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Low impact?

posted by awelborn

Focusing on Honduras, John Allen asks a question: If any corner of the globe should bear the imprint of Catholic values, it’s Latin America. Catholicism has enjoyed a spiritual monopoly in the region for more than 500 years, and today […]

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More on that Qatar Church

posted by awelborn

From AsiaNews: Future Parish priest Fr. Tom Veneration, tells AsiaNews: “After over 20 years of making formal requests to the authorities, the government has finally granted the Christian confessions land to build their own places of worship. The Catholic community […]

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Off the streets

posted by awelborn

Zenit features a sister with a mission: There is a side to the Eternal City that most of us are loathe to acknowledge. Passing through certain parts of Rome and its surroundings, one is likely to see women — or […]

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Sentenced

posted by awelborn

Vietnamese priest to be imprisoned: A Vietnamese court has sentenced dissident Catholic priest Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly to eight years in prison for anti-government activities. Fr. Van Ly, has already spent 14 of the past 24 years in prison and […]

Close a Catholic school..

posted by awelborn

…open an academy: The New York Archdiocese is inviting youngsters back to a Greenwich Village parish schoolhouse it shuttered last year – at $25,000 a pop. Now, working-class parents who had paid about $2,500 to send their children to the […]

Penance

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope led a penance service especially for young people at St. Peter’s. The CNS report: The sacrament of penance is the sacrament of God’s mercy and an outpouring of God’s healing love, Pope Benedict XVI told young people […]

Crossing the Tiber…

posted by awelborn

The very recently retired Episcopal Bishop of Albany From his letter: In his letter to Bishop Love, Bishop Herzog stated that his decision was based on more than three years of focused prayer and study. "My sense of duty to […]

Varia w/College Bleg at the end

posted by awelborn

Here we go, from my email box and my blogivanting around…please read to the end and give some input on the reader’s question. Barbara Nicolosi is in Israel, with an exceptionally passionate post on Jerusalem. A deeply moving piece from […]

Pulled from the comments

posted by awelborn

Since not everyone reads the comments, especially after the first day a post has appeared, I thought this comment from Richard was worth highlighting: Certainly we do well to read our history; to realize the human constants through every age […]

To the East

posted by awelborn

.Caveat: Often when we talk about these kind of issues, folks suggest that "You know, things aren’t going to be magically fixed" if we see any of these elements – chant, Latin, etc – more frequently used. Well, looking back […]

Through Their Own Eyes

posted by awelborn

History scares some. Reading books about history after you’ve left school scares them even more. It shouldn’t. If you’re a person who’s trying to understand the Church today in all its rather breathtaking variety, in the midst of changes that […]

Irenaeus

posted by awelborn

Today, in the General Audience, Benedict continued his adult ed catechesis on the Church Fathers, moving on to Inrenaeus, the great Bishop of Lyons, who is one of our primary sources for information about early heresies. From AsiaNews: As a […]

The Pope and Europe

posted by awelborn

An acquaintance in Rome tells us that the big topic of conversation over there right now is the Pope’s speech last Saturday to a conference organized by the  council of European bishops on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of […]

In Cordoba

posted by awelborn

LATimes on the conflict over the cathedraL Spanish Catholics are of mixed minds about whether Muslims should be allowed to pray at La Mezquita. "Sure, let them — the day I can pray in a mosque," Luis Recio Mateo, 61, […]

On Discernment

posted by awelborn

A reader wrote in and recommended I highlight a recent blog post from the always excellent Aimee Milburn of Historical Christianity. Well, Here it is – a post in which Aimee gives good, practical suggestions for developing spiritual discernment and […]

Books, books, books

posted by awelborn

Just a couple of notes recently received from kind readers who took the time to email and let me know that they appreciated books mentioned here: At the beginning of the year I prayed for the gift of silence.  The […]

Related..

posted by awelborn

…to the post following this one. A subject that comes up in the Catholic blogosphere a lot runs sort of like this: A. The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the one, true Church of Jesus Christ. B. The Roman […]

Episcopalians, continued

posted by awelborn

AT First Things, Jordan Hylden sums up the most recent developments: Not all conservatives have reached the point of giving up. But there is no way to escape from the conclusion that it will not be long before they will […]

The Lost Parish

posted by awelborn

The San Francisco Chronicle is running a three-part series on the closure of St. Brigid parish downtown, a process that was initiated more than a decade ago, and fought by parishioners who questioned the Archdiocese’s reasoning for closing their parish. […]

From the South

posted by awelborn

John Allen has conclusions: After recent travels in Africa and Central America, I’ve come to two conclusions about Catholicism in the global south as opposed to the north. First, low Mass attendance rates in the north are generally an index […]

Finally

posted by awelborn

Fr. Groeschel in the Times

posted by awelborn

A very nice profile. I’m not kidding. (With a bit of a political angle, but that’s okay. ) It gives us a good quote: "I used to be a liberal, if liberal means concern for the other guy,” Father Groeschel […]

Hot and Hotter

posted by awelborn

The rumors are heating up that the famed and legendary Motu Proprio on the "freeing" of the 1962 Missal is on its way this week or Holy Thursday at the latest. This, added to everything else, From Fr. Z. Update: […]

Potpourri

posted by awelborn

Cleaning out the emailbox… Nice piece from Mercartor.net on finding echoes of Flannery O’Connor in Jerusalem John McMullen is a theology teacher at Mater Dei High School in Evansville who has now published two books of historical fiction, inspired by […]

China bound…

posted by awelborn

The whole Popcak clan to meet and bring home their new daughter and sister, 13-month old Liliana Faith: We fly to Chongquing on Palm Sunday.  We hope to see the carvings of DaZu while we are there, and if possible […]

MassTimes.org

posted by awelborn

I was double-checking on an evening Mass time (Katie’s been at the State speech tourney in Indianapolis, and has to go to Mass tonight – glad I checked. I thought the Cathedral Mass was at 6, but it’s at 5.) […]

“Yes”

posted by awelborn

Today’s Angelus: Because this year it falls on Lent Sunday, the Annunciation, an ancient festivity celebrated nine months before Christmas, will be observed tomorrow. The Pope decided however to mention “this wonderful mystery of the faith which we contemplate every […]

No argument

posted by awelborn

I love the way little children think. It’s so logical – and I mean that. I was cleaning out the basement, accompanied by my helper Little Michael. I took down the the baby carrier that we bought for Rome and […]

In Communion

posted by awelborn

Today, Pope Benedict met with members of Communion and Liberation in St. Peter’s Square, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of papal recognition of the group. Reports say there were 130,000 present – the Italian text of the Pope’s […]

Bleg

posted by awelborn

My daughter just completed a massive project on Charles I  – she had to read a book – I can’t remember who the author was, but I know that the teacher gave them all a reading comprehension test and then […]

Mass in the Sunbelt

posted by awelborn

One of my complaints about EWTN has always been that I think they could do a much better job of highlighting liturgical life across the US, not just in Birmingham and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC. Yes, […]

Face Time

posted by awelborn

Members of the Catholic Peace Fellowship traveled to Rome recently. John Thavis of CNS reports: The group was heartened last fall when Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the new Vatican secretary of state, gave his inaugural address to the diplomatic corps and […]

Must-read of the day

posted by awelborn

Truly. From Honduras (still) John Allen profiles a remarkable woman, Franciscan Sr. Maria Rosa Leggol, founder of the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños. My proof of her notoriety? My cab driver in Tegucigalpa could name Leggol and the cardinal as […]

Slavery Today

posted by awelborn

It’s the Tablet’s lead article In 1789, the year of the French Revolution, William Wilberforce started advocating the abolition of slavery. Results were long in coming, but he persevered – perhaps endowed with Yorkshire stubbornness – until in 1807 the […]

What…did they forget Sam Harris?

posted by awelborn

Dorian Speed notes the authors included at her local Barnes and Noble "Easter is Coming" display. She concludes: Why don’t they just scrawl "SUCKAHS!" underneath the "Easter is Coming" banner and be done with it?

On the Cardinal

posted by awelborn

This week, the story from LA has concerned apparent differences between what Cardinal Mahony told the people of the Archdiocese and what he told the Vatican about an abusing priest. (At least he told the truth to the Vatican, which […]

Nope

posted by awelborn

A statement from the USCCB: The document Statement Concerning Two Pamphlets Published by Professor Daniel Maguire was developed by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  It was approved by the Administrative Committee of […]

Preach it

posted by awelborn

John Allen, on an answer to the Pentecostals in Honduras: Had someone called central casting in a Hollywood studio and asked for a Catholic look-alike of the magnetic Pentecostal preachers today marching across Latin America, they could not have done […]

Some people need to get out more

posted by awelborn

With all due respect, what the rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute says here just doesn’t help. Academics, more often than not, living in that hothouse of theirs, have a tendency to grow new sets of ears that tune out […]

Papal varia

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow, the Pope meets with members of Communion and Liberation: At least 70 to 80 thousand people of the Communion and Liberation Movement will be in Saint Peter’s Square on the 24th of March for an encounter with Benedict XVI. […]

Letter to China

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z reports on Cardinal Zen’s report on the contents of Benedict’s forthcoming letter to Chinese Catholics: Pope Benedict’s forthcoming letter to Chinese Catholics will clear up pastoral issues troubling the mainland church while spelling out the Vatican’s bottom line […]

Care and feeding…

posted by awelborn

…of Motu Proprio rumors. Various reports from the Italian Press have hinted that the rumored MP is coming between Sunday (the Feast of the Annunciation) and Easter. I’ve no idea on how reliable those rumors are, but I will note […]

From the comments..

posted by awelborn

Don’t have any confirmation, but, for what it’s worth, from the Fessio Post down below: The latest word from AMU is that Fr. Fessio and the administration have come to an agreement and that he will remain at AMU in […]

Aquilina on Alexandria

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina has some things to say about Smithsonian Magazine’s cover piece on ancient Alexandria: I was thrilled to see the cover story in April’s Smithsonian. “Wonders of Alexandria: Rediscovering the Fabled City of Cleopatra,” reads the headline below a […]

On the Edwards

posted by awelborn

What a sad turn – Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer has re-appaeared  – in her bones. This is serious, but not an immediate, short term death sentence. One of my closest friends in Florida has spent the past 10+ years battling various […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Clean out time. Perhaps one or more of these links will interest you folks: At Rome of the West – a great blog dedicated to documenting the historcial life of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Louis – a post […]

Back to you, Anglicans..

posted by awelborn

In case you didn’t know it, the House of Bishops for the Episcopal Church met in Texas over the past week, and decided that the recent communique from Dar es Salaam wasn’t their cup of tea. From the official statement: […]

New Archbishop

posted by awelborn

….in Sao Paulo: Pope Benedict XVI named a new archbishop for the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest see. The Vatican announced the appointment of Auxiliary Bishop Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paulo in a March 21 statement. The 57-year-old […]

Kristin Fans..

posted by awelborn

There are folks out there who are huge fans of Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. You might be interested to know that Amazon’s Penguin Classics Reading Group has been discussing the work this month. (I read the first, never got […]

Shocker

posted by awelborn

Fr. Fessio asked to resign The provost at Ave Maria University, once a student of the current pope, has been asked to resign his position immediately. Provost Joseph Fessio sent an e-mail shortly after 2 p.m. today to members of […]

Because B16 isn’t popular

posted by awelborn

According to this article, which bases its thesis on how images of the Pope are selling in American religious goods shops… The Vatican Publishing House reports that over the past week, their edition (in Italian) of the Exhortation has sold….220,000 […]

Travel Notes and Jesuit Swag

posted by awelborn

It was obviously a quick trip in and out – Just a little less than 24 hours. Travel notes: * Co-pilots, please check the water in your radiators before you head to work. Our flight from DTW was delayed an […]

On that Judas novel

posted by awelborn

A clarfication from Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J., over at CWNews: A week ago, we Jesuits of the Pontifical Biblical Institute were informed in the course of a regular community meeting that our main lecture hall would be in use on […]

Back..

posted by awelborn

…tired. Really great program at St. Joseph’s last night. It was good to see Rocco again, great to meet Grant Gallicho of Commonweal, Bill McGarvey of Busted Halo, Fr. Dan Joyce, SJ, who was instrumental in pulling the program together, […]

Things I don’t understand…

posted by awelborn

Why is CNN reporting on the results of Dancing With The Stars?

March 25…

posted by awelborn

More than the Annunciation. Very fittingly, it’s also the International Day for the Unborn Child. Vote for Life Canada has a graphic: Vote for Life Canada’s blog – a good source for life-issues news, it seems. The blogger at Blue […]

Magister on Sobrino

posted by awelborn

His take: Last Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a diminutive friar from Peru in the black and white habit of the Dominicans came before Benedict XVI, who was officiating over the rite in the Roman basilica of Santa […]

Airports=Email

posted by awelborn

I’m sitting at the fabulous Fort Wayne International Airport, waiting to ship out to DTW, then PHL. I’m committing to make this day, "Clean out the emailbox" day. I’m down to 170. Yay. Progress.

Reminder…

posted by awelborn

I’m at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia tomorrow night…along with Rocco Palmo and Grant Gallicho. Come say hello and check out what we have to say about "Catholics and the Blogosphere."

Blessed are the Meek

posted by awelborn

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s second Lenten homily, given in the presence of Benedict XVI and officials of the Roman Curia. The beatitude on which we wish to meditate today lends itself to an important observation. It says: "Blessed are the […]

What are you seeing and hearing?

posted by awelborn

I meant to start this thread last week, but I forgot. So…what is Lent like in your parish Masses? How are the RCIA rites being handled? Music? Preaching? Scrutinies? Didn’t seem them this week, but last week prayed with the […]

For the blind

posted by awelborn

Yesterday, the Pope was part of a Mass in St. Peter’s for Movimento Apostolico Ciechi  – or "The Movement for the Blind." From the photos, it doesn’t appear to me that he celebrated the Mass – it looks like Cardinal […]

The Prodigal Son

posted by awelborn

Today, the Pope began his day with a visit to the Casal del Marmo juvenile detention facility in Rome. His homily during the Mass there was extemporaneous, so it will take a while for a full text to be available. […]

Just in time for St. Patrick..

posted by awelborn

You’re invited to check out the website Celtic Prayer and the blog Anamchara, both dedicated to Celtic spirituality. "Anamchara"… It’s the Celtic word for "soul friend" and this is the place to talk about Roman Catholicism, Celtic Spirituality, Tolkien, Lewis, […]

People Power

posted by awelborn

Works of Mercy in the Philippines: A housing project to shelter poor families in the village of Buntala in the Philippine Archdiocese of Jaro is the objective of a new movement, called “People power”. Drawing together rich and poor alike, […]

Still thinking about it…

posted by awelborn

Do a "Find on this page" search on Ian Fisher’s NYTimes article on the Exhortation. Look for the words "Eucharist" or even "Communion" in the piece. Let me know when you find them….I’ll be waiting here in Shangri-La. The never […]

Set your clocks..

posted by awelborn

…for 4:30 AM, if you really want to. You can then watch Pope Benedict’s visit to Casal del Marmo, Rome’s juvenile penitentiary. He will visit and say Mass.  It will be broadcast on EWTN and via the Vatican television service, […]

Food for thought…

posted by awelborn

In pondering matters liturgical, and the interplay between the now and then, past and present, universality and adaptability and the way in which blinders get so stubbornly attached…for all of us…I was struck by a quote from Nabokov, pulled out […]

Shylock in Fort Wayne

posted by awelborn

Last Sunday, I took Katie to a production of The Merchant of Venice at the small, yet established (30+ years) and high-quality First Presbyterian Theater downtown. She had three friends in the production, plus…why not? The production was simple and […]

Prayers today…

posted by awelborn

For the Roving Medievalist, (a wonderful blog)  who is, according to his own lights, "not doing well."

Sometimes you just get lucky

posted by awelborn

…and you hit a Mass in which you get not one, not two, but three homilies. (At the "greeting," (3 minutes), at homily time (20 minutes) and at the end of Mass (7 minutes or so. Which includes introduction of […]

St. Patrick

posted by awelborn

From the Primate of all Ireland Archbishop Sean Brady: In memory of our most revered Father in the Lord Jesus, Patrick, Apostle to the Irish People, I hope that these words of mine may somehow touch the hearts of all […]

Reminder

posted by awelborn

Comments are moderated now. That means they don’t appear until I approve. Sometimes I check frequently, sometimes I don’t. So be patient – your comment will appear.

Git ‘er done

posted by awelborn

Vox Clara urges rapid completion of that translation. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and a committee of congregation advisers have urged the quick completion of the new English translation of the Mass. The Vox Clara Committee, a […]

Rachel wants to know…

posted by awelborn

From Rachel Balducci, blogger at Testosterhome: Would you be willing to ask your readers about this: when Paul lived in Mexico (before we were married) he sent home a silver Our Lady of Guadalupe medal. On the back is inscribed: […]

Compare and contrast

posted by awelborn

John Thavis at CNS looks at the two new JPII books: As Pope John Paul II’s sainthood cause rolled forward, two people close to him have offered quite different insider accounts of his life and times. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of […]

The Death of Catholic Culture?

posted by awelborn

James Matthew Wilson, a Sorin Research Fellow at Notre Dame, writes in the college newspaper: Ignorance of the Church’s faith, however, is just a symptom of an even more grave condition. It is one thing not to know the doctrinal […]

Almsgiving, cont’d

posted by awelborn

I received a very nice note from the sister who is the co-founder of Vietnam Dream for Success, one of the charities we mentioned in our "Almsgiving" post last month. One of you sent a donation and mentioned that you’d […]

The missing link

posted by awelborn

In thinking about the Exhortation and matters liturgical this week, considering all of that along with the hopes many have for a forthcoming Motu Proprio and the dynamic of how all of this works out on the ground, I formulated […]

Hotter yet…

posted by awelborn

..for those keeping their eyes on the Anglican situation, things just got hotter as the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence’s election as Bishop of South Carolina didn’t happen. I use the highly precise "didn’t happen" because it appears that even though […]

Blessed are the Meek

posted by awelborn

Full text isn’t out, but John Allen reports on this morning’s homily from the Preacher of the Papal Household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa: Friedrich Nietzsche espoused a pagan lust for power “irreducibly” opposed to Christian non-violence, the Preacher of the […]

Once more, Exhorting

posted by awelborn

I have spent a few days now going over Sacramentum Caritatis, for it seems now, no purpose, but that’s another story….anyway…some more thoughts. 1) It’s a collegial document, rooted in the Synodal propositions. Some have expressed distress, for example, that […]

Take a gander at this…

posted by awelborn

Thanks to Nance for sending this one along: The Anatomical Museum in Modena, Italy, which consists of a collection of simply astonishing obstetrical models realized by Giovan Battista Manfredini in Modena between 1773 and 1775. Almost full-scale models of women […]

Do you know the Secret?

posted by awelborn

No? What’s the matter with you? Emily Stimson writes at OSV of the latest faddishness given a platform by Oprah Winfrey: According to Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, who hosts EWTN Live and writes extensively on the New Age movement, The […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Brittany, the young woman many of you helped bring down her student loan debt so she could enter the convent…has met her goal. Jen Ambrose is back in China and, as usual, has fascinating and pity posts about life there […]

Putin in Bari

posted by awelborn

Russian President Vladimir Putin, still in Italy, journeyed to Bari , the resting place since the 11th century, of the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra. A translation of an article in an Italian newspaper: He knelt, he kissed the […]

The New Bedford Raid

posted by awelborn

Last week, there was a federal immigration raid on a leather-goods factory in New Bedford, MA. Here is a timeline of the raid . Jeff Jacoby: SUPPOSE YOU LEARN that a New England manufacturer is exploiting its employees, many of […]

And the winner is…

posted by awelborn

The winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize has been announced. The prize: How might humankind’s spiritual information and advancement increase by more than a hundredfold? This is the challenge presented by the Templeton Prize. Just as knowledge in science, medicine, […]

The Ides of March

posted by awelborn

Fr. Z takes you to the spot. Speaking of Rome…This Rome-based blogger has the goods on the milk sold at the Vatican grocery store!

The last Arian church

posted by awelborn

A reader passed this on – I wish I could read Spanish at more than a "well, that looks like the English word…" level, because it looks interesting: Constructed in the 6th century (I think) by one of the kings […]

Damian on SC

posted by awelborn

Damian Thompson is the editor of the Catholic Herald, a British Catholic paper we refer to here often. Today, he continues his fulminating against the bishops’ offices: Real anger is building up in the parishes over the bishops’ behaviour, which […]

Smallpax Sketchblog

posted by awelborn

Members of the Catholic Illustrator’s Guild post their wonderful work here. (book publishers and editors…bookmark it!) Via NLM.

Greg’s talking

posted by awelborn

…to Fr. Morris of FoxNews. He’s been having an email conversation, and shares his reflections and continuing concerns.

Random blogs

posted by awelborn

Some of us need to get out more. Get out of the blog rut…see what else is out there! Some random sampling from the Catholic Blog Listing: Holy Cards for Your Inspiration: a blogger posts from her vintage holy card […]

Back outside

posted by awelborn

Things are warming up in Rome (as they are everywhere…70+ here the past couple of days) – the General Audience was outdoors, and the Pope continued his catechesis on great figures of the early Church, taking Ignatius of Antioch this […]

Food for thought

posted by awelborn

Mike Aquilina looks at part of the AE that resonates with his Patristics heart: Like everything Benedict does, it’s steeped in the doctrine of the Fathers. He invokes Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Cyprian, Jerome, Augustine, and Chrysostom, as well as the […]

Notification

posted by awelborn

As rumored for a week or so, today the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a notification in the case of Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J.. The Notification: 1. After a preliminary examination of the books Jesucristo liberador. Lectura […]

Doing lunch

posted by awelborn

Today I had the treat of lunching with Barbara Nicolosi, who was in the area speaking at Huntington University, a small Christian liberal arts college.  Greg Erlandson of OSV joined us (OSV is located in Huntington – Michael is out […]

A Whapster’s take

posted by awelborn

Drew at Holy Whapping has interesting thoughts: The Exhortation plays an important role in this movement, then, by codifying Ratzinger’s ideas on liturgy into the written magisterium of the Church. He gave the reform of the reform much of its […]

Must-watch of the day. Or night.

posted by awelborn

Or whatever. Found this via The Hermeneutic of Continuity, Fr. Tim Finigan’s great blog. Fr. Tim found it on a new UK Catholic blog called Obnoxiously Pious. What this seems to be is the last part of a documentary film […]

Whoa, now

posted by awelborn

Go read Fr. Z on the English translation of the exhortation – rather, the translation of two Latin words (in the original) into the English, as compared to how it was translated into other languages. Update: Fr. Z’s blog is […]

Putin and the Pope

posted by awelborn

They met today. From AsiaNews: Relations between Catholics and Orthodox were also on the agenda of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Benedict XVI, which took place this evening in the Vatican, in a “very positive climate”.  The “cordial […]

Another take

posted by awelborn

Fr. Bernardo Cerverella, of AsiaNews, sums up the Apostolic Exhortation: Benedict XVI ‘s successful undertaking lies in having explained, as in a short catechism, that everything, really and truly everything subsists in and is held together thanks to the Eucharist: […]

Summing up

posted by awelborn

…for now. I’m going to be out of the ..er..office until early afternoon, so this will have to do. First, as regard to abuses, let’s get one thing clear – the norms for the celebration of the Mass are clear. […]

Digging through the footnotes…

posted by awelborn

we find this: 150) Taking into account ancient and venerable customs and the wishes expressed by the Synod Fathers, I have asked the competent curial offices to study the possibility of moving the sign of peace to another place, such […]

New post

posted by awelborn

I’ll continue going through this document. I have to say, as I do so more closely, I’m seeing things I didn’t see in that first quick read (naturally enough). There is a subtle, yet very clear effort to re-orient the […]

Here ya go

posted by awelborn

Let’s read.. First impression: Good stuff, but nothing in terms of practice that hasn’t been said before, and nothing really "new" in terms of emphasis. This is not, of course, a legislative document (although in the Catholic context, that is […]

Put this on your list..

posted by awelborn

…to read and contemplate. Aimee Milburn at Historical Christian’s short version of why she became a Catholic. (Longer versions are linked at the post!) In a nutshell, through a long period of study and reflection I simply became convinced that […]

Beautiful

posted by awelborn

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on 40 Hours in his parish: To the outsider I know this seems arcane, irrelevant and difficult to understand. To many Catholics it seems the same. They wonder why worship cannot be more ‘relevant’ and more easy […]

Responding..

posted by awelborn

….to the Hannity/Euteneuer dustup…FoxNews commentator, Fr. Jonathon Morris, LC: As I watched a fellow Catholic priest spar with you on the March 9 edition of Hannity and Colmes, I hung my head in shame and sadness. My colleague in religion […]

Praying with the Pope

posted by awelborn

On Saturday, Pope Benedict gathered with European and Asian university students, both in reality and virtually, to pray the rosary. This event was held to mark the fifth European Day for Universities. A CNA story: On Saturday the Holy Father […]

Speaking of Art

posted by awelborn

Painting Cardinals: When New York artist Alex Melamid watched the funeral of Pope John Paul II on TV in 2005, he was struck by the way the cardinals all looked the same — as iconic dignitaries in red vestments. This […]

The Catechism in Images

posted by awelborn

Sandro Magister on a new edition of the Compendium: (You won’t be buying this one in bulk for your students, I don’t think. Too bad.) The image above is the “Salvator Mundi” by Antonello da Messina, painted in 1475 and […]

Giuliani and the pro-lifers

posted by awelborn

I have really been trying to stay out of the ’08 presidential discussions, since it’s, you know, ’07, but the Giluliani questions has really been heating up over the past week, so here we are. The American Spectator rounds up […]

Varia

posted by awelborn

Back in October, I linked to, and you folks discussed a radio debate between one David Quinn and Richard Dawkins. Quinn has gone on to begin the "Iona Institute" in Ireland – a ZENIT interview with him about the Institute […]

Revelations

posted by awelborn

CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts writes of his abuse at the hands of Catholic priest  Jeff Toohey, the chaplain of his all-boys’ school in Baltimore. He will discuss it this evening, on Anderson Cooper’s show, as well. An article […]

The West, Islam and Women

posted by awelborn

At AsiaNews, Jesuit Samir Khalil Samir looks at the issues: The ideology of multiculturalism, i.e. blind tolerance toward any culture and tradition, is destroying European identity and is above all doing away with human rights and, more specifically, women’s rights.  […]

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

posted by awelborn

The preacher of the Papal Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preached the first Lenten homily last Friday. Text at Zenit: His text is Mt. 5:8, of course. In the first part of the homily, he sets Jesus’ words in opposition […]

Conversion

posted by awelborn

The Pope today, in his Angelus talk: Christ’s invitation to conversion, “to repent…is not just a simple moral dictate, but the most effective way to change oneself and society for the better”: Benedict XVI today placed at the basis of […]

So goes Portugal

posted by awelborn

Tragic: Portugal’s parliament approved a bill allowing abortions until the 10th week of pregnancy, after a referendum on easing restrictions on the procedure was nullified because of low turnout. Currently, abortions in the mostly Catholic country are allowed in the […]

Propositioning

posted by awelborn

Consider this a reference post. Tuesday (at 7am Eastern, not 6am…forgot about the time change), the Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis ("Sacrament of Charity" or "Sacrament of Love"), a final document based on the reflections of the fall, 2005 […]

Breach

posted by awelborn

Michael and I went to see this at a late show last night – kind of crazy considering the time change and since there is no such thing as sleeping in at this house… I was surprised it was still […]

Marriage Made in Heaven?

posted by awelborn

Peter Manseau has an excellent piece in the Washington Post Magazine about Archbishop Milingo Photos here Milingo began to clash openly with those he considered his enemies. In November 1996, speaking at a conference in Rome, he declared that Satanism […]

See the Other Side

posted by awelborn

This week’s New Yorker fiction offering – I liked it. You might go into it with less traditional expectations of a short story, and just approach it in a more meditative kind of space. Written by Tatyana Tolstaya, translated from […]

New things..

posted by awelborn

I’m going to hold comments for moderation now, instead of closing off comments on posts when I’m not around. I think. I’ll try and see how much time it takes. So don’t post your comment a million times. It may […]

While in Brazil

posted by awelborn

….one of the places Benedict will visit in Brazil, via Aid to the Church in Need: Some 2 000 former drug addicts are now preparing to receive Pope Benedict XVI in the men´s centre of Pedrinhas, close to Guaratingueta. The […]

Vast and Holy Power

posted by awelborn

Many thanks to reader Matthew who passed along this article from TIME about the 1935 Eucharistic Congress in Cleveland. It really is a fascinating snapshot of the Catholicism of the period, as well as the secular world’s take on it, […]

Sean Hannity…

posted by awelborn

Wow. Well, this  should be a surprise to exactly no one, but … watch this. (Source) (Actually, it might be better to just go here – look the right side at "Hot Video." ‘Cause it’s hot. – "Judgment Day for […]

Carthusians everywhere!

posted by awelborn

Steven Greydanus reviews Into the Great Silence No interview footage furnishes psychological insights into the dispositions or motivations of the monks (apart from a single brief homiletical reflection late in the film). In contrast to nearly wordless nature documentaries like […]

The Dawkins Confusion

posted by awelborn

Alvin Plantinga at Books and Culture: The real problem here, obviously, is Dawkins’ naturalism, his belief that there is no such person as God or anyone like God. That is because naturalism implies that evolution is unguided. So a broader […]

What widgets do you hate?

posted by awelborn

I offer this post as a service to bloggers and readers of blogs. Bloggers love widgets. Widgets are the million little doohickies we like to put on our sidebars – search engine functions, mini-photo albums, instant messaging function,  etc. Here’s […]

What are you cooking tonight?

posted by awelborn

Me…a variation on this and this. Of course, with grilled cheese for certain other people…

Where your literary and spiritual worlds meet:

posted by awelborn

Novelist Ron Hansen was ordained a permanent deacon last month: As a deacon, Hansen will work in campus ministry, mainly preaching and assisting with Masses and performing weddings in the Mission Church, said Jack Treacy, S.J., campus ministry director. But […]

Churches in Rome

posted by awelborn

The AP has a good article on the really difficult situation in Rome – historic churches in the center, many of them with virtually no regular parish life, and populations exploding in the suburbs, most of the demographic being poor, […]

Adoption as a snapshot of the Gospel

posted by awelborn

Via Mere Comments, an article about a recent event at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in which 2 professors shared their experiences of adopting children: “Outside of Christ, we are all orphans,” he [Stinson] said, speaking in January at the Pendergraph […]

The Rosary Bowl

posted by awelborn

Coming on May 19, from 6-9pm, in the Rose Bowl: The Rosary Bowl! Here’s the event’s website Here’s an article: And here’s Dave Hartline’s interview with Fr. Willie Raymond of Catholic Family Theater on the event: Father Willy Raymond CSC […]

Prayer request…

posted by awelborn

…from a reader, that parents with two sick unborn children find solutions so that lives may be saved… Kristy Recovers: Revolution 21 reports on a young woman who is valiantly working to help her leukemia-struck sister get back on her […]

Allen in Nigeria

posted by awelborn

Really interesting article in NCR from John Allen, who is currently in Nigeria, researching his "Mega-Trends in Catholicism" book. He explains the position of Nigeria within Africa and in the Catholic global scene, then turns to the persistent Muslim-Christian tensions […]

I swear

posted by awelborn

I have no idea how Michael managed to get a tiny pinhole poked in a beer can that he dug out of the closet, resulting in him standing in the middle of the hallway with beer spraying all over the […]

The most interesting thing I read yesterday…

posted by awelborn

…by far, was this. or years education officials in most developing countries (and workers in international aid agencies, too) have talked as though private education for the very poor barely existed. The only hope for equipping these unfortunate people with […]

Blog Break

posted by awelborn

…just for a day. I was up very, very late last night, polishing NEOTM (see left rail) , readying it to send out to a Person of Interest who has actually Expressed Interest.  I polished and polished and then, naturally, […]

El Presidente

posted by awelborn

..or something like that. Wrong language? Probably: Magister on the new head of the Italian bishops’ conference – taken as a sign of the Pope’s mind and heart, since the position is selected by the Pope: As of yesterday, the […]

St. Odd?

posted by awelborn

Tim Drake on novelist Dean Koontz in NCR(egister) Koontz’ books — more than 50 to date — often feature ordinary people facing extraordinary evil. It’s a theme Koontz draws from his own life, as he was raised by a father […]

Perpetua and Felicity

posted by awelborn

Today is the feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity – the account of their martyrdom is found here. More: Of the several authentic accounts of early Christian martyrdom that have been preserved, none is so detailed as that of Saints […]

Hey, Caesar…are you listening?

posted by awelborn

Today’s General Audience: By praying for the civil authorities, even when they are persecuted by them, Christians follow Christ’s teaching on the cross and recognise the legitimacy of the political institutions. But “Cesar is not everything, another sovereignty emerges” born […]

Answering the Call

posted by awelborn

People sometimes think that once you’ve answered the call, entering religious life is a piece of cake. Not so. Religious communities don’t accept potential members unless they are free from worldly ties, responsibilities and burdens. Including…student loans. One blogger is […]

Where are the Scholas?

posted by awelborn

The Church Music Association of America is pulling together a fun Frappr map of Gregorian Scholas across the land. One of those scholas is located at the parish pastored by the new bishop of St. Charles. FYI. The CMAA website […]

Alzheimers and the Eucharist

posted by awelborn

Canonist Ed Peters has an interesting column exploring an answer given to a question in the "God Squad" Q & A column . It’s worth a read because of what Ed has to clarify about the nature of the Eucharist […]

A little chat

posted by awelborn

Every year, at the enormous Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Cardinal Mahony has participated in an online chat – two, in recent years, one with schoolchildren, and the other with adults. Here’s the transcript of the latter. Some excerpts: James: […]

Bestsellers

posted by awelborn

What Books People who Read Amy’s Open Book blog and Michael’s Annunciation blog are buying this month. March 2007 (3/3/07) 1. A Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life (A Pocket Guide to) 2. The Roman Catholic Church: An Illustrated […]

More alms…

posted by awelborn

This via Lucy at City of Steeples: The charity for February, the month of the Holy Family, was Children Waiting Everywhere. It is a charity extremely close to my heart, because it is run by my godmother, in conjunction with […]

The Sinner’s Prayer

posted by awelborn

Did anyone hear the sound of a small bomb being dropped? Huh. Must have been my imagination. David Gushee, at Christianity Today: I was getting ready to preach. As the worship leader was finishing the music set, he offered some […]

The Church in the Holy Land

posted by awelborn

The Good Friday collection in Catholic churches around the world is taken to benefit the Church in the Holy Land. Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, has released his annual letter regarding the collection: […]

In other news….

posted by awelborn

Next Tuesday, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Synod on the Eucharist, called "Sacrament of Love" will be released. Let the fevered speculation begin! (Or, you know, prayer.)

Ah, bishops…

posted by awelborn

Dallas and Lake Charles: (This is the news on the Vatican website, only in Italian for now) Dallas, your new bishop is Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., Here’s his info Born in Ireland: He entered the […]

Theory of Everything, Part II

posted by awelborn

A couple of weeks ago, I struggled through a probably garbled post on My Theory of Everything, which suggests (unoriginally) that since everything will eventually go haywire – meaning that the vast majority of us will be sorely tempted to […]

Every soul

posted by awelborn

My friend from Phoenix writes with this, inviting your prayers: A Planned Parenthood Clinic caught on fire shortly after our blessed Bishop’s Christmas Eve Rosary at the site.  The fire was not arson. The clinic staff shared the facts of […]

Tomb Madness

posted by awelborn

One more good link from the Archaeological Institue of America: The identification of the Talpiyot tomb as the tomb of Jesus and his family is based on a string of problematic and unsubstantiated claims, including adding an otherwise unattested Matthew […]

The Way?

posted by awelborn

Today, Sandro Magister points out two recent commentaries reflecting on the NeoCatechumenal Way – a lay movement that is controversial for various reasons, most concretely their liturgies. The NCW has been given until June to re-consider and reshape certain problematic […]

How Sweet the Sound

posted by awelborn

Katie and I went to see Amazing Grace today. Good film, definitely worth seeing for several reasons: 1) It’s an entertaining, well-made, substantive film in and of itself. The performances are uniformly fantastic with some "great faces," as my mother […]

March (and April) Madness

posted by awelborn

…in the shadow of St. Peter’s. The PNAC has started an a part of its website to the Clericus Cup – the soccer tournament between teams representing the major seminaries in Rome. Keep up to date there. (There’s also an […]

How many times…

posted by awelborn

Over the past 24 years of parenting, how many times have I been a part of exchanges like this: "What do you want for your birthday, Mom?" "Oh, all I want is a good boy for my birthday." or "I […]

The Pope and Witch

posted by awelborn

This story has been brewing for months, ever since the University of Minnesota’s theater schedule for the year was announced, but this weekend was the moment: the theater presented its production of Nobel Prize for literature laureate Dario Fo‘s play […]

Roamin’ Catholics

posted by awelborn

A group of four young people have taken up a pilgrimage of sorts – to attend Mass at every parish in the Diocese of Toledo. Here’s their website with the record of their travels. Their reports do include a bit […]

Prayer Life

posted by awelborn

The Angelus talk, today: Prayer, for the Christian, “is not an optional but a matter of life and death. Only those who pray, that is, those who entrust themselves to God with filial love, can enter into eternal life, which […]

Out of retreat

posted by awelborn

The Pope’s Lenten Retreat is over, and Teresa has translated his remarks as the retreat drew to an end: In the name of all of us gathered here, I wish to tell you, with all my heart, thank you, for […]

Jazzed

posted by awelborn

We’ve discussed Dave Brubeck off and on – here and here, last year when Notre Dame awarded him the Laetare Medal . Here’s a 2003 America article by a Dominican about the religious elements of Brubeck’s music.

Heh moments

posted by awelborn

Fr. Jay Toborowsky of the "Young Fogeys" blog has an amusing encounter (in reflection)  with Fr. Cantalamessa after his recent talk at Seton Hall. (Fr. Toborowsky also hosts the Diocese of Metuchen weekly radio show – listen here!)

Cold hard facts

posted by awelborn

The great unmentionable, even among most anti-abortion politicians: defunding Planned Parenthood. Why is this important? Because: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, based in San Jose, performed 10,956 abortions in 2005 and another 11,729 in 2006, according to annual reports published on […]

At last

posted by awelborn

Very nice story from the Kalamazoo diocese about a priest who has overcome much: Being a parish priest in America is a dream come true for Tran. The second of six children, Tran was baptized Gioan Baotixita Tran-Kim-Tuyen at Duc […]

Through the Looking Glass

posted by awelborn

Courage Man has an important post, trying to work out the possibilities in the future: I think the Church in Britain now, and thus the Church in the US sometime soon, really only has two options in the long run, […]

New Archhbishop…

posted by awelborn

…for Warsaw  Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Kazimierz Nycz the new archbishop of Warsaw, the Polish Episcopate said in a statement Saturday. Nycz, the 57-year-old bishop of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg in northern Poland, replaces former Warsaw Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus, who abruptly resigned […]

Randomness

posted by awelborn

…much. If you haven’t yet, visit weblog of Our Lady of the Atonement Parish in San Antonio, an Anglican Use parish pastored by Fr. Christopher Phillips Why Fr. Phillips loves Lent: In addition to the three Masses we celebrated, the […]

Oh good

posted by awelborn

Another book to read. Well, not that it will be a time-consuming or difficult read, being an introduction to the subject, but I’m intrigued enough – especially by the fact that it is illustrated, something that few histories of the […]

WYD ’08

posted by awelborn

Registration for World Youth Day ’08 in Sydney opens today – 500 days before the event begins. Some notes: I suppose because it was nifty in Cologne, the Pope will make his entrance by boat: The auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, […]

A “Pedagogy of Participation”

posted by awelborn

Continuing to meander through the excellent Habits of Devotion on which I initially blogged a few days ago here. The topic for today is "participation." If you lurk in internet discussions of liturgy and simply tradition in general, you’ll find […]

Fr. Barron at the movies

posted by awelborn

Fr. Robert Barron has added cultural commentary – in the form of film reviews that are posted on YouTube – to his repertoire. Fargo and The Departed are up.  They are very well produced, and Fr. Barron is his usual […]

Kids today…

posted by awelborn

A trend story in the WSJ about young people becoming more religiously observant than their parents: Like any trend story you wonder about the stats, but one part of story has a bit more meat indicating a real trend: Young […]

A Friday in Lent..

posted by awelborn

Pray…Fast…give alms: The list of grassroots groups you folks helped compile last month Other groups we’ve mentioned: Scottish International Relief The Haitian Project Aid to the Church in Need And you know, there are undoubtedly free clinics in your area, […]

Tales from the east

posted by awelborn

…of all kinds: AsiaNews reports on a Vatican delegation heading to Vietnam: Now the Vatican delegation headed for Hanoi aims for the concrete launch of a process towards diplomatic ties, even if not their immediate realization, and also for the […]

Bishop Vasa speaks

posted by awelborn

Bishop Vasa is making news today because of his not-so-veiled references to a Certain Prominent Catholic Politician in a recent column. I’ll get to the veiled reference in a moment, but I think it’s good to note the context: a […]

Podcasting bishop

posted by awelborn

BIshop Jenky of Peoria – his homilies and (the page indicates) other messages will be available. Via Whapping, which has hosted some other very good discussions of late, which I’m going to talk about when I do the next post […]

Context

posted by awelborn

John Allen provides some context in understanding the growing number of stories related to clerical collaboration with Communist regimes: As with the sexual abuse crisis in the United States, once the dam breaks, documents and accusations surface so rapidly that […]

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