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Archbishop Chaput on immigration

posted by awelborn

From Zenit: Archbishop Chaput: The U.S. immigration problem is systemic. Attacking the symptoms — in this case, undocumented workers in a meatpacking plant — does nothing to address the root cause, which is economic. Some 40 million abortions and billions […]

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Cincinnati, O-hi-o!

posted by awelborn

If you’re headed to the Cincinnati Men’s Fellowship conference on Saturday, look for Michael. He’ll be manning an OSV booth, and will sign any books that you bring him. That he wrote. He won’t be selling the books (he’ll be […]

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Totus Tuus

posted by awelborn

From a Franciscan in Rome: In my free time, I lend a hand doing translation work for "Totus Tuus," the monthly magazine publish by the Office of the Postulation of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant […]

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Chapter 11

posted by awelborn

…for San Diego: Following a failed final attempt at settling clergy-abuse claims, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 protection just before midnight last night, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.  The filing makes San […]

Gone Hollywood

posted by awelborn

Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report just got back from some speaking and meeting in California, has a report and some photos. Among others, Dave met with Eduardo Verastegui, Lead Actor & Producer of the film many are so excited […]

Books noted

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina has written a book – not about patristics (although we can trust the Fathers figure in their somehow) – but on family life. Sounds lovely! The other Michael is on another tear through another Russian – this time […]

The Edith Stein Project

posted by awelborn

Three years ago at Notre Dame, as an alternative to the VMonologues, a group of students came up with the idea of a conference inspired by the thought and witness of Edith Stein, "promoting the development of the new feminism." […]

Fr. Samonie’s vision

posted by awelborn

An…unusual priest in Detroit: Samonie says he saw Christ. It was on an early November evening in 1970 at St. Bernadette in Dearborn. Samonie was walking up a side aisle when he saw him — a bright light blocking the […]

Thank you for your question

posted by awelborn

No really – thank you. From that same thread at PRF: Teresa Benedetta translates a bit from Sandro Magister’s blog (which I vote for just officially translating into English along with Magisters’s other pieces at his site..why not?) in which […]

On retreat

posted by awelborn

Scroll down on this thread on the Papa Ratzinger Forum to read accounts of the first two days of the Papal retreat: Day one: o The existence of an invisible world, which implies the presence of divine creatures ignored and […]

The Sign

posted by awelborn

A Protestant writes in CT of discovering an ancient Christian prayer – the Sign of the Cross. Christians of a variety of traditions have begun to discover the beauty and meaning of this ancient act. Protestant objections to the sign […]

The book’s out

posted by awelborn

The book by the Polish priest on Catholic clerical collaboration with the Polish Communist regime, that is. John Allen: Zalewski identifies thirty other clerics as onetime informants, among them four bishops. Yet he also names a number of prominent Polish […]

“Cardinal Sin”

posted by awelborn

So the NYPost entitles an article about the rapid final closure of a parish: Egan’s spokesman last week had said that although the small church was slated to close – because of dwindling attendance, a crumbling roof and the fact […]

Habits of Devotion

posted by awelborn

I am going to spend a few days casually blogging on this book. Habits of Devotion is a collection of four essays on the transformation of American  Catholic life during the course of the 20th century  in four areas: Prayer, […]

Where we’re at..

posted by awelborn

I was away from my desk (aka couch) this morning, first at the Y (where that skinny guy with a Notre Dame sweatshirt who reminds me so much of an old biology-teaching/cross-country coaching colleague just runs laps and laps around […]

Loving Frances

posted by awelborn

NYTribute to Frances Kissling, stepping down from headship of Catholics for Free Choice. The only refreshing point of the article is that it actually states, right there in black and white: Its $3 million budget is largely financed by well-known […]

Prayers…

posted by awelborn

…for the Bettinellis, who lost a baby through miscarriage. Melanie shares here. God bless them all. and for Alicia the Midwife’s daughter and yet-to-be born granddaughter.

Rome…1300!

posted by awelborn

I learned about this book via the Amazon list "Things to read and watch before you go to Rome" compiled by the Cranky Professor himself (who is leading another semester in Rome in 2008). It’s a good one – a […]

Bestselling…

posted by awelborn

Our Bestseller’s List What Books People who Read Amy’s Open Book blog and Michael’s Annunciation blog are Buying February 2007 (2/24/2007) 1. The Power of the Cross: Meditations for the Lenten Season 2. The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

(Will be added to throughout the day as I clean out the emailbox. Michael the Baby is home today. He had a bad day yesterday – feverish, restless, sleepy..so he gets a "stay home day" today) Heidi Hess Saxton has […]

Okay, the Jesus tomb

posted by awelborn

If Titanic wasn’t reason enough to despise James Cameron, he’s now given us another meglomaniac fantasy: that he’s single-handedly debunked Christianity. Yay! Thanks, James! Because, you know – using DNA tests to determine if remains belong to Jesus, Mary or […]

Clerics, communicating!

posted by awelborn

From all over: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is posting Lenten reflections by Cardinal Rigali on YouTube Bishop Finn of Kansas City has issued a pastoral letter on pornography: "Blessed are the Pure in Heart" – not pdf format! Fr. Philip […]

Since we’re talking Wilberforce…

posted by awelborn

A Jesuit reader from Ireland writes: It’s worth noting that, with the exception of Bishop Samuel, all of William Wilberforce’s sons became Catholics, as did Bishop Samuel’s daughter. Their journey from a very evangelical Anglicanism to Catholicism was extraordinary. The […]

D.C’s first opera company?

posted by awelborn

…was part of an African-American Roman Catholic Church: Where the idea for an opera company came from is not entirely clear, but the group was organized by a barber, William T. Benjamin. The opera company came together in 1873 with […]

Clericus Cup

posted by awelborn

Competing in Rome: The fans were pious. The players bound for glory. And the victory? A miracle. Priests and seminarians from several soccer-loving countries took to a field near the looming dome of St. Peter’s Basilica yesterday for the first […]

Communion in NJ, cont’d

posted by awelborn

At Mirror of Justice, Patrick Brennan of Villanova comments on John Allen’s interview with Archbishop Myers of Newark: Little wonder, I suppose, that politicians wishing to abuse and injure the visible communion of the Church have pretty much a green […]

From all over

posted by awelborn

A video interview with Sister Judith Zoebelein, who is the director of the Vatican website (the interview is about 25 minutes long) Monks returning to Tibhirine? Tibhirine, Algeria: Monks may return to Algeria for the first time in a decade […]

Remember

posted by awelborn

The Pope, today in the Angelus message: The lance that pierced Christ’s ribs is witnessed in the Gospel of John. “That act carried out by an unknown Roman soldier,” Benedict XVI explained, “bound to be forgotten, was engraved in the […]

Lenten Retreat

posted by awelborn

John Thavis on this year’s papal retreat: Cardinal Biffi, who is 78, will preach on the theme, "The Things Above," which refers to St. Paul’s letter advising early Christians to "think of what is above, not of what is on […]

Enough!

posted by awelborn

John Allen lets loose on the British press and reporting on religion – particularly Catholicism. Over the years, I’ve found that the British press is the most likely to publish virtually any rumor about the Vatican floated in the Italian […]

Notes from all over…

posted by awelborn

Still busy. But here’s some stuff: Charlotte Allen says that the new film Amazing Grace plays down Wilberforce’s faith: In fact, William Wilberforce was driven by a version of Christianity that today would be derided as "fundamentalist." One of his […]

More Papal Q & A

posted by awelborn

Also from the meeting with Roman Clergy, today (scroll down) Responding to a question about the presence of ecclesiastical movements in the diocese, the Pope referred to his current series of meetings with italian bishops coming for their ad limina […]

Yes, I will blog again

posted by awelborn

…this is the first day in about 10 days that I’ve been alone in this house and able to work, what with snow days, fog days and sick days (and judging from Joseph’s demeanor when I left him off at […]

Lent in Rome

posted by awelborn

Today is Wednesday, of course, so there was a General Audience, and later this afternon, evening, the Pope, as is traditional, will celebrate Mass at the Dominican church of St. Sabina on the Aventine. Here is the Vatican’s page on […]

On Lent

posted by awelborn

There are many resources in print and on the web. We have our favorite readings and meditations. We’ve got the Pope’s Lenten message to guide us: They shall look on Him whom they have pierced.” Let us look with trust […]

Varia, pre-Lenten

posted by awelborn

Just a bit of stuff from the emailbox and blogging about… Two interesting posts from Mike Aquilina: Baby Names of the Early Christians , inspired by a read-through of this book: The Christian Catacombs of Rome: History, Decoration, Inscriptions, which […]

Lenten messages

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister posts the text of Pope Benedict’s Lenten message, in case you missed it. He adds, in regard to the Curial Lenten retreat: On the afternoon of the first Sunday of Lent, February 25, Benedict XVI and his collaborators […]

And in Tanzania…

posted by awelborn

In case you are wondering what the outcome of the Anglican Primates’ meeting was, the essence is that an Anglican Covenant was discussed and a Communique was released in which the Primates said that the Episcopal Church has until 9/30 […]

Eternity

posted by awelborn

Anthony Esolen, scholar, writer of deep and beautiful prose (and translator of Dante, as noted a few days ago here), writes of his mother-in-law’s death: The faithful Christian will say that this grandmother of my children, this woman who turned […]

In Formation

posted by awelborn

Papa Ratzinger Forum has a translation of the full text of the Pope’s Q&A with seminarians last week. It’s the Pope at his best – extemporaneous, learned, down-to-earth. Then, it is important not to lose communion with other priests, with […]

Good stuff

posted by awelborn

Those church signs in Kansas City are talking to each other again….

The Saint of Worcester

posted by awelborn

Some of you undoubtedly remember Audrey Santo, of Worcester, Massachusetts. She is now twenty-two years old, but about a decade ago, her story was regularly featured in the Catholic and secular press. When she was small, she had fallen into […]

Mercy

posted by awelborn

The Pope, today: Today in the Vatican, the Pope received Cardinal James F. Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, prelates and officials of that tribunal, and those priests and prelates who hear confessions at the basilicas of Rome.  The […]

Catholic Blogosphere’s Guide to Rome

posted by awelborn

Just because I want to. I’m pulling together a page of some sort on the "Catholic Blogosphere’s Guide to Rome." I want both bloggers who are permanently based in Rome, as well as blog posts from folks who have visited. […]

Almsgiving

posted by awelborn

Last week, I ran a post asking for suggestions of small, grassroots charities here and overseas to which people might offer spiritual and material assistance. It was inspired by the Colorado Springs Diocese’s newspaper editor’s blog on his journey with […]

Scripture Study?

posted by awelborn

As I mentioned below, I get regular questions about Scripture study materials for Catholic adults and youth. I think a page with a collection of such resources would be useful to people. If you could post suggestions here – with […]

More bestsellers…

posted by awelborn

Our Bestseller’s List What Books People who Read Amy’s Open Book blog and Michael’s Annunciation blog are Buying February 2007 (2/17/2007) 1. The Power of the Cross: Meditations for the Lenten Season 2. The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything […]

From Dallas:

posted by awelborn

A Joint StatementBy Catholic bloggers of the Dallas area Is there a phrase more infamous than "Roe versus Wade"? The principal people involved in this most infamous legal case were from Dallas. "Roe" is a pseudonym for Dallas resident Norma […]

Blogging Candidates and Catechumens?

posted by awelborn

A few years ago when blogging first exploded, there were several candidates for Full Communion and catechumens who blogged their way through the process. Since Lent is approaching, I was wondering if there were many folks doing the same this […]

Varia..

posted by awelborn

(…will be added to gradually as I clean out the emailbox) Congratulations to reader, commenter and fellow FW resident Yvonne, who gave birth to her 7th child – and 7th son –   last week – Benjamin. He’s beautiful! From Cleveland, […]

Willkommen!

posted by awelborn

From Der Spiegel, an article about German monasteries – popular with lay guests, but not such a hot vocation spot. Some 300 Roman Catholic convents and monasteries in Germany now accept visitors – from the 8th-century Benedictine abbey of Tholey […]

What’s going on in Tanzania?

posted by awelborn

I have been vaguely following the Anglican Primates’ gathering,  but decided early on it would be more efficient just to wait until something definite is stated. Sort of the way I feel about slavishly following the ’08 presidential primary race […]

posted by awelborn

A little help here??? And sometimes…you can’t just resist clicking on that "order" button:

Forthcoming blegs

posted by awelborn

Get ready. I want to do some blog posts and even a web page or two devoted to various specifics and I need your help. Just bookmark some stuff, and tomorrow, I’ll put up separate posts for each bleg – […]

Q & A

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, Pope Benedict visited the Major Roman Seminary next to the Pontifical Lateran Unviersity to speak with and listen to seminarians: ((Photos here) The Pope was by turns theologian and teacher, but speaking very spontaneously and familiarly, in responding […]

Happy New Year!

posted by awelborn

Benedict, in today’s Angelus message: In his greeting to the faithful, the pope also had something to say about China, confirming the country to be one of the matters occupying his mind. After reciting the Marian prayer, as he recalled […]

You are One Body

posted by awelborn

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor approves a Mass: Now, however, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has taken the controversial step of allowing fortnightly Masses in his Westminster diocese specifically for homosexuals. That link takes you to a newspaper article.( Zadok comments on the article […]

Children’s Lit

posted by awelborn

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle regareding this year’s Newberry Award winning book – and the NYTimes reports. (The issue is a single word right on the first page of the novel.) I’m going to say that what frankly surprises […]

Exorcism?

posted by awelborn

The mess that was Our Lady of Las Vegas – even before the pastor was charged with assaluting a parishioner. Signs of discord within the church, on Alta Drive near Rancho Drive, first surfaced four years ago when members of […]

Plainsong in the bath

posted by awelborn

Also from the Herald – revitalizing music in an English parish: A mass of bouncy children appeared at my feet in the main hall of St Wulstan’s in Wolstanton, Staffordshire. They had run down from their choir practice in the […]

Mary’s Meals

posted by awelborn

The new edition of the British Catholic paper the Catholic Herald, features Scottish International Relief, ministering to the poorest of the poor: For Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the poverty in Haiti is the worst he has ever seen. The founder and director […]

Dante Bleg!

posted by awelborn

From a reader: Our (Catholic) couples book discussion group is thinking about reading The Inferno, by Dante.  I was wondering if there is a preferred English translation.  Also, we will be interested in finding a companion/commentary book to help us […]

Movie time

posted by awelborn

Don’t go to the movies much – don’t even watch too many films at home, unfortunately. I’m not sure why this is…but two recent viewings: After Christmas, when David was here, he and I and Katie went to see Dreamgirls. […]

Lenten changes

posted by awelborn

Fr. Martin Fox shares what he’ll be doing in his Ohio parish: A different tone at Mass: * Sober music, less instruments.* Except for 4th Sunday of Lent, no flowers at all in the church or chapel.* Like last Advent, […]

Beggars for Heaven

posted by awelborn

I read this biography of Jacques and Raissa Maritain a couple of months ago, meant to blog on it before I returned it to the library, but…forgot. So here we are. Again. This book, originally written in French, was just […]

Fire him

posted by awelborn

Personally, I wish someone had the guts to fire Danielle Radcliffe from future Harry Potters right now, on the spot. Oh, please. It’s not that 12-year olds are going to be going to Equus in London. It’s not that the […]

Presenting…

posted by awelborn

…my (lame) theory of everything. This is a post on which I have been ruminating for a while, hoping to work out something substantial and formidable, but since I doubt that will ever actually happen, and since I’ve got one […]

Speaking of the Criterion

posted by awelborn

Here’s a moving piece by Sean Gallagher on a young man with plans, interrupted: In the spring of 2005, David Ballintyn was a new graduate of the University of Notre Dame. But unlike many young graduates who strike out into […]

Thanks, Richmond!

posted by awelborn

Had what I thought was a decent talk last night down in Richmond, IN – a Catholic community which seems to have weathered the priest shortages quite well. The three Catholic parishes in town still exist, but share resources and […]

Still time…

posted by awelborn

…to get your copy of the Power of the Cross before Lent begins.

Speaking of Jansenists…

posted by awelborn

A reader reminds me: You may be interested to know that the feast day of St Claude de la Colombiere (quel bel nom!), Jesuit and anti-Jansenist, is celebrated today.  At mass the priest in my Jesuit parish pointed out a […]

Greetings

posted by awelborn

…from Charlie’s Coffee Bar in Richmond, IN…yay free WiFi. I’ve just pulled together my talk for tonight, and have a bit to relax before I get taken to dinner with my very generous host. I spoke at Seton High School, […]

Up to the challenge?

posted by awelborn

Roman Catholicism is growing by leaps and bounds in England – mostly because of Eastern European immigration. The question is, will the traditionally reticent English institutional church be up to the challenge of nurturing the vigorous faith, a faith given […]

Another Anglican primer

posted by awelborn

This time at First Things. Helpful because it takes it on from another angle from our previous primer- the three basic currents running through Anglicanism (evangelicalism, liberalism, catholicity) , historically, and how they are clashing at the moment. Just a […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

…as I like to say these days.. I will be out of pocket most of the day on Thursday (weather permitting  – we’ll see in the AM) , so comments will be closed off until Friday. BTW – if you […]

The healthy diocese?

posted by awelborn

Crisis magazine has published a study of the "health" of dioceses in the United States, based on three factors: the "morale" of the presbyterate, the number and rate of vocations; and the effectiveness of evangelization (measured by RCIA rates and […]

Pascal’s Wager

posted by awelborn

Pascal’s Wager: The Man Who Played Dice With God by James A. Connor is a short, popular biography of, well…Blaise Pascal. Connor is the author of a previous book on Kepler, and teaches at Kean University in New Jersey. Connor […]

Snow Day!

posted by awelborn

Another one, with a two-hour delay already announced for tomorrow. What I’m waiting to see is if any of this will impact what was to be a long weekend coming up  – the Catholic schools have a 4-day weekend scheduled, […]

Catholic writers…

posted by awelborn

A new Catholic press for children is a-borning and looking for writers!

So..

posted by awelborn

…if you live in the Diocese of Orlando, are you donating your treasure for the sake of rebuilding buildings for the Church of God? Just wondering.

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posted by awelborn

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Discipleship

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope continued his Wednesday catechesis on early disciples of the Lord, today turning to women: The role of women in the history of the Church was the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for his catechesis at today’s general […]

Level 2!

posted by awelborn

Got ourselves a "level 2" emergency here, as in, they’ll give you a ticket if you’re out on the road. Well, now…that’s a first. For me, at least. Even though the volume of snow here isn’t at Upstate NY levels, […]

Still time to chant

posted by awelborn

There’s still time to head to Auburn, Alabama to their wonderful (I hear) Sacred Music Workshop, sponsored by St. Michael’s Church. The schedule: FRIDAY, February 16, 2007 1:00pm Welcome and Registration 2:00pm Polyphony Workshop, Scott Turkington Director 3:00pm Coffee and […]

Lent is coming

posted by awelborn

And the Pope’s message for Lent has been released: Focused on the theme “They will look on the one whom they have pierced” (Jn 19:37), the document highlights how God’s love is both “agape” – “the oblative love of he […]

Friends of God

posted by awelborn

At First Things, Michael Linton has a very thoughtful assessment of Alexandra Pelosi’s HBO program on evangelicals: We scoff at Shirley MacLaine running into the surf and joyfully shouting “I am God, I am God!” But when Haggard boasts about […]

Quit

posted by awelborn

Marcotte resigns from her Edwards campaign gig But not before Rod Dreher discovers her true identity… But…maybe she could get a job at a "Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions?" Oh, and related…do check out Justin Katz for […]

Finis

posted by awelborn

I finished the first draft. Unthinkable to me that I would ever, ever actually start and finish writing a novel. I have 5 unfinished attempts in various drawers and computer files, but this one is done, and not terrible. As […]

Books received

posted by awelborn

I have threatened to do this before, but this time, I’m going to stick to it. This week, barring big news, most of my blog posts will be bookblogging. I have too much else to do to spend time newshounding. […]

Happy Darwin Day..

posted by awelborn

…with a twist. STRIKE UP THE BAND! Around the world today, February 12, admirers of Charles Darwin will celebrate the great man’s 198th birthday with lectures, concerts, and exhibits. Darwin Day, as it’s called, is meant to be cheerful, with […]

Roots

posted by awelborn

In words that speak to many of us, the Pope last week offered a friendly reminder: This morning Pope Benedict XVI received, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, members of the National Italian Confederation of the "Misericordias."  The Holy Father […]

No…

posted by awelborn

Low turnout dooms abortion referndum in Portugal: The Socialist Prime Minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, conceded late on Sunday that despite his party’s tremendous efforts to grant broader access to abortion in the country, a pro-abortion referendum has failed to […]

FYI

posted by awelborn

I’m speaking in Richmond, Indiana on Thursday…at 7pm at St. Andrew Church, 235 S. Fifth St. The subject will be The Words We Pray.

Michael is busy

posted by awelborn

He has started doing a podcast of the Office of Readings. He says there are many podcasts of Morning and Evening prayer out there, but not so many of the Office of Readings. So here you go. In addition, he’s […]

YAC

posted by awelborn

Last week, CNS ran a piece on a recently-published study of the views and practices of young adult Catholics – concluding that their institutional loyalty is largely negligible. Bill Cork has a critique and questions. Another point on methodology. The […]

World Day of the Sick

posted by awelborn

The Pope, today: On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, now also the World Day of the Sick, the pope did not stop at talking about miracles and healing. Thanking health workers and relatives of sick people, he called […]

V. Giulani

posted by awelborn

Yes, at least one Catholic bishop has noticed Giuliani’s views in the past: Cardinal Keeler. Rudolph Giuliani’s stature as the hero of 9/11 didn’t mean much to Baltimore Cardinal William Keeler in 2005 when Loyola College, a Catholic school, decided […]

Hughes on Barcelona

posted by awelborn

Robert Hughes takes a look at the cultural heritage of Barcelona through the prism of a forthcoming exhibit at the Met. There’s more to Barcelona than Gaudi, although he towers above the rest, naturally enough. Some things I didn’t know: […]

Before and After

posted by awelborn

Over at The New Liturgical Movement, Shawn Tribe has begun this quite interesting feature which we might call "Design on A Dime, Catholic Style." Or something: However, there are things that are less costly which can be done, but which […]

Inching…

posted by awelborn

The NYTimes on Giuliani’s recent finessing: Fred Siegel, author of “Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life,” said Mr. Giuliani will likely be careful to avoid anything perceived as a flip-flop on the issue. […]

Cardinal Bertone calling

posted by awelborn

CNS story on the ways and means of Cardinal Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State: The media has warmed to the cardinal’s personality and given him ample ink and airtime. As a result, the 72-year-old Salesian is building a reputation as […]

Vax Papali

posted by awelborn

Getting behind an initiative: Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) strongly endorsed programs that will make vaccines available to needy countries, as he met on February 9 with finance ministers from Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Russia. The government […]

More Varia

posted by awelborn

If you’ve never visited the Monks of Adoration website – now’s a good time to start! We, The Community of The Monks of Adoration, are a Public Association of the Faithful in the Diocese of Venice in Florida. Our Constitutions […]

Adoro Te

posted by awelborn

At Intentional Disciples, a post on the transformative impacat of Eucharistic Adoration. And a couple of other bits of fruit from blogging about: Thank you! A brief Christianity Today piece laying out the basics of the two main re-asserters groups […]

See what you think of this…

posted by awelborn

A provocative Corner post, I thought, here: According to a congressman’s wife who attended a Republican women’s luncheon yesterday, Karl Rove explained the rationale behind the president’s amnesty/open-borders proposal this way: "I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to […]

Not over yet…

posted by awelborn

Not even close. The Edwards blogger issue continues. The issue is, as I said yesterday, what the attitude of these bloggers says about Edwards. Really. The direction these conversations are taking in the blogo- and pundi-spheres seems to be in […]

Corporal Works

posted by awelborn

If you’re like most people, you want to help others, you want to be a faithful disciple and do as Jesus commands – to love, to serve. But you might be put off by the bigness of certain charities. They […]

More from Cincy

posted by awelborn

A very nice story from the Enquirer on a seminarians’ basketball team – the Minor Prophets Of the five Minor Prophets from the local area, three went to public high schools, one was home-schooled and one went to Elder. Many […]

Tensions

posted by awelborn

The Cincinnati Post picks up on the ongoing tensions between the Diocese of Covington and Northern Kentucky Right to Life, which was founded by a former bishop of Covington, as it happens: Recently, in full-page daily newspaper ads, both organizations […]

Because stupid people build cathedrals

posted by awelborn

Writer Sharan Newman has a nice takedown of Thomas Cahill’s latest, in Christian Century: Mysteries of the Middle Ages is part of Cahill’s "hinges of history" series, which began with How the Irish Saved Civilization. His laudable goal is to […]

Pastoral Bleg!

posted by awelborn

Pulled from the comments below, from Fr. Totten: I am pastor of a parish which has a small but thriving Catholic School and several faithful Catholic homeschool families.  I would be interested to hear from other priests who find themselves […]

You’re….not fired.

posted by awelborn

Edwards stands by his bloggers. John Edwards said Thursday that he was offended by the “intolerant language” of two employees of his presidential campaign, in writings on their personal Web logs, but he said they would remain with the campaign. […]

To the Missions

posted by awelborn

Jim Myers, assistant editor of the Colorado Springs diocesan paper, has been in Guatemala this week, and is blogging on it: While most Americans were watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, I was in Guatemala on a mission awareness trip […]

On the Movements

posted by awelborn

Pope Benedict, today, with words to bishops: A bishop can turn to Catholic lay movements not only when he needs an organized group to implement his pastoral plans, but also when he needs to care for his own soul, Pope […]

Animal House with a Cross

posted by awelborn

A fascinating little serendipitous moment…so I’m looking through email (still so, so behind) and I run across T-Matt’s latest column, which is about Dawn Eden’s Thrill of the Chaste: The irony, said Eden, is that many clergy seem to think […]

Who goes to Mass…

posted by awelborn

…in Italy? Sandro Magister reports: First, he looks at various surveys from the past attempting to gauge Mass attendance levels, quotes the rather optimistic words of Cardinal Ruini and Pope Benedict on the vitality of the Italian church, and then […]

By Zeus

posted by awelborn

From the Guardian, on efforts to rebirth Classical paganism in Greece: Armed with white doves, Peppa, a former advertising executive, was not going to hold back – even if it meant defying the furious Greek officials and riot police gathered […]

Large families=Good

posted by awelborn

A column from the Boston Pilot, the Archdiocesan paper: When I go running at dawn on a cold winter morning along the Charles River, even those passers-by who would never join me at least appreciate the ideal that motivates me. […]

Podcast – share!

posted by awelborn

Well, my years-old exercise radio finally broke. It fell off my arm, crashed onto the track and the volume button popped off into some corner. No manner of poking and prodding will make the volume work without the dial. So. […]

Why, it’s Wednesday!

posted by awelborn

This days off/school delays are really messing with my head. No school yesterday (cold, serious bus problems for the public school buses. And since the Catholic schools just follow the public school decisions…no school for them either.) and a 2-hour […]

Global South, Vatican Style

posted by awelborn

John Allen on some recent appointments: The last two major appointments to the Roman Curia from Benedict XVI went to cardinals from the South: Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay, named in May to head the Congregation for the Evangelization of […]

Dresses like what?

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As is the case every time she opens her mouth to a journalist, much discussion about the recent USA today profile of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Well, amid the theological curiosities, what struck me […]

The New Evangelization

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Archbishop Gomez of San Antonio, in a recent address to the Conference of the New Evangelization of America (pdf format) It’s an important read, After laying out the Catholic/Christian roots of the Americas, the contemporary obstacles to evangelization, he proceeds […]

Dare to Love

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Perhaps those of us involved in youth ministry and catechesis might print out Benedict’s message for World Youth Day (not ’08 in Australia, but diocesan-led celebrations on April 1.) and share: the focus is love. Is it possible to love? […]

Job Description

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A snippet from a CNS story about ecumenism, centered on observations by Bishop Brian Farrell of the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: He said that when Pope Benedict visited Turkey last fall he had dinner with […]

Prison ministry

posted by awelborn

Pope to visit: Benedict XVI plans to visit the Casal del Marmo detention center for minors in Rome. News of the upcoming March 18 visit was announced today by Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office. It […]

A special gift

posted by awelborn

A few weeks ago, Pope Benedict gave his brother Fr. Georg Ratzinger, a Christmas gift – a private concert: (scroll down to last post) A special gift indeed: a most private concert last January 4 presented by the Pope to […]

A final word on heresy?

posted by awelborn

I trust that those of you who have been following the conversation in First Things have been, well..following it. But just in case, here’s the latest from Fr. Oakes on heresy: What I’m searching for is a term for two […]

Speaking of documentaries..

posted by awelborn

Seen at some point on a PBS station in your town during the month of February: Sisters of Selma: The year was 1965; the place, Selma, Alabama. For decades, local laws had all but prevented Blacks from voting. And those […]

Silence, continued

posted by awelborn

For some time, we’ve been discussing the film Into Great Silence -the much-praised and surprisingly successful documentary about Carthusians at the Grande Chartreuse. Some of you have even seen it!  It will be in very limited theatrical release in the […]

Sisters Today

posted by awelborn

No, it’s not a magazine cover from 1967. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, were featured in a story on NBC’s Today show. It’s basically a live action version of the Newsweek story from a few weeks […]

Violence begets violence

posted by awelborn

Good words from a Dallas-area pastor. This utterly utilitarian manipulation of living human beings has now brought us to a debate about what can be done if we are going to throw them away anyway. Now we ask, “Why not […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

Of a liturgical type: I was wondering if you knew where in church documents that it states you should have a crucifix in view of the altar. I have searched some stuff but to no avail. Anyone?

Awesome

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John Edwards has hired a virulent anti-Catholic to run his blog! It’s a free blogosphere, of course, and Marcotte can ridicule my religion and its teachings all she wants (though I’ll lay off her Church of the Mouse and the […]

Project Sycamore

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Check it out – an effort on the part of a group at Notre Dame dedicated to helping to "preserve the Catholic identity" of the school. Part of the effort involves a petition drive regarding a certain play that’s often […]

Utilitarianism

posted by awelborn

Good article on Utilitarianism at MercatorNet – as well as many other interesting pieces.

A little late…

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…but better late than never. February 4, which was Sunday, was the memorial of St. Maria de Mattias, a 19th century woman whose story is well worth reading…and emulating: Maria’s plans for Acuto included far more than a school. Drawing […]

On Strike

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MIT prof, opponent of embryo-destructive stem-cell research, goes on hunger strike to protest his denial of tenure?? A black MIT professor began a hunger strike Monday to protest the university’s decision to deny him tenure – a decision he claims […]

After the Grail

posted by awelborn

….the "Aryan" Holy Grail Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi SS, made a secret wartime mission to an abbey in Spain in search of what he believed was the Aryan Holy Grail, a new book claims. Himmler visited the […]

No change

posted by awelborn

Diocese of Richmond won’t change its policies: The Catholic Diocese of Richmond may change little about its financial practices, at least immediately, in the wake of embezzlement scandals at three churches. The diocese is recommending to parishes that contributions be […]

Lent is coming…

posted by awelborn

…can you believe it? Two weeks from tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Michael’s book The Power of the Cross was written to be used during the Lenten season (it can be read any other time as well, of course!) Check it […]

Mallrat, continued

posted by awelborn

Gerald has published an extensive post on the abortion-clinic-in-the-mall story, translating some interviews and other stories for us. It’s gotten a lot of "old media" attention throughout Austria and Germany (which in itself is almost a miracle) – the good […]

God’s Mercy

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Archbishop Wuerl has penned his first pastoral letter as Archbishop of Washington: God’s Mercy and the Sacrament of Penance. (pdf) It is excellent – no surprise coming from Archbishop Wuerl, who has written some fine catechetical materials. He leads the […]

Couple o’ blegs

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From Maureen Wittman: I’m wondering if you can help me out through your blog. One of the fruits of our March for Life trip has been the desire to start a local pro-life club for teens.  The teens in our […]

A Mikvah for Boynton

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Interesting story, sent by reader Judy, about the opening of a mikvah in Boynton Beach: Miles from the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the Super Bowl, a spiritual ritual of a different sort was renewed Sunday at the Chabad-Lubavitch of […]

Even more heresy!

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Alyssa Lyra Pitstick, who has engaged Fr. Oakes on von Balthasar in the pages of First Things, enters the heresy fray: Since, however, Oakes thinks words have enough meaning to make it worthwhile to distinguish between the orthodox and those […]

Say what?

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A bit ‘o buzz on this one – is Ave Maria School of Law considering a move to Fort Wayne? Apparently University of St. Francis theology head Dr. Dominic Aquila (who previously worked at Ave Maria College) is in conversations […]

Obligatory Super Bowl post

posted by awelborn

The question is…did our schools have a two-hour delay today because it’s really cold or because the administrators decided it would be nice to sleep late after a night of celebration in Colts Nation? Hmmm. (Of course, Archbishop Buechlein was […]

In the works:

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New documents on preborn life and the natural law. From Sandro Magister: But the second new document, the one on natural law, will be the very first of its kind. On a number of occasions Benedict XVI has indicated as […]

“Outspoken advocate?”

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In the recent minor kerfuffle over Bishop Gumbleton withdrawing from a speaking engagment in Tucson (the story is that the speech was sponsored by a local chapter of Call to Action, and Bishop Kicanas refused the group permission to meet […]

Write your own joke

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Things get violence during a death-penalty discussion. In a class on the virtuous life. When the discussion turned to the death penalty, a male student said he was for capital punishment because the public shouldn’t have to pay to keep […]

Speaking of…

posted by awelborn

…abortion in fiction, read this David Foster Wallace story, "Good People" in the most recent issue of the New Yorker. Stream-of-consciousness, such is the case with Wallace, but don’t let it dissuade you, if you would be dissuaded by such […]

You know what’s startling?

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When you’re driving down the road at midnight in minus-minus-freezing degree weather, driving to pick up your daughter from school (yes) where the bus full of debate team members, in from the State Meet in Fabulous Kokomo, will soon be […]

One year later

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The author of this article in AsiaNews sees small glimmers of hope in Trabzon, Turkey – the site of the murder of Italian priest Don Andreo Sanotoro on February 5, 2006 (as well as the hometown of the murderer of […]

Best article ever

posted by awelborn

Well, not really. But an article crying out to be written, and one that will be completely enjoyable to anyone with knowledge of the Sunshine State. The graphic tells the story: (click for a larger version) The story: IT takes […]

In search of Flannery

posted by awelborn

Thanks to those of you who passed on The lovely piece by Lawrence Downes in the NYTimes today on his travels to south Georgia: Andalusia was a working dairy farm run by Flannery’s mother, Regina, who as a prominent widow […]

Coming soon

posted by awelborn

We’ll no doubt see much discussion of this forthcoming book: Jesus in the Talmud. From Publishers’ Weekly: Will Peter Schaefer’s new book, Jesus in the Talmud (Mar.), be controversial? "I’m afraid so," Schaefer told RBL. "That’s why I’m nervous." His […]

Mallrats

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Via Gerald: An abortion clinic has opened in a mall in Vienna. A bishop responds: Salzburg’s outspoken auxiliary Bishop Andreas Laun said that the owner of the Viennese mall in which an abortion clinic just opened its doors was excommunicated […]

What did he say?

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John Thavis of CNS on the pope’s ad-libbing…and the official versions. Rarely is a general audience talk interrupted by spontaneous applause, and Pope Benedict XVI seemed as surprised as anyone when the clapping began in the Vatican’s audience hall. The […]

More on that really good NYTimes Mag story..

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Dave Andrusko at NRLC speaks to one of the researchers interviewed by Emily Bazelon, the author of the piece on post-abortion syndrome. I recently spoke with Dr. Priscilla Coleman who was interviewed by Ms Bazelon and briefly mentioned in the […]

Varia

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St. Louis Review interviews 3 nurse-practioners on their roles in promoting and teaching NFP. Also from St. Louis, a nice story about a group of young people who Marched for Life in DC last year, were struck by the numbers […]

Try again

posted by awelborn

…in South Dakota: The South Dakota House of Representatives yesterday introduced a new abortion ban for the state, this time carrying harsher penalties. The new bill increases punishment for illegal abortion to a class 4 felony, punishable by 10 years […]

Different paradigms

posted by awelborn

This is a rather strange story from the Fort Worth diocese. A priest was removed from parish ministry in February, with the announcement that he had sexually abused a minor when he was in his 20’s. There is some confusion […]

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Just a reminder to visit and participate in the "Why I came back" thread down below. There are some beautiful stories down there, sure to provoke thought and nurture hope.

Light to the Nations

posted by awelborn

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. From the Office of Readings: A homily by St. Sophronius: In honour of the divine mystery that we celebrate today, let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be […]

Party Time!

posted by awelborn

At ZENIT, Catherine Smiebert reports on the celebration of the feastday of St. Thomas Aquinas (1/28) at the University under his patronage: What better way to celebrate the feast of a saint than to party as he would? This is […]

Breaking News

posted by awelborn

…from a source with, er…knowledge. Terry McAuliffe’s application for the Knights of Malta was "withdrawn." The Knights office in DC was flooded with emails and calls – and, I’d expect, many of them from the good Knights and Dames themselves. 

Congratulations!

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To the Popcak family, who received word today that the process of adopting their new baby from China is in its final stages: Lilianna Fu Zhang Popcak Significance of Her Name: Lily—Lilianna will be coming home around Easter.  The lily […]

Where in the world

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…is Milingo? Back to school! Mgr Emmanuel Milingo is in Seoul to study the religion of the Unification Church, founded by the Rev Moon Sun-myung. Excommunicated in September of last year for ordaining four Catholic bishops, Milingo showed up at […]

Why did you come back?

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There’s a lot of discussion and (justifiable) fretting out there about why people leave the Cathoilc Church. It’s a discussion we’ve had here, and will continue to have. But I want this thread to be something different, something I don’t […]

Responding to heresy

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Stephen Barr responds at First Things: While I agree with the general sentiment of Fr. Edward Oakes’ observations yesterday concerning the invidious or vituperative use of the word heresy, I feel that he is turning into a matter of sentiment […]

Complications

posted by awelborn

Some of you have heard of the Paraguayan bishop who resigned to run for presidential office. In an interesting next step, the Vatican has maintained its suspension of him, but refused his petition for laicization. And since he then remains […]

Untrue confessions

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One of the things that I’ve not blogged on is the Italain journalist posing as a penitent in the confession and getting varied advice from priests. That link takes you to the Get Religion post on the story. My take? […]

Too much progress?

posted by awelborn

There’s a lot going on that I’ve not blogged on, mostly because I’m working on things. If you see the "progress" bar over there, you see that I’ve surpassed by initial estimated word count. That estimate was based on 14 […]

The Chinese story continues

posted by awelborn

This link to yesterday’s WSJ story on the Church and China will be live for a few more days, so check it out. As Beijing and the Vatican escalate their battle for control of the Roman Catholic Church in China, […]

Crystal Ball

posted by awelborn

Using the currently empty see of Kinshasa as a starting point, John Allen looks at growth trends in the global Catholic population: The post has been vacant since the January 6 death of Cardinal Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, who was 76. Etsou […]

Nope. Not gonna sign it

posted by awelborn

Vatican won’t be signing a UN document on the disabled: Made public today was a talk delivered by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, concerning a Convention on the Rights of Persons […]

One year later…

posted by awelborn

Love still sells: It’s been just over a year since its release, yet Pope Benedict XVI’s first Encyclical letter continues to be a best seller.  According to the Rome-based ANSA news agency the Pontiff’s profound discussion of human and divine […]

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

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

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

Brave Heart?
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