posted by awelborn

What’s going on in your house for Advent and the run-up to Christmas? What devotions are you doing, either personally or as a family? What do you feel good about? What do you feel like a total loser about?

Divine Liturgy

posted by awelborn

Josh Trevino’s report from last week: Finally, it comes time for Communion. My father asks me if I will go, and I reply that I probably should not. He urges me to, and I give in. Now, we file forward, […]

LA life and Times

posted by awelborn

As many of you know, last Friday a sex abuse settlement was announced related to cases pending in against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 45 accusers will be awarded a 60 million dollar settlement. From Friday’s paper: Cardinal Roger M. […]

Churches of Rome Wiki

posted by awelborn

Very interesting – via Zadok And speaking WikiSpeak – don’t forget the Catholic Catechetical Review Wiki project.

And what was Bartholomew talking about?

posted by awelborn

Possibly this: Benedict XVI and Bartholomew I are examining the possibility of opening together the next round of the Joint Theological Commission to show their shared desire to pursue the path of full communion. According to sources from the Ecumenical […]

Dominicans, rocking on…

posted by awelborn

We can add a new Dominican students blog to our list: Godzdogz: ‘Godzdogz’ is an internet-based project of the student-brothers of the English Dominican Province. On this site you will find four main sections which are based upon the main […]

Music, Music, Music

posted by awelborn

Take a look at the letter from the Church Music Association of America’s president, William Mahrt. It’s a helpful summary of where sacred music is and sounds a hopeful note as to where it’s going. If you’re at all interested […]

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