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Still puzzled by Episcopalians?

posted by awelborn

As the Primates’ meeting in Dar es Salaam approaches, a couple of links (beside the usual) that might be helpful in unpacking the journey these folks have been on: A timeline of crucial events leading up to this point. Although […]

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Who are you calling a heretic?

posted by awelborn

Edward Oakes at First Things about playing fast and loose with terminology: First of all, I wish to stress that I am not trying to ban the word heresy by Catholics when speaking of Protestants out of some wishy-washy ecumenical […]

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From Toronto

posted by awelborn

The Archdiocese of Toronto has its new Archbishop, Thomas Collins, installed yesterday. That link takes you to the Archdiocesan page, with links to a lot of things, including video of the Mass and his homily. It’s quite beautiful, actually, using […]

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What is holiness?

posted by awelborn

The Pope, in today’s General Audience: Saints also disagreed among themselves and holiness does not imply not making mistakes, but rather is one’s capacity to convert and repent, to start all over, as the lives of some of Saint Paul’s […]

From the emailbox

posted by awelborn

Of interest: Fr. Dwight Longenecker has started providing podcasts of his homilies A longtime commentor here, John Bianco, died suddenly at the age of 32. Pray for him and his fiancee. Check out the new blog from the PhatMass guy, […]

Bienvenue!

posted by awelborn

A Quebec village lays out some ground rules: A sign at the entrance of this rural Quebec town says: Herouxville welcomes you. Unless, that is, you plan on stoning a woman to death, sending your kids to school with a […]

The journey

posted by awelborn

Nice story about a newly-professed Poor Clare: Sister Ishmael describes her feelings about her decision as a "deep and abiding" joy. "I had a full life. I was happy with what I was doing," she said. "When God gives the […]

News of the World

posted by awelborn

An odd story. We will not say nuns on the run. We will not say nuns on the run: A group of Greek nuns abandoned their convent and went into hiding after running up debts of more than 600,000 euros […]

Catholic School Teachers..

posted by awelborn

…this thread’s for you! In honor of our continuing recognition of Catholic Schools Week, let’s listen to the Catholic school teachers, from K-12 (or college), of religion or any subject. It’s said if you are talking about education, parents will […]

Terry McAuliffe, Knight

posted by awelborn

…of Malta. As Dale Price says of this: Terry McAuliffe, (former DNC chair) unapologetic defender of partial birth abortion, is about to be honored for his selfless devotion to and efforts on behalf of the Catholic Faith by being admitted […]

Holy Whapping Television Network

posted by awelborn

Genius: TUESDAY8:00 PM. The Bob Bellarmine Show. Bob has a crisis on his hands when wacky next-door neighbor Howard Galilei (with his nutty astronomy theories) just won’t leave him alone at mealtimes. With Suzanne Pleshette as Sister Emilia and Urban […]

New bishop for Youngstown

posted by awelborn

The present bishop of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (pdf) Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high school, he attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and St. Mary’s Seminary and University […]

Best-laid plans

posted by awelborn

Snow Day. No school.  Well, I won’t complain too much. It’s the first snow day in probably 2 years, maybe more.

How to…

posted by awelborn

How to infuriate your young adult sons: Their question: So, how much did Joseph get from the Tooth Fairy? Your answer (without skipping a beat): Ten dollars. Their response: WHAT? Your defense: Well, inflation, you know. It has been almost […]

Reader Bleg

posted by awelborn

A reader writes: My 23 year old cousin, who was born and raised Catholic, recently decided to leave the Church. He still believes in Christ, but claims that he can no longer support or participate in a church with which […]

Big News in the Fort

posted by awelborn

The big doing this past weekend was the opening of our newly-renovated downtown library. I actually don’t know if it’s quite accurate to call it a "renovation" – the left some of the exterior standing, but the interior is completely […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

For Gashwin Gomes, whose father passed away. My father died today. As his breathing deteriorated through the night, his body had become restless and agitated as it fought for air, though the docs assured us that he was probably not […]

Book suggestion

posted by awelborn

Michael has one: I have a M.A. in Christian Spirituality and have read a ton of books on the spiritual life, but I would have to say that The Gift of Faith by Father Tadeusz Dajczer is in a class […]

Pro-Life Fiction?

posted by awelborn

Jody Bottum is looking: The young Robert Lowell was often accused of becoming a Catholic because it gave him so many deep things to write about and a received set of images to play with. Why aren’t poets flocking to […]

The Alexandra Pelosi Memorial Catholic Schools Thread

posted by awelborn

And just to be contrary, you can add your two cents to this thread, inspired by what Alexandra Pelosi is quoted as saying about her own Catholic education: Learning about that divide was a shock to the woman who spent […]

Amarillo News

posted by awelborn

Bishop Yanta of Amarillo has issued a pastoral letters which is drawing attention because he’s quite forthright on Catholic teaching on contraception, praise of large families etc., in it, but I was drawn to this section, myself: Two big mistakes […]

The Cardinal’s Sins

posted by awelborn

New York magazine runs a long David Gibson piece on Cardinal Egan: It’s a lengthy article, and one which strikes me as balanced. He points out why Egan was brought into New York as the ordinary – to clean up […]

Catholic Schools Week

posted by awelborn

Over the past 5+ years, we’ve discussed Catholic education on this blog – the good, the bad and the useless. In honor of Catholic schools week, I’m going to run a post in which you’re invited to share positive memories […]

Fr. Robert Drinan, SJ, RIP

posted by awelborn

He was 86: The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Jesuit who served in Congress for 10 years until stepping down in response to a papal order, died Sunday. He was 86 and lived here in housing for the Georgetown University […]

From the Pope

posted by awelborn

Most fascinating news from the UK – Benedict makes a donation: The Pope has made an unprecedented personal donation of £2,000 to the Roman Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Cambridge to help it and the faith survive at one […]

Homiletics

posted by awelborn

A reader passes on the link to the audio of the homily from Fr. Bill Byrne, Catholic chaplain at the University of Maryland, at this week’s Youth Rally Mass for Life. And here’s the text, again, for Archbishop Wuerl’s homily […]

New and newer blogs

posted by awelborn

A couple of notes from the email box this morning: Mom, author and artist Regina Doman has started a blog with a very specific focus – and a lovely, clean, look with quite artful photography,  BTW: How can you be […]

Meeting of Minds

posted by awelborn

New Mexico bishops meet with Governor Richardson: New Mexico’s three Catholic bishops met with Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday to urge him to reconsider proposed state funding for embryonic stem cell research. The governor’s budget in brief, submitted on the […]

The Church in Korea

posted by awelborn

An interview, via Sandro Magister, with the Archbishop of Seoul: “Over the past ten years the Catholic Church in Korea has gone from less than three million faithful to over five million,” recounts cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, who has been […]

Bishop Gumbleton

posted by awelborn

The NYtimes picks up the Bishop Gumbleton story – the fact that the 77-year old retired bishop is being transferred out of pastoral ministry. The Archdiocese has its own account and the Archdiocesan Communications Director responds to NCR(eporter) stories on […]

And this is news..

posted by awelborn

why? The school Joseph attended last year for PK (a Catholic school) had mostly silent lunch. There was a big traffic light in the lunchroom, and as long as the light was red, they had to be quiet, which for […]

Unintentional Mega-Blogging

posted by awelborn

We’ve blogged about and referred you to the Siena Institute with some regularity, and co-director Sherry Weddell is a regular and well-informed commenter here and other blogs around the web. The Siena Institute, in case you don’t know, is an […]

Check this out

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Stephen Dillard for passing this link along – a former intensely anti-Catholic Calvinist…on the road…

Prayers…

posted by awelborn

…for Heather and Dale Price.

Vespers

posted by awelborn

In just a few minutes – at 11:30 Eastern – Pope Benedict will preside at and ecumenical Vespers at St. Paul Outside-the-Walls as a closing to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You can watch it live via the […]

From the UK

posted by awelborn

There’s a huge row about the Catholic Church, adoption, and homosexuals. You’ve probably heard about it. I just have time for a few quick links: The latest: In an unexpected move, the Prime Minister issued a brief statement which all […]

Is this for real?

posted by awelborn

Well, this is big news, isn’t it? Or am I just out of the loop? An article in NRO by a former Romanian intelligence officer describes the KGB’s efforts to discredit the Church’s authority in Western Europe. He says they […]

Meeting of minds

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope met with the Prime Minister of Vietnam. The Vatican statement: This morning, Thursday January 25, 2007, Nguyen Tan Dang, prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was received in audience by the Holy Father Benedict XVI. […]

More from Buffalo

posted by awelborn

Buffalo Right to Life praises deacon: The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee on Wednesday hailed a deacon who criticized Rep. Brian Higgins during Sunday Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Deacon Tom McDonnell’s rebuke of the Buffalo Democrat […]

Myriam

posted by awelborn

Peter Chattaway reflects on a new film in the works, as reported in the Hollywood Reporter: MGM has acquired North American distribution rights to "Myriam, Mother of the Christ," the biblical story of Mary. The screenplay is written by Benedict […]

MarchBlogging

posted by awelborn

A couple of bloggers who’ve written about their experiences at the March for Life. Add more in the comments if you have them, and I’ll move them up here. Maureen Wittman, homeschooling expert, took a group of teens. She’s blogged, […]

Wedges?

posted by awelborn

Note:    I am truly surprised, and not in a bad way, by the volume of responses, all within about a 4-hour period, to this post. It sets some sort of record. I’m probably not going leave comments open forever […]

St. Francis de Sales…

posted by awelborn

…patron of writers and journalists, pray for us! If you’ve never dipped into The Introduction to the Devout Life, one of the most accessible and pragmatic works of spiritual direction for anyone, particularly laity, now’s your chance. Great occasions of […]

Well, now!

posted by awelborn

Cardinal George’s latest column: There are many good people whose path to holiness is shaped by religious individualism and private interpretation of what God has revealed. They are, however, called Protestants. So…what’s he talking about? He begins the column by […]

Covering the coverage

posted by awelborn

Michelle Malkin compares coverage of various DC demonstrations. Guess who’s on A10 of the Post? Tim Graham One of our readers sent this to the WaPo: Very often these days you hear charges of “bias in the mainstream media”. Usually […]

Marching with Dominicans

posted by awelborn

From our friends at the Dominican House of Studies in D.C.: Please check out the video put together by the Dominican Friars in D.C. from the March for Life yesterday. The video (about 18 min. long) was shot entirely on […]

March for Life

posted by awelborn

This is a catch-all post. I’m going to try to get some serious work done today, so I invite you to add your own links and most especially your own experiences, if you went to any of the events in […]

When Children Became People

posted by awelborn

I’m sure I saw this book, When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity, mentioned on Mike Aquilina’s blog. Got it, read it. O.M. Bakke is a Norwiegan church historian, and this translation is published by Fortress. […]

Pro-Life at UCLA

posted by awelborn

Some students at UCLA have pulled together a good-looking, informative pro-life publication. This pdf file is the first issue. Great job – including an inside look at what UCLA’s health services say about pregnancy.

What the little ones give

posted by awelborn

Jen Ambrose reflects.

Reminder

posted by awelborn

There’s a "What did you hear" thread down below – please add your two cents!

In Burma

posted by awelborn

Intent on wiping out Christians: The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled "Programme to destroy the […]

Today’s Reading

posted by awelborn

Evangelium Vitae or The Gospel of Life I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does […]

Americans On Call

posted by awelborn

Here to help: It’s been a year since our official launch at the 2006 March for Life. We started with a bold vision of what Americans can accomplish through faith and the charitable actions it inspires. We started with a […]

Again, from DC

posted by awelborn

Ann Rogers reports on Archbishop Wuerl’s stance on abortion-supporting Catholic pols: In a talk last week in a small chapel on Washington’s K Street, the heart of the lobbying community, Archbishop Wuerl distinguished between doing nothing and teaching. He had […]

Hills Like White Elephants

posted by awelborn

G. Tracy Mehan looks at the Hemingway story in today’s Spectator: An example of Hemingway’s ruthless honesty, is his unsparing portrayal of abortion as being the result of a male imperative for convenience and control, disguised as solicitude for the […]

A full day

posted by awelborn

It’s a very full day in Washington today. The March for Life itself is from 11am to 2pm, and you can watch full coverage on EWTN, which streams on the Internet. The USCCB sponsors a full range of activities that […]

January 22

posted by awelborn

In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person […]

posted by awelborn

A Google Maps/Bible mashup Try it!

To life

posted by awelborn

Three recent articles about Down’s Syndrome and people who live with it: A mom reacts to the recent call by the ACOG to do Down Syndrome testing on all pregnancies: She was a fresh-faced young woman with a couple of […]

My people

posted by awelborn

I can blog this because, well… At Wal-Mart today, getting some boots for Joseph. Who can, surprisingly, no longer wear the hand-me down Mickey Mouse boots he’s had since he was two. A family of mother, father and two older […]

Orthodox in Detroit

posted by awelborn

The Free Press’s excellent David Crumm turns in an extensive piece on the growth of Orthodox churches. The impetus for the piece is apparently a conference: Social scholars say the churches are growing in the United States through immigration and […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

Okay, so I said last week would be the last one until Lent. I lied. I thought it would be interesting to hear if any of you heard any kind of allusions to life issues this past Sunday. Not that […]

Varia…

posted by awelborn

Apologist Dave Armstrong is offering one of his e-books,  Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition, and Salvation at no cost, and his others are very reasonably priced. Check out the Catholic Medical Student Blog from Patrick Beeman (who’s […]

More Bridgeport problems

posted by awelborn

The Diocese of Fr. Fay: The pastor of St. Michael Church resigned after a preliminary financial audit uncovered more than $500,000 in spending that the Archdiocese of Bridgeport is still trying to account for, officials announced yesterday. Bishop William Lori […]

You are one body

posted by awelborn

The Pope, at today’s Angelus: Christians are “heirs to past divisions,” but “Christ can do anything, he ‘makes the deaf hear and (the) mute speak’ (Mk 7, 37),” he can instil in Christian the ardent desire to listen to and […]

Marching out West

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the third annual West Coast March for Life out in San Francisco Here’s the SF Chronicle Report This year’s rally included an invocation by San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer, whose prayer asked God to "renew a readiness (among […]

Jesuits on the Beeb

posted by awelborn

Thanks to a reader (I forgot who!) who pointed us to this week’s edition of the BBC radio program In Our Time, which this week concerns the Jesuits: Today we’re discussing the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order of priests who […]

The Times asks…

posted by awelborn

is there such a thing as "Post-Abortion Syndrome?". It’s the cover story for the NYTimes Magazine tomorrow – not up on the main magazine site yet, but I found it posted already here. The author, Emily Bazelon, is a contributing […]

China News

posted by awelborn

The Pope will write a letter to Chinese Catholics: Benedict XVI has decided to shortly “address a letter to the Catholics of China”: this was the important conclusion contained in an official statement released by the Holy See press office […]

Scripture Art

posted by awelborn

Reader Anthony points us to this great site for artwork related to the Gospel of John. Don’t forget Textweek, either, a site which provides all sorts of resources, including art, for each Sunday of the liturgical year (all the mainline […]

Unchained

posted by awelborn

Via the Fides News Service – the news service for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (which you should bookmark), I saw a brief story about the Saint Camillo Association in Benin and the Ivory Coast. Started by a […]

Turkey, redux

posted by awelborn

The Pope, with a reminder: Pope Benedict XVI asked the government of Turkey to grant full legal recognition to the Catholic Church and to establish a formal dialogue with the nation’s Catholic bishops to work out concrete problems. Welcoming Muammer […]

Today’s nuggets

posted by awelborn

…overheard while I "worked." In a place with no music this time, thank goodness, but plenty of business otherwise. And yes, I did get stuff done. Counter person serves me my fruit cup, gives me my change then whips around […]

Closing down

posted by awelborn

The Archdiocese of New York today announced its decisions on parish realignment and closings. This link takes you to a press release Nine parishes and six missions originally recommended to be closed or to be merged with other parishes will […]

Redesigns around the web

posted by awelborn

First Things has a redesign – looks sharp. Now online, an excellent article from the new issue by Timothy George on "Evangelicals and the Mother of God." Mary’s significance for Luther is twofold. Mary is the person and place where […]

More cantors..

posted by awelborn

But this time, the Jewish kind. A fascinating look at the history of cantors in synagogue services – and their American heyday. In early December, a bearded Hasidic Jewish man stood before a sold out crowd at Lincoln Center and […]

A clarifying moment

posted by awelborn

…for the Episcopal Church: Today, January 18, 2007, the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia took a step forward in preserving the mission and ministry of the Diocese and the Episcopal Church for current and future generations of Episcopalians […]

Outreach

posted by awelborn

Matthew 25: Chaput, who goes by Sister Ann in Lowndes County, was a teacher and principal in Chicago when she decided, several years ago, to become a nun. She moved to the rural Alabama county and started operating the Good […]

To the rescue

posted by awelborn

Captain Yips comes through – the other comments in my query about the Anglican politics were helpful, but I think his really addresses the questions I have, and succinctly: Let me try to explain this without using any trigger words […]

Grant them rest

posted by awelborn

A new blog: The main purpose of this blog is to have Masses said and multitudes of people praying for the repose of those souls who have gone before us. Please contact me at mortuum_mundo@mac.com if you have someone that […]

Do you have Sirius?

posted by awelborn

If you do, you might want to check out a special 2-hour broadcast of the Popcaks’ Heart, Mind and Strength program: The Catholic Channel (Sirius 159) will be airing a special, 2hour broadcast of Heart Mind and Strength with Dr. […]

There’s your problem

posted by awelborn

From Richmond: Banking experts say documentation from a church’s trustees or governing body — not just the signature of a clergyman — typically is required to open an account in a church’s name. But in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

The periodic gathering of links folks have kindly passed on to me: At Dawn Eden’s, a post about a crisis up in Toronto: a pregnancy center has been helping a mom carrying twins, one of whom has been diagnosed with […]

China Questions

posted by awelborn

This Friday and Saturday, a special meeting on the situation of the Church in China will take place at the Vatican.Now, Jen Ambrose passes on the report that a new Chinese bishop comes with Vatican approval: The pope has approved […]

Forgive me..

posted by awelborn

…but we have a milestone. Haven’t been through this in a while. It’s been loose for a long time, of course, and this past weekend, I offered to just pull it out, but he recoiled in horror. I don’t blame […]

I never tire…

posted by awelborn

..of Romeblogging! Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. went on a pilgrimage to Rome after Christmas, and is posting a trip report and photos. Sounds like a wonderful trip…after a rather disastrous start… (Fr. Keyes visited all of the Gasparian sights in […]

Someone explain to me..

posted by awelborn

…what is going on in the Anglican Communion right now. Every time I think I get it, I don’t. Can someone just explain what major events will be going on over the next few months and where the major players […]

Who we are

posted by awelborn

I tried to post this earlier, but the pdf format froze up my other computer for some reason… Archbishop Gomez of San Antonio’s homily at this past weekend’s Red Mass: (pdf format, obviously) As you can see, the readings of […]

Collars in the ring

posted by awelborn

Two priests make their choices known for ’08: Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life: In a letter to his own supporters, Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said he intends to serve on the Advisory Committee […]

How Can I Keep From Singing?

posted by awelborn

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians conducted a survey (through its website) asking people what factors encouraged them to sing during Mass. The separated out the results into two groups: Musicians and congregants. (So remember – this was not a […]

Colorado Funding

posted by awelborn

We followed the Colorado governor’s race just a bit. The winner, Bill Ritter, is a Catholic (whose participation in a Mass in celebration of his office on his inauguration day was a matter of some controversy) and this was his […]

Unity

posted by awelborn

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins tomorrow and goes through 1/25. In case you’re wondering why it’s not, say, a Sunday  to Sunday, the document from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity explains: Those dates were proposed […]

Plan B

posted by awelborn

More blogging today – I felt odd today  – precipitated in part by the fact that just as I was getting to sleep last night a whole scene popped into my head, so in fear of losing it, I got […]

Burying books

posted by awelborn

…but for a good reason. Jewish tradition. From the Palm Beach Post: Most of the books and objects were from Temple Beth El, water damaged by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. The temple had to delay the burial until […]

Financial Corner

posted by awelborn

Santa Rosa diocese repays some money: The Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa has restored $9.4 million to parishes and schools that lost the money due to mismanagement of a consolidated fund. The consolidated fund was set up to pay for […]

Old South/New South

posted by awelborn

Michael’s out of town. This report might interest some of you. The occasion? This trade show.

A parent’s job

posted by awelborn

With Michael the Toddler, we have entered the stage of "I do it myself!" He must climb into the car by himself, then into the carseat. Thankfully, he doesn’t insist on buckling himself into it. This afternoon, I was ready […]

Down South

posted by awelborn

Here’s a helpful overview by John Allen of emerging relations between various left-leaning Latin American political leaders and the Church in their respective countries. Latin American Catholicism, observers say, has long been sharply divided between a traditionalist wing and social […]

Reverting

posted by awelborn

German soccer star credits Benedict: German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer has told the Munich newspaper Abendzeitung that his October 2005 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) was “the most important experience” of his life. As chairman of the […]

TVListings

posted by awelborn

On PBS Frontline tonight in most parts of the country, a documentary on one case of sexual abuse by a cleric: The film is florid in style — porcelain figurines crushed in a vice, Communion wafers dropped into darkened water […]

Something different

posted by awelborn

I wouldn’t exactly call it a rut. I’d call it…well, maybe a rut. Although it was not an unpleasant, totally unproductive rut. But I needed to make a little change in how I structure my day – there’s a lot […]

Read Romans with the Pontificator

posted by awelborn

Fr. Al Kimel is going to be reading through Paul’s Letter to the Romans…it will be instructive to read along with him. Justification has been an important subject of the Pontificator blog, and here, Fr. Kimel will be looking at […]

Migrants

posted by awelborn

Yesterday was the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and Pope Benedict took that as his theme in the Angelus: For Benedict XVI we must first look at this phenomenon in religious terms and remember the Holy Family, “icon of […]

From the trenches

posted by awelborn

Also from CCD, the story of a rescue: As several prayer warriors kneeled praying the Holy Rosary, two sidewalk counselors and I were able to speak to a young couple that had taken a Greyhound Bus from the Mexican border […]

Other life issues

posted by awelborn

This thread is for those who would like to discuss the position of Catholics vis-a-vis issues like capital punishment and war – particularly the current War in Iraq – and their faith, particularly Catholics in decision-making positions.

There’s your answer

posted by awelborn

The California Catholic Daily reports on a conversation with Archbishop Wuerl: Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., who has come under fire for failing to speak out against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s attendance Jan. 3 at a Mass […]

Moving day

posted by awelborn

AsiaNews with a story on what was initially reported a couple of weeks ago – the move of the Chaldean seminary in Iraq from Baghdad to Ankawa, in Kurdistan. Erbil’s Chaldean bishop, Mgr Rabban al-Qas, told AsiaNews that the doors […]

Pope’s Preface

posted by awelborn

Magister’s got it. I am fairly sure we’ve seen this before this point, somewhere – but just in case you missed it, go take a peek: I maintain that this very Jesus – the Jesus of the Gospels – is […]

Pell on Saddam

posted by awelborn

Yesterday: Generally, public opinion is strong for justice, although some want only vengeance – "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. The other extreme rejects this and sees imprisonment primarily as an attempt to rehabilitate the criminal. […]

What did you see and hear?

posted by awelborn

This will be our last edition until Ash Wednesday. Which is not that far away! There were a few poinsettas left on and around the altar, despite the invitation last week to come and take your pick. The regular cantor […]

Above and beyond

posted by awelborn

In today’s Times(UK), Fordham Philosophy professor Brian Davies, O.P., writes about the God who is – and isn’t – the object of atheists’ ire. Atheists make a great fuss about how God does not exist. This claim, they think, is […]

The Polish letter

posted by awelborn

The text of the letter read in all Polish churches today: 5. There is a great task of reconciliation for the Church in Poland, apart from standing in truth before the face of God. We will not change the past, […]

The Lion in Winter

posted by awelborn

A WaPo review of the last volume of C.S. Lewis’ letters (edited by Walter Hooper). Has some interesting tidbits including the hint (provided by Lewis in a letter to Sheldon Vanauken) that Lewis married Joy Davidman so she wouldn’t have […]

“He was always vague about what he did”

posted by awelborn

Virginia priest who stands accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from his parishes…was married. (Civilly, we can assume.) A document included in papers committing Rodis to jail listed him as living with a wife and three children in Fredericksburg, the […]

Next round

posted by awelborn

Bishop Wielgus speaks: The Roman Catholic prelate who resigned two days after becoming Warsaw’s archbishop denied Saturday that he had concealed his cooperation with the communist-era secret police from Pope Benedict XVI. Nearly a week after Bishop Stanislaw Wielgus stunned […]

UK Blogs

posted by awelborn

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a round-up of the best of the UK Catholic blogs.

Polishing

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, Poland’s bishops met: The Roman Catholic Church leadership of Poland called Friday for all of the country’s bishops to be investigated for past ties to the secret police. “We will ask a special commission to check the past of […]

‘Pologies

posted by awelborn

I shut down comments, not because of anything anyone said, but because I was having serious email, and by extension, web page and Flickr problems, which then became a problem with another service. Most of it’s fixed, although this will […]

Grrrr.

posted by awelborn

My Yahoo mail is broken. I can’t get in at all, which concerns me. So…don’t write to me!

Teachable moments

posted by awelborn

…who’s the master of them? Benedict, speaking to those in charge of Vatican security, ends up for something for all of us: The Holy Father concluded with a reflection which, he said, applies to us all: "we are called to […]

Hmmm…

posted by awelborn

My daughter is trying to find a new speech to memorize for speech team competition. I told her she should do the Regensburg address. She said it has to be a speech given by a woman. Details, details….

When should liturgists be prophetic?

posted by awelborn

Here’s the full press release on Bishop Trautman’s speech to the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. It’s still not the exact text of the speech, but it’s a press release summarizing it from the group to which he spoke, so I […]

To Brazil

posted by awelborn

6 Today there was a press conference at the Vatican concerning the Pope’s May 2007 visit. From VIS: Fr. Gutierrez affirmed that the conference – which will have as its theme "Disciples and missionaries in Jesus Christ, that in Him […]

Rome Reports TV

posted by awelborn

Check out the new Rome Reports service. Rome Reports is a television news service – some of you might have seen their 30-minute weekly programs on EWTN.  They’ve started a streaming video service online, free and available to anyone with […]

Storytellers

posted by awelborn

Take a look at this new title from Sheed and Ward: The Best American Catholic Short Stories: A Sheed & Ward Collection. The table of contents: "Old Red" Caroline Gordon "The Presence" Caroline Gordon "The Peach Stone" Paul Horgan "Lions, […]

Payday

posted by awelborn

Huge embezzlement case in Richmond: An embezzlement case in which a priest is accused of stealing more than $600,000 from two parishes has no comparison in recent memory, a lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond said. "We’ve had people […]

Centralization

posted by awelborn

The St. Louis paper publishes a long article on a new plan from the Archdiocese to centralize parish finances and bookkeeping. Pros and cons offered – mostly pros, I’d add – but frustratingly, no actual details as to how this […]

Stem that tide

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, the House passed the embronic-stem cell research bill: The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures. But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin […]

Ouch

posted by awelborn

Jody Bottum at FT: College is time for learning things, and there have been several lessons taught by the accusations of rape made against the Duke University lacrosse players. The first is not to go to Duke. The school that […]

Prayers

posted by awelborn

…For blogger Jen Ambrose (whom some of you remember from her postings from China)…who lost the baby she was carrying, with a due date in February. Heartbreaking. 

Fun microscopic liturgical facts

posted by awelborn

Doing a minor bit of research – as in – what is that thing they use to bless us with holy water called –  I came across this: Aspergillus, a genus of mold, was named in 1729 by the Italian […]

More from up north

posted by awelborn

More thoughts, now from the North American Academy of Liturgy (which is an ecumenical group) The outgoing president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a leading Catholic liturgist has told The Catholic Register the most recent translation of […]

In the Womb: Multiples

posted by awelborn

My old friend Meggan writes from Lexington to tell me about this program, coming this weekend on the National Geographic Channel – part of there occasional "In the Womb" series – this new one is on multiples – sounds great! […]

Magister on Wielgus

posted by awelborn

Very good, important read. He lays out a timeline, the major players and his understanding of who knew what, when. (including the tidbit that Wielgus was not even on the original short list for the post.) In 1978, Wielgus spent […]

Around the world…

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Aid to the Church in Need is a group I blog on regularly, partly because I believe they do good work, and partly because they have such an interesting website – regularly update with news from around the globe and […]

Once more…

posted by awelborn

Just a couple of notes on Nancy Pelosi and others. The president of Trinity has a blog and has posted some letters that were written in protest of Trinity’s celebration of Pelosi. Her post in response is merely a set […]

Meanwhile, here in the US…

posted by awelborn

A vote on the embryonic-stem cell research bill is due today in the House, and is expected to pass, but not by a veto-proof margin. As a result, said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, […]

Down Under

posted by awelborn

There has been quite a bit of activity and comment in Australia over the past few months on issues of bioethics and the Church.  A couple of recent notes: The Australian government has set up a pregnancy-counseling hotline and Catholic […]

When I was in prison..

posted by awelborn

Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix: In a small, bare-walled room at the Maricopa County’s Durango Jail, more than 40 prisoners celebrated God becoming man at a Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted Dec. 25. “God changed history not by being far […]

Choral Treasure

posted by awelborn

…just a reminder of this excellent streaming radio station. Website here. They also have a discussion forum here. Sample playlist, at this writing: John Rutter; The Cambridge Singers – Motet: In manus tuas Domine, for 4 Voices [4:08] – Stillness […]

On bishops

posted by awelborn

Two major points of discussion have arisen from recent events in Poland. First, obviously, the situation of the Church under the Communist regime. Secondly is the selection and vetting of bishops. (Sidebar: remember Wielgus was already a bishop before the […]

Tell me…

posted by awelborn

…about ad orientem in Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran churches. I know that it is not infrequently used, particularly in High Church Anglicanism. I was doing an idle (procrastinating) search for images and was rather surprised by the numer of images for […]

Help the cause!

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David Delaney writes: Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Cause for Canonization has been moving forward quite well lately. I hear that it appears that the miracle needed for his beatification will be found among those which have been pouring in recently (one […]

It’s Wednesday…

posted by awelborn

The General Audience: Evoking the story of the first martyr, Benedict XVI first of all drew attention to the fact that he is linked to the institution of the diaconate, “a term however absent in the Acts of the Apostles” […]

Pro Multis

posted by awelborn

John Allen reports on an address given by Bishop Trautman of Erie, chair of the USCCB Committee on liturgy. The address was to the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. According to a press release issued by a member of the academy’s […]

Up and down…sort of

posted by awelborn

France, first: Barely half the French population describe themselves as Catholic, according to a poll released yesterday, sparking a leading religious publication to declare France "no longer a Catholic country". A poll published in Le Monde des Religions yesterday showed […]

Widening the net

posted by awelborn

Screen all preborn babies for Downs’, doctors say: For decades, pregnant women 35 and older have routinely been tested for chromosomal abnormalities that might affect their fetus, most notably Down syndrome. Younger women were tested much less often because the […]

Gorgeous

posted by awelborn

A must-look. The Milwaukee paper did a story on the Coptic Orthodox community there. Take a look at the iconostasis. Marvelous photos, helpful explanation ( by the priest, so not surprising). (There are several photos of details on the structure. […]

St. Jennifer…and others

posted by awelborn

Michigan: You are so BLESSED! In a rousing three-hour gospel service, 1,400 worshippers praised Gov. Jennifer Granholm as a leader anointed by God to lead the state into a new era of justice and prosperity. At an inaugural prayer service, […]

#1

posted by awelborn

Gators? Well, that too. But..it’s good to be #1 at Candyland, too.

The Rules of Life

posted by awelborn

Here are two more additions to the book, "Rules of Life:" #5392: If you want to get the "Q" in Scrabble, wait until the game is just about over and you have nothing else to do except play that "U" […]

Reader bleg

posted by awelborn

I have a reader who has been having some struggles with her parish religious education program over the past couple of months. She had run some of their materials by me a while back, and they are problematic. The issue […]

About New Orleans

posted by awelborn

Blogger Paul writes in with a link to one of his posts – in which he takes a peak at the Catholic high school at which he taught. The destruction is undisturbed…

Weigel on Wielgus

posted by awelborn

In Newsweek That resignation ought to be seen, by the Polish church leadership, as an opportunity: an opportunity to end the internecine wrangling over the IPN files and initiate the kind of study the Kochanowski commission embodied in microcosm in […]

Another resignation

posted by awelborn

In Poland: A second prominent Catholic clergyman quit his post Monday amid allegations he collaborated with Poland’s Communist-era secret police, a day after Warsaw’s new archbishop resigned after admitting he had cooperated with the despised agency. The Rev. Janusz Bielanski […]

To Rome

posted by awelborn

Mary Jane is headed to Rome for a week in February, and is looking for suggestions of musical events. Gerald is going later in the spring and has questions, too. Most have been answered in his comments box already, but […]

Restoration in Keene

posted by awelborn

A team of artists has been working for several months to restore a mural that was painted over an altar in a Catholic church in Keene, NH. You can see some impressive photos and an account of their work at […]

In favor

posted by awelborn

An English language signed statement in favor of "releasing" the traditional Latin Mass for those who request it. You can sign in support here.

Vindictive Obsessive?

posted by awelborn

A reader writes in regard to this article in the (UK) Spectator: I’m not a historian, but this time I am sceptical of the Specky.  Is it really true that: "In 1510 England was an authoritarian outpost of the Catholic […]

Cardinal Zen

posted by awelborn

Asia News talks to Cardinal Zen: The new year is a “crucial moment for the complicated situation facing the Church in China” however it does not look as if, “humanly speaking, there are any openings.” The speech of the pope […]

Happy New Year

posted by awelborn

Late this morning in Rome, Pope Benedict gave the annual "State of the World" address to the Vatican diplomatic corps. Here is the English text: He began by speaking of the scandal of world hunger and other humanitarian issues. And […]

What did you hear?

posted by awelborn

Epiphany edition: Joseph awoke not feeling well, and expressing that feeling in action in the bathroom. So Michael went to an early Mass, and then returned to stay home with the little ones. David, Katie and I then headed out […]

On Wieglus

posted by awelborn

AsiaNews on the Vatican Press Office statement on the affair: The resignation of Mgr Stanislaw Wielgus from his new post as archbishop of Warsaw is an “adequate solution” to the “confusion” created in Poland by accusations about his past collaboration […]

Salt Lake City, you’ve got your bishop

posted by awelborn

John Charles Wester, SF auxiliary

Correction

posted by awelborn

NYTimes publishes a correction on the El Salvador abortion story.

Epiphany around the world

posted by awelborn

Gashwin’s got a great post, with photos and info.

Baptism

posted by awelborn

Today at St. Peter’s, in the Sistine Chapel, following a tradition established by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict baptized 13 babies. More photos here. Today’s Angelus: The pope then underlined the link between the “baptism of Jesus and our […]

Update to post below

posted by awelborn

Resigned. Warsaw’s new archbishop resigned Sunday amid a scandal over his involvement with the communist-era secret police that has shaken the deeply Roman Catholic homeland of the late Pope John Paul II. Stanislaw Wielgus announced his decision at the capital’s […]

Equal time

posted by awelborn

…for Catholic-related Ohio State stuff. From the past at least. "Uh….Coach Hayes?" Bus doors opened, and coyotes could be heard howling in the southern California night. The Ohio State football players had no idea where they were. They had gone […]

Carmel in NJ

posted by awelborn

A nice profile of a monastery in Morris Township, with one weird statement, that begs for elaboration: Along with Sister Eliane, the three are the only nuns who were living at the monastery in 1988 and 1989 when five other […]

If anything screams “caption contest”

posted by awelborn

This does: Source Many more photos here Real caption after the jump. Comments open in the morning.

Warsaw Blues

posted by awelborn

Rising tensions and questions over Archbishop Weilgus of Warsaw, mounting over the course of the past week. I am at a loss to understand why he has not withdrawn, except for the possibility that he truly believes he did nothing […]

The weekend in Rome

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Epiphany: Via Catholic Press Photo. More from the last couple of days here. From the Angelus on Saturday: Why is this event so important? Because with it began the adherence of the pagan peoples to faith in Christ, according to […]

Epiphany

posted by awelborn

Also from the LATimes – a look at Epiphany: In the Western branch of Christianity generally, Epiphany commemorates the visit of the three wise men from the East, who, "following yonder star," as a hymn says, traversed afar to see […]

Gators at Mass

posted by awelborn

An LA Times article looks at the National Championship possibilities for U.of F in more than one sport, and points this out: Meyer and Donovan live in the same housing development, separated by only a vacant lot. "Billy and I […]

How to Speak a Book

posted by awelborn

Richard Powers on his process: Except for brief moments of duress, I haven’t touched a keyboard for years. No fingers were tortured in producing these words — or the last half a million words of my published fiction. By rough […]

Pray for New Orleans

posted by awelborn

A crime wave – in addition to everything else. Eight people have been found dead since Jan. 1, seven of them shooting victims, with the most recent being a young woman found lying on her bed in the Uptown section […]

Wondering about Wilde

posted by awelborn

Gashwin Gomes has a great analysis and good links related to the Vatican-Oscar Wilde (non) story that’s grabbed some headlines.

Excitement

posted by awelborn

Son David is here for a few days. He arrived last night, while Michael the Toddler was upstairs. Then I went downstairs into the basement to finish getting it ready for the guest, and by the time I got back […]

Divine Comedy: The Opera

posted by awelborn

The CNS story: A Rome monsignor has composed an extravagant musical version of "The Divine Comedy," featuring symphonic music in heaven, Gregorian chant in purgatory and hard rock in hell. That’s not a value judgment on rock music — it […]

Cleanup time

posted by awelborn

Time to clean out the emailbox. Apologies to those who have sent me links over the past weeks without seeing them linked. But here goes, in no particular order. Perhaps there is something here that will interest you: Aimee Milburn […]

Salutaris

posted by awelborn

We went to Mass today, Katie and I – noon Mass – she’s still out of school, doesn’t start until next week. (Although she *does* have a Debate meet tomorrow somewhere in Indy for which she must be at school […]

Blessed Charles of Mount Argus

posted by awelborn

Fr. Paul Francis, C.P. of Glasgow, who has written a book on him, blogs today about Blessed Charles, whose miracle was approved by the Vatican before Christmas, and who, when canonized, will be the first canonized saint to have died […]

Interesting Choice

posted by awelborn

Take a look at the composition of this CNS shot of the new, Extremely Powerful, Speaker of the House, on their front page today: Well played. Accompanied, however, by this story. which mentions life issues, but with a "gosh, it’s […]

Embezzlement

posted by awelborn

For years, folks have been saying that the next big RC scandal would be financial. Today, the NYTimes reported on a study from some Villanova University researchers hinting at the wide scope of the problem: A survey by researchers at […]

From the comments

posted by awelborn

Your meditative quote of the day. Here: I am still moved to tears every Mass as I watch the whole world come forward to receive the Lord.

What’s up

posted by awelborn

…for the next five months. I have two books to write. Non-fiction, religion-type, Catholic books. Deadline: May for both. A few pamphlets. Varia. Over the next month, I want to finish the YA novel (3 chapters to go), send it […]

Fullness of Faith

posted by awelborn

Blogger and former Anglican priest David Palmer shares his conversion story. I believe that John Henry Newman when asked why he became a Catholic, said something along the lines that becoming a Catholic wasn’t little thing that could just be […]

What do the numbers say?

posted by awelborn

Catholics outnumber other religious groups (not Protestants as a whole, but as divided up into denominations)  in Congress (this is not new – I believe Catholics have numerically dominated for a while) Roman Catholics are the largest single U.S. religious […]

In Poland

posted by awelborn

Over the past few weeks, controversy has grown over the archbishop-elect of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus (due to be installed on Sunday). John Allen summarizes: Controversy surrounding the alleged collaboration of the archbishop-elect of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, with Poland’s Communist-era security […]

Caritas

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict visited a soup kitchen – near the Termini station, run by Caritas of Rome. Those who give and those who receive in the daily work of Caritas experience the beauty of the love that Jesus brought and […]

Iraqi Christians

posted by awelborn

The continuing tragedy: For many Christians in Iraq, flight is the only option. The United Nations estimates that about 40 percent of the more than million Iraqis who have emigrated are Christians. That’s an astounding number for a group who […]

Objections

posted by awelborn

Orthodox monks state their opinion: Monks at a reclusive Orthodox sanctuary criticized a landmark visit to the Vatican by Greece’s church leader Archbishop Christodoulos last month as endangering centuries-old church traditions. "We bear a heavy responsibility before the faithful people […]

On Exhibit

posted by awelborn

At the Walters in Baltimore, through the end of January: For the first time, the Walters will display its superb collection of illuminated missals, liturgical manuscripts and printed books for the celebration of the Catholic Mass.  This exhibition of manuscripts, […]

Feast of Fools

posted by awelborn

…we’re talking to you! Fr. Jim points us to a brief entry at the Reason blog (ironically) about the medieval celebrations, taking place during the Octave of Christmas, coinciding mostly with the Feast of the Circumcision, in which social – […]

Excellent!

posted by awelborn

The Siena Institute has a new blog – well, a blog. They didn’t have an old one.  So, yes, it’s new. "Intentional Disciples" will be maintained by Sherry Weddell and others, and it’s well worth a bookmark and passing on. […]

More on Saddam

posted by awelborn

Today at the Papa Ratzinger Forum, Teresa posts translations of two editorials from Avvenire – the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. Both take the perspective that in the execution, justice was done, after a fashion: Was justice done? No. […]

And now…for the children

posted by awelborn

I’ve no new quirky children’s books to blog about, although I will say that our latest library thing has been checking out books from the science and animal sections – picture books that illustrate where milk comes from, what whales […]

Bookblogging, cont’d

posted by awelborn

For years, now, we’ve been inundated with the latest incarnations of re-inventing Jesus from popular and scholarly sources alike. At First Things, Anthony Sacramone offers a handy summary: Jesus was a woman. • Jesus was a space alien and is […]

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